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In 1980 Carl Sagan‘s 13-episode PBS series Cosmos became a defining televised document of scientific inquiry and conversation, thanks in part to its unique emphasis on the intersection of big scientific questions and personal experience. Now Fox is creating a new version of Cosmos, from a seemingly unlikely source.

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) wanted to reboot the show, and has worked with original Cosmos writer and producer Ann Druyan (also Sagan’s widow) on a new 13-episode series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The first new Cosmos trailer was released at Comic Con — for the show which bears the full title Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — and it looks fantastic. Check out the footage below.

Watch this one in HD if you can, because it is beautiful.

That’s a good nod to the original show, and also something that looks more like Doctor Who filtered through Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life than a show you’d expect to see from MacFarlane. The footage is dynamic and very eye-catching; let’s hope the content is as interesting.

Compare that to the original series intro:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premieres in 2014.

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