‘The Expanse’: Amazon Sets 2019 Launch for Season 4, Will Starting Streaming Season 3 in February

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The fourth season of “The Expanse” will launch on its new home, Prime Video, later this year, Amazon announced Tuesday.

But if you can’t wait till then for new episodes of the former Syfy series, then you can at least take comfort in the fact that Season 3 will be available to Prime members in over 200 countries and territories on Feb. 8. And Seasons 1-2 — which are currently available in the US — will become available internationally that same day.

The series, created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

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Prime Video rescued “The Expanse” after it was canceled by Syfy last May. Following some serious fan outcry, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, made the Season 4 pickup announcement himself at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, where the cast and showrunner were in attendance.

“The Expanse” stars Thomas Jane (“Deep Blue Sea”), Oscar-nominee Shohreh Asgdashloo (“Star Trek: Beyond”), Steve Strait (“The Covenant”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatam (“The Hunger Games”), Cas Anvar (“Punisher: War Zone”), Frankie Adams (“Mortal Engines”) and Shawn Doyle (“Frequency”), Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead”), Florence Faivre (“The Sia Renaissance”), and Cara Gee (“Empire of Dirt”).

The show is produced by Alcon Television Group. Naren Shankar acts as showrunner.

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First Episode of ‘Jack Ryan’ Looks Like a Much-Needed Subversion of Its Source Material

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The first episode of Amazon’s Tom Clancy adaptation “Jack Ryan” saw its U.S. public debut Friday afternoon in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con. And as it happens, the show works pretty well, not only as decent counter-programming for the convention, but if the episode is any guide, for the source material too.

Star John Krasinski turns out to be a very credible fit to play the lode-bearing Clancy-verse character. Co-star Wendell Pierce’s beleaguered, on-his-last-second-chance CIA official James Greer, is a good counterweight to Krasinski’s anxious yet mild-mannered approach to playing Jack Ryan.

On the other hand, given the show’s setting, legitimate concerns can be raised about the kind of roles actors of West Asian descent are offered, and how people from those cultures are portrayed. However, a last-minute reveal that felt askance of the worldview Tom Clancy expressed in his dozens of novels suggests the show has deeper things to say than just “fighting terror good, foreign terrorist people bad.”

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The episode begins with a flashback to 1983 as an American child is juxtaposed to similar-aged children in Lebanon. By contrast to the American child’s happy life, the impoverished Lebanese children fall victim to a stray bomb dropped on their home — presumably during the aftermath of the Beirut Marine barracks bombing.

Skip ahead to present day where we meet adult Jack Ryan (Krasinski), a seemingly chill D.C. bro who rides his bike to work (which happens to be at the CIA.) Fans of Clancy’s novels will immediately recognize the usual premise beats: Ryan is a well-educated, thoughtful former Marine and former stockbroker who left Wall Street to join the CIA; he goes from desk jockey analyst to field agent after he figures out something nefarious is going down; and as it turns out he’s still kind of a badass, albeit a mild-mannered one.

The Amazon show updates Clancy’s Cold War setting to the war on terror, making the incident that gets Jack out into the field his realization that a series of shady transactions suggests the rise of a new global terrorism mastermind. After some butting of heads with his new boss Greer (Pierce), it turns out Jack is correct. In short order he’s dragged to a military base somewhere in western Asia and asked to help interrogate a recently-captured banker and his pretending-to-be-regular bodyguard.

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In the middle of this comes an attack on the base by insurgents that is actually not what it seems — we won’t spoil it — and Jack comes face to face with the new Bin Laden who, clearly, is this season’s major antagonist.

You’ve seen this before, but what in our opinion keeps “Jack Ryan” from being just another “Homeland” or “24” is a crucial moment at the end that seems to contradict the more reactionary elements of Clancy’s oeuvre. It’s revealed that the two children we saw at the beginning of the episode, who survived that airstrike but with terrible injuries, are the modern-day terrorist leader and his brother. In other words, the serious problem Jack is trying to stop is a direct result of previous U.S. foreign policy decision-making. A far cry from the rather Manichean source material.

