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!