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Old 07-22-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Syfy has picked up the pilot for Alphas, a show about a team of superpowered people whose enhanced neurological abilities come at a crippling price. But can a great show come from the man who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand?

Alphas comes from X3 screenwriter Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. The series began life as Section 8, which sparked a network bidding war in the summer of 2007 and eventually found a home at ABC. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Writers Guild strike and ABC's increasing discomfort with the show's scifi elements landed it in the dustbin. Now Syfy has dusted it off and redubbed the show Alphas.

Back when the show was at ABC, Futon Critic posted a synopsis and review of the Section 8 script, which had some intriguing ideas for its superpowered protagonists:

When a witness is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse, Section 8 (under the auspices of the National Security Agency) is put on the case. Lead by Dr. Leigh Rosen (all roles have yet to be cast), the team has but one mandate - locate and assess the threats posed by "alphas," human beings "with enhanced abilities due to differences in their brain structure." Joining Rosen in his quest are four such alphas - Gary Bell, a highly functioning autistic with an ability to process information that rivals most computers; Bill Harken, a former FBI agent who can amp up his "fight or flight" reflex, giving him extraordinary strength for a brief period of time; Nina Theroux, a beautiful woman who can reprogram other people's minds to do as she bids; and Rachel Myers, an orthodox Jew who can shatter glass with but a whisper. However with said powers comes a price - for Gary, autism which makes him a child for all intents and purposes; for Harken, severe anger issues that cost him his job and family; for Rachel, living life as a near mute and being forced to wear an electronic device against her larynx; and Nina, never really knowing how those close to her actually feel. In any case, they've all come together for the common good with Rosen as their mentor, teaching them to further control their abilities with each passing day. As for the courthouse murder, it's not long before the team uncovers that one of their own kind was responsible - Christian Hicks, a former Marine sharpshooter with supernatural balance and aim (he guided the bullet through a ventilation duct). After bringing him in though, they realize someone even more powerful was pulling the strings... someone with a new technology that can be used to mimic one of the team's gifts.
Unfortunately, Futon Critic claims the script's execution doesn't live up to its shiny ideas, constantly trying to assure the reader of the show's awesomeness.


I'm on the fence with this one. Penn's got a bit of checkered past; he worked on the story for X2, but didn't write the screenplay, and penned Elektra and the better recent adaptation of The Incredible Hulk. Plus, he's writing the screenplay for the upcoming Avengers movie, so someone at Marvel must have faith in him. And the optimist in me hopes the original Section 8 script has had time to marinate. But maybe I'm just so excited at the prospect of Syfy picking up another scripted, science fiction-themed show that I'm willing to give anything a chance.
http://io9.com/5330939/syfy-picks-up...d-pilot-alphas

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Alphas follows a team led by Leigh Rosen (Strathairn) that includes ordinary citizens possessing extraordinary and unusual mental skills who take the law into their own hands and uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. Christie (Happy Town) will play Christian Hicks, a new recruit on the team with a history of psychological problems, drug abuse and an anti-authoritarian streak whose Alpha skill is hyperkinesis - near-perfect dexterity and hand/eye coordination.
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/new-...-pilot-alphas/

Really excited about this show, can't wait to find out some more cast info.

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Old 07-22-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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I hope the show turns out to be as good as the article here. Can't wait for the pilot.

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As Syfy gets prepares production for the super hero series, Alphas, additional cast members Malik Yoba and Laura Mennell will join Alphas as the characters Bill Harken and Nina Theroux.

Malik Yoba and Laura Mennell will star in Alphas alongside David Strathairn in A Syfy super hero series written by The Incredible Hulk scribe Zak Penn and helmed by Jack Bender, director and executive producer of Lost.

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Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

Yoba plays Alphas team member Bill Harken, a former FBI agent from working class roots. Harken’s Alpha skill allows him to intentionally activate a “fight-or-flight mechanism” producing a power surge of adrenaline giving him increased strength, speed and immunity from pain.

Mennell plays the complicated Alpha team member Nina Theroux. Seductive, intelligent and confident, Nina’s Alpha ability allows her to influence people into doing whatever she wishes but her power can sometimes spin out of control. Her skill also comes with a personal drawback in that she can never be sure if anyone's feelings for her are real. Nina was the first team member enlisted by Dr. Rosen to whom she remains extremely loyal.

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Azita Ghanizada and Callum Keith Rennie in Syfy Alphas

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Looks like Syfy really has some big plans for you science fiction buffs. Yesterday we reported that they are working on an adaptation of The Lotus Caves from Pushing Daisies‘ Mr. Bryan Fuller himself, and today, we’ve got more good news as the pilot for Alphas adds two more talented stars to the cast including Azita Ghanizada (love that name!) and Callum Keith Rennie to a cast that already includes David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, and Laura Mennell.

As for plot, Alphas tells the story of “ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities,” reports Variety. So nothing new there, but this cast is an exciting mix of youth and experience and with Lost’s Jack Bender directing the pilot, it’s got potential.


This is shaping up nicely

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When does the pilot air?

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Old 08-25-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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I'm still trying to figure that out, hopefully sometime soon.

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If Jack Bender's involved, I'm already there.

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Man this is awesome.

First we get No Ordinary Family and then Alphas. I just hope theyre good and can find an audience.

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Old 12-08-2010, 06:14 PM   #9
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Syfy orders 11 episodes of superhero action series Alphas.
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The super powers sound pretty boring to be honest. There are so many of this type of show right now, I don't see where they are going with it.

