Syfy’s drama series Alphas will not be returning for a third season, TVWise has learned.
The network’s decision to cancel Alphas comes several months after the show’s second season wrapped its run in October.Elsewhere at Syfy, there has been talk that the network’s pilot Rewind and Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore’s project Helix are both heading towards series orders.
Created by Michael Karnow and Zak Penn, Alphas follows a group of humans with superhuman abilities, known as Alphas, who work for Dr Lee Rosen at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) where they track down other Alphas who may pose a threat to themselves and others. The drama series stars David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba and Erin Way.
The long gestating science fiction series was produced by Universal Cable Productions. Created in 2006 under the name Section 8, the series originally landed at ABC with a six episode order in 2007, before the 2007 – 2008 WGA strike derailed the project. After two years of re-writes and trying to sell the project to other networks, Syfy came into the picture, ordering a pilot and later an 11 episode first season followed by a 13 episode season 2.
In a statement confirming the decision, 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.”
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