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How 9 prematurely cancelled TV shows would have continued

Had Freaks And Geeks, Caprica and more not been cancelled, here’s what their showrunners had planned for their futures. Spoilers…

Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.

Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.

That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what?
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EOne Inks First-Look TV Deal With Producer-Management Firm The Cartel

The pact means indie studio Entertainment One will exclusively produce and handle distribution on all TV projects from The Cartel including scripted and unscripted series and movies of the week. The companies already have a development slate in the works including Company Men, created by Alphas co-creator Michael Karnow; Becoming Sherlock by Cassandra Clare, author of Sony pic The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, due out August 21; and Facing Demons by Flash Gordon executive producer/showrunner Peter Hume. “The Cartel brings a network of outstanding creative talent to eOne and opens the door to multi-platform partnerships and co-production opportunities for both U.S. and international audiences”, said Michael Rosenberg, eOne Evp U.S. Scripted Television, in announcing the deal today. The Cartel reps writers, directors, producers, and production companies, and on the production side the company and its subsidiaries (Cartel Pictures, Remember Dreaming Productions, and Pulser Productions) have helped produce
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Stanley Karnow, Author of 'Vietnam: A History,' Dies at 87

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Stanley Karnow, who wrote a definitive book about the Vietnam War, "Vietnam: A History," and later won a Pulitzer for a history of the Philippines, died Sunday morning. He was 87. Karnow had congestive heart failure and died in his sleep at his home in Potomac, Md., his son Michael Karnow told the Associated Press. After covering the war for Time, the Washington Post and other publications through the 1970s, Karnow worked on an epic PBS documentary and wrote the million-selling "Vietnam: A History," which was published in 1983. The PBS series won
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Syfy cancels Alphas

News Louisa Mellor Jan 17, 2013

Alphas, Syfy's super-powers sci-fi show, is not to return for a third season...

Although our reviews were always up-front about Alphas' shortcomings, it's never fun to pass on the news of another sci-fi show being taken off air.

It's official though, Zak Penn and Michael Karnow's sci-fi crime series Alphas will not be returning for a third run, owing to poor viewing figures. Two twelve-episode seasons of the Syfy show ran between July 2011 and October 2012, but that's to be our lot. 

Syfy's anodyne cancellation statement praises the "incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives" who made the "entertaining, high quality series", and thanks "the show's dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support". What goes without saying is that Alphas needed each of those dedicated regular viewers to have brought along a plus one if it was to reach a third season.

Over the first twelve-episode season,
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Alphas series moves to omega as show gets axed

Alphas from SyFy which stars David Strathairn, will come to and end after just two seasons, reports Deadline. The show from Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun, is created Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow, and had its second season start in July, holding 1.7 million watchers. “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,” said SyFy in a statement. “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 follows five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas -- people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities.
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Alphas series moves to omega as show gets axed

Alphas from SyFy which stars David Strathairn, will come to and end after just two seasons, reports Deadline. The show from Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun, is created Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow, and had its second season start in July, holding 1.7 million watchers. “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,” said SyFy in a statement. “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 follows five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas -- people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities.
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Syfy’s ‘Alphas’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

Syfy’s drama Alphas is ending its run after two seasons. “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,” the network said in a statement. “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, from BermanBraun, Universal Cable Prods. and creators Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, followed a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. The series starring David Strathairn was most recently run by Bruce Miller who executive produced Season 2 alongside Penn and BermanBraun’s Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. Karnow served as co-executive producer. The second season of Alphas launched in July to 1.7 million viewers. Alphas had a long journey to the screen.
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Syfy Cancels 'Alphas'

Syfy Cancels 'Alphas'
Syfy is not moving forward with Alphas after two seasons. The cable network has canceled the one-hour drama created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, which centered on an unlikely team of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities that took on mysterious cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon were unable to solve. "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," Syfy said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We’d like

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SyFy Cancels Alphas After Only Two Seasons

Deadline reports that Alphas has been cancelled by SyFy after two seasons. The series focused on a team of seemingly ordinary people who possessed extraordinary mental skills. "Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,", the network said in a statement released online earlier today. 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 was created by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow (The Chevy Chase Show) but failed to ever really find an audience - as the second season launched to only 1.7 million viewers last July. Were you a fan of Alphas?
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Alphas Ep. 2.12, “Need to Know”: Rosen channels Jack Bauer in a gripping episode

Alphas Review, Season 2, Episode 12, “Need to Know”

