Alphas

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Alphas
Alphasintertitle.png
Alphas intertitle
Also known asSection 8[1]
Genre
Created by
Starring
Narrated byDavid Strathairn
Theme music composerwritten specifically for the show by Luke Adams and Erik Kertes, performed by Trey Lockerbie
Composer(s)Trevor Morris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelSyfy
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
HDTV 1080i
Original runJuly 11, 2011 (2011-07-11) – October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
External links
Website
 
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Alphas
Alphasintertitle.png
Alphas intertitle
Also known asSection 8[1]
Genre
Created by
Starring
Narrated byDavid Strathairn
Theme music composerwritten specifically for the show by Luke Adams and Erik Kertes, performed by Trey Lockerbie
Composer(s)Trevor Morris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelSyfy
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
HDTV 1080i
Original runJuly 11, 2011 (2011-07-11) – October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
External links
Website

Alphas is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. It follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, known as "Alphas", as they work to prevent crimes committed by other Alphas.

The series was broadcast in the United States on the cable channel Syfy and was a co-production between BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions. It premiered on July 11, 2011. After initial reports that the show was canceled,[2] on September 7, 2011, Alphas was renewed for a 13-episode second season,[3] which premiered on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 10 pm ET.[4] On January 16, 2013, Syfy announced that the program would not be returning for a third season,[5] ending the series with an unresolved cliffhanger.

Series overview[edit]

The series follows five people, known as "Alphas", led by noted neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), as they investigate criminal cases involving other suspected Alphas.

Rosen and his team operate under the auspices of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the criminal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. While investigating these crimes, it does not take the team too long to discover that a group known as "Red Flag", which was thought defeated and eliminated long ago, is using other Alphas to commit crimes.

Cast and characters[edit]

Promotional poster showing the six main characters

Development and production[edit]

Originally known as Section 8, Alphas was initially developed by Zak Penn and co-creator Michael Karnow in 2006.[1][11] The series was then shopped around to various networks, with some interest from both NBC and ABC.[1] In late 2007 ABC picked up the series with an initial six episode order.[12][13] However, complications arising from the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike derailed the project.[1] On August 5, 2009, after almost two further years of shopping the show around to the broadcast and cable networks, Syfy placed a pilot order. Zak Penn and Michael Karnow wrote the pilot, Jack Bender was attached to the project as the director, with Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun serving as executive producers.[14]

Casting began in August 2010 and filming of the pilot episode took place in Toronto, Canada.[15]

Alphas was ordered to series on December 8, 2010, by Syfy to air in the summer of 2011.[16] The series is a co-production between BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions. Along with the series pickup, Syfy also announced that veteran Sci-Fi producer Ira Steven Behr had been picked to serve as executive producer and showrunner.[17]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Alphas has received mixed reviews. It earned a score of 63 on Metacritic.[18] The New York Post said of the first episode: "Alphas is fun, sure, but it has a 'been there, done that' feel."[19] TV Fanatic gave the show an average review saying, "Everything Alphas brought to the table has been done before."[20] The New York Times gave the show a negative review: "It's neither here nor there: low on sci-fi mystery and intrigue and not yet convincing as ensemble drama. Right now it feels like the beta version."[21]

Variety gave a positive review: "At first blush, though, give Alphas high marks for effort and ingenuity, demonstrating a TV show needn't provide major pyrotechnics or a reinvented wheel to lay the groundwork for solid summer entertainment where the characters, somewhat refreshingly, are only sort-of super."[22]

The Los Angeles Times gave the pilot a positive review: "Alphas deftly balances all the building blocks of great genre – nonhuman abilities, twisty plot, cool special effects, smart dialogue and characters you want to spend more time with. And that's the most impressive superpower of all."[23]

After eight episodes had aired, Maureen Ryan of AOL TV called it the summer's most promising new drama: "Not only has Alphas successfully avoided many of the pitfalls that have bedeviled other superhero-flavored projects, it's done a good job of balancing character-driven moments with taut, well-paced storytelling."[24]

Ratings[edit]

The pilot episode premiered with 2.5 million total viewers, scoring 1.2 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic and 1.3 million in the 25–54 demographic, making it Syfy's most watched debut in two years.[25] Live + 7 day ratings for the series premiere updated those numbers to 3.6 million total viewers, scoring 1.7 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic and 1.8 million in the 25–54 demographic.[26] By the 11th episode (its season finale) however, the ratings had dropped to 1.16[27] million total viewers.

In the UK the show was broadcast on Tuesdays. The first episode had 666,000 viewers altogether, 595,000 live and 71,000 on timeshift. When the second episode aired, the viewer count dipped to 469,000 together, live and on timeshift. Despite the fall in viewers on a Tuesday showing, the show has become popular in the UK with Friday repeats rounding up around 150,000 viewers.

U.S. ratings

SeasonSeason PremiereSeason Finale
DateViewers TotalViewers 18–49DateViewers TotalViewers 18–49
1July 11, 2011[28]2.52[26]1.21[26]September 26, 2011[27]1.16[27]N/A

United Kingdom ratings

SeriesepisodeViewers (5* and 5*+1)
11775,000
12682,000
13585,000
14555,000
15513,000
16605,000
17527,000
18512,000
19505,000
110502,000
111500,000

Pop culture reference[edit]

In episode 21 of season six of The Big Bang Theory, the non-resolved cliff-hanger ending of Alphas caused character Sheldon Cooper distress about not having 'closure', as a lead-in to one of that show's plot lines.

International broadcasting[edit]

CountryNetworkPremiere date
 CanadaSpaceJuly 11, 2011[29][30]
addikTV (in French)October 1, 2012[31]
 United Kingdom5*
Syfy
October 18, 2011
April 19, 2012[32]
 SpainSyfy
Cuatroº
December 13, 2011
July 11, 2012
 AustraliaSeven Network
Sci-Fi Channel
December 7, 2012
February 3, 2012
 FinlandC More SeriesJanuary 10, 2013
 FranceSyfyFebruary 21, 2012[33]
 BrazilSyfy2011
 New ZealandFour (New Zealand)January 2013
 ItalyRai 4May 17, 2012
 SwedenC More SeriesJanuary 10, 2013
 PhilippinesJack TVJanuary 27, 2013
 GermanySyfyFebruary 14, 2013
 South AfricaUniversal ChannelMarch 25, 2012[34]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Ng, Philiana; Goldberg, Lesley. (January 16, 2013). "Syfy Cancels 'Alphas'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
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  10. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 30, 2012). "Erin Way Joins Cast of Syfy's Alphas". TVWise. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. "The Futon's First Look: "Alphas" (Syfy)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. "The Futon's First Look: Section 8 (ABC, Script)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ Armstrong, Jennifer (October 26, 2007). "TV Networks Won't Be Script to Shreds". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
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  17. ^ The Futon Critic Staff (December 20, 2010). "Development Update: Monday, December 20". Breaking News. The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
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  22. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 10, 2011). "Vareity Reviews: Alphas – TV Review". Variety. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  23. ^ McNamara, Mary (July 11, 2011). "Television Review: Alphas". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  24. ^ Ryan, Maureen (August 30, 2010). "Checking In on Alphas, the Summer's Most Promising New Drama". AOL TV. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
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