Sci Fi TV News: More Cosmos on the Way, J.J. Abrams is Working on a Space-Based Show, and More

By | January 17, 2018

Nat Geo Returns to Cosmos in 2019

FOX and the National Geographic Channel have given the green light to a new season of Cosmos to be titled Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson will be returning for the second season of the revival which is scheduled to air in Spring of 2019. It will debut on both FOX and Nat Geo then air the rest of its episodes on the latter channel. Cosmos was fist created by Carl Sagan and aired as a thirteen episode series in 1980 giving a general introduction to science. It was revived in 2014 with Tyson taking over for the late Sagan and went on to become the most-watched series ever on National Geographic Channels internationally, reaching 135 million people globally. The teaser above was released with the announcement of the new series.

Development News: J.J. Abrams is Shopping a New Series, Syfy Greenlights The Outpost

As if J.J. Abrams was not busy enough working on the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, he has written a script for a new television series, the first he has penned since Fringe. The space-based drama does not have an official title yet, but Abrams is shopping it around to potential buyers such as Apple and HBO. Following is the description of the project given by Hollywood Reporter:

Sources say the Abrams drama is about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another land amid a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.

Syfy has given the greenlight for a ten-episode first season for the fantasy The Outpost which comes from Stargate veterans Dean Devlin and Jonathan Glassner. It is currently slated to air on Syfy’s international channels, but there is no word yet on whether it will also run in the States. Variety gives the following description of the series:

The Outpost will star Jessica Green as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.

More Sci Fi TV News

The Shannara Chronicles has been cancelled by Spike after two seasons, but its studio is shopping the series around. More on that over at at this link.

AMC has set April 15th as the premiere date for the fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead and April 22nd for the third season bow of Into the Badlands.

Amazon has set January 26th as the official premiere date of its new fantasy epic Britannia in the United States. That show debuts on the 18th in England.

Rumor is that Supergirl is in the process of casting Lois Lane and the character could make an appearance on the show at the end of the current season.

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