Sept. 10 marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," the show that introduced a generation of kids to the wonders of gravity, insects, and the water cycle. And how is Nye, now CEO of the Planetary Society, celebrating? By going on "Dancing With the Stars."
It seems like a strange decision on the surface, but Nye's job as a science educator means he has to go places where science isn't. And there's probably no place where science isn't more than reality television. We say, why stop at "DWTS"? He's already proved he has the skills that would make him a perfect fit for any reality TV show.
We already know he's going to win "Dancing With the Stars."
It should be noted, in that picture, he's dancing to a band playing his own theme song. If (a) you have your own theme song, (b) a cover band knows how to play it, and (c) you're willing to dance to it in front of a room full of people, then you deserve to win everything. Always.
Of course, Nye isn't just an accomplished ballroom dancer — he can be street. "America's Best Dance Crew"?
We're sure Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't busy.
We also shouldn't sell Nye's culinary skills short. "Hell's Kitchen," look out!
He will, naturally, have to avoid anything on Food Network — if his bow tie were to somehow collide with Alton Brown's bow tie, it might create a black hole.
Bill Nye would be a natural for a show like "The Bachelorette," as he knows all about animal magnetism.
Go ahead and groan; when he makes that joke on "DWTS," you'll thank us for preparing you ahead of time.
He'd be a natural for "Survivor." A guy willing to crawl around on his stomach in a cow pasture to teach science is not a guy you should bet against in a test of wills.
Do you think they'd let him keep his lab coat?
"RuPaul's Drag Race"? Why not?
The only question is, what would his drag persona be? Our money is on ShaNyeNye Van de Graaff.
To say nothing of the pipes on the man! "American Idol"? "The X Factor"? How about "The Voice"?
If CeeLo ever finds himself out of work, he and Nye could do a Laurel and Hardy-type show in Vegas that would run Celine Dion out of town in a week.
If they ever bring that diving show "Splash" back...
Or how about celebrity "Cops"? That's a thing, right? It should be.
His ultimate destiny, however, simply has to be "The Amazing Race." It requires everything that Bill Nye is known for: a keen mind, endless endurance, and speed-walking prowess.
Catch Nye on the "Dancing With the Stars" Season 17 premiere airing Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.