Are you ready for another new competitive talent competition? CBS is throwing a hat in the ring with The World’s Best, which is set to premiere after the Super Bowl on Sunday Feb. 3. Afterward, the show will shift to Wednesday nights beginning Feb 6.
Hosted by Emmy Award winner James Corden, The World’s Best is a one-of-a-kind global talent competition featuring elite acts from around the world competing for a $1 million prize and the title of The World’s Best.
The acts not only have to impress the all-star line-up of American judges Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill, but they will also need to break through the “WALL OF THE WORLD,” featuring 50 renowned experts from 38 different countries.
Check out a preview here. Just going by this clip, The World’s Best appears to be the hilarious James Corden.
Producer Mike Darnell discussed the new format at the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena on Wednesday (Jan 30)
“The World’s Best” adds a “global feel” and “dramatic way of scoring” that he says makes the show feel “fresh and new.”
“We’re ready for the challenge,” said Darnell. “We think we’ve got the next new spin on a variety show.”
There are the inevitable comparisons to America’s Got Talent The format is similar to AGT but completely different! Well, now I understand (not).
“While the talent is going to be the best in the world and similar to ‘Got Talent’ in some ways, the whole format is completely different — and that’s the biggest change,” Mike Darnell said at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Darnell, maybe a bit paranoid told the critics at TCA
Darnell called NBC’s currently airing “AGT” spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” a “direct shot at us.”
“That’s OK,” he continued. “We’re ready for the challenge.”
America’s Got Talent: The Champions is pulling in some very good numbers for NBC. Episode 4 matched the season premiere–a 1.8 in the key 18-49 demo, easily winning the night for the network. The World’s Best will be lucky to come anywhere near that when it moves to Wednesdays.
In anycase, the show that Mike Darnell and company need to worry about is the FOX megahit The Masked Singer which The World’s Best will air against for 3 weeks of its run. It bowed on FOX with an unheard of these days 3.0 in the demo and garnered its second highest rating on Jan 30–a 2.6 in the demo! Good luck with all that, The World’s Best. Heh.