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Courtney B. Vance returns to the courtroom for an all-new role.

AMC has announcement that Vance will play a public defender in the upcoming courtroom drama 61st Street. The series, which comes from the BAFTA winner Pierre Moffat, follows Tosin Cole as Moses Johnson, a “promising black high school athlete who gets dragged into Chicago’s infamously corrupt criminal justice system”. Vance will play Franklin Roberts, the attorney who takes on Johnson’s case and hopes to “turn the entire Chicago justice system upside down.” A premiere date for 61st Street has not been announced.

In other news, Morgan FREEMAN stay reserved and busy. The History channel unveiled the first trailer for Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman, a new series animated and produced by the Oscar-winning actor. The eight-episode series features some of the greatest prison escapes in history, including escapes from Alcatraz; Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York; and HM Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman premieres Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Freeman landed a role opposite Cole Hauser in the upcoming action thriller Muti, Deadline has learned. The film follows Hauser as Detective Boyd, a man who is still dealing with the death of his daughter while going “in search of a serial killer who murders according to a brutal tribal ritual: Muti.” Freeman will play Professor Mackles, the “one man who can help Boyd.” A release date for Muti has not been announced.

Finally, Angela Bassette and Courtney B. Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions have teamed up with MTV Entertainment Studios for A Thousand Years of Slavery, a new documentary series exploring the “legacy of slavery” that focuses on the personal experiences of black people. The four-part series will air at a later date on the Smithsonian Channel.

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