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Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Genius' potential Aretha Franklin season is expected to add Clive Davis as executive producer
The music mogul's addition to the National Geographic Channel anthology series is considered very important for it to go forward.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Aretha Franklin may get the Nat Geo Genius treatment, replacing Mary Shelley
National Geographic Channel renewed Genius for a third season with a focus on iconic Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. But Deadline reports there are plans to change the subject to The Queen of Soul, who died in August at age 76. "I hear the idea for doing a Franklin-centered Genius came together quickly and was spearheaded by Imagine’s Brian Grazer," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "While sources close to the matter caution that there are still hurdles in securing all the rights necessary, I hear that everyone involved feels optimistic, and they are moving full-steam ahead with a potential Aretha Franklin third season while deals are being hammered out." She adds: "Imagine has done multiple projects about iconic music artists, including the award-winning documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, the film Get On Up about James Brown and the just announced scripted series Wu-Tang: An American Saga."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Nat Geo's Genius: Picasso is cliche-ridden and too similar to Genius: Einstein
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The second installment of Nat Geo's Genius series suffers from having another male European "Genius" who is roughly the same age as the previous "Genius." "The creative stumbles from Einstein to Picasso aren't about them both being European men," says Daniel Fienberg, "but rather their both being European men born at basically the same time (1879 for Einstein and 1881 for Picasso) and thus experiencing many of the same shifts in culture and social mores and thus facing comparable threats from fascism at the same phases of their personal lives and indulging in many of the same appetites and personal failings." Genius: Picasso, he says, is "almost non-stop hackneyed dialogue about the nature of art," adding: "Almost all of the dialogue in Genius: Picasso is comparably exaggerated and cringe-inducing."
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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Genius Season 3 will focus on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley
The National Geographic biographical series has been formally renewed for a third season, focusing on Mary Shelley. Genius executive producer Brian Grazer said in January that producers were "zeroing in" to find a woman “who is a genius and iconic in herself" for Season 3. The first two seasons chronicled the lives of two European male geniuses, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. Season 3 will revolve around the British author, who lived from 1797 to 1851 and is best known for writing the gothic novel Frankenstein, which spawned many TV and movie adaptations. “Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” executive producer Ron Howard said in a statement. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Nat Geo hopes to focus on a female Genius for Season 3
After tackling Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso for the first two seasons, Genius showrunner Ken Biller was asked when there will be a female Genius season. “While we certainly intend to and hope to tell stories about women, we didn’t restrict ourselves in that way,” he said, adding: “Hopefully for the next season we’ll find a woman to explore.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Watch Antonio Bandaras paint as Pablo Picasso
Nat Geo has released the official trailer for Genius: Picasso.
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 2:13PM EST
Check out Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso for Nat Geo’s Genius
The 57-year-old actor looks nearly unrecognizable as the iconic artist.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
Genius finds its Young Picasso
Alex Rich and Antonio Banderas will share the Pablo Picasso role in the National Geographic anthology series, with Rich playing the younger version of the Spanish painter.
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 3:21PM EDT
Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso on Genius Season 2
The follow-up to the Albert Einstein season will, over 10 episodes, chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter, "one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists.”