Emmy spotlight: ‘The Story of God with Morgan Freeman’ will shake up Best Informational Series race

National Geographic Channel’s new six-part event series “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” premiered Sunday night to rave reviews. Watch the trailer above. Produced by Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger (the same team that brought us “Through the Wormhole”), this new informational program takes audiences on a journey to answer many of humanity’s biggest riddles: Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen?

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If you missed this hot new contender in the Emmy race for Best Informational Series, don’t worry — you can stream the premiere episode about what happens when we die on the Nat Geo website by logging in with your cable TV provider.

Next week’s second hour is titled, frighteningly, “Apocalypse.” This Sunday at 9 p.m., Freeman investigates why some religious texts (like Christianity’s “Revelation”) and cultures (like the Mayans) predict the end of the world and how it all might ultimately unfold.

Unlike “Through the Wormhole,” narrator/host Freeman dominates this new series by traveling from country to country, meeting people of all faiths and ethnicities. In fact, he’s such a commanding presence throughout the six-episode program that he’ll be hard to beat as Best Narrator come Emmy time.

While this Hollywood legend has five Oscar nominations to his name, including a Best Supporting Actor victory for “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), it would actually be Freeman’s first Emmy bid after a career working mostly in film.

Here’s a look at some of the upcoming episodes of Nat Geo’s “The Story of God”:

“Apocalypse”
Premieres April 10 at 9 p.m.

“Who is God?”
Premieres April 17 at 9 p.m.

“Creation”
Premieres April 24 at 9 p.m.

“Evil”
Premieres May 1 at 9 p.m.

“Miracles”
Premieres May 8 at 9 p.m.

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Photo credit: National Geographic Channel

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