UPDATE: As of 8/8 Netflix has announced that it is renewing Sense8 for a second season. No word yet on the timing.
Update from JMS:
JMichael Straczynski @straczynski "Just to be clear, I said we'd have news in *about* two weeks, just an approximation, not a deadline" 3:45pm · 23 Jul 2015
At SDCC a couple of weeks ago, J. Michael Straczynski offered this update on a Sense8 renewal:
My opinion: I do not think it was JMS's intention to set a particular date or window for the announcement about the renewal of sense8 for season 2.
Exactly two weeks would be tomorrow, Friday 7/24. But JMS was giving us an update. There is that little word "should" in his sentence, which means things might have changed since then. While Joe may have some knowledge of Netflix's plans, the timing is entirely up to Netflix.
Personally, I'm placing my bet on sometime early next week, and not a Friday in any case. Journalists go home on Friday. People leave their copy of Variety in the home library and head for the beach.
Meanwhile... Netflix is GOLDEN. Netflix stock left the park and was split by SEVEN (I know, mix-met). The galactic heights of 2nd Quarter business data got crunched and spun. A long courtship with Disney culminated at last in a prenuptial announcement. Netflix originals mega-distribution tried not to compete with itself while launching publicity for original content dropped at planned intervals.
Sense8 has done very well worldwide. It was an early bet for Netflix and a bigger gamble than other Netflix shows in many ways. Netflix knows we are happy they took a chance on such a ground-breaking series. They know we will wait a little longer to find out about renewal, and they know the series will not be be hurt by having kept the question of renewal on the back burner for a few weeks longer while they continually reinvent how to keep up with their own success.
TOTAL SPECULATION: I have wondered if perhaps ONE of the reasons Netflix is waiting a little to renew their dark horse is to set a precedent that will give them some leeway with release windows of future original content renewals. This would mean more time to juggle and finesse all of their priorities without a stigma based on perceived delay.
DID YOU KNOW? When I lived and worked in Silicon Valley—before the bubble burst—I worked at large and small companies where very rapid growth was a major challenge. Like many workers, I did my best to be productive while challenged by a unique set of problems.
Not enough workers. Not enough furniture. New offices that were too small months after moving in. How to be productive when once again you didn't know how to use the (latest larger) phone system. Company culture clashes between old and new.
Remember that hot shot software engineer who ALWAYS went barefoot? I learned we had achieved 100% compliance with the "shoes required" policy via company memorandum rather than walking by his desk, now on a different floor in the other building.
NOTE: Netflix headquarters are located in Los Gatos California, a posh 'burb at the south end of Silicon Valley.