It was “The X-Men” meets “Rubicon.” A small group of evolved humans brought together by a scientist to try and solve crime in an office setting, each with their own distinct ability.
“Alphas” was a series brought into the same universe as “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13,” but even that wasn’t enough to save the show, after Syfy cancelled it following two solid seasons.
“Syfy has decided not to renew ‘Alphas’ for a third season,” according to a statement from the cable channel. “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 viewers for their tremendous support.”
“Alphas” was created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. Penn is known for his genre writing work that included the story for the X-Men film sequel “X2” in 2003 as well as the followup there, “X-Men: The Last Stand.” He also wrote the screenplay for the much-better-received “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008 as well as worked on the story for last year’s box office smash, “The Avengers.”
The series starred Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn as a scientist fascinated by the Alpha evolution, who looked for ways to harness that evolution for good. It included an ensemble cast that involved the likes of Warren Christie, Ryan Cartwright, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba and Erin Way.
Yet, the series always struggled to find viewers beyond its fan core. That made life difficult for the show, and put it on the potential chopping block at Syfy as early as Season 1. However, Syfy put some faith in the show, and even added “Eureka” executive producer Bruce Miller as showrunner in that second season.
The cast quickly reacted to the news, according to TV Line.
“What an honor to get to play Rachel for two years and to work with and for the most amazing people ever,” Ghanizada shared through her Twitter account.
Some of the writing may have been on the wall early for the show, especially when Syfy decided to partner “Warehouse 13” with its new show “Defiance” in April, and removing the partnership that had existed the entire run of “Alphas.” The new pairing is expected to bring in high ratings for Syfy, especially since “Warehouse 13” is already the cable channel’s most-watched scripted series, while some are putting “Defiance” already in the same category as critical mega-hits like “Farscape” and “Battlestar Galactica.”
There will likely be no plans to wrap up any lingering storylines for the series, since the announcement of its fate came several months following what has become the series finale of “Alphas.”