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Discovery Pulls the Plug on Its Longest-Running Series

Oct 21, 2015  •  Post A Comment

It’s a wrap for a TV series that has been one of Discovery Channel’s signature shows. The Los Angeles Times reports that the cable channel confirmed today it is bringing “MythBusters” to an end in 2016 after one final season.

The show will return Jan. 9 for its 14th season, which will be its last.

The show, which premiered in 2003, features hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman applying scientific tests to either shatter or confirm popular myths. It is the longest-running show on Discovery Channel, but its ratings have been slipping.

In a statement, Discovery Channel President Rich Ross said: “‘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.”

The Times adds: “Over the years, Savage and Hyneman have evaluated the story of Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm, the science of ‘Breaking Bad’ and the legend of Archimedes’ solar ray, an episode that President Obama  appeared on in 2010. ‘MythBusters’ has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and is widely credited with encouraging interest in science.”

Discovery has vowed that the show will end on a high note, promising that in its final seasonthe  “MythBusters” hosts will “tackle some of the biggest myths they’ve ever tested.”


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