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."
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.
Bizarre creatures, horrifying monsters and out-of-this-world aliens have been staples of motion pictures for decades. One of the most prolific companies that makes such creatures for the film industry is SOTA FX, which is a family business owned by Cleve Hall. Designing movie props since he was a teenager, Hall runs the shop with his ex-wife, Sonja Maddox-Hall, and daughters Constance and Elora. This series takes viewers behind the scenes at SOTA FX to see how the movie props are made and how the imaginative creatures come to life.
Aspiring artists compete to bring their wildest beast to life.
People often think that ghosts and other spirits live in and "haunt" buildings. But people don't usually think the same thing about objects like paintings, jewelry and dolls. But the Zaffis family, led by dad John, not only thinks that ghosts can inhabit such objects, they collect what they think are paranormal objects. John Zaffis is a paranormal investigator who has been asked to consult on hauntings for nearly four decades. Through the years, he has amassed thousands of possessed objects that he keeps in his bizarre museum, where visitors report feeling an evil presence upon entering the building. Assisting John on his investigations are his children, Chris and Aimee. Also along for the (potentially scary) ride are tech specialist Brian Cano, who has been fascinated by the paranormal since he was young, and an additional psychic investigator or two.
Although not necessarily a household name nationwide, Kim Kimble is one of the biggest names in Hollywood when it comes to hair. The celebrity hairstylist comes up with the hairstyles worn by many on Hollywood's A-list, including Grammy-winning singers Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Shakira. Her clientele also includes the not-so-famous through her successful retail product line and the exclusive Hollywood salon that she runs, Kimble Hair Studio. Staffed by talented but high-strung stylists, the salon is at the crux of this reality series that documents the stylists' fierce rivalry and desire to be on top. Also featured in the series is Kim's mother, Jasmine, a hairstylist and salon owner herself who encouraged her daughter to follow in the family's hairdressing legacy after recognizing Kim's talent at an early age.