SyFy Axes Alphas

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.

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  • SyFy has as little to do with science fiction now as the the History Channel does with history.. it’s actually worse. Airing repeats of Lost Girl 5 months after they premier in Canada (Which is where the show is actually filmed and developed) means little to nothing. SyFy gets as much credit for that as they would for airing old episodes of Lost in Space. Agreed that at least THAT would be sci-fi and it would harken back to the good old days of the channel, but now that we have wrestling, shitty ghost hunter reality shows, and cheap films like “Derpasaurus vs. Megasnail” that channel has sailed off the edge of credability. It’s time to sell it off cheap and let someone rename it like poor old Tech TV when it got reamed by Comcast as G4, which then went to hell as well. Huge loss to fandom.. here’s hoping someone develops a new science fiction network someday.

    • Scooter Atreides

      I wonder what they’d rename it? Hard to get stupider than SyFy.

    • Do we need a specific science fiction channel or do these shows just need a stronger following overall and better promotion? I’ve never watched Alphas but my dad does, never watched Fringe until it hit Amazon prime(once I started it I’ve blasted through it and enjoy it a lot), but again my dad does. I basically don’t watch TV for anything besides sports and the afformentioned wrestling, but I don’t always watch Smackdown because the actually quality of that program over the last few years(say what you will about the quality of a wrestling show, but SD used to be the show to watch a few years back). I watch The Walking Dead each sunday, and when I had HBO I was watching Game of Thrones. Basically every other TV show I watch is via netflix, and thats always a season behind. I only hear nerd sites talking about shows like Alphas once its cancelled. I think with the new series model for what we know know as TV will change for the better in the near future when programs are just produced for streaming only services, and they can also get away with more. Hopefully this will bring about a bevy of new shows that are enjoyable and can last for quite some time.