The Expanse will not be continuing at Syfy.
The cable network announced late Thursday that the hit sci-fi drama would not be returning to the channel beyond the current third season, which is due to conclude in July.
“The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
“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’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”
Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces the series is not ready to accept defeat and is gearing up to shop the series to other outlets.
As always, the chances of a canceled series being resurrected are slim to none, but it does all come down to the financial side of things.
These mean the show is right on par with one year earlier, so it makes the cancellation news even more surprising.
"We are very disappointed the show will not be returning to Syfy,” said Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
“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.”
According to Deadline, the decision to cancel is said to be down to the deal Syfy has with the show. The network has first-run U.S. rights to the show.
That means the live ratings are taken into consideration as opposed to consolidated ratings, and that could be why Syfy decided to bring the series to a close.
The show ranked as Syfy's fourth-highest rated series overall.
Alas, we will keep you updated on any updates about whether the series has been saved.
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