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'MythBusters' Apologize for Cannonball Accident

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 5:45AM
'Mythbusters' cannonball accidentYesterday came news that the 'MythBusters' team had accidentally fired a 30-lbs cannonball through a house. Although on the face of it, it seemed like a pretty funny story, more details have since emerged that show how lucky local residents were to escape injury.

According to 'The San Francisco Chronicle,'
the cannonball travelled straight through the Shetty family's house, exiting through the exterior wall of the master bedroom as mom Seema was napping in the room with her two year-old son. After traveling a total of 3,300 feet, the cannonball eventually came to rest in Satwinder Gill's minivan. She told ABC-7 News that "my husband and son were in the car five minutes before it happened."

'MythBusters' hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage -- who were not present when the accident happened -- travelled to Dublin, California to meet with the families affected by the accident and to apologize. Savage told 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' "It's a wake-up call. Honestly, the feeling of embarrassment is not something we're indulging in right now. We feel for the families and the people affected by this."

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'MythBusters' Sends Cannonball Through Home -- By Mistake!

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 11:15AM
Mythbusters CannonballThe producers of 'Mythbusters' apparently never learned not to play ball near the house. When testing out a stunt in Dublin, California, a cannonball struck a home, leaving holes in the walls after "a few unfortunate bounces," as the local sheriff's department spokesman explained.

According to MSNBC, a projectile from an Alameda County firing range missed its target and hit a home, going through one wall and exiting through another.

There were no injuries and no word on what exactly the 'MythBusters' experiment included.

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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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'MythBusters' to Host Steve Jobs Documentary

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:35AM
Mythbusters iGeniusDiscovery is turning its attention to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his legacy in a new documentary, 'iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.'

hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host the one-hour documentary that will feature interviews with noted tech, media and entertainment figures.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," Savage said. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives."

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EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek: Which Discovery Star Is Aging Rapidly for TV?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 28th 2011 3:30PM
This Discovery star is unrecognizable, isn't he? It is a he, right? Honestly, the make-up job is so good, nothing would surprise me.

These unbelievable exclusive photos popped into my inbox and my jaw dropped -- one of Discovery Channel's most beloved stars has aged rapidly for their latest 'Curiosity' special titled 'Can You Live Forever?'

Curious? Find out who it is and why they did this after the jump, plus enter to win an equally amazing prize.

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Andy Samberg On Staying Alive as Shark Week's Chief Shark Officer (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 9:05AM
Andy Samberg, Shark WeekAndy Samberg has a lot of weight on his shoulders as Shark Week 2011's Chief Shark Officer. But, just how did the 'Saturday Night Live' funnyman get this "jawesome" gig?

"I think I'm Chief Shark Officer for obvious reasons," Samberg said. "I love sharks, I'm a really bad swimmer, Justin Timberlake passed. What else? Mainly the third one."

In the exclusive video interview below, Samberg, while soaking wet and standing in the ocean, details his experiences as Chief Shark Officer.

"The worst thing about being Chief Shark Officer is that I had to go to the Bahamas! It doesn't smell like whiz or homeless people anywhere here," he joked. "I'm just so homesick. It's going to be so sucky when I have to go back."

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Adam Savage Has Some Controversial Advice on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 6:08AM
Adam Savage, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson invited Adam Savage to join him for his email/Twitter segment on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), where the 'Mythbuster' offered some pretty candid and controversial advice to a viewer.

The viewer wrote, "I got too drunk at my bachelor party and had a one-night stand with a stripper." His question was whether he should tell his now-wife. Savage's answer was immediate and not well-received by the audience.


Ferguson turned on the audience for their reaction. "Nobody asked you!" he told them. "I asked the celebrity! Not you ... I don't want your f****** opinion!"

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Jamie and Adam Try to Dodge Bullets on 'Mythbusters' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 1:40AM
'Mythbusters'If you're worried that a sniper might be targeting you, you may have tuned into this week's 'Mythbusters' (Wed., 9PM ET on Discovery) with a glimmer of hope in your heart. The gang decided to see if they could break the Hollywood myth of dodging bullets.

They set up a rig that would shoot a paintball at Jamie Hyneman from a close distance mere milliseconds after Adam Savage fires from a typical sniping distance. It's a good thing, too, as Jamie wasn't able to move fast enough until they reached a distance of 500 yards. Then, he was just able to dodge it.

At that distance and under those perfect circumstances, Adam declared that "There's just no way you could see [a sniper] fire from far enough away to give you a remote chance of dodging that thing." Myth busted, which means you're on your own with your sniper.

