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NGC announces its first late-night series ‘Star Talk’

MUMBAI: On the heels of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ US infotainment broadcaster National Geographic Channel has announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California the premiere of the network’s first-ever late-night series, Star Talk, hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson). The show will air globally in 171 countries.

Based on Tyson’s podcast of the same name, the new series will bridge the intersection between pop culture and science as it brings together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in our vast universe.

He said, “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.”

Premiering in April 2015, the series will be produced by National Geographic Studios and will be taped in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, where Tyson serves as director. Each week, Tyson and his fellow guests will explore a variety of cosmic topics, including space travel, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth and the environment and breaking news from the universe.

He added, “Cosmos allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible. 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.”

National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe said, “After the global success of COSMOS as one of the most watched series in our history, we are thrilled to be partnering with Neil again on Star Talk — his wildly popular podcast that transcends science and crosses over into pop culture — once again satisfying the audience’s passion for adventure and exploration.

“We continue to bolster our programming with series and event specials that are brand definitional, and Star Talk is the perfect opportunity to offer our audience an edgy, late-night alternative with the credibility and authenticity that are the hallmarks of our network.”

The premiere of ‘Star Talk’ will be accompanied by the one-hour special ‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’, a celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 years orbiting our planet. Narrated by Tyson, ‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’ is the story of one of the most remarkable advances in modern technology, as told by the people who designed, built, launched, operated and repaired the legendary observatory. ‘Hubble’s Cosmic Journey’ is produced by Bigger Bang and along with ‘Star Talk’ will air globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this year.