Written by Michael Karnow & Adam Levy

Directed by Nick Copus

Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on SyFy

In times of war or impending terrorism, a predominant question asks how far authorities should go to stop an impending attack. Does the line for ethical behavior change when the clock is ticking? This conflict was a normal issue on 24, where Jack Bauer faced down nuclear attacks and other imminent threats every week. There were usually a few episodes during each season where he interrogated an enemy and did just about anything to gather intelligence. He even tortured his own brother to battle a looming menace. A similar dilemma takes center stage in this week’s penultimate episode of Alphas. Rosen’s actions have grown more unhinged since Stanton Parish killed his daughter, and they reach a new milestone this time. He seems willing to inflict
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Exclusive Featurette Introduces you to TV Show Alphas

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Alphas Season 1 hits a DVD shop near you today and to mark the occasion we’ve got an exclusive clip from the TV show below to share with you all. If you like the look of it, click here to enter our competition to win a copy. If you know nothing about Alphas this featurette will fill you in nicely talking you through the elements of the show and how these ‘superheroes’ could be plausible.

From writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow comes a thrilling new crime drama with a twist. Alphas Season One follows an exceptional group of human beings with enhanced physical abilities caused by anomalies in their genetic make-up and brain structure.

A crack team of super-humans operate within the Defence Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S Department of Defence to investigate a new breed of crime
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DVD Review: Alphas – Season One

Alphas: Season One

Stars: David Strathairn, Warren Christie, Ryan Cartwright, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Azita Ghanizada | Created by Zak Penn, Michael Karnow

From writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk) and Michael Karnow, Alphas is a superhero show with a difference that follows an exceptional group of human beings with enhanced physical abilities caused by anomalies in their genetic make-up and brain structure. Put together by renowned neurologist and psychologist Dr Lee Rosen (this show’s Professor X) played by David Strathairn, the series features a crack team of super-humans operating within the Defence Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S Department of Defence to investigate a new breed of crime; those committed by and involving other ‘Alphas’.

Starting as it means to go on, the series kicks off with the ‘Alphas’ on a case involving a witness who is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse.
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Win Alphas Season 1 on DVD

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To mark the release of Alphas Season 1 on DVD 10th September, we’ve been given 2 box-sets to give away.

Expect the unexpected as brand new supernatural sci-fi drama Alphas Season One comes to DVD on 10 September, packed with fan pleasing special features, courtesy of Universal Playback.

From writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow comes a thrilling new crime drama with a twist. Alphas Season One follows an exceptional group of human beings with enhanced physical abilities caused by anomalies in their genetic make-up and brain structure.

A crack team of super-humans operate within the Defence Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S Department of Defence to investigate a new breed of crime; those committed by and involving other ‘Alphas’.

The group is led by renowned neurologist and psychologist Dr Lee Rosen, played by Emmy® award winner and Academy-award® nominee David Strathairn (L.
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Win: Alphas Season One DVD

Expect the unexpected as brand new supernatural sci-fi drama Alphas Season One comes to DVD on 10 September, packed with fan pleasing special features, courtesy of Universal Playback. We have two copies of the DVD to give away.

From writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow comes a thrilling new crime drama with a twist. Alphas Season One follows an exceptional group of human beings with enhanced physical abilities caused by anomalies in their genetic make-up and brain structure.

A crack team of super-humans operate within the Defence Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S Department of Defence to investigate a new breed of crime; those committed by and involving other ‘Alphas’.

The group is led by renowned neurologist and psychologist Dr Lee Rosen, played by Emmy® award winner and Academy-award® nominee David Strathairn (L.A Confidential, Fracture, The Bourne Legacy).

Starring an
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Alphas Ep. 2.3, “Alpha Dogs”: Bill takes charge and enters the arena

Alphas Review, Season 2, Episode 3, “Alpha Dogs

Written by Nick Copus

Directed by Eric Tuchman

Airs Mondays at 10pm (Et) on SyFy

One of the consistent surprises about Alphas is the way it wades into conventional plots but sidesteps a predictable outcome. This week, SyFy’s promos had teased a Fight Club-like underground fighting ring that looked very similar to other shows. The first-season Sanctuary episode “Warriors” also showed individuals with extraordinary abilities battling in front of roaring crowds. The surprise with “Alpha Dogs” is that it doesn’t spend that much time in the arena. Bill gets his chance to battle some tough foes, but it plays out much differently than the anticipated formula. The fights are just one part of an episode that delves into Stanton Parrish’s background, brings a new living situation for Gary, and adds a possible love interest for Rachel. It’s an engaging
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Alphas Ep. 2.2, “The Quick and the Dead”: Strong character beats overcome a ho-hum premise

