Yes, you read that right! The king of all OTT platforms is once again at a dead loss and it has no regrets cancelling yet another original show with great prospects. This is mistake fans wish Netflix would rectify.
If there was a list for the “most cancelled underrated original shows by a popular network”, Netflix would certainly be on top. Cancelling a show for reasons such as not having the required audience or not being able to work on the provided budget are very valid. However, because of lack of patience and trust, these networks end up losing great gems of a show to other rival networks, as Fox did with ‘Lucifer’.
‘Sense8’ is no different.
- The ratings were good but Netflix wanted more
- ‘Sense8’ had the best representation for an original series
- The possibility of a revival of Netflix’s Sense8
Having been cancelled for over two years now, ‘Sense8’ continues to be missed; even more during this global pandemic. With numerous social media posts pleading the showrunners to bring back the show, ‘Sense8’ is up next for an overdue revival. But which network would grant its fans’ wishes? Read on to know more.
The ratings were good but Netflix wanted more
It is always a disappointment when major networks like Fox, Netflix, and CBS cancel shows that have a fair enough chance of succeeding, but hardly ever get to reach that fame because they are given up on too soon. ‘Sense8’, in particular, was one show fans absolutely believed in and knew could become a worldwide hit. But alas, it had to get cancelled, leaving fans extremely disappointed.
“I feel bad sense 8 was cancelled bc I know a lot of my mutuals really liked it. When will Netflix stop being a disappointment”, said one among the countless tweets that expressed sheer unhappiness.
According to the Rotten Tomatometer, ‘Sense8’ had received an 87% rating for its second season, which is far better than 72% for season 1. But why was this not enough? As shared in an interview with “Radio Times”, Netflix Vice President for Original Content Cindy Holland explains that the audience size and budget were not enough. “I have turned down some projects because of the budget”, she said.
“How we think about sizing up projects and whether we can afford the proposed budget is we have a series of projection models that we can enter in attributes about the series: who might be in it, the people involved, the genre. And we can predict a minimum threshold sized audience. That helps us back into what kind of size budget we can support”, Holland added.
‘Sense8’ had the best representation for an original series
Die-hard fans will know that if they were to pick one thing about the show that makes it their favourite original show, it is the show’s LGBTQ inclusivity that is shown on and off-screen. In case you didn’t know already, the Wachowski sisters, who act as the showrunners of the sci-fi drama are trans women who were a big deal in how the show’s characters were defined.
Whether it was Nomi and Amanita, representing the trans and lesbian community through their relationship, Wolfgang, Kala, and Rajan normalizing polyamory, or Hernando and Lito being the cutest gay couple on screen and, of course, interracial relationships, the show has got it all. Or at least that’s what fans feel.
“MORE PEOPLE NEED TO WATCH SENSE 8. POC representation. LBTQIA+ representation. Interracial relationships”, expressed @ohbiwankenobi on Twitter.
Another fan tweet read, “Imagine how many people had sense 8 as their ONLY source of representation and @netflix just took that away”. Sigh! This is so relatable.
The possibility of a revival
The big question now is if the show will ever resurrect from the dead. The answer is simple. While it seems very unlikely that Netflix will give ‘Sense8’ another chance, there is a BIG possibility that sooner or later networks like Peacock, PopTV, Hulu, perhaps even Amazon Prime might pick it up from the ground and help find its lost glory.
If only Fox knew better. Soon enough, ‘Sense8’ will be picked up and Netflix is going to have some major FOMO.
Do you miss ‘Sense8’? Who was your favourite character from the show? Do you think it should be revived for a new season? Let us know in the comment section below.