This week GEEK was able to attend the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY PREMIERE SCREENING EVENT AND LIVE GLOBAL Q&A along with fans in 10 cities across the world. After the screening we got to participate in the live streamed Q&A and here are the highlights of the insight the production team shared about the importance of bringing the show back.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on how the universe is Entertainment W/ Video
Tyson: I’m entertained by the universe every time I think about it.
Writer Ann Druyan on Cosmos finding a home on FOX instead of the expected outlets with the help of Seth MacFarlane -
Druyan: When Carl Sagan was alive and we were working together we weren’t trying to reach the people who read New York review of books. We wanted to reach everyone because we believed that this knowledge is a birthright, it belongs to all of us
I can’t imagine a better place, I gotta tell you that Mitchell Cannold (Producer) and I went to the usual suspect networks that would probably want a science based series and it was really interesting to both of us that while everyone wanted Cosmos, they knew it was kind of a unique form of science based entertainment, that they wanted to control it. They wanted to be able to edit out the uncomfortable parts and I said ‘No’ and I’m so glad I did because then Seth brought us to FOX and National Geographic and in the four years that we have been working together there has never once been an issue. I am so thrilled to have the freedom to make the Cosmos that we hope will be worthy of the original.
MacFarlane: FOX specializes in discomfort.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Blows Your Mind
Seth MacFarlane and Neil describe one of their Lunch meetings
MacFarlane: You’re five years old again and you find yourself asking so many questions. I don’t know about this, I wanna know about this and about this and by the end of the lunch you’re like… ‘Are you Jesus?’
Tyson: On the luncheon we had together he’s asking me 30 questions he had about the Big Bang and I thought it was a little odd but that’s fine–
MacFarlane: And in the meantime you ate all my fries.
Tyson: A few months later there’s a whole episode of Family Guy where Stewie and his time machine go back to the big bang!
Seth MacFarlane on his interest in Science
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the importance of Cosmos teaching not only kids but most importantly adults
Tyson: I don’t think kids need any inspiration at all to have wonder about the natural world around them or to discover. That’s all they do–if you let them. I’m worried about scientifically illiterate adults, they run the world. The kids will see Cosmos and be like ‘Yeah, I like that’. It’s the adults. It’s everybody, yes, but the issue in modern time is:
Do adults have the wisdom and insight brought to you by the scientific perspective to actually lead this world into the future? If the adults in charge don’t have it, you are throwing seeds to fallow ground.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY premieres Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on multiple U.S. Fox networks, including FOX and National Geographic Channel. Beginning the following week, all-new episodes of COSMOS will air Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Mondays (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the National Geographic Channel.