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Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed hit competition series FACE OFF for a fourth season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Slated for a 2013 premiere, notable guest appearances on tap for season four include Bryan Singer and Lightstorm's Jon Landau. Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton of Mission Control Media will return as executive producers.

"Face Off has proven itself as a quality, signature series for Syfy," said Stern. "The success the series has achieved in its three seasons - from both a critical and ratings standpoint -- establishes a strong foundation as we continue to build the momentum for season four. It's a pleasure to continue to showcase talented special effects artists with this addictive program."

Face Off is currently in the middle of its third season airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This season to date, including only Live + Same Day playback, Face Off has averaged 986,000 million viewers 18-49 and 1.7 million total viewers. In its first five episodes with Live +7 viewing, Face Off is currently topping the second season by five percent among viewers 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.6 million) and three percent among total viewers (2.6 million vs. 2.7 million). Face Off is also up eight percent among viewers 18-34 (755,000 vs. 829,000).

In the next all-new episode airing Tuesday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer makes a guest appearance offering tips to the six remaining artists for the week's Dr. Seuss-themed challenge.

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. McKenzie Westmore hosts. Judging the Face Off competition are some of the most renowned names in the SFX world -- three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and feature film creature designer Neville Page.

Immediately following Face Off Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT is an all-new episode of Hot Set, the visually stunning competition series in which two Hollywood production designers compete in an extreme design challenge to create original movie sets inspired by the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. This week's competing designers - Thomas Brown and Brandy Alexander -- are challenged to create an original set inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Face Off and Hot Set are both productions of Mission Control Media, with Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian serving as executive producers. Derek Atherton also serves as executive producer on Face Off. Aliyah Silverstein is an executive producer on Hot Set.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com ), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

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