Syfy's ALPHAS Season 2 Begins Production
Production begins this week in Toronto on the second season of Syfy's super-powered original drama series ALPHAS starring David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell. Joining the cast this season is Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) as "Kat" the newest addition to the team of quirky superhuman investigators. Alphas is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. The season will consist of 13 episodes and is slated to premiere on Syfy in July 2012.
Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn) this unlikely team takes on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve and go head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas released from the Binghamton facility in last season's finale episode. When the series debuted last summer, it became Syfy's most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. Overall the show averaged 3.3 million total viewers during its first season.
Erin Way joins the ensemble as "Kat," a mysterious, free-spirited young loner whose Alpha ability allows her to pick up any skill at a glance. The downside to her condition, which has plagued her for her entire life, is that her memories are short-lived and her experiences fade away after a short amount of time. Becoming a member of the team provides a purpose and direction for Kat and working with Dr. Rosen may help her reclaim her lost past.
Way became familiar to television audiences playing the offbeat "Wendy Chapin-Lowmeister" on the ABC drama Detroit 187. Her previous television credits include Hawaii Five-0, Private Practice and Girlfriends. In film, she has worked with directors Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Mark Ruffalo and can be seen this summer in the features The Collection, Not That Funny and Donnby.
Erin Way is represented by Gloria Hinojosa at Amsel, Eisenstadt and Frazier and managed by Kay Liberman of Liberman-Zerman Management.
Bruce Miller (Eureka) joins Alphas this season as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Executive Producers are Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun and Zak Penn. The series was created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow.
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, GLO which features an innovative design that creates a unique "digital magazine" experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content fashion/beauty category. BermanBraun is launching three new sites with AOL in 2012 in the categories of weather, pets and men. The company also created and operates the sites WONDERWALL LATINO and POWERWALL.
BermanBraun recently acquired Whiskey Media, CNET Founder Shelby Bonnie's media and technology company based in San Francisco that has created a next generation publishing, data and social tools platform.
In television, in addition to ALPHAS, BermanBraun produces UNCHAINED REACTION (currently airing on Discovery Channel); JUNK GYPSIES (to air in 2012 on HGTV); POLYAMORY (to air in 2012 on Showtime) and two additional new series to be produced with MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel. BermanBraun is producing the scripted pilots NOTORIOUS for NBC; REWIND for Syfy; UNTITLED LOUIS CK/SPIKE FERESTEN PROJECT for CBS.
For further information on BermanBraun please go to bermanbraun.com.
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, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal and Suits, along with Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas. The studio is also producing I Just Want My Pants Back for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.
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