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Historically when a show is canceled by a network, it stays that way. But in the age of the internet and social media, fans are able to make their voice heard and more shows are getting back on television after network cancelation. The Expanse is one of the latest shows to have this happen, and fans can rest assured their efforts did not go unnoticed. Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson released a joint statement following the show's official renewal to let everyone know how grateful they are to be back for another season:
We couldn't be more excited that The Expanse 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. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't 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!
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson's statement shows it took a lot of people to get The Expanse back for Season 4, which makes its renewal all the more impressive. Perhaps what's just as impressive is the fact that the men thanked the show's fans in the same breath as Alcon Television's Laura Lancaster and Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Jen Salke. The thanks is a strong statement towards the credibility of social media movements to save television shows, as well as evidence that they can work if enough people get involved.
The Expanse fans certainly showed up to fight when Syfy canceled the series, and while other movements have had similar pushes to get a show renewed, these fans were on another level. There was a petition, massive upvotes given to any news regarding the series on Reddit, and even a bannered plane that flew over the Amazon HQ that prompted the company to save the science fiction series:
Fans deserve a ton of credit for getting Amazon on board with renewing The Expanse for Season 4, although one fan in particular might deserve just a bit more credit than the rest. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos really deserves a pat on the back for making the deal happen, as his personal fandom of the series was believed to have been a large driving factor in what made the series renewal a possibility to begin with. Now let's just hope he doesn't keep other fans in the dark too long about what to expect for Season 4 once Season 3 draws to a close!