Friday, February 14, 2020

Amazon is Ramping Up on Sci-Fi TV Shows (Video)

Amazon has recently found success with sci-fi programming like “The Boys” and “The Expanse,” and it’s part of the company’s larger TV strategy for its streaming component, Prime Video. Amazon appears to be ramping up its efforts in the sci-fi space. Sci-fi and fantasy is the real growth genre at Amazon, which has instead been moving away from comedy content.

Amazon recently greenlit “The Boys” season two and a fifth season of “The Expanse,” which it revived after the Syfy network canceled it in 2018, before their respective first and fourth seasons had even debuted on Prime Video. Amazon said “The Boys” was one of its most-watched shows yet.

The company’s biggest dip into the sci-fi and fantasy genre is its upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV series, for which it dropped $250 million for the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon Prime Video has 27 sci-fi projects in development or production.

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