Damn You Vile Physicist! 13 Episode Sequel to Carl Sagan’s Classic PBS Astronomy Science Series ‘Cosmos’ Has Been Ordered by…Fox (!). To Air in Primetime (!!). To Be Produced by…Seth MacFarlane (!!!).

Aug 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"Fox has greenlighted ‘Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,’ a 13-part docu-series from ‘Family Guy’ creator [Seth] MacFarlane and the late [Carl] Sagan’s original collaborators — his widow, writer/producer Ann Druyan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter," writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

According to the article, the series will be a sequel to Sagan’s iconic Emmy Award-winning and Peabody Award-winning 1980 miniseries "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," that aired on PBS.

The article adds, "A self-professed geek, MacFarlane hit it off with Druyan after the two met at a function some time ago. When she shared with him the idea for a new ‘Cosmos’ series, MacFarlane immediately sparked to it and set up a meeting with Peter Rice, entertainment chairman of Fox, where MacFarlane has 3 series on the air, ‘Family Guy,’ ‘The Cleveland Show’ and ‘American Dad.’ That happened about a year ago, and after lengthy negotiations, Fox just closed all deals for the project to go forward."

The story also notes that the National Geographic Channel — which is co-owned by the Fox Cable Networks — will co-produce the new "Cosmos" series and will show an encore of each episode the same night that episode airs on Fox Broadcasting.  

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  1. While I am glad that they are trying to bring back educational programming- and one that hopefully will help feed the need to pressure our government to continue space exploration- I am scared a bit.
    I flashed on animated Stewie and Bryan, doing one of MacFarlane’s standard “Family Guy presents- On the Road to Ceti Alpha V” episodes, when I read this.

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