NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DEBUTS FIRST SCRIPTED SERIES GENIUS, APRIL 25 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT
Ten-Episode Global Event Series Chronicling the Extraordinary Life of Albert Einstein is Executive Produced by Academy Award® Winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and Stars Academy Award-Winner Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Johnny Flynn
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National Geographic is Available on National Free Preview Beginning April 15
Toronto, Canada – Though his scientific achievements continue to inspire awe, few know the entire story of the tumultuous private life of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein. Debuting Tuesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, National Geographic’s new 10-part global event series, Genius – the channel’s first scripted series – reveals how Albert became Einstein, exploring his extraordinary professional achievements along with his volatile, passionate, and complex personal relationships.
Executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Gigi Pritzker – with Howard making his scripted television directorial debut with the first episode – Genius features an all-star cast comprised of Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as the celebrated scientist, Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria) as Albert in the years before he rose to international acclaim, and Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) as his second wife and first cousin, Elsa. The series also stars Samantha Colley (The Crucible), T.R. Knight (The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Gabel (Salem), and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men).
Based on Walter Isaacson’s book Einstein: His Life and Universe, Genius chronicles Einstein’s rise from humble origins as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the establishment, to his global celebrity status as the person who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos with his theory of relativity. Delving deeper, the series follows Einstein’s callous emotions with his closest personal relationships, including his children, his two wives, and the various women with whom he has extra-marital affairs. The series is set against an era of global unrest over the course of two world wars. Faced with rising anti-Semitism in Europe, surveillance by spies, and the potential for atomic annihilation, Einstein struggles as a husband and a father, not to mention as a man of principle, even as his own life is put in danger. While his journey is far from easy, Einstein finds hope and inspiration before his death, in the form of a young girl looking to understand the world. As Einstein famously said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
Filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught early in his career, the series also features scientific minds from the turn of the 20th century, including Marie and Pierre Curie, Wilhelm Rontgen, Carl Jung, Werner Heisenberg, and more. Genius premieres globally in April on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Genius is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and co-produced by Anna Culp; showrunner, executive producer and writer is Ken Biller; from OddLot Entertainment, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane are executive producers and Melissa Rucker is co-producer; Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow are also executive producers. Writer Noah Pink, who adapted the series for the screen, is co-executive producer. For National Geographic, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and OddLot Entertainment.
National Geographic is available on a National Free Preview from April 15 – May 15, 2017. Please check local listings. Visit natgeotv.com/ca for show schedules, exclusive clips, interviews, and more.
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Fox 21 Television Studios is a production unit housed within Fox Television Group devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted and unscripted series for all distribution platforms. Fox 21 Television Studios is responsible for the for the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning sensation from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (with FX Productions), the Emmy and Golden Globe winning “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the critically acclaimed “The Americans” (with FX Productions) starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, “Dice,” from Scot Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard, Bruce Rubenstein and Andrew Dice Clay, “Queen of the South,” executive produced by David T. Friendly and Natalie Chaidez, and “Chance” from Kem Nunn, Alexandra Cunningham, Lenny Abrahamson, Michael London, and Brian Grazer. Upcoming series include “Genius” (with Imagine, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow) from Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow, Jeff Cooney, Ken Biller and Noah Pink, “Seven Seconds” from Veena Sud, and Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology, “FEUD: Bette and Joan,” starring Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.
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Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create independently produced feature films, television programs and other original programming. Imagine Entertainment has been honored with more that 60 prestigious awards including 10 Academy Awards and 42 Emmy® awards. Past productions include the Academy Award Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as Grammy Award Best Film winner The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Additional films Get on Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, Liar, Liar, Backdraft, and Parenthood to name a few. Upcoming films include Lowriders, The Dark Tower, and American Made. Television productions include Fox’s Empire and 24 franchise, Nat Geo’s MARS and Breakthrough, NBC’s Parenthood, NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Fox’s and Netflix’s Arrested Development, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Upcoming television productions include Fox’s Shots Fired and Nat Geo’s Genius. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen.
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