Syfy has given the green light to original scripted series Alphas (working title), which is expected to join its roster next summer.
The network has ordered a 90-minute pilot, plus 11 installments of the series, starring David Strathairn, from Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun. Production is set to begin in Toronto next month.
Written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk) and Michael Karnow, Alphas tracks 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, headed by Strathairn's Dr. Lee Rosen, investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have been unable, or willing, to solve. They must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.
The pilot is helmed by Jack Bender (director and executive producer of Lost), with Penn, plus Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein serving as executive producers for BermanBraun.
"With each step in the development and production of Alphas, we knew we were onto something very exciting," said Mark Stern, executive vice president of original content, Syfy and co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, in announcing the series order. "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. We couldn't be happier to see this first-rate project come to fruition as a Syfy series."