NBC just unveiled plans for a new music competition, but unlike the other shows that dominate the genre — and to some extent, dominate prime-time television — the focus in “Songland” is not on singers but on songwriters.
The series, from Universal Television Alternative Studio, has an 11-episode order at the network and an all-star lineup of executive producers that includes Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, Emmy Award-winning producer Audrey Morrissey of “The Voice” and multi-Grammy Award winner Adam Levine. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is also on board as a producer.
“The series will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today’s biggest hits,” NBC says in Tuesday’s announcement. “The first edge-of-your-seat episode features three-time Grammy nominee, Billboard chart topper and songwriter Charlie Puth as the mega-recording artist along with a panel of producer-songwriters that includes Grammy winner Tedder, singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ester Dean and Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Shane McAnally.”
For details in the full announcement from NBC, please click here.