Bill Nye, the man who we all hoped would show up in our classrooms when were kids, is now headed somewhere else that we hope for on a long day: Netflix. The show will be a talk show that is headlined by Nye, it was announced today.
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Entitled Bill Nye Save the World, the show will talk about the impact of science on society, pop culture, and politics. Each episode will look at a different topic scientifically. The hope is to get people interested in science again by dispelling myths, talking about global warming, and making science accessible.
It is clear that Nye won't be alone. He will be bringing in special guests to perform experiments, talk about facts, and debate with on various topics. The show is due in the spring of 2017.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix and Bunim/Murray Productions will produce the series, with Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi set to exec produce with Michael Naidus (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), who will serve as showrunner. Writer and stand-up comedian Mike Drucker has been tapped as head writer, with astronomer, author and award-winning science communicator Phil Plait set as head science writer."
Bill Nye Saves the World will by Nye's first television show since Bill Nye the Science Guy ended in 1998 after 100 successful episodes on PBS. The series won 19 Emmys and made Bill a favorite of everyone. Since then, he has been busy making other television appearances including a run on Dancing with the Stars.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” Nye said. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
Although Netflix has really been ambitious about pushing the envelope with their programming, this will only be the second talk show on the service; it will join the recently renewed Chelsea.