Feb. 7 (UPI) — CBS says it has ordered a new talent competition series called The World’s Best from executive producers Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.
Performers from “every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet” will be judged by 50 of the “world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment,” a news release said.
The project was announced Wednesday by Sharon Vuong, the network’s senior vice president of alternative programming.
“This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television,” said Vuong in a statement. “Mike and Mark are not only the very top producers in the genre, but they also understand how to create compelling competition and build enduring franchises.”
“The World’s Best is a new talent competition captured on a scale rarely seen on television. This will be the first and only series where talent from all over the globe takes the stage in front of three American judges and 50 world experts,” added Darnell. “It’s exhilarating to embark on this game-changing event with CBS, Mark Burnett and our terrific team here at [the production company] Warner Horizon.”
“The time has come to take talent competition shows to the next level and bring in judges from around the world to decide on the ultimate winner,” remarked Burnett. “It’s like the Olympics for entertainment, but you don’t have to wait every two years.”