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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2011 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The New York Times reports that Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist, "Nova ScienceNow" host and director of the Hayden Planetarium, and Seth MacFarlane, the creator, producer, co-star and animating spirit of "Family Guy," are part of the creative team behind the Fox Network's 13-episode series, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," expected to be broadcast in 2013.
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.

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Deadline Hollywood reports Fox has greenlighted Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series envisioned as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original 13-part program, which was hosted by Carl Sagan.
"Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species," MacFarlane said. "We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan."
Editor's note: Threads merged.

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Not to be Mr. Glass-Half-Empty, but my only concern about its being shown on a commercial network rather than PBS (as was the original Cosmos) is that the profundity and mystery of the kinds of things that such a show discusses is undermined by the fact that they're interrupted every 12 minutes by beer and laundry detergent ads. On the other hand, it may reach more viewers and thus have a broader impact. Or so one can hope.

But for me, I suspect the DVD set will be the best route. That's how I approached the BBC's Planet Earth series that was shown in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel (and substituting Attenborough's narration with that of Sigourney Weaver).

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From the Los Angeles Times:
Fox is looking to the stars – literally.

At their upfront presentation Monday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the network announced plans to reboot "Cosmos," Carl Sagan's massively popular documentary series. The new, 13-episode version will air sometime in 2014.

In one of the more unlikely pairings in recent memory, it is produced by Seth MacFarlane and will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium and a popular recurring guest on "The Daily Show."

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posted 05-21-2013 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a book about it: Cosmos

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-21-2013 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fox released the first trailer for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at Comic-Con in San Diego:

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quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
There's a book about it
According to the publishers, this is the same Cosmos book by Sagan in a new trade paperback edition with a Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson and an Introduction by Ann Druyan.

Terry Miller
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posted 11-14-2013 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Terry Miller   Click Here to Email Terry Miller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't wait for the new Cosmos to air...

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posted 11-15-2013 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Terry Miller:
I can't wait for the new Cosmos to air...

I'm really looking forward to it as well; Neil Tyson is awesome.

I will say, though, my only real concern about the new show is pacing. Part of what made the original "Cosmos" so compelling was that its narrative flow allowed viewers to "breathe" and contemplate the vastness of its subject as it went...but it never dragged. I really hope the new version isn't too "amped up" to suit the short-attention-span/Michael Bay/iPhone generation.

Now if you'll excuse me, the dang kids next door are on my lawn again...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-31-2014 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New trailer released for "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey":

Robert Pearlman
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I had the chance to screen the first episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

My first impressions are that the show does a good job of blending the science lessons we are familiar with seeing at planetariums and museum shows with the graphics and editing of a modern television show.

There are nods to the original "Cosmos," and the first episode includes a tribute to Carl Sagan, which for personal reasons resonated strongly (Tyson shares how he came to meet Sagan, which mimics my own story — complete with having a copy of one of Sagan's books inscribed).

The first episode focuses on the size of the universe and the span of time. It blends live shots with Tyson, CGI scenes and more classic animation.

Throughout watching it, I kept wondering what my impression of the show would be if I didn't have a background in science, or for that matter an interest in it. Would it keep me tuned in for the full hour? What about for the next 12 episodes?

It will be interesting to see the reaction — both through ratings and online feedback — if this new "Cosmos" engages a mostly science-literate audience who are nostalgic for the original, or if it does as Sagan's "Cosmos" did, and re-introduce science to a viewership at large.

The first episode premieres Sunday, March 9 on 123-branded FOX channels in 125 countries, with an encore presentation the following night on 90 National Geographic Channels in 170 countries, making it the largest-ever global launch for a TV series.

Here is FOX's latest teaser for the premiere:

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posted 02-23-2014 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
There are nods to the original "Cosmos," and the first episode includes a tribute to Carl Sagan, which for personal reasons resonated strongly...
And related in the March Issue of Smithsonian Magazine: Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable
The astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, serves as narrator this time, giving him a chance to make the case that he's the Sagan of our generation. "'Cosmos' is more than Carl Sagan," Tyson told me. "Our capacity to decode and interpret the cosmos is a gift of the method and tools of science. And that's what's being handed down from generation to generation. If I tried to fill his shoes I would just fail. But I can fill my own shoes really well."

Robert Pearlman
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"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" premieres tonight (March 9). A few reviews:
There is a new Seth MacFarlane show on Fox this Sunday. But if there was any doubt that "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is no "Family Guy," it is dispelled when the host references the planet Uranus and pronounces it "YOOR-inus." This new version of Cosmos, which MacFarlane produced, is as earnest as "Family Guy," "American Dad," et al. are raunchy, but that doesn’t mean it's not entertaining. It's gorgeous, it's absorbing, it's impassioned, it's awestruck and awe-inspiring.
— James Poniewozik, TIME Magazine

For a town dependent on Stars, there are far too few people here who look up at the sky. But come this Sunday, March 9, everyone will have a chance to marvel at our sky's brilliance and fly through the depths of the Universe... all via their living room's flat screen. The epic series of science, space and humanity has returned.

— Taryn O'Neill, The Planetary Society

Nit-picking aside, if the new “Cosmos” doesn’t deliver quite the punch of the original, it’s because this isn’t 1980. Since then, of course, personal computers have put a vast array of knowledge in almost everyone’s hands, and anyone with even a little curiosity about things scientific has been able to satisfy it easily. Television has been part of this, with good science programming like PBS’s “Nova” readily available. It’s a lot harder to be awed than it used to be.

By the episode’s end, though, Dr. Tyson has at least sketched a head-spinning cosmic landscape and instilled suitable admiration for how much we humans have managed to learn in our relative sliver of time. He has also thrown down a gauntlet; this program is a challenge to those who think we already know enough and who turn their backs on science.

— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

Robert Pearlman
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"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" has an official telescope, microscope and binoculars.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA video release
Station Astronauts Do Experiment for 'Cosmos'

Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and flight engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA help 'Cosmos' host Neil deGrasse Tyson prove Newton's third law of motion through a science experiment in zero gravity.

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Saw the first episode tonight. Looks pretty good.

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The first episode was very good. Watching it reminded me of the magic the original series and Carl Sagan evoked. Looking forward to future episodes. (I really enjoyed the cosmic calendar segment)

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