"Alphas" Cancelled by Syfy After 2nd Season

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January 16th, 2013

Syfy has "decided not to renew" Alphas. Given its ratings during season two, most won't be surprised, even if they are disappointed. Here's the statement from Syfy:

Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season. 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.

  • Name

    SyFy had already ruined it by getting rid of the original showrunner. Season 2 was a GIANT step backwards. It’s a shame, though. Maybe Gary and Bill will get a spinoff, like a Sci-Fi Supernatural. That would be great.

  • PV

    Cable has been awful. A lot of shows being cancelled without a proper ending all over the place.

  • randyfraz

    SYFY, you suck. Nuff said.

  • The End

    I’ve been genuinely surprised that some people thought this show had a chance at renewal and was coming back. The show has been dead officially for months.

    You didn’t need to have your ears to the ground, or know people, or work somewhere that would know this. You only had to look at the ratings and you could see quite clearly the show was dead long before.

    Some of the reactions from people who thought the show had a chance are both hilarious and sad at the same time, I genuinely feel sorry for some people.

  • The End


    You’l be pleased to know that Lost Girl and Continuum aren’t renewed based on their American ratings. If they perform on Showcase they will always come back.

    Infact Season 2 of Continuum is due to start in Canada soon. Hopefully Showcase won’t wait an eternity to announce Season 3 of this show. It’l be 13 episodes, longer than Season 1 actually which was 10 episodes.

    I myself have a lot of faith in Continuum, it’s a fantastic show that I can see going on for a while, easily one of Canadas finest productions.

  • Adam C

    If Syfy ceased as a cable channel and acted as a publisher and syndicated their materiel.. maybe they could keep their shows going a little longer.. it doesn’t make sense to keep abandoning Sci-fi shows over and over.

  • Ike

    Bummer. Alphas was a very well-written, thoughtful, and underrated show, and Ryan Cartwright was brilliant and hilarious as Gary. But I’m not surprised given season 2’s ratings.

  • RyanCanada


  • LordEdzo

    KarenM, you probably know that Syfy did make another SG: “Stargate Universe.” Only lasted two seasons. The last of the “space-based” shows. I think the cash for the CGI required for those kinds of programs is all siphoned into those horrible Saturday night movies Syfy insists on making. Unfortunately, I think we’ve seen that last of new Stargate (on Syfy, that is).

  • Steve

    It’s almost hard to fathom that this is the same network which aired the best scifi series ever, Farscape and Battlestar Galactica (and I say that as a lifelong Trek fan…) The handwriting was on the wall when they cancelled SGU and Caprica, both serious scifi shows, with Caprica in particular being the true successor to the original Star Trek, with it’s potential for allegorical storytelling.

    Now it’s just down to scifi-lite series like Alphas and Warehouse 13. It shouldn’t surprise people that something like Alphas suffered from such low ratings. The hardcore scifi fans abandoned those types of shows in droves.

    Problem for SyFy now is that since they’ve lost the hardcore scifi viewer, how are they going to get them back for a series like Defiance? Even if the show ends up being great scifi, how many won’t make the effort because they’re expecting it to be cancelled?

  • Trey

    It could have benefited from a more standard, episodic approach with clear resolutions in each episode to prevent silly ongoing plot developments to take the focus off what the team was there to do, which is to take dangerous alphas off the street

    I wholeheartedly disagree here. The problem with the show, and the problem with damn near every sci-fi show is that they try to be too much of a procedural. I don’t know if it’s the networks that are forcing them to do this because of audience retention with procedurals, or if they are doing it on their own accord, but it needs to stop. You’d be hard pressed to find a great sci-fi show that was a procedural, you’d be hard pressed to find a great procedural show period.

    All the great shows on TV right now and in history are serialized shows. Alphas couldn’t reach its potential because of its episodic nature(among other reasons). Those episodes do nothing for the story and are only there for audience retention.

    Continuum suffers from this as well. Cool show and all, but it’s just another detective procedural with a twist. Will never reach its potential if it continues like that.

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    To be fair though, Stargate Universe failed so catastrophically because it was a radical departure from the family friendly Scifi approach of the previous 2 shows(SG1/SGA) many parents were able to watch these 2 with their kids but found they couldn’t with SGU. If you listen to some of the complaints anyway.

