A Bit About Syfy’s Face Off; A Recommended Viewing Selection

by on February 3, 2012

in Entertainment

Though I rally against most of the reality TV programming out there, I have to speak towards one of Syfy channel’s unscripted series, called Face Off.

Face Off on Syfy Logo

Face Off is a reality competition for special-effects make-up artists who compete in various challenges against each other, testing their skills, in both detail, quality and expediently created products.

The contestants go through challenges that are not just for show, but give the viewers an incredible insight towards what goes into the details of creating the monsters and fairies of fantasy that grace our movie and TV screens.  Like it’s been said, the devil is in the details.  And sometimes, we even get to see the devil.

And many of their creations are amazing to behold when all is said and done.

And the judging of the challenges comes from talented artists at the top of their game today.

Three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill. Her past make-up credits/work include 1987’s The Lost Boys, Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, Priest & her upcoming work includes projects like The Amazing Spider-Man and The Hunger Games.

Glenn Hetrick make-up expertise can be seen in movies such as Legion, The Chronicles of Riddick & Blade II. His TV credits include CSI:NY & Heroes. His upcoming work can also be seen in The Hunger Games.

Patrick Tatopoulos‘ works within the special effects and make-up realm and includes such movies as 2012, the Underworld franchise, I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Extinction, Live Free or Die Hard, Silent Hill, The Cave, Godzilla: Final Wars, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, I, Robot, Spawn… the list goes on and on. One of his upcoming projects is the Total Recall remake.

Face Off judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Patrick Tatopoulos

From L to R, Face Off judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Patrick Tatopoulos

So when these three speak, they speak the truth of years of experience and expertise!  Just looking at these three, I see the talent and work that has gone into many a movie or franchise that I’ve enjoyed and will be enjoying.

In other words, as usual, I’ve used way too many words to say that Face Off is not a bad show. If you even have any propensity towards reality TV programming, check it out and see what you think. I consider this a recommended selection.  At least in this reality series, it’s not people running around on an island or in a house locked away from society… but artists doing real-world work.

And if ratings were to be any indication, fans are enjoying the show, setting viewership records one week after the other!

Per a Syfy press release:

Syfy’s hit Face Off shattered records for the second time in just four weeks, transforming series highs in total viewers (2.14 million) – marking the first time it surpassed the two million viewer mark – and Adults 25-54 (1.13 million) during its telecast on Wednesday, February 1 from 10-11PM (ET/PT).

Compared to the previous January 25 program, Face Off leaped 27 percent in total viewers, 25 percent in Adults 25-54 and 22 percent in Adults 18-49.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Brusimm March 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Jen, if your web access is durable or fast enough, you can always check out the syfy.com website and catch episodes there. -Bruce

Jen Dale March 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

The best shows air at my weekdays bedtime — 10 p.m. That’s a shame because I am a big “speculative fiction” fan.

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