Neil deGrasse Tyson will be hosting an update to the classic Carl Sagan series Cosmos starting in March. No big surprise there. Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist and really enjoys the spotlight. Here's where it gets weird.
The new 13 part show, titled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is going to premiere on Sunday March 9th ... on Fox ... at 9 pm. That's right, a show about actual science is going to air during an hour of Fox's prized Animation Domination where normal people might actually stumble across it and learn things. It keeps getting better. The show is being executive produced by Family Guy creator and alleged Oscar ruiner Seth MacFarlane.
That last part is really not that surprising. MacFarlane has a profound interest in astronomy, especially the work of Carl Sagan. In June of 2012, he donated a large collection of Sagan's papers to the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive at the Library of Congress. Druyan will actually be producing the new series with MacFarlane and developed the concept with astrophysicist Steven Soter.
I'm not done yet!. Guess who will be directing the show? Why Brannon Braga! The episodes will air on Fox and then be aired again the same night on the National Geographic Channel. The more I read about this, the more excited I am for it.