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Malcolm Barrett Genius: Aretha

Timeless vet Malcolm Barrett is getting hitched to one of music’s biggest icons: The actor will co-star in National Geographic’s Aretha Franklin installment of the anthology series Genius as the singer’s first husband and business manager Ted White.

Also joining the cast are Patrice Covington (Broadway’s The Color Purple) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) as Aretha’s sisters Erma and Carolyn, Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals) as Ruth Bowen, the head of a successful black-owned agency, and Sanai Victoria (No Good Nick) as young Aretha.

Genius: Aretha, starring Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Broadway’s The Color Purple) as the legendary singer, will premiere in spring 2020.

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* The BBC has unveiled a teaser trailer for Dracula, its forthcoming adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel that will also be available to stream on Netflix. Scroll down for a preview of the three-part series, which stars Claes Bang (The Affair) as the titular vampire:

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