'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' to Premiere Sunday, March 9 on FOX

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January 13th, 2014


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COSMOS Set To Premiere Sunday, March 9, on FOX and

 Monday, March 10, on the National Geographic Channel


Series to Launch Globally on National Geographic Channels International

Monday, March 10


Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today the global series premiere of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, the thrilling new 13-part series from executive producer/writer Ann Druyan and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”). The highly anticipated series will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and encore with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) Monday, March 10 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).


COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will also premiere globally around the world on the National Geographic Channels in 170 countries and 45 languages and Monday, March 10 on Nat Geo MUNDO in the U.S.


More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators – writer/executive producer Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter – to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.


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.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Odd decision to air this on Fox. So are Family Guy and American Dad ending their seasons on March 2nd? If Cosmos is airing for 13 weeks on Sundays then it doesn’t leave any room for FG and AD.

  • BrianV

    @ Jeff (Canada)
    I think Fox will air the premier episode on Sunday March 9th and then air new episodes on Mondays starts from March 10th, so FG and AD will coutinue airing on Sundays!

  • UKTVFan

    BrianV, that is not what this press release says. Cosmos premieres on Fox on Sunday, 3/9 at 9pm, with an encore of that episode airing on Monday, 3/10 on the National Geographic channel. There is no mention of a timeslot change on Fox after the first episode, so as long as ratings are sufficient, Fox is planning to air Cosmos for 13 weeks on Sundays at 9pm.

    Most likely none of the animated shows will be finished their seasons by early March. My guess is that Fox will air The Simpsons and Family Guy (the two highest-rated Sunday animated shows) from 8-9pm in March, April and May, then air the remaining new episodes of Bob’s Burgers and American Dad over the summer.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Yeah the scheduling is weird. They possibly could do Bob’s Burgers at 7:30, Simpsons at 8 and Family Guy at 8:30. They don’t really need to worry about American Dad since TBS is starting the new episodes this summer.

  • Oliver

    Wow, looks like they’re breaking up Animation Domination.

  • BrianV

    Just my thought! Agree that the schedule is really weird. Let’s wait till this March.

  • UKTVFan

    I forgot about the 7-8pm hour (my mind is still in football season!). Fox could easily shift the entire animation lineup to 7-9pm with Cosmos at 9pm from March to May:

    7pm – Bob’s Burgers
    7:30pm – American Dad
    8pm – The Simpsons
    8:30pm – Family Guy
    9pm – Cosmos

  • DamC

    Apparently Bob’s Bruger and American Dad are moving to 7PM and 7:30, but I haven’t seen FOX confirming it

  • RJ

    Per Futon Critic, Bobs Burgers is at 7, American Dad at 730, The Simpsons at 8, and Family Guy at 830.

  • Dan

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to air Mondays beginning March 10? Almost Human will have finished its season by then and nothing is currently scheduled in that slot.

  • a p garcia

    My problem with the reboot is its host Neil De Grasse Tyson. He is not well known in the TV, and public in general. True he is well known in the Scientific community. Carl Sagan was well known as he was a frequent visitor on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. My nomination would be either Sandra Bullock or Jim Parsons as both are well known and have a Geek factor.

  • Ultima

    Per Futon Critic, Bobs Burgers is at 7, American Dad at 730, The Simpsons at 8, and Family Guy at 830.

    7pm in the spring is going to make for some brutal ratings, but both of those shows are just on for episode counts at this point anywyas.

    On the plus side, NASCAR overruns are almost non-existant these days.

  • Tommy M.

    @ a p garcia,
    Neil De Grasse Tyson is one of the most well known scientists of today. He frequently appears on The Daily Show, Colbert Report, as well as other late night shows. He’s also quite funny and the excitement he exudes when he talks is infectious.

  • Ravenrei

    @ a p garcia

    I gotta agree with Tommy M., he really is one of the most widely-recognisable scientists in America right now. The only other I can think of who would have a similar background and popular appeal is former astronaut Mike Massimino. He’s been on talk shows and had a minor recurring role on The Big Bang Theory when Howard went to the ISS.

    But if I had to choose, I’d pick Neil. He’s already done something like Cosmos when he ran Nova ScienceNOW from 2006-2011. He feels like a perfect fit to revive the brand.

  • Steve

    Neil de Grasse Tyson can’t hold a candle to Carl Sagan. In everything he’s appeared in, Tyson comes across as a buffoon, with a slim grasp of any real science. Sagan on the other hand, truly conveyed the beauty of real science.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Steve – “In everything he’s appeared in, Tyson comes across as a buffoon, with a slim grasp of any real science.”

    Tyson has a doctorate in astrophysics from an Ivy League university. How much more “real science” can you get than that?

  • Doug

    Dear Steve,

    It might be that what you’ve seen of Neil Tyson so far hasn’t satisfied you.

    But its always best to take the open attitude towards things: give Tyson the benefit of the doubt and maybe he will surprise you as you’re watching this program.

    I think that Sagan himself would advise you to be open. He would tell you that things might be different than you expect them to be.

    Part of the spirit of the original Cosmos TV show seemed clear to me “Expect the Unexpected.”


  • cimmer

    It just won’t be the same without Carl’s “Billions and Billions” tag line. I wish it were someone different than Tyson doing it; I don’t think he can match Sagan’s sense of wonder and he comes across as too “Hollywood”, if that makes sense? I keep thinking what Sheldon Cooper would say about Tyson. lol (Of course I’m sure Sheldon would have something to say about Carl’s dandelion ship from the old series as well ;))


    Missed this post the first time around, but must say it’s strange scheduling

    @ Tommy M
    @ r0ckmypants


  • Julie Heath

    It’s in this clot because Seth MacFarlane was instrumental in it’s development and bringing it to FOX. He’s also an executive producer. deGrasse introduced MacFarlane to Ann Duryen and they all hit it off and made the new COSMOS series possible. Neil deGrasse has not only been involved with NOVA and NOVA Science Now; he also appeared on the Big Bang Theory and Stargate: Atlantis, as well as appearing on a gaggle of talk show forums. I think he is an excellent choice, and I am so excited I could go super nova! I never miss the Sunday night line-up, but I would sacrifice watching anything airing on tv in favor of an updated Cosmos. And deGrasse is a great admirer of Sagan! No one could fill Sagan’s shoes, but I think Carl would be thrilled about this. I hope this series goes on and on and on as Seth’s other FOX projects have. Kudos to everyone involved!

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