In general, I’ve never been a big fan of late-night talk shows. The Daily Show is okay, Jimmy Fallon actually has some funny bits now and again, but Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and even Conan O’Brien, those have just never been my thing. This one, however, I very well may have to put on my regular viewing schedule, as everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is getting his very own late-night talk show on the National Geographic Channel. (Actually, I won’t be tuning into this either, I just remembered we don’t get Nat Geo at my house, but I would if I could.)
Last year’s revamped Cosmos was so good that it’s hard to imagine this not being your new favorite show. It’s called Star Talk, by the way, and from what it sounds like, it’s going to be essentially a talk show version of his podcast of the same name. It will be science centric, of course, but still feature all kinds of popular culture influences, like interviews with celebrities and comedians as well as scientists. He even plans to give Bill Nye a one-minute rant about whatever he wants on each episode, and it will film in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Yeah, this is going to be good.