NBC’s craft competition show Making It is slated to debut its second season on Monday, December 2nd at 10pm. Returning to the scenic barn craft workshop that acts as the set for Making It, season 2 will usher in a new crop of makers. Each are hoping their craft skills will impress returning judges Dayna Isom Johnson, an Etsy trend expert, and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York.
Lighthearted competition charmed audiences
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s DIY reality competition debuted last July. It quickly became the summer’s most-watched new series, with 3-5 million viewers each episode. The first season received mostly positive reviews — The Hollywood Reporter called it, “Dorky, digestible fun.”
“Life is stressful enough,” Poehler said in the introduction to the first episode, “Let’s make a show that makes you feel good.”
The host’s efforts to create a whimsical hour-long program paid off: Poehler and Offerman earned an Emmy nomination for their roles as competition series hosts.
Season one contestant Robert Mahar confirmed that Poehler and Offerman were encouraging hosts. “Nick and Amy — I came in as a fan, and I came out as a super fan… Since they didn’t have to judge us, they acted as advocates for us… You could tell they were really rooting for all of us.” Mahar said.
What’s coming in Season 2
As in the first season, new episodes of Making It will showcase talented craftspeople competing in DIY challenges for the chance to win a $100,000 prize.
According to NBC, “Each episode will revolve around a central theme with the Makers completing two crafts based on current DIY trends. The first, a “faster-craft,” gives the Makers a limited time to execute their personal take on each theme. Next is the more in depth “master craft,” challenging each Maker to display their respective expertise while combining originality, imagination and quality finishing to move on to the next round of the competition.” The winning contestant will earn the title of “Master Maker.”
Bingeable, two week season
Season two of Making It will have an unconventional schedule. The entire season will be broadcast over two weeks, airing from 10-11 p.m. nightly from December 2-5 and 9-10. The two-hour finale airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 11.
“I’m so excited for America to see our new crop of crafting champs,” Offerman said. “Their creativity and pluck make my job feel like I’m getting paid to cheer at the Olympics.”
Erin is the textile designer and artist behind the home décor company, Cotton & Flax. She licenses her surface designs for fabric, home décor, stationery, and other clients. She’s also a teacher, writer, and enthusiastic advocate for small creative business owners. She lives in San Diego, California.