By: Devin Fussa
After fourteen seasons of explosions, crashes, and bizarre science, The Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” series was cancelled back in 2016. And with former frontrunners Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman officially retiring from the show, it faced little hope of revival.
It seems, however, that The Science Channel has prepared a reboot of the series. Throughout the last year, the channel was airing a series called “Mythbusters: The Search”. The series had featured sets of scientific challenges, such as painting an entire room with explosives and escaping from prison with a rocket-propelled water heater (CNET). With the final episode having aired just a week ago, the winners of the competition were recently announced. Of the ten contestants, rescue diver and pilot Brian Louden and product designer Jonathan Lung were crowned the next official hosts of “Mythbusters.”
While the additional roles of Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara are unexpected to be filled, both Louden and Lung are thrilled to have obtained the coveted leading parts. Brian Louden has experience in a number of science and engineering fields; receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He has worked as a drilling engineer for Argent Energy Trust, a leading laboratory teaching assistant at SHSU, and as a cell biology lab instructor at SHSU. Jonathan Lung received a Bachelor degree in Design Arts at Lehigh University, but also studied at the Howest Industrial Center and the Master School of Visual Arts. He has worked as a graphic designer, industrial designer, and lab technician. “They have big shoes to fill, but our new Mythbusters have proven themselves capable of carrying the torch with an impressive combination of build-skills, creativity and personality,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of the Science Channel, in a recent statement.
While we don’t yet know many details regarding the show itself, the revival of the “Mythbusters” series is certainly welcomed. As of now, no release date has been announced, but promises of fire and air-compressed rockets, viewers will always be drawn. And after finding two new leads, hopefully, the show lives up to its legendary namesake.