Syfy has canceled The Expanse. The third season is scheduled to end in July and will function as the show’s last on the network. According to Deadline, Alcon Television Group is currently trying to find the show a new home, throwing the series’s future into question even as it provides a glimmer of hope for its fans. Of the network’s decision to cut the show from its programming, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment President Chris McCumber said the following:
“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. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse‘s amazing cast, crew, and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’s loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”
Syfy’s decision to cancel the show is reportedly connected to the show’s first-run linear rights in the United States. The popularity and prevalence of streaming services cut into the show’s rating and ultimately limit its viewership potential.
Based on the popular book series by James S. A. Corey (pen name for the writing duo of Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), The Expanse ranks as one of the most lauded sci-fi shows currently on television. It stars Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
The series has captivated critics and audiences since its live premiere in December 2015, and news of the show’s cancellation has sent shock waves through the sci-fi community.
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