Just remember 2005 or so. NBC had two shows about late-nite TV debuting. One was by their golden child, Sorkin, with all his crew from The West Wing. You know, the show that won crapton of Emmys. NBC put all their money into their surefire cant-miss prestige show.
The other was a comedy from some writer from SNL.
I’m not a fan of McFarlane, but you can at least tell that this is a passion project of his. He obviously loves science (hence Cosmos), and he’s been trying to do this show for years. There’s heart, damnit.
Meanwhile, the only feeling I get about Discovery is that CBS wants its franchise to print money again.