Nat Geo to Bring Back 'Genius' for a Second Season

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Nat Geo also announced Race, a new six-episode docuseries from executive producer Jay Z that will explore the legacy of racial injustice in America with a combination of documentary, animation and archival footage.

The cable network has handed out an early second-season renewal to its first scripted drama as part of its upfront slate. The series will air on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. Season two will chronicle the life of another renowned mastermind and tell the untold narrative of the person behind the genius.

Season 2 will again be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television with executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and OddLot Entertainment with executive producer Gigi Pritzker. According to Deadline, the brilliant subject of season two will be revealed in the season one finale on June 20.

On the development side, the network is working on the drama series "The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution". The series hails from Sonar Entertainment with producer and director R.J. Cutler and executive producers Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan.

The Hot Zone, from Scott Free, Fox 21 Television Studios and Obst, is based on the best-seller by Richard Preston and recounts the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus from the central African rain forest to its arrival on US soil. The series comes from Lynda Obst Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios, Scott Free Productions, and executive producers Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Jeff Vintar.

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Continuing with its moves in the scripted arena, National Geographic has lined up three new series in development (all working titles).

The network announced a slate of other programs too, including The Birth of the Pill, a scripted tale about the fight to make birth control available for women; The Hot Zone, an adaptation of the book about a viral outbreak in the suburbs of Washington D.C.; and an untitled documentary series about global leaders from Katie Couric set to debut in 2018.

An untitled series about the origins of National Geographic's first TV documentaries. The Story Of Us With Morgan Freeman will premiere in fall 2017 globally.

Additionally, this year National Geographic will premiere The State from BAFTA- and Golden Globe award-winning writer/director Peter Kosminsky and The Long Road Home from Mike Medavoy, Mikko Alanne, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn.

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