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Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 8:48PM EST
Why Neil deGrasse Tyson's response to sexual misconduct allegations is self-defeating
"One thing that struck me while reading his note is that he confirms doing many of the more minor things the women bring up, but he denies that any of them were harmful," says Shannon Palus. "He paints himself as a bumbly nerd who is just here to talk about planets and go on adventures, not one of the most powerful men in physics and a behemoth in entertainment alike. Ultimately, he sees his interactions with other women as a sort of word problem that can be cleared up via an investigation—if someone could just do the math, we’d certainly be able to figure out the rational, hard truth." Palus adds: "He doesn’t attempt to understand that existing in the world as a woman involves a lot of this kind of groping and touching, that in some cases a grab of the arm can be a signal of more danger to come, and that, despite his own point of view that it was fine, it is imperative—not a concession—to ask for permission before touching someone under their clothing."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Noël Wells: My best friend called me the night Neil deGrasse Tyson allegedly sexually harassed her
The Saturday Night Live alum and Master of None star tweeted that she's close friends with one of Tyson's accusers. "If you are a powerful man acting and behaving as a predator, acting ignorant of being a predator is no defense," Wells tweeted on Sunday in response to Tyson's Facebook response to the allegations. "Your assistant drove you, your wife, and your daughter. She thought she was safe and you were safe. Face yourself. "And for anyone who thinks I am jumping on some bandwagon, I am one of the accusers best friends, and I was cheering her on with love when she got this job and I was called the night this happened. My heart breaks with her and I am sick and angry at this sickness."
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
Neil deGrasse Tyson denies sexual misconduct: “I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say?"
The Cosmos host addressed new allegations from two women in detail in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday after Fox, National Geographic and the show's producers announced they will investigate the accusations. “For a variety of reasons, most justified, some unjustified, men accused of sexual impropriety in today’s ‘me-too’ climate are presumed to be guilty by the court of public opinion,” Tyson wrote. “Emotions bypass due-process, people choose sides, and the social media wars begin." He adds: “In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters. But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full cooperation to do so.”
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson under investigation for sexual misconduct
Two woman have accused the astrophysicist and TV personlity of sexual misconduct, prompting an investigation from Fox, National Geographic and Cosmos producers. Tyson's former assistant, Ashley Watson, alleges she was forced to quit her job over Tyson's unwanted advances. Also, Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University, is accusing Tyson of groping her in 2009. “The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” Cosmos producers said in a statement to Deadline. “The producers of Cosmos can do no less in this situation. We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded.” Fox and National Geographic added in a separate statement: “We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. We take these matters very seriously, and we are reviewing the recent reports.” The second installment of Cosmos, titled Cosmos: Possible Worlds, is scheduled to premiere on Fox on March 3.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Nat Geo orders The Bible From Space
Nat Geo Explorer Albert Lin will host the two-part special that "takes a fresh, in-depth look at the bible using satellite imagery to help rebuild and reexamine some of its best known stories."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Genius' potential Aretha Franklin season is expected to add Clive Davis as executive producer
The music mogul's addition to the National Geographic Channel anthology series is considered very important for it to go forward.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Aretha Franklin may get the Nat Geo Genius treatment, replacing Mary Shelley
National Geographic Channel renewed Genius for a third season with a focus on iconic Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. But Deadline reports there are plans to change the subject to The Queen of Soul, who died in August at age 76. "I hear the idea for doing a Franklin-centered Genius came together quickly and was spearheaded by Imagine’s Brian Grazer," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "While sources close to the matter caution that there are still hurdles in securing all the rights necessary, I hear that everyone involved feels optimistic, and they are moving full-steam ahead with a potential Aretha Franklin third season while deals are being hammered out." She adds: "Imagine has done multiple projects about iconic music artists, including the award-winning documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, the film Get On Up about James Brown and the just announced scripted series Wu-Tang: An American Saga."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
National Geographic to show North Korea From the Inside with Michael Palin
