New TV show from Ellen DeGeneres seeks to find the next Einstein
The comedian's search will air on the HBO Max streaming service, which debuts in 2020.
TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is teaming up with Albert Einstein's estate for a new show called "Finding Einstein." The documentary series, which was announced this week, will look for and honor a new generation of Einsteins. To quote from the show's official description: “Some may be a stone’s throw away …others may be in a tiny village halfway around the world…all of them are motivated to live up to Einstein’s ideal of changing the world for the better.”
The series, which is currently in development, will air on HBO's new streaming service. In total, the 61-year-old comedian will be working on four new shows for the network. “I’m very excited to bring my new shows to HBO Max,” DeGeneres said in a statement. "I don’t know who Max is, but I can’t wait to work with him.”
HBO Max joins a crowded marketplace of high-end streaming services. In addition to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, the Walt Disney Company and Apple are both set to launch their own streaming services in November. The Disney service includes films from the highly popular Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel cinematic universes. Each streaming service is trying to lock down high-end names – Oprah Winfrey is working on a show for Apple – in an attempt to highlight the unique content they will be bringing to the table. NBC's just-announced Peacock streaming service and HBO Max are both set to launch in 2020.
DeGeneres' show marks just the latest pop culture installment related to Einstein's legacy. Einstein-philes celebrated what would have been the famed physicist's 140th birthday earlier this year, an event that drew international attention and rode a wave of renewed interest in the world's favorite genius. There was 2017's "Genius" miniseries on National Geographic starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein. The series was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards. Last year, bestselling author James Patterson launched a new young adult novel series called "Max Einstein," which follows the exploits of a modern-day genius. Like DeGeneres' new show, both the NatGeo series and the Patterson books were blessed by the official Albert Einstein Archives, which are based in Israel.
When Einstein passed away in 1955, he bequeathed his personal and scientific writings to Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a school that Einstein helped establish in the first part of the 20th century. He served on the school's original Board of Governors. Plans are currently underway for a multi-story Einstein museum on the campus, which will be open to the public. One of the people helping with that project is Shuki Levy, the co-creator of the "Power Rangers."
More than sixty years after his passing, the fascination with the scientist remains. “Einstein's face is the most recognizable face worldwide,” said Hanoch Gutfreund, the former president of Hebrew University and the director of the Albert Einstein Archives. "The interest in Einstein does not fade into history. If anything, if one can say anything about this, the interest in Einstein increases with time. It's greater now."
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