Bad news for fans of the TV series Alphas, the SyFy channel canceled the super powered crime-solving series after two seasons of extraordinary storytelling with super low ratings. The announcement came yesterday; months after SyFy aired the season two finale in October.
The TV series first aired during the summer of 2011 to strong ratings but as the series progressed, the ratings dwindled as each new episode aired. It was on the cusp of cancelation during its first season but SyFy renewed it for a second season because of the TV series’ large and vocal fan base. The final death nail came when SyFy acquired new properties including Ron D. Moore’s Helix and the multi-platform alien centric Defiance to finally replace it.
The news of Alphas cancelation came via its stars Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada’s Twitter accounts. Both Cartwright and Ghanizada displayed their dismay for the bad news but were also gracious for the TV series. Read their tweets below.
Unfortunately #Alphas is cancelled 🙁
— Ryan Cartwright (@RyanCartwright) January 16, 2013
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 16, 2013
Alphas also starred David Strathairn, Warren Christie, Lauren Mennell, and Malik Yoba. It followed a group of superhuman crime investigators in New York City who relied on their super physical and mental abilities to solve crimes and protect the civilian population from other people with super-abilities called Alphas. It was created by screenwriter Zak Penn (X2: X-Men United, The Avengers). Read The SyFy Channel’s statement about cancelling Alphas below:
“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.”
Upon its release, Alphas received a mixed critical response and was compared to NBC’s Heroes but more focused. But despite its reviews, Alphas had a loyal fan base, which made it last longer than anyone expected.