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The latest Syfy reality entry to tap this particular vein, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” is a run-of-the-mill elimination contest, distinguished almost entirely by the cool creatures the players — none of whom are novices, given the particular nature of the enterprise — get to create as part of their weekly showdowns. Whether that’s enough to merit sitting through yet another makeup/design/effects-oriented playoff likely depends on how many Henson-produced properties beyond the Muppets one can name. At the least, the low-key series seems well timed to piggyback (or if you prefer, frogback) on the release of the latest “Muppets” feature.

Produced by the late Henson’s company and featuring his son Brian Henson among the judges, the eight-episode series features teams of competitors trying to fabricate utile creatures on extremely tight deadlines. Hosted by actress Gigi Edgley (and five points to those who immediately said, “Farscape”), the show »

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