Amazon picks up The Expanse for season four


SyFy’s The Expanse has found a new home at Amazon after series cancellation.

Rumor had it that Amazon was in talks to pick up the sci-fi mystery drama The Expanse after SyFy announced plans to cancel the series after its third season. Since the announcement less than two weeks ago there has been a massive fan campaign to save the well-rated series, hoping to have it picked up by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. A petition to save the show had reached 130,000 signatures and a GoFundMe page collected enough money to fly a “# Save the Expanse” banner over Amazon headquarters last week.

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Fan effort paid off as sources suggested that Amazon was in early talks with the producers of The Expanse to pick up the series for a fourth season. But just a couple of days after rumors started flying Amazon has confirmed that The Expanse has found a home for its fourth season.

Not only is The Expanse a critically acclaimed series, but it is exactly the kind of genre programming that Amazon is currently in the market for. Syfy might have let the popular series go because of its agreement with the series which only gives it first-run linear rights. This places a heavy importance on live television viewers when the bulk of The Expanse fans watch through digital or streaming sources. While this arrangement is not profitable enough for SyFy, it would be perfect for a streaming service like Amazon, especially with the built-in fanbase.

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The Expanse is a sci-fi mystery drama written and created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the Oscar-nominated writing team behind Children of Men. Based on the book series by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S. A. Corey, the series takes place in the Earth-colonized solar system where a few individuals find themselves involved in a vast conspiracy to start a war between Earth and Mars.

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