PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):
Antonio Banderas grew up in Malaga, Spain, walking by the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso on his way to school as a child. So it felt inevitable that he would one day portray him.
Banderas said he turned down such opportunities before signing up for National Geographic’s “Genius” series, which for its second season will focus on the artist. The first season, with Geoffrey Rush playing Albert Einstein, was a critical and commercial success for Nat Geo.
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The Picasso miniseries debuts on April 24.
Banderas, speaking at a news conference from where the series is being filmed in Budapest, said he’s pleased with the seriousness in which producers have approached the project. They’re exploring the complexities of Picasso’s character, including some messy relationships with women. Picasso died in 1973.
“So far we are very happy, working hard but we have a long way to go,” Banderas said.
No pressure, though.
“If I don’t portray him properly, I may not be able to go back to my hometown,” he said.
A sexual assault scene in an upcoming YouTube drama series was re-shot and revised after a female showrunner joined the project.
Executive producer Lauren LeFranc said Saturday she wanted to focus more closely on the experience of the victim, a 16-year-old played by actress Maddie Hasson in the drama “Impulse.” LeFranc said she wanted to depict the assault as “visceral and real.”
The pilot episode of the upcoming “Impulse” was both shot and revised before the sexual misconduct scandal broke in Hollywood last year, Le Franc said.
The emergence of the anti-misconduct #MeToo movement and the new YouTube drama is a coincidence but one that might draw more viewers to the important subject matter, she said.
Hasson plays a teenager who discovers she is capable of “teleportation” in the sci-fi drama whose executive producers include “Bourne Identity” filmmaker Doug Limon.
YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn’t mean it won’t work with him in the future.
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