National Geographic has renewed its first scripted series Genius for a second season
The cable network has handed out an early second-season renewal to its first scripted drama as part of its upfront slate. The pickup for the anthology comes days ahead of its April 25 series debut. nd season ahead of this premiere next week
The anthology series focusing on the the world’s greatest minds is from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, Fox 21 Studios and OddLot Entertainment.
Season 1 of “Genius,” which premieres April 25, will be a 10-part series on the life and times of Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” It stars Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Emily Watson. Season 2 will focus on a different iconic figure, whose identity will be revealed during the Season 1 finale.
Nat Geo’s upfront slate also includes docuseries Race With Jay Z as well as a new one from Katie Couric as the joint venture between Nat Geo and Fox also unveiled a new digital initiative, Further Community, to partner with influencers for original stories about travel, culture, science, innovation and wildlife. Key participants include photojournalists Cory Richards, David Guttenfelder and Ami Vitale as well as publishing partners the Skimm, Atlas Obscura and Mashable.
“National Geographic Partners is building accelerating momentum as we continue to innovate at the forefront of the storytelling frontier — from scripted to live, social leadership to 360-degree experiences, we are doubling down on delivering stories that matter, stories that growing millions of consumers are connecting with across devices and platforms,” said National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore. “We’ve strengthened our brand definition of storytelling in the premium space and we’re relentlessly looking for new ways to connect with consumers.”