The first episode will be released on the following digital platforms: SyFy.com, SyFy On Demand, SyFy Now, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Facebook, X-Box and PlayStation. In addition, Twitch, Wikia, IGN, IMDb, Crave Online and Roku will feature exclusive content as well as the episode. Most interesting is the news that online book community Goodreads will also get to host the episode with exclusive digital content.
The first season of The Expanse is based on Leviathan Wakes, the first novel in the Expanse space opera series by James S.A. Corey (aka Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), although it will also introduce characters and elements from the second novel, Caliban's War, to better set up the second season. There are ten episodes in the first season and pre-production has already started on the second season, which will be ready to go as soon as SyFy give it the go-ahead. The Expanse is SyFy's most expensive and ambitious project of all time, dwarfing the resources it expended even on Battlestar Galactica.
Set 200 years in the future when control of the Solar system is split between an overpopulated Earth, a militant Mars colony and the scattered mining communities in the asteroid belt, the story focuses on the search for a missing woman, Julie Mao, who holds the key to the balance of power in the Solar system. The series will star Thomas Jane as Detective Joseph Miller, Steven Strait as Jim Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata and Shohreh Aghdashloo as UN Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala. Fans of genre TV will also be interested in seeing Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead and The Wire) and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) in recurring roles.
Details of the show's international distribution have not been finalised. Most notably, it is not yet known what UK station will be showing the series and when.