Carl Sagan grew to fame in eyes of the general public through his groundbreaking PBS television series in the 1980’s “Cosmos.” The series, which brought the entire history of astronomy, astrophysical research, space exploration and the search for life in the universe, into the homes and minds of everyday people, was based on Sagan’s best selling book by the same name.
Now, decades later, Fox and the National Geographic Channel (NatGeo) are co-producing a sort of sequel to Sagan’s work. When complete in 2013, the series, ‘Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,’ will air on Fox in primetime with encore presentations on NatGeo. A show of this nature on primetime network television is virtually unprecedented, and will bring this subject matter home for a wider audience.
David Semel, known for work on shows like, Heroes, Angel, Roswell and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will direct the 13-part series. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will work with Carl Sagan’s widow, writer-producer Ann Druyan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter to produce the episodes.Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has stepped forward to, in some ways, carry on the work of Carl Sagan by translating Science and Astronomy into terms that are easy to understand, will be hosting the series.
For those who missed it, or are too young to have seen it, the original COSMOS series is still a big seller among science video series. Based on it’s long standing popularity and quality, it is a great buy on sites like Amazon.com. If you are on a budget, another option, thanks to the science and technology of the internet, is to watch the series for FREE by streaming video services like HULU.com (http://www.hulu.com/cosmos)
You can watch streaming internet video of the first episode of the original COSMOS episodes here with an NEW introduction by the late Dr. Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan :
The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
COSMOS Season 1 : Ep. 1 (1:05:09)
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