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Get Ready For Two New Geeky Reality Shows On Syfy

Earlier this week we reported on a few new scripted series coming soon to the Syfy channel but the network also has a few reality shows in the works you might be interested in. One centers on cosplayers, the other is basically the Real World with geeks. 

Hollywood generally knows what geeks like to watch but they aren’t so sure geeks will like watching other geeks. It all depends on how they’re presented of course. Beauty and the Geek cast the most stereotypical light on geekdom whereas the more recent King of the Nerds was a little broader in choosing their cast members. So it’s surprising Syfy has chosen to embark on not one but two new geek reality shows. Here are their descriptions from the official press releases:

Cosworld (working title) – Premieres Tuesday, August 27 at 10PM (ET/PT) – Cosworld is a tantalizing six-episode docuseries that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay competition. The series follows some of the hottest cosplay stars as they make a splash at comic book conventions around the country. The show dives deep into their lives, following their process as they create extravagant and visually arresting costumes each week. These individuals will constantly defy odds and race against the clock to transform themselves into amazing fictional characters that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality, all in hopes of impressing the convention judges to win a cash prize and the chance to become a cosplay legend. Production company: 51 Minds, an Endemol Company. Executive producers: Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox and Dave Caplan.

And the second:

Fandemonium (working title) – Premieres Fall 2013 – From the producer of Jersey Shore comes Fandemonium – a six-part docuseries that celebrates the incredibly unique, often misunderstood, and infinitely fascinating fan girl and fan boy culture. Living together in an LA apartment complex, a tight-knit group of pop culture-obsessed fans continue to find their place in the world and flourish, thanks to their passions and personalities. Whether it’s being first in line for the latest blockbuster, making a lasting impression upon getting the chance to meet their heroes, or just figuring out how to balance their passions with making a living – when these friends get together, it’s flat out Fandemonium. Production company: 495 Productions. Executive producer: SallyAnn Salsano.

Coincidentally enough, I know folks involved in both of these projects so I’m extra interested to see how they turn out. Do they sound like something you’d watch?

(via The Futon Critic)

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  • Avalon

    I hope the cosplay one makes it, I’d love to see it!

  • Anonymous

    “From the producers of Jersey Shore” fills me with horror and trepidation. I hope it works out, but I can’t help thinking it’ll be an excuse to show the absolute worst side of fandom rather than trying to remove the stigmata of us being a bunch of basement-dwelling, unsocialized, psychotically-obsessed freaks.

  • J. Lee Milliren

    The Cosplay one sounds interesting but the other one just sounds too generalized and sounds like its going to be like every other reality show

  • Anonymous

    Cosworld sounds like a cosplay version of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. This is a good thing.

  • Erin Treat

    I could care less about these unfortunately. Speaking of SyFy though brings up a point, I’m confused by your choice of shows to cover. Why do you pretty much completely ignore Warehouse 13 on here? I did a search and didn’t turn up anything of note in the past year.

    It’s a charming science fiction/ fantasy show with a devoted fanbase and most importantly, Wonderful, ass kicking heroines! I’d love to see it covered more. It needs all the help it can get and it’s very worthy.

    You guys seem to love Jaime Murray and anything she’s in but avoid this when it seem to fit perfectly with the tone and ethos of the site. I’m just perplexed.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I don’t believe any of us watch it.

  • Anonymous

    ^ Same.

  • Erin Treat

    Well that explains it. The next question is obvious then. lol

    To me it’s a missed opportunity I guess. One day it’ll be like people talking about how they missed out on Firefly or BSG when they aired. Warehouse 13 is so fun, but SyFy may well cancel it after this season if more people don’t support it. And make no mistake it is important. it’s one of the few shows with queer female leads.

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  • John Wao

    I hate reality shows with a passion. No exceptions.

    You want to make a documentary about cosplay, I’m in. You want to make a documentary about fanboys and girls, I’m in.

    But when it comes to reality shows: No. No. No. And again no. I wouldn’t green light a reality show if it could resurrect Jack Kirby.

