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February 8, 2020 7:33 pm  #1

Nat Geo Offers First Look At Next Genius: "Aretha Franklin"

So far, the Genius series has done Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. But the next installment, coming May 25th in the U.S. (not sure about other countries just yet) features the multi-part story of Aretha Franklin.

The first teaser has been released, but I feel sorry for the actress playing the lead. Don't know a lot about Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, but there's rarely an upside to playing such a famous and well known figure. Hopefully, she nails it but it's a challenging role to take on.

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February 8, 2020 9:32 pm  #2

Re: Nat Geo Offers First Look At Next Genius: "Aretha Franklin"

No doubt that all the honors and prestige earned by Aretha are well deserved.  I do hope that the TV story does well.  Given the wide range of music that showed up, courtesy of AFRTS, to my Far East Network station in far north Japan in '61-'62, the presence of a couple tracks from Aretha's Columbia days introduced me to her early on in her career.   I can't add any more plaudits to her numerous honors and recognition other than to say "Amen!!"


August 4, 2020 9:51 am  #3

Re: Nat Geo Offers First Look At Next Genius: "Aretha Franklin"

I was wondering whatever happened to this limited series, which was supposed to air on the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. (and likely Canada.) But COVID brought an end to filming and it turns out, they still haven't finished casting the entire thing, so it could be a long while before we ever get to see this. Still, some scenes have been shot and they've put out a special in-production reel to prove the program is still on its way. It gives a small glimpse of what you'll be seeing - probably later rather than sooner. 

‘Genius: Aretha’ Doesn’t Know When COVID-19 Halted Atlanta Production Will Resume; Music Exec Clive Davis Not Cast Yet

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February 9, 2021 4:59 pm  #4

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It has been a very long time since this thread first went up. (As an example, the word COVID had not quite been coined yet when this was originally posted.) But finally, Nat Geo has scheduled the long awaited show about the life of The Queen of Soul. I will definitely be watching when it debuts in March. 

And you won't have to wait long to see the entire thing. 

Genius: Aretha Gets New Premiere Date, Episodes to Roll Out Across One Week

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