Alphas: Season Two for Syfy TV Show

Alphas season twoOn Syfy’s Alphas TV series, a group of ordinary people have unique neurological conditions that allow them to have extraordinary physical abilities. Perhaps some of those abilities have helped their show get a second season.

The cable channel has just announced that they’re renewing Alphas for a second season of 13 episodes, two more installments than the current season. The sophomore year will debut sometime in 2012. It’s not known exactly when but the first season debuted this past July. The season one finale is set to air on Monday, September 26th.

Here’s the press release from Syfy:


NEW YORK – September 7, 2011 – Syfy’s new super-powered original drama series Alphas, featuring a team of superhuman investigators, will be returning for a second season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is ordering 13 episodes of the breakout scripted summer hit from series producers Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television to air in 2012.

“Alphas’ smart, innovative approach to a superhero franchise has clearly caught on with our audience,” said Stern. “From the first-rate writing to the outstanding cast lead by David Strathairn, we’re very proud of what was achieved in its first season and look forward to seeing this series fulfill even more of its creative potential in a second season.”

Alphas debuted on July 11th and became Syfy’s most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. To date, premiere episodes which air Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT have averaged 3.3 million total viewers (including all available Live +7 DVR data).

Comparatively, in both key demos, Alphas has outperformed other new and returning scripted series this season including Teen Wolf, Rescue Me, Hawthorne and The Killing. Alphas also tops Memphis Beat in Adults 18-49.

Alphas has scored impressive numbers with on demand viewers since its July launch averaging over 240,000 plays within 7 days per episode. Alphas is also Syfy’s most popular series in digital downloads.

Alphas, airing Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy, follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck) and operating within the Defense Department, the team investigates cases involving other Alpha activity. The ensemble cast also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Azita Ghanizada (Castle), Ryan Cartwright (Bones) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen). Valerie Cruz is a recurring guest star.

Notable guest stars this season include Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Rebecca Mader (Lost) on September 12th and John Pyper Ferguson (Caprica) on September 26th.

Created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, Alphas is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television.

BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions – television, feature film and digital – which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world. The Santa Monica, CA based company, founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in 2007, has established strategic global alliances with a number of media companies throughout the industry, including NBC Universal Television and Microsoft.

BermanBraun’s digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks FIRST in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. The site has exceeded 10 billion page views since launch and averages nearly 14 million unique users per month. In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO – a site created in partnership with MSN and Hachette Filipacchi Media. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique “digital magazine” experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO currently ranks FIRST in engagement among competitive sites in its lifestyle categories. In August 2010, BermanBraun announced a multi-year partnership with Starcom MediaVest to create compelling, new world-class digital content and advertising solutions available “first” to SMG clients. SMG is part of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group.

In scripted television, BermanBraun is currently producing ALPHAS on the Syfy network and is in production on the Modern Love pilot for Lifetime. Also in production is the second season of the unscripted series BRAD MELTZER’S DECODED for History Channel; and three new series to be produced with Mythbusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel. BermanBraun also produces SWORDS, now in its third season for The Discovery Channel.

Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s Royal Pains, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal and Suits, along with Syfy’s Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas. The studio is also producing Against the Wall for Lifetime and I Just Want My Pants Back for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

What do you think? Are you a fan of Alphas? Are you glad that it’s been renewed or should it have been cancelled instead?

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  1. says

    i sky plussed the whole series, as i never had time to watch, finally watched the 1st episide 02/01/12 & couldnt stop watching, watched them all in 2 days, loved it. roll on series 2.

  2. Harriet says

    syfy just debut a new show last night , 3 inches (or something like that) and it was almost a copy of Alphas. Each person with a special unique physical ability that made them different and they now are some sort of “agents” bent on saving humanity. And a young person with a mom just like the autistic teen in Alphas. Why the copy cat series?

  3. Lisa says

    I LOVE this show!! The show has some important things to reveal to us. They have done some impressive acting. Especially the actor for Gary.

  4. Bizzle says

    Its a pretty lame show if u ask me! I have been watching it but i wasn’t exactly bothered if it was given a second series or not in fact im shocked it has been given a second series!!

  5. Samara says

    It’s good to see that it is renewed! I adore Ryan Cartwright and David Strathairn! However, I would have loved to see “Heroes” continue, instead! Plus, I worry because shows like this, i.e. “Heroes” and “No Ordinary Family”, seem to always be cancelled! I guess it’s a good thing it’s on cable! I would love to see “True Blood” on Syfy, but I think there would just be way too much to edit and bleep out!

  6. Grandizer says

    Alphas is a Heroes wannabe.
    I hate the show. Powers that can be used don’t get used for no apparent reason.
    A “new” Alpha is popping up all of the time, but I guess there is no such thing as 3 or more popping up that are evil at the same time.
    They see one and go in…
    Supposedly there is an organization that knows about them and is evil, but so far that organization can’t chain any real ones together at once.

    As I always say, I watch it so I am counted, but I don’t like the show.

  7. Jeremy Rynek says

    Cool. I heard of this show actually just hours before it premiered. So I thought it was at least worth checking out. And I’ve liked it so far. Not a home run show, but not a bunt either. So good news yet again not from one of the major networks.

  8. Bethany says

    Score for SciFi and people who like to watch good scripted television rather than less than intellectual reality programing. Lets see, this network had the foresight to nab Merlin (I see I am not alone in LOVING that one), Haven, Warehouse 13, and now Alphas. If we could get them to snatch up The Cape, and No Ordinary Family I think this network could actually become a real contender among cable and network stations alike. With a history of making some of the worst (so bad they are almost good) movies of all time, maybe the network could focus on shows like these and really rake in the viewers because so many other stations are alienating people who want to be entertained while having to think a bit at the same time. At last, a network who knows how to aim their programing at their actual audience, and not at what some suit says will be a bigger audience.

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