Summer Glau (Firefly) Returns to Syfy's Hit Series 'Alphas' for the Season's Final Two Episodes Beginning Monday October 15 at 8PM

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October 12th, 2012

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NEW YORK – October 12, 2012 – Fans of Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly) and Syfy’s high-octane hit-series Alphas will get a double dose of the actress as she returns as Alpha Skylar Adams in the final two episodes of the season beginning this Monday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT.  The thrilling and shocking second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT.


In the season’s penultimate episode, “Need to Know”, Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) kidnaps and interrogates an Alpha prisoner forcing the team to wonder how far Rosen will go to avenge the death of his daughter Dani. Meanwhile, Harken (Malik Yoba) and Gary (Ryan Cartwright), desperately search for Skylar Adams (Glau), only to discover that Stanton Parish (recurring guest star John Pyper-Ferguson) has imprisoned her in a twisted form of captivity.


In the Season 2 finale, “God’s Eye”, separated from his team and haunted by vivid hallucinations of his daughter, Dani (guest star Kathleen Munroe), an increasingly desperate Dr. Rosen seeks a final confrontation with malevolent Alpha leader Stanton Parish.  Meanwhile, his team of Alphas, with Skylar’s help, battles both the clock and their issues of mutual distrust to try and thwart Parish’s deadly plans.


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.)



  • John A

    Why do Syfy call Alphas a ‘Hit’? Flop more like.

  • Guybrush

    Flop or not, now that Glau is guest starring, it’s bound to be cancelled xD

  • Leoben Conoy

    Glau = so smoking hot

    that being said, I see Alphas getting cancelled right after this season ends.

    (and why not, they have cancelled everything else)

  • cimmer

    If you see Summer Glau or Jeri Ryan guest starring in a series, be afraid, be very afraid lol. Seriously though, there are certain actors that scifi shows always seem to trot out when they need ratings help; Lou Diamond Phillips seems to be another one, it’s always worrisome (although Glau on the BBT was kind of cute but she was playing ‘herself’).

  • coolioni

    I agree with John A.
    Why does syfy insist on calling this show a hit when its a flop that is in danger of getting canceled ?

    In fact its almost certain to be cancelled !

    The only show that seemsto be doing well on syFrack is Haven, which to me is a bit of a stinker for a SyFy show.

    I do hope that the show Continuum does well for the network just becuase I love the show and would hate to see it get cancelled in the USA and than it cause a chain reaction up in Canada forcing Showcase to cancel it to being that they will probally make the budget bigger for season 2 since it is going to now have SyFy buying the series. If then Syfy pulls out after season 2, then the show may get caught with its pants down money wise and may have to cancel it all together. Of course thats a worse case scenerio, but with syfy’s track record lately with real SciFi shows I can see it happening.

  • Tom

    @ Guybrush: That ain’t right! The Summer Glau Curse is a myth. Shame on you! What I want to see is if her appearances will bump up the demo for Alphas. The last two times, total viewership rose but the show’s demo didn’t.

  • Tom

    @ coolioni Continuum is exactly to kind of low budget Canadian snoozefest that makes me want to put up a border fence between the U.S. and Canada. Shows like Continuum only exist because Canada insists on having a minimum content requirement forcing its television stations to broadcast a certain amount of domestically produced content. This results in the production of drivel like Continuum which is produced by Showcase Canada. Unfortunately, Showcase and its counterparts are now becoming a bargain bin from which U.S. Network are increasingly procuring low quality productions like the L.A. Complex. I’m pretty sure Continuum will bomb because of it’s low production values. If not, then be prepared to see even even more of this junk in the future.

  • Jason50

    Not many Canadian shows that I’m interested in but I enjoy Continuum along with Flashpoint. Not good enough to replace Alphas however. Hopefully Defiance turns out good but I’ve not seen a trailer for it yet.

