Attention science geeks and ’80s TV addicts: Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is teaming up with Carl Sagan’s widow and writer/producer Ann Druyan and colleague Steven Soter to produce a sequel to Carl Sagan’s iconic 13-part TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which originally ran in 1980. Hosted by prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and also projected to come in 13 parts, the sequel, entitled Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, will air on Fox in primetime, which is pretty ballsy for such nerdy, niche material.
“Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species,” MacFarlane said. “We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan.”
The new series is scheduled to hit the tube in 2013, so until then, better bone up on your Sagan.