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Cosmos Remake Coming To Fox In 2014

timothy posted about a year ago | from the cool-swirly-spooky-music dept.

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TheSync writes "The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing Cosmos series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, will be coming to Fox television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to Fox executives."

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Let me guess (5, Funny)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about a year ago | (#43719121)

In the Fox version the Universe is 6000 years old and the Earth is at the center of the Universe.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719147)

The Carl Sagan show without Carl Sagan? What's the point in that?

Re:Let me guess (1)

fche (36607) | about a year ago | (#43719247)

Maybe it's cheaper to remake than to rerun?

Re:Let me guess (2)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about a year ago | (#43719523)

Maybe it's cheaper to remake than to rerun?

That's silly. My guess?- they want to make use of today's CGI capabilities. All the cosmology based shows these days are CGI heavy, partly to aid in illustrating the concepts, I'm sure, but also to grab the attention of the young crowd and pique their interest in the field.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719951)

The could do a CGI Carl Sagan... ;-)

Re:Let me guess (5, Funny)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about a year ago | (#43720683)

lol.. that would take Billions upon Billions of pixels!

Re:Let me guess (4, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#43719983)

The original show is far out of date. I watched a couple of episodes a few years ago. The visual effects were dated of course, but a lot of the science had gaps as well. When the original Cosmos was produced, the Hubble Space Telescope had not been launched. Exoplanets had not been discovered. The universe was known to be expanding but its rate of expansion was presumed to be decreasing, not increasing. The source of gamma-ray bursts had not been identified. We knew a lot less about black holes. I don't think dark matter was considered important. And, back then, Pluto was a planet. ;-) (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

All that is just off the top of my head. Astrophysics has really advanced since 1980.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720389)

Maybe it's cheaper to remake than to rerun?

I very highly doubt that a PBS mini-series, even perhaps one of the greatest scientific mini-series produced to date, is at all expensive to rerun.

Re:Let me guess (5, Insightful)

T.E.D. (34228) | about a year ago | (#43719393)

Think of it as a Neil deGrasse Tyson show done a bit in the style of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

The guy is so enthusiastic and charasmatic that he's a regular vistor on the late-night talk show circuit, and I believe currently holds the record for the most guest appearances on Colbert. He has 1.2 million followers on twitter. I think he's got what it takes to pull this off.

Re:Let me guess (1)

Black LED (1957016) | about a year ago | (#43719427)

I agree. Neil deGrasse Tyson is probably the only person who could pull it off. Maybe Michio Kaku, but I don't think he quite has the speaking ability that Neil does.

Re:Let me guess (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719737)

Also Kaku would be guaranteed to say "we know string theory must be true". It's sort of one of his hobbies to do so.

Re:Let me guess (3, Interesting)

Dutchy Wutchy (547108) | about a year ago | (#43719757)

Michio Kaku sounds a lot like a crackpot on the subject of aliens/UFOs, and his anti-nuclear soundbites seemed irresponsible--or at least quite misleading.

Re:Let me guess (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719791)

I agree. Neil deGrasse Tyson is probably the only person who could pull it off. Maybe Michio Kaku, but I don't think he quite has the speaking ability that Neil does.

If you want pseudo science then yes professor Michio Kaku is a good choice.
Otherwise Neil deGrasse Tyson is the right choice, science not time travel and wormholes.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720813)

Theoretical physics is not "pseudoscience". And NdGT has talked about both time travel and wormholes on his Star Talk podcast (which I highly recommend).

Brian Cox. (2)

denzacar (181829) | about a year ago | (#43720699)

The physicist, not the actor.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719469)

Meh. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great speaker when he's simply allowed to talk. But in scripted documentaries he's a bit of a bore. (Mostly because of the small amounts of writing interspersed with copious amounts of unnecessary background.)

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720719)

While I love Tyson... They should have gotten Hugo Weaving.

Re:Let me guess (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#43719947)

Probably to update all the outdated and wrong information.

Re:Let me guess (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43720575)

It will have Carl Sagan. After the success of The Walking Dead, they are doing their own version: The Talking Dead.

