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Sorry ‘Sense8’ Fans, Netflix Axes Popular Original Series After Two Seasons

Less than one month after its release of season two of Sense8, Netflix it ending the popular Wachowski series.

Back in January, we reported the Top 20 In-Demand TV Shows Around the World based off U.S.-based SVOD platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others. In that list, Sense8 ranked 14th of the Top 20 list. Granted, this was around the time that Stranger Things had become a huge phenomenon and shortly after Marvel’s run of superhero series were still fresh in people’s minds. But still, 14th…in the world! Actually the 11th in popularity of Netflix-based shows, which you’d think was enough to warrant more episodes. In retrospect, we should have seen this coming.
Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings had stated in a recent interview with CNBC that the streaming service needs to take more risks and (oddly enough) cancel more original programming at a higher rate than they currently do because their “hit ratio is way too high right now.” Actor Brian Jacob Smith, who plays Will Gorski on the series, also took to Twitter on May 30th with a somewhat cryptic tweet…

It appears even the cast had a feeling that the chances for a third season were slim. Smith has updated his status today sadly sharing the outcome of renewal hopes…

On top of that, Sense8 producer Roberto Malerba stated in an interview with NewsFlix that even if there was a season three, it would likely be the final season. The reason…Season 2 production costs skyrocketed to $9 million per episode. That’s bound to happen when you have a large cast that has scenes filmed all across the world.

An official statement was made today by Cindy Holland, VP Netflix original content:

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable.

Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”

The Twitterverse is understandably vocal being that not only was the show original in its concept, it was unique in style and cinematography, very engaging and diverse characters, but most notably for how the show embraced the LGBTQ community. Twitter user @StrkOfWntrfll quite possibly summed it up best…

Are more cancellations in store from Netflix? Your guess is as good as ours.

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Jason Bennett

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