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A new Cosmos TV series from the creator of Family Guy

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, August 4, 2011

I gotta admit, I didn't see this one coming.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be a producer in a new Cosmos television series. Yes, that Cosmos, the one that famously featured astronomer Carl Sagan talking about the origins of the universe and humanity's quest to understand its place in the universe.

Like I said, nada viewing approaching.

Lest you have images of MacFarlane doing a Peter Griffin impression on the bridge of Sagan's dandelion wisp of a cosmic spaceship, this is going to be a serious, documentary approach science series. Instead of airing on PBS, the home of Sagan's original Cosmos, this new Cosmos series will air primetime on Fox. Yeah, as if this idea wasn't strange enough from the norm already, a hard science doc series will air on the Fox channel.

There are more points in favor of MacFarlane's Cosmos series being a worthy heir to Sagan's show. First is the involvement of Ann Drunyan, Sagan's window and passionate scientist in her own right. Second, Steven Soter, another astrophysicist and friend of Sagan will produce with Drunyan. Third, Neil deGrasse Tyson, another present day celeb scientist/astrophysicist, will host the 21st century Cosmos and present the wonders of the universe to the audience.

This new Cosmos will run for 13 episodes, the same length as the original 1980 series, and encore episodes will air on National Geographic channel after showing on Fox. The producers are looking at a broadcast date sometime in 2013.

"Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species," MacFarlane said of the project. "We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan."

So, in a nutshell: Seth MacFarlane has used his considerable clout as a titan of television animation to make a true science nerd happy. I loved the original Cosmos and it sounds like this new one has the right starting approach to make it worthy of Sagan's legacy. Right on, Seth!

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