In the last week, Netflix has cancelled a bevvy of your favorite shows, including Sense8, Bloodline, and The Get Down, and fans have been on a tear trying to save their faves by petitioning the streaming network. But the CEO is asking these same fans to stop trying to save their favorite shows from cancellation.
During the Producer’s Guild of America’s Produced By conference this past weekend, head of programming for Netflix Ted Sarandos sat down with mega star Jerry Seinfeld to talk all things streaming and admitted that the company won’t be listening to fans who petition to save their favorite shows.
“They did a beautiful show,” Sarandos admitted, adding, “the audience was very passionate, but not large enough to support the economics of something that big, even on our platform.” So while fans might truly have loved everything about the sci-fi series Sense8, not enough people were watching, which made the high cost of the show too much, even for Netflix.
This admission helps shed some light on how Netflix plans its series. The company is surprisingly tight-lipped about its viewership because they don’t think it matters at the end of the day. While we can’t change their minds on bringing back our faves, Netflix wants to have up to 50 percent original content going forward, giving us so many more opportunities to watch new shows.
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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Netflix + Fredrick M. Brown/Getty)