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[i]For several years Ms. Druyan said, she, Dr. Tyson and Steven Soter, another collaborator on the original series, pitched a new version of "Cosmos" to "the usual television network suspects" that did not quite see mass appeal in the series.
"We weren't interested in going to the audience that already knew that it loved science," Ms. Druyan said. "We wanted to go to the largest possible audience and attract people who'd never even thought about it."
But with the support of Mr. MacFarlane the "Cosmos" team obtained meetings with Peter Rice, the chairman of Fox Broadcasting, and Kevin Reilly, the network's entertainment president, who gave the series a green light last year. The new series will be produced with the National Geographic Channel, which will show episodes after they run on Fox.[/i]
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