You know that old hit-driven broadcast distribution method called TV whose decline I gleefully chronicle? Well, forget everything I said. It's the future! Okay, not all of it. But the Golden Era of science programming on PBS starts in 10 minutes if you're on the East Coast, and three hours if you're on the West. It's the premiere of Wired Science, a one-hour pilot we've been working on for most of the past year that's competing with two others for series development at PBS.
David Byrne(!) did the theme music, which you can hear with the opening credits below:
The official description:
Go into the world of meteorite hunters, where space, commerce, and art intersect; travel to Yellowstone National Park, to harvest viruses that may hold the key to a technology revolution; and dive underwater to find NEEMO, NASA's extreme astronaut training program. Meet rocket belt inventors, stem cell explorers, and the developer of an electric car that goes zero-to-60 in under four seconds.
A co-production of WIRED Magazine and KCET/Los Angeles, WIRED Science brings the bold and inventive print magazine to life in a fun and fascinating hour-long television show.
When You Watch, We Win
WIRED Science is one of three pilots under consideration by PBS for series development. Audiences nationwide are encouraged to weigh in on their favorite. Viewer feedback, as well as additional audience-based research, will inform PBS's decision to greenlight one pilot as the next new science series slated to premiere in Fall 2007.
There's a good review of it on Bloomberg here. And you can read more about the making of the show on our new science blog, which features, among others, Wired editor Adam Rogers, who did the meteorite farming segment on the show.
What you won't see is the part where Adam is laying on his stomach and reaching into the deep hole to pull out the meteorite, not remembering that the things are nearly pure iron, which is heavy. He pulls up with all his might and the meteorite doesn't budge. His legs, however, lift into the air and he falls face first into the hole. The things we do for science.