National Geographic reinvents Carl Sagan's Cosmos
Michelle Clancy | 22-07-2013
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has taken the wraps off of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a series from executive producer/writer Ann Druyan and executive producer Seth MacFarlane.
Internationally, the series will premiere on National Geographic Channel in 170 countries and 48 languages early next year. NGCI will align its international premiere with the series launch on FOX and National Geographic Channel in the United States next spring.
MacFarlane has teamed with Carl Sagan's original creative collaborators – executive producer/writer Druyan and co-writer and astronomer Steven Soter – to conceive a 13-part series, combining drama, fantasy and natural reality.
Hosted by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series aspires to awaken a global audience to the wonders of the universe, as revealed by the awesome power of the scientific perspective. The new Cosmos will feature animated sequences with guest voices from MacFarlane and an array of talent to be announced.
The series will reinvent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination.
"There's never been a more important time for Cosmos to re-emerge than right now. I want to make this so entertaining, and so flashy, and so exciting that people who have no interest in science will watch just because it's a spectacle," said MacFarlane.
"It's a thrill to take the Ship of the Imagination out for another spin," added Druyan. "We are going places none of us have ever been before, using capabilities that just didn't exist back when we were making the original series. All that, and yet it feels so much like the first time."
One of the world's most beloved science series, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a watershed moment in non-fiction television, changing the way audiences were able to look beyond our own world when it premiered in 1980. For 33 years, the series has remained in ongoing worldwide distribution, seen by more than 750 million people in more than 175 countries. In the United States, the series was the most highly rated public television series at its time of broadcast, and held that record for a decade. It was also the recipient of three primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.