Fans of the Emmy-winning 2014 documentary project Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey got their first look at the next, all-new installment in the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted science series, taking in a new preview trailer at the show’s panel Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con.
Tyson and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (on hand, also, for The Orville’s panel later in the day), along with original Cosmos writer Ann Druyan (wife of the late Carl Sagan), joined the rest of the show’s production team to tease the new 13-episode cycle of forward-looking science explorations, which are once again headed to Fox and National Geographic next spring.
Check out the trailer for Cosmos: Possible Worlds below, which isn’t short on real world-derived eye candy — even by science fiction fans’ high standards:
The new series “will venture to previously uncharted territories,” according to Fox, assessing how humanity could address some of the biggest unanswered questions in the universe — like how we’d respond if we ever do encounter life beyond our own planet. “We search the heavens for signs of intelligent life — but what would we do if we found it?” Tyson posits in the trailer. “Are we ready for first contact?”
In keeping with the spirit of Sagan’s 1980 television event series, the new Cosmos cycles approach science first and foremost with a wide-eyed sense of wonder. “The heart of our show is this nucleus of hope,” Druyan explains in the clip. “Cosmos takes you to the thrilling future we can still have.”
Timed with the launch of the new season will be the release of a companion book from Druyan and published by National Geographic. The new book is being pitched as a direct follow-up to Sagan’s 1980 book, which, like the current project, was tied to the TV series.
Sharing its title with the show, the book is set to go on sale on February 19 of next year — only a few short weeks before Cosmos: Possible Worlds makes its March 2019 debut on National Geographic and Fox.