Discovery Channel’s longest-running series is coming to an end.
After 248 episodes and 2,950 experiments, the Beyond Productions-made MythBusters will come back for a final 14th season on January 9.
A Discovery spokesperson tells realscreen the decision to end the show was a “meeting of minds” between co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and Discovery.
Since its debut on the U.S. cable channel in January 2003, the Emmy Award-nominated MythBusters has been hosted by Savage and Hyneman, who use scientific methods to test the validity of various myths, film scenes, social science and Internet sensations. Special guest stars over the years have included actors Seth Rogen and Sophia Bush, director James Cameron, and even U.S. president Barack Obama in 2010.
Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel, said in a statement that the MythBusters library will be shifting over to Discovery Communications-owned Science Channel in 2016, adding that show “will always be an incredibly important part of Discovery’s history.”
“Their unique personalities and extraordinarily diverse skill sets have literally redefined science television,” said Beyond Productions’ GM and EVP John Luscombe in a statement, regarding Savage and Hyneman. “It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of their time at the helm of MythBusters.”
In the series’ final season, it promises to tackle some of its biggest myths yet, with Savage and Hyneman taking on car stunts, social science, viral videos, explosions and rockets.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, which was the first outlet to break the story, Savage told James Hibberd: “We’re cognizant of our ratings. It’s not like they were terrible but we could see them changing.
“Three or four years ago we started wondering more if we were going to be renewed,” he added. “It’s not like it’s unexpected… We’ve been filming the last season this year and we get to send it off. We get to pay homage to this thing that’s changed our lives.”
Science Channel is to air a MythBusters marathon beginning on December 23 at midnight, and ending on January 3 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The final season will be broadcast on both Discovery and Science Channel.
Beyond Productions’ Dan Tapster serves as show runner and executive producer on Mythbusters, alongside executive producer John Luscombe. Joshua C. Berkley serves as executive producer for Discovery Channel.