12:17pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Lifetime and MENSA Partner for Reality Show
Get ready for the cerebral spin on Dance Moms. Lifetime has ordered its latest reality series, and it will delve into the world of gifted children.
Child Genius, based on a U.K. format, has received an eight-episode order at the cable network. It will film over several weeks this summer as the young cast readies for a national intelligence competition -- while vying for the show's title in tests of logic, current affairs, history, memory, science, spelling, math and debate.
Lifetime has a smart partner for the program. American MENSA is involved in the Shed Media production. Casting is currently underway, with a premiere eyed for later this year.
News of Lifetime's order comes a couple days after it got on board for 10 more episodes of freshman hit Bring It. The show closed out its spring run on Wednesday night with a series record 2.3 million viewers.