July 29, 2015 4:50 pm
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S EMMY-NOMINATED
STARTALK HOSTED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 PREMIERE
SUNDAY, OCT. 25, AT 11/10c
President Bill Clinton to Be First Guest of the Late-Night Talk Show’s New Season
(Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 29, 2015) National Geographic Channel today announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles that the second season of the Emmy-nominated series StarTalk hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (natgeotv.com/StarTalk, #StarTalk) will premiere Sunday, Oct. 25, at 11/10c. President Bill Clinton was announced as the first guest of the late-night talk show’s new season. For more information, visit our press room at foxflash.com and follow @NGC_PR on Twitter.
“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest to kick off our second season,” said Tyson. “President Bill Clinton is a public figure whose impact and influence spans politics, pop culture and science — with an occasional dose of humor. That’s exactly the mission statement of StarTalk, and I look forward to sharing our conversation with viewers.”
Based on Tyson’s prominent podcast of the same name, the weekly hour-long series infuses pop culture with science, while bringing together comedians and celebrities to delve into a wide range of topics. Each week, in a private interview, Tyson explores all the ways that science and technology have influenced the life and livelihood of his guests, whatever their background. Additional guests in season two include Susan Sarandon, David Byrne, Larry Wilmore, Bas Lansdorp, Penn and Teller, and others.
After his one-on-one interview, Tyson invites a comedian co-host and influencers in media, science and pop culture to join him in front of a studio audience in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City — where he serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium — to further break down the topic. And in each episode, Tyson calls on his friend Bill Nye the Science Guy to weigh in on the week’s theme; Nye shares his perspective on science, technology and even Star Trek via a pretaped segment.
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National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
StarTalk Radio, hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a ground-breaking, weekly, one-hour radio talk show and podcast, where Science, pop culture & comedy collide. With a unique combination of comedy and celebrity star power, including frequent guest host Bill Nye, the show aims to bring the universe down to Earth. Now in its 6th season, StarTalk is available on SiriusXM, iTunes (where it recently ranked as the No.1 podcast and made the “Best of 2014” list), Stitcher, where it won the Stitcher Award for Best Science and Medicine podcast, SoundCloud and TuneIn. The podcast has more than 3 million downloads per month. For more information and to listen, visit www.startalkradio.net.
The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. The museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, where Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director. The museum’s five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant Ph.D. degrees. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents.
Julie Frazier, 212-378-1975, firstname.lastname@example.org