A new version of Cosmos is coming to, uh, Fox.
Actually, it’s coming to Fox as well as Global, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild in Canada. But the point is, does Cosmos really fit on the home of Family Guy?
Not so fast, Earthling. Seth MacFarlane has a hand in both shows.
“I had always been a fan of (the original) Cosmos, I had seen it as a child, and then when I was in high school I saw it again and was able to process it in even more depth,” explained MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and one of the executive producers of the new Cosmos, which debuts Sunday, March 9.
“I met Neil (deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and author who hosts the new Cosmos and is pictured above) through an organization called the Science & Entertainment Exchange, and I found out he was working on a new Cosmos. I said that while the networks being considered to pitch to – National Geographic, Discovery Channel – are great networks, in a way you’re sort of preaching to the converted. Wouldn’t it be nice to broaden it even more?
“I thought there was a strong possibility that this particular regime at Fox, as creative and open-minded as they are, would be receptive. And sure enough, they were.”
So more than three decades after Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, we have Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The new 13-part series is meant to be a successor.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of crossover, actually, even from the animated shows (on Fox and Global) to Cosmos,” MacFarlane said. “The show is presented very much in the spirit of the original in that you can’t really call it a documentary. It’s more a journey. It’s certainly educational, but it plays with the flavour, we hope, of a feature film.”
But not Ted.