In 2014, in the wake of The Lego Movie, LEGO announced that it was pursuing a “master builder” competition series. That show premiered in the U.K. in 2017, and is now coming to the U.S.
Fox has picked up Lego Masters, which has so far aired in Germany, Australia, and the U.K. (the second season aired on Channel 4 this spring).
There is no airdate yet, nor casting information; the announcement focuses on Fox Entertainment’s acquisition of the format.
Here’s Fox’s description of the show:
“…Lego Masters brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks.
Twelve teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders.
In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the three top teams will face off for the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of Lego Masters.”
The Australian version, which has a $100,000 prize, had a workroom with 2.5 million Lego pieces, according to a review in The Guardian, which called the show “family-friendly reality TV at its feelgood finest.”
Watch the judges review contestants’ work during a season-one challenge from the Channel 4 version:
Fox’s reality TV executive, Rob Wade, said in a press release that the show “has everything you want in a reality-competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity, and a premise that’s ultra-family friendly.”
Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will produce the series, which comes from the UK production company Tuesday’s Child and Endemol Shine North America.
The release summarized the show’s history like this:
“Originally created by Tuesday’s Child, LEGO MASTERS first launched on the U.K.’s Channel 4 in 2017, when it quickly became the network’s highest-rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults. Since then, LEGO MASTERS has been renewed by Channel 4 and local versions of the successful format have begun launching around the world. Most recently, Endemol Shine Australia produced a local version for Nine, which became an instant hit, averaging more than 2.0 million viewers, and ranked as the country’s #1 program among all key demos. Additionally, Endemol Shine Germany successfully produced the series for RTL.”