The Syfy reality competition series “Face Off” will air its Season Three finale live from Los Angeles, Calif., at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
For the first time, viewers will make the final choice for the season champion via a live voting feature that will be available immediately following the Oct. 30 episode, according to a news release.
McKenzie Westmore will host the special event and there will be a reunion of contestants, including the three finalists who will discover on live television if they received enough viewer votes to win the season.
Season Three of “Face Off” debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and features 12 new contestants assigned to create an original alien character inspired by the classic cantina scene from “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Sean Astin will make a guest appearance in the premiere episode.
More information on the series and its third season, provided by Syfy, is as follows:
“Face Off” is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft.
The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success. The second season finale of Face Off became the most watched unscripted telecast in Syfy’s nearly 20-year history, transforming 3.58 million total viewers, based on Live +7 data. This also established a Syfy original series record – for scripted and unscripted programs – for most Adults 18-34 viewers with 1.01 million.
Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (“The Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Glenn Hetrick (“Mad Men,” “Heroes”). Patrick Tatopolous will sit on the judges’ panel for the premiere episode, before he starts production design on his latest project, “300: Battle of Artemisia.” Joining the series as the new judge is Neville Page, Lead Creature Designer on the highest grossing movie of all time “Avatar” and Character Designer on Ridley Scott’s recent blockbuster “Prometheus.”
The season also boasts an array of prominent guest judge appearances including Academy-Award winning producer Brian Grazer (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Beautiful Mind”), Kevin Smith (“Red State”), Gale Anne Hurd (“Aliens,” “The Walking Dead”), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), LucasFilm collaborator and actor Matthew Wood (“Star Wars” prequels), Paul WS Anderson (“Alien vs. Predator,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”), boxer Laila Ali and Oscar-nominated makeup artist Barney Burman (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible III”).
“Face Off” is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.
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