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.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter:
Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible. To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.
Courtney Monroe, president of the National Geographic Channel adds:
After the global success of Cosmos as one of the most watched series in our history, we are thrilled to be partnering with Neil again on Star Talk — his wildly popular podcast that transcends science and crosses over into pop culture — once again satisfying the audience’s passion for adventure and exploration. We continue to bolster our programming with series and event specials that are brand definitional, and Star Talk is the perfect opportunity to offer our audience an edgy, late-night alternative with the credibility and authenticity that are the hallmarks of our network.
Star Talk is slated to debut in April (so I have some time to sort out my National Geographic situation), and it will air alongside a new special called Hubble’s Cosmic Journey. Get ready for this to become a big part of your life.