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TO ENTERTAINMENT, RADIO-TELEVISION, AND SCIENCE EDITORS:
President Barack Obama To Introduce Series Premiere Of "COSMOS: A
EDITOR'S NOTE: The President's video message will be available to share immediately following its on-air debut.
WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
President Barack Obama will introduce the highly anticipated series
premiere episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing this Sunday,
March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels,
including FOX and National Geographic Channel. In the video message,
which leads into the premiere episode, President Obama invites a new
generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to
explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the
The series premiere episode of COSMOS will air simultaneously across
multiple U.S. Fox networks, including FOX, National Geographic
Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat
Geo Mundo and FOX Life at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. This first
multi-network launch event for Fox Networks Group, along with the
series debut on Fox International Channels and National Geographic
Channels International, will make COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
available on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint
of more than half a billion homes.
Last Friday, Feb. 28, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and National
Geographic Channel (NGC) hosted a special preview of COSMOS: A
SPACETIME ODYSSEY at the White House as part of the first-ever White
House Student Film Festival. The festival celebrated the Obama
Administration's commitment to using technology in the classroom. As
part of the event, President Obama delivered remarks detailing
progress toward his ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to
next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
Additionally, National Geographic Channel hosted 100 teachers in
Washington, D.C. this week -- winners of the Presidential Awards for
Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) -- for a
sneak peek at COSMOS. The educators represented all 50 states, D.C.
and Puerto Rico. President Obama hosted them on Monday night for a
reception honoring their commitment to and excellence in education.
After the cross-network premiere event, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM
ET/PT) on FOX, and Mondays -- with all-new bonus footage and
behind-the-scenes content -- on the National Geographic Channel (NGC)
(10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).
More than three decades after the debut of "Cosmos: A Personal
Voyage," Carl Sagan's stunning and iconic exploration of the universe
as revealed by science, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan's
original creative collaborators writer/executive producer Ann Druyan
and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter to conceive the 13-part
series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody
Award-winning original series.
Carl Sagan's original series "Cosmos" was first broadcast in 1980 and
remains the most globally successful American public television series
of all time. Seen by more than 750 million viewers, "Cosmos" has
remained popular throughout the world.
As with the legendary original series, the new COSMOS is the saga of
how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in
space and time. The series brings to life never-before-told stories of
the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and
across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest and
the smallest scale. The series invents new modes of scientific
storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent
celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic
Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific
concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and
wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual
into a transcendent experience.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca,
NY-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door
Productions, MacFarlane's company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the
series' writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell
Cannold and Brannon Braga (the "Star Trek" franchise, "24")
executive-produce the series. Jason Clark ("Ted," "42") co-executive
produces. "Like" COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Facebook at
facebook.com/COSMOSonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @COSMOSonTV and
join the discussion at #cosmos.
SOURCE National Geographic Channel; FOX
/CONTACT: Alyssa Sales, FOX Publicity, 310-369-5820, firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Albert, NGC Global Publicity, 310-880-1250, email@example.com; Phil Larson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 202-456-6043, firstname.lastname@example.org
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