Like its 30-year-old predecessor, which featured astronomer Carl Sagan, the new COSMOS will explore the universe from the smallest microbe to the biggest galaxies.
The reboot is being produced by Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, and Ann Druyan, who produced the original series. Brannon Braga, the executive producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is the primary director.
“There’s never been a more important time for COSMOS to re-emerge than right now. I want to make this so entertaining, and so flashy, and so exciting that people who have no interest in science will watch just because it’s a spectacle,” MacFarlane said in a news release.
The 13-part series will be debuting in 2014 on FOX and National Geographic Channel.
“COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the legendary original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination,” Fox said in a description of the upcoming series. “The most profound scientific concepts will be presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.”
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