Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey airing this Sunday

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Take a journey through space, human existence, and planet Earth.

Back in 1980, renowned American astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan co-wrote and hosted a 13-part television series called the Cosmos, which explored issues like the universe and the origins of life.

Since then, there have been so many major discoveries in human genetics, physics, and space, that it’s high time for a reboot of the classic show.

Now, the comedic brain behind Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, and Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, have teamed up to produce Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, hosted by famous astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The show will premiere on Sunday, March 9, on channels like Fox, FX, and Nat Geo. As for how the idea for a reboot came about, it first began when MacFarlane met Druyan through Tyson at a 2008 event for the Science & Entertainment Exchange in Los Angeles, where scientists can connect with Hollywood writers and directors. The following year, in 2009, MacFarlane had lunch with Tyson, and heard that they wanted to recreate Cosmos, a show that the comedian was greatly influenced by as a child.

Now, the first episode, “Standing Up in the Milky Way”, will examine Giordano Bruno, the 16th century Italian philosopher, Dominican friar, poet, and astronomer, who had a marvelous vision of the limitlessness of space and time. The second episode is titled, “Some of the Things That Molecules Do” and the third episode is called “When Knowledge Conquered Fear”, so it’s clear that Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will be exploring a broad range of issues like the original.

Images courtesy of Cosmos Facebook.