By Ariana Bacle
March 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM EDT

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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If you’re looking for a show about Einstein and other big names in science, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey isn’t for you. That’s because the new show, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, focuses on the lesser-known names who had a big impact.

Executive producer Seth MacFarlane spoke about this in a Sirius XM Town Hall, hosted by Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean.

In clips of the chat below, MacFarlane talks about new discoveries he made, including the story of Dominican monk Giordano Bruno. Bruno, who was featured in the show’s first episode, is thought to be one of the first to theorize that other stars and planets exist besides earth.

“For that time, when any kind of thought that didn’t adhere to the confines of what the church was teaching could get you burned at the stake, it was pretty revolutionary,” MacFarlane says. “The show is kind of peppered with those kinds of stories. It’s not the story of Einstein, it’s the story of Edmond Halley, who you might not know as much about.”

Check out the clip below:

MacFarlane also answered a question about whether or not his fictional characters are influenced by people he knows — he says no, but notes: “Peter Griffin was sort of a melting pot of every big, fat, loud-mouthed New England guy that I knew growing up, and there were a lot of them.” Watch his full answer below:

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