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Syfy Cancels Alphas

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.



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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
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Best serie ever. Pleeeeease keep going. We need at least the final 3rd season. Pleasseee
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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....
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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.
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So sorry this was cancelled :(
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SYFY lacks the common sense to be successful!! The time I spend viewing that channel has dropped substatially because of it.
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Any alphas teams could u go to other channel if they would accept to launch season 3 please... SyFy sux we all knew that !!!
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Yeah, they've done the same w The Gane even after a three year hiatus. They NEED restart ALPHAS
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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
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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.
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I love this show! Disappointed to say the least, we will not be seeing any more Alphas :(
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I partly agree bcuz Beecckkas hot!!
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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!!!!!!!!
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Maybe Netflix could pick it up. Someone should write a letter or two or few thousand
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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?
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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!
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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!!!
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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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ARE YOU FRACKIN' KIDDING ME???!!! I think I intentionally didn't look because I was afraid this was going to happen. Syfy would rather make Sharkaganza or I Was a Teenage Wereshark than this quality program???!!! I'm absolutely devastated.
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Another Syfy screw up this is becoming a habit with them that's why I don't watch Syfy anymore screw them
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Amazing characters, great stories, so much potential. I finished S2 on Netflix and thought, "Great lead-in. Next season could go anywhere from here!" Looking to find out when S3 started was how I found out about the cancellation. As with Firefly, I came too late to the party to show my enthusiastic support. But in this day and age, how can people who produce programming not take into account the folks who wait avidly for shows to come out on DVD or on Netflix to see them because, for whatever reason, they were unable to catch them during the regular season? "Can't depend on an online audience?" Um, have you noticed the success of Netflix originals? I'm with you--f*** Syfy! I'm joining the resistance!
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lol i honestly forgot about the show and just finished season2....if that wasnt the biggest cliffhanger of all time...syfy always ending shit no wonder that channel is hardly watched sigh
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I just need to vent, this is like the 5th show that I watch that SYFY has canceled and is just annoying as hell be left with a cliffhanger!
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Why make a show they don't intend to ever finish? 2 years of following Alphas to get the most stupid ending ever! Do the writers not know that a story has a beginning a middle and an end? maybe they are too stupid to realize they where just at the middle and hadn't the brains to finish it! Frankly Syfy should go off air altogether shut down your rubbish! If I was an actress and was asked to do one of their shows I'd say no, I'd be unemployed on a turn of a dime!
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That should be illegal to just end it like that alphas was my favorite show in a long time and I will not be watching anything on syfy any more
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I am so devastated right now.i just watched the last episode on Netflix and I can't even put into words how i feel right now about the news that there isn't a season 3. Why even put it on Netflix or anywhere to watch when it stops like that. So bad guys win? So mad
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I am another dine with syfy channel, canceling alphas was the last straw for me, they keep the garbage and trash the good stuff, bye syfy
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I find it an embarrassment how they ended this. Even from a business standpoint, the way they left this series hanging is nothing short of stupidity. This network has been in a tailspin of bad decision making for years now and it's only getting worse. As far back as jan of this year people were predicting WH13 was next...and no surprise to find out they were right, as we're left with a 6 ep season 5.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Haven's last season is next...although I'd like to be wrong about that. They'd better at least give it closing like it sounds they're doing with wh13. They certainly haven't shown much wisdom in the past, but I'll take something that's finished over what we got with Alphas.
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Honestly , I cried at the very end. All I can remember is dr. Rosen ? Dr. Rosen ? And it keeps playing in my head. I don't understand how a network can end a series that was so popular among many viewers. I mean there are endless possibilities where this storyline could've went. So many unanswered questions in the show we the viewers will never have answers to. Sci fi , I know you will regret canceling this show. Please, on behalf of everyone who love watching this show. Bring it back.
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Sy-Fi if your reading this just know you've lost a huge fan of shows and movies and I vow never to watch Sy-Fy again until this show is put on air.. That show could've and still could be huge on marketing levels and a great delight for fans... it had the Potential to be the next Star Trek Long show FRANCHISE or other..... Your making a big mistake cancelling.... So... Deal with the fact you've lost a young viewer that would have watched for years and years... But sadly now, I could care less about Sy-Fi I guess it's the science channel now
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Hulu gave soap operas a second life, maybe Hulu should save Alphas too. Or Netflix could take them on, didn't they get nominated for their first Netflix exclusive series?
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I am so sick and tired of all these networks starting something they can't finish in an intelligent continuation and end a show with something that says the end!!! Makes me want to sell my television and go back to home movies!! At least then you know how they end lol!!!
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Gah! I was watching Big Bang Theory and Alphas was Sheldon's favorite show. Then Leonard said they cancelled it so I had to check it out for myself. I was really hoping it was just a sitcom ploy..to my regret..it was true. How can they end a series on such a cliffhanger. All networks are cancelling all the good stuff and all the crappy stuff gets renewed year after year. Who makes these decisions....
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That stinks thit isn't coming back I was looking forward to it. I also agree with another poster... stop cancelling all the good ones like firefly, 4400 and so on. You are ruining the network!
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can anyone out there tell me if the late Michael Landon's,,,,,,, Great Actor, ,,,,,,series HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN , will ever be available to buy in UK, full 5 seasons , and will it ever be shown on UK tele again , I know it is available from Amazon , but I cannot seem to get it complete think it had 111 episodes.,
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Hiya, i checked this out for you and if you go to the pirate bay, the first 3 seasons are available to download on the first line of the listings available... Hope this helps :-) Good luck Paul xXx
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I just hate it when series end , for whatever reason and they do not make a season to end proper , the makers have done this so many times before ,,, it is cruel to leave us in the hanging and never get answers , no wonder ratings stay low on most of American shows you start and never finish , Alphas had good actors and it was a good Sf series , Alcatraz ending stupid too , think the only good dramas and series are English made,, and we can at least have a ending ,,,,
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SyFy is getting more and more frustating... I agree in the beginning ALPHAS missed some stuff, but from the half of first season it grew, and kept growing.... lot´s of shows on TV, Rare shows has sci-fy, so we whro are fans, stick with fantasy (Game of Thrones stands alone in quality)... it´s sad
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very hard to get into another show to have it cancelled like ALL the good ones in the past, I think i saw a list on a past comment on here
Firefly
The Unit
The 4400
Terminator; The Sarah Connor Chronciles
The Doll House
The Cape
Alphas
Eureka
now they have Defiance i hope it is as good as they portray it to be..
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people are saying they sorry to hear that Alphas will not be returning, well i myself find it frustrating and totally destroys the fun of past episodes. To actually stop a programme without a finale is very disrespectful for its viewers and is not making me want to watch any other new series start planned for any programme because i know i will be dissapointed AGAIN when it finishes without an end
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Sorry to see Alphas show being cancelled!
A very enjoyable show good cast and stories!
The sci fi channel
seems to cancel anything creative, and keeps a turkey like Ghost
chasers on the air, worst show ever!! This channel has chased me
back to watching Voyage to the bottom of the sea an old great show
better than anything new, on Sci Fi what corporate jokers there!
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"No Summer Glau jokes were written in the making of this article. "

