Long before the Doctor made bow-ties cool, there’s was another man of science trying to make learning everything about the universe cool while wearing a bow-tie, and his name was Bill Nye. In the 90s, he was The Science Guy, and like science-tainment hosts of the past like Mr. Wizard, he tried to get a generation of kids high on science, and for five years between 1993 and 1998, he did just that. But in these extraordinary times of anti-science sentiment, we need more than a “Science Guy”, we need someone to Save the World. Starting next year, Nye will do just that in a series called, appropriately enough, Bill Nye Saves the World.
The new show will premiere on Netflix something in the Spring of 2017. According to the streaming site, “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”
The move is a natural evolution on two fronts: the first is that it’s a logical extension of Netflix’s desire to get into all manner of programming, including talk shows, and the second is Nye’s increasing level of activism on the behalf of science and technology. Recently, he appeared on CNN and called out the network for employing Chad Myers, a weatherman who seems to deny the existence of global climate change. “You can knock yourselves out, but this is a big problem. It’s not going to go away,” he said in relation to recent mass flooding in Lousiana and its potential connection to global climate change.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Nye in a statement. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
I guess we will find out sometime in the new year.