Are you familiar with the blog Bad Astronomy? It’s where, in part, astronomer Phil Plait dissects how TV and film get the science wrong in their science fiction, and even sometimes in their science “fact,” as when he rips apart alien-abduction and moon-landing-hoax “documentaries.”
“Bad Universe” will air on Discovery this Fall, though a premiere date and time have not been settled on yet.
As is often the case with Discovery, the network has ordered a “three-pack” of episodes. This allows the network to test them out on-air and gauge viewer response. If the viewer interest is high and the program delivers solid ratings, the network will probably order additional episodes.
I’m sure the series will be highly amusing. Plait is an entertaining writer with a unique outlook on making science fun… or scary-fun, as his book Death from the Skies! [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] ably demonstrates. (It’s about all the horrific ways planet Earth could die, one of which will eventually have to happen.)
What bloggers can or should make the jump to TV, and what would their shows look like?
And don’t say “MaryAnn Johanson of FlickFilosopher.com,” you kiss-asses.
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