I mean just for example it sounds an awful lot like Heroes which pretty much went on a downward spiral after its first seasons. And then there's No Ordinary Family and in England there is Misfits.

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please tell me they will wear costumes

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Old 12-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #12
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The super powers sound pretty boring to be honest. There are so many of this type of show right now, I don't see where they are going with it.

I mean just for example it sounds an awful lot like Heroes which pretty much went on a downward spiral after its first seasons. And then there's No Ordinary Family and in England there is Misfits.
Three (only two concurrent) isn't 'so many' imho. And we all know Heroes ditn' fail because of it's superpowers. It was on a downward spiral as soon as executive meddling changed up their 5 year plan.

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They won't. Or at least, I'll pay you money if the do. This show is all about the ugly side effects that costumed superheroes don't have.

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Three (only two concurrent) isn't 'so many' imho. And we all know Heroes ditn' fail because of it's superpowers. It was on a downward spiral as soon as executive meddling changed up their 5 year plan.



They won't. Or at least, I'll pay you money if the do. This show is all about the ugly side effects that costumed superheroes don't have.
It could be OH SO MANY for SyFy channel GL1:

http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/the-...as-new-series/

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It is usually a great problem for networks to have when all the pilots they've orderered come in strong. But, in the case of Syfy's similarly-themed Alphas and Three Inches, it created a dilemma. Syfy had been looking to launch a series set in the world of real-life superheroes. To increase its chances of success, the network ordered two such pilots, Alphas and Three Inches, "that were slightly different in tone but very similar in subject matter," said Syfy EVP original content Mark Stern. Alphas, from BermanBraun, in-house studio UCP, writers Zak Penn and Michael Karnow and director Jack Bender, stars David Strathairn and follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Three Inches, from writer Harley Peyton, director Jace Alexander and Fox TV Studios, centers on an underachiever (Noah Reid) who can move any object three inches with his mind and recruits a team of fellow heroes. The hope was for one of the pilots to become a series.

Instead, unexpectedly for everyone at the network, "we found ourselves with 2 pilots that we loved," Stern said. "They were both excellent and tested very well. Ultimately it came down to which pilot would work best as an hourlong franchise. We thought they both did but felt Alphas had a little bit more potential for that."

So Syfy on Tuesday gave Alphas an 11-episode series pickup. But it is not giving up on Three Inches just yet and is looking for ways to redevelop it. Usually that is done to fix things a network didn't like in the pilot. Not in this case. "We loved the cast and the directing, and the writing was fantastic but it's very similar to Alphas," Stern said. "Now we have to figure out a way so both show can live on our air."

To differentiate between the two, Syfy is exploring the idea of converting Three Inches to a single-camera half-hour, a genre the network has been actively pursing for the past several months. If the show stays hourlong, Syfy is mulling several scenarios, including making the show "less mission-oriented and more about the characters and their lives or focusing more on the central character played by Reid and not so much on the team." Syfy is high on Reid, whose option is expected to be extended by FtvS along with other key cast members.

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lol, that does suck. Wow.

I think MisFits really did show that it could be done low-budget, and now people are starting to get wise, and realize the power in super powers isn't always the epicness, its the metaphor. I mean, I'm working on a script, so yeah.

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MisFits also does it with . . . nudity.

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First look at Syfy's new superhero series, Alphas
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Looks intriguing so I will give it a shot. SyFy is running out of shows for me to watch. I used to watch all the time in the "Sci-Fi" days.

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I'm not convinced about this show yet...every ad i've seen seemed very weak...

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I watched the pilot tonight it wasn't bad I wasn't blown away either. Some the special effects were pretty cool looking especially the guy who could see all the waves. Made me think of All Star Superman when Luthor saw the world as Superman does.

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I liked it a lot. Gary had me laughing with his Rain Man act.

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This sounds a lot like Heroes. Even No Ordinary Family lost its steam towards the end.

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This sounds a lot like Heroes. Even No Ordinary Family lost its steam towards the end.
The difference with Alphas is that for one, these characters are a clearly defined team of individuals actually BEING HEROIC (even with the implication that there's some degree of gray area between the Straitharn's team and the main antagonists.) Furthermore, they're not weighing the show down with a whole heap of quasi-philosophical musings like Mohinder did on Heroes. It's not just a random assemblage of people we have to follow through three or four different storylines.

And unlike No Ordinary Family (and Heroes), it's not hung up on incorporating superhero comic sensibilities and logic. It's treating the subject matter as straightforward science fiction more in the vein of shows like The 4400. And I like that we see the weaknesses each character has, like Bill having a limit to how long he can use his power at one time before his adrenaline levels start spiking. Or the girl with enhanced senses having to forgo one of her senses if she's amplifying another. It makes it seem like a more practical ability rather than a flat out "superpower". No one's shooting lasers out of their eyes, or time traveling, or flying, or anything like that. And that's one of the things I really like about the show, the fact that already, they've done a better job of explaining how the Alphas' abilities work than Heroes every did in four seasons.

It's not a perfect show, but it's definitely got my interest.

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Goes for me too. I really wasn't expecting to be so impressed by this show but the practicality with which the powers are presented is AWESOME! Oh and Gary is such an awesome character! When it first showed him watching "tv" I immediately said WTF!!! LOVED IT! Let's just hope it can keep the quality of writing up

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