A 'Mythbusters' Spin-Off is Coming to Netflix
Prepare for explosions.
The Mythbusters build team — Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, and Tory Belleci — will bring their brainiac banter and goof-tastic brand to Netflix this December with White Rabbit Project.
With it, we can expect a continued tradition of explosions, but with an exploration of more diverse topics than was ever found on Mythbusters. The team will tackle not only science, but also history and pop culture mysteries as well.
The fourteenth and final season of Discovery Channel’s iconic Mythbusters aired on Jan. 9 with a notable absence. The beloved build team — Imahara, Byron and Belleci, who often acted as the light-hearted parallel to the barely concealed tension between hosts Adam Savage and Jaimie Hyneman over the years — were nowhere to be found.
Turns out, they were preparing for White Rabbit Project, which they started revealing production photos for in May and announced at Dragon Con over the weekend.
White Rabbit Project doesn’t seem to be a direct spinoff from the original Mythbusters. The three hosts will travel down the rabbit hole of the internet and, according to Deadline, will explore “topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons.” Despite the change in overall topic, though, the new show already seems undeniably similar to its predecessor.
Deadline reports that, in each episode, the team will “immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well googled themes.” Basically, we’re expecting the same fusion of slapstick comedy, serious investigation and explosions. Lots of explosions.
The new show will be produced by Beyond Productions, which was the same team that tackled Mythbusters. If you’re still upset over the departure of the original behemoth from Discovery Channel, though, fear not: Science Channel announced Search for the Next Mythbusters in March.
And, oh boy, does it look like something to behold. Fifteen candidates will compete in a series of myth-busting challenges to determine a few finalists. It all sounds very The Voice to us. We assume those finalists will take the happily proffered Mythbusters reigns from Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, but Science Channel reps aren’t exactly sure how the new show will go down. Supposedly, it’ll all depend upon who wins. Marc Etkind, general manager of Science Channel, said: “We’ll see who emerges victorious and from those folks determine what the best format is. It’s a long-running goal for Science Channel to have MythBusters on the air.”
Meanwhile, over in Netflix land, the build team has moved on to — we hope — bigger and better things. White Rabbit Project will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 9.