I love the sound of this. Following in the vein of 'Ink Master' and 'Face Off,' Syfy has ordered a talent competition show with a very prominent and impressive organization behind it: Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Titled 'Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge,' the series will pit artists against one another in a contest to create fantastic and incredible costumes and animatronics, for use in television and films. Ten aspiring creature-creators will compete in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to phantasmagoric beasts and puppets. What is on the line? Well how about a cash prize of $100,000 US and a job at Jim Henson's Creature Shop? In other words, the prize is a lifelong dream come true.
Jim Henson's Creature Shop is incredibly respected and prestigious. Founded in 1979 by Jim Henson and Frank Oz (the creators of the Muppets and the puppeteers behind Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, respectively), the Creature Shop was hired to produce the creature effects in feature films such as 'Labyrinth,' 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and 'Where the Wild Things Are' (pictured above). As if the track record of the shop wasn't prestigious enough for 'Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge,' the lead judge on the Syfy series will be Jim Henson's son, Brian Henson. Brian is a respected and talented puppeteer and creator like his father, first hitting it big as the puppeteer behind Audrey II in the film 'Little Shop of Horrors.' Brian Henson also produced the impressive puppetry effects on the television series 'Dinosaurs' and 'Farscape.'
Serving as mentors on the program will be three veteran Creature Shop artists: designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and animatronics master John Criswell, and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. The series will debut for Syfy in 2014.