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Inspiring Presidential Introduction Will Kick Off COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, Which Premieres Simultaneously on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, Including FOX and National Geographic Channel, at 9:00 PM ET/PT This Sunday, March 9



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TO ENTERTAINMENT, RADIO-TELEVISION, AND SCIENCE EDITORS:

President Barack Obama To Introduce Series Premiere Of "COSMOS: A

SPACETIME ODYSSEY"

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

future.

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

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/CONTACT: Alyssa Sales, FOX Publicity, 310-369-5820, alyssa.sales@fox.com; Chris Albert, NGC Global Publicity, 310-880-1250, calbert@natgeotv.com; Phil Larson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 202-456-6043, plarson@ostp.eop.gov

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