Secrets Behind The Season 3 Finale of Face-Off

Face-Off is one of the SyFy network’s most popularity reality shows. The premise of the show, which has been airing on SyFy since 2011, is a “face off” competition between make-up artists to see who can come out on top of the rest. Each week, the participants of the show are given challenges to create characters that are paraded in front of a panel of experienced judges, who pick which contestants remain—and which get booted off.

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The finale episodes of Face Off are always a treat for fans of the show, since they feature unique challenges and twists that aren’t normally part of the competition. The season 3 finale of the show was a particularly memorable one, particularly since it was fan votes and not the judges who decided the winner–but did you know that what was aired on TV wasn’t the full story?  One audience member who was part of the live taping revealed several aspects of the finale that didn’t make the TV cut.

The finalists said “hi!” to their family members

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During the first commercial break of the finale, the three finalists on stage made sure to greet their family members, who were sitting in the audience. Chilelli even shouted to her mother about what she was wearing that evening. While this was recorded, it was not included in the finale broadcast.

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In the TV broadcast of the finale, the extended wait before the winner was announced was filled with cheers, screams, and plenty of clapping. But most of those cheers and shouts were actually taped beforehand, when the production crew requested people give shout-outs to specific contestants on the show. These shout-outs were then layered over the actual noise during the finale in the editing process; according to one live viewer, the wait time in real life was “much quieter” and “had a lot more tension” because of the general lack of noise.

 

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When Chilelli was finally announced as the winner of season 3, her family jumped from their seats and ran on stage to hug her–they also gave her flowers, before settling into group hugs with the other contestants, including the two finalists who did not win the ultimate prize. The other finalists on the show were also embraced by their family members who were in the audience that night.

As for why these moments (and more!) didn’t make it to television—it’s likely a combination of pacing and consistency. While moments like the contestants waving hello to their families are fun to see, they aren’t necessary for the competition or the tension that the editing team is trying to bring to the finale. It’s also possible that the production team requested the audience to stay quiet during the moments leading up to the final reveal in order to prevent anyone’s shouts or cheers covering up the host’s important announcement about the winner.

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Haven and The Colorado Kid

Haven is a SyFy original series which tells the story of fa unique town called Haven, Maine, which is being plagued by supernatural afflictions referred to locally as “The Troubles.” FBI agent Audrey Parker, who had been sent to the town on a routine operation, is quickly wrapped up in the strange, supernatural events in the small town.

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Haven has been a surprisingly popular show for the SyFy network, and is currently in the middle of its fifth season. The show’s early seasons received only mixed reviews, with many critics praising the show’s eccentric qualities as well as the performances of its lead actor; it has retained fairly steady ratings for the SyFy network and many insiders believe it will be renewed for a sixth season in the future.

One of the central aspects of the show is “The Colorado Kid” mystery; the Colorado Kid is an unsolved murder which took place 23 years before the first episode.  The “Colorado Kid” is often referenced in the show as an important and unsolved event in the town’s history which has not only affected the entire town, but may even be linked with the recurring “Troubles” that have returned to plague them—and it could even be connected to FBI agent Audrey Parker.

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There is a surprising connection that some viewers of the Haven TV series did not realize until they investigated the show on their own: The Colorado Kid is actually a Stephen King novel, which the series is loosely (very loosely) based on.

In the original novel, none of the supernatural elements—or Audrey Parker—are present. In fact, the original novel is more like a straightforward mystery novel than most of Stephen King’s most recognizable work. The bulk of the novel follows several characters who become interested in the Colorado Kid mystery and who try to unravel all of the details in the hopes of finding out who really committed the murder, and why—not to mention solving all of the mysterious details surrounding the case, such as the presence of a rare coin in the dead man’s pocket, his unusual stomach contents, and so on.

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Many fans of the original series that have gone on to read the novel have expressed their disappointment that the book is not only nothing like the novel, is it not necessarily connected because of how different the series is from the book. However, it should be noted that Haven is not an adaptation of The Colorado Kid, but based on—and, more accurately, inspired by—it.

In fact, Haven is more directly inspired by more horror-filled King works than his small town mystery novel which inspired the show’s central murder mystery. The show features many references to Stephen King’s “IT,” as well as more subtle references to places and people found in other Stephen King books—such as a character who did time at Shawshank Prison, character names which match book characters, and even “Troubles” which come right out of Stephen King’s books, like a “Trouble” that causes plants to start killing people.

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Does ‘What Would You Do’ Make People Think Twice?

What Would You Do? was originally a TV special that hooked viewers in with a very intriguing premise: what would people really do when they were presented with certain social situations, such as a man appearing to berate a woman, someone stealing a bike, someone insulting another person’s sexual orientation or religion, just to name a few of the scenarios ultimately presented on the show.

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The show attempts to reveal what real life people did do when presented with these scenarios, which were set up by the show’s producers with actors; the results were varied and sometimes, not very flattering. In one sequence, for example, people were shown walking by a homeless person who appeared in distress on the ground without so much as another glance—until, eventually, one person did stop to help. Sometimes the show’s host and camera crew are then depicted stepping in to ask the people who reacted—whether they reacted actively or not—why they behaved the way they did.

The show’s original specials were so popular that the producers decided to extend it from a one-time special event into a full-fledged TV series. The show has continued to produce new seasons and is even in syndication.what-would-you-do-abc-show-1024x513

Yet there is one  very big question that many viewers had often wondered about the show: does it actually make people think twice about how they would react to seeing these situations in public?

