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Genius: Aretha

On the Set of ‘Genius: Aretha’: How the Anthology Series Brings the Queen of Soul’s Musical Artistry to Screen

“We serve the queen. We don’t serve ourselves,” showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks told The Hollywood Reporter during a January 2020 visit to the Genius: Aretha set in metro Atlanta. But just two months later, production would come to a standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before shooting resumed in September 2020 to complete the remaining three […]

“For Me, the Story Was a Family of Overcoming”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance and the Creators of ‘Genius: Aretha’

Genius: Aretha, as in Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is the latest limited series from Nat Geo to portray the life of a tectonic talent whose gifts, like those of Picasso in a previous season, have yet to be equaled. The eight-part drama jumps back and forth between Franklin’s formative years as a girl-wonder […]