Science Channel Announces Multi-Year Agreement with Distinguished Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku
-- Network Secures Exclusive Television Rights to Bestseller "Physics of the Impossible," Dr. Kaku Becomes Exclusive Science Channel Presenter and Host of "SCI Q Sunday" --
(Silver Spring, Md.) Science Channel announced today a multi-year talent and content deal with renowned theoretical physicist and internationally recognized science television commentator Dr. Michio Kaku. Under the two-part agreement, Science Channel will exclusively produce original series and specials based on Dr. Kaku’s work, including a 10-part series on his groundbreaking New York Times best-selling book “Physics of the Impossible.” In addition, Dr. Kaku was named weekly host of the network’s “SCI Q Sunday” nights featuring innovative, future-forward science topics from around the globe, and the network becomes the new home for all long-form content hosted by the prestigious scientist.
“Science Channel is excited to feature Dr. Kaku as a cornerstone of our new programming initiative,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager, Discovery Emerging Networks. “In addition to being an accomplished leader in the field of physics, including as the co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Kaku is also an exceptional communicator who can make the most complex science theory or topic fun. He has a joy for all things science and his enthusiasm is infectious.”
From the potential of harnessing nuclear fusion and the complexities of gravity to the future of robotics, “SCI Q Sunday” topics immerse viewers in the ideas, experiments and astounding breakthroughs that make the world of scientific discovery turn. Dr. Kaku will also help to bring topics to life as he answers questions and hosts online discussions at sciencechannel.com with viewers, filmmakers and lead scientists from select programs.
Science Channel’s “SCI Q Sundays” debuts every Sunday at 9 PM (ET/PT). Upcoming programming includes:
Where’s My Robot?
Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 9 PM
Throughout the 1980s prevailing thought among the science community was that by the turn of the century personal robots would be available to the masses and an accepted, common part of society. In this one-hour special, Science Channel investigates why personal robots did not become a reality, as well as looks to the future to determine whether or not the robots will be a part of daily life.
Young Scientist Challenge
Sunday, January 18, 2009 from 8-11 PM
This two-hour special showcases the nervous energy, joy and drama inherent in the ultimate science competition – the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Cheered on by their friends and family, middle school students from around the country compete to be named the best-of-the-best in science. For the first time, Science Channel viewers follow the students every step of the way from their home towns to the triumphant team successes, as well as the disappointing and thrilling personal finishes inherent in the battle to be named America's Top Young Scientist.
Sunday, January 25, 2009 from 9 PM
Follow research from exciting and important scientific developments in Antarctica where some of the Earth’s most hostile terrain and weather exist. Covered by over a half-a-mile thick ice sheet, Antarctica is actually a diverse continent with mountains, volcanoes, deserts and some of the oldest surface rocks on the planet. Science Channel follows scientists from Antarctica based labs as they study animals, the environment, and geology.
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