Two weeks ago, rumors started circulating that the Netflix original series Sense8 might be getting canceled.
Only a few days after that, the rumors were confirmed. At the time, we guessed that part of the reason for cancelation was because of the second season, reportedly, costing 9 million per episode.
It seems this may be closer to the truth as Ed Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, stated while talking at a Producers Guild of America conference.
“[The creators] made an incredible contribution to our culture with those shows.
“They did a beautiful show… the audience was very passionate, but not large enough to support the economics of something that big, even on our platform.”
He added: “Relative to what you spent, are people watching it? That is pretty traditional."
“A big expensive show for a huge audience is great! A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.”
“It’s one of those things that you know you’re pushing the envelope if every once in a while you fall. And you go back and start over again.”