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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Nat Geo's Genius: Picasso is cliche-ridden and too similar to Genius: Einstein
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."
- Antonio Banderas is perfect casting as older Picasso, but the same can't be said of the younger Picasso actor Alex Rich
- Like Einstein's season, Genius: Picasso is most interesting when it focuses on the women who inspired and challenged him
- Banderas: Playing my idol Picasso has also made me reckon with his mistreatment of women
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 Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Nat Geo orders drama series on the Ebola crisis, the Secret Service and the Syrian War
The Hot Zone will tell the story of the origins of the Ebola virus, from its origins in the central African rain forest to its arrival in the United States. The White House Detail will offer an insider's look at the Secret Service, informed by famed John F. Kennedy Secret Service agent Clint Hill's book Five Presidents. Limited series Ten Borders will revolve around five people affected by the Syrian War.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Hidden Figures is set to become a Nat Geo TV series
The producers behind the 2016 Best Picture Oscar nominee are developing a TV series based on the film about the true story of black female mathematicians whose contributions to NASA's space race were previously unheralded. The movie was based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
On One Strange Rock, Darren Aronofsky and Will Smith try to wow viewers as if they are bored science students
The 10-episode Nat Geo series about Planet Earth, narrated by Smith, "has its heart in the right place," says Darren Franich. "Does it have a head? This is a nonstop parade of vibrant images, a 'visual learning' attention-deficit assault. This is a Science documentary for any Science teacher trying to get kids excited about Science. Smith’s presence points in that direction, too. He’s not just narrating. He speaks to the camera, in front of a blank background. He’s very excited, and when he’s excited, how can you not be? He’s almost Troy McCluring—you may remember me from such Earth adventures as After Earth—but he’s also an endearing everyman, his high-energy line readings stitching together a show built on nature photography, CGI-ish recreation, and astronautical remembrance."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Nat Geo's Valley of the Boom miniseries to star Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Steve Zahn
They'll lead the six-part limited series based on the 1990s Silicon Valley tech bubble.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Nat Geo is promoting One Strange Rock from Will Smith and Darren Aronofsky what looks like a crystal healing water bottle
The water bottle containing “carefully selected and ethically sourced gemstones representing the building blocks of earth,” including “wood,” “water,” “earth,” “metal” and “fire" is meant to represent the docuseries about Planet Earth and beyond.
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 Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Nat Geo and Fox renew Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Seth MacFarlane will return as executive producer of the reboot of the acclaimed Carl Sagan series. Season 2 will be called Cosmos: Possible World and is expected to premiere in early 2019. It will be a follow up to the 2014 revival, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which was the most-watched series ever on National Geographic internationally, viewed by more than 135 million people worldwide.
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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 Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
Disney buys much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, including The Simpsons, Modern Family and This Is Us
Fox’s TV division is one of the most prolific content producers, as The New York Times notes, and the deal means that Disney will acquire ownership of shows like This Is Us, The Simpsons, American Horror Story, Homeland, New Girl, The Americans and Modern Family. “Disney hopes that the Fox television juggernaut can supercharge its ambitions by producing original series for the services and providing access to a catalog of older offerings,” reports The Times. “Fox would also contribute its stake in Hulu, the streaming service that shows ABC content and original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale, giving Disney a majority share.” The deal will also give ESPN Fox’s regional sports networks, including the New York Yankees-carrying YES Network, which will bolster ESPN, in addition to FX and the National Geographic Channel.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 9:42AM EST
Here’s what Disney would own under a deal with 21st Century Fox
Under the preliminary deal, set to be announced Thursday, Disney would obtain 20th Century Fox's movie and television studios, 22 regional Fox Sports cable networks, Fox’s stake in Hulu and cable channels that include FX and National Geographic. The deal would mean shows like The Simpsons and FX’s The Americans would go under the Disney umbrella.
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 Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:01AM EST
Will Smith to host Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock event series
Darren Aronofsky will produce the 10-episodes series pointing out the uniqueness of the Earth. “I am thrilled to have Will Smith on board to guide our series,” Aronofsky said in a statement. “His charisma, intelligence and humanity will add greatly to the project, helping welcome viewers into this unique narrative about the mind-blowing wonders that make life on Earth possible.”
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 4:06PM EST
Chris Evans to narrate Nat Geo’s Chain of Command
The eight-part documentary series, premiering in January, will delve into the war against violent extremism.