The President will launch the series with a video message on Sunday
President Barack Obama will be launching Fox's reboot of the science series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” with a video message at the top of the broadcast on Sunday at 9/8c on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, including Fox and National Geographic Channel.
According to the company's announcement, Obama will be inviting “a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.”
The announcement follows the Feb. 28 special screening of the series at The White House as part of the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.
This is the first multi-network launch for Fox Networks Group, which includes Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, which means that the President's introduction and the series premiere will be available on 220 channels in 181 countries, which is more than half a billion homes.
After the premiere episode, the series will then air on Sundays on Fox with a repeat airing on Nat Geo Channel on Mondays (with extra bonus footage).
More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” Carl Sagan's scientific exploration of the universe, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan's original creative collaborators — writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter — to revive the series.
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which tells the tale of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time, is hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The series is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane's company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (“24″) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted”) co-executive produces.
Watch a preview of “Cosmos” below: