Season 4 of ‘The Expanse’ moves to Amazon, where it belongs – Los Angeles Times

Season 4 of ‘The Expanse’ moves to Amazon, where it belongs – Los Angeles Times

Jeff Bezos
It never hurts to have the world’s richest man as a fan. When Syfy canceled “The Expanse” last year after a three-year run, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, reportedly a follower of the show and the books it is based on, helped along the deep-space drama’s move to Amazon Prime, where its fourth season premieres on Friday.“It’s Jeff Bezos’ favorite TV show, ” says Andrew Kosove of Alcon TV, which produces the program. “I believe [the move to Amazon] was because of Jeff Bezos: ‘I like watching the show, so let’s make it work.’” (Bezos declined a request for comment.) But it wasn’t just Bezos who lobbied for the program, a richly produced, plot-heavy enterprise that, like all good science fiction, deals with contemporary issues: superpower rivalries, developing world exploitation, refugees and the uses and abuses of technology.
“The Expanse” also has a hardcore fan base, which mobilized on social media to save the show — and set up a GoFundMe page to pay for a plane to fly a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon Studios’ Santa Monica headquarters.“That banner over the offices happened at the right time, because [Bezos] was hearing a groundswell from family members and others, ” says Vernon Sanders, ....


In fact, as far as its creators and cast were concerned, the show was always a better fit in a streaming environment.Cas Anvar in “The Expanse.” The series has already been renewed for a fifth season on Amazon Prime.(Rafy / Amazon Prime Video)“With a streaming platform, it lends itself to the fluency of the narrative structure, whereas if you have to wait a week until new episodes, some of that gets lost in between viewing experiences, ” says series star Steven Strait, who plays James Holden, captain of the spaceship Rocinante (yes, named after Don Quixote’s horse), whose crew is central to the series’ plot.“We were the oddball child on Syfy, because we had always looked on this show as complex and tightly arced, ” adds showrunner and executive producer Naren Shankar. “We weren’t doing episode-of-the-week, even on Syfy.
And we never wrote out breaks into our scripts; we never wrote for commercials.”Though the program retains its veteran cast and crew, as well as the mandate to film the series of eight “Expanse” books written by James S.A. Corey — the pseudonym of authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham — moving to Amazon has meant one significant change: a new ....

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