With the guessing-game madness of The Masked Singer Season 5 having recently ended in predictably wild ways, Fox is gearing up to give fans another colorfully vibrant, fun and endlessly positive reality competition series in the form of LEGO Masters Season 2. The Will Arnett-hosted series showcases competitor talents that are completely unique, though, and I know I'm not the only fan pumped that the feel-good show was able to bring its second season together during the COVID pandemic. That said, it sounds like COVID-related changes made things vastly more complicated behind the scenes, though viewers probably won't be able to tell when seeing the smiling faces of judges Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett.
Ahead of LEGO Masters' Season 2 premiere, I had the joy of talking to judges and LEGO designers Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett, whose jubilance we'll get to a little lower. More relevant to the topic at hand, however, was my conversation with consulting producer and challenge builder Nathan Sawaya, the world-renowned artist who can boast being the world's only certified LEGO Master Builder. As complicated as his job already was crafting the plethora of props and challenges utilized in Season 1, the gig became much more stressful with the second season due to some big changes in manpower and set locations. Here's how Sawaya explained things when I asked about returning to a show like this:
It's already mightily astounding that each of the LEGO Masters teams are able to make such polished finished products with only two people per team, but it's vastly more gobsmacking to consider Nathan Sawaya was only heading up a two-person building team for Season 2. It'd be impressive enough if the duo were solely responsible for putting together the weekly challenge-specific designs, but they're also responsible for the endless number of props, background displays and other on-set items that audiences may not even be aware are made from LEGO bricks. And if that wasn't bad enough, Sawaya talked out the additional challenge of LEGO Masters having to change filming locations for the new season.
Regarding Season 1, Nathan Sawaya talked previously about how stressful it was to have to personally drive his finished LEGO pieces from his studio to the set, worrying about taking turns to fast and the like. So it must have been an entirely different spectrum of worries to have to leave those projects in the hands of lots of other people when shipping them to the LEGO Masters set in Atlanta. Especially considering the kinds of things being put together, such as the entire cityscape seen below that serves as the connective tissue for the season premiere's parade-themed challenge.
There's not enough mood stabilizers in the world that would make me feel comfortable with that kind of a work situation, but it's the one that made the most sense for Nathan Sawaya and the show. And unlike yours truly, the LEGO artist actually thought everything was still awesome, as it were, and he thrived on the unpredictable nature of it all, saying:
Clearly, Nathan Sawaya had his work cut out for him while filming during COVID, never quite knowing exactly what new challenges were coming down the pipeline. But on the flip side of things, judges Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett came into Season 2 with a new sense of comfort that wasn't totally there when trying to find their footing during the first season. When I asked what excited them most about returning to LEGO Masters, Corbett answered first, saying:
Designing LEGO sets isn't the most obvious first step to becoming a TV presenter, so it's totally understandable that Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard spent Season 1 partially in learning mode. Not only did they have to learn the ropes while always adjusting to the sporadic silliness of sharing the screen with Will Arnett, but they also had the pressure of being helpful, informative and impartial judges critiquing others' art, which is itself a stressful task to deal with.
Thankfully, the first season was a proper education for both judges, and they were able to go into Season 2 with more focus on the show's more joyful elements. Here's how Jamie Berard put it:
The wait for LEGO Masters Season 2 will be over soon, with new episodes airing Tuesday nights on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET, starting on June 1! Whether you're using LEGO bricks or just a pen and paper, be sure to keep track of all the other awesome shows heading to the 2021 Summer TV schedule.
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