Netflix has officially become a Television Network, in the span of the past two weeks. In my eyes, Netflix has always been a Television Network. I don’t use the service for anything other than their original shows, and most of them are really, really good.
That being said, Netflix had to make some tough decisions recently with their two most expensive shows. The Get Down, and Sense8. Clocking in at $7.5 Million (The Get Down) and $9 Million (Sense8) per episode respectively, it’s certainly understandable why Netflix decided to save some money and cancel the shows.
Don’t tell that to fans of Sense8 though. Massive outrage over the past week has swelled to mass petitions, save our show campaigns and even making front page national headlines. Which usually doesn’t happen with cancelled series. Sure cancelled series can make a splash in the new like Timeless did last month, but that wasn’t talked about like a national story.
Netflix seems to be doing itself a disservice, by ramping up spending on original content and yet, cancelling their two most expensive shows. That means they either have a lot of new material they want to get out, or they don’t want to be spending $8 Million an episode on TV shows in general.