The show, Star Talk, will be airing on the National Geographic Channel

By Alex Heigl
Updated January 08, 2015 12:40 PM
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The late-night talk show landscape is about to start looking a little more lunar.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, he of the controversial Twitter feed and virulent Internet following, is getting his own talk show on the National Geographic Channel, appropriately titled Star Talk.

This won’t be Tyson’s first foray into television: He helmed a revived Cosmos last year, taking over where Carl Sagan had left off. And Star Talk is already a popular podcast, so the move is “kind of low-risk,” as Tyson told a crowd during the Television Critics Association press tour this week.

Tyson says he’s still working on the show’s format, but doesn’t plan to deviate much from the podcast’s current content, which blends discussion of science and pop culture topics with interviews from celebrities and scientists alike. He does apparently plan to “give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series will tape in front of a live studio audience at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City’s Museum of Natural History, where Tyson is based.

“After the global success of Cosmos as one of the most-watched series in our history, we are thrilled to be partnering with Neil again,” National Geographic Channel CEO Courteney Monroe said in a statement. “Star Talk is the perfect opportunity to offer our audience an edgy, late-night alternative with the credibility and authenticity that are the hallmarks of our network.”