New Cosmos Show Will Expand On Sagan Classic
Carl Sagan's groundbreaking Cosmos (1980) sought to expose a television audience to space science and the history of our universe through an accessible and interesting package. Accessible, exciting, and personal. These same characteristics are guiding a revamped and expanded version of the series called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, starring beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. To ensure its visibility and reach to a mass audience who might never have sought out such programming, none other than Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane has secured the show's primetime slot on the Fox network.
33 years of advancements in computer graphics are guaranteed to add some remarkable visuals to the mix, perhaps a step above the cardboard dinosaurs featured in the original (not that there's anything wrong with cardboard dinosaurs!). And as for making an endless barrage of gas, rock, and fire personal to the viewer, Tyson tells reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego that as self-reflecting organisms, we are in a constant search for the meaning of our existence in relation to our environment. "It's the science of the day that gives us knowledge about how to think about our place in the universe."
So whether you're a seasoned astrophysicist or space science's soon-to-be best friend, tune in for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox in early 2014. At least you'll get a break from Gordon Ramsay biting a poor chef's ear off and at best you'll discover a newfound love for astrophysics. And if you can't wait for 2014, check out the extended trailer here. Finaly, just as a treat, above you can watch NdGT and Carl Sagan's wife, Anne Druyan answering some fan questions about Comic Con and Cosmos.