Cosplay -- the practice of dressing up as characters from movies, books or video games -- is a popular activity in the sci-fi community. People transform themselves into pop culture-inspired creations, often with an emphasis on anime characters. Usually, it's just for fun and playful contests, but on "Cosplay Melee," the perfect costume can be worth $10,000 to a cosplayer. Each episode sees four contestants creating full costumes and character origin stories, then hitting the runway in an attempt to impress the judges, who are world-class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp and costume creator Christian Beckman, by looking -- and acting -- the part. Whoever the judges feel most embodies the character is proclaimed the winner and earns the grand prize. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community") hosts the show that Syfy says compares to reality show "Face Off" but "with a triple dose of adrenaline."
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The cosplayers create an original character inspired by their favorite anime.
The cosplayers create a vigilante superhero inspired by their favorite comic books.
The cosplayers take inspiration from video games to create characters participating in futuristic warfare.
The cosplayers choose between creating an angel or devil character.
The cosplayers create characters and costumes inspired by "Game of Thrones."
The cosplayers are tasked with creating an original character inspired by their favorite sci-fi space opera.
Joe Maddalena owns Profiles in History, the world's largest auctioneer of movie, television and pop culture artifacts. To find the very best items, Joe and his crew scour the globe, hunting for the original car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" or the hat of the Wicked Witch of the West or some other memorable prop. There's plenty of variety in the work -- one day Joe is in a dusty basement poring over old boxes, the next he's browsing the well-kept personal mementoes of one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak judge elaborate Christmas displays created by families across the country. Each episode features the holiday home transformations of four families that were selected through a nationwide search based on past elaborate Christmas light displays, choreography, and extravagant designs as they compete to deck their homes out in the ultimate show of Christmas spirit. Once a winner is chosen, the judges return to the home to congratulate the family and present the $50,000 prize.
A pair of plumbers moonlight as ghostbusters for clients who report paranormal phenomena. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson founded TAPS, the Atlantic Paranormal Society, in 1990 as an extension of their interest in the paranormal, and since that time they have made it their life's work -- when they're not unclogging drains, that is -- to help individuals or groups throughout the country who feel they have been affected by seemingly unexplained disturbances. Grant left TAPS and the show in 2012, leaving Jason as the team's lead investigator.