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Looks like The Expanse may continue at Amazon


There have been many TV show cancellations over the past couple of weeks. One of the ones that hit hardest was The Expanse. Season 3 is still showing on Syfy and the story is kind of just getting started. It is a super cool slice of sci-fi and I was gutted to hear we would not have any more.

Turns out there is still a chance for a season 4 as THR are reporting that Amazon is near a deal to take over. Amazon Studios declined to comment as sources note the deal is not closed.

Syfy had only first-run linear rights in the U.S. to The Expanse, which was based on James S. A. Corey’s best-selling book series of the same name. Amazon Studios had streaming rights to the first three seasons of the show. Sources say Jess Bezos is a big fan of the book and was livid that the TV series went to NBCUniversal-owned Syfy. The move is said to have ignited Bezos’ demand that Amazon Studios brass find the company’s version of Game of Thrones.

The Expanse’s first season averaged 581,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 1.4 million total viewers with three days of DVR. Season two, which returned more than a year later with a significant marketing push and a solid lead-in, was down 24 percent among total viewers and averaged 457,000 total viewers. The Expanse’s third season dropped another 5 percent among total viewers and 12 percent in the demo from season two.

“The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television. Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision,” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCU Cable Entertainment. “We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S. A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

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