#SaveTheExpanse – Can the Internet Save the Science-Fiction Hit?


It’s the season to announce show cancellations, and fans are up in arms. Earlier this week, FOX announced that they would be cancelling Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was (fortunately) picked up by NBC. But some shows don’t have a guardian angel. Some shows need to make their own.

Cable networks have announced that they’ll be cancelling some of the internet’s favorite shows. Among those axed are Lucifer, Designated Survivor, and Quantico. In a belter-grade bullshit move last week, Syfy has told fans they’ll be cancelling the critically acclaimed show The Expanse.

Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks, had this to say about the cancellation: “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’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

Massive Reviews

The show currently sits on an 8.3/10 on IMDB, and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans love this show. It’s one of the best written sci-fi shows on TV. Don’t believe me? Here’s a fan-made video showcasing why you should be taking a stance:

According to Deadline, there reason for the cancellation falls down to the ratings (early data for Season 3 shows its numbers sloping negatively vs. Season 2). Unfortunately, just because a show is good, doesn’t mean it’ll be continuted.  Syfy only has first-run linear rights to air the show in the United States, so the cable provider doesn’t get to profit from digital/streaming rights (like Netflix).


Fans have signed a petition which has now reached nearly 110,000 signatures as of the time of writing. They’re calling for the show to be picked up by Netflix, which already has the streaming rights to 3 seasons, or Amazon. In a crazier stunt, they’ve also rented an air-banner which flew over Santa Monica.



The last episode of the current season is set to be released in July. Let’s hope that more will follow. If you’d like to contribute towards #SavetheExpanse, check out the following thread on Reddit. Get in your spaceships, it’s time to #SaveTheExpanse.



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