'Alphas': Get the lowdown on Syfy's new series


You've seen shows about teams of superheroes before, and you've seen shows about seemingly ordinary people who can do amazing things.

But you may not have seen a show about a team of people who can do amazing things, but also has to share a drab office suite and take a minivan to the scene of their latest case. That's what you'll get with "Alphas," Syfy's new series about five regular/extraordinary people recruited for their brain-stretching capabilities.

As you can see in the extensive preview above -- which is first on Zap2it --  "Alphas" tweaks the superhero genre a little by giving its characters at least semi-plausible abilities and forcing them to deal with the more mundane aspects of working for a super-secret part of the Defense Department. It's a novel approach, aided in no small part by the presence of David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, an expert in "alpha" phenomena who both gives the team its assignments and tries to protect them and help them harness their abilities.

The series also stars Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright, Azita Ghanizada and Warren Christie. Zak Penn and Michael Karnow created it.

"Alphas" premieres at 10 p.m. ET July 11. Will you be watching?
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