News has just come in that Netflix will be cancelling Sense8. For fans of the show, this is devastating as Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger. However, even as the news of the cancellation arrives, a petition to save the show is constantly hitting its goal targets. At the time of print, the Change.org petition is already at more than 94,000 digital signatures.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix announced the cancellation of Sense8 on Thursday, a week after they also announced the cancellation of The Get Down.
“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content.
The news comes directly after Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC at the Code Conference that he didn’t think Netflix was cancelling enough shows.
“Our hit ratio is way too high right now,” Hastings 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.”
As a result of wanting to “take more risk,” it seems Netflix has actually cancelled the one show that took the most risks on their network.
Sense8 is one of those strange shows that is unlike anything else on television. And in this day and age when networks seem intent on reboots and remakes of movies and series that worked in the past, Sense8 is a breath of fresh air for those who are no longer happy with seeing networks butcher movies such as Dirty Dancing and bring a new version of Twin Peaks that isn’t really new at all.
However, Netflix broke the news overnight that while they will be keeping Fuller House, a show that was panned by critics according to the Hollywood Reporter, Sense8 will not continue with a third season, even though Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger.
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Fans of Sense8 responded immediately. While some took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the cancellation, others started a petition on Change.org. The petition questions why Netflix cancelled the show so unexpectedly.
“The cancellation of Sense8 – season 3 has been completely unexpected. We don’t know any reasons yet, however it’s quite strange that a show that has received such positive response from a wide and heterogeneous audience, gets cancelled.”
The petition then went on to implore Netflix to at least explain the reasons behind the cancellation of Sense8.
“We would like to know a valid explanation, arguing why Sense8 has been cancelled,” the petition asked.
My TV also started their own petition. This petition will be sent to the Chief Content Officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos. Their petition points out the fact news of the cancellation of Sense8 might have come to the stars of the show prior to the official announcement.
“A tweet by Sense8 actor Brian J. Smith earlier this week suggested that the Netflix show may be in danger of cancellation,” the petition states.
“Brian said that it was a ‘good time’ for fans to start ‘making some noise’ about the renewing the show and encouraged people to take part in the #RenewSense8 campaign.”
— Danno (@DannyWxo) May 11, 2017
Sense8 is not only a show with unique content in the story line, but it also is one of the few TV shows that places the LGBTQ+ community at its forefront. For many who fall into any of the LGBTQ+ categories, Netflix’s cancellation of Sense8 is a huge blow, something that is noted in the petition.
“We believe it is necessary that TV shows and movies which, from its content, provide the world with a message of love, diversity and respect. All these values have been brought to life by the characters of the show, and the message it has is extremely important for society.”
To add insult to injury, Netflix cancelled Sense8 during Pride Week.
Along with the petition, fans of Sense8 are using the hashtag #RenewSense8 to rally support for the continuation of the series.
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Sense8 is currently airing on Netflix.
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