Neil deGrasse Tyson has proved his awesomeness as a rock star scientist with guest roles as himself on shows like The Big Bang Theory, hosting the critically-acclaimed science and discovery miniseries Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, and has appeared on numerous talk shows like The Daily Show. Now, to further confirm just how awesome he is, Tyson is getting his own talk show. On the National Geographic Channel no less. There’s no doubt that the late night landscape is changing, with Jimmy Fallon now holding court on The Tonight Show, and Stephen Colbert teeing up to takeover The Later Show, but is there room for an affable but combative scientist hosting a weekly talk show on a TV channel known more for education than entertainment? You better not doubt NdT!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyson’s new show will be based on his popular Star Talk podcast. Likein the audio version, Tyson’s TV Star Talk will welcome a variety of guests from celebrities to comedians to fellow scientists in an effort to help promote the mainstream understanding of science.
“This is low risk for National Geographic because it exists as a thriving podcast — it was selected by iTunes as one of Top 10 podcasts of 2014,” Tyson told attendees at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter TV Press Tour 2015. “It’s a mixture of comedy, science and pop culture. I’m the host, yet I’m the scientist! And my guests are hardly ever scientists. Our goal is to hew them from pop culture.”
Like his tenure on Cosmos, Tyson says that he will continue to promote scientific literacy in hopefully a laidback and uncontroversial way, even though his first guest on the show, which will be filmed in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will be Richard Dawkins. Evolutionary biologist Dawkins can be kind of a lightening rod, but as fans of Cosmos know, Tyson isn’t afraid of courting controversy if that means sharing the whole scientific truth.
“Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” said Tyson. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.”
But a late night talk show on National Geographic Channel? CEO Courteney Monroe says Why not?
“We continue to bolster our programming with series and event specials that are brand definitional, and Star Talk is the perfect opportunity to offer our audience an edgy, late-night alternative with the credibility and authenticity that are the hallmarks of our network,” she said.
No word yet on a premiere date for the visual version of Star Talk, but it will likely premiere on the National Geographic Channel sometime later this year. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Source: The Mary Sue