‘The Story of God with Morgan Freeman’: Will it shake up Emmy race for Best Informational Program?

“I have always been fascinated by God,” says producer/host Morgan Freeman in the promo for National Geographic Channel’s “The Story of God” (watch above). Produced by Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger — the same team that brought us “Through the Wormhole” — this series took audiences on a journey to answer many of humanity’s biggest riddles: Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen? And audiences were hooked. “The Story of God” became Nat Geo’s most-watched series of all time, earning a Season 2 pickup and an Emmy nomination for Best Informational Program.

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“The Story of God” competes against “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “Inside the Actors Studio,” “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” and “Vice” at the Emmy Awards this year. While Bourdain’s CNN program has won this category three years in a row, there were ties in both 2013 (with “Inside the Actors Studio”) and 2014 (with “Vice”). Might Emmy voters be looking to reward something new this year? If so, Freeman’s star power could bring special attention to “The Story of God.”

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While Freeman is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, he has yet to take home an Emmy despite two previous nominations as an executive producer of “Through the Wormhole”: Best Documentary/Nonfiction Series (2013) and Best Informational Program (2014). However, he previously won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) so his mantel isn’t completely empty.

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