Why Antonio Banderas Was Reluctant To Portray Iconic Painter For ‘Genius: Picasso’ — Tribeca Studio

Catching the first season of National Geographic’s Genius—starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein—Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor Antonio Banderas found what he considered “quality television,” not knowing at the …

Catching the first season of National Geographic’s Genius—starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein—Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor Antonio Banderas found what he considered “quality television,” not knowing at the time that the series from Ron Howard and Kenneth Biller would turn to Spanish painter Pablo Picasso for Season 2. “It taught me a lot of things about somebody that I thought I knew a lot about. In reality, I knew nothing about [Einstein’s] personal life…

‘Genius 3’ Renewed By Nat Geo, Season 3 Subject Revealed – Upfront

National Geographic has renewed scripted anthology series Genius for a third season and has revealed that iconic literary figure Mary Shelley, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, will be its subject. The network made the announcement at the conclusion of its upfront Wednesday in New York City.
Mary Shelley will follow brilliant physicist Albert Einstein, who was at the center of Season 1, and famous artist Pablo Picasso, who was the…

National Geographic has renewed scripted anthology series Genius for a third season and has revealed that iconic literary figure Mary Shelley, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, will be its subject. The network made the announcement at the conclusion of its upfront Wednesday in New York City. Mary Shelley will follow brilliant physicist Albert Einstein, who was at the center of Season 1, and famous artist Pablo Picasso, who was the…

Nat Geo Orders Two New Docuseries, Acquires ‘Science Fair’ Documentary, More – Upfront

Nat Geo today announced the greenlight of new docuseries Chain of Command about the Secret Service and In Their Own Words, from Tom Jennings. In addition, Nat Geo announced the acquisition of Sundance and SXSW-winning feature documentary Science Fair, new live events Brain Games Live and Yellowstone Live, and two new specials, Mission To The Sun, which will document NASA’s first mission to the sun, and Apollo 50th Anniversary, leading into the 50th anniversary of the…

Nat Geo today announced the greenlight of new docuseries Chain of Command about the Secret Service and In Their Own Words, from Tom Jennings. In addition, Nat Geo announced the acquisition of Sundance and SXSW-winning feature documentary Science Fair, new live events Brain Games Live and Yellowstone Live, and two new specials, Mission To The Sun, which will document NASA’s first mission to the sun, and Apollo 50th Anniversary, leading into the 50th anniversary of the…

Nat Geo Greenlights Ebola Drama Series From Ridley Scott, Sets 3 Development Projects

Nat Geo has picked up The Hot Zone, a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race, from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.
The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of Ebola, a deadly and highly infectious virus from the central African rainforest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in…

Nat Geo has picked up The Hot Zone, a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race, from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios. The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of Ebola, a deadly and highly infectious virus from the central African rainforest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in…

Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, Steve Zahn to Star on Nat Geo’s ‘Valley of the Boom’ Miniseries

Nat Geo has cast Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Steve Zahn as the stars of its six-part limited series “Valley of the Boom,” which is set in Silicon Valley during the ’90s tech bubble.

Additionally, John Karna will play Marc Andreessen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Plus, Dakota Shapiro and Oliver Cooper play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com — one of the very first social networking sites — out of their dorm room.

The 2019 miniseries hails from Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington and STXtv. Other executive producers include Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic and David Walpert. David Newsom, Gary Goldman and Joel Ehninger are set to co-executive produce.

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“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” added Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

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Nat Geo has cast Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Steve Zahn as the stars of its six-part limited series “Valley of the Boom,” which is set in Silicon Valley during the ’90s tech bubble.

Additionally, John Karna will play Marc Andreessen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Plus, Dakota Shapiro and Oliver Cooper play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com — one of the very first social networking sites — out of their dorm room.

The 2019 miniseries hails from Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington and STXtv. Other executive producers include Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic and David Walpert. David Newsom, Gary Goldman and Joel Ehninger are set to co-executive produce.

“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” added Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

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‘Valley Of The Boom’: Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn & Lamorne Norris To Star In Nat Geo’s Silicon Valley-Themed Limited Series

Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (Get Out, The West Wing) Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes, ABC’s The Crossing) and Lamorne Norris (Game Night, New Girl) are set to star in Valley of the Boom, National Geographic’s six-part limited series about the ’90s tech bubble, from showrunner and director Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), executive producer Arianna Huffington and STXtv.
Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands…

Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (Get Out, The West Wing) Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes, ABC's The Crossing) and Lamorne Norris (Game Night, New Girl) are set to star in Valley of the Boom, National Geographic’s six-part limited series about the ’90s tech bubble, from showrunner and director Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), executive producer Arianna Huffington and STXtv. Silicon Valley spawned some of the world's most influential people and recognizable brands…

RIP Stephen Hawking: Discovery, Science Channel Set Tributes (Exclusive)

Legendary physicist and pop culture icon Stephen Hawking died early this morning, and TV networks are already planning tributes in his honor.

