Nat Geo has the bright idea to renew Genius

2016 Getty Images

2016 Getty Images

Nat Geo's upfront slate also includes docuseries Race With Jay Z as well as a new one from Katie Couric as the joint venture between Nat Geo and Fox also unveiled a new digital initiative, Further Community, to partner with influencers for original stories about travel, culture, science, innovation and wildlife. Present-day stories will be captured via vérité footage of a diverse mix of people from all walks of life in cities across America.

National Geographic announced Wednesday at their upfront presentation that "Genius" has been renewed for a second season before Season 1 has even premiered. Season two will chronicle the life of another renowned mastermind and tell the untold narrative of the person behind the genius. The first season of Genius-which comes from Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Fox 21 Television Studios-focused on Albert Einstein. The network made the announcement at its upfront presentation to advertisers in NY this evening, saying the subject for the series' second season will be revealed during the Season 1 finale June 20. The Birth of the Pill is sub-titled How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution.

The Birth of the Pill is produced by Sonar Entertainment (AMC's The Son) and producer-director Cutler (If I Stay), and will be exec produced by Denise DiNovi (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Alison Greenspan (Unforgettable).

Finally, the network is developing a scripted series based on itself. There's also an untitled Nat Geo project from Marti Noxon's Tiny Pyro Productions (Sharp Objects, UnReal) and writer Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers, Killing Lincoln). It is unclear whether National Geographic will address this contentious issue, but if it does, a biased perspective is likely.

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. "We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them".

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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