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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

timothy posted about three weeks ago | from the small-team dept.

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rbrandis (735555) writes In a video announcement Thursday on Discovery Channel, MythBusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman revealed that longtime co-hosts and fan favorites Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci are no longer on the show. "This next season we're going back to our origins with just Adam and me," Hyneman said in the video, which explained that the change took hold as of the season's last episode on August 21. (Our interview with the original-and-remaining Mythbusters is one of my favorites.)

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good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734261)

about time

Re:good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734277)

I'll admit I haven't watched mythbusters in a few years, so things could be entirely different now, but back when I did watch the show I actually found them more entertaining at times.

To be honest, the show kinda got old for me. Explosions don't translate well to TV (at least not the cool parts), and every myth basically turned into a lame premise to load something up with high explosives.

I'm morbidly curious to find out what actually happened here. I suspect we won't find out for awhile, as everyone will be civil for the sake of their careers, but I'm sure in a few years the muck will run out.

Re:good (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734309)

RIP [google.com]

RIP

Re:good (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about three weeks ago | (#47734337)

Maybe she will pop up elsewhere.

Re:good (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734389)

And nothing of value was lost. Small tits, flat ass, plain faced and ginger. Seriously, she's nothing special. I guess loser nerds, being so sexually deprived and socially awkward, will stoop to any depth as long as it's female or looks female.

Re: good (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734405)

Not only do I love gingers provided they arent mobbed by freckles I also have sex roughly 6 times a week every week except for 1 per month.

I think someone is projecting their desires as denial much like so many homophobes do.

That being said..why the **** does it matter what she looks like? You're an asshole plain and simple and judging by your sad 13 year old boy attitude you are also an very ugly virign

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734421)

Yep, I admit I am an asshole, but I get hotter women than you ever will.

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734451)

I also have sex roughly 6 times a week every week except for 1 per month.

with all that cock in your ass you must shit your pants a lot

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734513)

Not only do I love gingers provided they arent mobbed by freckles I also have sex roughly 6 times a week every week except for 1 per month.

Is that the week you retighten your anus?

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734615)

Not only do I love gingers provided they arent mobbed by freckles I also have sex roughly 6 times a week every week except for 1 per month.

Is that the week you retighten your anus?

Just has to put the stick back up there...

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734649)

He already said he had sticks up his ass 6 days a week for all but one week a month.

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734409)

But enough about your mom. What do you think about Kari?

Re:good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734449)

I'd let her sit on my face. No reciprocation needed or asked for.

Re: good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734517)

Just like all the loser nerds who will stoop to any lengths to illustrate their shallow bigoted view of women.

Re:good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734323)

lol they must have really screwed up for all three of them to be fired at once

Re:good (5, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | about three weeks ago | (#47734423)

lol they must have really screwed up for all three of them to be fired at once

My money's on "they asked for more pay for the next signing and couldn't reach an agreement". That will always boil down to some point between "you shouldn't have demanded more than you were worth" and "we probabably shouldn't have broken the cash cow's leg".

Only time will tell.

Re:good (4, Interesting)

pepty (1976012) | about three weeks ago | (#47734501)

Maybe. But their ratings are down so more likely they realized that 2 hosts makes for a much less expensive show to produce even if the other three aren't demanding salary increases, They might lose a few viewers for dumping Kari but they won't take a hit on the other two.

Re:good (4, Interesting)

BTWR (540147) | about three weeks ago | (#47734537)

This is what happened.

When Friends and Big Bang cast members decide to unite for higher paychecks, the executives cave. A few years ago, some of the minor stars on CSI tried to do the same and were canned immediately.

I think they were trying to set a precedent for 2nd/3rd tiet actors/participants in a show that such actions will result in a 100% paycut. I can't totally blame them either.

Re:good (5, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about three weeks ago | (#47734631)

..."we probabably shouldn't have broken the cash cow's leg"...

But, Grant could build it a new one, with a Ninja sword built in!

Re:good (1)

jythie (914043) | about three weeks ago | (#47734645)

Is it actually confirmed they got fired? I would not be surprised if M7 went on to other projects.

My wife will miss Grant. (4, Insightful)

digsbo (1292334) | about three weeks ago | (#47734265)

I won't mind so much. A shorter, more focused format will get me watching more again.

Re:My wife will miss Grant. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734281)

and i'll miss the long nights with your wife when you are away

Re:My wife will miss Grant. (5, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | about three weeks ago | (#47734321)

I will miss Grant too. He seemed to be the only one close to a scientist of the 3, as an electrical engineer and robot builder.

