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.
Summer Glau has gotten a bad rap on the Internet as a “Show Killer.” That’s an actor or actress that is connected with multiple television shows that you like, that end up getting canceled well before their time.
Firefly, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, and The Cape are among her canceled series, and no one is saying it’s her fault, just bad series luck that seems to follow the talented actress. Seriously, she is always a standout and scene stealer when you look at the shows she’s been on, sometimes she’s the show’s only redeeming quality.
Yeah, I’m looking at you The Cape.
So you can understand how some fan boys and girls are reacting with some trepidation concerning the news that Summer is “crossing her fingers” when it comes to Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. She talked with IGN the other day about her role as Skylar in the SyFy (Man, I hate that Hipster spelling) channel’s original series Alphas. The show is pretty good and worth a look if you’re not currently watching the series. IGN went on to ask her about Joss Whedon’s new series S.H.I.E.L.D. and her interest in working with Whedon again.
IGN: So I’ve got to ask… Your buddy Joss [Whedon] has a new TV show percolating, and he’s been known to make use of your talents in several projects. So is that something you’ve had any conversations about? And do you think you’d look good in a S.H.I.E.L.D. jumpsuit?
Glau: Well, I have my fingers crossed behind my back. I try not to say anything to Joss about anything he’s doing because he has so many actors, and I know we all want to work for him. So I don’t know, but if I could be a part of it in any way, of course, you know I want to.
IGN: What’s it been like seeing the year Joss has had?
Glau: It couldn’t be more deserved. I’m just so proud that I got to work for him, and nobody deserves it more. I think he’s finally getting the place in mainstream filmmaking that we all knew could happen, and now everybody’s getting to enjoy it. And to get to see him back on TV, I just think that it’s going to be so gratifying for everybody who tried to get Firefly back on and supported Joss all these years, and bought the DVDs for friends and kept supporting it and kept promoting it. Now, I just cannot wait to see what he does next on TV. Of course, I’m excited about Avengers 2 as well, but it’ll also just be awesome to have Joss back on TV!
I would love to see her on S.H.I.E.L.D. as a villain and not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Wouldn’t you love to see some kind of love-hate relationship between Summer Glau (As a villain) and Clark Gregg‘s character Agent Coulson? That story writes itself.
What do you think, are you willing to take the chance on Summer Glau and let her put to rest the Internet “Show Killer” tag?
Laura Mennell is no stranger to the sci-fi genre but it’s her role in SyFy’s hit original series Alphas that has gained her an avid fanbase. Mennell plays psychic pusher Nina, a reluctant hero with a complicated past. She took some time to chat with us about her character’s dark side and what it’s like being an actress in the nerd world.
Nina’s complex character allows you to play a lot of layers. What do you find most fascinating about her?
Laura Mennell: I’m fascinated by the repercussions of having that much power and how it affects her personally. It’s interesting, fans will often say they’d love to have Nina’s ability, the freedom and satisfaction of getting everything they desire. Ultimately all of us would love to be able to alter certain situations for our own gain, taking the easy way out, having easy access to finer things in life. But there’s obviously a price to getting everything you want, and it can make one feel empty like it does with Nina. She also runs the risk of compulsively abusing her power, to the point where she becomes more out of control. And because of this, she’s been dangerous to the few people in her life who truly matter to her: It’s made her feel like a monster this season…she knows she’s dangerous and ultimately feels like she can’t be fully trusted. Consequently, she’s burdened with a lot of guilt.
Did anything about Nina (past or present behavior) surprise you when you read the script for this season’s episode “When Push Comes to Shove?
Mennell: I think “Push Comes to Shove” surprised me in general! It was a great episode written by Adam Levy, and there was definitely a lot to explore with Nina. I love the fact that Nina’s a little darker this season: she’s reverted back to her old behavior of overindulging in her ability, making some horrible choices and within those indulgences ultimately hurting those on her team–especially Rachel. I guess the biggest surprise for me in that episode was the make out scene between Nina and Rachel. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but then I embraced the idea when I thought more of the reasoning behind it. Nina knows how sensitive Rachel is to touch and how inexperienced and anxious she is about sharing any type of intimacy. Because Nina knows her so well, manipulating her in that way is pretty unforgivable. But it served its purpose, as the ultimate betrayal in braking ties with Rachel by hurting and humiliating her.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also, warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.
Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.
HIT THE JUMP for the run-down.