Celebrate with your cluster: ‘Sense8’ will be back for one more special (and possibly more?)

Sense8 will have a special two-hour goodbye episode on Netflix after fans FREAKED OUT over its cancellation. Here’s the letter from Lana Wachowski to the fans:

Dear Sense8 Family,

I have been meaning to write this letter for some time. The outpouring of love and grief that came in the wake of the news that Sense8 would not be continuing was so intense that I often found myself unable to open my own email. I confess I fell into a fairly serious depression.

I had never worked so hard, or put so much of myself into a project as I had with Sense8 and its cancellation hollowed me out. I felt the disappointment of my amazing crew (I wish people could understand the impossibilities they achieved with implausible regularity.) I felt the sadness of the actors who had given so much of themselves, always finding more whenever the sun broke from the clouds. But most of all I felt the heartbreak of our fans (again I wish I could cluster with you to share some of the beautiful moments, the hugs, tears and laughter, as well as the insightful and humbling conversations I have had with people who have connected to this show; they are unlike any fans I have ever encountered as an artist.)

Friends kept calling from all over the world asking, ‘Isn’t there anything you can do?’

And the truth was, no. By myself, there was nothing I could do.

But just as the characters in our show discover that they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we.

The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting.

In this world it is easy to believe that you cannot make a difference; that when a government or an institution or corporation makes a decision, there is something irrevocable about the decision; that love is always less important than the bottom line.

But here is a gift from the fans of this show that I will carry forever in my heart: while it is often true those decisions are irreversible, it is not always true.

Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!)

It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix’s (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce there will be another two hour special released next year. After that. . . if this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know.

Thank you all. Now let’s go find out what happens to Wolfgang.

Lana8

(I actually knew about this before it was formally announced — my cousin works on the production side of it and was telling me that he was headed back to Berlin soon to begin pre-production for this episode. But more than that, I don’t know much except that given the budget Netflix has given them to work with, this episode won’t quite be as global in span, and from the sound of it will mostly take place in Europe. Spoiler, I guess?)

Some Game of Thrones stuff for you:

Vulture made a comprehensive list of the characters from least evil to most and I’m not mad at it. Although, I would rank Daenerys higher (more evil) than she is here. She’s clearly a heroine, but she’s still a Targaryen and has not a touch of their madness.

This article is billed as “8 Things We Know About Season 7” but I would argue that Nikolai Coster-Waldau being weirded out by incest and Kit Harington thinking that Jon Snow is not that interesting does not count as being specific to the season.

This article spends a lot of time wondering what the battle that “Thrones has been promising … all along” could possibly be.

Oh, whaddya know, Corinne Olympios has ended her investigation into Bachelor in Paradise, insisting that her intention was merely “learn and understand what happened.” But don’t worry, she still feels “victimized.”

Here is the full line-up of television panels at this year’s Comic Con. Brace yourself, nerdiness is coming.

Gillian Anderson is not cool with the fact that all of The X-Files writers are dudes and has something to say about it.

Below is an excerpt from Selina Meyer’s memoir that you are going to want to read:

Here’s just a good interview with Pablo Schrieber about playing Mad Sweeney on American Gods.

Family Guy will have a chance to say goodbye to Adam West with five final episodes they recorded before his death.

This is an interesting thought experiment: would it really have been a good thing if Firefly and Freaks and Geeks had never been cancelled? MAYBE NOT.

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody know that you have crossover fanfic about their characters and are happy for you if that’s how you want to spend your life, or whatever, but no, they don’t want to read it, thanks.

The geniuses over at Freshly Popped Culture realized a fundamental truth: everything is sadder with The Leftovers music played over it:

In News News

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski addressed Trump’s nasty tweets about them in a very interesting Washington Post editorial and delayed their vacation to talk about it on Morning Joe this morning.

Most damning, the news personalities also claimed both in the editorial and in more detail on the show that the Trump White House sicced the National Enquirer on them, Brzezinski’s teenage daughters and her ex-husband. Then, according to Scarborough and Brzezinski, high-ranking administration officials reached out to Scarborough, telling him that he if apologized to Trump, the President would call the National Enquirer off. If you weren’t already aware, Trump has a long-standing friendship with the publisher of the National Enquirer, who has bragged about killing stories for Trump and who published countless stories against Trump’s opponents during the primary.

