Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' Reboots Carl Sagan's Landmark TV Series on Fox Tonight
by Tariq Malik, Managing Editor | March 09, 2014 03:36am ET
"The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be. Come with me." With those words in 1980 the astronomer Carl Sagan launched "Cosmos," an epic 13-part TV series that brought science to the public like never before, and opened up all of space and time to exploration.
A generation later, Sagan's legacy lives again in "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a 21st-century reboot premiering on Fox tonight (March 9). The new "Cosmos" (the original was billed as "A Personal Journey") updates its predecessor with a blend of spectacular visual effects and the latest astronomical discoveries.
'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' is a 21st-century reboot of astronomer Carl Sagan's iconic 1980 science television series. The new 13-part series, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, begins March 9, 2014 on Fox.
Yet the all-new 13-episode series ? hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a fitting successor to Sagan for reasons the first episode makes clear ? still stays true to the north star as Sagan's original: to share the wonder of the universe and science with viewers today. The people behind the new series think Sagan would be proud. [Carl Sagan's Astronomical Legacy in Pictures]
"He'd be thrilled that this new 'Cosmos' is going to be the largest rollout of a television series in planetary history," said series executive producer Ann Druyan, a co-writer on both Cosmos series and the widow of Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. "He would be absolutely thrilled and very proud that his flame is still burning so brightly."
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