What do you do when crazy creationists and Koch-fueled climate change deniers keep trying to undermine science (and often succeeding)? Promote science with an awesome reality show that’s so cool you have to watch it… and then, watch it go viral. Geeky National Geographic — long the refuge of science, anthropology, and photography nerds — launched Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson just four months ago.
The Cosmos reboot (the original ran on PBS in the 1980’s with the celebrity-scientist du jour, Carl Sagan) first aired to 8.5 million people in 180 countries, and took the world by storm. Variety — a popular trade magazine for the entertainment industry — reports that the show now boasts a huge worldwide audience of 135 million, and 45 million in the U.S. alone. Needless to say, this is the hugest audience the humble, nerdy folks at the National Geographic Channel have ever drawn for any of their shows.
Liz Dolan, the chief marketroid for Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International declared:
“Cosmos serves as a fantastic benchmark — illustrating the power of a fully integrated strategic vision, awe-inspiring content and the strengths of the Fox and National Geographic brands to create an outstanding viewing experience for audiences that repeats week after week.”
How ironic that while the talking heads on Fox “News” promote creationism and climate change denial to please their “Christian” and dirty energy overlords, Cosmos draws us into the beauty, unfolding mysteries, and sheer awesomeness of science.
In case you’ve missed what the fuss is all about, here’s the original trailer.
And here’s the entire first episode from Open Culture via Hulu.
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- Tyson BLASTS Creationism on Fox’s Cosmos…Opportunist Rupert Murdoch Betrays Fox Viewers
- Creationists Demand Equal Airtime On ‘Cosmos’ To ‘Teach The Controversy’ (Audio)