Netflix has been cancelling quite a few shows this summer. Recently, the streaming service’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke with Variety about the cancellations of The Get Dow, Girlboss, Gyspy, and Sense8.
In May, Netflix cancelled both The Get Down, a musical drama about the emergence of hip hop, and the fan favorite sci-fi series Sense8. More recently, the streaming service axed the half-hour dramedy Girlboss and the psychological drama Gypsy after one season.
Speaking to Variety, Sarandos explained the reason for all the recent cancellations at Netflix:
It wasn’t like we were setting out to cancel more shows. It was the idea of saying, ‘Are you being risky enough?’ The bad thing about renewing a show that isn’t being watched, it creates opportunity cost. And a lot of opportunity lost for fans to find something they are going to love.”
Later, Sarandos mentioned that it was the fans who persuaded Netflix and creator Lana Wachowski to do a two-hour Sense8 finale:
The fan influence on her was very helpful. Her desire to have an ending increased a lot.”
What do you think? Do you subscribe to Netflix? Do you think the streaming service was right to cancel these series?