Syfy has greenlit a six-episode run of Monster Man, a series following acclaimed Hollywood prop master Cleve Hall that originally formed part of the NBCUniversal-owned cable net’s development slate, unveiled during last March’s Upfront presentation.
The Gurney Productions series showcases Hall’s family business, which has crafted monsters and other bizarre creatures and props for Hollywood productions for more than 30 years. It will also highlight the Hall family, billed by the net as “highly dysfunctional” but “extremely talented.”
“We are entering the creative world of a very eccentric, artistic family,” said Mark Stern, president of original content for Syfy and co-head of content for Universal Cable Productions. “Cleve and his team will give our viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring monster props, puppets and costume pieces to life. But they’re also a family business, so the unusual dynamic between them is half the fun.”
Production on the series begins this month with an anticipated premiere in January 2012. Exec producers are Scott and Deirdre Gurney for Gurney Productions.