Haven't watched the show for a while now. It became too much blow shit up and other dumbed down shit. Every episode. And yet it was still one of Discoveries smarter shows, as sad as that fact is.

While I can fault their scientific method, they had some ingenius ways to test and bust some myths. I wonder if "returning" to roots means smarter shows though or just trimming the budget?

Re:My wife will miss Grant. (3, Interesting)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | about three weeks ago | (#47734401)

I wonder if "returning" to roots means smarter shows though or just trimming the budget?

It think it means declining ratings.

I haven't watched in years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734269)

I watched the first few seasons of Mythbusters but haven't watched in years and it has nothing to do with Grant, Tory, or Kari. They started testing all kinds of bullshit and making glaring E&O's in the process, to the point where almost every week they had to go on the Discovery forums and apologize for fucking it up. Waste of time better spent on other shows. I feel bad for the three who got the axe but I hope they didn't make that decision hoping to improve viewer counts.

Re:I haven't watched in years (1)

Anrego (830717) | about three weeks ago | (#47734295)

I too enjoyed the earlier seasons much more than the later ones (I've only caught the occasional episode from the current season). Back when they had a limited budget and had to be clever (and thrifty) in testing the myths it added something to the show.

straight from the OMFG NO dept (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | about three weeks ago | (#47734271)

nerd rage in 3, 2, 1....

(note, "nerd rage" not "nurdrage" on Youtube)

Question is, was it an amicable departure or.... something worse?

Wonder if someone else will pick these three up for some other science show?

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734297)

I get the feeling it was an amicable departure, that the three have other plans for their carreers.

Though I do wonder why there was no departure video from the three as the change is a pretty significant event in the show, just Adam & Jamie telling us as the end credits roll...

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (2)

rolfwind (528248) | about three weeks ago | (#47734329)

When it's all 3, I think it's a trimming of the budget thing. Or perhaps 2 of them really wanted to move on, and they didn't think they'd find a team that works on camera as well. If it were just say Kari, they could sub her with Jessy Combs. With 2 people, they'd likely collapse the team.

As with Tasha Yar, my view is, when you have a winning show, stay on as long as possible and ride it out.

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (2)

turp182 (1020263) | about three weeks ago | (#47734425)

Has to be budget. Seeing as most comments here said the earlier seasons were better (I haven't watched in a couple of years as well), ratings are probably dropping. And with that comes reductions in ad revenue. And with that comes cost reduction.

In fact, IMDB ratings of the show, have fallen from 7.5 to 6.5 over the course of the show (turn on the Series Trendline):
http://graphtv.kevinformatics.... [kevinformatics.com]

Why all three? Who knows? But they each have a kick ass resume, that's for sure.

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (2)

AuMatar (183847) | about three weeks ago | (#47734431)

No they couldn't. Her time replacing Kari during her pregnancy was painful to watch. Not saying they couldn't replace a single person leaving, but definitely not with Jessy.

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734359)

Departures are never amicable. Do you really think the three ex-employees one day said "The show would do a lot better without us, let's all quit"? Hell no, they got fired for being dead weight. All of the fond farewells they posted are bullshit politically correct lies so that they don't look bad to prospective future employers. They couldn't care less if the show fails now.

I guess Grant at least has a "job" as Sulu on that fan-made Star Trek thing.

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (1)

Panoramix (31263) | about three weeks ago | (#47734411)

Hopefully.

Personally, the only reason I watched sometimes was Kari Byron. I'll keep an eye on what she does next.

I do wish Hyneman and Savage luck. I like them, really, just not enough to actively follow what they do. If they come up with something interesting and get people talking, I'll check it out. But I feel the Mythbusters are about to bust the myth that people will watch a programme that lets go of their young and winsome cast members.

Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (0)

AchilleTalon (540925) | about three weeks ago | (#47734455)

I never noticed Mythbusters was a science show. Really? Most of the experiments are useless shit. Real scientists don't need to perform these shitty expriment and can solve the problem with basic thinking and most of the time basic arithmetic. And the science, when there is, is rarely properly explained. This is pure entertainement. If you believe this is science, you should think Jackass, the movie, is a great science documentary.

Re: straight from the OMFG NO dept (2)

UrinalPooper (1240522) | about three weeks ago | (#47734489)

Wasn't 'solving problems with basic thinking' the long-discounted Aristotelean method of scientific deduction?

Re: straight from the OMFG NO dept (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734657)

Science isn't science without verifiable and observable results in the real world.

