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Syfy Joins With Jim Henson’s Creature Shop For New Competition Series


Put that baby spell on me!

Are you ready for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge? I think I might cry, I’m so ready.

Deadline reports Syfy has secured their next competition reality series. “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.,” they write. “The winner gets $100,000 and a contract working at the famed Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.”

While Syfy has brought in several franchise properties to their Face Off competition show, this will be a slightly different monster, as it were. Hopefully they will utilize some of our favorite Henson films.

Henson’s son Brian Henson will be the lead judge for the puppeteering competition while “designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and animatronics master John Criswell, and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel” will serve as mentors.

The network is looking toward a 2014 release date but no word yet on if the series has already been cast. I cannot wait to see what the cast creates and if it lives up to the Henson standard.

(via Deadline)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."