Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Got His Own Late Night Talk Show January 7, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Got His Own Late Night Talk Show

The man you love to watch, whether he’s hosting Cosmos or appearing as a guest on Comedy Central, just got his own late night talk show.

Neil deGrasse Tyson will premiere Star Talk (based on his podcast of the same name) on the National Geographic Channel beginning this April:

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

Star Talk will indeed follow a similar format to Tyson’s podcast, which marries science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists. He’s still sorting through all of the elements that he’ll add to the television iteration, but he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, much as Andy Rooney had for many years on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

It sounds like a perfect venue for him — a chance to show off his charisma and have a public conversation with intelligent guests mixed in with the occasional celebrity (hopefully a reverse of the mix you tend to see on late night shows).

And it’s worth mentioning that he’s not the typical late night host: A white guy who comes from the comedy world.

If nothing else, I hope they give him plenty of freedom and let him run wild. I would watch that in a heartbeat. Coupled with a possible second season of Cosmos, it’s gonna be a great year for him.

Can’t wait to hear Ken Ham complain about how this is somehow Christian persecution.

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