A&E is headed back behind locked bars. Today, the network announced they’ve ordered two more seasons of the series 60 Days In.
The unscripted show places volunteers into a real correctional facility for 60 days in order to pinpoint problems within the system. The new seasons will explore Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail, which holds “five times the number of inmates as previous seasons, rampant drug problems, a powerful gang population and the constant threat of violence, innocent participants plunge deeper into this dangerous world of incarceration.”
60 Days In: Atlanta premieres on A&E on March 2nd at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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New York, NY—January 30, 2017—A&E Network’s hit series “60 Days In” enters Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail for two new explosive seasons at one of the most dangerous facilities in the country. With five times the number of inmates as previous seasons, rampant drug problems, a powerful gang population and the constant threat of violence, innocent participants plunge deeper into this dangerous world of incarceration. The two groups of participants were shot in back-to-back phases and will air over two seasons. The highly anticipated third season will consist of nine undercover participants who enter the program to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system. “60 Days In” was cable’s #1 unscripted crime series in 2016 among adults 25-54, 18-49 and total viewers in Live+7 viewing. Produced by Lucky 8 TV, “60 Days In: Atlanta” premieres Thursday, March 2 at 9PM ET/PT on A&E.
The Fulton County Jail, led by Chief Jailer Colonel Mark C. Adger, is plagued with rival gangs, drugs, and corruption. After learning about the tremendous success of the previous undercover programs in Clark County, Indiana, Colonel Adger, decided to use innocent civilians to help him expose the root of these issues, while providing an unbiased perspective of life inside his facility.
The participants who infiltrate the jail this season include a special education teacher who works with at risk youth, a man who believes that the system has failed African Americans and wants to help fight discrimination, a former corrections officer who wants to see what it is like when the roles are reversed, a woman who met her husband while he was incarcerated and hopes to understand his institutionalized behavior, a Marine with law enforcement aspirations and others.
Unlike previous seasons, male and female participants will be separated in two different facilities; men will be housed in the main campus where they share a cell with one other inmate, while females will be in cell-bunk form with seven other inmates. The participants are on lockdown with their cell mates for over 15 hours a day and face immense pressure to fit in or risk being the target of threats, violence or their having covers blown.
“60 Days In: Atlanta” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 TV are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan, Isaac Holub and Kelly McClurkin. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, and Brad Holcman. The 60 Days In series has been embraced in over 100 territories worldwide on A&E and Crime + Investigation™.”
What do you think? Have you seen 60 Days In? Will you watch the new season?