StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson premiered today as a web series on Nerdist Channel. It’s a show where astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson “explores how science has impacted and influenced the lives of non-scientist celebrities and tastemakers.” The series’ premiere web episode featured co-host Eugene Mirman and guests: astronaut Mike Massimino, comedian Kristen Schaal and humorist John Hodgman. The series is the first time that Tyson’s show, StarTalk Radio Show With Neil deGrasse Tyson, has been televised. Check out Nerdist’s recent interview with Tyson (link).
Nerdist: How did the Nerdist Channel TV show come about?
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Well, in the last year-and-a-half, we had our StarTalk radio show. We had Chris Hardwick as a guest on the show. We just hit it – I mean, he’s an easy guy to get along with, anyway. I didn’t feel like I was special. But nonetheless, we hit it off well. There was huge resonance in all that he cared about, in all that we cared about, not only as people or human beings or friends, but also as people with a shared mission statement, that we’re just trying to spread the love of what it is to be curious about the natural world, and what that curiosity can become in your life. It can transform your outlook. When we learned is that he was starting up the Nerdist Channel, it was a clear fit. It was a no-brainer, actually. Normally, you have to have conversations about it. “Well, can it fit? How do you have to trim it, or fit it or change it?” It was, like, “No, just slot the thing right in. We’re good to go.”
— Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) November 1, 2012
Thanks Charlene Jimenez!