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Fox taps President Obama to introduce “Cosmos”

U.S. president Barack Obama (pictured) is to introduce the premiere episode of Fox's anticipated science series reboot Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which has its TV world premiere tomorrow (March 9) at 9 p.m. EST.
March 8, 2014

UPDATE MARCH 10: You can now watch President Obama’s introduction here.

U.S. president Barack Obama (pictured) is to introduce the premiere episode of Fox’s anticipated science series reboot Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which has its TV world premiere tomorrow (March 9) at 9 p.m. EST.

Securing an intro from the U.S. leader marks a notable coup for the much-buzzed series, which will be premiering across 10 Fox Networks Group channels, including National Geographic Channel, FX and Fox Sports 1.

President Obama will invite a new generation “to embrace the spirit of discovery and… to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future,” according to Fox.

The last time the commander-in-chief introduced a major non-fiction series was in 2010, when he recorded an introduction for History’s 12-part factual series America: The Story of Us.

The Cosmos reboot, which realscreen exclusively profiled in January, brings together Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan – who co-wrote the original PBS series with him, as well as six New York Times bestsellers – with renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane, best known as creator of the animated Fox comedy Family Guy.

The news comes after Fox and National Geographic Channel last month hosted a special preview of Cosmos at the White House as part of the inaugural White House Student Film Festival, on February 28.

Meanwhile, the SXSW Film festival in Austin Texas last night (March 7) held a special preview screening of the first episode of Cosmos, with host deGrasse Tyson in attendance.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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