Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late-night talk show

The astrophysicist and host of "Cosmos" is turning his "StarTalk Radio" podcast into a National Geographic show

Published January 8, 2015 5:34PM (EST)

Neil deGrasse Tyson                (Business Insider)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (Business Insider)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is taking his popular "StarTalk Radio" podcast to late-night television! The famed astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, host of "Cosmos" and spontaneous movie critic has landed a spot on National Geographic Channel.

The show will continue along the same vein as the current podcast: An enlightening and entertaining blend of popular culture (there's often a comedian guest co-host) and science. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Tyson's science buddy Bill Nye will be given a minute-long rant during each show, à la Andy Rooney on "60 Minutes."

"'Cosmos' allowed us to share the awesome power of the universe with a global audience in ways that we never thought possible," Tyson told those at the Television Critics Association press tour. "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."

The show will debut in April, the Hollywood Reporter writes, in conjunction with the special "Hubble's Cosmic Journey."


By Sarah Gray

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