We’re all excited about the reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, right? Neil Degrasse Tyson, an updated take on Carl Sagan’s love letter to space and the universe — what’s not to anticipate, right? If you think that way, you’re not alone, it was announced Saturday that the leader of the free world himself, President Barack Obama, would be introducing the series in a video message during its Sunday night debut. Is there such a thing as a White House bump? We’re about to find out!
The news comes following a February 28th preview screening of the series that took place at the White House during the inaugural White House Film Festival. Hosting 100 science educators from all 50 states (and Puerto Rico!) — winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — Obama and the teachers were treated to a preview screening of the new series.
The big news was unveiled via press release, stating that the multi-network premiere (a first for the Fox Network Group) will have a video lead-in message from Obama, encouraging viewers to embrace the spirit of discovery, explore new frontiers, and imagine the limitless possibilities of our planet’s future. (Especially when it’s hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!) It’s no wonder the President wanted to get on board.
BONUS: Watch Tyson’s SXSW talk on Cosmos here:
It’s a solid endorsement for the Carl Sagan successor: As with the legendary original PBS series, the new Cosmos will be shown around the world, 220 channels in 181 countries, potentially reaching more than half a billion homes.
And the Seth MacFarlane reboot looks to be taking this whole thing quite seriously, as the Family Guy creator teamed up with Sagan’s original collaborators — writer/executive producer (and Sagan widow) Ann Druyan and co-writer/astronomer Steven Soter — to bring this latest installment to life. The new iteration will feature popular elements of the original series (the Cosmic Calendar, the Ship of the Imagination) in addition to never-before-told stories of humanity’s search for knowledge, answers, and insight into our relation to the universe at large.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premieres Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9 PM on Fox. Are you planning to tune in?