Syfy scored a surprise hit with its newest reality series ‘Heroes of Cosplay’, which focused on a rotating cast of Cosplayers, as they constructed their often intricate outfits in order to compete at conventions across the country. The first season was comprised of six episodes and showcased such competitors as Victoria Schmidt, Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan, but the breakout star was definitely the professional cosplayer Yaya Han, who made her triumphant return to competition this past season.
This is they show’s synopsis from their official press release:
“‘Heroes of Cosplay’ is a tantalizing docu-series that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay and the passionate fans – from legends to newbies – who put their imagination and skills to the test to make a name for themselves in this colorful and competitive world.”
The show was a big enough hit that Syfy has just announced that they are extending the first season by ordering six additional episodes which will air in 2014. It doesn’t appear that filming has begun yet, as the producers are still looking for Cosplayers to feature in the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas.
According to the official release:
Male and female cosplayers who live in Atlanta and Los Angeles and are ready to take their cosplaying to the next level now have a shot at being a part of the show. Candidates must be able to make their own costumes and compete in competitions around the country. Those interested are invited to send pictures, links, contact info, and self-descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was only one male Cosplayer on the first part of the season, Jesse Lagers, and after several disappointing losses, he faded out. I figured this was because the producers realized viewers were more interested in buxom, scantily clad women.
No word on whether new cast members means that some of the cosplayers from the first half of the season won’t be back.
Are you a fan of this show? I find it to be a guilty pleasure, but some of the costumes are really incredible and you have to admire the amount of work that goes into creating them. Will You be tuning in to season one part two?