The Maroon 5 frontman, who works on NBC reality show "The Voice", has been developing the project with Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart since 2015 and the series has finally been commissioned. They will both serve as executive producers alongside OneRepublic star Tedder and "The Voice" producer Audrey Morrissey.
Each episode of "Songland" will feature five songwriters performing their own tracks in front of a panel of music producers and a different "major" recording artist each week.
The artist will then pick three of the contestants and pair them up with a producer, who will help them develop it further in the recording studio. The artist will then record and release the winning song as their next single.
Attention singer Charlie Puth will serve as the artist of the week in the first episode, and he will be joined by Tedder, country singer-songwriter Shane McAnally and Ester Dean, who has written tracks for likes of Beyonce Knowles, Katy Perry and Rihanna and is best known for playing Cynthia-Rose in the "Pitch Perfect" movies.
"Songwriters shape the anthems and tell the stories of each generation, and now we're pulling back the curtain on the collaborative process and opening the door for new talent to emerge," said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, in a statement. "While filming our first episode, the excitement was palpable as we witnessed the creative direction of our panellists transform and elevate the music right before our eyes. Without a doubt, 'Songland' will inspire music lovers and give us all a greater appreciation for the songs we love."
The show is being produced by Universal as well as Live Animals, Dave Stewart Entertainment and Levine's 222 Productions.