Sean Astin Guest Stars on Syfy's Hit Series 'Alphas' Beginning Monday, October 8

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October 5th, 2012

via press release:


Star of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Rudy to Appear in Two Episodes as the Countdown to the Season 2 Finale Begins


NEW YORK – October 5, 2012 – Sean Astin, star of the worldwide hit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, guest stars in a thrilling, two-episode arc of Syfy’s hit-series Alphas beginning this Monday, October 8 at 8PM ET/PT. With just three episodes left, the second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT.


In his episodes, Sean Astin plays Mitchell, an Alpha with enhanced memory capabilities which allow him to store and replay other people’s memories and even draw individuals into them as if they’re actually happening. Believing he's a major asset to their nemesis, Stanton Parish (recurring guest-star John Pyper-Ferguson), Hicks (Warren Christie) and Kat (Erin Way) are tasked with kidnapping Mitchell but his bone crushing body guard won’t give up without a fight, leading to a deadly showdown.


Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), the unlikely team takes on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve going head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas hiding among the normal population. The series also stars Malik Yoba, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell and Erin Way.


Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA; Alphas, Defiance, Eureka and Warehouse 13 for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions 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 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • Richard Steven Hack

    Sounds like fun, but I’m waiting for Summer to come back for the last two episodes! :-)

  • EatMorePez

    So if SyFy is referring to this show as a “hit” in a press release, does that mean they are obligated to renew it for a third season?

  • Jason50

    They better renew this show, it’s the best show on Syfy until Defiance starts. Actually I have not seen anything on Defiance. All I know is Julie Benz and Jaime Murray are in it so it deserves at least a few episodes.

  • The End


    Stargate Universe was refered to as a ‘Hit show’ and did a lot worse than Alphas in Season 2.

    ‘Hit Show’ in press releases, if the ratings are dire should be seen as the network trying to sell the show to viewers by saying our show is awesome, it’s a hit, watch it!

    Pay no attention to it.

  • scifi

    Actually SGU didn’t do worse than Alphas. The same 0.4-0.5 rating.

  • The End


    I was speaking about overall viewers. Which the network does look at in this case.

  • scifi

    So you think SGU would be renewed with steady 2 million viewers and 0.4-0.5 rating?

  • Simon Jester

    @scifi – SGU was significantly more expensive to produce than ALPHAS. That may not enter into your calculations, but it surely does for the network suits.

  • alexjones

    anyone know what the chances are of alphas getting renewed?

  • The End


    Put it this way, the network was unhappy with the numbers season 1.5 of SGU was receiving, which was roughly around 1.4 million 0.6 18-49. Which is why it was moved days, and of course that didn’t work out either.

    The show would of been renewed for a third season had it achieved the numbers the first 10 episodes received barring that 1 dip it had.

    The network was looking for around 2 million, 0.7-0.9 or more 18-49. The network specifically Craig Engler issued a graph detailing the ratings highlighting what was sustainable and various other things.

    With that in mind, SGU was more expensive than The Walking Dead ironically enough to produce. Alphas of course is nowhere near this(SGU was more expensive than Season 5 of Atlantis for example).


    I wouldn’t hold your breath. Honestly these numbers are poor. Expect the worse, if the best happens treat as a plesant surprise.

  • The End

    Forgot to add. Besides the cast, what really inflated the shows budget was the fact the Destiny sets were all real(No CG stuff used), pretty much everything was built from the ground up and added throughout the series, so new sections of Destiny were made to a cost. Plus the CG Aliens, things like that.

  • tv#1

    I love all the SGU talk. That was a great show. It was a shame that it was cancelled. I wish Syfy would at least end the series properly with that rumored 2hr movie.

    As for Alphas I gave up on it a few weeks ago, so I don’t really care whether or not it gets renewed.

  • LoveSyfy

    I loved SGU and I wish that they would do a proper wrapup of the show. As far as Alphas, something about it has lost my interest. I keep trying to figure it out, it just does not have the excitement it use to. Hopefully they can bring that part of it back.

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