Amazon Saves 'The Expanse,' Jeff Bezos Calls Sci-fi Series 'Extraordinary'

SYFY cancelled The Expanse, but the series will live on. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos personally broke news his studio will pick up the series at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles Friday evening where he was an honoree. The announcement came after The Expanse panel with showrunner Naren Shankar and series stars in attendance.

"I was talking to the cast half an hour ago, before the break for dinner started," Bezos said in a video captured by series lead Cas Anvar. "I was telling them that we are working hard at Amazon to save The Expanse but it wasn't a done deal yet. During dinner, ten minutes ago, I just got word that The Expanse is saved," Bezos said to a big applause. "The show is extraordinary and these guys are unbelievably talented."

Organizers of #SaveTheExpanse campaign, who raised money for a banner flyby over Amazon Studios in Santa Monica and sent a Rocinante spaceship model into actual space, were in attendance as well. Fan efforts targeted Bezos specifically, and it seems to have paid off. "I believe space exploration to be the most important goal of our species. Jeff Bezos believes this as well, hence why we appealed to him personally," Change.Org petition manager Vincent Buyssens told Newsweek last week.

Alcon Entertainment owns the series and began shopping it around after SYFY cancellation. Amazon already had streaming and on-demand rights to The Expanse in North America, while Netflix has global rights outside of North America and New Zealand. Read more about the two-week journey to save The Expanse and take a look at some of the cast celebrating below. The series airs on SYFY Wednesdays at 9 p.m. E.S.T.