Here's a thought experiment for you: how much phlogiston is in the ether in my butt?

Oh well... (1)

djupedal (584558) | about three weeks ago | (#47734279)

Time to scrub the "...best known for his/her work on DC" from WP.

I think two hosts are plenty, BTW. Dilution always hurts a brand when carried too far.

"Fan favorites"? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734293)

The only shame about that is losing Grant Imahara. He actually built mechanically neat rigs and such for experiments in a more advanced way than Adam and Jamie tended to.

It always seemed to me like Grant was hired to do some science, Kari was hired to be the tits, and Tory was hired to balance out the tits.

Re:"Fan favorites"? (4, Insightful)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about three weeks ago | (#47734343)

Kari was indeed 'eye candy' for the male audience, that's not to be underestimated in the TV ratings game. She also pulled her weight when it came to creating/assembling some of the mythbuster's creations. She is a lovely mix of beauty and intelligence, and that's not a force not to be underestimated. Her loyalty to the show goes a long way, and her life acts seem to show a deeper persona. With TV, you need to have to strike a certain balance twixt the nerdy type and the everyperson. Time and fate will tell where each person goes from this parting of the ways. This trio of castoffs might just end up with their own version of Mythbusters, or singly prove their own mettle. Time will tell the tale.....

Re:"Fan favorites"? (5, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about three weeks ago | (#47734671)

It should be understood that while her looks surely played a part in her getting cast on a permanent basis, that wasn't how she got in the door. They didn't post an ad looking for female models/actresses. She was an intern on the show, working there because she loved creating and wanted to work for M5. She got called on camera to help with a myth (by providing a mold of her butt) and that was what started it.

Skill got her the position with the show initially,

Also as you note, personality goes a long way, and she has a very good one for the screen. That is why Adam Savage is a part of the show. Mythbusters was originally pitched to Jamie Hyneman but he knew, correctly, that he wouldn't be able to carry a show like that alone because of his dry personality. So he suggested Savage, who he'd worked with in the past, in part because he's a goofball.

With a show like that it takes a combination of skill and presentation to make it a hit, and that was what the hosts had, Byron included.

Re: "Fan favorites"? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734701)

You do know that Tory was on since season 1 right? He was on before Kari ever was because he already worked with Adam and Jamie.

Sounds like budget cuts. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734301)

The last several seasons have been very short.

As always, change could be good or bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734303)

Speaking for myself, I stopped watching a long time ago. At least a third of every episode is their narrator repeating things they've already said numerous times. If this "new format" means there's less of this wasted time then I won't mind, but if it means we just get more of the useless "recaps" from earlier in the episode, it will turn into the proverbial straw for me. YMMV.

run its course... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734305)

Meh.... I think the show has just about rum its course. Only so many things you can blow up, I guess.

Re:run its course... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734367)

Meh.... I think the show has just about rum its course. Only so many things you can blow up, I guess.

I never noticed the drinking part...

Re:run its course... (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about three weeks ago | (#47734625)

They seemed to have drunk/alcohol myth to test about once a season.

Re:run its course... (1)

anarcobra (1551067) | about three weeks ago | (#47734561)

I think they often gave those three really stupid myths to test. Too bad they gave them a really stupid myth to test in their final episode.

No Kari Byron, no sale (0, Flamebait)

fnj (64210) | about three weeks ago | (#47734307)

As if anybody with a Y chromosome would ever watch this without Kari Byron.

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734345)

I found her annoying at best. Wish they found a real female rolemodel. In the age of instant porn, my urges aren't so bad that I need to look stare at Peggy Bundy's ugly daughter.

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734381)

Haha, yeah... I'm not really sure what the hell your comment means. She's not there for her looks. She's there to do a job. Just because you can't get it up watching the show doesn't mean they have failed in making it. Her looks are not important.

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about three weeks ago | (#47734493)

I liked Scottie [wikipedia.org]

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about three weeks ago | (#47734353)

Yes, because men need a pair of tits flashed in their faces before they'll do anything interesting.

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734393)

Yes, because men need a pair of tits flashed in their faces before they'll do anything interesting.

You MUST be a woman.

Re: No Kari Byron, no sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734665)

On one hand, I resent her sexist remarks. On the other, I'd like to ask if she needs help with anything. :)

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734373)

Maybe they'll eventually have a replacement. But who?