TheWrap has learned exclusively that Discovery Channel and Science Channel will be airing their Hawking-centric programs over the next several days, including primetime presentations of the Emmy-nominated “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” and “Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design.”

The networks will also be offering Hawking-related programs on their respective multiplatform apps, Discovery Go and Science Go, which are free to viewers who subscribe to the channels.

“One of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, Stephen Hawking epitomized the missions of Discovery and Science Channel,” said Nancy Daniels, Discovery and Factual’s chief brand officer. “He was also no stranger to the networks, having participated in numerous projects for us, including ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,’ which was nominated for two Emmys. Having accomplished so much, we are pleased to join in celebrating his remarkable life.”

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Competitor National Geographic Channel will also mark Hawking’s passing by making his appearance on “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” one of his final interviews, available for free on NatGeo.com, YouTube, Facebook, as well as Hulu. The episode aired last week as part of the season finale. It will run online commercial free.

See the full list of Discovery and Science’s planned Hawking-related programming below.

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Discovery Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 9-11am and Saturday, March 17, 8-11pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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Science Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 3-5am and Friday, March 16, 4-7pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 5am): This 60-minute special delves into the subjects of stem cells, both embryonic and adult, to explore what these wondrous and baffling mechanisms are capable of. Hawking leads the exploration of what exactly stem cells are and if they are the key to our future or a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate?

“Did God Create the Universe?” (Thursday, March 15, 9am): Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Is there a god who created and controls the universe in which we live? To answer this controversial and age-old question, Hawking takes us on a journey through humanity’s history of appraising our place in the Universe – from Vikings facing down eclipses to the laws of modern cosmology.

“Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): In this major series, Hawking presents his unique vision of the future by calling a summit of the world’s most forward thinking contemporary scientists in order to identify the innovations that will have the most impact in years to come.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Friday, March 16, 7-11pm): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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Legendary physicist and pop culture icon Stephen Hawking died early this morning, and TV networks are already planning tributes in his honor.

TheWrap has learned exclusively that Discovery Channel and Science Channel will be airing their Hawking-centric programs over the next several days, including primetime presentations of the Emmy-nominated “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” and “Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design.”

The networks will also be offering Hawking-related programs on their respective multiplatform apps, Discovery Go and Science Go, which are free to viewers who subscribe to the channels.

“One of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, Stephen Hawking epitomized the missions of Discovery and Science Channel,” said Nancy Daniels, Discovery and Factual’s chief brand officer. “He was also no stranger to the networks, having participated in numerous projects for us, including ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,’ which was nominated for two Emmys. Having accomplished so much, we are pleased to join in celebrating his remarkable life.”

Competitor National Geographic Channel will also mark Hawking’s passing by making his appearance on “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” one of his final interviews, available for free on NatGeo.com, YouTube, Facebook, as well as Hulu. The episode aired last week as part of the season finale. It will run online commercial free.

See the full list of Discovery and Science’s planned Hawking-related programming below.

Discovery Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 9-11am and Saturday, March 17, 8-11pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

Science Channel
“Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 3-5am and Friday, March 16, 4-7pm): The Emmy nominated mini-series presented the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before.

“Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking” (Thursday, March 15, 5am): This 60-minute special delves into the subjects of stem cells, both embryonic and adult, to explore what these wondrous and baffling mechanisms are capable of. Hawking leads the exploration of what exactly stem cells are and if they are the key to our future or a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate?

“Did God Create the Universe?” (Thursday, March 15, 9am): Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Is there a god who created and controls the universe in which we live? To answer this controversial and age-old question, Hawking takes us on a journey through humanity’s history of appraising our place in the Universe – from Vikings facing down eclipses to the laws of modern cosmology.

“Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World” (Thursday, March 15, 6-9am): In this major series, Hawking presents his unique vision of the future by calling a summit of the world’s most forward thinking contemporary scientists in order to identify the innovations that will have the most impact in years to come.

“Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” (Friday, March 16, 7-11pm): Hawking addresses three more of the most contentious issues that surround scientific understanding. Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? And what he regards as the key to the cosmos: the Theory of Everything. Is science incompatible with religion?

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