My childhood just jumped up and down for joy.
Deadline is reporting that “Syfy has greenlighted eight episodes of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which will pit 10 aspiring creature creators competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts.”
Think Face Off for puppeteering. 10 contestants will vie for $100,000 and a contract working for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
If you’re worried about drama or someone at Syfy mis-handling the show, fear not. The Jim Henson Co. will be producing. Brian Henson is both executive producer and will be the lead judge.
In addition, the contestants will be mentored by “three longtime Creature Shop artists: designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and animatronics master John Criswell, and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel.”
I love the idea that, in the day and age of CGI, puppeteering will be getting its own competition show. It’s slated to air in early 2014.
Dance, magic, dance!
(via The Mary Sue)