Almost seven months after the finale of Fox’s Lego Masters, the network announced that it’s renewing the series. Lego Masters USA season two will air in 2021. Will Arnett is returning as host, but there’s no word on judges, including season-one judges Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard.
Lego Masters was a lot of fun, and produced some pretty spectacular builds. How entertained you were is directly proportional to how funny you find Will Arnett, because his personality was all over the show.
The season-one judging wasn’t great. And neither was season one’s relentless focus on hitting the same character beats instead of, you know, showing us actual Lego building. Did you know season one’s winners were Tyler and Amy Clites were going to have a baby? It’d be impossible to have not known if you watched any 20-second period of season one. (I exaggerate, but not by much.)
Fox did promise the new season “will feature even more talented contestants and even bigger LEGO challenges than ever before, putting their LEGO-building skills to the ultimate test,” Fox said.
That may just be press release platitudes, and not an indication of actual changes, but I hope the building skills gets more focus. Of course I want to know the builders, but not at the expense of what they’re creating in the competition.
In its press release, Fox also explained reasons why it renewed the show:
“Lego Masters was the #1 new entertainment program last season among Adults 18-49 and the #1 new reality series among Total Viewers. It was also the season’s #1 Co-Viewed Broadcast Entertainment Program, with 31% of Adults 18-49 watching the show with a child or teen.
The series ranked among the season’s top 5 reality series overall among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. LEGO MASTERS has a Total Multiplatform average of 9.7 million Total Viewers to-date, up +177% from its Live + Same Day average – achieving FOX’s highest lift from Same Day for a reality series this season.”
In the release, Fox’s reality executive, Rob Wade, said the show “raised the bar for all competition series” (did it?) “wowing fans with its wildly creative builds” (for sure).
When will Lego Masters USA season 2 film and air?
Why did it take so long to renew Lego Masters USA for its second season? I kind of wondered if it’d already been filmed this summer, and Fox was just following the lead of Netflix and other networks that announce shows after they’ve been filmed, often right before they actually premiere.
But Lego Masters is currently casting, looking for teams of two, and they “will need to be available for a period of seven weeks between February – April 2021,” according to the application. The show will film in the Atlanta area.
Assuming that’s not Lego Masters season 3, season two hasn’t been filmed already and will premiere next summer or later.
Once again, the show is only casting adults: people who will be 18 as of Jan. 1, 2021. Both UK seasons of the show had kids under 18 in various pairings, including a season-two team with kids 9 and 10 years old, and another team with an 10- and 12-year-old.