After 13 years of blowing stuff up, long-running science show MythBusters went off the air last month, with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bidding goodbye with the help of special guests like Barack Obama. But the franchise is far from dead, with the Science Channel now planning to resurrect MythBusters, starting with a reality TV show dedicated to finding new hosts.
Would-be hosts can apply on the Science Channel's website
The series will be titled Search for the Next MythBusters, and will look for an "all-new generation of myth-busting science superstars with mind-blowing build skills and nerves of steel." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will involve "both social media and stunts," with 15 candidates picked from a nationwide casting-call.
Science Channel exec Marc Etkind told the publication that ideal participants would be people who "don't mind getting embarrassed a little bit, who ask lots of questions and have the skills and knowledge to put those to the test." According to a report from Variety, neither Savage nor Hyneman will be coming back for the new show, but are supportive of the idea of finding new MythBusters hosts.
If the Search for the Next MythBusters is a success, then Etkind suggests the franchise could return as a regular series once more. "It was such a beloved show, I didn't want to let it go," Etkind told The Reporter. "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.'" He added that the format for a rebooted MythBusters is still undecided, but that it's a "long-running goal for Science Channel to have MythBusters on the air."