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Listen up: who is willing to endure some of our most terrifying existential threats, look them straight in the eye, and learn a little about the science to help prepare for, mitigate, and ideally even avoid them? That’s the general premise of the new upcoming Peacock series, announced this morning and hosted by Bill Nye (of ‘The Science Guy’ fame) and amusingly titled ‘The End is Nye’.
Like many nerds of my generation, I watch the educational series Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS, and it’s kind of reassuring to know that the man is still going strong and spreading the love of science in an easily digestible way for both the kids and Adult. Take a look at the current state of affairs and it’s obvious why we need more of these kinds of shows, not less. In any case, where “Bill Nye the Science Guy” struck a fun and upbeat tone that felt perfect for the 1990s, “The End is Nye” will take a slightly blacker humorous approach to the enduring dangers of our everyday reality. However, the new Peacock original series is backed by more star power than just the bow-tie science dude himself.
Read on for everything you need to know about The End is Nye.
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The End is Nye release date and where to watch it
Peacock has announced that The End is Nye will debut on August 25, 2022 after holding its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The “hour-long science disaster series,” as it is described, is being made available for viewing exclusively for Peacock subscribers. The full synopsis of the series is as follows:
THE END IS NYE sends Bill Nye into the most epic global disasters imaginable – both natural and unnatural – then demystifies them using science to show how we can survive, mitigate and even prevent them. Each standalone episode delves deep into the mystery and horror of a specific threat. Each disaster is packed with thrills, but also offers hope and a way forward – a scientific blueprint for surviving whatever we come across.
The End is Nye Writers, Director and more
The End is Nye was created by Bill Nye, Brannon Braga and Seth MacFarlane, with all three (along with Erica Huggins) also serving as executive producers on the project. Incredibly, MacFarlane will actually appear on screen for a “brief cameo” at some point in each episode. Brannon Braga is credited as the sole director of the new series, with Braga and Nye also serving as writers. In a statement, alongside Peacock’s announcement, Nye had the following to say:
“Right now, our world is a very scary place, yet it is filled with opportunities to make life better for all of us – for everyone on Earth. Speaking of Earth, the big idea behind ‘The End Is Nye’ is that for the first time in our planet’s history, we humans can control our destiny. We see the potential for these overwhelming catastrophes and we have the means to avoid them. With science we can change the world.”
In addition, Braga released its own statement:
“The End is Nye is a relationship show – it’s about our relationship with nature and how it can end in total disaster. It’s also about how science can help this relationship survive and thrive. Yes, ‘The End is Nye’ is terrifying, but our ultimate goal is to boost human confidence with a welcome boost of optimism about the future and scientific understanding.
The Peacock Original runs for a total of 6 episodes, with each episode an instant hit for the science-loving binge-watchers out there.