Amazon has come to the rescue of sci-fi TV series The Expanse

Amazon particularly showed some interest in the show, with CEO Jeff Bezos being said to be "a big fan" of the books behind the show, and sources stating that he was "livid" when the show was originally bought by Syfy..

The Expanse gets a second chance at survival thanks to its passionate fans and Amazon. Yet, The Expanse never generated anything like Thrones-level ratings for SyFy, underperforming even the network's other niche dramas, such as The Magicians and Krypton. Word of the Amazon deal broke just ten days after that cancellation, and less than a week later we have our confirmation. The campaign has included a petition, which has collected 138,000 signatures to date, and a GoFundMe page, which collected money for a #Save The Expanse banner to be flown over the Amazon headquarters last week. In a statement announcing the news, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcon Entertainment expressed their gratitude 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.

Perhaps more damaging to The Expanse's status at SyFy, though, was that, according to Deadline Hollywood, the network only had first-run rights to the show. Amazon had streaming rights to the first three seasons of the showon Amazon Prime. Additionally, Amazon has been looking to beef up its portfolio of original genre drama series, so The Expanse could fit into that effort.

The Expanse is based upon the novel series by James S.A. Corey, the pen name shared by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Latest News