CBS Greenlights Global Talent Competition Series From Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell

'The World's Best' features acts from around the world.
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Mark Burnett (left), Mike Darnell

CBS has picked up a new competition series called The World's Best, which hails from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.

The show is described as a "first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable" from around the world. They will have to impress a group of American judges as well as 50 of the world's most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned the winner.

"This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television,” said Sharon Vuong, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. "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 series is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Burnett and Darnell are executive producing with Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks.



Said Burnett, who also serves as president of MGM Television and Digital Group: "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. It's like the Olympics for entertainment, but you don’t have to wait every two years."

CBS and Burnett already have a healthy relationship thanks to Survivor, the network's long-standing reality flagship with the creator launched in 2000. Burnett and Darnell also have a long history of collaboration. The two recently partnered on ABC game show 500 Questions — and, while Darnell was still at Fox, they launched Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

The World's Best represents the latest broadcast swing at launching a blockbuster new format, something that has eluded American TV since NBC premiered The Voice (also from Burnett). Some series, particularly on NBC, have come close — but none have reached its heights in ratings or hours on the schedule.

Added Darnell, who is also president of unscripted and alternative television at Warner Bros: "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. It’s exhilarating to embark on this game-changing event with CBS, Mark Burnett and our terrific team here at Warner Horizon."