Cabler greenlights six episodes of reality series

Syfy has greenlit six hourlong episodes of “Monster Man,” a reality series announced as part of its development slate earlier this year. Show follows genre pic prop builder Cleve Hall and his family, who help Hall run the company. Series will start shooting in Los Angeles this month, with a tentative start date of January 2012.

Syfy programming topper Mark Stern called the series “our own ‘American Chopper’?” when the net unveiled its development slate ahead of its March upfront. “This whole world of special effects makeup and creature-making is something that we’ve been exploring for quite a while,” he said.

Show is produced by Gurney Prods., which also makes Syfy’s “Haunted Collector” and Discovery’s “Shark Week” specials, among others, and will fit into Syfy’s unscripted slate alongside monster makeup competish show “Face Off” — a hit for the net last year.

Hall has been in the prop design biz since his teenage years, and now has teenagers of his own (daughters Constance and Elora, who will be on the show). Projects include Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” as well as popular kid show “Yo Gabba Gabba.” Hall has also worked with bands including Kiss, Devo, and Tenacious D.

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