Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' Redux Starts Sun Mar 9

  • Mar 7, 2014 7:41am GMT

This is one of those times I wish I hadn't cancelled the cable.

Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan, who he married in 1981 after they wrote the original Cosmos series together, is writing and producing a reimagining of the original series. Seth MacFarlane (best known for his work on Family Guy) is her co-executive producer. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the dynamic head of New York's Hayden Planetarium, and practically a regular on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show is the new host.

The show will air this Sunday March 9th on Fox, National Geographic and host of their affiliate stations.

I read Ann Druyan as saying, "We were going for something biblical, something epic, with a poetry that would catch people." It warms my heart, gives me confidence that she is going in the right direction.

I am of course still nervous, like many of you. Can they create something that lives up to the majesty and grandeur of the original series? I can see that I already have my critic's hat on ready to jump on anything about it that I don't like on Monday morning's blog post.

But the reality is that those of us who haven't gone out and raise the money to produce a TV show, who haven't pulled together an amazing production team, who have never had to face 13 blank TV scripts, don't really have a lot of room to judge. Ann has done that and after years and years of effort has gotten Cosmos back on the air.

In my mind, she has already succeeded.

So who has cable and can invite me over Sunday?