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TV News Roundup: Emily Watson Joins Geoffrey Rush in NatGeo’s ‘Genius’

In today’s TV news roundup, Emily Watson joins the cast of National Geographic’s upcoming series “Genius,” and Yvonne Strahovski joins Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

CASTING

Emily Watson (pictured) has been cast in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming anthology series “Genius” from executive producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo. “Genius,” which marks the network’s first-ever scripted series, examines the world’s most brilliant innovators with the first season telling the story of Albert Einstein. Previously announced, Geoffrey Rush will play Einstein, and Watson will play his second wife and first cousin, Elsa. Also announced today are additional cast members Michael McElhattonSeth GabelSamantha ColleyRichard Topol and Vincent Kartheiser.

Yvonne Strahavski has been cast in Hulu’s upcoming series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She will play Serena Joy, wife of Commander Waterford, played by Joseph Fiennes. The series, which is set to launch in 2017, also stars “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss and “Orange Is the New Black’s” Samira Wiley.

BEHIND THE CAMERA

David Boyd has signed on to direct and produce Spike’s new scripted series “The Mist,” based on the Stephen King novella of the same name. Boyd credits include “Friday Night Lights” and “The Walking Dead.” Premiering in 2017, “The Mist” stars Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy and Alyssa Sutherland.

DATES

The world television premiere of the Anthony Weiner documentary “Weiner” will premiere on Showtime Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. Directed and produced by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, “Weiner” follows the sexting scandals of former congressman, and the effects the controversy had and continues to have on his family. The film, which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize.

AWARDS

The Television Academy announced the juried award winners for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for the 68th annual Emmy Awards. This year’s winners include: Jason Kolowski for “Adventure Time: Bad Jubies” (Cartoon Network); Tom Herpich for “Adventure Time: Stakes Pt. 8 The Dark Cloud” (Cartoon Network); Jason Carpenter for “He Named Me Malala” (National Geographic Channel); Chris Tsirgioti for “Long Live The Royals: Punk Show” (Cartoon Network); and Scott DaRos for “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship” (Adult Swim). The juried awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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