David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen in season 2 of Alphas.
© Russ Martin/Syfy
Update: Bad news, folks.
Normally by this point in the calendar, the start of the winter season, the question marks hovering over the summer season primarily involve not which shows will air but when they'll start. But we still don't know the fate of Alphas, introduced two years ago as the new summer anchor for Syfy's self-styled "Powerful" line-up, and the suggestion that we'd hear last week has been left twisting in the wind.
Gail Berman, whose company, BermanBraun, produces the show, told the Futon Critic a week ago that she'd hear within a few days about the yea or nay on both season 3 of Alphas and Rewind, the Syfy pilot that was behind only the picked-up cross-platform drama Defiance (now set to premiere April 15, by the way) in visibility during the last pilot season. Of course, Berman didn't actually say she'd tell us what she heard.
(They may simply be distracted by their management reorg: after years of getting by being run by its co-founders, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, they just last week installed a president to run things. Weirdly enough, the new honcho, Jeff Berman, is said to be no relation to co-founder Gail Berman.)
An ensemble series emphasizing the tradeoffs involved in being superpowered, Alphas hasn't caught fire the way, say, the more lighthearted Warehouse 13 did. Alphas ended its second season in October having averaged 1.3 million viewers. That's down by 30% when compared to the first season (1.85 million). More importantly, it hasn't generated a presence for itself in the sci-fi universe comparable to something like (for example) Lost Girl. It's hard to believe anyone at Syfy is excited about Alphas.
At any rate, not having heard about season 3 by now is not a good sign. We'd already heard about a renewal for season 2 for summer 2012 in September of 2011. And the last time the question arose over at Syfy about nobody seeming to know whether something was canceled, or renewed, or what, with Syfy execs maintaining radio silence for months on end, the show in question was Sanctuary.
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