Re:Let me guess (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719161)

Let me guess you like to make fun of people and take lollipops from children? Grow up bully. /sarcasm Considering the people involved with the show I doubt that... But go ahead keep your narrow minded views flowing... We all want to hear about them.

No being fox it will go 9 shows they will cancel it and then there will be a 'cult following' and petitions to bring it back.

Re:Let me guess (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about a year ago | (#43719435)

shut up you fucking twat-waffle.

Re:Let me guess (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719529)

Why? Did I accidentally make fun of you? Do you like stealing lollipops? So I found 2 bullies today and made both mad! :)

Your news letter we would all like to sign up for it. You seem to have such intriguing ideas about life.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719233)

I was just about to comment the same thing!

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719387)

In the Fox version the Universe is 6000 years old and the Earth is at the center of the Universe.

We can, actually, choose the center of the Universe to be anywhere.
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/GR/centre.html

Re: Let me guess (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719433)

First, Fox (aside from the news side) doesn't just cater to conservatives- far from it.

Second, not all conservative are young earthers. There are many of s who believe in God and believe in evolution.

Third, if you are going to troll, be funny next time. Funny trolls are awesome. You? Not so much.

Re:Let me guess (1)

Anonymous Meoward (665631) | about a year ago | (#43719479)

Nah, it'll just be subtitled: When Celestial Bodies Attack!

Re:Let me guess (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | about a year ago | (#43720009)

And run back to back with moon landing conspiracy shows...

Re:Let me guess (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about a year ago | (#43720613)

I thought those ran on the Discovery and History channels.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719573)

I was thinking, "How would baby Jesus help this show?"

Re:Let me guess (0)

MitchDev (2526834) | about a year ago | (#43719617)

And the T-Rex is a Jesus-o-saurus

Re:Let me guess (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year ago | (#43719971)

And the T-Rex is a Jesus-o-saurus

don't be silly hes riding a t-rex

Re:Let me guess (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43719645)

There is no way Fox is cancelling COPS and launching Cosmos. Expect the execs there to come to their senses pretty quickly and replace this with a reality show following the lives of transsexual meth-addicted circus performers.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720295)

There is no way Fox is cancelling COPS and launching Cosmos. Expect the execs there to come to their senses pretty quickly and replace this with a reality show following the lives of transsexual meth-addicted circus performers.

No, that one will be on Discovery, replacing thair last non-idiotic show, MythBusters.

Re:Let me guess (1)

gravis777 (123605) | about a year ago | (#43720371)

You shouldn't confuse Fox News with the Fox Network. I think the two exist so that they can make their own news stories on slow news days.

Re:Let me guess (1, Flamebait)

argStyopa (232550) | about a year ago | (#43720385)

As opposed to the other mainstream media, who merely assume that the climate of a 5-billion-year-old planet will be catastrophically ruined by driving SUVs, and that the root of every bad thing that's happened in history can be pinned to blame some white guy, somewhere (after 1776, it would be an AMERICAN white guy).

Hey, we all have our preconceptions, right?

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720789)

and that the root of every bad thing that's happened in history can be pinned to blame some white guy, somewhere (after 1776, it would be an AMERICAN white guy).

And giving the startling amount of shit American White Guys are responsible for, many of us wouldn't entirely disagree.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720561)

They may bring in opposing views, like some bleached blonde saying there are dozens and dozens of zodiac signs by which to run your life.

Halle-bloody-luia (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#43719125)

Tyson has his own show, now. Nothing against the man, and I can really laugh when he is being funny - but isn't this a bit over the top ? OTOH, popularizing science is a great and lofty goal...

Re:Halle-bloody-luia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720593)

You do know that he's an astrophysicist, not a comedian, right?

A SCIENCE GUY (2)

AxDx (1184351) | about a year ago | (#43719135)

Let's just hope it doesn't feature a fat oafish stereotypical insecure male, a hot wife, and a talking animal

Re:A SCIENCE GUY (1)

sp332 (781207) | about a year ago | (#43719237)

With Seth MacFarlane as executive producer, of course it will be.

