It seemed a forgone conclusion from the moment producers of The Expanse announced they were seeking other outlets after Syfy cancelled the program, but Amazon has picked the series up for a fourth season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement at an National Space Society panel dedicated to the show. “I just got word that The Expanse was saved,” he said to the crowd.
Based on James S. A. Corey’s best-selling book series of the same name and starring Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar and Dominique Tipper, the television show tells the tale of various factions and conspiracies in a space-faring age. Earth, Mars and various space stations face off against one another for resources and political freedoms.
Syfy won a bidding war to air the series, but in doing so made the show a very slim money-maker for the cable outlet; their share of profits comes strictly from ad revenue accrued from ratings averages. Amazon, who won the initial streaming rights to the series, saw a much better return on investment and became the most likely streaming service to pick up the series.
For those who already watch the show on Amazon, the change will be largely invisible. But for those who watch the show on the cable broadcast will have to make a choice to pay for the series as a package deal or as part of an Amazon Prime account.
The third season of The Expanse continues to air on Syfy.