Just when you thought all of this couldn’t possibly get any sleazier.

Trump obviously — OBVIOUSLY — tweeted a response:

And Scarborough responded to that:

 

Meanwhile, Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed the media for Trump’s disgusting tweets, while Kellyanne Conway was like, “leave me out of this.”

And let’s be petty for a moment: Morning Joe is enjoying 50% higher ratings than this time last year; here’s a list of women Donald Trump has attacked for their looks over the years; and here’s a brief recap of Donald Trump’s own experience with plastic surgery.

Mark Hamill reading Donald Trump’s tweets as the Joker is ultimately the best response to this whole ugly mess. 

In other cable news news that got buried because of this whole mess: 

Greta Van Susteren is out at MSNBC after less than 6 months maybe because people who watch MSNBC don’t want to watch Greta Van Susteren.

CNN is promising that Jeff Zucker is not in danger of losing his job after the whole Russia story kerfuffle and that asshole James O’Keefe trying to make trouble with some of their producers and contributors like Van Jones. But this isn’t helping, CNN Producer.

ABC News settled a huge case over “pink slime” and it is making some people wring their hands over the freedom of the press implications.

Fox News has hired Jason Chaffetz to no one’s surprise.

Andrea Tantaros is now claiming Fox News bribed a cyberbully to lie under oath. Shit’s getting real in that case.

Oh, great, Newsmax is now available on U-Verse and DirecTV.

Renewals

In Development

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It’s a holiday weekend, which means: marathons. And if you want to get more specific, here are the Twilight Zone episodes that will air during Syfy’s marathon.

FRIDAY

Gypsy: Naomi Watts stars as a very poorly behaved therapist in this new thriller. Series premiere. Netflix

Killjoys: Season premiere. 7 p.m., Syfy

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally – Summer of 69: No Apostrophe: The hilarious couple talk about their relationship in this raunchy stand-up performance. 8:45 p.m., Epix

SATURDAY

Doubt: CBS is burning off the remaining episodes of the Kathryn Heigl series. 7 p.m., CBS

Doctor Who: Season finale. 8 p.m., BBCAmerica

Game of Thrones marathon: Remind yourself when winter started coming before it arrives. 11 a.m., HBO2

SUNDAY

Fear the Walking Dead: Madison tries to keep the family together which is literally no different from what has happened in every single other episode. 8 p.m., AMC

Election: I’m just going to leave this AP story right here. 8:30 p.m., Showtime Next

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Alec Baldwin, Julie Andrews, Dan White The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): “Stephen’s take on the news of the day” Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Gizelle Bryant, Lala Anthony

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
(repeat)
What Would You Do?
(new)
20/20
(new)
CBS MacGyver
(repeat)
Hawaii Five-0
(repeat)
Blue Bloods
(repeat)
CW Masters of Illusion
(new)
Masters of Illusion
(new)
Riverdale
(repeat)
Local
FOX Masterchef
(repeat)
Beat Shazam
(repeat)
Local
NBC America’s Got Talent
(repeat)
Dateline NBC
(new)


SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC Battle of the Network Stars
(repeat)
20/20: In an Instant
(new)
News/Local
CBS Doubt
(new)
Criminal Minds
(repeat)
48 Hours
(new)
News/Local
FOX MLB: Yankees at Astros
(live)
News/Local
NBC NASCAR
(live)
News/Local Saturday Night Live
(repeat)


SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
(repeat)
Celebrity Family Feud
(new)
Steve Harvey’s Funderdome
(new)
The $100,000 Pyramid
(new)
CBS 60 Minutes
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(repeat)
Madam Secretary
(repeat)
Elementary
(repeat)
FOX Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
Last Man on Earth
(repeat)
The Simpsons
(repeat)
Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
American Grit
(repeat)
NBC Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
(new)
American Ninja Warrior
(new)
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