*sigh* (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719141)

It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Am I the only one who's sick of this guy? Does he have to be in every program even tangentially related to astronomy?

Re:*sigh* (4, Insightful)

Kreigaffe (765218) | about a year ago | (#43719175)

From what I understand, if something is even tangentially related to astronomy, and it's possible to bring him in.. people will want to do that, because he's a likeable guy, he's smart and blunt but not demeaning or haughty, he's passionate but relatable, and he's smart AND cool.

Honestly I'd much rather hear his opinion on non-science matters rather than celebrity opinions on anything that isn't acting or singing or sex tapes or whatever else got them famous.

Re:*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719821)

It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Am I the only one who's sick of this guy? Does he have to be in every program even tangentially related to astronomy?

How many great science popularizers do you see on tv ?
I mean real scientists that speak about SCIENCE not pseudo-science ?

Re:*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720135)

How can a program called Cosmos--that is about the cosmos--only be tangentially related to astronomy?

Also, I'm more tired of Michio Kaku than I am of NdGT. I do still like them both, though.

Re:*sigh* (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43720793)

Consider the alternative: it could be "Star Trek's Guide to the Cosmos" hosted by actors from the series . You have to admit that exploring the universe the Enterprise (and maybe a DeLorean for the episodes related to the history of science, those hosted by Doc Brown) will look better than doing it a dandelion seed. If you will give wings to your imagination, let your culture pick the right kind.

This has made my day. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719151)

There's no more Carl Sagan, no more Bill Nye on television, nothing except Mythbusters to inspire future generations of engineers and scientific thinkers. This has made my day, there may just be hope for the future yet.

Re:This has made my day. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719183)

And then I saw that Seth MacFarlane is involved. And I lost all hope.

Re:This has made my day. (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43719337)

Except it won't be on public television, it'll be on Fox. There's a good chance any principle will be sacrificed before the first season is finished filming for spectacle. Gotta sell those commercial time slots.

Re:This has made my day. (2)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | about a year ago | (#43719549)

And Mythbusters has taken to either blowing shit up or shooting guns at something almost every single episode. Hardly the stuff of inspiration.

Re:This has made my day. (3, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | about a year ago | (#43720227)

Not true. It inspires me to change the channel.

Re:This has made my day. (1)

chispito (1870390) | about a year ago | (#43720577)

There's no more Carl Sagan, no more Bill Nye on television, nothing except Mythbusters to inspire future generations of engineers and scientific thinkers. This has made my day, there may just be hope for the future yet.

Perhaps the young generation isn't looking to TV for inspiration?

Tyson, eh? (1)

GottMitUns (1012191) | about a year ago | (#43719169)

Producers should've just put Mike Tyson in there. That would have been a blast!

Re:Tyson, eh? (2)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#43719403)

Mike Tyson is more into medieval history [sportsfilter.com] than since, last I heard.

Narrated by Peter Griffin? (1)

netwarerip (2221204) | about a year ago | (#43719205)

Then I will watch for sure.

Re:Narrated by Peter Griffin? (1)

guttentag (313541) | about a year ago | (#43719415)

It's the next episode in MacFarlane's Star Wars remake series. Remember, at the beginning of Blue Harvest [wikipedia.org] Peter said "let's start with part four." He then went on to do parts five and six, so now he's going back to do part one to explain how it all began, only on a grander scale, possibly with Tom Hanks voicing a long-eared character with a pull string who is like the Forrest Gump of the universe. It will require RealPlayer 7 to watch.

Re:Narrated by Peter Griffin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720311)

Shut up, Meg.

.

All hail St. Tyson (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719219)

I thought I heard r/atheism furiously masturbating all the way over here.

What? (1)

Enry (630) | about a year ago | (#43719235)

Nah, only Sagan could do it. There's nobody around these days that could possibly....

It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Uhm..nevermind.

