Neil deGrasse Tyson stars in 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' TV show trailer

Carl Sagan's legacy makes a return in a major television event happening in 2014.

Scroll down to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson go face to face with the outer reaches. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Explore the outer reaches of the universe in a new trailer for "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" -- an upcoming space and science spectacular hosted by popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Arriving on Fox and National Geographic channels in spring 2014 as part of a 13-episode series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" builds off Carl Sagan's groundbreaking series of a similar name (subtitled "A Personal Voyage") seen on PBS more than 30 years ago.

The trailer indicates that Fox spared little expense on the effort, as there's an extraordinary amount of high-end special effects and animation seen throughout the tease. In many scenes, deGrasse Tyson appears to control a sexy spaceship that drops in and out of spectacular stars.

There's a lot of geek cred behind the refreshed "Cosmos," as Sagan's widow Ann Druyan, who played a major role in the production of the original series, serves as an executive producer and writer for the new episodes. Astronomer and original writer Steven Soter makes a return, too.

Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame, another executive producer for the show, actually helped get "Cosmos" on Fox after deGrasse Tyson suggested its return during a lunch meeting years ago.

"There's never been a more important time for Cosmos to re-emerge than right now. I want to make this so entertaining, and so flashy, and so exciting that people who have no interest in science will watch just because it's a spectacle," said MacFarlane.

"It's a thrill to take the Ship of the Imagination out for another spin," added Druyan, who participated with Tyson in a panel that discussed the show and debuted the trailer at Comic-Con in San Diego. "We are going places none of us have ever been before, using capabilities that just didn't exist back when we were making the original series. All that, and yet it feels so much like the first time."

 

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