I have to say: I am not just surprised, I am amazed. Outright amazed.
After recently signing on to reboot one classic TV show, Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones, Seth MacFarlane is taking on another iconic TV series, Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Fox has greenlighted Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series from Family Guy creator MacFarlane and late Sagan's original collaborators – his widow, writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter. Envisioned as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original 13-part program, which was hosted by Sagan, the new Cosmos series will be hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
According to the producers, the new series will tell "the story of how human beings began to comprehend the laws of nature and find our place in space and time. It will take viewers to other worlds and travel across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale. The most profound scientific concepts will be presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience."
A lot of us grew up here with programming that was SCIENCE.. not SciFi, but there were shows on TV that were real, honest science that we'd catch. This move by Fox is gutsy. But it does something a whole lot of TV broadcasters took for complete granted: serving the public interest.
Getting kids and people excited about science is fantastic, and I'm going to hope this program is a slam-dunk, because the original Cosmos is great stuff.