Mythbusters Is Coming Back to TV—But Without Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

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It’s been less than a month since Mythbusters aired its final episode after it was canceled late last year. Actually, I guess we should call it the “formerly final” episode, as the Science Channel has just confirmed that the show is living on... but with new hosts, found through a reality TV competition.


Announced in The Hollywood Reporter, Search for the Next MythBusters will find 15 candidates out of anyone who signs up to perform a series of stunts and an ominously nebulous use of “social media” to determine whether or not they have the chops to use science, DIY know-how, and the ability to blow things up in a fancy manner, to debunk (or prove) common myths.

It seems like a pretty bizarre thing to announce so soon, right after the Science Channel went through the big hullabaloo of ending Mythbusters after 14 seasons under the auspices of Savage and Hyneman. But if you were sad about a future without Mythbusters in your lives, well, that’s no longer the case. Will it be just as enjoyable with new hosts though?

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Unforrunately, it’s not so bizarre given how Discovery has treated the show and its hosts over the last two years. And the end of the penultimate season, out of absolutely nowhere, there was a very brief post-credits segment tacked onto the finale in which Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron said “goodbye and thanks” for all of their years with the show. There was nothing in the actual episode even hinting that this was their last episode.

Those three were suddenly fired and unceremoniously thrown under the bus with no explanation, leaving pretty much every viewer who watched their sudden departure in shock and disbelief that Discovery was so cold about their decision.

So seeing Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman replaced so quickly with host candidates via a very distasteful reality show style selection process isn’t very shocking. It’s just the 2010's era Discovery Channel doing business like they do business these days: in the style of major networks’ reality show model.

It’s certainly distasteful and screwed up in light of the fact that Discovery was a pioneer in the field of reality television, creating a model of serialized hour-long documentary programs. Initially, Discovery was respectable in their documentary style methods in creating innovative and captivating television series. Now they have sunk as low as Fox et. al. by abandoning their admirable documentary format for the cheap and melodramatic competition format akin to “American Idol”, “Big Brother” or hundreds of other similar shows.