CBS is betting large on The World’s Best, handing over the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot to the brand new expertise competitors shepherded by actuality TV titans Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. Burnett has a observe document following the NFL’s showcase sport. In 2001, his Survivor: The Australian Outback debuted in that slot, drawing greater than 45 million viewers.
CBS scored once more in 2010 when Undercover Boss adopted the Super Bowl and lured greater than 38 million viewers. Hosted by James Corden, The World’s Best premieres Sunday after Super Bowl 53.
Besides impressing judges RuPaul, Drew Barrymore and Faith Hill, contestants have to interrupt by way of the “wall of the world” that includes greater than 50 consultants from 38 completely different nations who rating the competitors. Among them is Brazilian UFC fighter Anderson Silva. The winner receives $1 million.
Burnett’s different large hit is The Voice. Darnell’s credit embody American Idol and Ellen’s Game of Games.
The World’s Best joins a crowded subject of actuality competitors programming, together with The Masked Singer, renewed for a second season by Fox on Wednesday. Darnell famous to a TV critics’ gathering that his present’s format isn’t primarily based on any present overseas packages and presents “the subsequent new spin on a spread present.”
If it really works, Darnell envisions franchising the present to different nations. “We have a really completely different voice, a really completely different taste,” govt producer Alison Holloway stated. “We’ve dug deep to search out expertise that’s new and thrilling. Most of the acts on our present are professionals.”
And there’s no humiliation issue, govt producer Ben Winston stated. “Everybody is on the prime of their sport,” he stated. “No one is being laughed at. It’s a really joyful and completely happy present.” The present presents RuPaul a broader platform than he’s loved as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1.
“We have been all not ready for the emotional journey that the present and performances took us on,” the drag performer stated. “It was phenomenal to look at all these wonderful folks from around the globe categorical themselves.” The second episode airs on Feb. 6.