Will Arnett will host Lego Masters, a new unscripted competition show that will air on Fox starting in 2020. Arnett is a natural choice for a Lego-based reality show. As a voice actor, Arnett plays Lego Batman in the Lego film franchise. In addition to the Lego movie and its sequel, Arnett also voiced Batman in a 2017 stand-alone animated film, The Lego Batman Movie.
In addition to these roles, Arnett also voices BoJack Horseman in the Netflix animated series of the same name. That show has developed a loyal cult following, thanks in large part to Arnett's voice acting skills. The comedic actor has a knack for selecting roles that are both popular among fans and critics. Before he was BoJack the horse, Arnett starred in cult-favorite Arrested Development, also on Fox.
This week, Deadline revealed that Arnett has been tapped to host the new reality-competition show, Lego Masters. The show is based on a British reality-competition show of the same name. Arnett and expert judges will pose a number of challenges to master Lego builders, who will race to build the most wildly inventive Lego creations. The brick builders will face off in head-to-head challenges as Arnett and the judging team puts their sculptures to the test. In addition to his hosting duties, Arnett will also be an executive producer on the show. Lego Masters is set to premiere Wednesday, February 5 at 9 p.m. on Fox. The first official photo from the unscripted show features Arnett in Lego form.
“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,” Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials at Fox Entertainment, told Deadline. “He’s also a great collaborator and, let’s be honest, he’s hilarious – which makes him perfect for this competition.”
Technically, Legos are designed for children (ages eight and up). However, the toys have plenty of fans of all ages, and the "Everything is awesome!" Lego franchise has many grown-up admirers. The brand is also famous for its tie-ins with popular movie franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars. This fall, Lego announced a major new collaboration with Star Wars. However, for legal reasons, you may not see any Hogwarts-themed creations on Fox, which won't have the rights to all of Lego's partnerships. Even so, Arnett has proved repeatedly that he can make almost anything entertaining.
For fans of Arnett's voice work as Lego Batman, it will be exciting to see him return to the Lego world, this time in the flesh. That's especially true now that Arnett's popular Netflix show BoJack Horseman is coming to an end. Recently, BoJack Horseman fans were saddened to learn that the show's sixth season would be its last. Part one of the show's sixth season is currently streaming on Netflix, with the second part set to be released on January 31, 2020. Days later, Lego Masters will have its premiere. As BoJack Horseman fans adjust to a world without the show, they will at least have Lego Masters as a consolation prize.