Nov 22 2010

Help Launching New Show

You may remember The Skeptologists – a TV pilot featuring a group of skeptical investigators taking on a range of pseudoscientific claims. Well – that project is not over, although it has morphed a bit. The working title of the show is now The Edge. And, rather than try to get a commercial TV executive to bite on the idea, the producers (Brian Dunning and Ryan Johnson) are trying to get a grant to produce a season for public television. It’s still an uphill battle, but they are making progress. Phil Plait has moved on with his Discovery Channel contract, including Phil Plait’s Bad Universe. So, Pamela Gay has stepped in to fill his role on the show.

Pamela is also helping with the grant – and she has asked for help. She needs to show that there is demand for the kind of content we aim to produce, and this is where you (potentially) come in.

So, if you are a teacher and you would use content like The Edge – essentially scientists exploring critical thinking and the evidence as it pertains to specific claims – then send an e-mail to Pamela Gay ( with a letter, addressed to her and Brian Dunning, that says you would use the content in your class. Here is a sample letter:

I eagerly look forward to the production of “The Edge” and plan to use this show to teach critical thinking, the process of science an other incorporated national standards in my [insert grade level] classroom. The material this show will produce fills a content gap that I currently fill [using my own content / using non-standards aligned blogs and podcasts such as NAME HERE / SOMETHING ELSE]. This content will make my job easier, and I feel it will excite and engage my students.

Anyone with a science/skeptical student’s group or other organization can also e-mail a letter saying they would use the content.

There is a good chance we can get some hard hitting skepticism in the mainstream media, but we have to use the strength of our community to make it happy. So thanks ahead of time for your help.

6 responses so far

6 thoughts on “Help Launching New Show”

  1. thequiet1 says:

    Don’t worry, we’ll help you make it happy Steve 😉

  2. MKandefer says:

    Sent to the UB Freethinkers.

  3. paterfam001 says:

    I dunno, I doubt that it’ll fly. Skeptics rarely need the constant reassurance that the Disciples of the Mystic Aura of Woo absolutely require. Unless the program was hard-hitting enough to, say, get psychics and vaccine-deniers arrested, most of its fans would say, “Well, sure. I knew that.”

  4. PScott says:

    Good luck with this, Dr. Novella. As someone who specializes in showing people things they don’t want to see in the most entertaining way possible, I empathize with your cause. If you ever need creative or production advice, feel free to send me an email.
    Good luck,

  5. stompsfrogs says:

    You sure the guitarist from U2 will be cool with you stealing his name?

  6. ChrisLindsay says:

    Is Yau Man Chan still part of the project? I’ve not seen him blog in awhile, nor be mentioned in any skeptic events/podcasts, and I always thought getting him involved was a terrific move.

Leave a Reply