Morgan Freeman’s religion doc shatters TV network records

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MORGAN FREEMAN’S new National Geographic documentary exploring religion around the world, set record ratings for the network channel.

According to The Christian Post, 3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries’ premiere, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. It marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the National Geographic US network and its highest total viewership in 2016 to date.

The premiere aired last week Sunday (Apr 3). In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a “digital resurrection.”

The US acts as host and executive producer of National Geographic’s six-part series.

The award-winning Hollywood actor takes viewers on a trip around the world as he explores different cultures and religions in 20 cities. The show, produced by Revelations Entertainment, touts itself as the ultimate quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions that exist in between.

Freeman says he was already firmly planted in his own spirituality, but the show gave him the opportunity to ask questions and interact with different communities.

The actor says it’s important to him what the viewers take away from the series.

“In this situation, we’re hoping that the public at large gets the lesson of the sameness of the human condition,” he said. “We’re not as different as we might think we are, we’re all seeking the same thing and asking the same questions, and basically coming up with the same ideas about who we are, what we are, and where we are going.”

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