The Trailer for the Rebooted Cosmos TV Series Is Out

Earlier tonight, at Comic-Con in San Diego, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan‘s widow), and director Brannon Braga premiered a trailer for the Seth MacFarlane-produced reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

More. I need more.

Looks incredible. I can’t wait to watch this. The show premieres in the spring of 2014.

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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Mike De Fleuriot

    Dude, Is there a need to explain who Ann Druyan is? That was the first thought in my mind when I read this.

    • PP

      I ‘m sure there are many who still don’t make, or know, her connection with Sagan. Unless she was called Ann Druyan-Sagan.

      Which she’s not.

      So yeah, there’s a need.

    • midnight rambler

      I’ve never heard of her, so yes, I’d say there is.

  • Don

    Oh yeah, I’m watching that!

  • jason

    Looks cool! But I guess to be on Fox they have to sneak Jesus in there some how. What could Jesus have to do with a show about the Cosmos I wonder? Or am I just being a dick for fixating on being annoyed by that tiny clip in the video?

    • Mike De Fleuriot

      Does not matter, because I think any god being put against Ann, Neil and Cosmos is going to suffer worse than a three day trip to hell.

    • Chuck Thom

      MacFarlane is paying for it and owns the show plus all creative rights. Don’t forget, the Simpsons and Family Guy frequently mock religion and they’re shown on Fox.

    • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

      Fox News and Fox TV are two separate entities. I think sometimes they put controversial things on Fox TV just so they can denounce them on Fox News (Glee, for example) and make money off everyone by playing both sides. What concerns me is some of the New Age=y imagery. Blech.

      • RobMcCune

        True, some of the stuff in the trailer looked kinda gimmicky, but that’s all trailers are nowadays, a quick succession of gimmicky images.

      • Willy Occam

        “What concerns me is some of the New Age=y imagery. Blech”

        I’m completely with you on that. I guess they need that to help sell the show to the masses.

        • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

          So long as they let NdGT do his thing (which he does so well) it should be a good show. If too many “suits” are allowed to tinker with the format, not so much. He’s a great communicator. He has that rare gift of explaining complicated things to people who aren’t experts without it seeming like he’s talking down to us. This has great potential. I’m just concerned that network television loves to dumb things down. This is my idea of reality TV. I hope there are millions more also interested.

          • Willy Occam

            I figure Tyson wouldn’t want his name associated with this if there were too many compromises to appease the suits; and I’m sure Ann Druyan is being vigilant to protect Sagan’s legacy. So I’m hoping they just cheesed up the promo to draw an audience.

            • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

              Good points. I also think Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the best person to host this show. I think if they are allowed to make the show they want it will be good. I have no idea what kind of ratings but the marketing is simple: if you want to know what they’re talking about on Big Bang Theory, watch this show. If they can get half that audience it will be a hit.

  • Dustin K

    I started bawling when Carl passes the “motel of dust” to Neil.

    • Atheist

      faggot

  • Brian

    Christians can keep their “Bible” mini-series, this Cosmos reboot will be so much better. Praise be to NDT!! Ramen.

    • SeekerLancer

      Call me cynical but the first thing I thought was, “this won’t last long.”

      • http://chaoskeptic.blogspot.com Rev. Ouabache

        It’s on Fox so I expect them to cancel it a lot earlier than it should be.

  • NG

    Since this is on Fox, they’ll cancel it right away.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      And then spitefully prevent anyone else from using it.

    • WallofSleep

      It’s seems you’re not hip to their business model. Going all the way back to their flagship middle-finger, “Married: With Children”, Fox Network airs all that great, offensive, anti-American/Christian programming, while Fox News hosts round-table after round-table about how horrible and damaging that programing is. They got ya coming and going.

      Then again, Fox Network is known for ash-canning really good programing early on for little or no reason. Perhaps that’s what you were referring to, and perhaps my comment regarding your hipness to their business model was presumptuous.

      • NG

        I meant the early cancellation of good shows, not their penchant for letting crap “offensive” shows run forever. I was disappointed by them very early in their network history with the cancellation of Alien Nation. It continued with Brisco County Jr, Firefly, Drive… Those are the ones that immediately come to mind.

        • Rob U

          After Fox cancelled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, on a major cliffhanger I might add, I made a pact with myself then and there to NEVER watch a show on Fox ever again.

