Morgan Freeman Hosting New History Channel Show About Infamous Prison Breaks

by Samantha Whidden
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Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman is hosting a new show on the History Channel about infamous prison breaks. The series is Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman.

According to its IMDb, Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman gives viewers an inside look at the biggest jailbreaks from some of the most notorious prisons in the world. 

“Each episode of Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman will unearth every step of an inmate’s meticulous plan; the escape route; and the intense manhunt that immediately followed,” the History Channel stated. The show is an up-close and personal view of what the prisoners are facing in executing their breakouts. Each episode will feature reenactments of famous prison breaks.

The series’ episodes will feature escapes from famous prisons. This includes Alcatraz, Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY; the HM Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; and the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee.

Freeman’s new series will premiere on Tuesday (November 9th) at 10/9c. The first episode will be able San Fransisco’s Alcatraz.  Starring with Morgan on the episode are Jason Gaines, Rico Fielder, and Tim Tanner. 

Morgan Freeman Talks Traits That Prison Escapes Have In Common

During a recent interview with TV Insider, Morgan Freeman reveals what common traits each of the prison escapee have. “Perseverance and just having the idea. Everybody says, ‘There’s no way out.’ But one day: epiphany!”

While also revealing what escapes made his jaw drop, Freeman said, “The tunneling that went on for El Chapo’s escape. He had a huge amount of money. They had to pinpoint a position under that prison and bore up into his cell and in a shower drain.”

When asked if he ever finds himself cheering on the bad guys, Freeman stated you always root for them. Whenever someone undertakes an impossible task, your fascination grows with each step. So yeah, I think these escapes could be put in terms of heroic.”

In regards to if his new show can help prison inmates break out, Freeman says that’s not the goal. “It’s not like we’re broadcasting a blueprint for prison escapes. But I have to admit, it does say to whoever is interested, it can be done.”

Freeman also told Parade that he doesn’t think the show is glorifying the escapees. “I don’t think we’re trying to glorify them as people. But more just show how human nature works. ”

In regards to what his understanding is of those who escape the famous prisons, Freeman added, “Well, if you’ve been sentenced to most of your life in a small 12 by 12 cell, or the place is barbwires and barred, I think you’ll spend every waking moment trying to figure out how the hell you’re going to get out of there.”

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