In addition to airing on Fox and National Geographic Channel, the first episode of science series reboot Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (pictured) is to simulcast across the Fox Networks Group portfolio.
The hour-long premiere of the Seth MacFarlane-backed show, at 9 p.m. EST/PST on March 9, will simulcast across 10 U.S. networks: Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life.
The series will also debut on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries, as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, meaning it will be available in total “on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint of more than half a billion homes,” according to Fox.
The network is billing it as its first simultaneous cross-network global premiere event. Rolling out immediately after the U.S. premiere, international markets will begin airing the premiere episode day and date on both Fox-branded and Nat Geo Channels, concluding within one week of the American premiere event.
The 13-hour series brings together Ann Druyan – widow of Carl Sagan and co-writer with the astrophysicist of the original series as well as six New York Times bestsellers – with renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and exec producer MacFarlane, best known for creating the animated Fox comedy Family Guy.
Talking to realscreen last month, as part of our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the reboot, MacFarlane trumpeted Fox’s support of the project.
“I felt the regime at Fox was, and is, particularly open-minded and visionary, and if anyone was going to bite it would be these guys,” he said at the time.
“And sure enough, Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice have really championed this project in a section of media where educational content isn’t always the most popular and commercially viable thing. They’ve taken the leap with us.”