FOX and National Geographic Channel Launch ‘Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey’

On Sunday, March 9, FOX and the National Geographic Channel will launch Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark 1980 PBS series. The show takes viewers on a journey through the history of human scientific achievement, with host Neil deGrasse Tyson guiding the audience through even some of the most complex mysteries of science.

Last night, fans all across the United States were treated to an advance screening of Cosmos‘ first episode. Planetariums and museums in ten cities, from the American Museum of Natural History in New York to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, hosted screenings, and every one of them sold out.
The main event took place at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, where FOX Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley hosted a post-screening Q&A with the show’s creative team, including Tyson, executive producer Seth MacFarlane, executive producer Mitchell Cannold, director Brannon Braga, co-executive producer Jason Clark, and writer/director Ann Druyan, who worked on the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan.
Tyson spoke about the misconception that science programming can’t be interesting or entertaining. “I’m entertained by the universe every time I think about it,” he said. “The concept that it’s ‘science vs. entertainment’ and that you have to strike some balance… I never once was thinking we have to drop one to get the other. The merging of the two is a very natural marriage.”

MacFarlane agreed. “Carl said about the original series, ‘I want this to be interesting for people who have no preexisting interest in science and will just watch it for the spectacle.’ That’s what we wanted to preserve.”
In an unprecedented global launch, Cosmos will premiere this Sunday across multiple 21st Century Fox channels, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and FOX life, along with a simulcast on 220 of the Fox International Channels in 181 countries and in 44 different languages.
FOX organized such a dramatic rollout in the hopes of inspiring audiences everywhere about the value of science. “What Cosmos celebrates is all the ways that the methods and tools of science affect your life and our culture and the world so that you can’t side-step it, you can’t think that it’s irrelevant or doesn’t matter to you,” Tyson told the New York Post. “I hope by the end of the series you have achieved a cosmic perspective on who we are in the universe. That’s transformative to an individual and to a culture.”
Cosmos premieres this Sunday, March 9, at 9PM EST across ten 21st Century Fox channels in the U.S. You can follow the show on Twitter and like it on Facebook, and be sure to watch last night’s Q&A at CosmosOnTV.com.