    I feel that for every reality show that gets made a Firefly or Veronica Mars gets cancelled. And a kitten gets kicked to death by a TV executive wearing steel toe shoes.

  • Anonymous

    I will definitely give the cosplay one a chance, because SyFy’s earned a free pass on one reality show for me through Face/Off, which is an awesome reality show. (Really, one of the only awesome reality shows I’ve ever seen.)

  • Anonymous

    There’s pretty much nothing that could ever get me to watch reality tv. The closest I get to reality tv is Mythbusters, thank you.

    Also, your lack of coverage of Syfy’s actual science fiction (and Space’s actual science fiction) is kind of sad. Haven, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl, and Continuum all have awesome female leads, but you guys are posting about inevitably crap reality tv instead? Joy.

  • OdinsEye

    From what I’ve seen , it’s meh at best. Also BSG wasn’t that great either. Neither are half as good as Firefly.
    Both of these shows show potential. hopefully they’ll be worth watching.

  • OdinsEye

    Continuum is the only good show you listed, but aren’t there other non reality shows scifi is working on?

  • Cy

    I really like WH13 where I never got into BSG or Firefly. Granted I never gave BSG a chance but I tried Firefly and didn’t like it.

  • Cy

    Face/Off is the only reality show I’ll watch. With every new season I’m afraid the producers are going to lose the show’s perspective and start adding drama instead of focusing on the work and talent of these artists.

    I can’t say I’m interested in the two shows above. However, I did hear from a local cosplayer that they did some work for a soon to be show. I wonder if this is it. It would be surprising since nothing interesting happens in this sleepy little city of Pensacola. If this is the show they were in then I’ll give it a shot.

  • OdinsEye

    That’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, but to each their own i guess.

  • Anonymous

    ” it’s one of the few shows with queer female leads.”
    Really? I’ve watched a few episodes here and there when I visit my parents, but I didn’t know this…

  • Anonymous

    The chances of me watching either is really low… But then I don’t really watch much TV anymore. (This isn’t because I’m so active or I try to keep media consumption low-I think that youtube has ruined my attention span. Even a 7 minute video feels really long).

    However, since you know peeps in both shows, I’d be interested to know what you think of them.

    (If we’re putting wishlists of topics for TMS to cover, can I vote for more books?)

  • Emily Walton

    Yup, and I would watch the shit out of that

  • Jamie

    I totally agree. Why are networks still trying stay on the reality TV bandwagon? I would love to see a variety show about REAL cosplayers, geeks, and nerds as they truly are in these conventions and not chuck it up to some scripted reality show that relies on sensationalism rather than content. I hope one day I can live in a world where “reality TV” will be passe. Til then I will watch, but I just hope the geek and nerd communities are not exploited to excess to where we look like freaks.

  • Erin Treat

    Well H.G. Wells is openly bisexual for one thing. And then while what she specifically identifies as is still unclear, Myka Bering is in love with H.G. as confirmed by both actresses. When asked, Joanne made it very clear that Myka’s love for H.G. was sexual in nature rather than just platonic.

  • Ryan Alarie

    Reality TV is just too affordable. Even if it does half as well as scripted television, the return on investment means that networks will keep putting them out there.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Yeah the one really refreshing thing about Face Off is the absence of drama. The work speaks for itself.

  • Renee I.

    I think that is where I am at. I watch the Voice (mostly because I am in awe of people that can sing). I’ve watched Face/Off on occasion because the work they do is really cool, and maybe I’ll watch the cosplay one – if anything for ideas. :)

  • Anonymous

    Well, there have been moments of drama, but they seem to be the moments of drama that directly impacted the work some team was doing. Rather than moments of drama lingered on just for the sake of Drama.

    I mean, if a team melts down in the lab due to some kind of internal drama/strife and can’t complete the exercise in a satisfactory manner, you’re going to see that. But if there is drama that happens off-screen at the house during the down-time, they’re not showing that to us.