For 14 seasons, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have hosted the MythBusters TV series and used science to test rumors, myths, and pop culture legends. Now, Hyneman and Savage are ready to create myths about…themselves?
Hyneman and Savage have reportedly been lined up to executive produce a drama at CBS that is “inspired by their real-life experiences.” Although that reality may be subjective, as the currently untitled show will follow “two Hollywood special effects artists who are recruited by the CIA to complete seemingly impossible covert ops missions by creatively using the most basic tools from their craft.” Unless Savage and Hyneman are really good at keeping secrets, that doesn’t sound like anything that resembles their real lives. Maybe Jamie’s.
First thought: someone really wants to remake MacGyver. Second thought: someone has essentially hired the MythBusters to produce fan fiction about themselves.
That someone is former Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Alphas executive producer Gail Berman. CBS Television Studios is also producing the series and it has already given the greenlight for a script by sisters Lilla and Nora Zuckerman, who have previously collaborated on Fringe, Human Target, Haven, and Suits. The Zuckerman sisters will executive produce the series with Savage and Hyneman.
No one can deny that the Mythbusters have interesting backgrounds. Both Savage and Hyneman are special effects experts. Savage is also a veteran animator, graphic designer, carpenter, projectionist, and toy designer; while Hyneman is a certified dive master, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, animal wrangler, and a chef. Making their fictional analogues CIA operatives on top of those accomplishments seems a little bit like overkill. And is failure always an option at the CIA? Can you be missing an eyebrow?
Nerdist readers, are you intrigued by a MythBusters-inspired CIA procedural on CBS? Shatter the bounds of reality in the comment section below!