Word on the street is Carl Sagan’s science documentary series, Cosmos, is getting the sequel treatment more than 30 years after the original aired on PBS.

Good news is that Ann Druyan, Sagan’s wife and writing partner, and Steven Soter, co-writer on the original series, will be involved. And, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be taking on the hosting duties. A perfect choice, in my opinion.

Even news that Seth MacFarlane (yes, of Family Guy fame) will be producing cheered me. In interviews he comes off as a supporter of science, an unabashed atheist and, based on his “Cosmos Edited For Rednecks” segment, a fan of the original series.

Now the bad news. The new series will be airing on Fox.

That does not bode well. I find it very hard to believe a Murdoch-owned network will permit a candid discussion of, say, climate change such as this one from episode four of the updated version of the original Cosmos.

Oh well. So much for the science.