Saturday, May 26, 2018

Amazon Officially Picks Up 'The Expanse' for Season 4

Two weeks after Syfy decided to cancel the drama after three seasons, Amazon has officially decided to pick up the original drama series The Expanse for a fourth season. The announcement was made by Jeff Bezos at the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles.

"We couldn't be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime!" said Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Alcon Entertainment. "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!"

After Syfy decided to cancel the drama after three seasons, talks began immediately to find the series a new home so that it could continue. Syfy was unable to make the financials work on any additional seasons because they only had the stateside linear rights to the show. As such, it needed to be a strong performer in live viewers. Meanwhile, Alcon Television Group completely owned the show and was able to benefit from its streaming viewership and performance around the world. Sure, there was some details that still needed to be negotiated before Amazon could pick up a fourth season. Amazon has the streaming rights in America while Netflix has streaming rights throughout the rest of the world. But now, it's apparent that a deal has been struck that is beneficial for all sides.

The drama stars Steven Strait, Thomas Jane, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shawn Doyle, Frankie Adams and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby developed the drama based on the book series by James S.A. Corey. They executive produce with Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason F. Brown and showrunner Naren Shankar.