8:30am PT by Kate Stanhope
ABC's 'The Toy Box' Shakes Up Judges for Season 2 (Exclusive)
ABC's The Toy Box is undergoing a few changes.
For its sophomore season, the reality competition series will do away with adult mentors, and instead all potential ideas will be judged on solely by a group of five rotating kid judges.
Of the child judges, only Noah Ritter will return from season one. The other pint-size judges for season two include Adi Ash (age 10), Paxton Booth (age 7), Sydney Mae Estrella (age 9), Kyle Lee (age 7), Joachim Powell (age 11), Gideon Reynolds (age 6), Emma Sobel (age 9), Madison Stevens (age 8) and Olivia Trujillo (age 12).
Modern Family star and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet will once again serve as host.
Like the first season, each episode of the series will see passionate inventors present their toy concepts to a panel of kid judges. After playing with the toys and giving their feedback, the pint-size judge's table will then determine who will receive a Golden Hot Wheel — a rose in the world of The Toy Box — to put them on the fast track to the next round. The winner of each episode will advance to the finale where they will compete against one another for the grand prize: having their toy made by Mattel and sold at Toys "R" Us stores across the country.
The eight-episode first season launched in April and received a season-two pickup in June.
Mattel, Hudsun Media and Electus produce the series. Michael Rourke, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Richard Dickson, Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Julia Pistor, Susan House and Hamilton South serve as exec producers.
The Toy Box is one of ABC's growing slate of reality competition series, also including the Boy Band and Battle of the Network Stars reboot, as well as Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor, Shark Tank and the upcoming reboot of American Idol.
Season two premieres Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. on ABC.