On Monday, April 20, renowned astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to television with StarTalk, the first ever science-focused late night talk show. The series, airing on the National Geographic Channel, is based on Tyson's popular radio show and podcast of the same name, and the channel has already picked up StarTalk for a second season.
Recorded before a live audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space, where Tyson serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium, StarTalk features Tyson in conversation with a popular Hollywood guest about the wonders of science and technology.
"People have always had an appetite for science," Tyson told The Washington Post. "A scientist is someone who simply never grew up. They've maintained their childlike wonder of the unknown. And we all have that within us."
Star Trek's George Takei appears on the first episode, and upcoming guests include former President Jimmy Carter, director Chris Nolan, and producer Norman Lear. Bill Nye the Science Guy also appears in each episode via pre-recorded video segments.
"There's this appetite for science and the universe that is rising," Tyson said on The TODAY Show. "[The show] is a celebration of what it's like to think like a geek."
StarTalk will premiere Monday, April 20, at 11:00 PM ET / 10:00 PM CT on the National Geographic Channel.
STAR Plus, the flagship channel of the STAR India television network owned by 21st Century Fox, recently launched Chal Kar Pehel, a national campaign raising awareness for women's rights issues and advocating for gender equality. In addition to on-air promotions and social media engagement, STAR Plus organized walkathon events in the three cities of Bhopal, Lucknow, and Chandigarh, encouraging people across the country to "take the first step" toward equal rights for women.
For each walkathon, STAR coordinated with schools, colleges, and local women's groups, as well as local radio stations, television channels, and print media, to encourage as many people as possible to participate. On the national level, STAR Plus aired videos featuring messages from talent speaking out for gender equality, and the channel used social media to start conversations, encouraging people to share their stories about the women who have made a difference in their lives.
At each of the walkathons, the cast members of Everest, one of the most popular serials on STAR Plus, addressed the crowd. Everest tells the story of Anjali Singh Rawat (Shamata Anchan), who is the only woman in a team of mountain climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest. The show addresses gender discrimination head on, and follows Anjali as she finds ways to overcome it. This story, according to Anchan, made the show a natural fit for the campaign.
"If Anjali, someone who has faced the wrath of being discriminated against in her own home for being a girl, can spread her wings and summit the highest peak in the world, then any woman can look for the strength within and achieve her own personal Everest," Anchan said. "I want every woman to take that first step towards their Everest."
For more information on Chal Kar Pehel, watch the video above.
On March 31, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and Xploration Awesome Planet and Xploration Earth 2050 received nominations. The two series are part of Xploration Station, Fox TV Station's two-hour block of STEM programming airing on Saturday mornings.
Philippe Cousteau, host of Xploration Awesome Planet and grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, received a nomination for Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel/Children's Series Host. Xploration Earth 2050, which explores what the world might look like in 35 years, received a nomination for Outstanding Special Class Series.
The other series comprising Xploration Station are Xploration Outer Space, hosted by Harvard scholar and astronautics expert Emily Calandrelli, and Xploration Animal Science, which explores animal behavior. In January, Fox TV Stations renewed all four series through 2017.
"The Fox renewal shows that Xploration Station is resonating with an audience that has so many other choices," said Executive Producer Steve Rotfeld. "We get emails every week from not only viewers but school teachers who reference the shows in class and recommend it to their students."
The Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT. For more information, including a full list of nominees, visit EmmyOnline.com.
All four Xploration Station series are available to stream for free on Hulu.
After six seasons and 121 episodes, FOX's pioneering musical series Glee came to an end on Friday, March 20. The series leaves behind not only a long record of industry successes, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, and more than 200 singles in the Billboard Hot 100, but also a long legacy of leveraging its popularity to have a positive impact on society.
Glee devoted scores of episodes to issues relevant to young people, from bullying and teen pregnancy to physical disability and texting while driving, and the series inspired a renaissance in school music programs. A 2010 study by the National Association for Music Education found that 43% of high school choral instructors attributed the rise in interest and participation in their programs to the success of Glee. The cast and creative team at the show recognized this early on and supported school arts programs throughout the show's run.
Glee also became known for its nuanced representations of the LGBT community. At its 26th annual award ceremony on March 21st, the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD gave the show a Special Recognition Award for "consistently introducing groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines." Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Television Group, accepted the award on behalf of the show, and trans actor Alex Newell, who played Wade "Unique" Adams on the show, gave a special performance of "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray and received a standing ovation. 21st Century Fox and Fox Networks Group were Titanium Sponsors of the event.
The show's track record of positive representations of LGBT characters was part of its larger commitment to feature those who had traditionally been underrepresented on television, including LGBT characters, people of color, and characters with physical or mental disabilities. Ryan Murphy, who created Glee along with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, has been outspoken about this aspect of the show: "I wanted to talk about the underdog element in society: the pregnant girl, the gay kid, the kid in a wheelchair, the African-American girl who's one of five black kids in their school," Murphy told USA Today. "I wanted to give voices to people who don't have voices." With this mission in mind, Glee became an inspiration for viewers around the world to embrace their individuality, express their creativity, and be proud of who they are.
Learn more about Glee's legacy of social impact in our full case study.
21st Century Fox Partners with Give a Note Foundation to Honor 'Glee' Finale by Supporting School Music Programs
To commemorate the series finale of FOX's groundbreaking musical Glee, 21st Century Fox has announced a new partnership with the Give a Note Foundation to establish the 21st Century Fox Give a Note Grants, which will support up to 20 under-funded music education programs at schools across the United States with grants from $2,500 to $5,000. Over the course of its six seasons, Glee has sparked renewed interest and participation in school arts programs throughout the country, and this partnership celebrates that impact.
The Grants are the latest chapter in a long-standing relationship between 21st Century Fox and the Give a Note Foundation. The company first worked with the organization on the 2011 Glee Give a Note campaign, which donated a portion of the proceeds from every sale of the Glee Season 2 DVD to at-risk school music programs. 21st Century Fox will work closely with the Give a Note Foundation to identify the schools that will receive these new grants.
"Over the past six years, Glee has inspired generations of viewers to recognize the vital importance of arts education and demand music programs in their schools," said Shira Oberlander, Director of Social Impact at 21st Century Fox. "We are thrilled to celebrate that legacy, and we could not be more proud of the work the cast, crew, and creative team have done to promote music education on this remarkable show."
For more information on the Give a Note Foundation, visit GiveANote.org. The two-hour series finale of Glee airs Friday, March 20, at 8PM on FOX.