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Syfy Renews Alphas for Season 2

POSTED BY chrisdvanne ON Sep 08, 2011 / 0 COMMENTS


Syfy gives Alphas a season 2; Summer Glau's character Skylar, that she played in episode 7 'Catch and Release', could very well come back next year.



Syfy Press Release :
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NEW YORK – September 7, 2011 – Syfy’s new super-powered original drama series Alphas, featuring a team of superhuman investigators, will be returning for a second season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is ordering 13 episodes of the breakout scripted summer hit from series producers Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television to air in 2012.

"Alphas’ smart, innovative approach to a superhero franchise has clearly caught on with our audience,” said Stern. "From the first-rate writing to the outstanding cast lead by David Strathairn, we’re very proud of what was achieved in its first season and look forward to seeing this series fulfill even more of its creative potential in a second season.”

Alphas debuted on July 11th and became Syfy’s most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. To date, premiere episodes which air Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT have averaged 3.3 million total viewers (including all available Live +7 DVR data).

Comparatively, in both key demos, Alphas has outperformed other new and returning scripted series this season including Teen Wolf, Rescue Me,Hawthorne and The Killing. Alphas also tops Memphis Beat in Adults 18-49.

Alphas has scored impressive numbers with on demand viewers since its July launch averaging over 240,000 plays within 7 days per episode.Alphas is also Syfy’s most popular series in digital downloads
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Notable guest stars this season include Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Rebecca Mader (Lost) on September 12th and John Pyper Ferguson (Caprica) on September 26th.
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Source : tvline.com

Alphas ratings aren't the best but i'm not surprised it got renewed :
1) the writing is good : it's not always superheroes doing superheroes things, that would be boring and expensive. Alphas adds character development in every episodes and it nurtures the overall arc story regularly.
2) the acting is good : Gary seems to be the fans favorite but i think all actors are playing their character well, without one being outstanding imo.
3) Syfy seems to support the show, despite lower ratings than Eureka for example; it must be because Alphas is relatively cheap to produce. Though be careful not to make cheap things like the scene in episode 7 where Nina and Skylar where on a car : it was made in a studio and it shows on the screen.

The most interesting thing about announcing the renewal so early is that sci-fi lovers who were hesitating watching the show will do it now; indeed, sci-fi fans have been disappointed so often in the past years by the cancelation of their favorite show after only one season that a lot of them wait to see if a serie is renewed before catching up on dvd (or online). They have no reason to wait now and Syfy should logically schedule an Alphas marathon to allow new viewers to catch up the 8 first episodes.
Not to mention the buzz generated by the announce itself.





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