After months of wondering if the series would return for another season, Syfy has announced that they will not renew the super powered team show ‘Alphas.’
The series was created by Zak Penn (‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk’) and Michael Karnow and was about a group of people with extraordinary superhuman abilities, called Alphas, who are brought together by Dr. Lee Rosen (played by David Straitharn) to solve mysterious cases that the government is unable to solve.
In a statement released by Syfy on Wednesday, the network said:
“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.”
Ryan Cartwright, who plays Gary Bell on the series, was the first to announce the cancellation on Twitter:
This ends the long and bumpy journey for the show which was first pitched to NBC over 5 years ago under the title ‘Section 8.’ NBC decided back then to pass on the project and a bidding war ensued with ABC taking it on. The alphabet network placed a 6 episode order and was looking at possibly airing the series as a midseason replacement to premiere after ‘Lost.’ But just as the writing for the first episode was underway, the Writer’s Strike began putting all script writing to a halt. Once the strike was over, ABC altered its plans for the show. Creative differences between the network and the producers eventually led to ABC dropping the project.
‘Section 8’ was then pitched to Syfy which, after some modifications became ‘Alphas’ and a pilot was ordered in 2009. The series aired its last episode ,’ God’s Eye,’ on October 22 with a little more than 1 million viewers turning in. These numbers were down from the 2.5 million that watched the pilot episode.
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