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'MythBusters' Could Debunk Apollo Conspiracy Theory with Their Own Moon Landing (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 12th 2011 9:15AM
'Mythbusters' on 'Colbert Report'When 'MythBusters' duo Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman visited 'The Colbert Report' (weekdays, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert asked if there was any myth they would like to debunk but can't do so on their long-running Discovery Channel show.

"Well, we did a whole episode on busting the conspiracy theory that the moon landing was faked, and there are some people who are still unconvinced," Savage answered. "So we would love to -- if time, money were no object -- build a spaceship, go to the moon and come back with a piece of Apollo hardware -- all in one take."

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Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death Ray (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 5:45AM
Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death RayFirst 'The Daily Show,' and now this ... President Obama must have a thing for basic cable shows. The commander-in-chief appeared on the new 'MythBusters' (Wed., 8PM ET on Discovery). But what myth or secret would Obama ask to have exposed? The secret of balancing the budget? The myth that you can get Democrats and Republicans to work together? The legend that Abraham Lincoln hid gold under the White House floorboards? (Okay, we made that last one up.)

None of the above! Instead, Obama expressed a more unusual desire. "I'm a big fan of 'MythBusters,'" he said. When hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage widened their eyes at this, the President said that the show made science "fun." "And occasionally, you blow things up," he added.

True, watching things get blown up -- or even get set on fire -- is cool. And so, Obama asked the hosts to research a solar heat ray for him -- which was ... an unexpected choice. A solar heat ray? ... Um, Mr. President? Are we planning on invading the North Pole or something?

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Beyond 'Mythbusters': More Possible TV Roles for President Obama

by Ryan McGee, posted Dec 7th 2010 1:30PM
Obama mythbustersDear President Obama,

This fall hasn't been the greatest for you or your administration. You yourself called the results of the midterm elections a "shellacking," a word that means the same to those in both blue and red states. You kowtowed compromised with Republicans on tax cuts. But I'm not here to give advice about your immediate political future: That's best left to the pundits.

But television? In that arena I know a little bit. And so I read with great interest the news that you would be making an appearance on the show 'Mythbusters.' (Wed., 9PM ET, Discovery).

If you're willing to appear on that show, perhaps you might be willing to put in some face time on a few other quality programs as well, Mr. President? Yes, yes, you're a busy man. But don't worry: we've put in the work for you.

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'MythBusters' Preview: President Obama Issues Challenge (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2010 1:05PM
President ObamaIt's not every day that a president makes an appearance on a reality show, so President Obama's guest spot on 'MythBusters' is quite the TV event ... no, not the one on NBC's 'The Event.'

Check out a preview of Obama issuing Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage a challenge before the Dec. 8 (9PM on Discovery) episode airs.

In the clip, Obama asks Hyneman and Savage to explain how Archimedes used the sun and mirrors to set fire to a Roman fleet.

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Are You Ready for 'MythBusters' in 3D?

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 11th 2010 11:20AM
'MythBusters'Have you ever watched 'MythBusters' and thought to yourself, "Gee, I like watching things blow up and get destroyed, but these experiments feel dulled by the constraints of two dimensions"?

Well, wait a little longer and your three-dimensional dreams might come true. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 3D channel formed from Discovery Communications, IMAX and Sony Corp. is "extremely interested" in filming several episodes of 'MythBusters' in native 3D -- meaning the shows will be planned specifically for the medium.

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President Barack Obama to Appear on 'Mythbusters'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2010 10:25AM
President ObamaIt's not a dream, not a hoax and certainly not an alternate reality: President Obama will appear on 'Mythbusters.'

Say what? Yep, according to Deadline Hollywood, the president will stop by Discovery's 'Mythbusters' on the Dec. 8 episode. So, what will Obama be challenging Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to prove?

Well, the episode is called 'Archimedes Solar Ray,' and the president asks the dynamic duo to prove the Greek myth that Archimedes set fire to a Roman fleet using mirrors and the sun's reflected rays.

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Poo Hits The Fan On 'Mythbusters' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 14th 2010 5:55PM
Most of you have heard the phrase, "When the s--- hits the fan." We're guessing very few have stopped to consider the literal and scientific ramifications of of the statement.

Thankfully (?), Jamie and Adam of 'MythBusters' have thought of that for us and decided to test it. They will truly stop at nothing until all of man's great mysteries are solved.

On their upcoming Oct. 20 episode, we'll finally get a visual image for the obscene phrase.

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