“The Expanse” continues with its thrills and adventures for the fourth season as well, thanks to the millions of fans who were quite vocal about this show and Prime, who snapped up this series from Syfy after its cancellation. At the Comic-Con panel for this series, which was a part of Amazon’s series showcase, the entire crew made their appreciation felt.
The Expanse currently is airing its 3rd season on Syfy with cable networking canceling this series soon. Shortly when it got canceled, it got reported that the giant Amazon was in talks for continuing this series produced and financed by Alcon Group.
In the month of May, Amazon released the following statement:
“We can’t be more thrilled that series of ‘The Expanse’ will continue on the Amazon Prime! We’re very thankful that Jen Salke, Jeff Bezos, and the entire team at Amazon have shown complete faith in our series. We would like to thank Laura, the head of Alcon for her diligent efforts. We’re completely aware that it might have not happened if it was not for the astounding outburst of support and appreciation from the creative and hard working fans across the world.”
Syfy only had first-run rights in the US to Expanse, which was based on Corey’s book series of the same name and also starred Steven Strait. The Amazon Studios already had rights to the first 3 seasons of this show. As Jeff Bezos was already an ardent fan of this book when the source material was displayed on the screen by the executive while displaying Kindle Fire to the press for the first time he was furious that this TV series went onto Syfy.
Expanse was extremely costly for Syfy, and nature of this deal put extra pressure on this series to perform on the linear network as cabler didn’t have international or SVOD rights to gain from. The drama was Syfy’s major push back in its traditional sci-fi genre.