Buzz has been building around the new series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for a while now. Ahead of its premiere on Sunday, March 9, Fox hopes to build on that momentum with free screenings of the pilot episode, including one at The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, on Tuesday, March 4.
Cosmos is a sequel series of sorts to the seminal Cosmos: A Personal Voyage that aired on PBS in 1980, which was hosted by Carl Sagan. Following that series, Sagan became arguably the world's best known astrophysicist, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson multiple times.
The new series is hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who's established his own Sagan-like popularity thanks to appearances on shows like The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.
The series premieres on multiple Fox-related channels but airs normally on the National Geographic Channel. It explores space and other science-related topics in what promises to be an equally engaging manner as the original.
Following the preview screening, Tyson, executive producer Seth MacFarlane (yes, the creator of Family Guy) and other show personnel participate in a Q&A from Los Angeles. Attendees from any of the 10 nationwide screenings can contribute.
If that's not enough of a glimpse of Tyson for you, you can also see him espouse his views on space and other science matters in an appearance at Winspear Opera House on May 19.
Anyone who wants to attend the free screening must RSVP via cosmosrsvp.com.