After almost 250 episodes and a slew of “what ifs” debunked, Discovery’s super-cool TV show MythBusters will go off the air after its upcoming 14th season. Show co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, now pop-culture staples themselves, made the decision in conjunction with the network to wrap the show in 2016.
Here’s what Discovery had to say on the matter:
“After 248 episodes, 2950 experiments, 1050 myths, and 900 explosions, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will say goodbye to the series this winter. Mythbusters is — and will always be — an incredibly important part of Discovery’s history. Adam and Jamie are enormous talents who have brought learning and science to the forefront of this network.”
Entertainment Weekly first announced the news, and in a lengthy interview the two hosts talk in-depth about the show’s cultural impact, how they wanted to end their run, and what the future holds. When asked when/how the network first informed them of their desire to cancel the series, Savage said “We knew it at the beginning of 2015. So we’ve been filming the last season episodes all year long. I can tell you I’ve been going through all the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross stages of grief – anger, acceptance, denial – it’s all been happening. I did the math at some point, I spent something like 25,000 hours filming. There is also some release. I’m tired. We’ve been making the show 40 weeks a year. That’s a rough schedule, even in television. At the same time, the future is uncertain and that’s an intense state to confront.” You can read the full interview here on EW’s site.
The 14th and final season of Mythbusters is set to premiere January 9, 2016 on the Discovery Network.