The Roci will Fly Again! The Expanse Picked Up by Amazon

Break out the celebratory lasagna—The Expanse has been saved! The show will move over to Amazon’s streaming service after its third season ends on Syfy. Jeff Bezos made the announcement himself last night, after a panel at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which featured three of the show’s stars, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, and Cas Anvar, along with showrunner Naren Shankar.

Anvar, who has been especially vocal in the #SaveTheExpanse campaign, filmed the announcement and posted it on Twitter.

The Expanse premiered on Syfy in 2015, in a slightly unusual deal that gave Syfy only first run rights, with Amazon securing the streaming rights. As the show was expensive to produce, and received fairly low ratings, Syfy finally decided to drop it despite its status as one of the best examples of true SF on television right now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bezos, a huge fan of the James S.A. Corey’s series, was already “livid” that he lost the show to Syfy initially.

Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, the co-founders of Alcon Entertainment, gave an announcement that stressed the work of the fans to revive the show:

“We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show…we also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

[via Deadline]


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