SyFy’s inexplicable allergy to interesting, competent programming once again flares up with the announced cancellation of Zak Penn and Michael Karnow’s Alphas–after only two seasons. Syfy released the following statement to THR:
“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.”
Alphas (imagine Heroes meets X-Men) had a shot at reversing the trend of crushing disappointment and disaster that has been the norm for live-action, dramatic programs about “realistic”, non-comic book superheroes (Heroes, The Cape, No Ordinary Family, etc…): It was a well crafted and intelligent look at the phenomenon of superhuman abilities, and it deserved better.
At this point, Lost Girl is pretty much all that’s keeping SyFy from sinking into an inescapable quagmire of pro wrestling and reality TV….Unless something drastic changes, they’ll just be another niche cable network that shitcanned it’s mission statement a la MTV.