– Takes on the Greek and Griffith Observatory
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/6/2014 – “You know, I had always been a fan of ‘Cosmos.’ I had seen it as a child, and then, when I was in high school, saw it again and was able to process it in even more depth and was just always a fan.” So said executive producer Seth MacFarlane of the highly anticipated Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, premiering on Saturday, March 8, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Life.
The original series is set to air in a two-day National Geographic Channel marathon this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. Nearly 34 years after it originally aired on television, the National Geographic Channel will rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s ground-breaking series. After the cross-network premiere event,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX and Mondays — with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-senes content — on the National Geographic Channel from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
On Tuesday, March 4, fans in 10 cities across the country had the exclusive opportunity to be the first on the planet to see the highly anticipated series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, prior to its debut, during the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Premiere Event and Live Global Q&A, sponsored by Samsung Galaxy® and the Chrysler brand.
In preparation for this new series, many reporters, including Hollywood Today, were on hand at the Greek Theatre on Tuesday night for this Live Premiere Event. There was a large tent (cleverly named “Cosmos” Pavilion”) set up at the Greek Theatre parking lot. As we entered the red carpet leading to the pavilion, we were all given popcorn and candy. Bill Nye, TV’s reigning science guy, made an appearance on the red carpet and said Cosmos has always been special to him since Sagan was once his astronomy professor.
The live-streamed, interactive Q&A that will include Cosmos’s renowned astrophysicist host, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, who is Sagan’s widow, executive producer Seth McFarlane, executive producer Mitchell Cannold, executive producer/director Brannon Braga and co-executive producer Jason Clark. The Q&A event was originated from the “Cosmos” Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and was uplinked via television satellite to ten locations around the world. The world-renowned locations included New York’s American Museum of Natural History; the Adler Planetarium in Chicago; San Francisco’s Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences; the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Global Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Detroit’s Cranbrook Institute of Science; Kennedy Space Center in Orlando; The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington; the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. It was also available via live stream on www.cosmosontv.com andwww.livestream.com.
Ann Druyan, asked about the show’s target audience, said “We wanted to reach to everyone because we believed that this knowledge is a birthright – it belongs to all of us.”
Seth MacFarlane then interjected, “You want to reach the Kardashians,” launching laughs from the audience.
Neil deGrasse Tyson hopes to target three groups of people with Cosmos: those who already knew they liked science, those who don’t know that they would like science and those who feel sure that they don’t like science.
Joe Earley, COO of Fox, thanked us (those in LA) and other across the country joining us. Carl Sagan had written this 34 years ago and 750 million people had watched the original.
Following the screening and Q&A, attendees were shuttled up the hill to the Griffith Observatory, where Tyson, MacFarlane and the rest of the team greeted guests. Guest were able to look at Jupiter and the moon through telescopes donated to the observatory in 2006 by Celestron, and then inside to experience some of Wolfgang Puck’s menu of sushi, tomato soup, chicken salad and the like – full bar too. The celebrity guest panel also celebrated alongside the guests at the exhibitions related to the solar system.
The full Q&A can be viewed here: http://new.livestream.com/fox/cosmosliveevent/videos/44232902
The original series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage first premiered in September 1980 on PBS, and for 10 years was the most watched series ever on public television in America. Based on his book of the same name, and written for television by Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, the series was a stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science that took viewers through a galaxy of topics to help explain the universe and humanity’s place in it.
More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators Druyan and Soter to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning original series.
The series invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and reinvent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination.
The original series special encores include:
Saturday, March 8
12 p.m. – The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean
1 p.m. – One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
2 p.m. – Harmony of the Worlds
3 p.m. – Heaven and Hell
4 p.m. – Blues for a Red Planet
5 p.m. – Travellers’ Tales
Sunday, March 9
12 p.m. – The Backbone of Night
1 p.m. – Journeys in Space and Time
2 p.m. – The Lives of the Stars
3 p.m. - The Edge of Forever
4 p.m. – The Persistence of Memory
5 p.m. – Encyclopaedia Galactica
6 p.m. – Who Speaks for Earth?
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, N.Y.-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the Star Trekfranchise, 24) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (Ted, 42) co-executive producer.
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About Cosmos Studios
Carl Sagan, and those privileged enough to work with him, demonstrated there is a worldwide appetite for compelling entertainment that reflects our deepening understanding of cosmic evolution and our place in its great story. Ann Druyan, with support from entrepreneur Joe Firmage, founded Cosmos Studios in 2000 as a successor to Carl Sagan Productions, the company that produced Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Cosmos Studios, based in Ithaca, N.Y., creates, produces and distributes eye-, brain-, heart- and soul-nourishing science-based entertainment integrated across all media. Most of all, Cosmos Studios aims to touch global audiences with the soaring spiritual high that comes from grasping science’s central revelation — our oneness with the cosmos. In addition to distributing Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and producing Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Cosmos Studios has produced three documentaries. Druyan remains its CEO and Mitchell Cannold, an executive producer of the new series, serves as president.
About National Geographic Channels U.S.
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels U.S. are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 4 5 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com