11:00am PT by Philiana Ng
President Obama to Introduce 'Cosmos'
President Barack Obama is putting his stamp on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
The president will offer an "inspiring" introduction ahead of Sunday's series premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Fox announced Saturday. In the video message, Obama invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.
The 13-episode Cosmos, produced by Cosmos Studios and Fuzzy Door Productions, tells the story of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios president Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga are executive producers, with Jason Clark co-executive producing.
Obama's support behind Cosmos is no secret as a screening was held at the White House as part of the first White House Student Film Festival on Feb. 28, celebrating his commitment to technology in the classroom. During the festival, Obama detailed the progress toward his ConnectED goal of connecting students to broadband and wireless technology within five years.
Cosmos is getting a massive push, premiering simultaneously on several Fox Network-owned channels, including FX, FXX, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports 1, FXM, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life. This is the first time Fox Networks Group has done a high-profile multi-network launch. Cosmos will be available on 220 networks in 181 countries.