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Science Channel crowns “MythBusters” hosts

Discovery Communications-owned cable net Science Channel has crowned its new hosts for the forthcoming revival of flagship series MythBusters. Product designer Jonathan Lung (pictured, left) and certified rescue diver, pilot and ...
February 28, 2017

Discovery Communications-owned cable net Science Channel has crowned its new hosts for the forthcoming revival of flagship series MythBusters.

Product designer Jonathan Lung (pictured, left) and certified rescue diver, pilot and drone enthusiast Brian Louden (right) were revealed as the winners of MythBusters: The Search, produced by Beyond Productions, on Saturday (Feb. 25). They will now become the new hosts of the new iteration of MythBusters after Science Channel said goodbye to the award-winning series last year following a 14-year run on the network.

An air date for the new iteration of MythBusters has yet to be announced.

MythBusters: The Search, which debuted in January, began with 10 contestants tasked with testing everyday myths. Through a combination of stunts, the cast of hopefuls were pitted against one another in a variety of challenges that tested science know-how, resolve and ingenuity, from finding a needle in a haystack to painting a room with explosives.

The final myth that the four finalists—including inventor Martin Pepper and engineer Tamara Robertson—were tasked with, was executing a water heater jail break, designed to test whether it’s possible to escape prison using a rocket-propelled water heater.

“The competition was stiff and the myth-busting all season has been mind-blowing. In the end though, there could only be two winners,” said Science Channel GM Marc Etkind in a statement. “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.”

MythBusters, which will continue to be produced by Beyond Productions, made its television debut on Discovery Channel in 2003 and earned eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program from 2009 to 2016.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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