Cosmos

Neil deGrasse Tyson in Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

*The man behind “The Cleveland Show” is hauling science into primetime this spring, with an assist from perhaps the world’s most famous astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. And it’s set for a premiere that will take place across a multitude of networks around the globe — a television rarity.

On March 9, Fox premieres “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 13-part series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” in 1980, which explored the nooks and crannies of our universe.

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show,” is teaming with Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan to executive produce the new 13-part series that continues to probe the stars…this time narrated by Tyson.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson (L) and executive producer Seth MacFarlane speak during the FOX portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Neil DeGrasse Tyson (L) and executive producer Seth MacFarlane speak during the FOX portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2014 in Pasadena, California

“You know, I had always been a fan of ‘Cosmos.’ I had seen it as a child, and then, when I was in high school, saw it again and was able to process it in even more depth and was just always a fan,” said MacFarlane during a TCA panel for the show in January.

His path first crossed with Tyson at the Science & Entertainment Exchange and MacFarlane – who has an overall deal with FOX – found out the famed scientist was working with Druyan on doing a new “Cosmos.”

“I said while National Geographic, Discovery Channel were some of the places that it was being considered to be pitched to and are great networks, in a way, you’re sort of preaching to the converted, and wouldn’t it be nice to broaden it a little bit even more?” said MacFarlane. “I thought that there was a strong possibility that this particular regime at FOX, as creative and open minded as they are, would be receptive to the idea of doing the show on a network, and sure enough, they were.”

Below, Tyson admits he was a bit skeptical when MacFarlane first approached him about wanting to executive produce the “Cosmos” reboot…over dinner.

In an unprecedented move, Fox will air the premiere simultaneously on Sunday, March 9, 9-10 p.m. in the U.S. across ten 21st Century Fox networks, including FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, and Fox Life.

But that’s not all… It was announced today (Feb. 14) that “Cosmos” will premiere on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries, as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series.

Rolling out immediately after the U.S. premiere, international markets will begin airing the premiere episode day and date on both Fox-branded and National Geographic Channels, concluding within one week of the domestic premiere event.

The remainder of the series will air in the U.S. on Fox with Nat Geo rebroadcasting the episodes the next day. Internationally, the additional 12 episodes will air exclusively on National Geographic Channels outside the U.S.

Watch the trailer below.