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Local effects artist RJ back for new season of Syfy's 'Face Off'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When "Face Off" returns to Syfy for its fifth season on Aug. 13, you'll see some familiar faces. That's because the special-effects makeup competition's theme is veterans vs. rookies.

One veteran might look more familiar than the others: Charleston's RJ Haddy.

The reason I'm noting this now is two-fold. First, you can see Haddy and the other veterans on a two-hour special at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and second, "Breaking Bad" returns next week, so, yeah, it's clear what I'll be writing about then.

Haddy had a fantastic run his first time out. He was a finalist and the Fan Favorite in Season 2. He dazzled audiences and judges, particularly when the contestants were tasked with creating a character that would fit in a Tim Burton movie. His spectacular bellhop creation was not only his favorite, but also a favorite of the judges and fans.

The other vets are Frank Ippolito (Season 1), Miranda Jory (2), Alana Rose Schiro (3), Tate Steinsiek (1), Laura Tyler (3), Roy Wooley (3) and Eric Zapata (4). They'll compete with each other and with eight rookies for a prize of $100,000, a car and a guest-lecture spot at the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York and Paris.

Tuesday's special catches up with the vets to see what's happened since they've been on the show. (In Haddy's case, he retired from teaching at Capital High School, among other things). It also will refresh your memory on their work and quiz them on why they came back.

One of Haddy's reasons?

"To, hopefully, win this time."

Good luck, RJ!

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Scripted series premiere: "Broadchurch," 10 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America (crime drama about a boy's murder in a small town).

Other series premieres: "Saint Hoods," 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (rival crews in the Boston underworld); "Obsessed with the Dress," 10 p.m. Friday, WE (working in a pageant gown store); "RIDE-iculous," 8:30 p.m. Travel (top thrill rides around the world); "Psychic Tia," 10 p.m. Saturday, A&E (a New Jersey psychic); "The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man," 10 p.m. Tuesday, History ("Ax Men" spin-off, preceded by a special of his "Ax Men" greatest moments at 9 p.m.); "Hot Listings Miami," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Style (a high-end real estate agent in the city); "Family Beef," 9 p.m. Wednesday, National Geographic (a family-run cattle farm).

Season premieres: "Impractical Jokers," 10 p.m. Thursday, truTV; "America's Next Top Model," 8 p.m. Friday, CW (includes guys this time); "Gold Rush," 9 p.m. Friday, Discovery (with special on previous season at 8 p.m.); "Tanked," 10 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet; "Too Cute," 9 p.m. Saturday, Animal Planet; "Secret Millionaires," 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle," 9 p.m., and "Marrying The Game," 9:30 p.m. Monday, VH1; "Barter Kings," 10 p.m. Tuesday, A&E; "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo; "Law & Order: UK," 9 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America.

Returned last week: "Unforgettable," 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS (cop drama about a detective with a photographic memory that was canceled after the 2011-12 season; revived with a new setting and lighter tone). See the season premiere on cbs.com.

Series finales: "Sinbad," Saturday, Syfy (series marathon starts at 11 a.m. with unaired episodes starting at 6 p.m.); "Zero Hour," 8 p.m. Saturday, ABC (two hours).

Season finales: "The Hero," 8 p.m. Thursday, TNT; "Beyond Scared Straight," 9 p.m. Thursday, A&E; "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids," 9 p.m., and "Randy to the Rescue," 10 p.m. Friday, TLC; "Redneck Island," 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT; "The Killing," 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC (two hours); "Princesses: Long Island," 9 p.m. Sunday, Bravo; "Falling Skies," 10 p.m. Sunday, TNT; "The Bachelorette," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC; "The Fosters," 9 p.m. Monday, ABC Family; "The Real Housewives of Orange County," 9 p.m. Monday, Bravo.

Specials: "2013 Young Hollywood Awards," 8 p.m. Thursday, CW; "WrestleMania 29: The World Television Premiere," 9 p.m. Saturday (includes footage not seen in the April Pay-Per-View event); "Wild Arabia," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Animal Planet (nature documentary); "The Bad Girls Club" season 11 casting special, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen; "Hot in Cleveland" season bloopers and memorable moments, 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land.

Of note: Discovery Channel's 26th annual Shark Week officially starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, though shark-related programming actually begins at 9 a.m. Programming runs 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily through Aug. 9 (and most of the day Aug. 10), with new specials from 8 to 11 p.m. nightly that are followed by the new "Shark After Dark" talk show.

W.Va. alert: History Channel launches "Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning," about members of the two families trying to start a moonshine business together, at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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