Alphas Review, Season 2, Episode 2, “The Quick and the Dead

Written by Michael Karnow

Directed by Michael Nankin

Airs Mondays at 10pm (Et) on SyFy

Following the plot-heavy opener, it’s refreshing to see Alphas roll back into a character-driven show this week. Stanton Parish and his band of super villains are still driving the serial arc, but the team dynamics take center stage. Even the “Alpha of the week” receives limited attention compared to the group relationships. It’s intriguing to see how Dr. Rosen’s approach varies dramatically based on who he’s addressing among the team. The approach isn’t always correct and may exacerbate the situation, but his heart is in the right place. David Strathairn masterfully plays the conflicts between protecting his team and pursuing the dangerous foes that are causing havoc. With the government breathing down his neck at every turn, there’s no easy way to keep everyone happy.
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Warehouse 13 and Alphas Open Big for Syfy

Warehouse 13 and Alphas Open Big for Syfy

Warehouse 13 opened its fourth season on solid grade for Syfy, bringing in 2.1 Million total viewers. Alphas made its sophomore debut count as well, snaring 1.7 Million viewers. Both shows managed to best their previous percentages in the key 18-49 and 25-54 age group demographics. This is not only good news for Syfy channel, it's also good news for Sci-Fi fans. Perhaps these numbers will convince Syfy to put more SciFi in their prime-time slots.

New York – July 24, 2012 – Syfy’s potent one-two punch of hit series Warehouse 13 and Alphas returned to the Powerful Mondays programming block on Monday, July 23, racking up impressive ratings in their respective season premieres.

From 9-10Pm (Et/Pt), Warehouse 13 averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 – up 17% compared to the season three finale -- and nearly 1.0 million (967K) Adults 18-49, jumping 23% versus last year’s cliffhanger,
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‘Alphas’ Season 2: New Showrunner, More Drama, More Sex & Someone Dies

Syfy’s “Powerful” Mondays return with Warehouse 13 returning with its fourth season at 9pm Et/Pt followed by one of our favorites, Alphas Season 2 premiering at 10pm. Last season’s finale left Alphas fans with a major cliffhanger as Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) went public, announcing the existence of super-powered beings living amongst humans. Changes would certainly be expected but one that came to a surprise from a production standpoint was a change in showrunner from science fiction vet, Ira Steven Behr to Bruce Miller who was previously the executive producer on Syfy’s Eureka, and was co-excutive producer on Medium and The 4400.

Alphas struggled a bit to find its way in Season One but when it finally did, it captured a real-world approach at super-powered beings existing in our world on television that resonated. The change in showrunner certainly caused some concern from a viewer’s perspective but surprisingly,
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TV Review: Syfy’s ‘Alphas’ Returns More Confident, Entertaining

Chicago – Two of cable TV’s most interesting science fiction programs return tonight just after their 2011 seasons were released on DVD. “Alphas” and “Warehouse 13” are ocassionally inconsistent but also sometimes surprisingly effective and the former has a renewed confidence and sets up a very interesting second-season plot arc in its premiere. I was hesitant after the series premiere last year but this show is much easier to recommend now.

Television Rating: 3.5/5.0

Alphas” felt a bit too familiar in season one as memories of “Heroes” and “The 4400” dominated my feelings about the series premiere. Revisiting the first season on the recently-released DVD set (the details of which you’ll find at the bottom of this review), I was impressed at how the show built its own confident identity as the freshman season went along. That confidence remains as the show tries to defy the sophomore slump with an action-packed
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TV Review: Alphas: Season 2, Episode 1 “Wake Up Call”

Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama | Action

Premiere: July 23 at 10/9c

Network: Syfy

Creators: Zak Penn and Michael Karnow

Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), the unlikely team takes on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve going head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas hiding among the normal population.

Alphas stars David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, Malik Yoba as Bill Harken, Warren Christie as Cameron Hicks, Azita Ghanizada as Rachel Pirzad, Ryan Cartwright as Gary Bell and Laura Mennell as Nina Theroux. Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) joins the cast this season as Kat, a mysterious young loner whose Alpha ability equips her with perfect muscle memory, making her a “quick study.” But while her skills are permanent, her personal memories are short-lived.
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