- Syfy cancelled its space-drama “The Expanse” on Thursday, but the show’s production company is looking to shop the series around to other networks, according to Deadline.
- The third season of “The Expanse” premiered in April to universal critical acclaim, but its ratings were steadily slipping.
- Many fans of the series took to Twitter on Friday to ask Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings to consider picking up the series for renewal.
The cable network Syfy cancelled its critically acclaimed space-drama series “The Expanse” on Thursday, but the production company behind the show is planning to shop the series around to other networks for renewal, according to Deadline.
The third season of “The Expanse” premiered in April to universal critical acclaim and a 100% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but its ratings steadily decreased in each of its seasons. The third season’s last episode will air on Syfy on May 30.
In a statement to Deadline on the show’s cancellation, Chris McCumber, the president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable, said, “‘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.”
The show, based on the series of novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (pen name James S.A. Corey), is set 200 years in the future when humanity has colonized the Solar System. The Solar System is divided and on the brink of war, and the series’ conflicts deal with the rocky relationship between Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA).
Moving forward, Alcon Television Group, the show’s producer, will look to find a new home for the series, the company told Deadline.
“We are very disappointed the show will not be returning to Syfy,” Alcon Entertainment cofounders and CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson told the outlet. “We respect Syfy’s decision to end this partnership but given the commercial and critical success of the show, we fully plan to pursue other opportunities for this terrific and original IP.”
Although Alcon did not specify any potential suitors for the series, a number of the show’s fans took to Twitter on Friday to ask that Netflix and its CEO, Reed Hastings, consider picking up “The Expanse” for renewal.
Netflix does already own the international streaming rights for “The Expanse,” and it has commissioned continuations of a number of cancelled series in the past, including Channel 4’s “Black Mirror.”
Fans have also started a Change.org petition to get Netflix to pick the show up.
Below are a few fan reactions on Twitter:
@reedhastings Mr Hastings. An amazing show is about to be homeless. Its called The Expanse, it airs on Syfy and its some of the best science fiction ive ever seen. Amazing, diverse cast and very topical. If any show deserves saving its this one. Thank you for your consideration.
— David Hinson (@shockerallstar) May 11, 2018
@netflix @reedhastings I created this Twitter just to kindly beg you to pick up #TheExpanse since it was cancelled on its network despite being hailed as one of the best Sci-Fi shows ever. This will be my only tweet ever. Please pick it up! #SaveTheExpanse
— The Expanse (@Roberta__Draper) May 11, 2018
@reedhastings Hi! So, I’m a fan of this little show that you distribute worldwide, called ‘The Expanse’, it seems it is looking for a new home. What you think of producing/distributing probably one of the best #SciFi shows currently airing? #theexpanse
— Gustavo Barrón (@cicloid) May 11, 2018
Yo! Grab this show from Syfy!
— Torin Shields (@TCReckless) May 11, 2018