‘Genius’ Renewed as Nat Geo Adds Docuseries From Jay Z, Katie Couric

Genius is off to a intelligent start during National Geographic.

The wire network has handed out an early second-season renovation to a initial scripted play as partial of a upfront slate. The pickup for a anthology comes days forward of a Apr 25 array debut. The thesis of a sophomore run will be denounced Jun 20 during a show’s deteriorate finale.

Nat Geo’s upfront line-up also includes docuseries Race With Jay Z as good as a new one from Katie Couric as a corner try between Nat Geo and Fox also denounced a new digital initiative, Further Community, to partner with influencers for strange stories about travel, culture, science, creation and wildlife. Key participants embody photojournalists Cory Richards, David Guttenfelder and Ami Vitale as good as edition partners a Skimm, Atlas Obscura and Mashable.

“National Geographic Partners is building accelerating movement as we continue to innovate during a forefront of a storytelling limit — from scripted to live, amicable care to 360-degree experiences, we are doubling down on delivering stories that matter, stories that flourishing millions of consumers are joining with opposite inclination and platforms,” pronounced National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore. “We’ve strengthened a code clarification of storytelling in a reward space and we’re relentlessly looking for new ways to bond with consumers.”

Race With Jay Z marks a third docuseries from a rapper-producer and The Weinstein Co. and initial outward of Spike/Paramount Network. The plan will try how foe has turn a many dire emanate in a republic in a arise of a presidential election. (Jay Z and TWC recently sole a Trayvon Martin docuseries to Paramount Network following a success of their initial outing, Time: The Kalief Broder Story.)

“With a change to big, bold, reward programming, National Geographic has now turn a port-of-call for a world’s best storytellers as evidenced by a artistic talent behind a upfront slate,” pronounced Nat Geo CEO Courteney Monroe. “They share a relentless passion for revelation stories that breakthrough and matter and a organisation faith that interesting and intelligent are not jointly exclusive.” 

The untitled Couric docuseries is a follow-up to Gender Revolution and explores some of a many taboo, domestic and quarrelsome topics as she travels opposite America to empty misunderstandings and enthuse review around subjects including religion, mental health, sexuality, income and some-more over 6 episodes.

“We are specifying National Geographic in a marketplace by solidifying a station as a premier media association with a flawlessness and purpose to strech and bond with a extended audience,” Nat Geo exec vp sales Brendan Ripp said. “We are revelation stories from a tellurian angle that will assistance daub into passion, drive, oddity and innovation, bringing us closer to a readers, users and viewers, and permitting for deeper partnership experiences.”

Here’s a demeanour during a residue of Nat Geo’s upfront slate:

Unscripted series

The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman (Revelations Entertainment)

The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman uncovers a elemental army that keep a societies together and reveals a common amiability that lies inside any one of us. Morgan Freeman goes on a tellurian biography to accommodate people from all cultures whose lives are made in startling ways by opposite elemental primal army from love, faith and energy to fight peace, rebellion and freedom.

American High School (All3 Media International America)

Filmed over a march of one year during a infancy African-American high propagandize in South Carolina, this array follows students as they ready for a successive step in life. From Friday night football games to dates during a diner, comparison promenade and graduation, a uncover captures life-changing moments via these teenagers’ tour to adulthood. American High School depicts high propagandize as you’ve never seen it before with singular discernment into how it unequivocally feels to be immature and black in America today.

One Strange Rock (Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures)

National Geographic Channel and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky join army on an epic, cinematic eventuality series, One Strange Rock, a mind-bending stirring tour that explores a infirmity and consternation of Planet Earth, one of a strangest, many singular places in a whole universe. This 10-part array boasts 100 weeks of filming around a universe and from outdoor space, regulating innovative micro- and macro-photography record to move cameras where they’ve never been before.

Chain of Command (National Geographic Studios)

In this new eight-part documentary series, Chain of Command documents a new goal in Afghanistan as it unfolds over one full year. Cameras constraint play in genuine time with a lens on a Pentagon with Gen. Joe Dunford and a Joint Chiefs of Staff and a terrain with special operations troops.

Dian Fossey: Secrets in a Mist (Tigress Productions)

From Academy Award-winning executive writer James Marsh (Man on Wire, The Theory of Everything) and Tigress Productions, partial of Endemol Shine Group, a three-part special Dian Fossey: Secrets in a Mist will respect a life and groundbreaking bequest of chimpanzee researcher Dian Fossey. Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Academy Award and leader of a Golden Globe for her description of Fossey in a 1988 film Gorillas in a Mist, will narrate. With disdainful entrance to over 40 hours of singular and formerly secret film footage of Fossey and her pioneering examine with gorillas, a array will exhibit new insights into her life and work.

Feature Docs

Okavango (National Geographic Society)

Like a violence heart, a upsurge of a Okavango River pumps life into southern Africa. The annual good inundate carries H2O from a apart highlands of Angola, by Namibia and into a Okavango Delta, bringing a emigration of Africa’s many iconic class along with it. However, this inexperienced H2O is underneath encircle due to augmenting pressures put on it by tellurian activity to a north. Okavango reveals an insinuate demeanour during a organisation of people that are holding a really kick of Africa’s final remaining wetland wilderness. Follow National Geographic path-finder Steve Boyes as he leads a 1,500-mile expedition, tracing a H2O in Botswana’s Okavango Delta from a source in a Angolan highlands in hopes to get an bargain of a state of health of a stream and what we can do to strengthen this primitive forest for destiny generations.