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There are some weaker points — there are a lot of jokes that feel like overdone bits better suited for broadcast procedurals or sitcoms, for example — but it’s a solid hour of geopolitical thrills that might have some ambition to be more.

The Amazon panel included “Jack Ryan” showrunner Carlton Cuse, “The Tick” creator Ben Edlund, “Homecoming” director Sam Esmail, “Good Omens” creator/writer/showrunner Neil Gaiman, “Lore” producer Gale Anne Hurd and Naren Shankar, showrunner of the recently saved-from-cancellation “The Expanse.”

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  OK, no show wants to be called “trash,” but if it means you’re getting picked up by another network or platform after cancellation at your original home, you probably won’t…

From ‘Sense8’ to #BK99, Here’s How Loud (and Successful) Twitter Is at Saving Canceled Shows (Infographic)

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Getting canceled isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays, when a show gets the axe, its fans will inevitably make their voices heard on Twitter. And if the show is beloved enough by enough people, and those people are loud enough (and the hashtags keep trending), networks (or streaming services) might just listen and save it.

Hey, that’s what happened with “Sense8,” whose two-hour series finale (which dropped today) was greenlit by Netflix after fans freaked over its cancellation last spring.

While TheWrap can’t prove definitively that the power of Twitter is what saves axed shows, we did get some numbers from the social media platform to demonstrate that there is a correlation between how many times you ranted about a canceled show, and the speed at which it was revived. Our conclusion: the odds are usually in the show’s favor if a fan campaign grows quickly.

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Expanse” are two of the lucky programs whose loyal fanbases made quite the racket when they met their maker as the 2017-18 season was coming to a close.

The cancellation of the Fox comedy prompted an outpouring of support from viewers (both famous and civilian) in the form of 1.4 million tweets about the show in the 36 hours between its cancellation on May 10 and its NBC pick-up the next day.

The Expanse took a bit longer — two weeks passed between SyFy deciding not to renew after Season 3, and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos announcing the cult fav would become a Prime exclusive for Season 4.

Now look, we’re not saying the show was revived in just one day because Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Hamill rallied a “Nine Nine!” battle cry via Twitter — but the success of the fan campaign cannot be ignored.

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The fates of shows like “Timeless” and “Lucifer” are still up in the air, as the former was already revived once after cancellation by NBC and is currently in limbo for the 2018-19 season and the latter was killed by Fox after three seasons — but is currently being shopped around by studio Warner Bros Television. But their respective bases continue to tweet and tweet and tweet — so someone might be listening.

Take a look at our infographic below to see which fans are the loudest and how that’s worked out for them. The info was provided by Twitter.

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‘The Expanse’ Finds New Life at Amazon for Season 4

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“The Expanse,” the sci-fi series that Syfy canceled earlier this month, will find a new life — and a fourth season — on Amazon Prime, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced late Friday.

Series producer Alcon Entertainment had been shopping the show since its cancellation. The final episode of the third season is set to air on Syfy in July.

The series, created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

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Syfy only held the rights for “The Expanse’s” first run on linear television in the U.S., which put a lot of pressure on “live” viewing. Those audiences never came despite an increased marketing budget for the show and experiments with different lead-ins.

The NBCU cable network had even produced a documentary about the series, which aired ahead of Season 2 — but nothing brought Nielsen numbers that anyone would consider “out-of-this-world.”

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Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement: “We couldn’t be more excited that ‘The Ezpanse’ is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show.

The pair also thanked series fans for “the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

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Is there an afterlife? For all the beloved TV shows that recently got the axe, fans sure hope so.

Following a slew of cancellations doled out by broadcast networks ahead of their upfront presentations in New York City last week, studios are shopping around several axed properties in hopes they will be picked up on other platforms.

