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.
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!).
President Barack Obama will introduce the series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey tomorrow night. This is the logical extension of the debut of the White House Student film Festival last weekend and illustrates how important the original series was – and how important this new series is considered to be.
The President’s message will be made available online shortly after its on-air debut. Check out the press release after the jump.
Fox and National Geographic Channel will host a special sneak preview of the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival on Friday, February 28th. The preview will be introduced by the show’s executive producer/writer/director, Ann Druyan and the show’s host, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will introduce one of the student short films. President Obama will talk about his ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
The festival will begin at 3:30ET in the East Room. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere simultaneously across multiple Fox Networks Channels, including Fox and NGC on Sunday, March 9th. Follow the jump for more details and links to live-stream the White House Student Film Festival.
Before Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premieres on Sunday, March 9th (9/8C), Fox will launching the series with free premiere screenings in ten cities across the U.S, followed by a live interactive global Q&A session with series host Neil deGrasse Tyson and the show’s executive producers – Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, Brannon Braga, and co-executive producer Jason Clark to be streamed online. The screenings and Q&A are set for March 4th.
Cities included will be: Detroit, Miami, New York, Orlando, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Space is limited, so if you want to attend, you should RSVP by logging on to www.cosmosontv.com. For more details, the press release follow the jump.