Princess Diana: The Lost Tapes (1895 Films)

Princess Diana lived her life in front of a cameras. Now, on a 20th anniversary of her black genocide in 1997, revisit her romantic tour from childhood by her hilly matrimony to Prince Charles and successive presentation as a renouned ‘People’s Princess.’ From Peabody award-winning writer Tom Jennings, this touching reverence relies only on archival footage and recordings to try her surpassing impact on a universe and on a destiny of Britain’s monarchy.

Jane (National Geographic Studios Public Road Productions)

Brett Morgen, “the heading insubordinate of American documentary film,” according to The Wall Street Journal, will direct, furnish and write a untitled underline biopic about a world’s many dear primatologist — Dr. Jane Goodall. Known for a Emmy-nominated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and a Academy Award-nominated film On a Ropes, a idealist executive will pull on recently rediscovered repository film from Dr. Goodall’s early examine during Gombe National Park in Tanzania during a 1960s. More than 250 hours of 16mm film have been unclosed to emanate a constrained and insinuate story about how insubordinate examine incited this nonconformist into one of a legends of complicated science.

Returning series

Genius Season 2: (Imagine Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Fox 21 Television Studios)


Season one of a scripted anthology array Genius focused on a life of a 20th century idol Albert Einstein. The tellurian eventuality array explores both a shining artist’s veteran achievements and a formidable infinite account of his personal life. And now, a tellurian anthology array has been strictly renewed for a second season, with a season-two Genius set to be denounced in a season-one culmination on Jun 20.

MARS Season 2 (Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia)

Of all a planets in a solar system, zero has prisoner a common imagination like Mars. Last season, viewers followed a initial tellurian goal to Mars, set in 2033, as a organisation struggled to safely land on and emanate an initial settlement. In deteriorate two, we lapse to Mars years after once a astronauts have determined a bone-fide colony. But by this point, the International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF) — a multi-government sponsored space organisation — can't continue to only financial a Mars expedition, so a doors of event have swung far-reaching open to a private sector. Tensions arise among strange mission-driven scientists and miners sent by a for-profit corporation. Throughout 6 intriguing episodes, MARS examines a impact that humans have on a Red Planet — and a impact it has on us. Tracing a stirring query to make Mars home, National Geographic blends cinema-quality scripted play set in a destiny with documentary sequences that facilities stream space-technology pioneers.

Explorer (National Geographic Studios)

National Geographic’s long-running, critically acclaimed array Explorer has represented a best of a network for some-more than 3 decades. In 2016, Explorer returned as a weekly array in a newly reimagined format, blending courageous margin pieces, roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews in a delay of a show’s bequest of pulling a bounds of journalism. The array opens a window on dark tools of a world, unlocking mysteries both ancient and modern, to examine stories of science, inlet and culture.

Life Below Zero Season 5 (BBC Worldwide)


Life Below Zero follows a lives of imperishable people vital keep lifestyles in remote areas of Alaska as they dauntless a wintry winter temperatures and a indirect open mangle up. Each day brings sleet and dropping temperatures, forcing even a many seasoned brush dwellers to ready before a land freezes around them. With resources shrinking and illumination fading, they contingency risk it all to urge their selected life in a wilds of a Alaskan bush. 

StarTalk Season 3 (Curved Light Productions and National Geographic Studios)


National Geographic’s two-time Emmy-nominated array StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson earnings this tumble with 20 all-new episodes. StarTalk, a hourlong, weekly, science-driven talk-show series, is subsequent from Tyson’s renouned podcast of a same name. Each radio part facilities an insinuate talk between Tyson and a guest hewn from cocktail culture, politics or news, deliberating how scholarship and record have influenced their lives and careers. The new deteriorate will embody Hidden Figures star Janelle Monáe and executive Ted Melfi, cyclist Lance Armstrong, basketball fable Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and conservationist Fabien Cousteau.

Wicked Tuna Wicked Tuna Outer Banks (Pilgrim Media Group)


National Geographic Channels’ strike array Wicked Tuna is behind with an all-new deteriorate of play on a high seas. The array follows a organisation of tainted blurb fishermen from a nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Mass., who make their vital by rod-and-reel fishing in office of a bluefin tuna. One locate can move in as most as $20,000, and with that most income on a line, any captain is fighting to be a best in a fleet. The captains will conflict a bluefin, a elements and any other, and during a finish of a season, one vessel will come out on top. And after this year, a renouned spinoff Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks will return. Now entering a fourth season, Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks follows a movement as a tip captains in Gloucester transport south to locate bluefin in a dangerous waters off a seashore of North Carolina. In further to a unpredictable, fraudulent conditions, a Gloucester captains will have to contend with foe from gifted locals who will stop during zero to kick them to a catch. 

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