Amazon Chief On How “Expanse” Was Saved

Shortly after Syfy canceled its acclaimed sci-fi series “The Expanse,” fans of the series began campaigning for someone else to pick it up and bring the show back. Amazon ultimately did so.

Now, in a new interview with Deadline, Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke revealed the company had already been considering whether to pursue “The Expanse” internally – but the fandom’s love for the show played a part:

“There were airplanes circling us, I was having cakes delivered, there was a whole thing happening. And then really smart people, whose opinions I really value creatively, started reaching out to me, saying, ‘have you seen this show, The Expanse, it’s actually great.’ I hadn’t so I spent some time, I watched the show and I was like, this show is actually really well done, why is nobody watching it?

At the same time, Jeff Bezos was getting emails from everyone from George R.R. Martin to every captain of industry, like the founder of Craigslist, and they were all writing, saying, there’s this show, it’s so great, you have to see it, you have to buy it or save it.”

Salke says the deal relatively easily came together, allowing Amazon head Jeff Bezos to surprise an audience with the news, including the show’s cast. The show’s third season wraps shortly.