China Central Television’s participation in CMC Innovation courses has resulted in three major series going into production during 2017. All were developed by a CMC team including Course Leader David Morgenstern (formerly BBC Head of Development), leading UK Producers and script specialists.
- Man against AI (机智过人) has already been broadcast and established itself as a popular reality series. The show tests human brainpower against AI. In developing this idea, the CMC Innovation team developed a collaboration with staff at FST’s Robotics Lab. The series format involves smart, AI-powered bots taking on human competitors in complex trials involving face and voice recognition.
- Incredible Legend (非常传奇) has already been aired. It is a reality programme featuring the journey of Chinese top celebrities as they learn the ancient arts of Chinese cultural heritage, including the Dragon Dance, face-changing in Sichuan opera, etc.
- National Treasure (国家宝藏) is in production and will be broadcast early 2018. NT is a studio entertainment show featuring nine national museums in China and their role in China’s cultural history.