via press release:
FOLLOWING THE GLOBAL SUCCESS OF COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL ANNOUNCES
NEW LATE-NIGHT SERIES
STAR TALK HOSTED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Based on Astrophysicist Tyson’s Popular Podcast,
Star Talk Premieres April 2015
Star Talk Will Be Accompanied by the Premiere of Hubble’s Cosmic Journey
A One-Hour Special Celebrating the 25th Anniversary
Of the Remarkable Space Telescope
(PASADENA, CA/WASHINGTON, DC – Jan. 7, 2015) On the heels of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey’s global success, National Geographic Channel today announced the premiere of the network’s first-ever late-night series, Star Talk, hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson). Based on Tyson’s incredibly popular podcast of the same name, the new series will bridge the intersection between pop culture and science as it brings together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in our vast universe.
Premiering April 2015, the series will be produced by National Geographic Studios and will be taped in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, where Tyson serves as director. Each week, Tyson and his fellow guests will explore a variety of cosmic topics, including space travel, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth and the environment and breaking news from the universe.
“COSMOS allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” said host Tyson. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.”
“After the global success of COSMOS as one of the most watched series in our history, we are thrilled to be partnering with Neil again on Star Talk — his wildly popular podcast that transcends science and crosses over into pop culture — once again satisfying the audience’s passion for adventure and exploration,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Channels. “We continue to bolster our programming with series and event specials that are brand definitional, and Star Talk is the perfect opportunity to offer our audience an edgy, late-night alternative with the credibility and authenticity that are the hallmarks of our network.”
The premiere of Star Talk will be accompanied by the one-hour special Hubble’s Cosmic Journey, a celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 years orbiting our planet. Narrated by Tyson, Hubble’s Cosmic Journey is the story of one of the most remarkable advances in modern technology, as told by the people who designed, built, launched, operated and repaired the legendary observatory. Hubble’s Cosmic Journey is produced by Bigger Bang and along with Star Talk will air globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this spring.
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About Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson is an author, astrophysicist, lecturer and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson is also that rare scientist who connects with all audiences. His many television appearances have established him as a trusted and charismatic authority on science. With more than 1.2 million Twitter followers, more than 240,000 followers on Facebook and a sizeable following on Google+, his social media following is a powerful complement to his passion for science. As the Emmy-nominated host of COSMOS, Tyson brought his take on Carl Sagan’s classic to television in his first weekly TV series.