After rescuing the canceled series ‘The Expanse’ from Syfy, Amazon is expanding its order with another season. This will be the show’s fifth season overall, and its second on Amazon Prime Video. The show’s fourth season– its first for Amazon– hasn’t even aired yet. It arrives on December 13.
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‘The Expanse’ was created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, with Naren Shankar acting as showrunner. The series is based on the novels by James S.A. Corey. The series is set in the distant future as the Earth has begun settling other planets, but this has led to a fragile political system, with one ragtag group caught in the web of conspiracy. The series is produced by Alcon Television Group.
“The fourth season begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the UN to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long-dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.”
The cast includes Steven Strait as James “Jim” Holden, the captain of the Rocinante; Shohreh Aghdashloo as UN Deputy Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala; Dominique Tipper as engineer Naomi Nagata; Cas Anvar as Martian pilot Alex Kamal; Wes Chatham as mechanic Amos Burton; and Frankie Adams as Martian Marine gunner Roberta “Bobbie” Draper. For Season 4, the cast has added Burn Gorman, Lyndie Greenwood, Rosa Gilmore, Keon Alexander, and Jess Salgueiro.
‘The Expanse’ got lucky. (Maybe because it hasn’t aired yet?) Amazon went on a cancellation spree in the last few days, handing out pink slips to Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ (which was planned as an anthology), comedy ‘Forever’ starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, political satire ‘Patriot’, horror anthology ‘Lore’, and cop series ‘Too Old to Die Young’ which starred Miles Teller.