Syfy has cancelled Alphas, the series about a group of people with superhuman abilities who team up to solve crimes, after two seasons. Syfy released the following statement to THR:
“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 was a fun series that benefited greatly from the gravitas of David Strathairn. But just over 1 million viewers tuned into the season two finale in October, an unsustainable rating for the cable network.
On the Season 2 finale of the Syfy drama series Alphas, Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and his team of alphas will have their final confrontation with season-long antagonist Stanton Parish (John Pyper-Ferguson). This unlikely group of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities are willing to risk their lives to help save the world, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to get there in time. The show also stars Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright, Laura Mennell and Erin Way.
During this recent interview to promote the last episode of the season, executive producer/writer/showrunner Bruce Miller and guest star Summer Glau, who plays tech-savvy alpha Skylar Adams, talked about ramping up the action this season, what role Stanton Parish plays in the show’s mythology, the biggest challenges of the finale, and the possibility of making Skylar a regular character in Season 3. Glau also talked about Help for the Holidays, her Christmas movie for the Hallmark Channel, how much she’d love to do a guest role on Game of Thrones, the possibility of an animated Firefly series, and voicing Supergirl for Superman: Apocalypse. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The action-packed Syfy drama series Alphas returns for its second season on July 23rd, picking up eight months after the shocking events of the Season 1 finale, which resulted in Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) exposing the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public. Ordinary people with superhuman mental and physical abilities, Rosen’s team of Alphas have regressed without his care and guidance and must now battle their individual demons before they can continue to help him solve cases.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Azita Ghanizada (who plays Rachel, a “synesthete” that can enhance one sense while rendering her remaining senses temporarily useless, often leaving her vulnerable to danger) talked about what she thought of the Season 1 finale, how she felt about where things pick back up for Season 2, the expectations of having a fanbase for the show now, what it’s been like to have a new showrunner, having a new addition to the Alphas team, their great guest stars, and her favorite episodes for this season. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
On the new original SyFy drama Alphas, actress Azita Ghanizada plays the timid Rachel Mizrahi. A sheltered girl in her early 20′s, Rachel has the special mental ability of being a synesthete, which allows her to enhance one sense while rendering her remaining senses temporarily useless and leaving her vulnerable to danger. This Alpha skill has brought her to the attention of Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) who brings her to his clandestine group of ordinary individuals who investigate cases that point to others with Alpha abilities.
During an exclusive phone interview with Collider, Azita Ghanizada talked about how fascinating it is to play a character that is very different from who she is personally, what it’s been like to work with actor David Strathairn, what Zak Penn and Jack Bender bring to a project like this, and what it’s like to be an Afghani woman, making it in America. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
On the new SyFy series Alphas, actor Malik Yoba plays Bill Harken, a former FBI agent who strictly adheres to procedure and protocol, and who has to always be aware of the amazing strength that comes from his special ability to activate his fight-or-flight response at will. His super-human strength and a resistance to harm that borders on invulnerability is what brings him to the attention of Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), who makes him part of a clandestine group of individuals that investigate cases that point to others with Alpha abilities.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, Malik Yoba talked about what attracted him to Alphas, after having done 10 other TV series in the past, how he loves his character’s flaws, the collaboration between the writers and actors, and how they’re encouraged to do improv and bring humor to the show. He also talked about the desire to want to write and direct his own projects, and his hope to do more comedy. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The latest original scripted series for SyFy, Alphas is an action-packed thriller from writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow, that follows the lives of five ordinary people who become an extraordinary team with the power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind due to brain anomalies that have given them enhanced mental and physical abilities. Operating within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense, and led by pre-eminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), the team – which includes former FBI Agent Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), who can summon strength by activating the fight-or-flight response at will; Rachel Mizrahi (Azita Ghanizada), who can enhance one sense while rendering her remaining senses temporarily useless; Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright), who has the ability to read a wide range of frequencies including television, radio, and cell phone signals; Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell), who can influence the specific neural pathways in the cerebral cortex that leave the brain vulnerable to suggestion; and Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie), who possesses flawless aim, perfect balance and greatly enhanced motor skills – investigates cases that point to others with Alpha abilities, while keeping their own gifts a secret.
During an exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Zak Penn talked about how the show developed out of real research about the CIA trying to recruit people who were psychic, the time-intensive schedule of television versus film, how much he’s enjoyed getting to create a mythology from scratch, why it was important for these Alpha abilities to have consequences, and what having Ira Steven Behr as a showrunner has meant to the development of the series. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
At this weekend’s NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, Collider got a bit of time to speak with writer/creator Zak Penn, about his new SyFy series Alphas, both after the series presentation and 1-on-1. While we will include that portion of the interview close to the July 11th premiere, of course the conversation also turned to his work with Marvel, having most recently written the script for the highly anticipated superhero movie The Avengers, and even though he has signed a non-disclosure agreement keeping him from revealing any details of what will actually be in the film, he did give some hints about what fans can expect.
During the chat, he talked about writing a high-profile script under such heavy scrutiny, how exciting it is to do a real cross-over movie with characters from multiple films appearing at the same time, leaving it in the hands of someone as capable as Joss Whedon, how he really pushed to have Jeremy Renner cast as Hawkeye, how excited he is to see the end result, and why he identifies with the more naturalistic characters that inhabit the Marvel universe. Check out what he had to say after the jump: