The late-night talk show scene just got a bit more star-studded. And I don't mean the famous kind.
Starting this spring, Neil deGrasse Tyson will take over late night at the National Geographic Channel, reimagining a version of his hugely popular "Star Talk" podcast for a new series. The announcement comes less than a year after Tyson hosted a reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" to wide acclaim on FOX, a huge win for science-based programming that the 56-year-old intends to continue on Nat Geo.
“'Cosmos' allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” Tyson told The Hollywood Reporter. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through 'Star Talk', which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.”
According to THR, Tyson is still working out the show's format — but it's safe to assume it will feature all of the wit, science and geeky pop culture references found in all his other endeavors. One only has to glance at his most recent tweets for insight into this celebrated astrophysicist's brand of humor.
Rainbow colors in sequence: Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Violet. NBC Peacock feathers: Yellow-Orange-Red-Blue-Violet-Green.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 6, 2015
Wouldn't it be cool if Zombies & Vampires became human if we bit them first? Somebody needs to test that hypothesis.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 5, 2015
For anyone not already excited, THR also let drop that Tyson intends "to give Bill Nye [the Science Guy] a platform for a minute-long rant in each show." Based on what we've heard in the podcast, you can also expect all manner of celebrities and comedians to join Tyson in giving science its place in the limelight.
Look for "Star Talk," which (naturally) will tape at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City, to hit Nat Geo sometime in April.
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