Syfy has axed space drama The Expanse after three seasons.
The US drama, which airs in Australia on Netflix, has been averaging 1m viewers for the US cable channel. Syfy only had broadcast rights in the US making it heavily reliant on Live audiences.
“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.”
But Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces the series, plans to shop it to other buyers.
“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.”
Season 3 is yet to screen in Australia on Netflix.