Palin calls the two-hour documentary special “the most revealing journey of my life,” featuring him meeting with North Koreans of all walks of life. Filming coincided with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in's historic meeting.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Nat Geo special to go behind the scenes with the Secret Service
United States Secret Service: On The Front Line will air a two-hour special on Oct. 14, featuring "exclusive access" to four separate Secret Service missions over the past year, including President Trump's visit to the Philippines last year.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Julianna Margulies' The Hot Zone rounds out its cast with Topher Grace, Noah Emmerich and Liam Cunningham
Nick Searcy, Paul James, Robert Sean Leonard and Robert Wisdom are also joining the six-episode National Geographic Channel limited series. James D’Arcy is set to guest-star.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Nat Geo will proceed with Season 3 of The Story of God after investigating Morgan Freeman for sexual misconduct
“The results of this investigation revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman,” the National Geographic Channel said in a statement to Deadline. “We have now made the decision to move forward with the production of season three of The Story of God." Nat Geo paused pre-production on Season 3 after several women unrelated to the series accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Tim McGraw wrote an original song for Nat Geo's Alex Honnold ropeless mountain climbing documentary
The country superstar sings "Gravity," which he co-wrote with singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, for the docmentary Free Solo that follows free soloist climber Honnold as he ascended Yosemite's El Capitan.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Gordon Ramsay responds to claims he's ripping off Anthony Bourdain with his new Nat Geo show
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The reality TV chef has been criticized for his upcoming Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted show, which plans to test "Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics." Ramsay responded to his critics in an EW interview: "God, the feeble warriors that sit in their dungeons and spout negativity without understanding what we’re doing," said Ramsay. "I’ve been doing assertive, combustial shows since 2006 since I started The F Word — whether it’s diving for giant crab or hanging off a 500-meter cliff chasing puffins. So I’ve been on that level of exploration and understand those cultures. I’m a chef that needs to get motivated by understanding different cultures. I helicoptered into Nagaland 50 kilometers from the Burmese border in Northern India and cooked at a wedding. And in order to get accepted into the wedding, I had to buy a f*cking buffalo. That was 12 years ago. Tony Bourdain was a great mate of mine. We were on the red carpet together last year at the Emmys. I think he’d be happy and impressed at (Uncharted‘s) level of jeopardy and jumping into these (places)— Brazil, Peru, Alaska — and sourcing incredible ingredients and then highlighting some of the best [culinary] talent that hasn’t been noticed yet. It’s a dream come true. Judge (Uncharted) when you see it."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:05PM EDT
Gordon Ramsay accused of being the anti-Anthony Bourdain with his new Nat Geo food travel show
Source: The Washington Post
National Geographic announced Wednesday that the Fox reality star will travel the world with his new show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, described as an “anthropology-through-cuisine expedition.” But one aspect of Nat Geo's description of the series has stirred controversy. Nat Geo said Ramsay will be "tracking down high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region in hopes of discovering the undiscovered; and, finally, testing Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics." Eddie Huang, the Fresh Off the Boat inspiration who hosts his own food and travel show Huang's World on Viceland, tweeted: "the last thing the food world needs right now is Gordon Ramsay going to foreign countries showing 'locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can.'" Eater's Chris Fuhrmeister added: "Having already demoralized countless culinary professionals with his expletive-laden verbal outbursts on series such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and 24 Hours to Hell & Back, Ramsay now wants to parachute into foreign food cultures and show the locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can." The Washington Post's Tim Carman, meanwhile, said of the backlash: "The sound you hear is Bourdain, who died in June, trying to convince St. Peter to give him a day pass so he can come back and slap some sense into Ramsay, who apparently didn’t read the Columbusing memo on white men 'discovering the undiscovered.'" As he points out, Bourdain "never made the mistake of upstaging the cultures or people he featured in his programs." When Bourdain died last month, Ramsay tweeted: "He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Jeff Goldblum and Gordon Ramsay each land their own Nat Geo travel series
The 12-part The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum (tentative title) will follow Goldblum as he delves into the science behind everything from coffee to balloons. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted will have the Fox reality TV host traveling the world to explore the anthropology behind various cuisines.