Syfy rang in the new year with good news, issuing a second season order for its new space opera The Expanse. Developed by Academy Award nominee Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Academy Award nominee Hawk Otsby (Cowboys & Aliens, First Snow) and based on the series of novels of the same name by author James S. A. Corey, the series has only aired four episodes of its first season, but its drawn a positive reception and decent, if not spectacular, ratings. The series follows a group of people after the discovery of a derelict spacecraft that holds huge ramifications for humanity.
The Expanse stars three-time Golden Globe Award nominee Thomas Jane (The Mist, Deep Blue Sea), Steven Strait (10,000 BC, Sky High), Cas Anvar (Source Code, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Dominique Tipper (Montana, Vampire Academy), Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, The Town That Dreaded Sundown), Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip, Royal Pains), Florence Faivre (The Elephant King, Alpha House), Shawn Doyle (Frequency, Whiteout) and Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand, House of Sand and Fog).
The second season, which will consist of thirteen episodes, will broadcast in early 2017. Fans of the series will be able to bide their time with the release of Babylon’s Ashes, the sixth entry in the book series, set to hit store shelves in June.