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You know what makes me sad about Donald Trump? He’s not even that smart. He’s not subtle. He’s not a genius. He’s not manipulative. No, he’s just a dumbass rich brat who is very  rude about his beliefs. And so, so many people fall for it. The man didn’t even have to TRY. That’s what gets to me. That’s how pathetic this whole thing is. Hitler had to work to trick and fool people. Trump simply doesn’t give a fuck and knows everyone will buy his repetitive shit about big walls, guns and evil immigrants regardless. And because you’re sad, soulless, stupid fucking idiots, you accept this, no questions asked. You didn’t even try to be a challenge. My God.
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ATTENTION…NEWS OF COSMIC PROPORTIONS HAS JUST BEEN DROPPED ON THE BROADCASTING WORLD.

The FOX Networks Group has announced the first-ever simultaneous cross-network premiere for the ‘COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY’ premier from 9pm-10pm, spanning across 10 networks, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 and 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life.

What this means:

200+ FOX and National Geographic Channels around the world - that’s 220 channels in 181 countries, reaching more than half a billion homes will debut the series on Sunday, March 9th @ 9pm ET/PT, which will then continue its 13 episodes Sundays (on FOX) and Mondays (on National Geographic), with bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content airing on the National Geographic Channel afterwards from 10pm-11pm ET/PT.

The premier episode 'Standing Up In The Milky Way’ debuts on March 9th, 2014 @ 9PM ET/PT. Don’t miss it. Watch the promo teaser HERE.

“COSMOS is the kind of rich, epic storytelling that we hope will not only be phenomenal entertainment, but also ignite curiosity and move a generation to take a deeper interest in science and the larger world from which we come,” said Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group. “Seth, Ann, Neil and the entire team behind COSMOS have created one of the most incredible experiences ever imagined for television, and we’re supporting it with the biggest launch we’ve ever orchestrated at Fox Networks Group.”

220 channels in 181 countries entering half a billion homes
+ All 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 countries
+ 120 FOX-branded channels in 125 countries
= the largest global launch in the history of television for a series, let alone a series promoting science literacy.

After the U.S. launch, international markets will begin airing the premier episode on both FOX and National Geographic Channels, concluding within one week of the event on Sunday, March 9th. The additional 12 episodes will then air exclusively on National Geographic Channels outside of the U.S.

In an interview with RealScreen, Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the Cosmos series. [read it here]

From the press release:
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. As with the legendary original series, the new COSMOS is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. The series brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest – and the smallest – scale. The series invents 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. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

Watch both parts of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with Bill Moyers HERE, as he talks about Cosmos, Carl Sagan, religion, and science literacy.

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the “Star Trek” franchise, “24”) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted,” “42”) co-executive produces.

Stay connected with the COSMOS via Facebook | Twitter and join the ongoing discussions via #cosmos!

When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series Cosmos: A Personal Journey,” in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of many. Now, more than three decades later, the series is being brought back, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as cosmic guide. Tyson, who also spoke with Popular Science for our March issue, chatted with us about the show.

Popular Science: What was it like picking up where Carl Sagan left off?

Neil deGrasse Tyson: It would be weird to try and be Carl, but I’m just trying to be myself, and luckily I already have a following and a comfort level reaching the public and bringing the universe down to Earth. I think that’s what Cosmos is about. Some people think it’s a remake, but it’s not–it’s a continuation.

Relive the first episode, ’The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

PS: Did you have any interaction with Sagan during his life?

NDT: I think we were in the same company four times. But one story I re-tell in the first episode of the show: When I was 17, he invited me to the campus of Cornell after I applied, and he showed me his lab. He was already famous at the time and I was struck by how kind and tender and interested he was in my ambitions to become a scientist–he didn’t have to be. I realized he had a powerful commitment to promoting science and to keep this epic adventure moving forward. I vowed I would give the same attention to people [upon becoming a scientist].

The last time I interacted with him was at his 60th birthday party. People came from around the world speaking his praises. No man can deserve this much praise, I thought. Then he gave a public talk, the greatest talk I’ve ever heard by any person ever, and I realized he did deserve all the praise.

Carl’s son, Nick Sagan, discusses his past-time in a blog post titled ’Memories Of My Dad’, HERE.

