Heads up, the world is about to get a pinch more delightful as Netflix prepares to bring b-b-b-b-Bill Nye The Science Guy back to the airwaves in the form of a brand-new talk show called Bill Nye Saves The World.
William Sanford “Bill” Nye has been a huge part of bringing the fun of science into childrens’ lives since his seminal PBS show began airing in 1993. In the wake of that show’s fifth and final season, he has popped up everywhere from Battlebots to news channels, Dancing With the Stars (seriously, he performed Weird Science by Oingo Boingo) and more.
Now that many of his fans from the early nineties have grown up, it only makes sense that a Netflix talk show would be the next logistical step in his career, as well as the most obvious place to build a new audience. Sure, a YouTube could have been an option should they have chosen to angle towards a younger demographic, but from the sounds of the press release Bill Nye Saves The World will bridge the gap between accessible and entertaining discussions paired with serious and timely subject matter.
Here’s more details on the new show – set to arrive in the Spring of 2017 – from Netflix’s press release:
Today, Netflix announced that it will launch a new talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, hosted by the famed scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor. Set to launch Spring 2017, each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.
Bill Nye Saves the World will mark Nye’s long-awaited return to TV since first emerging as a household name in the 1990s as the creator and star of the Emmy award-winning syndicated television show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which ran for five seasons and introduced millennial audiences to science and engineering.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.
Bill Nye Saves the World is produced for Netflix by Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein and Julie Pizzi serve as Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Michael Naidus (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) serves as showrunner and Executive Producer. Writer and standup comedian Mike Drucker serves as Head Comedy Writer; and, astronomer, author and award-winning science communicator Phil Plait serves as Head Science Writer.