Mythbusters becomes a television empire. Prepare to be schooled!

It couldn't happen to more deserving geeks. The guys behind Mythbusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, have signed a new, multiyear contract for the show. And they've got a development deal with Discovery Channel to produce several new television series, too.


Here's the press release from Discovery:

LOS ANGELES, CA, — Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters series, have signed a multi-year deal to co-executive produce the popular science show. In addition, Hyneman and Savage have formed a new production company and they will team with BermanBraun to develop and create additional television series with Discovery Channel.

Building on their production activities, Hyneman and Savage will extend their activities to video games and a live show to take on tour around the country. The duo, along with BermanBraun, also will create and produce a new branded web initiative.

"We're excited not only to continue on the MythBusters series for Discovery, but also to expand our reach into additional opportunities in television, the internet, touring, video games and more. We could not have accomplished this escalation without the dedicated efforts of our entire team, and we're also extremely grateful to Discovery for their continuing expressions of confidence." said Jamie Hyneman.

"Adam and Jamie infuse science with their special brand of humor, tenacity and passion," said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and President of Science Channel. "Now that they are taking on co-executive producer roles, viewers are guaranteed to see even more of their smart and engaging personalities throughout the new shows."

Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman said: "Jamie and Adam have a truly special appeal and speak to a dedicated and wide-ranging audience. We are excited about developing new series, which speak to that audience and continue to build on the unique Jamie and Adam brand."

MythBusters, the longest running series on Discovery Channel, which airs on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT, is produced by Australian producer Beyond Productions, and began airing on the network in 2003. Dan Tapster is the executive producer for Beyond Productions; Tracy Rudolph is the supervising producer for Discovery Channel.



Mythbusters has kind of lost its sould, though. It started like a reality series about two guys trying to figure things out with the materials they could get their hands on for next to nothing. That worked because sets, acting and actual camera presence are very much optional when you're being yourself as captured by a camera crew.

At some point things changed into a properly staged, scripted and edited show and, of course, it became a very bad properly staged, scripted and edited show. Not because the thing was poorly done, but because they guys on camera were never professionals at being on camera. They were endearing, entertaining and fascinating *human beings*, however.

So if this is somehow going to return them to the behind the scenes... er... scene, I'm all for it. It really, really doesn't sound like it, I'm afraid.