Is Netflix about to set forth on a cancellation binge?
A week after it axed “The Get Down,” its expensive single-season music drama, Netflix, the online streaming service, announced Thursday that it was canceling its sci-fi drama “Sense8” after two seasons.
By Netflix standards, this is a moment.
The company has been notoriously reluctant to cancel any of its original series. When the expensive but poorly reviewed “Marco Polo” got clipped in December, it qualified as a surprise to the TV industry. Netflix, to the frustration of many in Hollywood, does not release viewership figures, so it is difficult to tell what works and what doesn’t. Netflix has poured billions of dollars into original TV shows, and it has only canceled a small fraction of them.
But the company’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, recently suggested this was something they might be prone to do.
“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,” he said Wednesday in an interview with CNBC. “Because then, what you get is you get some winners that are just unbelievable winners — like, ‘13 Reasons Why’ over the last three months has been a big hit for us.”
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