EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of its upfront presentation in New York tomorrow, Syfy has given the green light to three unscripted series from top producers: Joe Rogan Questions Everything starring former Fear Factor host Rogan, from Arthur Smith (Hell’s Kitchen); Cosworld, from Mark Cronin (Flavor Of Love); and Fandemonium, from SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore). The three new series will premiere later this year, airing alongside returning Syfy unscripted series including hits Face Off and Ghost Hunters as the cable network continues to expand its reality portfolio. Joe Rogan Questions Everything, in which Rogan investigates classic mysteries from Bigfoot to UFOs, will debut July 16. Six-episode docuseries Cosworld, set in the world of cosplay competition, will premiere August 27. And Fandemonium, also a six-episode docuseries that explores the fangirl and fanboy culture, will unspool in the fall. The project was first announced as part of Syfy’s development slate at last year’s upfront. Here are detailed descriptions of the series:
Joe Rogan Questions Everything (working title) – Premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 9PM (ET/PT) — Life-long unexplained paranormal mystery-addict Joe Rogan ventures into unknown worlds and untapped territories to search for answers to life’s most startling theories. Having explored these questions for years on his podcast, Joe now takes his journey to the next level, traveling the country and knocking on any door necessary to find the truth. In his own unique and inquisitive style, Joe will stop at nothing to quench his curiosity for the unknown. Production company: A. Smith & Co. Executive producers: Arthur Smith, Joe Rogan, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Michael Braverman, Tod Mesirow, Barry Bloom, Jeff Sussman and Chandra Keyes.
Cosworld (working title) – Premieres Tuesday, August 27 at 10PM (ET/PT)— Cosworld is a tantalizing six-episode docuseries that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay competition. The series follows some of the hottest cosplay stars as they make a splash at comic book conventions around the country. The show dives deep into their lives, following their process as they create extravagant and visually arresting costumes each week. These individuals will constantly defy odds and race against the clock to transform themselves into amazing fictional characters that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality, all in hopes of impressing the convention judges to win a cash prize and the chance to become a cosplay legend. Production company: 51 Minds, an Endemol Company. Executive producers: Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox and Dave Caplan.
Fandemonium (working title) – Premieres Fall 2013 — From the producer of Jersey Shore comes Fandemonium – a six-part docuseries that celebrates the incredibly unique, often misunderstood, and infinitely fascinating fan girl and fan boy culture. Living together in an LA apartment complex, a tight-knit group of pop culture-obsessed fans continue to find their place in the world and flourish, thanks to their passions and personalities. Whether it’s being first in line for the latest blockbuster, making a lasting impression upon getting the chance to meet their heroes, or just figuring out how to balance their passions with making a living – when these friends get together, it’s flat out Fandemonium. Production company: 495 Productions. Executive producer: SallyAnn Salsano.