As we reported here, Memorial Day 2020 was the original slated premiere date for National Geographic’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ – a four-night miniseries dedicated to the life and times of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
Designed to “explore Franklin’s musical genius, incomparable career, and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world,” the anthology installment was set to be the first-ever authorized limited series about the musical monarch.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, however, the network’s announced a change of plans.
Aretha fans who were looking to catch the made-for-TV flick on their screens tonight (May 25) will have to wait just a little longer:
Starring EMMY, GRAMMY, and TONY-award winning actress Cynthia Erivo as well as EMMY and TONY-award winner Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, and others, the four-night/eight-part series dedicated to the late musical icon has been pushed to a yet-disclosed date this fall. The move will cause the series to miss out on this year’s EMMY eligibility.
The announcement comes two months after ‘Respect’ – the big screen biopic of the late legend’s life led by Academy & GRAMMY-award winner Jennifer Hudson – also pushed its release date back.
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