Posted by (+10003) 7 years ago
Tomorrow on FOX and NAT GEO.
CNN wrote:The 13-week series is a reimagining of the 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage." Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes the place of the original host Carl Sagan, who died in 1996.
Science has "got to be mainstreamed in some way," Tyson said in an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources." "Otherwise, people will view it as something to ignore or to step around."
What better way to mainstream it than a 9 p.m. time slot on the Fox network, usually taken up by animated comedies?
Tyson and the other proponents of the series -- like "Family Guy" executive producer Seth MacFarlane -- say they'll be able to reach people who aren't fans of PBS's "NOVA" or subscribers to Scientific American magazine.
There are people "who don't know that they like science," Tyson said. "They have a little flame inside of them of curiosity, and we're going to fan that flame."
"But then there's another category of people -- the people who know they don't like science. They've got no flame at all," he said. "So we're going to go in there and light it."
"Cosmos" represents a bet by the Fox network's parent company, 21st Century Fox (FOX), that Tyson and his producers can do just that.
The episodes take advantage of special effects technology and Tyson's accessible story-telling style to teach scientific concepts like evolution. Fox is promoting it as an adventure tale.
There was abundant surprise in 2011 when the network announced its interest in remaking "Cosmos."
A disaster is unlikely, if only because the series is backed by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign and what 21st Century Fox calls a "multi-network launch event."
The first episode of "Cosmos" won't just be seen on the Fox broadcast network. It will be screened simultaneously on nine of the company's cable channels, including FX, Fox Sports 1 and the National Geographic Channel.
National Geographic Channel will also re-run episodes of "Cosmos" on Monday nights, one day after Fox. International distribution deals will beam the series to TV screens in 181 countries -- only one planet, though, at least for now.
As the science advisor to Bill Maher, Neil DeGrasse-Tyson's comment on coal indicates to me that the harangue on man-caused global warming will permeate the upcoming episodes. With that comment, he showed his hand which made the early statement about the Scientific Method requiring us to "question everything", nothing more than lip service.