The Expanse - Highly Acclaimed Show Won't Be Saved Due To Being A Financial Flop?!
Imagine your favorite show got canceled but then to your joy it got picked up again by another distributor…only to be canceled yet again with more source material left and the story not complete! That is surely had fans of the show The Expanse have felt. The show, which has had much critical acclaim and some people had even gone as far to say that it is as good, if not better, than Game of Thrones has ended after its sixth season much to the fans’ dismay. But what has had people claiming that this is one of the best sci-fi shows ever made? Is there a possibility of a seventh season? And what is next for the actors? Read on to the end to find out all the latest news about one of the most praised shows.
What Is The Expanse?
For those of you who might not be aware, yet are intrigued by the show, let us give you a quick rundown. The Expanse is a TV series based on a series of novels of the same name by James S. A. Corey. The action takes place in the distant future of the 24th century, where humanity has succeeded in colonizing the Solar System. The show’s main protagonists include a group of different people such as United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala ( Shohreh Aghdashloo), ship’s officer James Holden (Steven Strait), and his crew, as well as police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane). Together they unintentionally unravel and thus place themselves at the center of a conspiracy that threatens the fragile state of a cold war, while at the same time dealing with existential crises brought on by the discovery of alien technology. But what about this show has had people praising it so much? Read on to find out.
Critical Acclaim For The Show
The show has also been highly acclaimed by many. But what about the show that has been so praised by viewers and critics? Part mystery, a part political thriller, part classic space opera, The Expanse has been praised not just for its gripping storytelling but many other things such as its excellent use of accurate physics. Other praise came for the show’s visuals, character development as well as political narrative. And for all this, the show received a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and three Saturn Award nominations for Best Science Fiction Television Series.
Comparisons To Other Shows
The first book from The Expanse series was released in 2011 and it was titled Leviathan Wakes, and not long after its debut, the comparisons to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire had begun. The storylines had both character-centric chapter formats and both had blended political intrigue with epic factions warfare, as well as both of them, had balanced human squabbles for power against a larger, darker, distinctly less human threat. And of course, once both of the shows had been announced to make a debut on the small screen, those comparisons intensified. People would comment that while The Expanse stuck with one book per season, to many, Game of Thrones just crammed as much as possible into it a season, especially the final one. Given the nature of this space show, it was also compared to other shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. But what were the reasons for the show being canceled? Read on to find out.
The Expanse Cancelled
When the show had come out, it first premiered in December 2015 on Syfy. As we previously mentioned it had very positive reviews yet to the surprise of many after three seasons, the network had canceled The Expanse. While many could not understand why such an amazing and acclaimed production was canceled, it turned out that viewership had declined during the first three seasons on Syfy and the network had struggled to make their slice of distribution rights profitable. While it was never officially confirmed, some had suggested that one episode of the show could have cost anywhere between $2-$5 million to make, including marketing, yet only made anywhere between $30,000 - $50,000 per episode. Though that have been speculations, that have never been confirmed by Syfy or the showrunners. But it seemed that the show took over people’s hearts and soon not only fans of the show but celebrities such as Wil Wheaton, Patton Oswalt, and even George R.R. Martin, who has been a long-time fan of the books, had campaigned for the show to be returned.
Amazon To The Rescue
Thanks to all the campaigning their work paid off and Amazon Prime Video had swooped in to save the day. They commissioned the show for three more seasons on their platform much to the delight of the fans. Once again the show was highly praised by fans and critics alike which is why once more, people were surprised when after the sixth season Amazon had announced that the sixth season would be final and they would not be renewing it. It was even more surprising given that there are still 3 more books in the saga left. Though despite the fact that book six has a natural ending point to the climax of it, making it is the perfect ending because book 7 has a 30-year time jump. But knowing that there is more to the story, via three more books that might not be adapted onto the small screen, is upsetting to fans. But what was the reason for the cancelation?
Reason For Amazon Cancellation
The showrunner for The Expanse, Naren Shankar, spoke with io9 and explained that financial considerations were the main reasons behind the decision. This also led to the final season having six episodes instead of 10. He also went on to say that the financial decision was made between Amazon and Alcon Television. Though of course now people are wondering could it be possible for the show to be saved once again.
Could Season 7 Happen?
When the cancelation news was first announced in 2020 writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck referred to the show’s end as a “pause” at the time. They pointed out that it was a natural pause in the story, as we mentioned before, and they reckon it is a satisfying end. They revealed that after the first cancelation, they had been talking about if it would be possible to end the show after the sixth season, and that was an option that was always on the table for them and not something that they had to fight for. Shankar added that right now the future really lies with Alcon Television as it is the studio that makes the show, as well as Amazon. The creators of the show had all agreed that they would love to complete bringing the book series and maybe one day it will happen. Some fans had even suggested making the remaining books into a movie to complete the story, if the financial aspects of making 3 more seasons would be too much, then possibly even making a movie. But while there is nothing certain about the future of the show and if it could be picked up again, what issues could the cast face? Read on to find out.
A Brand New Cast?
With the continuation of the series there would also come the question as to what to do with the current cast. Given that the seventh book picks up 30 years later, all the characters would be much older. This brings up the question as to what would happen with the cast. Would the producers be spending money on making the actors look older via make-up and using CGI? Or would they take an example from The Crown and re-cast their show in its entirety? That in itself could bring a negative reaction from the cast, who over the past six seasons have gotten used to the current actors and have praised them for their hard work on the show.
What’s Next For The Cast?
While the future of the cast in The Expanse is unknown, due to both not knowing whether the story will continue and if yes if it’ll be recast, what is next for the actors in terms of their career? If James Holden is your favorite character then keep your eyes on for a production titled Five Below, as actor Steven Strait has been announced as part of the cast. Though for now, nothing else is known about the production as it is still in pre-production. Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo known for playing Chrisjen Avasarala has three productions currently in the lineup. One of them is Man & Witch which also stars Sean Astin and Christopher Lloyd. All of her other productions are also fantasy genres. As for Dominique Tipper and Wes Chatham, the other two main and the longest-running actors on the show at the moment have no other productions lined up, as per their IMDb pages.
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