Producer/Director Ann Druyan and host Neil deGrasse Tyson have a lot of passion for their FOX program, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” “Cosmos” is a science documentary television series developed to bring back the foundation of science to network television at the height of other scientific-based television series and films.
The show is presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who, as a young college student, was inspired by Sagan. Among the executive producers are Seth MacFarlane, whose clout and financial investment were instrumental in bringing the show to broadcast television, and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and a co-creator of the original series. Together, Druyan and Tyson has seen a lot of success.
Druyan said she felt like this season the documentary is able to achieve goals that were set by all the team members involved.
“I have a feeling that the reaction to the series has exceeded my wildest fantasies,” Druyan said. “The most touching moment, it has come in the form of myriad tweets from people and emails from the public saying that Cosmos has brought families together. That was my dream from the beginning. I hoped and I believed that there was this unsatisfied yearning for this kind of programming, and by the metrics we have thus far, I think it’s really delivered that.”
Tyson said he too was happy to see that people are still interested in this type of content on television saying the most important thing is for people to still have a sense of wonder and a curiosity that makes them watch the show, learn but instead of it being just a lesson it becomes a “journey of mind and emotion.”
Tyson said he wishes he could go back on a “ship of imagination,” an idea brought up on the show, and hang out with people like Isaac Newton and make some discoveries or spend some time investigating the Big Bang. Druyan said if these types of topics are not brought up who knows what would happen to the space stations and/or NASA.
“Well, that’s exactly why I made “Cosmos” because what you need is a popular expression of will on this subject,” Druyan said. “But that was half the battle, and I think let’s see if as a result of this, there are people all over the country and in the 180 countries on earth where “Cosmos” is succeeding and let’s see if there’s not a sea change that I know Neal and I fervently hope for and are priorities.”
While the show remains a hit, with plans of it being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Tyson said he is happy just being an educator and scientist and was never looking for the fame he received from being apart of the show but doesn’t plan on turning anything down in the future.
“I don’t have specific television ambitions in the sense that I remain fundamentally and academic, and so, my innermost ambitions are what’s the next discovery I can make; that’s in my direct center,” Tyson said. “But it’s not the projects that are in the center of me, it’s sort of the scientific inquiry that’s in my center. So, if another opportunity does not arise, I’m not going to miss it in that sense.”
Watch Ann Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tysonhe in the complete season available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
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