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Teaser Trailer, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Official Synopsis For New SyFy Series “Alphas” Starring Malik Yoba

First announced last fall…

The Syfy Channel picked up an 11-episode order of a new science fiction drama series called Alphas which follows a team of ordinary people with extraordinary and unusual mental skills.

The cast of “ordinary people” includes of David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada.

Preceding the airing of the 11 episodes in the series will be a 90-minute pilot, debuting this July.

Alphas first surfaced about 4 years ago, pitched to NBC, but they passed on it. That was followed by a bidding war among the other networks in that same year, with ABC eventually coming out on top, ordering 6-episodes. But while in pre-production, the WGA strike killed all progress. And after the strike, ABC changed its mind and dropped the project.

It was then pitched to Syfy, and the rest is history…

Is this another Heroes? Well, here’s the official synopsis: “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, shepherded by Dr. Leigh Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee 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.

Ok scratch that. Maybe not quite Heroes, but more like the X-Men?

It’s no coincidence that the series was written by Zak Penn, who also wrote the screenplay for the last 2 X-Men movies. And here’s what he had to say, talking to the New York Post about Alphas: “We’re going as close to naturalism as we can get away with… As their powers develop in one way, there’s always a tradeoff… Savants are a good example of this. There are people who can count out Pi to 22,000 digits, but that comes at a price.”

Malik Yoba will play the leader of the Alphas, Bill Harken, described as “a former FBI agent who can summon his “fight or flight” instinct on-demand, giving him super-strength. But it’s more like he can push cars than lift them over his head,” Penn explained.

The show will premiere in July.

First, watch the very short teaser below (courtesy of i09), and then see Malik Yoba shooting a sequence on set, underneath:

7 comments to Teaser Trailer, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Official Synopsis For New SyFy Series “Alphas” Starring Malik Yoba

  • Tamara

    Alphas first surfaced about 4 years ago, pitched to NBC, but they passed on it. That was followed by a bidding war among the other networks in that same year, with ABC eventually coming out on top, ordering 6-episodes. But while in pre-production, the WGA strike killed all progress. And after the strike, ABC changed its mind and dropped the project.

    It was then pitched to Syfy, and the rest is history…

    NBC had a sick child it was taking care of four years ago, hence the pass, I bet. (“Heroes” developed a bad case of “fan-fiction-nitis”). ABC probably changed their mind because of “The Nine” and/or “Daybreak”, both good shows, but “kilt” in infancy thanks to low ratings. Speaking of sci-fi and ABC, how’s “V”? Still alive and kicking? Teething? Maybe walking?

    Okay, overkill with the baby analogy, so I’ll stop. And I’ll stop flailing the dead horse that is “Heroes” and what could have been… :| But to this show, I’m interested. SyFy is the proper home, methinks. I hope it does well. (and I hope I remember to watch) Thanks for the vids.

  • Lynn

    It says Malik Yoba is the leader of the Alphas i didn’t see him in the teaser trailer.

    But i am looking forward to watching this i hope i don’t see him in any more Why Did I Get Married crap again.

  • I thought this was about the black fraternity. I’m confused.

    ; )

  • Reminds me of The Sentinel (Remember that? Guy has enhanced senses?) Also reminds me of the just-canceled No Ordinary Family, but, of course, without the family.

  • bri

    I’m confused, does NBC own SyFy? Because in some info I was looking at, NBC was listed.

  • Muldfeld

    You know that the head writer appointed was Ira Steven Behr, right? The head writer is the most important aspect of any show’s quality. Mr. Behr was head writer for Star Trek DS9 and “The 4400″, so it’s most likely to take its cues from “The 4400″, but hopefully this will have a better budget to keep actors in the darn show. I dearly hope Behr will be allowed to make the same brilliant political commentary he did on DS9 and Seasons 3 and 4 of “The 4400″.

  • The 4400 is the most underrated sci-fi show ever. If Behr is in charge then this show should have a good run. Um, save any cheesy Syfy channel special effects they may end up using. BTW, i totally forgot “The Nine” even existed. That was pretty corny too.