Lifetime Orders 'Child Genius' Competition Series

Calling all pint-size brainiacs: Casting is under way for Lifetime’s new competition series “Child Genius,” which centers on some of the U.S.’ most gifted children and their families as they prepare for a national intelligence competition.

Cabler has ordered eight episodes to air later this year.

In cooperation with American MENSA, the competition will take place over several weeks this summer and will test a group of youthful contestants on their knowledge of subjects ranging from logic and debate to history and science. The winner will be named Child Genius 2014.

“Child Genius” is produced by Shed Media U.S. Pam Healey, John Hesling and Dan Snook serve as exec producers, along with Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman. The series will air later this year.

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