Mary Shelley to Be the Focus of ‘Genius’ Season 3

By June 18, 2018Authors, News, Television
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In 2017, National Geographic launched a new TV series called Genius, which explores the lives of famed historical figures one might well label a genius. The first season followed Albert Einstein, the second Pablo Picasso, and it has now been confirmed that a third season is in the works and will follow the gothic writer Mary Shelley.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” said executive producer Ron Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for.”

“The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic.”

As Deadline reports, an actress has not yet been cast for the role of Shelley but, given the big names the previous seasons have featured, it will be interesting to see who National Geographic selects. The first season starred Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein and the second season saw Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso. Genius quickly became National Geographic’s best performing new series and drew in over 45 million viewers across the world, season three is set to air next year.

Neil Gaiman plans to write another episode of Doctor Who

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Neil Gaiman, one of our absolute favourite writers here at For Reading Addicts, has expressed his continuing desire to write more episodes of the science fiction series Doctor Who.

His last Doctor Who episode was aired in 2013; much to Gaiman’s chagrin his plans to write episode for the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, never came to fruition. Timing and other commitments (namely Good Omens) meant he had no time for Doctor Who.

The lifelong Whovian spoke to Digital Spy: “If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you’re gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top!”

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BBC Books Announces ‘Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived’, a Celebration of All the Great Women Featured in the Hit Show

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Whovians across the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Doctor Who and, given that for the first time in over 50 years, the Doctor has regenerated into a woman, it’s not hard to see why fans are excited. Actress Jodie Whittaker will now portray the time travelling Time Lady and we’re eager to see what sort of adventures await.

While the Doctor himself may have always been male, that’s not to say that the show hasn’t featured plenty of great female characters over the decades. The Doctor usually travels with a female partner who’ve often saved the day when he’s in over his head. To celebrate these strong female characters, BBC Books is publishing a new Doctor Who book called Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords. The book is described as a “beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the remarkable women” featured on the show.
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There’s a Good Omens Teaser and it’s Everything!

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It’s a while now since we brought you the news that Good Omens was to be adapted for television. The novel, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is popular with fans of both authors and is being adapted for Amazon starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and David Morrisey.

Neil Gaiman has been tweeting about the production as filming has continued and now we have a small teaser trailer for you from the filming of the show. Read More

Emily Dickinson Comedy Series Coming to Apple

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Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3) is set to star as Emily Dickinson in a straight-to-series comedy Dickinson. 

The project from Apple draws us into the world of Emily Dickinson and explores the themes of society, gender and family. The series follows Emily as a young writer who feels she doesn’t fit in to her world, and is shown through her imaginative point of view.

Dickinson is the writer’s coming-of-age story and shows her fight to have her voice heard. The comedy is still set in the 1800s, but is being made more accessible through its modern tone and styling.

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Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

Season 6 of OITNB is Coming – and the Trailer is Here!

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The new season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is coming and the release date is announced as 27th July. The Netflix series which follows the life of Piper Chapman and the other prisoners at Lichfield Prison is based on the memoir of the same name, but fans of the memoir and the show will be aware that the show has gone ‘off page’, meaning it’s no longer true to the memoir.

That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer.  Read More



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