StarTalk continues to shine. National Geographic Channel has renewed physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talk show for season 3.
“Neil deGrasse Tyson is not only an incredibly accomplished astrophysicist, but also a very gifted communicator who blends pop culture and humor to make science accessible and fun, making him — and StarTalk — a great fit for National Geographic Channel,” said National Geographic Channel Global CEO Courteney Monroe in a statement.
The show was originally conceived as a podcast of the same name in 2009, which still runs; the television version made its on-air debut last April. In only 20 episodes, Tyson has hosted an impressive run of guests, ranging from President Bill Clinton, actor George Takei, and musician David Byrne.
“Science surrounds us daily, infusing civilization in countless ways,” Tyson said in a statement, “and StarTalk‘s mission is to reveal that intersection. Our guests are selected from all corners of pop culture, allowing us to explore how their lives and livelihoods have been touched by the moving frontier of science.”
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But his dream guest — outside of President Obama — hasn’t appeared on the show yet.
“One of them is Charlie Sheen,” Tyson told EW last April. “[Sheen] spent 20 minutes asking me questions about the universe. He says, ‘If the Big Bang began everything, when did the galaxies form? Could the stars come after that or before that? I’ve always wondered. How fast could most of it expanded to get as big as we are today?’ This guy had stockpiled his cosmic curiosity, while dealing with what the hell the rest of what’s going on in his life, and it all came out in that one session.”
NatGeo has also commissioned a StarTalk book, which will be released with season 3.