Neil deGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Late Night Talk Show
Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist is finally ascending to the highest level of stardom with his own late night talk show. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the television show “Cosmos,” frequent guest on programs including “Real Time With Bill Maher,” director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, and occasionally controversial Twitter celebrity, will begin hosting “Star Talk” – which shares a name with his wildly popular weekly podcast – in April.
According to an announcement from The National Geographic Channel, home of the new show, the weekly program will feature “celebrities, comedians and scientists” to discuss “a variety of cosmic topics, including space travel, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth and the environment and breaking news from the universe.”
“It’s a mixture of comedy, science and pop culture,” says Tyson, according to Deadline. “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.”
So far, evolutionary biologist, writer, outspoken atheist and professional curmudgeon Richard Dawkins is slated to appear. And Tyson’s podcast website promises that the upcoming lineup of guests, though still under wraps, will be “pretty spectacular.”
Fellow scientist Bill Nye will also make regular appearances on the show, contributing a minute-long weekly rant in the style of those old “60 Minutes” Andy Rooney segments.
Overall, though, Tyson promises the vibe will fun and instructive, not combative.
“The goal is for you to learn, not to watch a fight,” Tyson says.
“Cosmos” Executive Producer Seth McFarlane recently tweeted that talks had begun about the show’s second season.
Tyson’s late night show will be recorded each week in front of a studio audience at the Hayden Planetarium.