After a solid 12 years on the Discovery Channel, the experimental show Mythbusters has been cancelled. Variety reports that the show’s upcoming 14th season will be it’s last, though the show’s past episodes will air on the Science Channel. The show’s longtime hosts and friends Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are experts in the field of special effects. Their combined experience in the field of creating stellar visual effects mixed with their witty banter and educational format made the show enjoyable for even the most science-phobic viewers.
Variety quotes group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Science Channel Rich Ross as stating:
“Mythbusters’ is—and will always be—an incredibly important part of Discovery’s history . . . 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.”
Aptly named for it’s content, Mythbusters set out to test (and bust) myths sent in by viewers. Myths covered everything from Star Wars fight scenes to a cheese cannon and video game reenactments. While Jamie and Adam had their own way of handling a myth, the show’s longstanding co-hosts Tori Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, examined various other myths. This combination of host teams gave the show a sort of two-for-one feel that let viewers see various myths tested (and busted!) in a single episode.
When the show dropped decade long co-hosts Belleci, Byron and Imahara after season 9 in favor of going back to the Mythbusters roots of just proving myths with Adam and Jamie, fans were not impressed. While the three myth busting pros left the show in great spirits, fans enjoyed the complexity the three hosts brought to the program.
Nonetheless, the announcement of the show’s end is surprising. For all the experiments performed, it seems as though the world will always have myths for Savage and Hyneman to explore. When the final show of the upcoming 15th season airs, Variety notes the show will have explored 1050 myths and set off an impressive 900 explosions.
The show that combined scientific problem solving, humor, and pop culture for the past 12 years will begin it’s final season on January 9th, 2016.