CBS Greenlights Global Competition Series From ‘Survivor,’ ‘American Idol’ Producers



CBS has picked up a new global competition series from Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) and Mike Darnell (“American Idol”) called “The World’s Best,” the network’s senior vice president for alternative programming, Sharon Vuong, announced Wednesday.
The unscripted TV vet’s new project is a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet, according to the show’s official logline. They not only have to impress American judges, but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned “The World’s Best.”
“This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television,” said Vuong. “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.”
Burnett added “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,” Burnett said, who also serves as president of MGM Television and Digital Group.
Darnell says the competition series is one “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,” said Darnell, who is also president of Unscripted and Alternative Television for Warner Bros. “It’s exhilarating to embark on this game-changing event with CBS, Mark Burnett and our terrific team here at Warner Horizon.”
“The World’s Best” is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell, Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks are executive producers.

Here are all the players competing for “Survivor” Season 35, including one choice quote from their cast bios and which of the three tribes they represent — Heroes, Healers and Hustlers.
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Ryan Ulrich, 23 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: Bellhop  Best quote: “I have wanted to play this game since I was six years old. It’s much more than a game to me, it’s a passion, I obsess over it.”
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Simone Nguyen, 25 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: Diversity Advocate  Best quote: “[My hobbies are] volunteering, yoga, and complaining.”  
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Cole Medders, 24 (Soko Tribe, Healers)  Occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide  Best quote: “No one will come close to being as well rounded as I am.”
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John “JP” Hilsabeck, 28 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: Firefighter  Best quote: “I feel that with my athletic ability and personality, I will be the final ‘Survivor!'”  
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Patrick Bolton, 24 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: Small Business Owner  Best quote: ” I can take on the outdoor elements, I can fish, I can build a shelter, and probably start a fire.”
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Devon Pinto, 23 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: Surf Instructor  Best quote: “I’m just another lovable guy!”
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Katrina Radke, 46 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: Olympian  Best quote: “There are two powers: love and fear. I like to focus on the power of love.”  
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Mike Zahalsky, 43 (Soko Tribe, Healers)Occupation: UrologistBest quote: “People will be hugging me as I vote them off.”
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Ashley Nolan, 26 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: Lifeguard  Best quote: “My dad and I have wanted me to be on ‘Survivor’ since Season 1 — and I finally decided that I should stop messing around and go out and win a million bucks.”  
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Lauren Rimmer, 35 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: FisherwomanBest quote: “I always try to do things differently than other people.”
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Chrissy Hofbeck, 46 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: Actuary  Best quote: “I hate being cold.”  
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Roark Luskin, 27 (Soko Tribe, Healers)  Occupation: Social Worker  Best quote: “If Sophie Clarke and Courtney Yates found a way to have a child I would be the result.”
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Joe Mena, 34 (Soko Tribe, Healers)  Occupation: Probation Officer  Best quote: “It would take me 10 plus years to earn a million dollars at my current work rate. Why not speed up the process and make a million in six weeks? It’s a no brainer.”
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Desiree “Desi” Williams, 27 (Soko Tribe, Healers)Occupation: Physical Therapist  Best quote: “Charm, wit, beauty, mental fortitude, physical strength — all of these traits and more will ensure I’m the Sole Survivor.”  
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Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott, 24 (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)  Occupation: Celebrity Assistant  Best quote: “My time is now!”

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Alan Ball, 31 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: NFL Player (free agent)Best quote: “I can’t stand liars or people who feel entitled.”  
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Jessica Johnston, 29 (Soko Tribe, Healers)  Occupation: Nurse Practitioner  Best quote: “I could win Miss Congeniality of ‘Survivor’ if there was such an award!”  
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Ben Driebergen, 34 (Levu Tribe, Heroes)  Occupation: Marine  Best quote: “I’m a little conniving and manipulative like Russell [Hantz], have the determination and confidence of Boston Rob, and the athletic ability of Joe [Anglim].”  
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Here are all the players competing for “Survivor” Season 35, including one choice quote from their cast bios and which of the three tribes they represent — Heroes, Healers and Hustlers.

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