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A fantastical twist on the reality television competition format, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge pits ten contestants against each other in building fantastical creatures inspired by science fiction, horror, and fantasy worlds. Using a combination of skills that includes sculpting, animatronics, puppetry, and special effects training, contestants go through a series of challenges that require a broad range of talents. From simple hand puppets to large scale constructions they will build a unique creature based on the specific theme for that episode, and using appropriate materials. At the end of each episode the judges see their creations on stage during a performance and rate them based on the effectiveness of the overall construction along with the originality of the design.

Gigi Edgley hosts, and the judges consist of Brian Henson, Beth Hathaway, and Kirk Thatcher. Each contestant is also given a mentor who is an expert staff member of the Creature Workshop.

The top prize consists of up to $100,000 and a contract for a job at the Creature Shop.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Syfy
1 Season, 8 Episodes
March 25, 2014
Cast: Robert H. Bennett, Melissa Doss, Russ Adams, Gigi Edgley
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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge Full Episode Guide

  • Eliminated contestants return to help the remaining designers face their toughest challenge yet.

  • The designers are tasked with creating their own unique alien species.

  • The Henson Soundstage is transformed into a mystical swamp for a screen test revealing camouflaged creatures hiding in plain sight. Face Off's Neville Page guest judges.

  • The creature designers draw inspiration from Lady Gaga's unicorn when they create a larger-than-life creature with realistic movement, performed on a black light soundstage.

  • This week the challenge is about comedy as the designers must create a mounted creature head that can magically come to life under the spell of wizard Donald Faison.

  • The creature designers use unconventional materials from a junkyard to construct a caged creature with only one thing on it's mind - to escape.

  • The creature designers reinvent Skeksis, the main villain of the Henson classic The Dark Crystal. Master featured in this episode: Julie Zobel

  • Brian Henson welcomes 10 talented creature designers to Jim Henson Studios for their first Creature Brief: design and build an original underwater creature for a screen test on the Henson Soundstage.

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