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"Alphas" review by Suzanne
Airs Mondays at 10/9c on Syfy

I really wanted to like this series, but I don't. I just didn't find it to be very compelling. I love science fiction, and I am not usually very picky. I would only watch this if there is nothing else on. It is about a group of people with special powers, but don't expect "Smallville", or "Heroes" or even "No Ordinary Family". It is much like one of the low budget movies that Syfy makes, only not as much fun as those.

I like the actors, but they make them very unlikable. Not just a little prickly or irascible but unlikable. Just about every single one of them.  The only one remotely likeable is Dr. Lee Rosen (played by David Strathairn), who is in charge of the group. I don't know what else I can really just didn't work for me. It was too standard and didn't have enough coolness to it the way, say, Heroes did. The actors are great, but the writing is not that good.

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This July, Syfy launches its newest original scripted series Alphas. In the action-packed thriller from writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow, five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team. They are known as Alphas -- people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities -- and the impossible is what they do best.

Alphas premieres Monday, July 11 @ 10:00PM ET/PT, and will be presented by Verizon with limited commercial interruption.

Alphas follows a clandestine group of average everyday citizens with amazing abilities operating within the U.S. Department of Defense. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), the team investigates cases that point to others with abilities like theirs, and as they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their missions.

In addition to David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck), the ensemble cast 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).

Alphas consists of 12 episodes including the 90-minute pilot directed by Jack Bender (Emmy nominated director and executive producer of Lost). The series is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. Executive Producers are Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand), Ira Steven Behr (The 4400) and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun.

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Azita Ghanizada

Azita Ghanizada stars as Rachel Pirzad in Syfy’s new original drama series Alphas.

Ghanizada can also be seen guest-starring in 2011 on NBC’s new series, Friends with Benefits as Tasi. The comedy follows five single friends as they search for love, but settle for less in the mean time. Previous recognizable roles for Ghanizada include guest starring alongside Chris O’Donnell and LL COOL J as Rochelle Stanton in NCIS: Los Angeles, Mistress Sapphire in Castle, Mina on Psych in 2009, and Kelly in Entourage in 2009.

Ghanizada is also a surviving Afghani refugee with an incredible story of cultural backlash, defeated only by her insistence on survival, education and rebellion: Ghanizada and family fled to the United States in an effort to escape war-time conflicts and to seek a life of fewer cultural boundaries. The Virginia resident and health and sports enthusiast took an effortless liking to acting and participated in drama activities during her school years. As her family insisted on a career in political journalism, Ghanizada achieved her degree in English and communications from Virginia Tech.

After 9/11, Ghanizada was also able to obtain her passport, allowing her to pursue her acting career with confidence and to finally give back to the organizations assisting women and refugees, like her, worldwide. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), or the UN Refugee agency, is one such organization she remains passionate about participating with. The agency’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well being of refugees. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons. She recently became an active supportive with Women for Women, an agency that provides women survivors of war, civil strife etc. with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency by enrolling women in their one-year program so they can come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, their communities and their nations and become leaders. Most recently, Azita helped lead the Women for Women march on behalf of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day International.

Ghanizada currently resides in Los Angeles; an avid health enthusiast, she regularly practices Pilates, runs, and ensures herself a ‘clean food’ diet. The actress is a middle sister of three and has broken into the limelight as the first Afghani actress standing out in Hollywood.

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright stars as Gary Bell on Syfy’s original drama series Alphas.

Cartwright was most recently seen in recurring roles on the Emmy-Award winning drama series Mad Men as Lane Pryce’s executive assistant John Hooker, and as lab intern Vincent Nigel-Murray on the FOX drama Bones. Other television credits include Hallmark Channel’s television movie Dear Prudence with Jane Seymour, British series Donovan, Hardware, All About Me and The Grimleys and Canadian series Seriously Weird. Cartwright has also appeared in guest-starring roles on BBC’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sky, Look Around You, Doctors and Eastenders.

On film, Cartwright recently completed production on Sironia, about a singer-songwriter beat up by the LA music scene who moves with his wife to Sironia, Texas. Other film credits include Virgin Territory and Role Models.

Cartwright is from Birmingham, England and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Ira Steven Behr

Emmy Award nominee Ira Steven Behr has written and produced over 300 hours of television.

Behr graduated from Lehman College in New York City, where he majored in mass communications and theater under the legendary playwright Edward Albee. Later Behr met and assisted playwright Israel Horovitz and was offered a playwriting scholarship to Brandeis University. Instead, he elected to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing comedy.

However, it was in dramatic television that Behr ended up making his mark, as a writer/producer on such shows as Fame, (for which he was awarded the Scott Newman award for the episode White Light), The Bronx Zoo and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His success on Next Generation led to Behr being brought on board Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where he became the show’s executive producer and wrote over 40 episodes during the series' seven-year run.

Behr's television writing and producing credits include Bob Patterson, Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone (which won him a Rondo award for It's Still a Good Life, the sequel to the classic Twilight Zone episode It's a Good Life), Dr. Vegas, the Emmy-nominated summer series The 4400 (for which Behr co-wrote over 20 episodes during its four-season run), and the critically acclaimed second season of the Starz series Crash.

In addition to his television work, Behr is the author of two best-selling books, The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition and Legends of the Ferengi (co-author), both based on the comical Ferengi characters from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Mr. Behr recently completed his first novel entitled Waiting for My Life to Begin. Set during the Summer 1969, this “bastard child of Philip Roth and Nick Hornby” follows a young man as he searches for the eternal verities of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

I’m happy to share with you two sneak peeks and two trailers from the series premiere of ALPHAS, scheduled to air next Monday, July 11th at 10/9 C only on Syfy.

In this series, Dr. Lee Rosen, an expert in Alpha phenomena, brings together five people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind, giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities. Together, they investigate cases that point to others with Alpha abilities. As they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission to catch the enemy.

Premieres Monday, July 11th at 10/9c only on Syfy! Be sure to tune in every Monday for the all-new series

Sneak Peek 1

Sneak Peek 2

Explode :30 - 'The Brain is Amazing'

Urgent :30 - 'Alphas - Urgent'

Learn more about the new series by visiting the official website:

Tune into the series premiere of ALPHAS on Monday, July 11th at 10/9C on Syfy.

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