Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GODLESSS WEDNESDAY: Cosmos Earned 12 Emmy Nominations

Good news for the forces of enlightenment fighting the irrational beliefs of religion and "god-fearing" folks. The television series Cosmos has earned 12 primetime Emmy nominations. Friendly Atheist summarizes them:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming
The original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage earned 5 nominations (3 wins) way back in 1981 and was hosted by Carl Sagan. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is executive produced by Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Star Trek's Brannon Braga and others. According to Variety, it has been a huge ratings success:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which premiered this spring on Fox and National Geographic Channel and received an unprecedented rollout in 180 countries, has become the most-watched series ever for National Geographic Channel International. 
A whopping 135 million people — including 45 million in the U.S. — watched at least some of the 13-part science series, National Geographic Channel announced today. Overall, it aired on all 90 National Geographic Channels as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series.
The Other Half and I saw all 13 episodes as well (usually time-shifted 3 or 4 days). Cosmos is great! 

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