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Seth MacFarlane talks 'Cosmos': Show focuses on lesser-known theorists -- VIDEO

If you’re looking for a show about Einstein and other big names in science, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey isn’t for you. That’s because the new show, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, focuses on the lesser-known names who had a big impact.

Executive producer Seth MacFarlane spoke about this in a Sirius XM Town Hall, hosted by Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean.

In clips of the chat below, MacFarlane talks about new discoveries he made, including the story of Dominican monk Giordano Bruno. Bruno, who was featured in the show’s first episode, is thought to be one of the first to theorize that other stars and planets exist besides earth.


Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'

On Sunday, March 9, Fox and National Geographic Channel will simulcast the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that follows in the epic footsteps of the Emmy Award-winning 1980 TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original Cosmos with her late husband Carl Sagan, serves as an executive producer, and as Seth MacFarlane revealed in his SiriusXM Town Hall with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, you can thank her for the trippy spaceship that becomes “home base” through this new journey across space and time.

“It was very important to her that it be something that was kind of timeless and very simple,” MacFarlane says in the excerpt below, noting that the original “Ship of the Imagination” was used only in the first episode of the original series and had an exterior shaped like a dandelion. “There was, I guess, some people smoking weed in 1980 also,” he jokes.

The new ship has a flat floor and flat ceiling: “The floor opens up to reveal the past, the ceiling opens up to reveal the future. The front wall is just a big open window,” he says. “It was important to us that [Neil] not just be a guy who’s lecturing us but that he actually take us to the places that he’s talking about.”

MacFarlane also spoke about the inspiration for his new film A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters this summer. His novel of the same name is on shelves now. Listen to that clip below as well. READ FULL STORY

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' TV promo: Science! -- VIDEO

“Fox presents a story…13.8 billion years in the making.”

The latest TV promo for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to the 1980 Carl Sagan PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, promises plenty of science, wonder, and Neil deGrasse-Tyson. The noted astrophysicist hosts the series, set for spring 2014 on Fox, and Seth MacFarlane (yes, the Ted and Family Guy creator) is an executive producer, alongside Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan.

Below, watch the promo, which premiered Saturday during Game 3 of the World Series:


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