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.
Sad to say that ALPHAS will not be returning. What an honor to get to play Rachel for 2years & to work w/ & for the MOST AMAZING PEOPLE EVER— Azita Ghanizada(@AzitaGhanizada) January 17, 2013
UPDATE: Ryan Cartwright, who plays Gary, also tweeted the bad news:
Unfortunately #Alphas is cancelled :(— Ryan Cartwright (@RyanCartwright) January 17, 2013
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.