Slightly behind the times but I just found out earlier that Fox has commissioned 13 episodes of a follow up to ‘Cosmos.’ A show that did more for hooking people onto science than Star trek. The show is to be produced by Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan and Family guy creator Seth McFarlane. Ok that last one is no Joke, a man who made a talking evil baby a cult figure will be making Cosmos. However things return to normalcy when you see who is hosting it.
That’s right. Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson is finally doing what I’ve been wanting him to do and assume the position of Sagan’s successor. Tyson is a tireless advocate for Science and more importantly for opening up the subject which is a bit complex at some points. However I think he should have no problem in communicating the topics to a wide audience since he already has had numerous appearances on both TV and on his weekly radio show. (If you’re in the UK it’s available on iTunes, look for startalk radio)
What made Cosmos great was Carl’s passion for Science, he didn’t need flash graphics (Just a field in Yorkshire) or Sigur Ros music. His passion carried the show, so it’s lucky that when applying for Undergraduate Courses Tyson’s Application
“dripped of my passion for the study and research of the Universe. Somehow the admissions office brought my application to the attention of the late Dr. Sagan, and he actually took the initiative and care to contact me. He was very inspirational and a most powerful influence. Dr. Sagan was as great as the universe, an effective mentor.”
So naturally Tyson is the perfect choice. If it’s made to be educational and accessible without dumbing down and isn’t too CGI heavy then this could be the show of the decade. And if one kid is hooked onto Science because of it…..Mission accomplished.
For an example of DeGrasse Tyson kicking ass