Just one day after the news came down from Lifetime that their drama ‘Drop Dead Diva’ would not be returning for another season, Syfy announced last night that their drama Alphas would not be coming back either.
The series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, which focused on a team of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities who undertake mysterious cases for which the CIA, FBI and the Pentagon cannot solve, completed its second season back in October of 2012 with a stunning cliffhanger [SPOILER ALERT!] that made it appear that all of the members of the team as well as Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) were killed, leaving autistic Gary (Ryan Cartwright) as the only team member standing.
The news was seemingly first posted at Twitter by several cast members of the series – the aforementioned Cartwright – followed by Warren Christie and Azita Ghanizada; all of whom shared their disappointment over the show’s cancellation.
Their announcements at Twitter were then followed by the following statement from the powers that be at the network, which was featured at Entertainment Weekly:
“Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season. 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”.
The series got its start in the summer of 2011, earning 2.5 million viewers; but by the end of its second season in October of last year, the series had fallen to only 1 million viewers. Other lead cast members of the show included Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba and, in the second season, Erin Way.
[Additional Source: The Hollywood Reporter]