Bruce Miller has done some amazing things with “Eureka,” which at one time was Syfy’s highest-rated show.
The cable channel is not willing to let him go, however, as they have tapped him to take over another up-and-coming series, the second season of “Alphas.”
The show, from Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, earned a second season in September after posting strong ratings as a lead-out from “Warehouse 13.” It was a bit of a surprise hit for Syfy, where some early critics had panned the concept as being too much like X-Men or “Heroes.” Instead, the series — focused on people with special abilities — seem to find its own audience niche, and impressed both audiences and critics alike.
Miller will replace Ira Steven Behr, the former showrunner for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” whose credits also include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Dark Angel,” the 2002 attempt at “Twilight Zone,” and more recently “The 4400.”
Behr hasn’t announced where he is going next, but his absence will be felt. Not only did Behr run “Alphas,” but he also wrote two episodes — “Anger Management” and “Blind Spot” — and a teleplay for a third.
Yet, Miller is hardly a pushover. Not only was he instrumental in the success of “Eureka,” which recently wrapped production, but he also was a producer in shows like ‘The 4400,” “Everwood” and even “ER.”
Miller will take on the role of executive producer, sharing that tile with Penn, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein, according to Deadline.com. Karnow will remain as a series co-executive producer.
The series stars David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada and Malik Yoba.
Production is expected to start later this year, prepping for a spring premiere.