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'Alphas' cancelled by Syfy


Say goodbye to Syfy’s Alphas.

The network has decided to not renew the show, about a group of people with various superhuman abilities, for a third round. The axing isn’t too surprising since Alpha‘s second season debut last summer only delivered 1.7 million viewers, which was down significantly from its series debut the prior year. Syfy tried switching showrunners between the show’s first and second season in hopes of improving the numbers. Guess none of the Alphas team had the power to conjure up Nielsen ratings.

Syfy released this statement: “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season. We’ve been proud to present this entertaining, high-quality series for two seasons and to work with an incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives as well as our partners at BermanBraun Television.  We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support.”

'Alphas' season 2 guest stars: Sean Astin, Lauren Holly, Summer Glau, more

Syfy has released its mega guest star list for Alphas season 2 and it includes newcomers to the show like Sean Astin and Lauren Holly along with returning faces such as Summer Glau and Kathleen Munroe.

But first, you’ve already seen the second season trailer, right? And you’ve checked out our Q&A with new showrunner Bruce Miller? Just making sure.

Alphas guest stars will include Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, duh), C. Thomas Howell (Southland),  Holly (NCIS), Steve Byers (Immortals), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica) and Noah Reid (Rookie Blue). Returning guest stars include John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica) as Stanton Parish, Munroe (Haven) as Dani Rosen and Mahershala Ali (Treme) as Agent Nathan Cley. Plus, Glau (Dollhouse) will return for three episodes playing Skylar Adams. The drama returns Monday, July 23.

'Alphas' action-packed season 2 trailer -- EXCLUSIVE

The world now knows about the existence of super humans. The Alphas team is scattered. But new threats prompt the government to reassemble Dr. Rosen’s group of reluctant heroes.

Here’s the first action-packed trailer for Syfy’s Alphas season two. And be sure to click here for our interview with new showrunner Bruce Miller for more details about the season (a Civil War episode!): READ FULL STORY

'Alphas' scoop: What's new in season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE


For its second season, Syfy’s Alphas has a new showrunner (Eureka‘s Bruce Miller), a new hero (played by Detroit 1-8-7‘s Erin Way) and a new creative direction (the world now knows about the existence of people with superpowers). We recently spoke to Miller, who’s stepping in for previous showrunner Ira Steven Behr this season (and btw, Alphas co-creator Zak Penn is expected to consult on the show, but not write any episodes this round — the man has the upcoming Karate Kid sequel and story credit on The Avengers, after all, so we suspect he’s busy). Below, Miller gives some fresh details about what’s to come; the show returns Monday, July 23:

EntertainmentWeekly: The Alphas went public in the first season finale. How does this change the game?
Miller: The show exists very much in the real world so we tried to think what would really happen. We decided that some people would believe it and some would not. The goverment wouldn’t confirm it. Alphas would be somewhere between Area 51 and Bigfoot. And certainly Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) the hammer would come down on him for making that kind of revelation. I think he was trying to do the right thing. But the repercussions were quite strong. Rosen has been institutionalized and discredited. The team has broken up. It’s a team of misfits but they fit well together. I wanted to see their lives without the team. Some have become more much committed to each other, some have fallen quite far morally and ethically.

What’s their relationship with the government like now? READ FULL STORY


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