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Nat Geo TCAs: One Strange Rock renewed; Jeff Goldblum series announced; DeGrasse's StarTalk guests revealed

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Jul 27, 2018, 5:57 PM EDT (Updated)

Nat Geo revealed their slate of returning and new programming at the Television Critics Association press tour today (aka the TCAs), which included a couple of announcements of particular interest around here.  

First off, with a viewership of 81 million strong, One Strange Rock from Darren Aronofsky and Jane Root, and her production company Nutopia, got the pickup for a second season.

Next up, StarTalk With Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- which features a celebrity guest talking science with everyone's favorite teacher, along with commentary from a host of experts and comedians -- announced its full slate of interviews for the show's fourth season, debuting in Novemember.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Anthony Bourdain (Credit: Nat Geo TV)

Tyson will speak with the late Anthony Bourdain (about the science of food), George R.R. Martin (about the backstory of Game of Thrones), former Vice President Al Gore, podcaster Joe Rogan, author Patricia Cornwell, science guy Bill Nye, Weird Al Yankovic, Dan Rather, Jack Black, James Marsden, Anna Deavere Smith, and even Jeff Goldblum, who will be discussing two areas he should know plenty about: dinosaurs and aliens.

As for their new programming, speaking of Goldblum, he appeared onstage to explain his new series, The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum. The actor guest-hosted three episodes of National Geographic Explorer last season, which opened the door for this new series. 

“It may be a show where we explore and investigate things that seem ordinary. But when we see them through the lens of science and fact, they may be extraordinary. Maybe subways, cereal, baseball, and even toilet paper,” he said, teasing possible topics in his most Goldblum-y way.

The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum will appear on Nat Geo TV in 2019. StarTalk With Neil DeGrasse Tyson starts talking up again on Monday, Nov. 12. No word yet on when One Strange Rock's second season will debut, but principal photography starts in February of 2019.