The Science Channel is reviving MythBusters.
The Discovery-owned cable network has been given the go on a reality competition series that is called Search For The Next MythBusters. The original show called MythBusters ran for 14 seasons and starred Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who would take a myth and turn it on its head to prove it true or false.
Science Channel is looking for an "all-new generation of myth-busting science superstars with mind-blowing build skills and nerves of steel." It is set up as a social media competition in which hopefuls will be tested on their skills.
Marc Etkind, the general manager of Science Channel, says:
"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," says Marc Etkind, who became general manager of Science Channel in September after serving in the same role at sibling network Destination America. "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.'"
Science Channel is encouraging those who "have building skills and are naturally inquisitive" to submit videos. Click on the channel's website for more information.
Fifteen competitors will start with solving challenges based on common myths. Each episode will include an elimination until the final people are picked. Etkind describes Science Channel in the best way possible:
"We're tapping into what is just a general interest in science. And when you look at our ratings success, we're really becoming a broad appeal network. Science is for everybody."
As someone who is absolutely useless at science, shows like this really help me understand concepts that might make absolute sense to science enthusiasts. I know the next generation will continue to reveal what is fact or fiction and help explain the simplest concepts to people like me.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]