‘Genius’ Showrunner: ‘Hopefully’ Next Season Will Feature Female Genius

Nat Geo’s “Genius” has gone 2-for-2 featuring European male geniuses — when will the fairer sex get their fair shot? That is a question that came up Saturday at the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel.

“While we certainly intend to and hope to tell stories about women, we didn’t restrict ourselves in that way,” showrunner Ken Biller said in response. “We decided, you know, ‘How do we follow Einstein? What is the next big story we can tell?’”

Albert Einstein was the subject “Genius” Season 1, earning an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for actor Geoffrey Rush. This coming run is about Pablo Picasso, played by Antonio Banderas (pictured above).

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“Because of what history has written, there are a few iconic geniuses in the world that are really undeniable,” Biller continued, citing his first two “geniuses” — and also Leonardo da Vinci, who sounds like a shoe-in for another year. “While at the center of our show we have these iconic figures, we have taken great pains and taken great pleasure, in fact, in exploring the equally brilliant women that surround [them].’”

Still, we can do better here.

“Hopefully for the next season we’ll find a woman to explore,” Biller concluded.

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Ten-part event series “Genius: Picasso” premieres in April on National Geographic Channel.

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Nat Geo’s “Genius” has gone 2-for-2 featuring European male geniuses — when will the fairer sex get their fair shot? That is a question that came up Saturday at the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel.

“While we certainly intend to and hope to tell stories about women, we didn’t restrict ourselves in that way,” showrunner Ken Biller said in response. “We decided, you know, ‘How do we follow Einstein? What is the next big story we can tell?'”

Albert Einstein was the subject “Genius” Season 1, earning an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for actor Geoffrey Rush. This coming run is about Pablo Picasso, played by Antonio Banderas (pictured above).

“Because of what history has written, there are a few iconic geniuses in the world that are really undeniable,” Biller continued, citing his first two “geniuses” — and also Leonardo da Vinci, who sounds like a shoe-in for another year. “While at the center of our show we have these iconic figures, we have taken great pains and taken great pleasure, in fact, in exploring the equally brilliant women that surround [them].'”

Still, we can do better here.

“Hopefully for the next season we’ll find a woman to explore,” Biller concluded.

Ten-part event series “Genius: Picasso” premieres in April on National Geographic Channel.

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Golden Globe Voters Brush Off Geoffrey Rush Accusation, Nominate Him Anyway

So how did Geoffrey Rush score a Golden Globe nomination for playing Albert Einstein in NatGeo’s limited series “Genius” when other Hollywood figures like Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor got the cold shoulder?

In late November, while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was still accepting votes on its annual film and TV nominees, Rush was accused of unspecified misconduct during a 2015 production of “King Lear” mounted at the Sydney Theater Company. “They refused to illuminate me with the details,” an incredulous Rush said last month.

The HFPA did, however, shut out prominent industry figures who have been accused of misconduct in recent weeks. Not only did the HFPA snub past nominees Spacey and Tambor — they also shut out their oft-nominated streaming series, “House of Cards” and “Transparent.”

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“There are clearly different standards when it comes to the nature of these accusations,” said one awards voter of the HFPA nominating Rush.

Indeed, Rush so vehemently denied any misbehavior that he sued Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, argued that the paper had conflated the theater’s statement about a report of “inappropriate behavior” with the suggestion of sexual misconduct. (He apparently objected to headlines like “King Leer.”)

Rush did, however, did temporarily step down as the president of the Australian Film Academy so that the accusations would not distract from the group’s annual awards ceremony.

 

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On Monday, Rush released a brief statement to thank the HFPA for the nomination: “This is good news for Albert Einstein. I believe in science. I also believe in the complexity of humankind. I am honoured to be in the company of fellow nominees who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience,” he said.

That said, the optics of the situation are awkward — unless more information emerges about his case that casts him in a better light. “If I were working with Geoffrey, I wouldn’t advise him to attend the show,” the voter said. “And it’s not likely he’ll win.”

His rep declined to comment for this story.

 

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So how did Geoffrey Rush score a Golden Globe nomination for playing Albert Einstein in NatGeo’s limited series “Genius” when other Hollywood figures like Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor got the cold shoulder?

In late November, while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was still accepting votes on its annual film and TV nominees, Rush was accused of unspecified misconduct during a 2015 production of “King Lear” mounted at the Sydney Theater Company. “They refused to illuminate me with the details,” an incredulous Rush said last month.

The HFPA did, however, shut out prominent industry figures who have been accused of misconduct in recent weeks. Not only did the HFPA snub past nominees Spacey and Tambor — they also shut out their oft-nominated streaming series, “House of Cards” and “Transparent.”

“There are clearly different standards when it comes to the nature of these accusations,” said one awards voter of the HFPA nominating Rush.

Indeed, Rush so vehemently denied any misbehavior that he sued Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, argued that the paper had conflated the theater’s statement about a report of “inappropriate behavior” with the suggestion of sexual misconduct. (He apparently objected to headlines like “King Leer.”)

Rush did, however, did temporarily step down as the president of the Australian Film Academy so that the accusations would not distract from the group’s annual awards ceremony.

 

On Monday, Rush released a brief statement to thank the HFPA for the nomination: “This is good news for Albert Einstein. I believe in science. I also believe in the complexity of humankind. I am honoured to be in the company of fellow nominees who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience,” he said.