And fans are rallying to lend their support for the efforts via #Save[InsertYourFavoriteCanceledShowHere] campaigns on social media. Seeing as that actually worked for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was revived by NBC just one day after Fox cut it loose, viewers (and studios) appear more hopeful for the future of other killed-off programs.

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Here the TheWrap rounds up the statuses of several canceled series (and a couple more-than-likely-to-be-canceled series) that are sitting in limbo waiting to see if they are granted new life at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or another network.

1. “Timeless”

OK, Clockblockers, you can stop screaming before you start, because we know the Eric Kripke series hasn’t been canceled by NBC — yet. And yes, it was canceled and then revived last year. But its sophomore season’s Nielsen ratings weren’t great and an insider tells TheWrap chances are, if it does get canceled, the Peacock will not bring it back again — no matter how much you campaign this time. Now, the good news is that if it is nixed, Sony Television has the ability to shop it elsewhere. But an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap the studio is waiting to make a move until NBC makes theirs.

2. “The Expanse”

This Syfy drama is pretty much in the best position out of all the series on this list, and also happens to be the only one on cable. As TheWrap previously reported, Amazon Studios is in talks with Alcon Entertainment Television to bring the show back to life for a fourth season on its streaming platform. No deal has been struck as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

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3. “The Mick” and “The Last Man on Earth”

We’re gonna group these two Fox comedies together because their status is word-for-word identical. They were canceled on the same day as “Nine-Nine,” but didn’t get as lucky as the Universal TV property. An insider tells TheWrap that 20th Century Fox is always looking for other homes for dead series, but there hasn’t been real interest in this pair yet.

4. “Lucifer”

If Tom Ellis had it his way, he would probably create a network to help bring the devil back from hell. Yes, the lead in the recently canceled Fox drama is also leading the campaign to save the show. Ellis said in a recent interview that the outcry from fans after it was killed by the network has been so great that it “sparked” a conversation to move it to another platform — but he can’t say where. An individual close to the situation tells TheWrap that Warner Bros. TV is actively looking for a new platform for “Lucifer.”

Until then, Lucy fans can also look forward to two more episodes of “Lucifer” airing next Monday. Originally scheduled to air as part of Season 4, the “bonus” episodes were filmed earlier this spring.

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5. “Designated Survivor”

The Kiefer Sutherland-led political drama was one of the many series canceled by ABC before they announced their 2018-19 slate of programming. However, as TheWrap previously reported, conversations quickly began between studio eOne and Netflix to bring it to the streaming platform. No deal has been finalized there though. But again, we’ll update you when we hear something.

6. “Ghosted”

Now, we know that a) the remaining episodes of the Adam Scott and Craig Robinson-led comedy have yet to air on Fox and b) it has not actually been canceled. But, TheWrap has also heard things aren’t looking great for the freshman series and if it is axed, the 20th Century Fox show will probably be getting the same treatment as “The Mick” and “Last Man on Earth.”

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7. “Taken”

After being bumped from the schedule in April, “Taken” was officially canceled by NBC earlier this month after two seasons. However, an insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap at the time that the series — based on the popular movie franchise starring Liam Neeson — was already being shopped around by studios Universal Television and EuropaCorp TV USA.

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‘The Expanse’ Canceled by Syfy After 3 Seasons

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Syfy has canceled “The Expanse” after three seasons of limited linear ratings, and Studio Alcon Entertainment Television is already shopping its show elsewhere, TheWrap has learned.

“‘The Expanse’ transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment President Chris McCumber said in a statement. “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,” he continued, “And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

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Syfy only held the rights for “The Expanse’s” first run on linear television in the U.S., which put a lot of pressure on “live” viewing. Those audiences never came despite an increased marketing budget for the show and experiments with different lead-ins. The NBCU cable network had even produced a documentary about the series, which aired ahead of Season 2 — but nothing brought Nielsen numbers that anyone would consider “out-of-this-world.”

“The Expanse,” which was created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

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