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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, and Fox team up to reboot 'Cosmos'

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Yesterday, Forbes reported that the Fox network is set to debut a reboot of the 1980 series, “Cosmos,starring astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson. MacFarlane says he pitched the show to Fox to help foster a passion for science and space in the U.S. The network giant has slated a weekend long marathon of all 13 episodes of the show.

The first six episodes will air this Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. CST. Then, the seven remaining episodes will air on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. CST. If the show receives good ratings, it could mean an influx of prime-time educational television.

MacFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson first discussed the “Cosmos” reboot at the Science & Entertainment Exchange. There, Tyson said he was trying the show to a cable science network and MacFarlane offered to pitch the show to Fox instead.

MacFarlane told the New York Times, “If ‘Cosmos’ doesn’t get astronomical ratings...then no one can ever complain about [television programming being garbage]. Because here it was, we did it [made something worthwhile], and you didn’t watch. So stop whining.”

On Sunday night, Fox will air it on the main broadcast station as well as nine other Fox cable channels.

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