That’s all for “The Clusters.” Netflix has canceled drama SENSE8 after two seasons.
The diverse series was created and directed by Chicagoans Lilly and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Jupiter Rising) and filmed in Chicago and at numerous locations around the country and internationally.
“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the SENSE8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content.
“It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable,” she continues.
“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.”
Sense8 centered on eight strangers around the globe who find themselves interconnected. The ensemble cast was made up of Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre and Brian J. Smith.
Rumors of Sense8’s uncertain future loomed in the days before the announcement, and castmember Smith even helped get a #RenewSense8 hashtag trending on Twitter in an effort to keep the show alive.
News of the decision also comes a day after Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he thinks the content platform hasn’t canceled enough shows.
“Our hit ratio is way too high right now,” he said. “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.”
This cancelation, among others, might signal a change in approach for Netflix, which had, since entering into original programming, appeared reluctant to pull the plug on series, failing or not. In addition to SENSE8, the streaming service canceled THE GET DOWN, one of the most expensive shows on television with a budget of $120 million for its lone season.
Other series felled by Netflix include Marco Polo, Lilyhammer, Hemlock Grove, Bloodline and Longmire.
While the series had seemed to be building a loyal fan base, critics reviews of the series were mixed. Reviewing the first season of SENSE8 for Variety in 2015, Brian Lowry wrote, “SENSE8 becomes a pretty mundane, chaotic soap opera, following the lives of its various characters without doing much to advance what binds them.”
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