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GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its new original series, STEAMPUNK’D, hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”).  Jackson’s own Ed Thayer, “Steampunk Eddie” has been selected to compete along with 9 other contestants.  The eight-episode series, which seeks to discover the most talented and versatile steampunk designer in America, will debut on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 pm  on GSN. It will move to its regular 9:00 pm  time period beginning Wednesday, August 26. 

A single father of six kids, as well as a builder and automotive customization specialist, Edward Thayer earned the nickname “Steampunk Eddie” while being commissioned to do work for a new steampunk-themed brewery, The Grand River Brewery. Especially fond of clocks and gears, he uses old clock parts, copper, and other people’s junk to design his pieces. A self-described ‘Gear Head,’ he loves everything about working with gears and is well-versed in the history of where they come from and what they represent. He is also extremely fond of clocks and loves working them into his pieces.

 Inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion, to technology, to pop culture. In STEAMPUNK’D, the contestants (also known as “Makers”) work in teams and compete in a series of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their unique abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into creative masterpieces. Each week one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated and the last one standing will take home the $100,000 grand prize. 

 As each project is completed, the Makers will unveil their work for the judges, including the leading authority on Steampunk, Thomas Willeford; Matt King, creator, writer and director of the series “The World of Steam,” and Kate “Kato” Lambert, the British entrepreneur and founder of the world’s first steampunk clothing company, Steampunk Couture.

 STEAMPUNK’D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

Eddie Thayer can  be seen on an episode of JTV’s ArtBeat here.  Eddie is also scheduled to be a guest on The Bart Hawley Show, Thursday, August 13th.

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