Syfy Cancels Alphas

By Tim Surette

Jan 17, 2013

One of the best original shows Syfy has created in its post-rebranding era is Alphas, the X-Men- and CSI-influenced procedural that in't really a procedural. And after months of not knowing whether or not the show will be back for a Season 3, the news has arrived, and it's not good.

Actress Azita Ghanizada, who plays super-sensed Rachel on the show, tweeted out word today that the show would not return.

UPDATE: Ryan Cartwright, who plays Gary, also tweeted the bad news:

UPDATE #2: Syfy has confirmed the cancellation and has released the following statement: "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."

For me, Alphas was a show that I never expected much out of but that quickly became a summer favorite through its clever take on superpowered cops and genuine cast chemistry. It didn't just feature crime-stoppers who could lift cars or shoot lasers out of their eyes. Each character was crafted well beyond expectations, blessed with abilities we all dream of as kids but cursed with side effects that tainted their personal lives. Alphas was smart, fun television.

This news also means the show ends where a show never wants to end: dangling off a cliff. In the Season 2 finale, autistic cyberstar Gary was the last man standing after Stanton Parish's plan to strobe New York into submission was contained to Grand Central Station. Now we'll never know why Gary was unaffected or what happened to Rachel, Nina, Rosen, and the rest of the DCIS.

But let's take a positive look at this and remember what made Alphas so great: Hicks' badass gunplay. Gary and Bill poking each other to frustration. Nina's amazing story in "When Push Comes to Shove." Rachel's awkward sexcapades. Rosen's incredible speech to wrap up Season 1. Everything about Kat. That dude who shot fire out of his hands. Awww damn, I miss this show already.

I'll update this story as I learn more.

No Summer Glau jokes were written in the making of this article.

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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  • lynnkincaid18 Jan 13, 2015

    listen up sci-fi you guys are getting rid of the best shows alphas heroes Jerico what is wrong with you guys do you not want people to watch

  • alejandrotorresmo Jun 09, 2014

    Best serie ever. Pleeeeease keep going. We need at least the final 3rd season. Pleasseee

  • tmashuk Jun 04, 2014

    oh My Goodness!!! This has been cancelled? After the first episode I thought this show is a cliched one, just like Heroes and X-men... But it was not. It had a nice twist to it. The show suddenly got really interesting after appearance of Stanton Parish. And SyFy cancelled it!! What the hell happened to them...!! Well, while this show is a way of entertainment, it is mere business to them... I guess Money has something to do with this cancellation....

  • mandyhassall5 Jun 01, 2014

    Why cancel such a popular and good drama.. SYFY is always cancelling the really good ones and keeping all the crap.. I for one will not be watching this channel anymore. Word of mouth is a powerful tool everyone boycott the SYFY channel and maybe it will be them that gets cancelled next time.

  • patglass7 May 28, 2014

    So sorry this was cancelled :(

  • JeffBradley Mar 19, 2014

    SYFY lacks the common sense to be successful!! The time I spend viewing that channel has dropped substatially because of it.

  • MandishRughoo Mar 07, 2014

    Any alphas teams could u go to other channel if they would accept to launch season 3 please... SyFy sux we all knew that !!!

  • jamalbrockington Sep 28, 2014

    Yeah, they've done the same w The Gane even after a three year hiatus. They NEED restart ALPHAS

  • Fovster Dec 24, 2013

    If a sci fi spokes person really says this , and then cancels the 3rd series then the said spokesperson for sci fi is as off his head as Gary is...Wheres the petition i have to sign to cancel this morons contract too?? SAD SHAME

  • kevanfarmer Nov 24, 2013

    Yet another 'Stargate Universe' (and Jericho, that has already been cloned into another show) :( Leaving the viewer on a cliff hanger. In other words, the tv company simply don't give a damn about the viewer. Alphas was a very good tv show (as was Stargate Universe, another that had just got really good). Come on, some production company must realise that there is money from advertising in this very popular show.

  • Beecckka Nov 17, 2013

    I love this show! Disappointed to say the least, we will not be seeing any more Alphas :(

  • jamalbrockington Sep 28, 2014

    I partly agree bcuz Beecckkas hot!!

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