ATTENTION…NEWS OF COSMIC PROPORTIONS HAS JUST BEEN DROPPED ON THE BROADCASTING WORLD.
The FOX Networks Group has announced the first-ever simultaneous cross-network premiere for the ‘COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY’ premier from 9pm-10pm, spanning across 10 networks, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 and 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life.
What this means:
200+ FOX and National Geographic Channels around the world - that’s 220 channels in 181 countries, reaching more than half a billion homes will debut the series on Sunday, March 9th @ 9pm ET/PT, which will then continue its 13 episodes Sundays (on FOX) and Mondays (on National Geographic), with bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content airing on the National Geographic Channel afterwards from 10pm-11pm ET/PT.
The premier episode ‘Standing Up In The Milky Way’ debuts on March 9th, 2014 @ 9PM ET/PT. Don’t miss it. Watch the promo teaser HERE.
“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 and 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.”
220 channels in 181 countries entering half a billion homes
+ All 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries
+ 120 FOX-branded channels in 125 countries
= the largest global launch in the history of television for a series, let alone a series promoting science literacy.
After the U.S. launch, international markets will begin airing the premier episode on both FOX and National Geographic Channels, concluding within one week of the event on Sunday, March 9th. The additional 12 episodes will then air exclusively on National Geographic Channels outside of the U.S.
In an interview with RealScreen, Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the Cosmos series. [read it here]
From the press release:
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. 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.
Watch both parts of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with Bill Moyers HERE, as he talks about Cosmos, Carl Sagan, religion, and science literacy.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-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 Trek” franchise, “24”) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted,” “42”) co-executive produces.
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