Re:What? (2)

funwithBSD (245349) | about a year ago | (#43719273)

I was hoping for Amy Mainzer!

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719475)

She's hot.

Re:What? (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43719691)

I was hoping for Amy Mainzer!

To do what?

We leave Saturn for the deeper regions of the (4, Funny)

funwithBSD (245349) | about a year ago | (#43719265)

cosmos and come upon Uranus...

*giggity giggity goo*

Re:We leave Saturn for the deeper regions of the (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43719753)

The one day I don't have mod points.

Old news is soooo exciting! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719323)

:(

Re:Old news is soooo exciting! (1)

TheSync (5291) | about a year ago | (#43719487)

The news is that FOX announced this will actually air in the 2013-2014 season at their upfronts on Monday. Before that, it was unclear as to when it would air.

Carl Sagan (1)

Frankie70 (803801) | about a year ago | (#43719331)

Carl Sagan - the Billy Mays of Science.

Re:Carl Sagan (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719411)

Unfortunately, science needs more Billy Mays types. People need to be shocked out of their ignorance comas. :-)

Better than The Elegant Universe? (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about a year ago | (#43719375)

Neil deGrasse Tyson will be an excellent show host. I'm looking forward to it, although it will be hard to beat The Elegant Universe series [pbs.org] offered on PBS.

Re:Better than The Elegant Universe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719485)

All it would take to beat TEU would be a focus on something other than strings. Say on something scientific.

Re:Better than The Elegant Universe? (1)

BiggoronSword (1135013) | about a year ago | (#43719497)

Through the Wormhole [imdb.com] is a pretty good one too.

And here I was hoping (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719379)

the ridiculous worship of Neil deGrasse Tyson would start to abate.

Re:And here I was hoping (0)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43719709)

But he's a black scientist! No arrest record or anything!

Re:And here I was hoping (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about a year ago | (#43719735)

I'm right there with you, but don't hold your breath. It's appropriate that he's going to be doing this show. He's precisely this generation's equivalent of Sagan: a scientist who did good work in his field early on but who has since coasted on a public image as the Voice Of Science, with his most mundane statements breathlessly repeated as though they were great wisdom. [shrug] I guess it's better for people to choose a scientist to worship than an actor, musician, athlete, politician, or preacher, but it's still kind of irritating to watch.

Can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719381)

I actually just got through watching the original Cosmos series on Hulu [hulu.com] . For 1980, it's a very entertaining show and accessible to normals. And anything that stands up against the tide of really awful, retarded television that has popped up in the last 10 years is good.

Reading some of the backstory, Seth McFarlane appears to be putting his money behind this as sort of an anti-Family Guy force, so hopefully it should be very good. Having it on Fox is also a good idea - there's probably more money being splashed around it, and it doesn't have the "stigma" of being on PBS.

Anything that sparks even the slightest interest in science is a good thing, even if it's wrapped up in an entertaining story. My man Carl said something like, "Everyone is born with natural curiosity. Most people get it stomped out of them early. A few manage to survive and become scientists."

Worst disaster since the Tunguska Incident (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719383)

.. gah.. really? .. gah.. Reeeealllly?

Sagan must be spinning in his grave.

Re:Worst disaster since the Tunguska Incident (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43719779)

With so many people spinning in their graves, you'd think free energy would be reality by now.

Will (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#43719407)

Will it have billions and billions of Hollywood stars? Was Fox thinking of billions and billions of dollars?

I made an account after 10+ years just to say... (1)

Kl00dge (2923239) | about a year ago | (#43719409)

I was *really* hoping Prof. Brian Cox would do this one day. His passion is inspiring. Neil deGrasse Tyson comes off as a bit arrogant to me, but I guess it could be worse. Thank God it isn't Michelle Thaller. I'm sure she's a fine lady, it just grates on my nerves the way she talks; like she's teaching 1st graders that the sun "rotates" around the earth.

Re:I made an account after 10+ years just to say.. (3, Interesting)

Ogi_UnixNut (916982) | about a year ago | (#43719585)

Heh, funny. I can't stand Brian Cox. I just find his manner irritating, and as a result I don't watch any of the shows he is on.

