National Geographic Channel's record-breaking miniseries "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" has been picked up for a second season, according to reports.
The Emmy-nominated six-part miniseries, which followed the Academy Award-winning actor Freeman as he traveled to 20 cities in seven different countries in a quest to find answers to the mysteries of faith, will get another three episodes, premiering in early 2017, according to Variety.
The second season will explore questions like, "Is there a Chosen One?" and whether one can find proof of a singular deity, and air in 171 countries, in 45 languages, including a Spanish version on Nat Geo Mundo.
"I had quite a journey last season, but not just in miles covered," Freeman, the host as well as the executive producer, told the magazine. "I met incredible people who opened my eyes and my mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking about faith, the world and all of humanity. I barely scratched the surface of what we can learn, and I'm looking forward to continuing this search for the meaning of life and religion and everything in between."
"The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" show site (natgeotv.com/storyofgod) generated 800,000 page views leading up to its premiere in April, resulting in the best night for natgeotv.com and likewise giving the network its best-performing digital show extension to date.
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."
In episode 2 titled "Apocalypse," Freeman sets off "on a journey to find out why so many religions predict an apocalypse, to discover the roots of Judgment Day, how ancient prophecies reverberate today, and to ask whether the end is really what we imagined, or if it's all just in our minds." On his exploration he traveled to New Orleans to speak to survivors of hurricane Katrina and learn how their Christian faith enabled them to overcome hardship and rebuild their community.
The miniseries is in collaboration with Revelations Entertainment and the National Geographic Channel.
In an interview with CBS News, the actor said he hopes for the series to unite people of different religions.
"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."