Re:No Kari Byron, no sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734385)

W.I.S.E.S.T. (Women In Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology) love Kari Byron. Now Ms. Byron really doesn't have a science background, but she *is* smart, and adds to the show. Oh and what the hell am I rambling about: she looks HOT in a bikini. Sure you can get the same information by doing a Google search or taking a peek at Wikipedia, but Kari Byron's format is more well rounded.
Geeks can have raging hormones and be sexist pigs too ya know!

Shes not that great (0)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about three weeks ago | (#47734407)

Outside of the show shes pretty average. She only looks good in relation to the rest of the crew.

No Kari??? (4, Insightful)

PvtVoid (1252388) | about three weeks ago | (#47734319)

WTF?? Another female geek role model bites the dust. She's smart, she's gorgeous, she's clever, she's witty. We need way, way, more women like her on TV.

Bad fail, Mythbusters.

Re:No Kari??? (2)

Almonday (564768) | about three weeks ago | (#47734391)

True, although I'd honestly prefer to see her in a more independent role and this split, however amicable (or not) might still provide that kind of opportunity for her. The last few seasons she's been playing up the eye-candy bits to the point where I can't tell what she's truly ok with and what some producer decided needed to happen, because you know...smart boobs, geeks with disposable time/income, etc.

Fingers crossed.

Re:No Kari??? (-1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about three weeks ago | (#47734397)

Yeah, I could just see here bouncing up and down on Adam's enormous penis...

Re:No Kari??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734433)

Great, thanks. No amount of bleach can scrub this image from my third eye.

Re:No Kari??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734519)

Yeah, its a reall tragedy that a woman lost her job, the two guys probably had it coming... but her??!!

Re:No Kari??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734571)

honey boo boo will grow up to fill the role.

Re:No Kari??? (4, Interesting)

goodmanj (234846) | about three weeks ago | (#47734583)

I can't say much for certain about Mythbusters, but I'm sure of one thing: Kari Byron's career is not over.

Re:No Kari??? (-1, Troll)

Livius (318358) | about three weeks ago | (#47734673)

We need way, way, more women like her on TV.

Yes, let's over-represent a minority group on purpose.

Kari FTW (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734333)

Shit blowing up with Kari's uterus intact FTW, please!

They asked for more money... (3, Insightful)

Almonday (564768) | about three weeks ago | (#47734351)

...and the show "went back to its roots." Nothing to see here, move along.*

Re:They asked for more money... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about three weeks ago | (#47734415)

They asked for more money... ..and the show "went back to its roots." Nothing to see here, move along

The show was (has?) "jumped the shark" and they had to do something to revive the franchise. Getting rid of the Pretty Inturns is a great idea to breath life back into a show that should have been canciled several years ago.

Re:They asked for more money... (1)

Almonday (564768) | about three weeks ago | (#47734479)

Good point...and after a moment's reflection, I think I agree. The show has gotten tired in recent years and if the three of them aren't already actually, tangibly banking on their contributions thus far, then yeah, it's time to move on for all involved. This move also opens up opportunities for Adam and Jamie to revamp the show with a new formula, which might be awesome...or not. Time will tell.

Re:They asked for more money... (1)

Enry (630) | about three weeks ago | (#47734429)

That's my guess. I still watch it (the TiVo just grabs episodes). One thing that was really telling was just before Christmas 2013 the Mythbusters were on tour and I was expecting to see all 5, but only Adam and Jamie were there. Another item was they had a preview of the coming season along with a discussion of Adam's busted hand. That season in the spring and the one that just concluded now seem to be filmed in the same 'season' as there were parts of the preview we saw that weren't until the past few weeks, and an episode that had Adam's broken hand.

My daughter loves watching the explosions. I kinda missed the more in-depth design and builds that Adam and Jamie did in the earlier seasons and each episode got really busy hopping between myths. It's probably a combination of going back to roots and the 'other three' asking for more and getting turned down. From what I can see it wasn't a bad break, so maybe Kari/Grant/Tori are going another show?

Re:They asked for more money... (1)

Almonday (564768) | about three weeks ago | (#47734639)

Maybe so, and perhaps we're all better off for it: your post reminded me that 1) not every young female viewer of Mythbusters is necessarily looking to Kari as a role model just because she has two X chromosomes, and 2) not every male viewer is necessarily panting over Kari's public presentation just because her boobs are more visible (but not necessarily less ample) than her brain. Booms are good. Positive female role models in the sciences are good. Paying people something roughly commensurate with their contributions over 10+ years? Also good.

Not sure if gone (4, Insightful)

Deathlizard (115856) | about three weeks ago | (#47734369)

It's really too early to tell, but it seems like they're taking this way too well and keep mentioning they're next adventure.

