June marks the beginning of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but Netflix may not have gotten the memo. To kick off the month meant to celebrate self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of sexual diversity and gender variance, the popular streaming service cancelled one of their most diverse shows on their roster that not only featured LGBTQ+ characters, but also an LGBTQ+ creative team as well.
According to TV Line, Netflix has cancelled the sci-fi drama ‘Sense8’ after two seasons. Created by Lana and Lily Wachowski, the show starring Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Aml Ameen (who was replaced by Toby Onwumere in Season Two), and Terrence Mann, followed strangers from around the world who were connected to one another via their minds. Though they generally tend to keep mum about any facts and figures regarding their original programming, Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland did issue the following statement regarding 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, kick ass 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, Lily, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”
This news comes shortly after Netflix announced the cancellation of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’, another popular show from renowned filmmakers that still received the ax despite having some critical acclaim and a vocal fanbase. However, both shows were definitely not cheap to make, so it’s more than likely that they weren’t garnering the sort of numbers that the service was looking for in order to keep them alive. Naturally, this is particularly devastating news for the dedicated fans of ‘Sense8’ since the second season ended with a cliffhanger that saw the senates assembling in London to oppose the Biological Preservation Organization.
Thank you for being a part of our journey. Sensates forever. pic.twitter.com/SClwiY3rwy
— Sense8 (@sense8) June 1, 2017
Are you disappointed that Netflix cancelled ‘Sense8’? With the streaming service typically being the go to place for fans to turn to save beloved shows, do you think that the series from the Wachowskis could find life somewhere else or in some other medium? Sound off on this news or simply share your favorite memories from the series in the comments below.