Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!
We love Bill Nye the Science Guy. We’ve loved Bill Nye since we were kids chanting along to the memorable theme song or wasting away science class watching a video about matter or electricity or whatever ridiculous science-based pop parody song the show was assaulting us with at the time. Bill Nye The Science Guy aired in the ’90s on PBS and set out to get kids excited about science, something Bill Nye never stopped trying to do even after the show was relegated to ‘millenial nostalgia’ as I’ve seen it described as recently.
Say what you will about the show, or even the bow-tied man himself, but we are very excited with the recent news that Bill Nye will be returning to the small screen with Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix. Airing on probably the best home for the show, free from most political or religious hurdles that larger networks have to deal with, Bill Nye’s new talk show promises to explore science in a talk show format, tackling scientific topics and how they impact our politics and society.
Netflix’s official synopsis reveals a bit more about the show:
Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.
Nye hasn’t shied away from the public eye since his show was cancelled after five seasons. In fact, he has become possibly even more prominent in a science world that is producing its own celebrities like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who most recently hosted Cosmos for Fox. Nye never seems to miss an opportunity to shine light on so-called bad science in news programs and live debates, like the highly-talked about debate with Creationist Ken Ham in 2014.
Nye released a statement following the announcement of his new show that highlights his current mission and excitement for his new series:
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science. Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
Here’s hoping Bill. Here’s hoping.
Bill Nye Saves the World is produced for Netflix by Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein and Julie Pizzi serve as executive producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Michael Naidus (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Writer and stand-up comedian Mike Drucker serves as Head Comedy Writer; and, astronomer, author and award-winning science communicator Phil Plait serves as Head Science Writer, as reported by Variety.
Bill Nye Saves The World is slated to air in Spring 2017.