This is — let me just get this out of the way at the outset — a serious blog post: Seth MacFarlane is rebooting “Cosmos.“
Really: Seth. A reboot. A serious reboot. No animation. Stewie Griffin is not hosting. Neither is Brian.
This is serious. Did I already say that?
As MacFarlane fans know — and I'd count myself as one — the guy's a space nut, and this sounds like a tribute that comes from the heart. After all, who else but the single most powerful producer on TV could walk into Kevin Reilly's office and say, “I want to do a new tribute series to Carl Sagan?“
Here's the news release, in full detail. Again, this is serious . . .
More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos,” Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Fox sets off on a voyage for the stars with “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.“
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy,“ and “American Dad”) has teamed up with Sagan’s original creative collaborators — - writer and producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter - — to conceive a 13-part “docu-series” that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.
Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey” will blast off on the Fox schedule 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,” said MacFarlane. “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.
Druyan, who was married to Sagan, said, “Carl believed that science belongs to all of us. He wanted to convey the thrill of its cosmic perspective to the widest possible audience. I wish I could tell Carl what Seth’s leadership on this new 'Cosmos' has made possible. Besides, I know how much they would have liked each other.”
Fox Broadcasting's entertainment president Kevin Reilly said, “This is a golden opportunity to introduce 'Cosmos' to a new generation. While admittedly on the periphery of our brand, we believe this can have the same massive cultural impact that the original series delivered, and we’re going to use all of our resources - — on-air and companywide - — to help bring that to fruition.”
Photo: Seth McFarlane