The year goes out like a whimper where science and technology guests are concerned. That’s true most years, as programs are often in repeats, and the MythBusters megamarathon is typically the only thing going in this space. But 2018 has felt particularly soft in this regard, and the dearth of bookings at the end amplifies that feeling for me.
The listings last week were so meager I feel I have to mention an animal expert, which I am loath to do since their segments often have little to no meaningful animal content. Coyote Peterson was on the January 2 repeat of Live with Kelly and Ryan. Peterson is best known for his YouTube channel, where he mostly suffers the bites and stings of various insects and small creatures.
The biggest thing of the past week was not a late night booking, but the prime-time U.S. premiere on the Science Channel of MythBusters Jr. While the return of Adam Savage is a major selling point (and was heavily used in the promotion of the show), the program really does focus on the efforts of six young MythBusters who range from 12-15 (at least at the time this was taped in the summer of 2018). Returning along with Savage are many of the San Francisco area locations used in the first 14 years of MythBusters (the most recent season of the series had decamped to the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles). Much like their adult counterparts from MythBusters:The Search, each young MythBuster brings their own set of skills to the program. If the pattern of the first episode holds true, each show will feature two myths, with Savage guiding/coaching a team of 3 young MythBusters as they do their work.
The series has a 10 episode order, though it’s worth noting that the Science Channel has still not run all of the episodes it ordered with hosts Jon Lung and Brian Louden (nor did their episodes air during the megamarathon). Should the ratings and reception meet Science Channel expectation, a second season may be greenlit to shoot this coming summer.