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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  • 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 !!!

  • 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 :(

  • Vida915 Sep 05, 2013

    I'm very disappointed there isn't going to be a season 3. I swear at first I was iffy about watching the show on Netflix but immediately got hook. I believe this show would have gotten more views if it was on a different channel. Syfy is a crappy channel that I personally don like, any shows they have is crap but alphas had potential and I loved it. Wish we could do something about this! They made a mistake to cancel it!!!!!!!!

  • ScierFier1 Aug 25, 2013

    I am also bummed about this -- and I am wondering if there is anything we can do to try to persuade the SyFy network or some other network to give this show a 2nd life. I had already been a fan but recently accidentally hooked my wife and kids on the show -- and my daughter is very upset that she cannot see a third season -- is there any organized petition or complaint?

  • alsmithdesign Aug 19, 2013

    I could not believe this TV show, Alphas is over. I was looking forward to watch Season 3 but there is none! Cliffhanger? Really??? This show got me hook!!! Now, I am disappointed there is no Season 3. What a bummer!

  • Schierer1996 Aug 19, 2013

    This is ridiculous, first Heroes and now this. Why can't these people at least end these shows properly. What kind of ending is everyone but Gary dying? Even prison break had a movie that rapped everything up, this show is amazing and should get a 3rd season!!!

  • sonid76 Aug 17, 2013

    I found out about Alphas late in the game (3 weeks ago) and I'm totally hooked. I have watched season 1 & 2 on Netflix and was devastated to find out that there were only two seasons. My son is completely hooked as well. The moment I find something that I like, it's no longer available. Please bring it back! At least give it a proper ending.

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