President Obama will deliver the introduction to the new Fox science series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" in the premiere episode Sunday night being carried on 10 Fox channels and the National Geographic Channel.
The president's introduction "invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future," according to a statement issued by Fox.
The 13-part series is hosted by scientist and educator Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a successor to Carl Sagan's popular 1980 PBS series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage."
In his review for The Times, Robert Lloyd writes: "The subject — everything that is and how it got that way — is obviously a big one, encompassing not only planets and stars and amoebas and people, but the lenses through which we've viewed it all. Most important, it celebrates scientific inquiry itself, which Tyson defines as 'generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules: test ideas by experiment and observation; build on those ideas that pass the test; reject the ones that fail; follow the evidence wherever it leads; and question everything.' "
Fox and National Geographic hosted a preview of the series at the White House on Feb. 28 as part of the first White House Student Film Festival, which ties in with the Obama administration's efforts to boost the use of technology and science in school classrooms across the country.
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will air Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox and Mondays at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel with bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content. The series, which also will be shown on 220 channels in 181 countries, is a collaboration between "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions and Cosmos Studios, the company founded in 2000 by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow.
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