COSMOS remake coming spring 2014
Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:09 PM
There are a lot of folks on this forum who took their first dive into astronomy as a result of those 13 weeks of viewing on PBS 33 years ago. It occurs to me that the new COSMOS, to be broadcast on a major network, will draw major public attention and a very large audience. It just might be one of the largest boosts to our hobby since Halley, given all the new knowledge that has emerged since 1980. Imagine what Sagan could have done with images from the Huygens probe descending to Titan, or Curiosity's snapshots from Mars! And imagine what the producers are probably doing right now with all the new special effects technology to make this a stunning series! I would bet that FOX will promote this series heavily, and it would not surprise me to see it become a major national hit, with ratings far beyond those of the original PBS series, which was only matched on PBS by the Ken Burns Civil War series years later.
Here is my suggestion: local astronomy clubs should start planning now to host major public star parties, perhaps
in conjunction with their local FOX affiliates, on the 13 nights when the COSMOS episodes air. It might be that some of those local stations would set up large screens for public viewing, which would draw substantial crowds. I can bet that telescope dealers are anticipating COSMOS with glee, and astronomy clubs could see dramatic increases in membership and interest as well. This really could be one of the most amazing boosts to our hobby in decades.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:36 PM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:40 PM
I am hoping it is as popular and quality as recent astronomy popularizing programming on the BBC by Brian Cox like "Stargazing Live!" or the original "Cosmos"
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:26 PM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:11 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:01 AM
I found Sagen's 'Cosmos' book at the thrift store, quickly glanced through it.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:05 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:19 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:26 AM
Took the "Cosmos" course (used Carl Sagan's book) at UNM in the late 80s. Best college course I ever took. Oddly enough, it was a Philosophy course.........
Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:07 PM
Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:35 PM
Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:17 PM
Ann Druyan is involved, at least a little
It's an opportunity to expose a new generation to bleeding edge cosmology
Fox, a commercial network, rather than PBS, a non-commercial network
Degrasse Tyson in Sagan's role
It's a pity that PBS couldn't have handled the remake and hired a true intellectual rather than a showman. Though Neil's sense of style fits the Fox three-ring-circus vibe pretty well; better than any hard scientist would have fit in.
Here's the thing. Agree or disagree with Sagan on the Big Questions, you still were interested in hearing what he thought. Does anyone know or even care what Degrasse Tyson thinks - about anything?
Still, I think I'll give it a chance. It might be surprisingly authentic and true to its roots. The science of Cosmos is definitely due for a refresh and update.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:01 AM
I saw him in Memphis a few years ago and what impressed me most was that he remained at the reception after his talk until everyone had asked there questions. In fact, at the end, a good hour after his talk, there were only three people there including me. And no matter how silly the questions (including mine) he was patient and magnanimous.
For the older generation (I too grew up with the original Cosmos) it will be hard to let go of our bias for Sagan. But it is important that someone relates to and engages the younger crowd.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:36 AM
My biggest reservation is with FOX. Afraid of garish over the top displays the network is known for.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:09 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:31 PM
It's Fox, they'll tell us the Universe is only 6000 years old.....
That IS an interesting combination, a science show on Fox.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:39 PM
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:21 AM
I can just hear the Fox News personalities off (or maybe on) air: "Hey, there's gonna be a show about stars and the milky way universe like that movie Jodie Foster was in."