          Their proven inability to ever finish what they started means that I’m going to be continuously frustrated and disappointed (will they or won’t they cancel this show?) and since there’s no point hurting myself that way I’ve made the personal decision to not invest in any Fox show.

          While I have vaguely fond memories of the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan, the fact that this is being shown on Fox means I will likely never see it – though if National Geographic releases a Blu-Ray of the entire complete series I might be tempted to buy it. But as for the “live” show, I’m not going to risk becoming emotionally involved with the story when I’m fairly certain the channel airing it is going to rip the ending out of my grasp leaving me feeling empty, angry, and unsatisfied.

          • 3lemenope

            Yeah, that one was particularly brutal. “You made it to the future. Your adventure has just begun!” [Cut to black]…ffffffuuuuuuuuuuu…..

            I was almost as scandalized by the cancellation of Alphas (not a FOX property, for all the good that did) which likewise ended on an awesomely tantalizing cliffhanger. TV networks really need to stop doing that.

            • Rob U

              TV networks really need to stop doing that.

              Networks do stuff like that because people keep forgetting the most important part of TV, we’re not the customer we’re the product. If the show isn’t getting the views advertisers won’t pay the big rates, if they don’t pay the big rates the Network cancels the show in the hopes of finding one that will.

              Some Networks are willing to take a cut in pay for a while in the hopes of building up a sizable product base, Fox though is the least forgiving out of all of them; if they don’t get the product numbers they’re looking for quickly, they cancel the show and try again with something else.

              It sucks for us because we keep seeing ourselves as the consumer in this situation, but once you start to recognize that you’re the product being sold to the advertising consumers, you learn to spot what shows are likely to last so you can make informed decisions on which ones to invest your time in.

              Hopefully, as time goes on, the current model will die off – I cancelled cable and now buy most of my TV on DVD/Blu-Ray and never see a commercial. I’ve also been crunching the numbers and using iTunes Subscriptions for shows in the $30 – $40 range as well, twenty two episodes of a one hour show cost $1.36 – $1.82, approximately the same value people spend on a coffee every day.

              If we can get the market switched over to us buying the shows directly from the producer, rather than them selling the product to the network to have us sold as product to the Network’s advertisers, we might be able to create a situation where a relatively small fan-base can profitably carry a show on its own but I think we’re a bit away from that yet.

              • 3lemenope

                Networks do stuff like that because people keep forgetting the most important part of TV, we’re not the customer, we’re the product. If the show isn’t getting the views advertisers won’t pay the big rates, if they don’t pay the big rates the Network cancels the show in the hopes of finding one that will.

                It’s an excellent point. However, did read an interesting article today about how this model is changing at least for the cable market, where it’s not eyeballs for advertisers but rather making a station attractive for bundling in regional packages, which means more prestige shows with small audiences but large accolades and name recognition.

                Here it is.

  • http://oddboyout.blogspot.com/ oddboyout

    I’m a little skeptical of Brannon Braga’s involvement, but at least he isn’t a writer for the show (Just look at Star Trek: Voyager, Tera Nova, etc). Also, I don’t think he’s a director either, he’s never directed before to my knowledge.

    (Does a bit of research.)

    Braga is only listed as the exec producer on IMDB and David Semel is listed as the director on Wikipedia.

    • RobMcCune

      Yeah, I’m worried Neil deGrasse Tyson will evolve into a lizard at some point in the series.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Oh, yeah, and that episode. *SMFH*

      • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

        You just had to bring that one up! I’d managed to block that memory.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Of course, someone had to remind us.

          The sheer amounts of WTF in that episode… man.

      • Artor

        No, no, no. It’s de-volve remember. Because you can run evolution backwards, right? Maybe they’ll have him using photon torpedoes to break a hole in the event horizon to escape a black hole?

        • RobMcCune

          I’m referencing his most infamous Voyager episode, I think you’re referencing his most infamous Next Gen episode.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Voyager wasn’t that bad… until the later seasons when the plot holes were big enough to fly the entire Borg fleet through…

      • http://oddboyout.blogspot.com/ oddboyout

        Oh I love Voyager, but you need to look at the episodes that Braga wrote. Threshold was one of those. Thankfully he is the executive producer and not a writer. I would argue he doesn’t know enough about real science to write for a show like this.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Yeah, keep him away from the science-y stuff, plz.

      • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

        It started pretty good, got pretty terrible, and then I liked the last season again. But there were some really really bad seasons.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Some of them were, in a word, train-wreck-y.

        • Artor

          I disagree. It started terrible, and got worse. If it ever got better, I didn’t see it because I was too disgusted to watch it anymore. I’ve never seen an episode with the borg woman in it. Is that when it got better? Tits alone have never been enough to make me call something good.

          • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

            She helped. It took a bit, but she did make it much better. They did a good job on the psychological trauma of being part of a hive-mind and then being cut off from it.

            I liked Janeway as a captain at first, until they felt they had to “humanize” her from being a hardass and turned her into a weepy, insecure, indecisive mess. And then the plots started making no sense.

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              Like I said, plot holes big enough to fly the entire Borg population through all at once.

              It’s fun to get friends together and MST the show, though.

              • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

                Oooh I want to do that now. I don’t suppose you live anywhere close to Texas? My husband makes some mean cocktails, I can too, and we can get drunk and make fun of bad Star Trek episodes.

                • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                  Unfortunately, no. I’m way the hell up here in Washington state.

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            7 of 9 + The Doctor was a buddy combo worth watching. The show pretty much became about them.

      • Artor

        No, it really was that bad. It was what put me off Star Trek entirely.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          *shrugs* YMMV

        • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

          It took Enterprise to do that for me.

          I still went and saw the recent movies, though. They were … okay. I liked the first one much better than the second.

          • 3lemenope

            For me it was the opposite. I found Voyager to be a fairly miserable trek experience, while Enterprise (while rough around the edges, certainly) was refreshing, esp. the last season.

            • Rob U

              Totally agree with you on the last season of Enterprise, its a shame that they’d squandered their first three seasons though – by the time they’d found their stride the show was doing so poorly in the ratings no one was really watching the only good season they had.

              • 3lemenope

                Even the third season, though it had a (really, really) poor framing device, was episode-to-episode much stronger than the first two. I did like the fact that because the show was pretty much doomed by season four they could have real fun and take risks (e.g. the unreasonably entertaining alt-universe two parter).

                What I enjoyed most about Enterprise was that it was the first time that the audience had oodles more information about the show-universe than the characters did, so when they played with expectations it was more jarring. Such as Enterprise Vulcans not really acting like the Vulcans we’ve come to know and love, setting up the brilliant Vulcan Civil War arc.

            • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

              I never saw the last season. I watched for about 1.5 seasons then gave up.

              • 3lemenope

                If you have thirteen or so spare hours, it’s pretty worth it.

                • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

                  I’ll add it to my list of “media I should watch but honestly probably won’t” :)

                • 3lemenope

                  I’ve got a list like that.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    DO WANT!

  • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ TBJ

    I’m so excited to see that I got chills up my spine.

  • Greg Barley

    This needs Patrick Stewart somehow

  • PP

    Some of the animated cartoon clips look a bit er…naff.
    They seem to look dated and jar, and not in a good way.
    -

    • PP

      And what the hell is Jesus doing “ascending to Heaven” in there?
      Barmy!

      • Brian K

        I saw that too, wondering what the heck that’s all about.

        • allein

          All the more reason I want to watch…I want to know where they’re going with that..

  • allein

    I think I need to go find the original series and watch that while I’m waiting for this…

    • JET

      Much (if not all) of it is on YouTube. Highly recommended.

      • allein

        Looks like my library might have the DVD set, too. I was a tad young when it originally aired. I was more into the Muppets, then (after which I had to go to bed). ;)

  • JET

    Looking forward to this. The original Cosmos was a big part of my personal enlightenment. NDT is an extraordinary educator and the perfect person to take the baton from Sagan. The advances in science and technology since the original series will make this well worth watching.

  • Dave G.

    I used to love that show. It always amused me, though, that schools proudly showed it when it opened with that famous and completely subjective, personal, unverifiable metaphysical faith claim about the eternal and exclusive existence of the cosmos. Eh. I guess religious folks aren’t as bothered by other views in public schools as non-religious folks. At least nobody I knew objected.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    This looks good and thus because it is on fox it will be canceled early.

    • Guest

      Like the Simpsons?

  • midnight rambler

    It now says the video is private.

  • curtcameron

    The video is now private – anyone know where I can see this?


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