Television Time: Cosmos – Possible Worlds on National Geographic
Beloved science franchise Cosmos returns for a third season with Cosmos: Possible Worlds, featuring a two-hour world premiere on 10th March 2020. The series will be released in Southeast Asia at the same time as the United States with two back-to-back episodes every Tuesday (8am Singapore)
Forty years after introducing a young Carl Sagan’s dreams of Space Age and interstellar exploration through the hit 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and the 2014 follow up Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the third installment of this epic voyage celebrates the possibilities of humanity in our universe as revealed by science.
Helmed by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan boldly carries the torch forward, making this season the most ambitious yet. In its endless quest for knowledge, Cosmos: Possible Worlds delivers its signature, fact-based storytelling, painlessly conveying complex scientific concepts to the viewer.
Featuring time travel to past eras, the series reveals unsung scientific heroes who sacrificed everything in the pursuit of scientific revelation. It will transport the viewer to a hidden place where life may have begun on Earth, to some of the lost worlds of our ancestors and to the possible worlds of our remote descendants.
Druyan was awarded the Emmy and Peabody, for her writing and producing of Season 2, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which she led with Brannon Braga (“The Orville,” “Star Trek”). Druyan and Braga team up again for Cosmos: Possible Worlds, sharing the writing and directing duties, and are re-joined by their Season 2 executive producing partners, Seth MacFarlane (“The Orville,” “Family Guy”), Jason Clark (“The Orville,” “The Long Road Home”), co-executive producer Kara Vallow (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!) and Joe Micucci, who produced.
World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History, host of the four-time Emmy-nominated “StarTalk” series and bestselling author (Death by Black Hole, Letters From an Astrophysicist), will reprise his role as host and executive science editor.
Creator, executive producer, writer and director Ann Druyan says: “Cosmos is much more than a dramatic, cinematic journey; we hope that it will awaken the widest possible global audience to the sacred searching at the heart of science. You will meet new heroes who were willing to give up their lives rather than tell a lie or jeopardize the future. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a vision of the future we can still have if we have the wisdom and the will to act on what the scientists are telling us.”
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson says: “Cosmos: Possible Worlds continues the eternal search for answers about ourselves in the universe. The series explores the interwoven tapestry that is life on Earth and calls on us to remember this truth as we collectively build the future of civilization.”
“The importance of our species’ continued investment in the enterprise of science cannot be overstated. As we strive toward a deeper understanding of the universe around us, I am honoured to play a small role in the elevation of that passion, as a part of the Cosmos producing team,” says executive producer Seth MacFarlane, who also voices President Truman in the series.
This season is the popular franchise’s most aspiring, having filmed 13 episodes across 19 locations in 11 countries and incorporating more than a thousand talented individuals across all crafts, including voice actors, to transport viewers to distant stars and unknown frontiers.
The creative corps of craftspeople include Emmy-nominated cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day,” “Stargate”); Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther,” “Roots”); Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“The Avengers,” “Forrest Gump,” “Contact”); VFX supervisor Jeff Okun (“Clash of the Titans,” “Blood Diamond”); and supervising animation directors Lucas Gray (“The Simpsons,” “Family Guy”), Emmy-nominated Brent Woods (“American Dad!,” “Family Guy”) and Academy Award-nominated Duke Johnson (“Anomalisa,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole”).
Among the many actors whose voices are heard throughout the season are Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sir Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek,” “X-Men”) as German-born, British astronomer William Herschel; Academy Award-nominated Viggo Mortensen (“The Green Book,” “The Lord of the Rings”) as Soviet plant geneticist Nikolai Vavilov; and Judd Hirsch (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Independence Day”) as Robert Oppenheimer, famously known as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” Sasha Sagan, Druyan and Sagan’s daughter, appears in a recurring live-action role as Sagan’s mother, Rachel Gruber Sagan.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds airs from SIN/HK 8-10am (7-9am JKT/TH) with a primetime encore from SIN/HK 9-11pm (8-10pm JKT/TH) on National Geographic beginning 10th March 2020 across Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Follow Cosmos: Possible Worlds on Facebook at CosmosOnTV, Twitter @CosmosOnTV and Instagram @CosmosOnTV