The Expanse has been saved by Amazon

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"The Rocinante is safe", Bezos added, referring to the fictional spaceship that's as much a focus of the series as the Starship Enterprise is the focus for "Star Trek".

I wanted to start out talking with Jeff Bezos tonight about his vision for settling outer space, but the billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin had other plans.

"I just got word that The Expanse was saved", said Bezos, addressing the crowd in attendance. The deal makes flawless sense for Amazon Studios as SyFy is not tied to any streaming deals for The Expanse domestically.

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Following the news that The Expanse would be returning for a fourth season, Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson announced their excitement over moving to Amazon. The announcement was made by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos at National Space Society's International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, and the cast of the show was in attendance there as well. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television, for her tireless efforts.

The pair also thanked fans of the series 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.

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Syfy only held the rights for "The Expanse's" first run on linear television in the USA, which put a lot of pressure on "live" viewing. The fact that Amazon took notice and chose to pick up the show is a clear sign that engagement from fans can make a difference in the Peak TV era and that the networks that listen to and partner with the audience have a better chance of surviving when the bubble eventually bursts in the current boom of original programming on television. The cast includes Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams and Thomas Jane. The critically acclaimed sci-fi drama based on the best-selling books of James S.A. Corey (actually the pen name of co-writer Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) was officially cancelled by SyFy two weeks back amidst a US TV network bloodbath that saw many shows getting the chop. Amazon Studios has streaming rights to the first three seasons of the show.

Another day, another streaming service swooping in to rescue a TV series that couldn't cut it on cable.

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