The long-awaited Albert Einstein series Genius will finally debut tonight on National Geographic. The 10-episode series, featuring Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, debuts on Tuesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Read on for a preview of the series.
Genius explores the personal side of Einstein and is based on Walter Isaacson’s Einstein, His Life and Universe. It jumps between Einstein’s later years and his time as a younger in a patent office in Bern, Switzerland. The love story of Einstein and his second wife, Elsa Lowenthal, is also featured in the show.
“The story’s very sexy, I mean Einstein was promiscuous,” actor Seth Gabel, who plays Einstein’s friend Michele Besso, told TV Guide. “He was a man who could not be tied down to one woman and he was very honest about that.”
The show’s stellar cast features Rush as the older Einstein and singer/actor Johnny Flynn as a young Einstein. Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock Holmes) stars as Jost Winterler, a professor Einstein lived with in Switzerland and the father of Marie Winteler (Shannon Tarbet in Genius), a woman Einstein fell in love with. Samantha Cooley plays Mileva Maric, Einstein’s first wife. Emily Watson stars as Elsa.
On April 19, Nat Geo renewed Genius for a second season. The subject for season two will be announced during the season finale of the first season.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
TIME: 9 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: National Geographic (To find out which channel NatGeo is for you, click here to go to TVGuide.com. Then, change “Provider” to your cable/satellite provider.)
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: “Chapter One” – “The story of Albert Einstein, starting with flashbacks of his student years in Münich and Zurich in the 1890’s.”
Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein
Johnny Flynn as Young Albert Einstein
Nicholas Rowe as Jost Winteler
Samantha Colley as Mileva Marić
Emily Watson as Elsa Einstein
Jon Fletcher as Marcel Grossmann
Richard Topol as Fritz Haber
Alicia von Rittberg as Anna Winteler
Based on Einstein, His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
Developed by James Hawes, Minkie Spiro, Ron Howard
Written by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller
Executive Producers: Kenneth Biller, Francie Calfo, William M. Connor, Jeff Cooney
Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Gigi Pritzker
Production Companies: EUE/Sokolow; Fox 21 Television Studios; Imagine Entertainment; OddLot Entertainment