This season of Face Off has been the best ever. The challenges have been inspired, the contestants ridiculously talented, and the concept of Vets vs Rookies has been a great twist. Happily, Syfy has agreed, today announcing the pickup of a sixth season, as well as two specials that will air next month in the weeks after the November 5th Season 5 finale.
One of the specials, Face Off: Naked and Painted, is of course in support of new series Naked Vegas, the body painting show, but adding in McKenzie Westmore as host of the special gives it a definite bump in coolness. The second special, Face Off: Judges’ Favorites, is the one I’m really looking forward to; some of the creations over the five seasons have been absolutely astounding and it should be terrific seeing them all together in one special.
Here are all the deets:
SYFY RENEWS ITS HIT REALITY COMPETITION SERIES FACE OFF FOR A SIXTH SEASON
TWO NEW STAND-ALONE FACE OFF SPECIALS SLATED FOR NOVEMBER
NEW YORK – October 21, 2013 – Syfy announces that its critically-acclaimed hit reality competition series Face Off will return for a sixth season in January 2014, introducing 14 new makeup artists in what will be Face Off’s boldest season yet. In the new season the contestants will face extreme challenges that will inspire them to create the most magnificent characters and creatures in Face Off history. And coming this November, Syfy debuts two original Face Off specials –Naked and Painted and Judges’ Favorites.
Season five of Face Off is in all new episodes Tuesday nights at 9PM ET/PT on Syfy. In tomorrow night’s episode, the remaining five are tasked with creating an original dark elf warrior character. The remaining five artists on season five are Miranda Jory of Los Angeles, CA; Laney Parkhurst of Manitou Beach, MI; Tate Steinsiek of Morris, OK; Laura Tyler of Orlando, FL; and Roy Wooley of Tucker, GA.
The competition culminates with the season five finale on Tuesday, November 5 at 9PM (ET/PT) when the final three contestants each create two lead characters from Swan Lake: a woman transforming into a swan and the sorcerer who casts the spell on her. These finale makeups will be put to the test in an epic performance by the Los Angeles Ballet.
Syfy will also debut two original one-hour Face Off specials in November. Naked and Painted features host McKenzie Westmore as she explores the world of body painting with a variety of special guest experts including former Face Off contestants and the industry’s top body painting artists. The special will feature two start-to-finish body painting demonstrations in the lab. Naked and Painted airs November 12 at 9PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.
Also featured in the Naked and Painted special are the stars of Syfy’s upcoming series Naked Vegas, which premieres Tuesday, October 29 at 10PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.
In the special Top 20 Countdown: Judges’ Favorites, Face Off judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page take a look back at the best contestant creations from all five seasons of the series. In addition to ranking the top twenty best make-ups, they will call out some of the funniest, most surprising and impressively ambitious designs the show has ever seen. Top 20 Countdown: Judges’ Favorites airs November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.
Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com (http://www.syfy.com/)), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
Face Off Season 5, hosted by McKenzie Westmore, airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Syfy.
Face Off: Naked and Painted airs November 12 at 9/8c on Syfy.
Face Off: Judges’ Favorites airs November 19 at 9/8c on Syfy.