That said, the optics of the situation are awkward — unless more information emerges about his case that casts him in a better light. “If I were working with Geoffrey, I wouldn’t advise him to attend the show,” the voter said. “And it’s not likely he’ll win.”

His rep declined to comment for this story.

 

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13 Celebrities Who Married Relatives, From Charles Darwin to Kevin Bacon

Apparently, “most white people are related,” according to Kevin Bacon’s wife Kyra Sedgwick. The Hollywood couple recently learned that they’re distant cousins on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.” This got us wondering if any other celebrity duos have shared heritage.

Albert Einstein

The revered genius married his first cousin Elsa Lowenthal.

Rudy Giuliani 

The former New York mayor married his second cousin once removed, Regina Peruggi.

Jerry Lee Lewis

The rock and roll musician married his first cousin once removed Myra Gale Brown.

David Lean

The “Lawrence of Arabia” director married his first cousin Isabel Lean.

H.G. Wells

The “War of the Worlds” author married his first cousin Isabel Mary Wells.

Charles Darwin 

The famous naturalist married his first cousin Emma Wedgewood.

Thomas Jefferson 

The Founding Father was married to his third cousin Martha Wayles.

Edgar Allan Poe

Renowned poet and writer of mystery and macabre his cousin Virginia Clemm when she was just 13 years-old.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The former U.S. president was married to his fifth cousin once removed, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.

John Kerry

The former U.S. Secretary of State is distant cousins with his now ex-wife Julia Thorne.

Greta Scacchi

The “Presumed Innocent” actress married her first cousin Carlo Mantegazza.

Jesse James

The infamous American outlaw of the Wild West most noted for robbing banks and trains with his brother Frank married his first cousin Zerelda Mimms after a nine-year courtship

Kevin Bacon

The actor and his wife Kyra Sedgwick are ninth cousins once removed, as they learned on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.

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Apparently, “most white people are related,” according to Kevin Bacon’s wife Kyra Sedgwick. The Hollywood couple recently learned that they’re distant cousins on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.” This got us wondering if any other celebrity duos have shared heritage.

Albert Einstein

The revered genius married his first cousin Elsa Lowenthal.

Rudy Giuliani 

The former New York mayor married his second cousin once removed, Regina Peruggi.

Jerry Lee Lewis

The rock and roll musician married his first cousin once removed Myra Gale Brown.

David Lean

The “Lawrence of Arabia” director married his first cousin Isabel Lean.

H.G. Wells

The “War of the Worlds” author married his first cousin Isabel Mary Wells.

Charles Darwin 

The famous naturalist married his first cousin Emma Wedgewood.

Thomas Jefferson 

The Founding Father was married to his third cousin Martha Wayles.

Edgar Allan Poe

Renowned poet and writer of mystery and macabre his cousin Virginia Clemm when she was just 13 years-old.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The former U.S. president was married to his fifth cousin once removed, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.

John Kerry

The former U.S. Secretary of State is distant cousins with his now ex-wife Julia Thorne.

Greta Scacchi

The “Presumed Innocent” actress married her first cousin Carlo Mantegazza.

Jesse James

The infamous American outlaw of the Wild West most noted for robbing banks and trains with his brother Frank married his first cousin Zerelda Mimms after a nine-year courtship

Kevin Bacon

The actor and his wife Kyra Sedgwick are ninth cousins once removed, as they learned on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.

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6 Times Donald Trump Spread Fake News Stories (Photos)

The spread of fake news on social media is a serious problem and CBS News anchor Scott Pelley recently said, “The quickest, most direct way to ruin a democracy is to poison the information.” Well, the President-elect Donald Trump has a habit of spreading fake news.

On Nov. 10, Trump tweeted that post-Election Day protestors were “professional,” but there has been nothing to support that theory.

Back in April, BuzzFeed pointed out Trump’s habit of tweeting fake Albert Einstein quotes.

Trump tweeted a photo implying that a black family attended his campaign rally, but the photo was actually taken at a family reunion, according to BuzzFeed.

Back in February, RedState accused Trump of fabricating a Tom Coburn quote in an attempt to smear then-political rival Ted Cruz.

Trump also accused Cruz’s father of being an associate of the man who killed John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, because of a National Enquirer story.

“I don’t know his father. I met him once. I think he’s a lovely guy,” Trump said once he was the GOP nominee. “All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

Rigged! After saying the election would be rigged for several months, Trump won and still claims “million of people” voted illegally despite no evidence of voter fraud.

The spread of fake news on social media is a serious problem and CBS News anchor Scott Pelley recently said, “The quickest, most direct way to ruin a democracy is to poison the information.” Well, the President-elect Donald Trump has a habit of spreading fake news.

On Nov. 10, Trump tweeted that post-Election Day protestors were “professional,” but there has been nothing to support that theory.

Back in April, BuzzFeed pointed out Trump’s habit of tweeting fake Albert Einstein quotes.

Trump tweeted a photo implying that a black family attended his campaign rally, but the photo was actually taken at a family reunion, according to BuzzFeed.

Back in February, RedState accused Trump of fabricating a Tom Coburn quote in an attempt to smear then-political rival Ted Cruz.

Trump also accused Cruz’s father of being an associate of the man who killed John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, because of a National Enquirer story.

“I don’t know his father. I met him once. I think he’s a lovely guy,” Trump said once he was the GOP nominee. “All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

Rigged! After saying the election would be rigged for several months, Trump won and still claims “million of people” voted illegally despite no evidence of voter fraud.