Syfy Renews ‘Alphas’ For Season 2

The superhero drama gets 13 new episodes next summer.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After performing solidly on Syfy's Monday night lineup through most of the summer, "Alphas" has earned an early renewal.

Syfy has officially announced that "Alphas" will return in 2012 for a second season of 13 episodes.

"Alphas' smart, innovative approach to a superhero franchise has clearly caught on with our audience," said Syfy's President of Original Content, Mark Stern. "From the first-rate writing to the outstanding cast lead by David Strathairn, we're very proud of what was achieved in its first season and look forward to seeing this series fulfill even more of its creative potential in a second season."

Created by Zak Penn ("X-Men: The Last Stand") and Michael Karnow, "Alphas" stars David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, a scientist who guides a team of people with superhuman abilities known as Alphas to use their powers to aid law enforcement. Warren Christie costars as Cameron Hicks along with Malik Yoba as Bill Harken; Laura Mennell as Nina Theroux,  Ryan Cartwright as Gary Bell and Azita Ghanizada as Rachel Pirzad.

The first season of "Alphas" also had an impressive lineup of guest stars (or "nerdbait" to some observers), including Summer Glau ("Firefly"), Brent Spiner ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Alaina Huffman ("Stargate Universe"), John Pyper-Ferguson ("Battlestar Galactica"),  Garret Dillahunt ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), Rebecca Mader ("Lost") and former "Bionic Woman" star Lindsay Wagner reprising her role as Dr. Vanessa Calder, which effectively tied "Alphas" to the shared Syfy universe of "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13."

"Alphas" will return next Monday, September 12 with new episodes before wrapping up its freshman season on September 26.