Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha Series To Focus On Franklin’s Faith and Activism
Director: Anthony Hemingway
National Geographic and double Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo (HARRIET, THE COLOR PURPLE) revealed today the highly anticipated premiere date and official series trailer for the multiple Emmy award-winning series GENIUS: ARETHA. The third season will premiere in the U.S. on National Geographic with double-stacked episodes over four consecutive nights, beginning Sunday, March 21, at 9/8c with episodes available next day on Hulu, culminating in a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s birthday, with all eight episodes available to stream by Thursday, March 25.
GENIUS is National Geographic’s critically acclaimed anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators and their extraordinary achievements with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. This third season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. The legendary singer is one of the world’s best selling musical artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold globally during her career. GENIUS: ARETHA will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.
The limited series stars Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and Courtney B. Vance as C.L. Franklin. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard serve as Executive Producers along with Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Anthony Hemingway as Executive Producer/Director. Legendary hit record-producer and long-time collaborator with Aretha, Clive Davis also serves as Executive Producer on the series.