If you were a fan of Heroes of Cosplay, long for those days no more. The SyFy channel is getting ready to debut another cosplay show. This time, it’s a competition, and not focused on following a handful of amateurs and pros wrestling with their props in crowded hotel rooms and sweating buckets in long lines while they wait to hit the stage.
Cosplay Melee is scheduled to premiere on the SyFy Channel on March 21, at 10 p.m. ET, according to the channel’s press release and website:
“The world’s most innovative cosplayers go head to head each week in Syfy’s new transformation competition series COSPLAY MELEE – an epic showdown of creativity, eye popping costumes and one of a kind characters.”
Each show will be an hour long and is hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown (of Community),
The show will feature four cosplayers in each competition, and each will be required to create fully formed characters and realistic performances.
“When the cosplayers hit the runway, they not only have to look the part but they’ll also have to act the part too, fully embodying their characters for a complete transformation. Oh yeah and we forgot to mention – at the end of each episode, the winner will walk away with 10,000 dollars and and reign cosplay supreme.
“Think Face Off with a triple dose of adrenaline.”
Judges for the show will include Brown, cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and costume designer Christian Beckman (The Hunger Games, Tron: Legacy).
The winner at the end of every episode walks away with $10,000.
Host Brown says:
“As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the Cosplay Melee runway. These talented artists are going to shine!”
SyFy Senior VP of Alternative Development and Production, Heather Olander, is promising big things with this cosplay competition:
“Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering, and theater all rolled into one. At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of Cosplay Melee will blow your minds with their transformational creations.”
Fans of Face Off will really love this, and I’m certainly setting my DVR.
Watch the extended trailer.
Syfy’s Cosplay Melee – Extended Trailer
Featured image via trailer screencap