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Seth MacFarlane Producing New Take on Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2011 3:00PM
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane -- yes, that Seth MacFarlane -- is revisiting Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos.' MacFarlane is teaming with original Sagan collaborators Ann Druyan and Steven Soter to produce 'Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,' a 13-part docu-series.

The series will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson and debuts on Fox in 2013. There will be same-night encores on the National Geographic Channel.

"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 in a statement. "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."

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They Blinded Us ... With Science: TV's Greatest Science Guys

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 15th 2010 1:04PM
Don Herbert aka Mr. WizardScience was one of my least favorite subjects in school. The subject material didn't bore me. It actually enthralled me. It makes me wish nutrition class involved more random explosions and pyrotechnics, so I wouldn't have to buy pants in bulk (the actual size, not the amount).

It was the teachers behind that tall mesh of test tubes and beakers that made it so boring. I'm sure they meant well as educators, but as teachers, they had no sense of showmanship. They couldn't sustain anyone's attention for longer than five minutes and their voice inflections could actually make dogs wish they were deaf.

Thank God for television. If it wasn't for TV's vast array of science shows from old favorites like 'Mr. Wizard's World' to newer fare like G4's upcoming spinoff 'It's Efffing Science,' my knowledge on the subject wouldn't reach beyond "Photosynthesis has nothing to do with photos or synthesizers." These are the greatest scientific minds to ever worm their way through the wondrous cathode ray in your TV.

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Hawking channels Sagan with new space series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 23rd 2010 2:30PM
Professor Stephen Hawking has more letters after his name to forge his own alphabet. And, now he has his own television series heading our way from Discovery.

According to a release from the network, Hawking (Ph.D., CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA...See what I mean?) is the centerpiece of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking -- will explore the major questions confronting modern science and physics. How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found on distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Hawking will lead an audience in a layman friendly exploration of those questions in the four part series.

It's Hawking taking up the mantle of the late astronomer Carl Sagan and his 1980 PBS series, Cosmos. The above video looks back affectionately on that show with a little music remix. In the original show, Sagan would explain the seemingly unexplainable every week.

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Carl Sagan: scientist, author, singer

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 29th 2009 2:30PM
I don't know where this "Autotuning" came from, but I like it. Sometimes it seems forced, but other times it's so spot on that it actually creates a good song and not just a goofy, funny curio.

The latest is from the PBS TV show Cosmos, something I really enjoyed years ago, and features Carl Sagan (with a cameo by another famous scientist and author). This is really well done, sort of techno meets progressive rock. I love how it's not just stringing his words together, but there's actually a chorus.

Here's one for Billy Mays.

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TV For E.T.

by Michael Canfield, posted Oct 2nd 2006 8:30AM
An alienI recall Carl Sagan on the old Cosmos show explaining the gold plaque the was placed on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft to introduce us to any aliens that happened to pick it up, unlikely as that might be.

Now, in a week when we've got Neil Armstrong's words straight, news comes that European television channel Arte, which broadcasts in French and German, is producing a program to beam directly into space 45 light years away, to a point near the Big Dipper. The programs sort of a multimedia version of the plaque: it'll feature a nude man and woman as presenters, who will talk about daily human life. Examples of music and art, along with messages from scientists in many disciplines will also be included. The event is conceived by the French Centre National D'etudes Spatiales (CNES). The Irish Times has a really snarky article about it.

Because of the distance, if the broadcast is seen, any show that aliens might want to put on for us won't be available here for at least ninety years. Probably longer, allowing for production time.

[via Slashdot]

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