After reintroducing channel surfers everywhere to the beauty and wonder of our universe with last year’s acclaimed, popular Cosmos reboot, everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is returning to television with his own late-night science talk show. National Geographic announced at their Television Critics Association press tour that Star Talk starring Tyson will debut on their network this April.
Featuring a blend of Tyson’s own scientific knowledge, interviews with other scientists, and more pop culture-friendly segments like interviews with comedians and celebrities, the weekly show will basically be an extension of Tyson’s ongoing Star Talk podcast. So if you want an early idea of what to expect, give that a listen. The show will tape in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City where Tyson currently works as the Frederick P. Rose Director.
While Tyson is still figuring out the show’s exact format, one regular segment we do know about is that every episode will feature a one-minute rant from America’s other beloved science guy Bill Nye. Some are comparing this to Andy Rooney’s (in)famous 60 Minutes pieces, but hopefully it’ll have a bit more scientific wisdom. And if it’s funny, it’ll be funny on purpose.
“Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible,” said Tyson in a statement. “To be able to continue to spread wonder and excitement through Star Talk, which is a true passion project for me, is beyond exciting. And National Geographic Channel is the perfect home as we continue to explore the universe.”
Even if talk shows themselves may not have the prominence they once did, today’s late-night talk show hosts are still some of the most recognized TV personalities around. So Star Talk sounds like the logical next step for Tyson’s already rapidly rising media profile as space ambassador and Carl Sagan’s heir apparent, which is especially impressive given his job is making incredibly complex astrophysics not only accessible but entertaining. But after already proving that he has what it takes to be both a Twitter movie critic and a cartoon pig, late-night talk show host doesn’t sounds that hard by comparison. Check out Star Talk starting this April on National Geographic.