Chilli, Harry Shum Jr. and Michael Curry to Serve as Judges on truTV's New Competition Series "Fake Off," Hosted by Robert Hoffman
The Art of Faking Prepares to Sweep the Nation with Eye-Opening Combination
Of Theater, Acrobatics, Black Light, Illusion and More
Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host truTV's new series Fake Off, which will feature ten teams from around the country competing against each other in the captivating art of Faking. The teams better bring their A-game to every performance, as they will face an impressive judging panel that includes music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love).
Fake Off, which is slated to premiere on truTV this fall, will take viewers into the visually stunning world of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen before, teams will reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the skills to be named America's Fake-Off Champions. Produced by Shine America.
Robert Hoffman has been much sought-after for his skills as a dancer and choreographer. He shared an American Choreographer Award for the film You Got Served, in which he also co-starred. He also starred in Step Up 2: The Streets and has been seen dancing in such films as Guess Who?, Coach Carter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Vanilla Sky. He is also one of the breakout stars of MTV's Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out. As a dancer, Hoffman has also worked with such stars as Christina Aguilera, Usher, Mya, Marilyn Manson and Ricky Martin. A Florida native, Hoffman began his dance training while still in kindergarten. After high school, he joined Ballet South, headed by American Ballet Company legend Wes Chapman.
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas is the embodiment of a singer-actress-dancer best known as Chilli, one third of the iconic R&B group TLC. Originally a dancer, Chilli joined TLC in 1991. The group topped the charts throughout the '90s, producing four studio albums and establishing their place as pop icons, with continuous television appearances and feature film cameos. In 1996 Chilli was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, on TLC's album Fanmail, Chilli had her first lead single, "No Scrubs," which went #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and won an MTV Music Award, two Grammys and various other awards. Following the tragic death of band mate "Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Chilli and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins went on to star in the reality show R U the Girl, followed later by Chilli's own show, What Chilli Wants. Chilli flexed her entrepreneurial muscle in 2005, creating a line of handbags as an ode to her love and dedication to her son, Tron. She also became a proactive child advocate, forming her own non-profit, Chilli's Crew, with a mission of fostering a healthy sense of self in young women from the inside out.
Harry Shum Jr. is well known for his starring role on the hit series Glee. In addition, he has starred in the independent features Revenge of the Green Dragons and White Frog and recently released, Moms' Night Out. His other film credits include Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, Stomp the Yard, You Got Served and Center Stage 2. Shum currently stars in the Hulu/Geek&Sundry web series Caper and has appeared on such series as Boston Public, Zoey 101 and Greek. As a dancer, Shum has worked with such world-renowned artists as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Raven, to name a few. He was also one of the original silhouettes used to advertise Apple iPods. Working with director-choreographer Jon M. Chu, he is star and associate producer/co-choreographer of The LXD (League of Extraordinary Dancers). In addition to his acting and dancing, Shum hosted the 24-hour 2013 World Aids Day concert for (RED) and CocaCola, which was streamed live on iTunes. He has also shared his story with many college students across the country and at events for "Catalyst Creative." In addition, Shum is the executive producer of REMIXED, a weekly 15-minute YouTube show that brings together amazing dancers and incredible musicians for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Harry is represented by Triniti Management, Innovative Artists, and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.
Michael Curry works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies, such as Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and the International Olympic Committee. He collaborates regularly with directors like Robert LePage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedkin. Curry has received many prestigious awards, including several for his work on Broadway and for the Olympic ceremonies, as well as for his continued innovations in the fields of scenic visual effects and puppetry design. Michael Curry Design, Inc. is comprised of 50 innovative designers and fabricators who conceive and produce state of the art creations for live entertainment. The studio is located in Portland, Ore.
Fake Off is produced by Shine America, with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin and James Sunderland serving as executive producers.
About Shine America
Shine America is the U.S. division of Shine Group, an award-winning global production and distribution organization with 30 production companies across 12 countries. Shine America is a leading television studio that creates inspired and compelling programming including current unscripted series MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Minute to Win It (GSN), The Face (Oxygen) and Riot (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC) and Fake Off (truTV). Scripted series include Peabody Award-winning The Bridge (FX), as well as upcoming dramas Gracepoint (FOX) and Utopia (HBO).
Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban, which develops and distributes original content to the U.S. marketplace including series Beat The House (HGTV) and The One That Got Away (TLC). The global Shine 360° division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine Group's distribution arm, Shine International, distributes Shine America's extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.
truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. It delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing, Killer Karaoke, South Beach Tow and The Carbonaro Effect, as well as the upcoming series Motor City Masters, Friends of the People, Way Out West, How to Be a Grown-Up, Fake Off, Hair Jacked, Jokers Wild! and Local News (working title). In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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