For its new competition series, ‘LEGO Masters’, FOX is enlisting none other than LEGO Batman himself to host! That is to say, the man who voiced LEGO Batman, Will Arnett will serve as host of the American incarnation of the series which is already a hit in England. The show pits two-person teams of LEGO enthusiasts against each other, as they compete in challenges to see who are the Master Builders.
FOX’s President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Rob Wade stated:
“This show is an hour of fun for the whole family and Will is the ideal host. He’s already a member of the Lego family and his passion for this show is infectious. He’s also a great collaborator and, let’s be honest, he’s hilarious – which makes him perfect for this competition.”
‘LEGO Masters’ was a massive hit when it premiered in the UK, on Channel 4 in 2017. It quickly became the network’s #1 new series, according to Deadline, “nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults.” Since then, the show, produced by Endemol Shine, has been replicated in other countries. In Australia, their version of ‘LEGO Masters’ is the #1 show in the country across all demographics, averaging more than 2 million viewers. (Is Australia really that sparsely populated?) A version has also recently been launched in Germany.
The US version of ‘LEGO Masters’ hails from Endemol Shine North America and Tuesday’s Child under license from The Lego Group, for The Lego Group. Brad Pitt’s Plan B will executive produce. Anthony Dominici acts as showrunner.
“It gives me peace of mind to be able to continue building my relationship with The Lego Group. Ultimately, my goal is Danish citizenship.”
Arnett began supplying the voice for LEGO Batman starting with the crossover hit ‘The LEGO Movie’ in 2014, and continuing in 2017’s ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ and this year’s ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’. Last year, he provided the voice of Slade Wilson in the film ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’. He also provides the voice of the titular character on Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’.
Arnett is best known for playing Gob Bluth on ‘Arrested Development’, which initially aired on FOX, but was later revived on Netflix. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for that role, and has been nominated multiple times for playing Devon Banks on ’30 Rock’.
The U.S. version of ‘LEGO Masters’ will arrive on FOX on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.