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You might already knew about this, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is reprising Carl Sagan's most-awesome-ever program, Cosmos! It'll show on both the FOX network and National Geographic TV starting next spring.

More details:

"More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan's stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey sets off on a new voyage for the stars. Seth MacFarlane and Sagan's original creative collaborators - writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and astronomer Steven Soter - have teamed to conceive a 13-part docu-series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series."

Here's the original-series trailer:




"Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. It brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and transport viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the legendary original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience."

And here's the brand-spankin'-new trailer for the new series, just released for DragonCon:




"Carl Sagan's original series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was first broadcast in 1980, and has been enjoyed by more than 750 million people worldwide." Including me, a few times now. I can hardly wait for this new one!

And now it's back to working on tonight's talk on "Science Fiction: Mythologies for a Changing Age." (scheduled to begin at 7:30pm in Lawrence's Free State Brewery; I'm arriving for dinner at 6:15pm).

Best,
Chris

Comments

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sherwood21
Jul. 23rd, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I may have totally fan-girl squeed over this. I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson to pieces.
mckitterick
Jul. 23rd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! I'm totally fan-boying over it.
chalcedony
Jul. 24th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm sooo excited about this! It's been years since I watched the original - I may have to marathon it before the new one airs. ;)
mckitterick
Jul. 24th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm totally planning to do that myself!
garyomaha
Jul. 24th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
I have the record album (yes, vinyl, 33 1/3 rpm) of music from Cosmos. I look forward to equally inspirational music in the new series. Oh, yeah, plus that new inspirational host guy that I've heard about somewhere... :)
mckitterick
Jul. 24th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I had that vinyl, too! Also a set of thin, floppy National Geographic astronomy albums as part of another book: early multimedia!

I know it's kinda heresy to say, but it's entirely possible this new guy could be even more awesome in his own way.
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