By James Hibberd
August 05, 2011 at 03:05 PM EDT

Fox is planning a new version of Carl Sagan’s classic space exploration documentary series, Cosmos, except executive producing the show is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Fox is set to order 13 episodes of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, produced by MacFarlane along with Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan. Close followers of MacFarlane’s work will be less surprised by his interest in producing a serious program: he’s a bright guy who clearly ponders plenty of serious topics. “We’re obsessed with angels and vampires and whatnot,” MacFarlane, 37, tells the New York Times, “when there are many more exciting and very real and much more spectacular things to be excited about, that are right in our own planetary backyard.” Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host.