Nat Geo Bringing Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Star Talk' To TV

National Geographic has chosen Tyson's popular 'Star Talk' podcast as the subject of the channel's first late-night TV show.
Posted at 11:08 PM, Jan 07, 2015

Uber-popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is headed to late-night television. The National Geographic Channel announced Wednesday Tyson will host a TV version of his podcast "StarTalk." 

If you're not familiar with Tyson, he's the smart dude who is not Bill Nye who explains science stuff really well — like three dimensions. 

"On a grid, you might think of it as what street, in New York, what street, what avenue and what floor on a building you might meet someone." Tyson said. 

During the Winter TV Press Tour 2015, Tyson was quoted saying, "This is low risk for National Geographic because it exists as a thriving podcast — it was selected by iTunes as one of Top 10 podcasts of 2014."

That's probably the reason why the National Geographic Channel chose to lean on Tyson's "StarTalk" as their very first late-night series. 

"By the way, have you ever hear of alternative math? Of course not because it doesn't exist. Have you ever hear of alternative physics? Of course not because there's no such thing. But somehow, we all want to believe there's something called alternative medicine," Tyson said. 

"StarTalk" is described on its website as a bridge "between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion," so viewers can expect more of the same. Just on television. 

Tyson recently hosted the reboot of popular '80s series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," which was considered a critical success and won several awards last year, including four Emmys. 

"StarTalk" will make its TV debut on the National Geographic Channel in April. It'll be taped in front of a studio audience at the Hayden Planetarium inside the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson serves as director. 

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