Neil deGrasse Tyson's new science + culture late night show StarTalk to debut on 4/20

You’ve got to give National Geographic credit — the network sure does know how to capitalize on a good thing when they have it.

Everybody’s favorite scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson is launching a brand-new late night talk show, StarTalk, which will focus on science and pop culture and include one-on-one interviews with all types of people. Oh, it’ll also feature fellow fan-favorite geek Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show is based on Tyson’s podcast of the same name and will record at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History.

So, when does the show launch? April 20, on National Geographic. Considering how big a hit Tyson’s previous series Cosmos was with the stoner crowd, this sounds like the perfect storm for what could be our new favorite show. For his first guest, Tyson has booked Star Trek (and culture) icon George Takei. We can’t wait to hear all the places that interview might go. To get a feel for the direction of the show, the future guest list includes Christopher Nolan, Arianna Huffington, Dan Savage, Richard Dawkins, Jimmy Carter and Chris Hadfield.

The premiere date was announced via Skype at SXSW, and here’s what Tyson had to say about bringing his hit podcast to the small screen:

“Expanding the 'StarTalk' radio show and podcast into a television show on National Geographic Channel offers a unique opportunity to show viewers how pervasive science is in our culture and how entertaining science can be. Throughout the show we explore current issues with top industry leaders and pair that with comical, but informed, commentary. From politicians and actors to scientists, social activists and more, the impact of science knows no bounds.”

Basically, this sounds like the perfect melding of Late Night and The Daily Show for science geeks. Go ahead and set your DVR accordingly.

(Via Entertainment Weekly, The Playlist)

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