The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

Geoffrey Rush Plays Albert Einstein in New TV Series, ‘Genius’

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in "Genius."
Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in Genius. (National Geographic Channel)


National Geographic Channel has really stepped up its game in recent years starting with the 2015 mini-series, Saints & Strangers (about the those who traveled to America aboard the Mayflower) and last year’s underrated Mars (which was half documentary and half fictional story about traveling to the red planet. Now comes Genius, the 10-epsiode limited series about the life of Albert Einstein which premieres on April 25.

Created by Fox 21 Television Studios and executively produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Genius is National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series that stars Geoffrey Rush as the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein. Fox 21 is still basking in the glow of the success of its award-winning mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and hopes to have the same success with this new project.

Genius was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught early in his career. The story begins with the young, imaginative and often rebellious thinker struggling to be recognized by the establishment through his rock star-like celebrity states as the man who came up with the theory of relativity. However, the series doesn’t intend to sugarcoat any aspect of this life and instead, will bring to light his difficulties dealing with those closest to him including his children, his two wives and even his mistresses.

"Genius" - National Geographic Channel
The cast of Genius includes an impressive list of co-stars including Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men and starred in Saints & Strangers) who plays consulate official Raymond Geist, Seth Gabel (Fringe) as close friend Michele Besso, Samantha Colley (Victoria) as a fellow physics student Mileva Maric, T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as J. Edgar Hoover and Emily Watson (The Book Thief) as Einstein’s cousin Elsa of whom he had an affair with. Genius also promises to include a number of other science “superstars” including Marie and Pierre Curie, Wilhelm Rontgen, Carl Jung, Werner Heisenberg among others.

In addition to premiering in America on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m., the limited series will also air in 171 countries and in 45 languages.

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