Scientist, author and television presenter Bill Nye is heading to Netflix with a series slated for the spring of 2017.
Bill Nye Saves the World will feature Nye and assorted guests as they tackle controversial topics such as vaccination, climate change and genetically modified foods from a scientific point of view, while also conducting experiments and demonstrations to further the “facts-first” approach.
The series, to be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, is Nye’s first since Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired on PBS through the 1990s, and wrapped a five-season run in 1998.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Nye in a statement. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
Gil Goldschein and Julie Pizzi will serve as executive producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Michael Naidus (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) is showrunner and executive producer. Writer and standup comedian Mike Drucker is head comedy writer; while astronomer and author Phil Plait is head science writer.