Sense8 Canceled After Two Seasons
June 2, 2017 by Mike McNamara
Netflix has canceled drama SENSE8 after two seasons. The series was created and directed by Chicagoans Lilly and Lana Wachowski 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. 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 starred Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Jamie Clayton as eight strangers who become mentally and emotionally linked. Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and J. Michael Straczynski created the show for Netflix and executive produced with Grant Hill.
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."
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.