It's possible that they're going to star in their own show that Discovery is not willing to announce yet.

Re:Not sure if gone (1)

rsmith-mac (639075) | about three weeks ago | (#47734457)

It's called severance pay. If you want it, then you'll be sure not to besmirch your employer.

Re:Not sure if gone (2)

jd (1658) | about three weeks ago | (#47734503)

Discovery got caught using fake footage in documentaries. No scientist should be working with a channel that is peddling fraudulent material. History lost a lot of reputation with their academically bogus Ancient Aliens stuff, but at least they didn't try to offer photographs and videos they themselves doctored as "evidence".

If the three have projects worth taking seriously, they won't be projects on Discovery. HBO has less of a credibility issue.

Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Production (5, Interesting)

sr180 (700526) | about three weeks ago | (#47734403)

I am a big fan of the show, but Ive stopped watching it because of the modern style of production - geared to those who have ADHD.
Modern shows now lead the viewers into the direction of the show... So, you have a few minutes of introduction, then a quick preview of whats coming up, then an ad break. Then after the ad break, they show you what you saw earlier, a quick little update, and then another flash forward to what you'll see coming up. Repeat repeat repeat.
With ads, it drives me mad. Without ads, its even worse. 10 minutes of real content gets padded out to a full 45 minute episode. So Ive quit watching - which is a pity, because the small bits of content embedded in the forward flashes and back flashes is usually quite good.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (2)

_xeno_ (155264) | about three weeks ago | (#47734459)

So, you have a few minutes of introduction, then a quick preview of whats coming up, then an ad break. Then after the ad break, they show you what you saw earlier, a quick little update, and then another flash forward to what you'll see coming up.

You left out the part where the flash forward is often misleading and designed to make the next part seem more interesting than it really is. So you start the show with an exciting preview, then a bit of content, then another exciting preview. Then ads. Then a recap, then the discovering that what looked interesting in the preview was entirely uninterested followed by another deceptive preview.

But MythBusters does it even more annoyingly: they'll combine Adam and Jamie doing Myth A with Tori, Grant, and Kari doing Myth B. So you end up getting those little recap, content, preview segments first for Myth A and then for Myth B, followed by a block of ads. It makes the entire thing completely disjointed and pads out what should be two mini-episodes into a single 45 minute episode.

I've kind of wanted to take a MythBusters episode as aired and edit it to remove the preview/recap stuff and merge Myth A and Myth B into a single block of content and see how much content I'm left with. Except I'm too lazy to bother pirating an episode to do that.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734577)

Check out "Streamlined Mythbusters." It's a crowdsourced version of what you're lookng for.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734465)

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734473)

AGREED! I'm going entirely off topic here, but I don't know what American producer decided that this format was a good idea. It's repulsive. You don't see this on the BBC. If Top Gear ever did this, they'd be flushed down the toilet -- which is why the American version of Top Gear on the "History" channel is just so terribly unwatchable. The History channel is one of the top offenders promoting this kind of banality, and it's a shame that the Discovery channel and so many others have caught this same illness (I'm looking your way, "Science" channel). American television producers are farking idiots.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (1)

nolife (233813) | about three weeks ago | (#47734663)

Top Gear UK does small recaps after the commercial breaks. They do not actually talk and explain what you missed like you forgot from 5 minutes ago, they kind of randomly throw in some replay of quick clips of something that already aired a second time.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734475)

Blame Discovery (and History, and all the other copycats). It's a fucked up format designed by morons in order to pad minutes and fill out advertising when they otherwise have very little real content.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (1)

jd (1658) | about three weeks ago | (#47734525)

The assumption seems to be that as 90% of kids 15 years ago were diagnosed ADHD, 90% of the target audience now must also have ADHD. Except for Game of Thrones viewers, who apparently have other issues.

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734549)

There are people who shorten these episodes to cut the repeats and some of the filler
http://www.reddit.com/r/smyths
"These 'Streamline' edits run shorter because they are missing teasers, cartoons, flashbacks, repetition, idents, history lessons, fun facts, "we're experts", and anything else that slows down the show."

Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (1)

goodmanj (234846) | about three weeks ago | (#47734569)

The explanation I've heard is that the show is shot and edited for Australian television first, where it takes the form of a half-hour episode (without commercials? not sure). For the American edition, they pad it up to an hour with commercials, but can't really add new content so it's just repetition.

