Seth MacFarlane is breaking free from recreating the dysfunctional family unit + one talking animal format to reproduce/sequelize Carl Sagan's 1980 Cosmos documentary miniseries. MacFarlane will be joined by Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, who each worked on the original project, to create Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. Like its predecessor, this will be a 13-episode documentary miniseries.
Hosting the program will be Neil de Grasse Tyson, whose expertise in astrophysics is surmounted only by his collection of names.
MacFarlane's philosophy is that, in a time like ours wherein global, national and person stressors and conflicts are innumerable, concentrating on science and larger questions is extremely beneficial.
The series will debut on Fox in 2013.