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Seth MacFarlane had met Druyan through Tyson at the 2008 kickoff event for the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a new Los Angeles office of the National Academy of Sciences, designed to connect Hollywood writers and directors with scientists. A year later, at a 2009 lunch in New York City with Tyson, MacFarlane learned of their interest to re-create Cosmos. He was influenced by Cosmos as a child, believing that Cosmos served to "[bridge] the gap between the academic community and the general public". At the time MacFarlane told Tyson, "I'm at a point in my career where I have some disposable income ... and I’d like to spend it on something worthwhile."
I really enjoyed that. Loved the story on how Tyson met Sagen. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
I find it ironic that this aired at the same time as ABC's Resurrection which had a sense of reincarnation and religion tied in in a few scenes.
Sadly, I was not able to watch Cosmos as it contradicts my mother's views who had control of the remote at the time. Oh well, such is the story of American youth without a means of unemployment.