‘Cosmos’ Returns with New Host, Same Mission
34 years ago, cosmologist Carl Sagan took the world on a journey through time and space with the goal of re-igniting America’s passion for science and exploration. This Sunday, the journey continues with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm.
For those not familiar with the original ‘Cosmos’ (subtitle, ‘A Personal Journey’), the 13-episode PBS mini-series was a guided tour of the universe that explored such topics as the origins of life, the methods and goals of science, and the perspective humanity has gained by exploring the earth and stars. The program was an enormous success, becoming PBS’ most-watched program until 1990’s ‘The Civil War’. Many attribute that success to Sagan, who imbued the series with a poetic and joyful cadence that spoke to both the audience’s intellect and their sense of wonder.
The new ‘Cosmos’ will revisit these themes with astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Early reviews suggest that Tyson, who has hosted several science programs (most notably 2004’s ‘Origins’ mini-series on PBS) and has made numerous appearances on news and talk programs to promote interest in scientific topics, is a worthy successor to Sagan, a man he admired and who he credits with inspiring the way he treats aspiring students.
The premiere of ‘Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey’ airs this Sunday at 8 pm (CDT) across nine FOX networks: FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, and Fox Life. The remainder of the mini-series’ 13 episodes will air Sundays on FOX and be rebroadcast on the National Geographic channel the next day with enhanced content.