Syfy US is getting in the cosplay action with a gameshow-cum-talent-show that we’re betting will lead to accusations of dumbing down from serious cosplayers. But it’s US reality TV – so, what else is new?
Cosplay Melee will pit the world’s “best” cosplayers against one another each week for a $10,000 prize. Community star Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) will be the host, and the first episode will hit US screens on Tuesday 21 March 21.
In each episode, four world-class cosplayers will go head-to-head, creating full-body costumes and original characters that they will bring to life through performance. They’ll be judged by a panel that includes Hollywood costume creator Christian Beckman (The Hunger Games) and famous cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp – self-proclaimed Queen Of The Nerds.
“Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theatre all rolled into one,” says Syfy senior vice president Heather Olander. “At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of Cosplay Melee will blow your minds with their transformational creations.” [via TV Line]