‘Mythbusters’ Ending After Upcoming Season
Mythbusters, which has long been a fixture on the Discovery Channel, will come to an end following its next season.
Discovery announced the decision to cancel Mythbusters on Wednesday, reported Variety. In a statement, the network commended the work of the show’s stars – Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman – and revealed that reruns of Mythbusters will air on the Science Channel.
“Mythbusters is — and will always be — an incredibly important part of Discovery’s history,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “Adam and Jamie are enormous talents who have brought learning and science to the forefront of this network, and their legacy will continue to live on over at Science Channel. The ‘Mythbusters’ library will be moving over to Discovery’s sister network in 2016, where I know audiences new and old alike will be able to experience and learn with Adam and Jamie and the rest of the ‘Mythbusters’ family.”
Though it was tough to accept the fact that after 14 years Mythbusters would be no longer, Savage admits that having the chance to make the final season knowing that its the final season has been a blessing.
“It was my greatest fear that Mythbusters would just stop and we wouldn’t be able to do proper final episodes,” Savage told Entertainment Weekly. “So whether it’s myths about human behavior or car stories or explosion stories, we tried to find the most awesome example of each category and build on our past history.”
Hyneman, who is equally happy to be able to go out with a strong final season, values how Mythbusters enabled him to reach a wide swath of people and encourage them to learn more about science.
“The kind of appreciation that’s been expressed by people all over the place for what we’ve done, for encouraging them or their family or kids to be interested in science, is absolutely wonderful,” Hyneman told EW. I can’t think of anything that would be more important than that. I think there’s something in the playful experimentation that we do that seems to appeal to the way people’s minds work, young people in particular, by doing things that are destructive and creative and challenging, all at the same time.”
The final season of Mythbusters will kick off Jan. 9, 2016.
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