Alphas, from BermanBraun, UCP and writers Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. The show stars David Strathairn, Warren Christie, Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada and follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Penn and BermanBraun's Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein executive produce the series with the 90-minute pilot being directed by Lost director/producer Jack Bender. “With each step in the development and production of Alphas, we knew we were onto something very exciting,” said Syfy's EVP original content Mark Stern. “Under Gail and Lloyd’s leadership, Zak and Michael created a smart, fast-paced script that attracted an amazing director in Jack Bender and an incredible cast.”
The series pickup is a happy ending for Alphas' long journey to the small screen. Its original incarnation as Section 8, the drama was taken to NBC more than 3 years ago through BermanBraun's first look deal there and the Peacock passed. The project sparked bidding among the other networks in 2007 and landed at ABC with a six episode deal for a possible midseason launch behind Lost. The show was in preproduction, with writing on the first episode underway, then the WGA strike happened and killed it along with many other shows. After the strike, ABC had to alter its plans for the show. That and creative differences over the show's sci-fi elements, which the network was uncomfortable with, led to ABC eventually dropping the project. Then it was pitched to Syfy, after that it's history but a long road traveled! I'm in!