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Cosmos Remake Coming To Fox In 2014 193

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TheSync writes "The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing Cosmos series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, will be coming to Fox television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to Fox executives."
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Cosmos Remake Coming To Fox In 2014

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @08:37AM (#43719151)

    There's no more Carl Sagan, no more Bill Nye on television, nothing except Mythbusters to inspire future generations of engineers and scientific thinkers. This has made my day, there may just be hope for the future yet.

  • Re:Let me guess (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @08:38AM (#43719161)

    Let me guess you like to make fun of people and take lollipops from children? Grow up bully. /sarcasm Considering the people involved with the show I doubt that... But go ahead keep your narrow minded views flowing... We all want to hear about them.

    No being fox it will go 9 shows they will cancel it and then there will be a 'cult following' and petitions to bring it back.

  • Re:*sigh* (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kreigaffe (765218) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @08:39AM (#43719175)

    From what I understand, if something is even tangentially related to astronomy, and it's possible to bring him in.. people will want to do that, because he's a likeable guy, he's smart and blunt but not demeaning or haughty, he's passionate but relatable, and he's smart AND cool.

    Honestly I'd much rather hear his opinion on non-science matters rather than celebrity opinions on anything that isn't acting or singing or sex tapes or whatever else got them famous.

  • Re:Let me guess (Score:5, Insightful)

    by T.E.D. (34228) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @09:02AM (#43719393)

    Think of it as a Neil deGrasse Tyson show done a bit in the style of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

    The guy is so enthusiastic and charasmatic that he's a regular vistor on the late-night talk show circuit, and I believe currently holds the record for the most guest appearances on Colbert. He has 1.2 million followers on twitter. I think he's got what it takes to pull this off.

  • by freeze128 (544774) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @09:28AM (#43719697)
    "If you wish to make a science show from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
  • Re:Let me guess (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SirGarlon (845873) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @09:53AM (#43719983)

    The original show is far out of date. I watched a couple of episodes a few years ago. The visual effects were dated of course, but a lot of the science had gaps as well. When the original Cosmos was produced, the Hubble Space Telescope had not been launched. Exoplanets had not been discovered. The universe was known to be expanding but its rate of expansion was presumed to be decreasing, not increasing. The source of gamma-ray bursts had not been identified. We knew a lot less about black holes. I don't think dark matter was considered important. And, back then, Pluto was a planet. ;-) (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

    All that is just off the top of my head. Astrophysics has really advanced since 1980.

  • Re:Let me guess (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Omestes (471991) <omestes @ g m a il.com> on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @11:13AM (#43721083) Homepage Journal

    Kaku doesn't really strike me as credible. I'm sure he's a good scientist, but he does too many "time travel wormhole star trek is cool!" pop-sci things to really let me trust him. Tyson reminds me of Sagan, smart and doesn't feel the need to dress things up to sell to the lay audience. Kaku is like Bill Nye, science for people who hate science. Tyson is Mr. Wizard, science for people who just didn't go to school for it but find it cool just because science is cool in-itself.

    I suppose thats main difference in how people teach science; one group thinks to be interesting science must DO something. The other school think that the intrinsic "aha" of science is enough to make it interesting. I find the former group to be annoying, and more destructive than useful.

    Tyson is willing to let the science talk for itself, without dressing it up. Which makes him Sagan-y enough to reboot something as venerable as Cosmos. He's more likely to let the sheer beauty of the universe talk for itself, without forcing wormholes and time-travel down our throats.

  • Re:Let me guess (Score:4, Insightful)

    by spire3661 (1038968) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @11:28AM (#43721283) Journal
    I think of the Persistence of Memory all the time. It was this chapter that brought the past alive for me. After i read that chapter Jefferson, Newton, Socrates, Aristotle became living men to me. I was able to peer across time through the works of these men and see them as humans. Thats what is great about Cosmos, its much more then an essay on astrophysics.

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