  • Fake Me Out


    While I mostly agree conceptually with your comment about forced Canadian content rules, I can not agree with your opinion on Continuum. Continuum is no Starlost (which I also liked btw) by any stretch and it’s production values are fine. No it’s not a 200 million SFx summer blockbuster movie but it is no better/no worse than any other SFx on TV today. One almost suspects that you may be involved in production of some sort in the US and your slams are nothing more than invested self interest. Perhaps if the US stopped making junk drivel with low production values the American broadcast nets wouldn’t be suffering through another fall ratings bloodbath.


  • James

    show is now canceled lol.

  • Tom

    Fake Me Out: Those content rules that give rise to blockbusters like King, Lost Girl, Arctic Air, LA Complex, Continuum, etc. are directly intended to keep U.S. productions from taking over even even more of the Canadian television market. Since the content rule isn’t specifically directed at another country, it technically isn’t a restrictive trade quota against which the U.S. can retaliate. What I object to is having a U.S. production company then reward Canada for the de facto exclusion of U.S. programming by buying the low rent television series that only exist because of the content rules. There are enough U.S. production companies already filming in Vancouver and elsewhere in the Great White North that we shouldn’t have to suffer the added indignity to having U.S. networks foisting off second rate Canadian productions on us.

  • Fake Me Out


    What I object to is having a U.S. production company then reward Canada for the de facto exclusion of U.S. programming by buying the low rent television series that only exist because of the content rules … we shouldn’t have to suffer the added indignity to having U.S. networks foisting off second rate Canadian productions on us.

    So tell me, which American show in the last, ohhh, say 50 years, has not been picked up by a Canadian broadcaster at some point? Which US DVD issue has not been available in one form or another in Canada? Which Hollywood blockbuster got pushed aside so that we could offer more screens for Goon or Strange Brew eh?

    If a show is liked by the public it lives on regardless of whether it’s a Canadian production, American production or American production filmed in Canada … well, liked by the American public that is. If a show we import and does well up here but tanks in the US, too bad, so sad it’s off our schedule.

    There are plenty of second rate productions that get broadcast in the US and the vast majority of them are American productions.

    Again, you sound like someone who can’t get their pilot picked up by a US network and rather than looking inward you seek to blame others for your own failures and short comings. If you had something of value it would succeed … keep trying though, I’m sure the 10th Friends rip-off will be the charm for your company.

  • Tom

    It’s not about what U.S. shows should have been broadcast in Canada. It’s about what additional U.S. shows might have been broadcast in Canada and how those shows might have benefited Canadian viewers by supplanting a lot of poor quality indigenous shows. Most importantly, it’s also about keeping the latter off of U.S. networks. Continuum has the visual majesty of having been shot at street level all over downtown Vancouver and has special effects straight out of the 1970s. The Canadian content laws create a safe harbor for that sort of stuff. While it’s obvious that there are always a number of second rate shows being produced in the U.S., that doesn’t mean networks have to import even worse productions from Canada.

  • chrisdvanne

    @ Guybrush
    @ James

    My guess :
    Alphas producers first attempt to have the show cancelled by hiring Summer Glau in season one (ep 1×07 ‘Catch & Release) DIDN’T work.
    This is why Alphas producers decided to hire her for THREE episodes in season two ;-)

    Lol at some tvbtn commenters trying to sound funny by repeating an old joke instead of bringing interesting or really funny comment.

    It’s not that Summer Glau fans are touchy about the so-called curse, but we believe it to be disrespectful and insulting to her.

  • Lucard

    This is of course the second time Summer Glau guest stars on Alphas. She is reprising her role from season 1.

  • Fake Me Out


    This will be my last post on this subject to you since you appear to be unable or unwilling to discuss the subject and keep repeating the same nonsensical mantra over and over. This probably explains why no network is interested in your productions … no imagination, blind repetition of silly plot lines and an unwarranted opinion that ones waste byproducts are not offensive to the olfactory senses.

    Try to have a good one even though you apparently are of the opinion Canadian television is the root of all evil in your life.

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