You exercised restraint that I couldn't..

Is this a reference to the fact that Summer Glau is turning into jinx..and if Summer Glau appear regularly in a series..it is usually DOOMED to a short life and cancellation?

Consider the casualty list!!

Firefly
The Unit
The 4400
Terminator; The Sarah Connor Chronciles
The Doll House
The Cape
Alphas

She seems nice and deserves better than being cosidered a jinx.. but with a track record like this.. you gotta wonder..

She needs to be more selective about what series she takes on.
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This is one of the problems with SCIFY TV, the get some very good shows, great
original proghraming whth a large following and then they cancel the show leaving
the auidence hanging. The programing staff seems to have a problem with understanding the auidence or when they have a great show. It sort of makes you
wonder what their problem is. At this rate it appeas that they are trying to drive away
thier followers. Over the past few years we have seen many great shows, with good
follower and good marketability that have been cancelled for obscure and unreasonable
reasons. I hope whoever is in charge of programing and revenue wakes up and gets
their finger out of thier respective backside and continues with quality programing.
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this sucks big time. Any time I like a sci fi show, it's gone!
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SG1->SGA->SGU->Eureka->Alphas Yeah I'm done with SyFy. DIAF you Fox-wannabes.
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I dated Summer Glau for two weeks! Then I got cancelled. lol
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Everyone support Summer Glau in Knights of Badassdom... Help break this curse.
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Another show "killed" by Summer Glau ;)
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I'd say good riddance... But SyFy has an habit of going from bad to worse and beyond. So replacing a decent show (even if i was not into it) by some lame-ass movies about mutant sharks fighting insectoid aliens from another galaxy coming out of a worm hole in the mariana trench (go on, SyFy guys... use this crappy idea for your next movie, it will suck less than crocosaur against octoshark)
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Syfy really has gone downhill since it turned it's back on emphasizing hard core well written QUALITY Sci FI and fantasy... like Stargate

Really now..?? How many low budget shows about ghost hunters, haunted collections,make up( though this one CAN be interesting), and other cheapo "reality" shows can we take??

And what the hell is WRESTLING doing on this channel?

I'd be happier watching if they played reruns of Babylon 5 than most of the crap they currently air.


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So totally agree with you! I just hope Defiance will be their redemption
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Actually, I think there's a much higher probability of Under The Dome taking that position than Defiance .... after watching both.
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Dude you just ruined Pacific Rim for me...
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Saw only first 2-3 episodes.. Didn't interest me much at all..
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Why do they always cancel good shows and replace them with complete and utter CRAP!!!!!! "Hey guys this show is too great for our network so let's cancel it."
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It's sad to see another great SciFi show get cancelled. First it was Eureka and now Alphas. At least Eureka was given an extra episode to wrap up the series. At this rate the only show I'm interested in checking out is Defiance. Warehouse 13 has become disappointing since the beginning of season 2. I'm not a big fan of haven and Continuum was a big disappointment. At this rate the only show I may end up watching is Lost Girl. If I even stick around to watch that.
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Eureka had a good run..and at least they wrapped it up.

Have you watched the show about the vampire, ghost and were werewolf shacked up together?

Based on a British show..but even better.
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Happy to watch Continium if only to lust after the lead actress!!

I could get lost in those eyes!!
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syfy is dead to me
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SyFy is only good to 1 thing, and thats Cancelling shows...
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sorry meant to finish my last comment ''to waste their time'', dah haha
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This Blows!
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