August 05, 2012 11:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Face Off, the reality smash that has taken SyFy by storm, is firing up for a summer return as season three is set to premiere on August 21 at 9 p.m. But there is a big scheduling change for the upcoming third season that will have Face Off airing on a whole new night and time. Plus, one of the main judges from the first two seasons will not serve on the panel for the entire season. Who is leaving and who is replacing them? We’ve got all the scoop inside…
Season three, which features a new cast of 11 aspiring special effects makeup artists, will air on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. That’s a big change from last season when the show was on at 10 p.m. Wednesday nights. SyFy says the 11-episode season “will feature some of the most difficult challenges ever attempted and high-power special guest judges.” As always, the contestants’ fate rests in the hands of the judges who decide who survives and who gets the boot. The winner will walk away with $100,000, among other prizes.
In a preview video on SyFy.com, McKenzie Westmore, who will return as host, said the battle will be very exciting. “We’ve got a really good array this year of challenges that are coming up,” she said. The network says, “The contestants will have to create eye-popping new creatures inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, an original alien character inspired by the classic cantina scene from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ as well as creations for a challenge inspired by the NBC series ‘Grimm.’ The challenges will be set against the backdrop of southern California, from the high seas off the coast of San Diego to the WhoVille set at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. ”
Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill will return for the entire season as judges. Patrick Tatopolous, who sits on the right side of the panel from a viewers’ perspective, will only return for the premiere episode as a guest judge. He can’t return for the full season because he had to be working on a new film — “300: Battle of Artemisia. — when the show was filming earlier this year.
Taking his place is Neville Page, the lead creature designer on the highest-grossing movie of all time — “Avatar.” He has also recently worked as a character designer on “Prometheus,” “Tron: Legacy” and “Super 8.”
There are also a slew of special guest judges slated to make an appearance in the third season. Those include Brian Grazer, Kevin Smith, Gale Ann Hurd, Sean Astin, Matthew Wood, Paul WS Anderson, Laila Ali and Barney Burman.
Rayce Bird won the second season, which came to an end on March 14. SyFy says the second season finale “became the most-watched unscripted telecast in the channel’s nearly 20-year history, transforming 3.58 million total viewers.”
If you’ve never seen an episode of Face Off, give it a shot on season three. It really is one of the best reality shows out there right now because each hour is filled to the brim with gobs of creativity, movie magic and drama. Think Project Runway mixed with monsters.
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