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Coming Soon: “MythBusters Jr.”, “Decoding Watson”

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on VH1, Science Channel and PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’. Adam Savage will return to television as ...
December 20, 2018

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on VH1, Science Channel and PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’.

Adam Savage will return to television as host and executive producer of MythBusters Jr. when the Science Channel series airs this January.

The 10-part series, from Beyond Productions, will see former MythBusters host Savage team up with six of America’s leading young makers, robotics builders and inventors – all under the age of 16 – to tackle a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)-based myths. Season one of the program will feature such experiments as building a fire extinguisher jetpack, to dominoes big enough to crush a car, and testing myths from the Oscar-winning film Gravity and TV’s Breaking Bad. MythBusters Jr. debuts Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across the Discovery-owned network.

American pubcaster PBS, meanwhile, will launch Mark Mannucci‘s documentary film Decoding Watson across its arts strand ‘American Masters’ next month.

The film documents the complex legacy of Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist James Watson and his discovery of DNA’s structure – the double helix – with Francis Crick in 1953, which revolutionized our understanding of how life works. The film provides unprecedented access to Watson, his wife Elizabeth and sons Rufus and Duncan over the course of a year, and explores his evolution from “socially awkward postdoc to notorious scientific genius to discredited nonagenarian.” American Masters: Decoding Watson will open the 33rd season of PBS ‘American Masters’ on Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be available to stream beginning Jan. 3 online and via PBS apps.

Finally, Viacom-owned lifestyle network VH1 is promoting 30 as the new 20 with its series Grown & Sexy.

Produced by Bird Brain Productions, the series will call on today’s most prominent comedians, entertainers and influencers to provide irreverent commentary and sketches that will help viewers survive and thrive in their thirties. Celebrity appearances in the series will include Joe Budden, Remy Ma, Zainab Johnson, Papoose, Adrienne Bailon, Blac Chyna, Yung Joc and Ta’Rhonda Jones. Grown & Sexy launches Jan. 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes on VH1.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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