After the success of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” National Geographic Channel has announced a new late-night talk show called “Star Talk,” hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Based on Tyson’s podcast, the new series will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. It will look to combine pop culture and science by bringing together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in a variety of scientific fields.
“It’s a mixture of comedy, science and pop culture — fully blended, every single episode,” Tyson said Wednesday (Jan. 7) at the 2015 winter TV press tour. “I’m the host, yet I’m the scientist. And my guests are hardly ever scientists. Our goal is to hew them from pop culture. Could be entertainment, could be sports … people who have a following. We bring them onto ‘Star Talk’ and we orchestrate a conversation around them that constantly detours into science and all the ways science has influenced that person’s livelihood.”
Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels, adds, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Neil again on ‘Star Talk’ — his wildly popular podcast that transcends science and crosses over into pop culture — once again satisfying the audience’s passion for adventure and exploration.”
“Star Talk” will premiere in April 2015 accompanied by “Hubble’s Cosmic Journey,” a feature narrated by Tyson that chronicles the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 years in orbit.