After just two seasons and a Sense8 Christmas special, Netflix has canceled its hit drama series. The move comes just a week after the streaming service also canceled Baz Luhrmann's period piece The Get Down, which itself was one of the few shows that Netflix has ever given the axe to. Here's what Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of original content, had to say in a statement about the cancellation.
"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, kickass 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 Hill for their vision and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the cancellation of this show and The Get Down are quite rare for the streaming service, which has only canceled a handful of shows. Others that Netflix have canceled include Marco Polo, Lilyhammer, Hemlock Grove, Bloodline and Longmire, which originated at A&E. The news also comes just one day after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California that the streaming service needs to cancel more shows. Here's what he had to say at the conference.
"Our hit ratio is way too high right now. I'm always pushing the content team; we have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things, because we should have a higher cancel rate overall."
Netflix handed out a Sense8 Season 2 renewal back in August 2015, just two months after the show debuted on the streaming service, but fans had to wait a bit longer for the second season. The show did put together a Christmas Special that debuted in December, before the second season debut last month. The ensemble cast includes Freema Agyeman, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Daryl Hannah, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Brian J. Smith. It seemed that the cast was already wary of an impending cancellation, with Brian J. Smith creating the #RenewSense8 hashtag on Twitter, which quickly started trending.
The series centered on eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected, first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another's thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity, as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The show was created by Lana and Lily Wachowski, with Grant Hill and J. Michael Straczynski serving as Executive Producers. With Sense8 being the second Netflix show to be canceled in as many weeks, it will be interesting to see if the streaming service will give the axe to more of its shows.