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Syfy will not be renewing its sci-fi series Alphas for a third season. Produced by BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions, the series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow centered on a team of people with superpowers led by David Strathairn’s Dr Rosen.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy said, "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." In the same statement, the channel added, "We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support."
Speaking of viewers, the problem seems to be that they dwindled significantly between the first and the second season. The series opened in July 2011 with 2.52 million viewers, which is more than twice the total number of viewers of its finale that year. Also, the show lost about 20% of its viewers between the first and the second season. All that might explain why until a couple of weeks ago, it was still being reported that the channel was in negotiations to bring back the show (presumably on a reduced budget).
With a line-up that includes Canadian imports Continuum and Lost Girl as well as British remake Being Human, Syfy is now looking to new projects from M. Night Shyamalan (Proof), Ronald D. Moore (Helix) and Bryan Fuller (High Noon).