Science has a cultural moment as ‘I ... Love Science’ heads to TV

Talk show host Craig Ferguson will produce the new show on the Science Channel this winter.
(Ric Francis / Associated Press)

This spring TV viewers were treated to the drama of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Voyage.” This winter they’ll get the more whimsical look at the world of science.

Late night talk show host Craig Ferguson announced he will executive produce an hourlong series based on the popular Facebook page “I ... Love Science” (IFLS), whose title, like the series’, uses an expletive. The series will air on the Science Channel at the end of this year.

“If you know anything about me, you know I love science,” Ferguson said in a statement. “And this show is going to explore the randomness of science. Think of it as a late night Google search that goes a hundred pages deep until things get weird -- and then you keep going.”

The wildly popular IFLS Facebook page was created in 2012 by Elise Andrew, who was then a biology student at the University of Sheffield in England. Andrew has a gift for finding crazy, mind-blowing science facts, and packaging them in cute, bite-sized bits of easily sharable information. In just two years, her Facebook page has amassed 10 million followers from around the world, and reaches 50 million people via social media each week.

Andrew will serve as a consulting producer, and while she will contribute to the voice of the show, she will not be hosting it. “I’m just not an ‘in front of the camera’ person,” she wrote in a blog post.


Each episode of the show will attempt to prove a grand, outlandish thesis--taking viewers on a tour of seemingly disparate science discoveries that will end up being related, according to a news release from the Science Channel. Celebrities, scientists and everyday people will appear on the show -- especially those who love science.

The news of this new show, coming at the same time as the premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” might lead one to hypothesize that comedians in particular love science.

Seth MacFarland, creator of “Family Guy,” “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show,” is credited with getting Fox to sign on to the reboot of “Cosmos” starring Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Science, it seems, is having a cultural moment.

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