PS: What new material do you cover on the show?

NDT: In the original there’s a “cosmic calendar,” which we revisit, but upgrade. The calendar is the size of a football field. I walk on the calendar and it lights up. January 1st is the Big Bang. And modern day is just before midnight on December 31st. You realize that cavemen were walking around 15 seconds before midnight, and Jesus was 7 seconds ago. You realize how late we are to the party, and how small we are in time. Knowing that can really effect you.

PS: How so?

NDT: It effects you because it’s humbling. You can’t come away with this cosmic perspective thinking that you are better than others and want to fight. That’s why you’ll never have astrophysicists leading nations into war.

Watch an interview between Neil, Ann and producer Brannon Braga on the new series HERE.

PS: Does this “cosmic perspective” effect you?

NDT: It affects me continuously, in every thought I have. It also helps to put life’s challenges in perspective. We live on this speck called Earth–think about what you might do, today or tomorrow–and make the most of it.

PS: What was it like working with [co-executive producer] Seth MacFarlane?

NDT: It was great to work with Seth and [Sagan’s original collaborators] Steven Soter and Ann Druyan. [MacFarlane] is actually interested in science, and there’s a certain science literacy in Family Guy, as shown for example by Stewie’s time machine. The director of photography, Bill Pope, also did The Matrix.

Learn about Seth MacFarlane’s involvement, impact on bringing on FOX, and his ultimate goals regarding science literacy HERE.

PS: What do you want people to get out of the show?

NDT: I want to share this cosmic perspective, and help people learn to be better shepherds–to learn to be good rather than evil. Ideally I’d want people to be intellectually, psychology, spiritually moved, and realize the role of science in their lives.

PS: What do you mean by spiritual?

NDT: If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something–for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars–I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses Cosmos, religion, and science literacy on the Bill Moyers show HERE.

PS: How might we make it to another star?

NDT: We need to learn to live for 1,000 years. And even that’s not long enough. That fastest space ship we’ve launched carrying people will get to the nearest star in 70,000 years. Either we need a community of fertile people, or to extend human life.

PS: You’re an astrophysicist. What unsolved problem in astrophysics most interests you?

NDT: If I stick to pure physics–the mystery of dark space and dark energy remains powerful and potent. Most gravity has no known origin. Is it some exotic particle? Nobody knows. Is dark energy responsible for expansion of the universe? Nobody knows.

Source: PopSci

UPDATE: If the above article/interview didn’t give your heart flutters, this may do you in…FOX Networks Group just announced the FIRST EVER simultaneous cross-network premier of Cosmos! On March 9th, 2014 @ 9pm-10pm ET/PT, ‘Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey’ will debut on 10 NETWORKS…FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life! This multi-network simulcast with globally launch across 200+ Fox and National Geographic Channels worldwide, continuing the 13-part series on Sundays (via FOX) and Mondays (via National Geographic).

From the press release:

This first multi-network launch event for Fox Networks Group, along with the series debut on Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, will make 'COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY’ available on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint of more than half a billion homes.

COSMOS is the kind of rich, epic storytelling that we hope will not only be phenomenal entertainment, but also ignite curiosity and move a generation to take a deeper interest in science and the larger world from which we come,” said Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group. “Seth, Ann, Neil and the entire team behind COSMOS have created one of the most incredible experiences ever imagined for television, and we’re supporting it with the biggest launch we’ve ever orchestrated at Fox Networks Group.”

After the cross-network premiere event, 'COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY’ will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and Mondays – with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content – on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).


Read the entire press release HERE.

COSMIC FEELS.

Why Sleepy Hollow is the best show currently on the air

I want to take a moment to talk about the new TV series Sleepy Hollow that aired in the US in September 2013. I’ve just spent the past two days watching most of the first season, I’ve only got two episodes to go and I’m mind blown by how clever this show is and I’m not sure it’s gotten the praise I believe it deserves.

If you haven’t seen the show, or know what it’s about I’ll give you a brief synopsis: 

Ichabod Crane is a soldier in the American Colonial Army under the command of George Washington. Whilst caught up in battle he beheads a horseman whom then later kills Crane in 1781. Both Crane and the headless horseman, whom is revealed to be Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse both wake up in modern day Sleepy Hollow, New York. Crane joins forces with the lieutenant Abbie Mills and the sheriff’s department and the two of them together begin to battle forces of evil in order to prevent the impending Apocalypse.

