Many decades ago, a young Carl Sagan daydreamed on the rug of a tenement, envisioning something quite unique for someone so young: a drawing filled with a boy’s dreams of the Space Age and interstellar exploration. A world-renowned visionary, Sagan lived those dreams and shared them with the world in Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, sparking the most beloved science franchise in television history.
Now, 40 years after it was introduced to a global audience, this epic voyage reaches new heights of adventure with the highly anticipated third season, Cosmos: Possible Worlds. The most beloved science franchise on the planet makes its highly anticipated return with a two-hour world premiere Monday, March 9 at 7:00 CDT on National Geographic.
World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History, host of the four-time Emmy-nominated “StarTalk” series and bestselling author (Death by Black Hole, Letters From an Astrophysicist), reprises his role as host and executive science editor.
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds continues the eternal search for answers about ourselves in the universe,” Tyson says. “The series explores the interwoven tapestry that is life on Earth and calls on us to remember this truth as we collectively build the future of civilization.”
In its endless quest for knowledge, the newest season of Cosmos delivers its signature, fact-based storytelling, painlessly conveying complex scientific concepts to the viewer. These thought-provoking adventures celebrate the possibilities of humanity in our universe. The season features time travel to past eras, revealing unsung scientific heroes who sacrificed everything in the pursuit of scientific revelation. It transports the viewer to a hidden place where life may have begun on Earth, to some of the lost worlds of our ancestors and to the possible worlds of our remote descendants.
Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow, was awarded the Emmy and Peabody, for her writing and producing of Season 2, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which she led with Brannon Braga (“The Orville,” “Star Trek”). Druyan and Braga teamed up again for Cosmos: Possible Worlds, sharing the writing and directing duties, and are rejoined by their Season 2 executive producing partner, Seth MacFarlane (“The Orville,” “Family Guy”).
This season is the popular franchise’s most aspiring, having filmed 13 episodes across 19 locations in 11 countries and incorporating more than a thousand talented individuals across all crafts, including voice actors, to transport viewers to distant stars and unknown frontiers.
The creative corps of craftspeople includes Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther,” “Roots”), and Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Forrest Gump,” “Contact”). Among the many actors whose voices are heard throughout the season are Sir Patrick Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, and Judd Hirsch.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds airs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM CDT for seven weeks on NAT GEO beginning March 9, in the US, and it will air globally in 171 countries and 43 languages and on FOX this summer. The previous season was seen by more than 135 million people worldwide.