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Why Is Cosmos Airing At The Same Time As The Walking Dead


Tonight, all of us geeks and nerds are going to have a very tough time deciding what to watch at 8 pm Central.  In one corner, the ever popular The Walking Dead on AMC that is smashing ratings records and is very, very popular in the geek/nerd culture.  In the other corner, is the 1980’s reboot Cosmos hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The 13 part mini-series premieres at 8 pm Central tonight on FOX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 & 2, and other channels.  At least the people living on the west coast could watch Cosmos at 5 pm Pacific on Fox Sports 1 & 2 and FXM, since there is only one feed.  But for the ones living on the east coast, they are out of luck.

Tonight on the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, President Obama will provide an introduction.  Then Tyson will introduce the viewers in Northern California, then get things quickly started when he starts his expedition on Earth and moves outward to establish our cosmic address.  The episode will also focus on the Big Bang, explore the Cosmic Calendar, and take a peek at the modernized special effects in HD.  The episode will mostly focus on 16th Century Italian astronomer Glordano Bruno.   And if you are a fan of space and our solar system, you will like the first episode tonight.  Yes, I will record Cosmos and watch it later tonight on my DVR.  But why would FOX get us geeks and nerds upset by airing this mini-series at the same time as The Walking Dead?

Face it, many geeks and nerds love zombies and the show focusing on survivors in the zombie apocalypse.  It’s going to be an epic battle between zombies and the solar system tonight!  The new Cosmos is executive produced by Seth McFarlane, the same guy who makes Family Guy.  Seth convinced Fox executives to make the Cosmos reboot.  And Seth is now even funding efforts to get Sagan’s papers and notes donated to the Library of Congress.  I am glad FOX is going to repeat Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on their National Geographic Channels and on FOX at times.  Because for the ones who don’t have a DVR, they are going to make a very tough decision, science or zombies?

As for me tonight, I am watching The Walking Dead and Talking Dead live tonight on AMC.  I will watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at 10 pm Central, and I will review the first episode of Cosmos on Geek Alabama on Tuesday!  I hope this reboot of Cosmos will be just as good as the 1980’s version hosted by Carl Sagan.  Neil deGrasse Tyson does a great job on TV, and I have confidence that Cosmos will be worth watching!  Too bad FOX made a poor decision to air this against The Walking Dead.  And when TWD ends in a few weeks, Cosmos will have to compete with Game of Thrones.  If I was at FOX, I would have aired this at a different time!  And one has to wonder, if some people here in Alabama would get upset if Cosmos has different views that what is taught in the Bible, but that is for another post!

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