Just goes to show the variety in peoples tastes, eh? :)

I've not imagined Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a host, but I am willing to give it a shot and see how it goes. Who knows, he might actually be good at it.

Fox? (0)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year ago | (#43719445)

Are they planning on re-making Cosmos as a fictional comedy?

Re:Fox? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719533)

To Fox, the idea that the universe is more than 6000 years old is already fictional and quite possible comical.

Kirk Cameron and a Banana (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719535)

I await the episode featuring Kirk Cameron and a Banana.

bad decision. (1)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#43719661)

Macfarlane should have been passed over for this for one reason: He completely bombed the 2013 Oscars. Its not something you have to improv or give a great deal of consideration to; the entire event is scripted. The audience is known, and every variable has been populated for your consideration. Despite having a completely controlled environment, he still managed to fail miserably. His irreverant banter with Shatner, juvenile Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles number that just seemed to drag on ad-nauseum, and generally sexist hosting of the Oscars with deadpan jokes and universally reviled criticism should have been a red flag for Fox. Instead you're taking the guy who made Family Guy, the Cleveland Show, Ted, and American Dad and asking him to participate in a documentary about the cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson juxtaposed against Macfarlanes habitual 'coonery bafoonery' portrayal of black characters is a gut-wretching consideration.

Morgan Freeman is more qualified as an executive producer based on his experience with Nova.

As Carl once said... (4, Insightful)

freeze128 (544774) | about a year ago | (#43719697)

"If you wish to make a science show from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

"Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame" (1)

FilmedInNoir (1392323) | about a year ago | (#43719751)

Why surprisingly? Cause Family Guy is all fart jokes...right?
Those ones with Stewie and the nerdy stuff like Star Trek and Star Wars are actually the writings of Seth Green who's known for his Phd. in Astrophysics and action figure collection.

Not on Fox, no way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719799)

Fox? Not watching it. I don't care, they're assholes and I'm not providing eyeballs for their advertisers. I don't watch Fox or Siffy, so I missed Battlestar Galactica until it came out on DVD.

Re:Not on Fox, no way (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720037)

Well arent you just the morally superior little cutie that is a shining example to the rest of us.

sorry (4, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#43719865)

Neil you killed Pluto. Fuck you.

Re:sorry (2)

T.E.D. (34228) | about a year ago | (#43720411)

Neil you killed Pluto

Come on. Walking around flashing that highly eliptical orbit [wikipedia.org] far outside the plane the rest of the respectible planets oribit in, acting all chaoitc like a common comet, Pluto was clearly asking for it. I mean, its sad it happened and all, but hardly suprising. Someone was bound to attack Pluto sonner or later.

Re:sorry (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about a year ago | (#43720501)

Captain Hindsight says:
If you wanted Pluto to remain a planet you shouldn't have insisted we explore the solar system to find out why it behaves so weird.

Would have been Genius (1)

kmahan (80459) | about a year ago | (#43719963)

They should have cast William Atherton

Since it's Fox and involves science and space... (1)

tpjunkie (911544) | about a year ago | (#43720033)

we can expect it gets cancelled less than halfway through its run

You all know this is gonna be EPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720119)

And i hate using that word!!

Seth McFarlane? (2)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year ago | (#43720131)

Didn't Robot Chicken already do this three months ago?

... Don't be glib about this stuff, Dad. It's a legitimate show and they beat you to the punch.

... You know, Dad, You're a real jerk!

Cosmos Remake Coming To Fox In 2014 (0)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year ago | (#43720339)

They're going to leave out that whole "evolution" part.

Target audience mismatch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43720653)

The average Fox viewer will only understand Cosmos if it is reduced to "fireball warms planet but not too much" and shots of a man's testicles getting sucked into a black hole.

Fox. Its got what plants crave.

Hypnotic Voice... (2)

jzarling (600712) | about a year ago | (#43720833)

Carl Sagan had a voice that could lull you into a trance -
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