Just as we thought the SyFy Channel was getting better they have cancelled hit Sci-Fi series The Expanse at the end of it’s Season 3 run.

Outside of the US many people found The Expanse via the Netflix download network. Then, when they checked it out, found it was not actually a Netflix show but came from the SyFy network. How come? It was great Science Fiction and a really impressive production values with spectacular special effects. “Surely not? Wow that network really has improved!”

The Expanse is made by Alcon Television Group. SyFy had the first television rights in the US but nothing more. It was an expensive purchase. Although the ratings where still ok it had been dropping bit by bit from Season 1 to Season 3. They had to make it work for the first batch of airings. Although they liked the show felt it could not really be justified.

The Expanse 307 - Cas Anvar
The Expanse 307 “Delta-V” – Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar) ©2017 Syfy Media, photo by Rafy

NBCUniversal “The Expanse – Cancelled” comment

Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment was quoted on Deadline, “The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television”.

He went on to say, “Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James SA Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

Alcon “The Expanse – Cancelled” comment

Alcon Entertainment CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have also commented. “We are very disappointed the show will not be returning to Syfy”.

They went on with some hope for the future, “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 [intellectual Property].”

Streaming is the future?

We can all see what is going to happen… Netflix, or one of the other well funded streaming services will grab it up!

Netflix have even said recently that Science Fiction has taken over from comedy as the main driver of new subscriptions!

The Expanse 307 - Dominique Tipper, David Strathairn and Cara Gee
The Expanse 307 “Delta-V” – Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper), Klaes Ashford (David Strathairn), Drummer (Cara Gee). ©2017 Syfy Media, photo by Rafy

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online