Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox, Sundays, 9/8C; National Geographic, Mondays, 9/8C) concludes its season this evening. As with the original series, twenty-four years ago, this iteration has been a joyous exploration of the universe – reinvesting the increasing search for and appreciation of scientific knowledge with the kind of sense of wonder that put people on the moon and created powerful computers you can carry in your pocket.
On Friday, writer/producer/director Ann Druyan and host/astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the series – not so much about this evening’s finale, but about their aims and goals for the series; their thoughts on what it might have accomplished, or will yet accomplish.
For those who want more, the DVD/Blu-Ray release contains a lot of material that had to be pruned from the series for time, and will be available on Tuesday, June 10th.
Born June 13, 1949, Ann Druyan has led a life. She was one of the co-writers on the original PBS Series Cosmos and married to the late great Carl Sagan whom she married in 1981. Thanks to Seth McFarland her dream of reviving the revered series has become a reality.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox, Sundays, 9/8C) is, essentially, a reboot of the PBS series in which Carl Sagan gave millions of viewers an understanding of science and what it means for us in the real world. The new series, written by Ann Druyan – who was part of the original series more than thirty years ago – has, potentially, a much larger opportunity to have an impact thanks to Seth MacFarlane (yes, the Family Guy guy) and host, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (1.7 million Twitter followers!).