Netflix's "Bill Nye Saves the World" Will Take On Science Deniers

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - 1:02PM
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - 1:02PM
Netflix's "Bill Nye Saves the World" Will Take On Science Deniers
Bill Nye the Science Guy is getting a "gritty reboot" from Netflix, in a great way. Bill Nye is getting his own science talk show on the streaming service, but instead of a fun, informative, 90s-friendly kids show, we're getting an updated version that actively disputes misinformation from science deniers.

The show will be called "Bill Nye Saves the World," and it has the potential to get controversial. According to the press release (via Collider) each episode "will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry." We can all guess which misinformation they're referring to, but Nye himself has already named climate change, GMOs, and vaccinations as hot-button topics that will be discussed.

Opening quote
"Since the start of the Science Guy show, I've been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science," Nye said. "Today, I'm excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we'll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we'll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we'll change the world a little."
Closing quote

We're completely excited about this. A traditional network probably couldn't get away with such a blatantly political message, but Netflix has a less traditional model and much more leeway to make bold points. Hopefully every episode will be as hilarious as Nye's climate change debate with CNN's conservative panel, and hopefully it will change a few minds.

Bill Nye Saves the World will come out on Netflix in spring 2017.
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