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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Post-Game: A Fine Meal Of Eye Candy And Brain Food

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cosmosPrimetime network television rarely dips into interesting real world affairs, and when it does, it’s usually true crime or whatever things happen on 60 Minutes. I’m obviously not talking about “reality television,” as no one is learning anything from that. Enter Seth MacFarlane, who has built an empire out of referencing the 1980s in filthy ways through talking teddy bears and Sunday nights on Fox. He gets all the credit in the world from us here at GFR for spearheading a revival of Carl Sagan’s landmark science series Cosmos. But it was a monumental challenge, for audiences today have more insight into our universe than any single generation in the past, all thanks to the Internet. Keeping things fresh and interesting was only as difficult as hiring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as the presenter and compiling a retina-popping collection of space photography and CGI eye candy. The final product, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, is a bite-sized lesson on the universe that grows exponentially each time you chew on the information given.

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Walkers, Clones, And Cosmos: What To Look Forward To In Spring Sci-Fi TV

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WDeadThe Walking Dead (AMC, Feb. 9)
When AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its fourth season, the series may be in as good a spot as it’s ever been. The first portion of the year wasn’t spectacular, but with the exception of those standalone Governor episodes, and the flu story that went on for far too long, it’s been solid, and more importantly consistent.

After the kerfuffle at the prison left the group beaten, bloody, splintered, and down a few key members, The Walking Dead is poised to get into some meaty storylines. From the addition of new cast members, as well as what producers have said, it looks like we’re going to be following the arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics as close as we ever have. Scattered to the wind as they are, each splinter of survivors will have their own weight to bear. Carl (Chandler Riggs) is going to have to take care of his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who is in even worse shape, mentally and physically, than usual. I really, really, really hope they stay away from the whole dead wife on the phone thing from the comics. They tried that, and it failed miserably. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) gave to cope with not only the loss of their father, but watching him get beheaded. We’ll see if Glenn (Steven Yeun) can help, or if he’ll fall to pieces, too. Michonne (Danai Gurira), well, it looks like she’s going to be alone, again, hacking zombies apart with her katana, you know, the usual.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Will Premiere COSMOS And Deliver Keynote Speech At SXSW

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degrasse tysonEvery year, thousands of people descend upon Austin, Texas for South by Southwest, the 9-day multimedia extravaganza where the only limits are imagination and the human body’s stamina. The film festival recently announced the opening night slate, and the most surprising of the seven entries is Fox’s upcoming science series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will debut along with Jon Favreau’s star-studded comedic drama Chef and Rob Thomas’ long-awaited Veronica Mars feature. Rubbing shoulders with such potentially esteemed films means COSMOS will help keep Austin smart as well as weird.

The new show is of course an updated edition of the classic Carl Sagan series, and was developed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The public face of the program is world renowned astrophysicist and socially approachable genius Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will also give a keynote speech on Saturday, March 8, as part of the Interactive portion of the festival. THe announcement doesn’t provide any specifics on the topic of the day, and only says that deGrasse Tyson will “enlighten and inspire with unique insights regarding the Universe that surrounds us.”

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Fox’s Cosmos Trailer Is The Coolest Thing That Will Exist Until Fox’s Cosmos Airs

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Just a quick note that you may want to watch this on the biggest screen you can, with the highest definition available. You won’t be disappointed.

There is only one thing wrong with the above trailer, and it pains me to say those words. It’s when Fox’s name shows up before the logo for the National Geographic Channel. It completely took me out of the clip, and even when NatGeo’s name did come up and restored a modicum of due respect for the project, it was over. These are just dumb words falling out of my mouth, currently agape because Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, just in its trailer alone, has already exceeded some of my expectations for this upcoming series, an ethereal sequel to Carl Sagan’s landmark universe-exploring PBS documentary series from 1980. In fact, my one mouth spawned its own separate mouth, Queen Alien style, and it is also hanging down past my chin.