Brent Spiner To Guest Star on Syfy’s Alphas

Mondays on Syfy are becoming the place for Star Trek vets to show up. The latest addition to be announced is Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner, who will be doing a guest spot on Syfy’s new show Alphas. Spiner joins a number of other famous faces announced for the show, details below.


Spiner to guest on Alphas

Syfy’s newest show is Alphas, which is about a team of people with extraordinary abilities. The show is executive produced by Star Trek DS9 vets Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. And Syfy has just announced a list of guest stars for the rest of the first season, which includes Brent Spiner for the episode "Blind Spot" airing on Monday September 12th. Spiner will be joined in that episode by Rebecca Mader from Lost. So the question is: will Spiner play a being with amazing abilities (ala Data) or some kind of quirky scientist (like in Independence Day).

Other Star Trek vets appearing on Syfy’s Monday’s block of shows for the current season include Jeri Ryan, , Rene Abuerjonois, and Kate Mulgrew on Warehouse 13, and Wil Wheaton on Eureka.

press release


NEW YORK – August 2, 2011 – Syfy’s new hit series Alphas will feature an impressive lineup of special guest stars for its debut season. Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe), Rebecca Mader (Lost), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Peter Wingfield (Caprica) will join previously announced recurring guest star Valerie Cruz.

Alphas, airing Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy, follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary physical abilities. Operating within the U.S. Department of Defense, the Alphas team is led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck). The ensemble cast also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Azita Ghanizada (Castle), Ryan Cartwright (Mad Men, Bones) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen).

Episode #105 "Never Let Me Go"
Premieres Monday, August 15th at 10PM ET/PT
Guest star: Lindsay Wagner reprises her role as Dr. Vanessa Calder from Warehouse 13.

Episode #106 "Bill and Gary’s Excellent Adventure"
Premieres Monday, August 8th at 10PM ET/PT
Guest Stars: Alaina Huffman and Peter Wingfield

Episode #107 "Catch and Release"
Premieres Monday August 22nd at 10PM ET/PT
Guest star: Summer Glau

Episode #108 "A Short Time in Paradise"
Premieres Monday, August 29th at 10PM ET/PT
Guest star: Garret Dillahunt

Episode #109 "Blind Spot"
Premieres Monday, September 12th at 10:00PM ET/PT
Guest star: Brent Spiner and Rebecca Mader

Alphas is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. Executive Producers are Zak Penn, Ira Steven Behr (The 4400) and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun.

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, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal and Suits, along with Syfy’s Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas. The studio is also producing Against the Wall for Lifetime and I Just Want My Pants Back for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.

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I cannot understand why Syfy cancels Caprica just to pour money into a phony XMEN show.

I’m sorry Caprica is gone too, Olley, but I’m really enjoying that phony XMEN sho…er…Alphas, particularly the autistic savant character who can see the entire EM spectrum. I hope the show is supported because it has the potential to be the best super-team show ever. IMHO, of course.

I am usually one for made for t.v. superhero shows. I liked The 4400, Heroes (except for maybe the second season), I liked No Ordinary Family and The Cape but for some reason I am finding it hard to get into Alphas but now I’m thinking to give it another chance since it is beginning to kind of crossover with Warehouse 13, sort of the way Warehouse 13 did with Eureka, both of which I love.

Haven’t caught Alphas yet. Watch W13 (Jeri Ryan was good in this last ep.) & Eureka as well as Haven, not much else on Scifi is worth my time anymore. Ghost Hunters has lost me & their other ‘reality’ shows are boring as is wresteling. At least they run some SG-1 & SGA reruns.

Alphas is not very good yet. But we’ll see…

Alphas strikes me as a “Gobots” knockoff version of X-Men. What I’ve seen of it so far doesn’t make me a believer (although I do admire star David Stathairn; a wonderful character actor whom I’ve seen in far better projects).

Maybe in time it’ll get better, who knows? Spiner’s presence certainly couldn’t hurt matters…

I’m finding Alphas interesting, not made a decision on it yet. Still, interesting that Lindsay Wagner’s recurring role from Warehouse 13 on Alphas pretty much means that Alphas, Eureka and Warehouse 13 are all in the same universe. If Alphas is successful, then this could lead to some epic crossover stories in the future…

Remember that we’re only 4 episodes into the series…how many series can you say that you were 100% sold on 4 episodes in? I can think of only one that I’ve seen: Firefly. And given that this is from former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine producers, I hope that the show succeeds. Because SyFy needs to have a new non-scripted drama be successful beyond 2 seasons.

#7 – Don’t forget about Lost, I was hooked on that after the first 2 episodes :-) But yes, to be hooked on a show after 4 is rare. The first season of new shows usually takes some time to set things up & shake things out. I’m liking Alphas very much so far and has a lot of potential. And since it’s executive produced by DS9 vets (one of my favorites Star Trek series), I think this show definitely has a great shot at becoming very good.

On another note, this is the first SyFy produced show since Battlestar Galactica that is worth watching. Usually the stuff on SyFy is not very good to put it kindly (particularly their so called movies). I am so looking forward to seeing Brent Spiner and Summer Glau guest star. They are always great in whatever role they play.

Alphas is awesome! I love it very much! :)

alphas needs to grow past the heroes lite and give us a lot of mythology depth as i can see the next season in my head already and its nothing special.

yay for brent tho

1. SyFy cancelled Caprica because no one was watching and it was a really bad show. I was a great fan of the new Batlestar Galactica, but Caprica lost me completely.

I like Alphas, but it hasn’t won me over yet. However, if they continue with the caliber of guest stars, it can’t hurt.

Personally, I find Warehouse 13 the show to watch on SyFy. Wonderful quirky characters and really interesting writing.

Now, if we could just get SyFy to get rid of the wrestling and those god awful movies.

I have to say i liked Alphas so far.
It was at least entertaining enough so far, even if the X-Men abilities are sometimes a bit… *bleh*

That is more good than i was able to say after 5 episodes of Caprica or SGU.

But if they want to keep the show going, there needs to be some bigger plot to it.
It feels like the first Episodes of Fringe to me… it’s cool but… what’s the point of it all?
Fringe’s parallel universe turned the show around from an X-Files knock off to something unique. Alphas still has to find that special something.

…Brent Spiner?
uhm, yeah sure, i can see him as a Scientist like in Threshold… just not as a badguy with stupid powers please ;P

I like Alphas.. it has a kind of “Jason Borne” feel to it.

I have not seen Alphas so I can’t comment on it. To change the topic for a second—Could you fine folks here explain to me why Sci-Fi is now SyFy? Is it Sy’s fly? Siffy? I can see “Sci-Fi” as an abreviation for Science Fiction, but SyFy.
I’m all for cool name and all, but SyFy, really? That’s the best they could do?

Brent Spiner is best when he’s crooning or being funny. He was good in Enterprise as Dr. Noonien Soong, but I like him better in nonserious roles.

He’s a funny guy. I mean, he’s Leslie Nielsen funny at times, and at times he’s just uniquely put upon, kind of like Woody Allen.

That’s pretty good company to be in, comedicaly speaking (God rest Nielsen’s soul).

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