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Syfy is launching a cosplay competition series hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown.
In Cosplay Melee, set to premiere March 21 on the cable network, the world’s most innovative cosplayers will face off each week for a chance to win a cash prize. In each episode, the Community alum will host four world-class cosplayers, who will compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes but fully formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance.
Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including renowned cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp and A-list costume creator Christian Beckman (The Hunger Games). The winner will walk away with $10,000. Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador Content, the company behind Lip Sync Battle, will serve as executive producers on the competition series.
“Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theater all rolled into one,” said Heather Olander, senior vp alternative development and production at USA/Syfy. “At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of Cosplay Melee will blow your minds with their transformational creations.”
Added Brown: “As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the Cosplay Melee runway. These talented artists are going to shine.”
Brown, who began her television career on Girlfriends and currently stars as Dani on the reboot of The Odd Couple (a CBS show presently on the bubble), recently starred in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story. Her film credits include Little Black Book, Tropic Thunder and Dreamgirls. Brown, a regular guest on AMC’s Talking Dead, has also lent her voice for several animated characters, including roles on Family Guy, Pound Puppies and Yellowbird.