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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci 364

Posted by timothy
from the small-team dept.
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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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 22, 2014 @09:22PM (#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."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 22, 2014 @09:27PM (#47734577)

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

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

    by Sycraft-fu (314770) on Friday August 22, 2014 @09:47PM (#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.

  • by theshowmecanuck (703852) on Friday August 22, 2014 @11:06PM (#47734921) Journal
    I think they put Kerri and Tori on for personality reasons. And it worked for a good long while. Grant was probably because they actually needed a real engineer on the show to help build things, so why not put him on the air too. Bill Nye started as a Mechanical Engineer and studied at Cornell. One of his professors was Carl Sagan. He worked at Boeing before.
  • by Fleetie (603229) on Saturday August 23, 2014 @12:25AM (#47735157) Homepage
    "Top Gear" in the UK does not HAVE commercial breaks! It's made by and shown on, the BBC, whose main TV stations have no adverts at all (except for their own forthcoming shows).

    When "Top Gear" is repeated on other, commercial channels, then yes, there are advert breaks.
  • by anorlunda (311253) on Saturday August 23, 2014 @06:28AM (#47735601) Homepage

    I disagree. It may be entertainment, but the show is a great model for amateur science. Being amateur does not mean it is not science.

    You say, "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."

    Wikipedia's article on the scientific method says, "To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning."

    I say it is your concept of science that is flawed.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.

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