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No set air date for Fox’s “Cosmos” premiere

Season two of Fox’s Neil deGrasse Tyson-led Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey reboot is no longer slated to premiere in March as originally planned. As Deadline first reported earlier today (Feb. 15),  the science ...
February 15, 2019

Season two of Fox’s Neil deGrasse Tyson-led Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey reboot is no longer slated to premiere in March as originally planned.

As Deadline first reported earlier today (Feb. 15),  the science series’ new season premiere did not appear on programming listings for March 3 to 10 released by Fox today. A sophomore debut of Cosmos was originally slated for March 3, but reruns of animated series Family Guy now appear in the series’ time slot at 9:30 p.m. on March 3 and 10.

Fox and its subsidiary National Geographic stated that they were investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against DeGrasse Tyson in December of last year.

DeGrasse Tyson faces allegations from three women, first reported by spirituality-focused site Patheos. The site reported a year ago about allegations by musician Tchiya Amet against DeGrasse Tyson dating back to the ’80s, and again last November when Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University, and Ashley Watson, a former assistant to DeGrasse Tyson, came forward. The allegations range from unwanted advances and touching to, in the case of Amet, rape.

DeGrasse Tyson denied the rape allegation and offered apologies to Allers and Watson last December in a Facebook post addressing the three women’s claims.

Last month, Nat Geo announced that it would hold off on releasing any new episodes of DeGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk. In a statement shared with Realscreen at the time, the cable net stated that, “In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of StarTalk until it is complete. We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we’ll make a final decision.”

Fox would not confirm whether Cosmos‘ schedule change was also linked to the ongoing investigation into the allegations against DeGrasse Tyson. It is also not known if there are plans afoot to recut the new season with a new host, as has been speculated in the trade press.

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