The Expanse Saved From Cancellation By Amazon--Season 4 Is Coming
The Expanse Season 3 is airing now.
Update: Following reports that Amazon wanted to save the canceled show, The Expanse will ride again. During a conference dinner where he was being honored, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos broke the news that 10 minutes earlier he had gotten the call that his company was officially reviving the show. The Expanse's cast was in the audience for the moment and shared the news via social media.
"The show is extraordinary and these guys are unbelievably talented," Bezos said, adding that The Expanse will be a Prime Original from here on out. There's no word on when a new season will premiere or how many episodes it will contain.
In a statement, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-CEO's of The Expanse production company Alcon Entertainment say, "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!" Original story follows.
Less than two weeks have passed since Syfy pulled the plug on The Expanse and the series looks to already be rising from the dead--making it the second such canceled series this season. Syfy previously announced that the show's third season, which is currently airing, would be its last. Now it may be Amazon to the rescue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon is in talks to bring the series to its Prime Video streaming service. THR notes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a fan of the books The Expanse is based on and was not happy when the TV adaptation went to Syfy.
Though an agreement to move the show to Amazon Prime Video is not finalized, a Twitter account associated with the show's writers rooms has confirmed that talks are ongoing. "We're excited, but the deal's not closed...we're not quite through the woods yet," the account writes in a tweet that has since been deleted. "Keep up the fight Expansers & watch this [week's] episode LIVE with us on SyFy. [W]e'll be dancing in the streets right along with you as soon as we get anything official."
Should it be saved, The Expanse wouldn't be the only show revived by another entity after cancellation this year. Days after Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, NBC announced it would revive the series. According to TVLine, Nine-Nine will return in 2019 for a 13-episode Season 6.