Over the years, the show has featured many serious and even controversial scenarios—yet most of them are something that people would actually see at some point during their daily lives. The show reveals the varied reactions of people, whose reactions can range from doing nothing, quietly saying something to other people but otherwise not engaging themselves into the scenario, to outright interjecting themselves into the situation.what-would-you-do-michaela-1024x457

 

For example: A scenario depicting a group of teens beating up a homeless man resulted in some people slowing down to see what was going on, then driving away; some people slowing down and yelling at the kids to stop, but simply driving away; some people slowing down and calling the police but not engaging themselves into the situation; and some people who even stopped, got out of their cars, and rushed up to defend the man.

Depicting these scenarios is one thing—but does watching the different reactions have any effect on the viewers at home? Can people really watch a scenario from a distanced, outside perspective and alter their own behavior because of it? Or is the show’s premise just not enough to affect someone that personally?

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Some critics of the show say quite simply that no, the show is like an amplified bystander affect, giving viewers the idea that someone will intervene eventually—it doesn’t have to be them. But some fans of the show have admitted that their viewership of What Would You Do? actually did result in them thinking twice when they encountered similar scenarios on the street.

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Could a 10th Kingdom Sequel Be in the Works?

The 10th Kingdom was a special limited TV series written by Simon Moore which followed the story of Virginia Lewis, a young woman living in Manhattan with her father whose life is turned upside down when she is suddenly thrust into the fairy tale world of the ‘9 Kingdoms,’ which is currently being threatened by an Evil Queen who plans to kill the leaders of the Kingdoms and take them over for herself. The series was surprisingly mature despite its fairy tale nature, and many fans praised the fact that the series didn’t shy away from the gruesome aspects of many fairy tales—like the red hot iron shoes the Evil Queen in Snow White’s fairy tale danced in, or the painful nature of ever-growing hair, or the hungry nature of a big, bad wolf.

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The series starred John Larroquette, Kimberly Williams, Dianne Wiest, Scott Cohen and Daniel Lapaine; it was very well received, but critically and through ratings, when it initially aired and it has subsequently become very popular through DVD and streaming releases.

The ending of the 10thkimberly-williams-paisley-1024x474 Kingdom had many viewers wondering if a sequel would be on its way—and in fact, after the show originally aired, the producers announced that they were working on the story for  a sequel mini-series. The sequel series was intended to be about the further adventures of Virginia, her new husband Wolf, and their child—and would have involved them returning to the world of the 9 Kingdoms as another crisis developed. However, as the years passed, no sequel came, and it was finally announced that the plans for another series had been officially scrapped.

Recently, however, insiders have been buzzing about the potential for a sequel to the series which would bring back most of the original cast. The rumors have been fueled by some social media posts from former members of the cast ,which indicate that there have been some ‘talks’ with networks and producers about finally going ahead with the new story. This news comes on the wave of popularity for fairy tale adaptations on TV; in fact, the popular ABC series Once Upon a Time has often been described by fans as being similar in tone to the 10th Kingdom.

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According to TV insiders, the new story would be similar to the initial plans for a sequel—bringing back Kimberly Williams and Scott Cohen, at the very least, as Virginia and Wolf in some sort of further adventure. There is no word on whether other cast members have been considered for a return, though considering the fact that it would be a limited TV series and not an open-ended production, it is likely that whatever network picked up the sequel would be able to work out a contract.10th-kingdom-sequel

So far, however, no network has officially confirmed that a new sequel is in production. Fans of the original TV series will simply have to wait a little longer for the sequel that they have been anticipating since the year 2000.

 

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An Essential Guide to Continuum

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Continuum is a Canadian-based science fiction TV show that is currently airing on both the American and Canadian SyFy networks. The show has developed a considerable fan base over its three seasons; Continuum’s fourth season, which was announced in December of 2014, will be the final season for the show.  But that doesn’t mean that viewers—old fans and new fans alike—shouldn’t take a closer look at the series that has been a mainstay on the SyFy network for the past several years. The following is an essential guide to Continuum.

 

The Story

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The premise of Continuum is this: the series is set in North America during the year 2077, where life is relatively peaceful due to the highly monitored, strict police state that grew out of a union between the North American countries and the rise of a very powerful corporate power.

Kiera Cameron is a City Protective Services officer who is suddenly thrust out of her peaceful life into the turmoil of a political action undertaken by the “Liber8,” a group of self-proclaimed “freedom fighters” who were sentenced to die. The group instead finds a way to time travel back to the year 2012, accidentally taking Cameron with them. Cameron then works with present-day police departments to track down every member of the group and stop them from altering the future. Cameron discovers, however, that not everything—including her so called “accidental” trip into the past—is as it seems.

Creative Team

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The show is the first major television credit of writer Simon Barry, who also serves as the director, head writer, and producer of the series. Barry revealed in the spring of 2014 that he actually had anywhere from 7 to 10 seasons of Continuum plotted out, although the SyFy networks eventually decided to only pursue four seasons.

Cast

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The show stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron; Victor Webster as Carlos Fonnegra, a head detective at the modern-day Vancouver Police Department; Alec Sadler, a teenager computer genius who will play a key role in the development of the police state of the future; as well as Stephen Lobo, Roger Cross, Lexa Doig, Tony Amendola, Luvia Petersen, and Omari Newton as members of the Liber8.

The show also includes recurring cast members, including Richard Harmon as Julian Randol; Terry Chen as Curtis Chen; Magda Apanowicz as Emily Hartwell; Ian Tracey as Jason Sadler; Nicholas Lea as Agent Cardiner; William B. Davis as the elderly Alec Sadler; and Ryan Robbins as Brad Tonkin.

 

Reception

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The show has been fairly well received by television critics, who often praise the show’s editing and production work, as well as its interesting take on a dystopian future and the subsequent effects of time travel. The show has never received stellar ratings, although it did earn almost one million viewers early on its first season—before steadily dropping down to an average of about 350,000 viewers per episode. These ratings are not considerably bad for the SyFy network, which does not usually get high ratings for its original programming.

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