    Stargate fans pretty much hated it in large numbers.

  • The End

    @The handwriting was on the wall when they cancelled SGU and Caprica, both serious scifi show

    To be fair, the only thing that was ‘on the wall’ was the knowledge that Battlestar and Stargate fans universally hated the direction their beloved franchise went in and ignored it.

  • Don

    I don’t understand why shows like these start with a great premise and then always seem to have to devolve into a battle of one group versus another (X-files, Fringe, Heroes, Terra Nova.) If you are success when you start, stick with the original premise and forget trying these epic tales of good vs bad.

  • JulieDawn


    I’ll add Star Trek – Enterprise to that list.

  • Bill

    it’s never a good sign when the network renews all of the others but takes months to announce anything about this one…

    I really lost all loyalty for Syfy when they cancelled Eureka. The only other show left that comes close is Warehouse 13 (both humor and Scifi) and they probably only have 1 more year in them.

    It’s a sign of the times, I’m afraid. Less educated and less interested youth are now growing up to be stupid human beings who don’t want to have to think for themselves. And, scripted shows make you do at least minimal brain function unlike reality (actually no reality at all but the zombies who watch them will believe anything, even that their government loves them and will take care of them) shows, that require zero thought and zero intelligence. Aliens are too smart to land on earth now because we’d bore them to suicide with our low intelligence…

  • violet hour

    colour me not surprised! this is lame-as* syfy channel formerly known as scifi channel with great shows that they cancelled , i gave them the finger after their F.U to me with caprica, that was the last straw and i never looked back

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I’m still amused that some people think space operas are “hardcore sci-fi”. Apparently they haven’t read any sci-fi in the last ten or twenty years. Even I haven’t read much in the last ten years and I know that stuff like Battlestar isn’t even remotely “hard sci-fi.”

    Not that Alphas was “hard sci-fi”, either, but it did strive to have a plausible concept instead of being complete fantasy.

    And the reason all shows end up being “good vs bad epics” is because of two things: 1) you need conflict to tell a story, and 2) you need MORE conflict over time to hold a TV audience’s interest. Shows fall apart because they fail to heed point two.

    If anything slowed season two, it was the early emphasis on the falling apart of the team rather than concentrating on the conflict with Red Flag. A lot of the show was character-driven, and in this case perhaps too much so. Instead of tightening up the conflict, they expanded it to the team itself and made the initial part of the season messy.

    I do agree that Erin Way’s introduction was not needed and was distracting from the dynamic established in the first season between the team. Breaking the team up was probably the worst aspect of season two. She was very good in her role, and the character was very interesting, but just not necessary.

    In comparison, Summer Glau’s character probably should have been made a regular, or at least more of a regular, except for the complication that she had a kid to worry about. Skylar was just the sort of character who could mess with the team’s heads, especially Rosen’s, and still be extremely valuable in the crunch. She pretty much saved the world in the finale, as she was happy to point out to everyone who’d listen. :-)

    As for John Pyper-Ferguson’s portrayal of Stanton Parrish, that was right on. You don’t want an over-the-top comic book villain. You want someone like Ian McKellan playing Magneto, not Al Pacino doing Tony Montana. PFs portrayal was low-key, intelligent, charismatic, someone you could believe could recruit a bunch of Alphas to his cause but still be cold-blooded enough to kill millions of people. I wasn’t too convinced by some of the plots they had him doing, but that’s the only part of the character I didn’t buy. His interaction with Summer Glau at the end of episode six of season two was perfect.

    Alphas had a few faults, but not many. It was exceptionally well done in writing, dialog, casting, acting, directing, pace, and effects. It was entirely believable and engrossing science fiction.

  • The End

    @Richard Steven Hack

    For what its worth, I agree with you. Alphas also wasn’t universally hated by the majority of the people who viewed it, things just didn’t work out for it on the network. These things happen, I’m sure you’d agree.

  • @TheEmulator23

    Stopped watching Syfy when they cancelled Amanda’s Show. Too bad. A wasted channel now. Alphas had a decent premise & watched all of S1. Too many other shows to watch these days. Never thought there’d be an overabundance of Pretty good programming. Hell I can Spend all day just starring at NGC Or NGW.

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