COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY to debut on March 9

Air and Space Museum Apollo 40th Celebration

Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks as host of the Apollo 40th anniversary celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum, Monday, July 20, 2009 in Washington.photo: NASA

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey debuts Sunday, March 9., on FOX and Monday, March 10, on the National Geographic Channel. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. As with the legendary original series, the new Cosmos is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators (writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter) to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.

“Carl believed that science belongs to all of us,” said Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow. “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.”

The series brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest (and the smallest) scale. The series invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

“Cosmos is the kind of rich, epic storytelling that we hope will not only be phenomenal entertainment, but also ignite curiosity and move a generation to take a deeper interest in science and the larger world from which we come,” said Peter Rice, chairman/CEO, Fox Networks Group. “Seth, Ann, Neil and the entire team behind Cosmos have created one of the most incredible experiences ever imagined for television, and we’re supporting it with the biggest launch we’ve ever orchestrated at Fox Networks Group.”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey debuts simultaneously across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life on Sunday, March 9 (8-9 pm, CT). This first multi-network launch event for Fox Networks Group, along with the series debut on Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, will make Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey available on 220 channels in 181 countries, available to more than half a billion homes.

After the cross-network premiere event, the program will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays (8-9 pm, CT on FOX, and Mondays [with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content] on the National Geographic Channel [NGC], 9-10 pm, CT).