National Geographic and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo reveal highly anticipated premiere date and new trailer for the Emmy award-winning anthology series, GENIUS: Aretha. The third season of the limited series starring Erivo as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will premiere with two episodes over four consecutive nights beginning March 21st to National Geographic with episodes available next day on Hulu.
Watch the official trailer below:
GENIUS: Aretha will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. The show’s premiere date was announced during the network’s TCA session, which is significant in celebrating the legendary songstress, Aretha Franklin’s birthday.
National Geographic’s critically acclaimed anthology series, GENIUS, dramatizes the captivating stories of the world’s most brilliant pioneers and their tremendous achievements. The anthology series explores innovative creators often volatile, impassioned and complex personal relationships on the way to achieving success.
This third season follows Franklin’s unparalleled career, musical genius and immeasurable impact and long-lasting influence she has left on music and culture across the world. Aretha Franklin left behind a legacy of success as a gospel prodigy, outspoken civil rights leader and arguably the greatest singer of the past 50 years, having received countless honors throughout her career.
The network’s ongoing podcast series, The Making Of, also released the first of three special behind the scenes GENIUS: Aretha themed episode for fans of the series. The specially crafted podcast episodes feature in-depth interviews with individuals who work in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the show. The latest episode features the show’s cinematographer Kevin McKnight, costume designer Jennifer Bryan and choreographer Dondraico Johnson. The three discuss the process of recreating and honoring the iconic moments of Aretha Franklin’s life that will be covered within the limited series. The podcast, hosted by entertainment journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt, is to stream on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and more podcasting platforms.
GENIUS: Aretha premieres March 21 at 9/8c to National Geographic. All of the eight episodes in the season will be available to stream by Thursday, March 25 on Hulu.
Check out an exclusive list of episodes and descriptions for the series below:
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