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A Press Release of Interest from Our Friends at Syfy

by Daniel Abraham

So this is cool…




— Acclaimed Series from Alcon Television Group Currently Airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT —


NEW YORK – December 31, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has renewed its critically-acclaimed series THE EXPANSE for a second season. The 13-episode second season from Alcon Television Group is expected to air in early 2017.


THE EXPANSE is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.


Currently airing on Syfy Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT, THE EXPANSE has garnered strong multiplatform viewership since its December 14 debut, with 4.5 million viewers sampling the first episode on, On Demand and digital outlets prior to the series’ linear premiere, and an average of 1.6 million P2+ linear viewers (L3) in its first three episodes.


Set 200 years in the future, THE EXPANSE follows the case of a missing young woman that brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) together in a race across the solar system that will expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.


In the episode premiering next Tuesday, January 5 at 10PM ET/PT — the fifth in the 10-part first season – Holden (Strait) and his crew make a deal with an unlikely ally (Chad Coleman). Meanwhile Detective Miller’s (Jane) obsession over the missing Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) continues to grow. Shohreh Aghdashloo also stars as Chrisjen Avasarala, along with Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar and Wes Chatham. [Trailer for Episode 5:]


Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Children of Men,” “Iron Man”) serve as writers, as well as executive producers and showrunners. Executive producer Naren Shankar (“CSI,” “Farscape”) is also showrunner.


THE EXPANSE is financed and produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson serve as executive producers along with former president of Alcon Television Sharon Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts serves as co-producer. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers. Ben Cook serves as a producer.


The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey).


THE EXPANSE is part of a powerhouse Syfy original lineup that includes upcoming 2016 scripted series THE MAGICIANS (January), based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels, HUNTERS (April), from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and the second season of the critically acclaimed 12 MONKEYS (April). Additional high profile scripted projects in development include INCORPORATED, a futuristic espionage pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films; Aldous Huxley’s classic novel BRAVE NEW WORLD with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; and David Goyer’s Superman prequel, KRYPTON.




Twitter:           @ExpanseSyfy    #TheExpanse


About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.  (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

7 Responses »

  1. YES! I’m very happy about this. The TV show has been doing a wonderful job of bringing the first book to life.

  2. So very happy! I have turned several people on to this, first through the show, but I’m also pointing them to the books, and to the Long Price quartet and the Dragon & Coin, because they are two of my all-time favorites. By which I mean: the characters, especially, in Dragon, have taken up residence in my head.

  3. I am finally making time for your series and currently going through the second book. As a Dutchman from the area I have to ask: how did you come with the suggestion to use The Hague as a political Centre? Not sure the tv series does the same, as I don’t get syfy here, but it’d be interesting if some actual filming would be done here in the future!

  4. I first discovered Daniel Abraham’s work via Jo Walton, whose high praise of the Long Price quartet was more than justified. I went on to the Dagger and Coin, then sideways to The Expanse. (And congratulations on the success of the latter!)

    I very much want to read Spiders War, but a mid-March publication date poses a problem for me, so I crave a boon. I don’t want to explain in public, so I cam wondering if you might email me.

  5. Very happy to see quality content supported. We need to support our local ABQ boys (and everyone that contributes)!

  6. I have been a fan of the books since the first one. And now I need to wait for November for “Ashes”. Sigh. *Very* glad to see success for our local ABQ writers (and genuine nice guys, too!).

    I have seen the first episode, and need to set aside the time to binge on the first season. Yes, there are differences between the show and the book, but that is reality, and Daniel&Ty are keeping the differences in line with the basic themes.

    (Even the “Martian” movie is about a third of the book, but I was happy with both.)

    I am also happy SyFy has returned to its roots, and actually doing science fiction after being lost for so long in the wilderness. (Hiring executives who hate SF is *not* the wisest of moves, folks…)

    SciFi (skiffy): Sticks to the roof of your mind….