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[12/06/19 - 01:33 PM]
National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios Release First Look Photo of Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul in "Genius: Aretha"
The eight-part limited series will premiere on National Geographic in May 2020 in 172 countries and in 43 languages.

[11/20/19 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, November 20
Updates include: Quibi orders "Swimming with Sharks" TV series; Joan Allen signs onto "Lisey's Story" at Apple TV+; and David Cross cast in Nat Geo's "Genius."

[11/07/19 - 12:07 PM]
National Geographic Taps Emmy(R)- and Tony(R) Award-Winning Actor Courtney B. Vance to Star Opposite Cynthia Erivo for "Genius: Aretha"
Vance joins as Aretha's father, C.L. Franklin, an influential reverend and civil rights activist known as the "Million Dollar Voice."

[10/28/19 - 09:08 AM]
National Geographic Taps Emmy(R)-, Golden Globe(R)- and BAFTA TV Award-Winning Anthony Hemingway to Serve as Executive Producer and Direct Pilot Episode for "Genius: Aretha"
Plus: Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Sanai Victoria will join the cast of the Cynthia Erivo-led installment.

[10/03/19 - 09:06 AM]
National Geographic Taps Triple Threat Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet," "The Color Purple") as Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha"
Filming will start this November for a spring 2020 premiere on National Geographic channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.

[05/14/19 - 01:14 PM]
National Geographic Announces 2019-20 Upfront Slate, Pushing Programming Boundaries with Its Distinctive, Premium Content from Best-in-Class Storytellers
For two consecutive years, National Geographic earned the second most Emmy award nominations for a basic cable network, putting it in the top 10 of all networks nominated.

[02/10/19 - 02:07 PM]
National Geographic Taps Suzan-Lori Parks as Executive Producer and Showrunner for "Genius: Aretha Franklin"
This upcoming season will be the first-ever, definitive scripted miniseries on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.

[10/30/18 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, October 30
Updates include: Naomi Watts first to be cast in "Game of Thrones" spin-off; Ryan Hansen to return for Hulu's "Veronica Mars" revival; and ABC passes on drama pilot "False Profits."

[10/12/18 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 12
Updates include: Netflix cancels "Marvel's Iron Fist" after two seasons; Danny Trejo to star in ABC's "Food & Familia"; and FOX extends "Lethal Weapon" by two episodes, with Damon Wayans.

[04/18/18 - 06:01 PM]
National Geographic Announces Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein's Monster, As the Subject for Third Season of Critically Acclaimed Scripted Anthology Series "Genius"
A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager.

[04/18/18 - 04:31 PM]
National Geographic Orders "The Hot Zone" to Series With Production to Start Later This Year
Based on the eponymous international best-seller by Richard Preston, the series recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil.

[04/18/18 - 04:30 PM]
National Geographic's Further Front Serves Up Progressive and Immersive Evening with Best-in-Class Storytellers and Curiosity Seekers
"National Geographic has become the destination for the best-in-class creatives, who want to partner with us on big, bold premium and entertaining content," said Courteney Monroe.

[04/04/18 - 10:56 AM]
National Geographic Premieres Second Season of Emmy- and Golden Globe-Nominated Anthology Series, "Genius: Picasso"
Premiering with a double episode on Tuesday, April 24, the new season explores the Spanish expatriate's devotion to his craft, his contribution to modern art and his turbulent personal life.

[02/09/18 - 11:25 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 9
Updates include: Andy Ackerman, James Burrows and Gerry Cohen to helm sitcom pilots; "Stranger Things" to resume production in April; and Michael Dinner to direct "L.A. Confidential" for CBS.

[01/13/18 - 11:32 AM]
National Geographic Sets Upcoming Premiere Dates
New series include "Chain of Command," "One Strange Rock" and "America Inside Out with Katie Couric."

[01/12/18 - 12:31 PM]
Video: "Genius: Picasso" - Trailer - National Geographic
Antonio Banderas plays the title role on the new season, premiering Tuesday, April 24.

[11/02/17 - 12:24 PM]
National Geographic Announces New and Returning Cast Joining Antonio Banderas for Season Two of Emmy-Nominated Series "Genius" from Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television
Production begins this month and will shoot in cities all over Europe for the 10-episode anthology series.

[09/06/17 - 10:01 AM]
Emmy- and Golden Globe-Nominated Actor Antonio Banderas to Star as Pablo Picasso in "Genius" Season Two from National Geographic, Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television
The new season will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media's OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow, and will premiere in 2018.

[06/21/17 - 08:31 AM]
National Geographic Announces Pablo Picasso to Be Subject of Season Two of Scripted Anthology Series "Genius"
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Ken Biller, Francie Calfo and Gigi Pritzker will all return as executive producers.

[05/30/17 - 10:05 AM]
National Geographic, In Partnership with Pereira & O'Dell NY Launches "10 Days of Genius," A Film Festival Inspired by "Genius"
Each original short film in the series centers around a unique Einstein quote.

[04/19/17 - 04:35 PM]
National Geographic Announces Three New Scripted Development Projects
Plus: the network announces new showrunner Dee Johnson to oversee the second season of "Mars."

