Bill Nye Gets a Netflix Series That’ll “Save the World” — Or at Least Debunk Some Anti-Scientific Theories That Threaten It

It is a large day for nostalgic nerds with Netflix accounts: only hours after it was announced that the streaming service’s ’80s pastiche sci-fi marvel Stranger Things would be returning for a second season, they’ve revealed plans for another new series that’ll surely have appeal among a similar demographic: a talk show hosted by none other than the bow-tied Lincoln lookalike in your bulky ’90s science class Television sets — Bill Nye.

Although Nye, most known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, may be a figure quickly evocative of ’90s nostalgia, he has also become an outspoken critic and challenger of politicians and other influential figures who favor religion over science — possessing famously gone head-to-head in debate with Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham at Petersburg, Kentucky’s Creation Museum. (He also not too long ago published the book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.) As most scientists and non-religious-zealots do, Nye has voiced frequent concern about people ignoring the facts of climate alter.

The upcoming series, titled Bill Nye Saves the World, will continue in the vein in which Nye has currently emerged as a relatable scientific voice in the previous handful of decades. Netflix’s description reveals that “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may possibly be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of sector.”

Nye said in a statement:

Because the start off of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the planet by obtaining men and women everywhere excited about the basic suggestions in science. Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, exactly where we’ll discuss the complex scientific concerns facing us right now, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate alter. With the correct science and very good writing, we’ll do our ideal to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, possibly we’ll alter the planet a small.

The series is planned to premiere in Spring 2017.

[Via Indiewire]