‘Genius: Aretha’ Trailer Gives Sneak Peek to Upcoming Season

A premiere date has officially been announced for the third installment of National Geographic’s award winning anthology series “Genius,” and a new trailer for the upcoming season has been released.

This installment of “Genius” will explore the late Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and career, and the huge impact and lasting influence she had on music and culture. Two-time Academy-Award nominee Cynthia Erivo will star as the Queen of Soul.

“Genius: Aretha” will premiere on Sunday, March 21 at 9/8c, National Geographic announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The eight-episode season will air two episodes over four consecutive nights, and then all episodes will be available to stream on Hulu on Thursday March 25, Aretha Franklin‘s birthday.

 “Genius: Aretha” is produced by 20th Television and Imagine Entertainment. Imagine has partnered with Warner Music Entertainment for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Pulitzer Prize recipient, MacArthur “Genius” grant receiver and Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks is showrunner, executive producer and lead writer. Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award winner Anthony Hemingway will also executive produce and serve as director. Legendary hit-record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman are executive producers.