Cosmos receiving largest ever global TV launch

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: More than three decades after Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking and iconic series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, it’s time once again to set sail for the stars. Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson walks across the Cosmic Calendar, on which all of time has been compressed into a year-at-a-glance calendar, in the premiere episode airing Sunday, March 9. Credit: FOX

FOX Networks Group has announced the first ever simultaneous cross-network global event for “Cosmos:  A Spacetime Odyssey” on Sunday March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Showing across multiple U.S. networks on Sunday, March 9, this exhilarating new series will make its debut on FOX International Channels and National Geographical Channels.

After the cross-network premiere event, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX, and Mondays – with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content – on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).

In addition to the 10 U.S. networks simulcasting the premiere episode, Fox International Channels (FIC) and National Geographic Channels International (NGCI),will premiere Cosmos on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries, as well as 120 FOX-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series.

Rolling out immediately after the highly anticipated U.S. premiere, international markets will begin airing the premiere episode day and date on both FOX-branded and National Geographic Channels, concluding within one week of the domestic premiere event. The additional 12 episodes will air exclusively on National Geographic Channels outside the U.S.

It has been three decades since Carl Sagan’s iconic and much loved exploration of our Universe in “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” aired on our screens.

Thirty years later, and Seth McFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original collaborators – writer and executive producer Ann Druyan, and astronomer Steven Soter. Together they have conceived a new 13-part series that will become the long-awaited successor to Sagan’s original breath taking series.

Hosted by world renowned astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos” will take us on a new voyage of discovery. This is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature, and how we found our coordinates in space and time.

As with the original ground breaking series, “Cosmos” continues on its quest to bring together never before told stories, and to transport its viewers across the Universe to reveal the Cosmos in all its splendour. Scientific concepts will continue to unite scepticism and wonder, whilst weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

Once again, viewers will be enthralled by elements of the original series as the Cosmic Calendar and The Ship of the Imagination are reinvented.


10 cities to host free premiere screening on Tuesday, March 4

A free premiere event and live global Q&A will take place across the United States on Tuesday March 4, for fans of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”. In 10 cities across the country, fans will be given an exclusive opportunity to be amongst the first on the planet to see the series premiere of “Cosmos” prior to its debut.

Free screenings and the global Q&A will originate from the Cosmos Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with an uplink via TV satellite to a number of locations around the country. The 10 cities hosting screening events are Detroit, Miami, New York, Orlando (actually an hour east at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center), Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Spaces are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should RSVP now. Visit for details and to register for free seating. On conclusion of the premiere screening, a live Q&A session will take place with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Seth McFarlane and others. This will be available via a live stream on and

Fans watching the live Q&A may submit questions to the panel, either in advance via the “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” Facebook page, Twitter (@COSMOSonTV) or on the day itself via Twitter using #cosmoslive.

Times for the event are as follows: Eastern time; Event begins 8 p.m. with the Live Q&A at 9 p.m.  Doors open 7 p.m. first come first served basis. For those in Central Time; Event begins at 7 p.m. with the Live Q&A at 8 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. first come first served basis.

Please be sure to check out the rest of our “Cosmos” coverage, as well as share our content with your friends and family. (The social sharing buttons are just below the headline on the right side.) Let’s make “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” a worldwide phenomena.

This article appeared in the 6th issue of RocketSTEM magazine.

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