Perhaps this won't be a popular view... (3, Insightful)

toygeek (473120) | about three weeks ago | (#47734445)

But I think it's a good move. I always thought they were trying to do too much in one episode. And really, who can argue with focusing on two really awesome dudes who love to blow stuff up?

More isn't always better, sometimes its just more.

Re:Perhaps this won't be a popular view... (1)

jd (1658) | about three weeks ago | (#47734539)

Then make the episodes longer. Or have one set of presenters on the first show (they're usually paired) and the others on the second show. Or eliminate redundant footage so that you can have two or three times the content. Or eliminate the advertisers, sorry adverts, and get three times the running length.

Never again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734483)

I will not watch this show after this. I never watched it in the first place so not much is going to be different.

Tory - Brian Dunkleman (1)

the-matt-mobile (621817) | about three weeks ago | (#47734487)

I always thought of Tory as the Brian Dunkleman of Mythbusters. You know, that guy who hosted with Seacrest during the first season of American Idol that no one remembers. They should have dumped Tory when he tried to electrocute Adam with the Ark of the Covenant, and no one would have minded.

Re:Tory - Brian Dunkleman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734709)

My understanding is that it was a producer who pushed for that (offscreen), and not Tori. I also read that said producer was fired shortly later.

Cut the cable (-1, Offtopic)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about three weeks ago | (#47734521)

What is this, a TV show or something?

I love not having cable. It's one of the most liberating things I've ever done. With the time I saved by not watching TV for the past seven or eight years, I've learned to play jazz pretty well, and my eyes don't burn in the morning from staring at stupid television for hours. I'm not a great player by any means, but I'm good enough to play out at clubs with professionals. It's not that I'm at a high level, but I can hold my own, and people like it. Learning to improvise jazz as an adult has really lit up parts of my brain that were sitting dormant for decades, and that's a good feeling. All because I decided to ditch TV.

From what I can tell, the past seven/eight years have been nothing but reality TV, dramas with titles that are acronyms, and shows where you pay a subscription AND get commercials. Really high quality stuff, like Deadwood or The Wire, I'll get when it comes to Netflix or via other means, but I'd have to be so interested in it that I'm willing to go look for it. The thing that was the killer for me was when I found myself flipping through channels looking for something to watch. There just seemed something really wrong about that.

Anyway, if this is some big show for nerds where they confirm your bias about the world, I hope the changes turn out to your satisfaction. Back in the day, I was an avid TV watcher I seem to recall something about a cartoon about a family where the father was stupid, the son a smart-ass who road a skateboard and the mom had big blue hair. It's probably not on any more, because the guy who did the voice for the really old rich guy who owned the nuclear plant where the stupid father worked would now be almost as old as, what was his name..."Mr Burns", I think. I don't look down on people who watch television, it's just not for me any more. I suppose it's something of a social hindrance though, because all I can do is have a quizzical expression when someone mentions some show like "Iron Chef", which I assume is about a super hero.

Re:Cut the cable (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734599)

You know I too pulled the plug on the TV. But DAMN dude the amount of smug there would burn a hole in the universe.

Is my life 'better' without tv? Not really. Is it worse? Not really. Its just different.

Prediction (1)

j3p0 (16007) | about three weeks ago | (#47734527)

Tory, Grant and Kari get their own show on the new "Blowing Stuff Up" channel

Will Smith and Norman Chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734541)

Maybe these guys will step up. I loved them on Tested.

Tested (2)

belg4mit (152620) | about three weeks ago | (#47734641)

Adam mentioned a shift in fromat in a Tested video a while back, this seems to fit along with that.

My guess is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47734659)

....it was budget cutback time. Not really sure how long Mythbuster's is going to last regardless. Haven't watched them since the magic bullet debunk since they were idiots to use a combustion propulsion (gun powder) instead of compressed air (CO2). I tried to post that observation but haven't heard a peap. :)

Just not enough content! (4, Insightful)

Pro923 (1447307) | about three weeks ago | (#47734711)

I'm surprised no one said it... I think they've just run out of Myths! A lot of the new shows - it really seems like they're reaching. And as other people did mention, they have about 15 minutes of content in an hour of show with the commercial->recap->brief content->preview->commercial->repeat format. Yeah, I just really don't think they can make another season of shows without halving the number of myths that they have to come up with..

Thank God, Kari sucked (0)

Gothmolly (148874) | about three weeks ago | (#47734717)

Bring back Scotti. Also, Tori sucked. Grant and Scotti are all you need. Tori is a tool, good for comic relief when you need a doofus to eat a chili pepper, and Kari was just T&A.

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