U.S. net Lifetime has signed on for an eight-episode order of docuseries Child Genius, which follows gifted American children preparing for a national intelligence competition.
Based on the UK format from Channel 4, the series will focus on the weeks-long competition, which will take place this summer and test young participants on their knowledge of logic, current affairs, history, memory, science, spelling, math and debate. Ultimately, the competitor who scores highest in all categories will be named Child Genius.
Casting is currently underway for the series, which is made in cooperation with the U.S. arm of IQ society MENSA. The show will premiere on Lifetime later this year.
Child Genius is produced by Shed Media US, with Pam Healey, John Hesling and Dan Snook serving as executive producers, alongside Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman.