Tonight FOX kicks of the fun new reality competition series LEGO Masters. Ten teams of two compete for a grand prize of $100K and the title of “LEGO Masters”. Each week the teams are given some huge new challenge and must utilize their LEGO-building skills to win over the judges, who will eliminate the team that fails to impress them. The teams are an eclectic bunch of folks from around the country, including bearded buddies from Portland, a cop and a technical cell phone consultant from the east coast, cosplayers from Texas, a Puerto Rican father/son team, brothers from New Jersey, artists building together for the first time, married thespians, office managers with big hair, newlyweds from Florida, and 20-something buddies who resemble Superman and Clark Kent, one a soldier and the other a LEGO educator.
Hosting the competition is the hilarious voice of LEGO Batman, Will Arnett, who takes on a persona similar to that of his animated character—self-obsessed, sarcastic, and overly-confident. And deciding who stays and goes each week are certified LEGO BrickMasters and professional LEGO designers Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard. I was quite impressed with what these builders are able to come up with.
In tonight’s premiere, the contestants are given 15 hours to build a theme park that includes some motorized element to it. Even if I was given twice that, I don’t think I could come up with anything close to their amazing creations. The show is so much fun, especially the banter and antics of Will Arnett as he talks with the contestants and judges. And when it’s time to show off the builds for the judges, the show brings them to life in an entertaining way via LEGO Movie-like animation. I am really looking forward to seeing more of this series, especially since in future episodes Will will be joined by some great celebrity guests.
In tonight’s premiere “Dream Park Theme Park”, the pairs of contestants are introduced; each duo must craft one section of a theme park, and when the sections are combined, they create an impressive theme park world.
Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players, The Masked Singer, Riverdale, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Party of Five, 68 Whiskey, and The Magicians.