*Neil deGrasse Tyson is taking his talents to late night.
The world’s most famous astrophysicist will follow up his successful Fox series “Cosmos” with “Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” a televised version of his successful podcast of the same name and the first ever talk show for the National Geographic Channel.
“It’s a mixture of comedy, science and pop culture, fully blended,” Tyson said at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today in Pasadena, Calif. “I am the host, yet I am the scientist. And my guests are hardly ever scientist. Our goal is to hew them from pop culture. It could be entertainment, it could be sports – we’ve even interviewed journalists. People who have a following.”
Premiering April 15, “Star Talk” will be taped before a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, where Tyson serves as director. Tyson and his guests will discuss such topics as space travel, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth and breaking news on the cosmic front.
“We orchestrate a conversation around them that constantly detours into science and all the ways science has influenced that person’s livelihood. In this way we bring science to people who didn’t know they liked science, or maybe thought that they didn’t like science.
Below, Tyson says the goal of “Star Talk” is to reach the science haters – those who can’t stand the subject because they don’t see its relevance to their everyday lives:
The April 2015 premiere of “Star Talk” will be accompanied by the one-hour special “Hubble’s Cosmic Journey,” marking the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 years orbiting the Earth.