‘Mythbusters’ hosts to launch new Discovery series ‘Unchained Reaction’

By Daniel S Levine,
Adam Savage (R) and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the TV show "Mythbusters" speak to the media after attending the White House Science Fair, at the White House in Washington on October 18, 2010. President Obama welcomed the winners of a broad range of high school science, technology and math competitions to the White House where he viewed their projects and talked to them about their work. Obama is schedule to appear on an upcoming episode of Mythbusters. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

The hosts of the popular Discovery Channel series Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, are launching a new series on the network called Unchained Reaction. The show was just announced as green-lit by Discovery Friday.

Savage and Hyneman will act as executive producers and as judges on the show, according to Deadline. The six-episode reality show will feature two groups of people with varying backgrounds, including everything from rocket scientists, artists and engineers to average people, who will be required to use the same tools to create a complete mechanism in five days. Each mechanism will have to follow a certain theme.

In the announcement, Discovery added, “Mechanical movements, pyrotechnics, and large-scale destruction are encouraged,” reports Entertainment Weekly.

Savage added that he and Hyneman wanted to create a show “...that puts the process of problem solving and ingenuity front and center, and we’ve done exactly that with Unchained Reaction.”

Savage also used his very active Twitter page to express excitement over the series. He wrote, “Now it can be told! Our new sooper secret project is ready for prime time.” He also tried to calm fans who might be nervous that Mythbusters might be going off the air, writing, “We are still making Mythbusters. Don't worry. Now we're ALSO producing the new show: Unchained Reaction. Can't wait for you to see it!”

Unchained Reaction will begin in March, with each episode featuring a guest judge.

Mythbusters has been on the air since 2003 and has been nominated for the Outstanding Reality Program Emmy Award three years in a row, from 2009 to 2011.

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