Cosmos Returns ! " We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean, we are ready at last to set sail for the stars. One way or another we are poised at the edge of forever.  Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff."   Carl Sagan.

Cosmos, the landmark PBS television show  hosted by the late, great Carl Sagan is being reborn for a new generation.

According to the press release COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. Uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with visual, emotional and spiritual elements, it will be a transcendent experience – a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale we know.

This joint collaboration of FOX and the National Geographic Channel is being produced by the original series' writer/producer Ann Druyan (noted scientist and Sagan's widow) and Seth McFarlane (yep, The Family Guy guy) and will be hosted by the awesome astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Says McFarlane: “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.”

Adds Druyan: “It’s a thrill to take the Ship of the Imagination out for another spin. 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.”

The original Cosmos was an experience I will never forget. It aired on Sunday evenings and I watched it religiously. Carl was the host, scientist, explorer, and everyman. The show not only sought to explain, but also invite curiosity and wonder.

During an episode that sought to explain the massive explosion known as the Tunguska Event , my kitchen became bathed in a curious red/orange light.  It turned out my neighbor's small stable was on fire, but for a moment I was elated at the prospect that "something" had happened and in my own backyard. No one was hurt in the fire, FYI.

The show also introduced me to the music of  Vangelis. I'm not sure about the pomp-rock in the new trailer, but I'll reserve judgement until the final comes out.

Here's the old school Cosmos trailer: