‘MythBusters Jr’: Science Channel Sets Series Premiere Date (Exclusive)

Adam Savage returns to TV to host and executive produce “MythBusters” spinoff

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“MythBusters Jr.” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9/8c on Science Channel, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Adam Savage returns to TV as host and executive producer of the “MythBusters” spinoff, which has a 10-episode order. His six young “makers” are all under 16.

Together, they’ll tackle myths just like those seen in “MythBusters,” ranging from driving, explosions, movies, popular culture and more, according to Science Channel’s description. From building a fire extinguisher jetpack, to dominos big enough to crush a car, and testing myths from “Gravity” and “Breaking Bad,” it sounds like an action-packed season.

“These junior ‘MythBusters’ are amazing,” Savage told TheWrap. “And while they’re kids, the myths we take on are as full-sized and as explosive as ever! We’ve created an incredible 10-episode season in which these new ‘MythBusters’ put their remarkable intelligence and creativity to the test.”

Also featured in “MythBusters Jr.” are design and engineering experts Tamara Robertson and special effects technician Jon Marcu.

“MythBusters Jr.” is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions. John Luscombe and John Tessier are executive producers for Beyond. Wyatt Channell serves as executive producer for Science Channel.

The series premiere episode features a “MythBusters” classic, the amazingly versatile material, duct tape. The junior MythBusters explore whether you can really make a functioning, life-saving parachute out of duct tape and whether you can make a serviceable car tire from duct tape.

Here are the junior “MythBusters”:

  • Valerie Castillo (15), a skilled builder and robotics wiz from Lancaster, California
  • Elijah Horland (13), a self-taught electronics maker, programmer & circuit wiz from Brooklyn, New York
  • Cannan Huey-You (12) a college sophomore studying astrophysics at Texas Christian University
  • Jesse Lawless (15) a builder of custom hot rods from Slidell, Louisiana
  • Rachel Pizzolato (14) a three-time New Orleans Science Fair champion from Metairie, Louisiana
  • Allie Weber (13) a maker, builder, and inventor from South Dakota.