I know what you’re thinking. A bit cliché right? I mean, preventing the apocalypse, fighting monsters and the battle of good vs. evil has been done so many times in shows like Supernatural, Fringe, Charmed and similar such shows. What is it that makes Sleepy Hollow so different? What makes it so good that I think it’s the best show currently on the air?

Here’s my answer: It breaks mainstream and it’s clever.

There are many reasons but I will give you my five main ones:
1) Diversity.

  • The leading duo is interracial. This might not seem like a big deal to some but if you look at mainstream Hollywood today, this unfortunately, is very rare. The character Lieutenant Abbie Mills (played by the marvellous Nicole Beharie) is a strong, leading FEMALE African-American main character and it’s important to point this out in an industry where this subject easily becomes overshadowed. Also keeping in mind that the character Ichabod Crane (played by the talented Tom Mison), is from an era where women and especially African-Americans were looked down upon and treated as less-worthy. The two characters essentially contrast each other which gives them a strong, believable on-screen relationship rarely seen in TV today and they make it work fantastically well.

2) Equality.

  • The women are equally as badass as the men. They can take care of themselves and they don’t swoon hopelessly after the men nor are they damsels in distress that need saving. Now, even if I’m personally secretly hoping that something will happen between Abbie and Crane, the show seems to focus on the personal development of the characters and the plot itself rather than romantic relationships.

3) Humour.

  • Quite simply: it doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t afraid to take the piss which is a good thing in a plot that’s focused on the battle of good and evil.

4) Credibility.

  • It becomes rather obvious when watching the show that the writers have put a fair amount of thought and research into making it a historically credible show to watch. This is true not only of the background to revolutionary war, the clothes and the weaponry but also of Ichabod’s character in terms of his posture, his attitude, the way he speaks, his struggle to interact with modern day society. I don’t know about you guys, but if I can’t believe the characters in show then where’s the point in watching it?

5) Dialogue.

  • Sleepy Hollow is incredibly well written. The dialogue is balanced between being witty and quirky but at the same time there’s depth in it and it makes you think.


In earnest, the list could go on. I’ll admit when I first heard of it I was sceptic. The legend of Sleepy Hollow has always been a favourite of mine and considering how many liberties they’ve taken with the mythology of it the creators have still made it work. The monsters are scary and still linger in your mind after watching it which adds a fridge-horror effect to the show but even so it’s sometimes easy to get lost in the plots as there are many threads and layers of it that has yet to be solved and uncovered. Although knowing Fox Network’s history of cancelling popular show (Yes I’m talking about Firefly), I’m hoping Sleepy Hollow will have a chance to further prove its potential

“Surely one sign of the impending apocalypse must be skinny jeans.”

Donald Trump hates Hispanics, Asians, women, Muslims, blacks, Native Americans, veterans, gays, and God knows who else. The sole group of people he is cool with? Low IQ Fox News-watching hillbillies.  And, shockingly, they’re also the only ones voting for him.
The X-Files Season 11 is Coming!

You better believe The X-Files will be back.

At Fox’s upfront press call, Fox TV Group chairmens Dana Walden and Gary Newman sounded very optimistic when asked about plans for another installment of The X-Files event series.

All of the people involved with the series are doing different projects at the moment, and they are scattered all over the world, but Walden is hopeful they will have something to announce next year.

“Hopefully this season we will be able to get it done and that the same time next year (May), we will have something to announce.”

Discussions that are taking place with Carter, Duchovny, and Anderson, and how they have included talks about “what kind of episodic order makes sense. Some of that is driven by schedules.”

“Conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that all of them would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and studio want to do more.”

With strong VOD performance, The X-Files was the second-most-watched Fox program last season behind Empire. It was one of Fox’s top programs last season.

Series creator Chris Carter expressed confidence back in February that additional episodes were out there.

“I can’t imagine, with the ratings that we’ve got and the way we ended this season, that there won’t be more X-Files. They will find a way to get that done”

The next X-Files event season is tentatively being planned for the 2017-18 season.

Source: TV Line and Deadline