It was the television event that science geeks worldwide had been waiting for. On Sunday night, the much-hyped Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered with an inspiring episode that offered viewers a sweeping tour of the solar system and humanity’s (decidedly wee) place in the universe. It also introduced them to their guide through the series’ planned 13-episode run: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist and vocal science advocate, who will fill the shoes of Cosmos’ original host, the late Carl Sagan.

But while the reboot of Sagan’s 1980 classic will readily attract science aficionados, that’s not exactly the audience Tyson is gunning for. Chatting over a glass of wine to celebrate the show’s premiere (a glass the connoisseur noted “could use another eight years in the bottle”), Tyson was emphatic that “everyone is the audience.”