The National Geographic cable channel has a major Emmy player this year with “Genius,” a 10-part limited series that chronicles the life of Albert Einstein. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush portrays the physicist in his later years as he develops the breakthrough theory of relativity while newcomer Johnny Flynn is seen in his early years as a budding scientist who works as a patent clerk. And Oscar nominee Emily Watson is his first cousin, Elsa, who becomes his second wife.
After optioning Walter Isaacson‘s 2007 bestselling biography “Einstein, His Life and Universe,” producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer spent the past decade developing the project. TV alum Kenneth Biller (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Perception”) adapted the book and tells Einstein’s life story in a non-linear fashion.
The limited series debuted on April 25 with the final two chapters airing on June 20. The subject of season two was to have been revealed at the end of this double-header. But that news has been delayed so as not to detract from the impact of the finale. This is not that surprising given the overwhelmingly positive reaction to season one. Indeed, during the network’s recent upfront presentation, channel CEO Courteney Monroe said, “The ‘Genius’ franchise has proved to be the epitome of the premium, smart and highly entertaining content that our brand embodies and our audience craves.”
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