Sense8 Cancel8tion News
Ok so JMS tweeted earlier to say that a part of the reason Sense8 was cancelled was that Netflix could only get half the cast to renew their contracts.
Now this is starting to make sense.
Timeline as I understand it is:
- Show is pitched as 5-season series.
- Netflix picks up show, Netflix picks up solo rights, Netflix lets cast contracts expire after S1 to save money.
- Show does well enough for a second season, Netflix picks up cast contracts again for S2 (signing for a single season). Advertising for season 2 is lackluster.
- After season 2 is released, Netflix tries to sign the cast again–but because Netflix let the contracts expire, all the actors have signed up for other projects (because, you know, that’s how actors make a living).
- Season 2 viewership is low (MY OPINION: partially because of lackluster advertising/insufficient backing from Netflix), but only 4/8 actors are available to sign on, so rather than wait for another year to start filming the series, Netflix instead decides to cancel it.
- Sense8 is cancelled, community backlash occurs.
- Netflix does not release an explanation for the cancellation–possibly to keep the actors from being targeted by angry fans, because a large company can take that heat much better than 4-8 individuals.
And that takes us to where we are now.
As for what to do with this information? I don’t know. It’s possible that this opens the way for a follow-up revival episode or season in 3 or 4 years, if a market is present, if the creators are interested, IF Netflix will spring for it. The good news is, being unable to sign half the cast was a significant decider in cancelling the series. The bad news is, being unable to sign half the cast wasn’t the only decider in cancelling the series.
Time to settle in for a long haul. Whatever new content ends up coming out–if any new content ends up coming out for Sense8–it will not be coming soon. (unless they like, rush through a graphic novel). But no matter what, I hope we can maintain the connections we forged in the last few weeks. The passion and love radiating from this fandom was dazzling. Let’s keep it going strong.
We are the Archipelago: Isolated above. Connected below.