If you grew up in the mid-90s odds are you learned about science from two places. The first was from your teachers at school, the second was from one of two (or possibly both) TV shows. Beakman’s World, starring Paul Zaloom as the eccentric scientist Dr. Beakman was one of the shows. The second was Bill Nye the Science Guy, starring Bill Nye. While Zaloom continues to perform as Dr. Beakman in live performances across the country, he’s generally forgotten (somewhat sad as I was always a fan of the show). Bill Nye, on the other had, has since gone on to become an icon of American science (on par with people like Neil deGrasse Tyson) and continues to educate in many different mediums. You can now add YouTube to that list of mediums.
Last week, Nye participated in an ‘AMA’ (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. In the AMA, Nye was asked if he would ever think of doing new episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye responded,
“Yes, yes. But, it would have to be with the right producers, and it would have to be a less unfavorable contract. I put my heart and soul into that thing; everybody on the crew did. It was a unique time in TV history. It was exciting to be part of it. Let’s change the world.”
Later on, someone asked Nye directly if he would consider taking the show to YouTube or somewhere else on the internet. To this Nye said,
“Stay Tuned “
And those of you who tuned into The Nerdist Podcast when Bill Nye guested, where treated to the good news. Chris Hardwick made the announcement on that podcast that Nye would join the Nerdist Channel’s lineup on YouTube.
“I’m proud to announce you guys, that Bill Nye will be coming to the Nerdist channel on YouTube”
No details have been released on the format of the new show or when it might see the light of day. As an apology for the overuse of quotes in this post, please accept this video of Bill Nye teaching Chris Hardwick (and you) how to tie a bow tie!