CBS Enlists Corden, Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill for 'World's Best'

Corden collaborator Ben Winston also boards as executive producer.
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CBS has tapped one of its go-to emcees, James Corden, as the host of upcoming alternative talent competition The World’s Best.

Additionally, the series has also firmed up a rather impressive roster of judges for the U.S. arm of the new global talent competition. Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and Emmy favorite RuPaul Charles have all signed on to the project, which will air over 10 episodes in 2019.

“It’s only fitting that The World’s Best perform in front of the world’s best,” said Sharon Vuong, CBS senior vp alternative programming. “James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can’t wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that’s unlike any other.”

Additionally, Corden collaborator Ben Winston will now executive produce alongside Corden and their Fullwell 73 Productions — in which Hollywood Reporter parent company Valence Media recently purchased a minority stake.

The show, a clear play for NBC’s current reality crown holder America’s Got Talent, comes from genre veterans Mike Darnell (Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television) and Mark Burnett (MGM Television).

The series will see people competing in multiple fields to impress American judges and a panel of 50 experts from around the world in order to advance through the competition. (It reads like the kind of reality competition one really has to see to comprehend.)

All of the talent on board are no strangers to unscripted entertainment. Corden has his Carpool Karaoke series on Apple, and Charles is the face of VH1’s Emmy-winning juggernaut RuPaul’s Drag Race. (He’s won best host for the last three years running.) Barrymore produced a dating competition for NBC a few years back, and Hill produces talk show Pickler & Ben.