[04/19/17 - 04:34 PM]
National Geographic's Further Front Dazzled with a Star-Studded Evening of Visual Storytelling to Take Viewers and Advertisers Further
National Geographic touted its aggressive slate of premium content with the best creative producers and talent in the industry.

[04/19/17 - 04:32 PM]
National Geographic Announces Official Greenlight of Second Season of Scripted Anthology Series "Genius"
The identity of this virtuoso will be revealed during the season one finale of Genius on June 20.

[04/19/17 - 04:31 PM]
National Geographic Honors Earth Day with Multiple Activations on April 22
The March for Science is an unprecedented global gathering of scientists and science advocates joining together to acknowledge the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

[04/13/17 - 03:35 PM]
National Geographic Presents Second Season of Critically Acclaimed Series "Breakthrough"
The series returns for a second season on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00/9:00c immediately following a new episode of "Genius."

[03/14/17 - 08:54 AM]
National Geographic Premieres First Scripted Series "Genius"
Premiering Tuesday, April 25, the series reveals how Albert became Einstein, exploring his extraordinary professional achievements along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.

[02/03/17 - 08:02 AM]
Video: National Geographic Debuts First-Ever Spot in Sunday's Big Game for Highly Anticipated Scripted Series "Genius"
The 45-second spot, entitled "Bad Romance," teases the upcoming scripted series, premiering Tuesday, April 25.

[02/02/17 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 2
Updates include: Josh Thomas announces end of "Please Like Me"; ABC gives pilot order to Carol Burnett comedy; and Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers to look for "Salvation" at CBS.

[01/13/17 - 12:02 PM]
Video: National Geographic Releases Sneak Peek at Network's First Scripted Anthology Series, "Genius"
The first episode will be directed by Imagine's Ron Howard, his first time directing a scripted prime-time drama.

[11/16/16 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, November 16
Updates include: The CW passes on additional episodes for "Frequency," "No Tomorrow"; Damon Wayans, Jr. is "The Henchman" for FOX; and Adam Beach among latest tapped for TNT's "Monsters of God."

[08/29/16 - 10:07 AM]
Emily Watson to Star as Elsa Einstein in "Genius" from National Geographic Channel, Imagine Television and Fox 21 Television Studios
She'll play Elsa Einstein, the second wife - and first cousin - of the enigmatic scientist Albert Einstein.

[08/15/16 - 09:16 AM]
Academy Award-Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush to Star as Albert Einstein in "Genius" from National Geographic Channel, Imagine Television and Fox 21 Television Studios
Production begins next month in Prague, and will air in 2017 on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages.

[04/28/16 - 01:01 PM]
National Geographic Channel Goes Straight to Series with Its First Multiseason Scripted Anthology Series, "Genius"
The premiere season will focus on scientist Albert Einstein and will be based on Walter Isaacson's critically acclaimed book "Einstein: His Life and Universe," adapted by writer Noah Pink.







GENIUS (NGC)
Returns in May 2020 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
4/25/17 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2020/2021 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2019-20 season (the show's third) on 4/18/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from National Geographic Channel's press release, December 2019) Today, National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios released a first look photo of triple threat Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet," "The Color Purple") as Aretha Franklin during the GENIUS: ARETHA start of production. "Over the last few months, I've been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her - all to really capture Aretha's attitude and spirit," said Erivo. "I'm truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we'll serve the Queen and create something special." The ensemble cast includes Courtney B. Vance ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") as C.L. Franklin, David Cross ("Goliath," "Arrested Development") as Jerry Wexler, Malcolm Barrett ("Timeless," "Preacher") as Ted White, Patrice Covington (Broadway's "The Color Purple") as Erma Franklin, Kimberly Hébert Gregory ("Vice Principals") as Ruth Bowen, Rebecca Naomi Jones ("The Big Sick") as Carolyn Franklin and Sanai Victoria ("Black-ish") as Little Re. The eight-part limited series will premiere on National Geographic in May 2020 in 172 countries and in 43 languages.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Claire Rushbrook as Pauline Einstein
· Emily Watson as Elsa Einstein
· Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein
· Johnny Flynn as Young Albert Einstein
· Michael McElhatton as Philipp Lenard
· Richard Topol as Fritz Haber
· Robert Lindsay as Hermann Einstein
· Samantha Colley as Mileva Maric
· Seth Gabel as Michele Besso
· Shannon Tarbet as Marie Winteler
· T.R. Knight as J. Edgar Hoover
· Vincent Kartheiser as Raymond Geist
CREW INFORMATION:
· Anna Culp as CO-EP
· Brian Grazer as EP
· Francie Calfo as EP
· Gigi Pritzker as EP
· Jeff Cooney as EP
· Melissa Rucker as CO-PROD
· Noah Pink as BOOK/CRTR/EP
· Rachel Shane as EP
· Ron Howard as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Sam Sokolow as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· EUE-Sokolow
· Fox 21 Television Studios
· Imagine Television
· OddLot Entertainment