Fresco, a veteran of creating and serving as showrunner for network comedies like “Better Off Ted,” calls his Netflix home “freeing” and told Variety on the Season 3 red carpet that the “tone of the show wouldn’t have survived network television. The sharper edges would’ve been filed off.”
The showrunner added that he no longer has to worry about act breaks, content restrictions and “demographic chasing” that allow for “only so many stories you can tell.” He said, “Years of network television trained me to write in a limiting way,” but with Netflix, “We can do anything we want.”
The dark humor and violence that Fresco says Netflix helps makes possible have been major selling points to cast members. Timothy Olyphant told Variety that dark comedy roles tend to interest him: “I like some violence with my comedy and comedy with my violence I’ve always been a fan of that kind of storytelling.”
Olyphant will be reprising his “Deadwood” role, one that mixes violence and comedy, for the HBO film out May 31. The actor will also be in the latest Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” hitting theaters July 26. If it’s anything like the director’s previously films, Olyphant will probably get his fix of bloody humor.
“Santa Clarita Diet” Season 3 is available for streaming on Netflix Friday, March 29.