EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of its upfront presentation tonight, Syfy has picked up five new reality series, including Hot Set, an offshoot from the network’s hit competition series for makeup artists Face Off. Hot Set, which comes from the producers of Face Off, will have Hollywood production designers facing off in creating original movie sets. Also on tap are new reality series Paranormal Highway and Ghost Mine, the latest additions to Syfy’s formidable roster of paranormal-themed unscripted fare, which includes recently announced haunted schools series School Spirits, which premieres in June. Paranormal Highway stars Jack Osbourne and Dana Workman who investigate claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. The 51 Minds-produced Ghost Mine is set at a recently reopened Oregon gold mine. Syfy’s reality series slate also includes a show from Jersey Shore executive producer Sally Ann Salsano. Viral Video Showdown features viral video creators competing for cash prizes. Rounding out Syfy’s upcoming reality offerings is Collection Intervention, which features a collectibles expert helping couples decide what to do with their collections. Here are detailed descriptions of Syfy’s newly picked up reality series:
Hot Set – From the producers of Syfy’s hit series Face Off, Hot Set is an extreme design challenge pitting two Hollywood production designers each week in a head-to-head battle to design, build, decorate and ultimately create an original and signature movie set that transports the viewer into an immersive world. Production company: Mission Control Media. Executive producers: Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith.
Paranormal Highway – Summer — Paranormal Highway puts the pedal to the metal as Jack Osbourne and Dana Workman investigate the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected by state-of-the-art equipment, Jack and Dana will travel alone, self-documenting their harrowing road trip while coming face-to-face with paranormal legends. Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers:John Brenkus, Mickey Stern, Ron Ziskin.
Collection Intervention — Collection Intervention follows Elyse Luray, a sharp and to-the-point collectibles expert as she helps couples who are divided over what to do with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia. Whether it’s a husband’s collection of mint-condition G.I. JOE action figures worth thousands of dollars or a girlfriend’s treasure trove of Star Wars movie posters, Elyse helps couples decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. For each couple, their new cash windfall will make their dream come true, whether it’s an engagement ring, a down payment for a home, or the honeymoon they never had. Production company: High Noon Entertainment. Executive producers: Pam Healey, Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees, Jim Berger.
Viral Video Showdown — The greatest viral video creators on the planet go head-to-head each week in an epic battle for bragging rights and a cash prize. Two teams will have to dig deep into their bag of viral tricks to create a video that best captures that week’s theme and impresses the expert panel of viral video judges. Production company: 495 Productions. Executive producers: SallyAnn Salsano, Kevin Pereira.
Ghost Mine — In the remote woods of Oregon lays one of the richest gold mines in the United States. For the last 100 years, it has remained abandoned — until now. Soon to be re-opened by a scraggly group of miners, these hardy souls will battle the elements to find their fortune. But with a rich history of paranormal activity surrounding the mine, they may just find something else. Production company: 51 Minds. Executive producer: Mark Cronin.
School Spirits (previously announced) — Premieres June — School Spirits will tell true ghost stories of hauntings that have happened at schools across the country. The stories will be told in first person narratives through the testimonials of real students, teachers, parents and staff that have encountered the paranormal activity, blended with bone-chilling cinematic reenactments to further bring the haunting experiences to life. Executive producers are Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and Seth Jarrett & Julie Insogna Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories).