I said in a previous blog post that ONLY Amazon could do this because Netflix is getting all jaded and ONLY forking over billions for original content. The days of hoping Netflix can be a show’s saviour are over.
However Amazon already had streaming rights to The Expanse so it only made sense for them to pick up the show. There really was no other saviour but Amazon for this show. Happily, it looks like we will get the 4th season (and hopefully more) thanks to Amazon!!! Fingers are crossed!!!
Remember when Dark Matter was cancelled by SYFY last year because SYFY only had first run LIVE viewing rights? Turns out, the same is true of The Expanse, and since SYFY can’t make any money streaming it, they are dropping it. Our lesson should now be that we check the viewing rights for any show SYFY greenlight’s because if they don’t have them then expect a 3rd year cancellation.
The studio that makes The Expanse are going to try and shop the show’s fourth season around but I don’t have a lot of hope for a new home to be found. After all, Dark Matter had even more viewers and no one picked it up. If this was the time of the up and coming of Netflix, Prime, and HULU then there may have been a shot. As it stands, those “saviors” don’t go for left overs much these days. Especially expensive leftovers. The truth is… It’s better to not hold out hope of a savior for the show and then if it does happen, enjoy it as a surprise.
It also seems like SYFY is announcing this now, after only 5 episodes have aired in season 3, in the hopes of actually killing it’s chances of being picked up elsewhere. If people see that the show has been canceled now, then many will just drop it now. The ratings for the last half of the season tank, and then the metrics are worthless. It’s a pretty shitty thing for SYFY to do.
I’ll finish off this season, watch the final season of 12 Monkey’s and Killjoys, and that just leaves The Magicians left for me to view on SYFY. I may not even bother with George R.R. Martin’s Nightfliers because the chance for cancellation is just to great on this channel. SYFY needs to learn that you can’t just dump on the core viewers like this. Pretty much all of the goodwill SYFY fostered over the last decade has now been drained right out. It’s a pretty pathetic game plan if you ask me.
Word just came through the Twitter-verse that Dark Matter has been canceled. This is a major bummer. Not only was it one of my favorite shows on SYFY but it was one of my favorite shows all around. Viewership looked like it was going up too. So for SYFY to cancel it, and with it going out on a huge cliffhanger, it’s all really disappointing.
I suppose we can hope for a white knight in the guise of Netflix or Amazon Prime to come to the rescue but the chances of that happening are pretty low. The subscription services are well on their way to creating their own shows and not having to rely on shows discarded from other networks to build viewership. So I don’t put much hope in that. Maybe we can get a movie to cap it off? Something like Firefly was able to do? Who knows? All I know is that this was supposed to be a happy DragonCon weekend and this cancellation is like a dark cloud over everything.
That leaves Blood Drive and Killjoys who are still waiting on a renewal. Killjoys was already below Dark Matter in viewership so I don’t hold out much hope there. Plus, their Twitter profile hasn’t even been pushing renewal like the Dark Matter profile was actively doing. So that could mean they know what is about to come after tonight’s season 3 finale.
Blood Drive seems to be building good numbers for the first season but as we see with Dark Matter, a growing viewership is not promise of anything. I certainly hope that SYFY isn’t banking on The Expanse because I’m sorry to say, if they follow the books, it will get worse. The books start off excellent but with each following sequel, it just goes down hill fast. Without a Friday Sci-Fi block now… what are they going to give us? Wrestling again? I would hate to see SYFY go back to that.
Suffice it to say… I’m angry right now.
EDIT: Killjoys has been renewed for 2 seasons: 10 episodes each. Now it makes sense as to why the Killjoys Twitter account hasn’t been tweeting to get people to speak up for renewal… sounds like they already knew the outcome. I like Killjoys, but it isn’t as good as Dark Matter, and season 3 has been really dull so far. I think SYFY made a poor decision here but hey… who am I?
EDIT II: Blood Drive was also canceled. SYFY is just a bummer this year. Giving us all of these good shows and then cutting them short like this…(sigh)…
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Game of Thrones
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Blood Drive (SYFY)
Blood Drive is one of the best shows on TV just because it is so non-PC. It probably offends little snowflake SJW’s every time it comes on the air. SYFY even lets the “F” word fly when they broadcast it. When you are talking “edgy” this is Grindhouse exploitation edgy. SYFY should be commended for being brave enough to air it. Watch it, Love it, Enjoy it!!!