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‘MythBusters’ to Return to the Science Channel, First as Reality Show called ‘Search for the Next MythBusters’

( [email protected] ) Apr 01, 2016 05:55 PM EDT
We previously reported that the March 5 MythBusters Series Finale was the last hurrah for Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and we were only part right when this would be the last time that the Mythbusters would be seen again.  In fact, the Discovery Channel's sister network Science is planning on bringing back the educational program, but as a reality show, at least at first.
The Mythbusters are about to return, in a different form. Discovery Channel

We previously reported that the March 5 MythBusters Series Finale was the last hurrah for Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and we were only part right when this would be the last time that the Mythbusters would be seen again.  In fact, the Discovery Channel's sister network Science is planning on bringing back the educational program, but as a reality show, at least at first. 

CNET reports that the Science Channel is going to put their job search on the air as they will launch a reality show entitled Search for the Next MythBusters.  In fact, Marc Etkind, the Science Channel general manager told The Hollywood Reporter a few things about it. 

"When I got to the network, and we clearly identified MythBusters as a franchise and something that was important to Science Channel and Discovery, and it was such a beloved show, I didn't want to let it go. So we looked really closely at what would be the best way to keep it going and invigorate it and thought, 'Let's host a worldwide search for the next MythBusters.'"

The plan for the show is to get 15 contestants who will test both the classic and new science myths, and one can assume that this will be a way to disprove certain urban legends.  Of course, explosions and a dummy have to be involved in some way, if this reality show is going to capture the spirit of the original show. 

Once the contestants have rendered their verdict of "Plausible" or "Busted", they will be graded on a panel of judges who were involved in the original Mythbusters show.  So will there be an appearance from Adam and Jamie?  Honestly, how could you pass the baton without them? 

Perhaps the secondary team will be on the judges' panel.  The secondary team of MythBusters, or B-Team, who were not on the final season, have been apparently hinting at some secret show on Twitter.  This team included Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tony Belleci.  The B-Team has actually stayed pretty busy after they left Mythbusters.  Byron and Belleci test roller-coasters and other amusement park rides on the Travel Channel's Thrill Factor.  Imahara acted as a host for a series of McDonald's YouTube videos to see how the fast food company makes their fries and nuggets. 

So essentially, this reality show will be exactly what it title says: Search of the Next MythBusters.  Then the winners will be hosting a Generation 2.0 MythBusters (not a working title) on the Science Channel.  It looks like an open casting call for the contestants of the new reality show, and more information can be found on Science's submission page.