National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) announced at Comic-Con over the weekend the global launch of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the long-awaited follow-up to, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science.
The new series, executive produced and written by Ann Druyan and executive produced Seth MacFarlane, will be hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The 13-part docu-series, which will premiere on FOX in early 2014, series will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.
Internationally, the series will premiere exclusively on National Geographic Channel in 170 countries and 48 languages early next year. NGCI will align its international premiere with the series launch on FOX and National Geographic Channel in the United States next spring.
Here’s a longer description of the upcoming iteration of the franchise:
Hosted by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series aspires to awaken a global audience to the wonders of the universe, as revealed by the awesome power of the scientific perspective. Executive producer Brannon Braga serves as the primary director of the series, with cinematographer Bill Pope also directing. The new COSMOS will feature animated sequences with guest voices from MacFarlane and an array of talent to be announced.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. Uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with visual, emotional and spiritual elements, it will be a transcendent experience – a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale we know.
One of the world’s most beloved science series, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a watershed moment in nonfiction television, when it premiered in 1980. For 33 years, the series has remained in ongoing worldwide distribution, seen by more than 750 million people in more than 175 countries. In the United States, the series was the most highly rated public television series at its time of broadcast, and held that record for a decade. It was also the recipient of three primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
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The trailer for the new deGrasse Tyson-era of Cosmos premiered at Comic-Con, and has finally made its way online. As a science geek, I dig the epic-ness that they seem to be going for here! It starts with Sagan’s voice, who then *hands the mic* over to deGrasse Tyson to take over for him.
Check it out below: