Ahead of the March 9 world premiere of science series reboot Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, National Geographic Channel is to rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s original 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, as a two-day marathon from March 8-9.
The first Cosmos, which for 10 years was the most-watched series on public television in the U.S., saw astronomer Sagan explaining complex scientific theories about everything from the life cycle of stars to the search for intelligent life beyond Earth.
Almost 34 years later, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – also a 13-hour series – is being billed as National Geographic’s first simultaneous cross-network global premiere event, airing across 10 U.S. networks including Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life.
The reboot, which realscreen profiled in January, brings together Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan – who co-wrote the original 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.
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage airs on March 8, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST/PST, and March 9, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST/PST. Its successor Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will air at 9 p.m. EST/PST on March 9.