We’re hoping for a cross between ‘Cosmos’ and ‘Ellen,’ but with 100% more bowties.
If you attended public school in the 1990s, you knew the deal: At some point during the school year, one of your exhausted and overworked teachers was going to give up, lean in and turn on “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” That’s when the fun learning would start.
Ever since “Science Guy” went off the air in 1998, Bill Nye has kept himself busy writing books, making television appearances and advocating for jail time for climate-change deniers. In 2014, he participated in a heated debate against creationist Ken Ham.
Now, Nye is taking his endearing scientific persona to Netflix, where his new talk show, “Bill Nye Saves The World,” will debut in the Spring of 2017. According to Netflix, each episode of the show will “tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”
This past May, Netflix embarked on its first foray into the talk-show genre with Chelsea Handler’s late-night-at-any-time-show, “Chelsea.” Like “Chelsea,” “Bill Nye Saves The World” will feature special guests, but will also highlight experiments and demonstrations that are unique to Nye’s scientific and comedic sensibility. The show plans to cover controversial scientific topics, including vaccinations, genetically-modified foods and climate change.
This will be Bill Nye’s first big return to television since “The Eyes of Nye,” a 13-episode series that aired on PBS in 2005 (he also participated in the 17th season of “Dancing With the Stars,” but we try not to talk about that).
And Nye has big plans for this show. As he says in a statement, “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. 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.”
“Bill Nye Saves The World” will be produced by Bunim/Murray (producers of MTV’s “The Real World” and “The Challenge”). Former “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” writer Mike Drucker will serve as the head comedy writer and Phil Plait, an astronomer, will serve as the head science writer.
With any luck, the result will look like a cross between “Cosmos” and “Ellen,” but with 100% more bowties.