[09/07/11 - 12:11 PM]
Syfy Renews "Alphas" for Second Season
The network is ordering 13 episodes of the breakout scripted summer hit to air in 2012.

[via press release from Syfy]



NEW YORK - September 7, 2011 - Syfy's new super-powered original drama series Alphas, featuring a team of superhuman investigators, will be returning for a second season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is ordering 13 episodes of the breakout scripted summer hit from series producers Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television to air in 2012.

"Alphas' smart, innovative approach to a superhero franchise has clearly caught on with our audience," said Stern. "From the first-rate writing to the outstanding cast lead by David Strathairn, we're very proud of what was achieved in its first season and look forward to seeing this series fulfill even more of its creative potential in a second season."

Alphas debuted on July 11th and became Syfy's most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. To date, premiere episodes which air Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT have averaged 3.3 million total viewers (including all available Live +7 DVR data).

Comparatively, in both key demos, Alphas has outperformed other new and returning scripted series this season including Teen Wolf, Rescue Me, Hawthorne and The Killing. Alphas also tops Memphis Beat in Adults 18-49.

Alphas has scored impressive numbers with on demand viewers since its July launch averaging over 240,000 plays within 7 days per episode. Alphas is also Syfy's most popular series in digital downloads.

Alphas, airing Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy, follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck) and operating within the Defense Department, the team investigates cases involving other Alpha activity. The ensemble cast also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Azita Ghanizada (Castle), Ryan Cartwright (Bones) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen). Valerie Cruz is a recurring guest star.

Notable guest stars this season include Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Rebecca Mader (Lost) on September 12th and John Pyper Ferguson (Caprica) on September 26th.

Created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, Alphas is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television.

BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions - television, feature film and digital - which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world. The Santa Monica, CA based company, founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in 2007, has established strategic global alliances with a number of media companies throughout the industry, including NBC Universal Television and Microsoft.

BermanBraun's digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks FIRST in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. The site has exceeded 10 billion page views since launch and averages nearly 14 million unique users per month. In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO - a site created in partnership with MSN and Hachette Filipacchi Media. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique "digital magazine" experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO currently ranks FIRST in engagement among competitive sites in its lifestyle categories. In August 2010, BermanBraun announced a multi-year partnership with Starcom MediaVest to create compelling, new world-class digital content and advertising solutions available "first" to SMG clients. SMG is part of Publicis Groupe, the world's third largest communications group.

In scripted television, BermanBraun is currently producing ALPHAS on the Syfy network and is in production on the Modern Love pilot for Lifetime. Also in production is the second season of the unscripted series BRAD MELTZER'S DECODED for History Channel; and three new series to be produced with Mythbusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel. BermanBraun also produces SWORDS, now in its third season for The Discovery Channel.

Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's Royal Pains, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal and Suits, along with Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas. The studio is also producing Against the Wall for Lifetime and I Just Want My Pants Back for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

  [september 2011]  


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