COSMOS, a Spacetime Odyssey is returning to Television in 2014. Originally bought to us by Carl Sagan, this one of presented by one of his acolytes, Neil DeGrasse Tyson whose website described him as an "American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science". The original explored the universe and the innumerable events that have brought us to where we are, and where they may take us. Sagan framed the series as a journey inside a ship that traveled through space and time, using special effects that the new series will capitalize on as well.
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers, David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.
The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980 and was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until The Civil War (1990). As of 2009, it was still the most widely watched PBS series in the world. It won an Emmy and a Peabody Award and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 500 million people. A book was also published to accompany the series.