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[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 Early 2020 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
4/25/17 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2019/2020 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2019-20 season (the show's third) on 4/18/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from National Geographic Channel's press release, February 2019) National Geographic Global Television Networks President Courteney Monroe announced today at the network's TCA presentation that Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize award-winning playwright of "Topdog/Underdog," will be 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. Fox 21 Television Studios, the studio behind "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," "The Americans," "Homeland," "The People v. OJ: American Crime Story" and the two prior award-winning seasons of GENIUS, will also return to produce the next installment. Filming will start this summer for an early 2020 premiere on National Geographic Channels in 172 countries and 43 languages. National Geographic, the company behind the Academy Award-nominated FREE SOLO, premiered the first season of GENIUS in 2017, which starred Geoffrey Rush as the brilliant scientist Albert Einstein. Ken Biller was showrunner and creator for the multi-Emmy award winning GENIUS: PICASSO and GENIUS: EINSTEIN. GENIUS: EINSTEIN earned 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Rush. The follow-up season, GENIUS: PICASSO, starred Antonio Banderas as the titular Spanish painter, and matched much of the success of its predecessor, earning seven Emmy nominations - and two wins - as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Banderas. Legendary hit record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman have also joined as executive producers. Imagine Entertainment has partnered with Warner Music Group for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine's Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo; Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios); and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Imagine's Anna Culp will serve as producer alongside Peter Afterman.
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