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‘Mythbusters’ May Be Ending, But Star Adam Savage Sees New Beginnings

When production of “Mythbusters” was coming to an end, Adam Savage says his friend, Paget Brewster — who left “Criminal Minds” after a long run — cautioned him that he would freak out once the show wrapped.

“She was like, ‘You’ve been on your show 14 years. You’re going to lose your mind a little bit,’ and I will be forever grateful for her warning me,” Savage recalls. “It’s easy to get intoxicated by the ability to say yes. In a way, a full-time TV show is a great filter for things you might not have time to do. Without that, I have to be my own filter. And I can overcommit — it’s certainly a thing I have a proclivity for.”

Because “Mythbusters” opened up a seemingly endless stream of opportunities, Savage didn’t have to wait for the series finale to start preparing for the future.

About four years ago, he — as well as his “Mythbusters” co-star Jamie Hyneman — got involved with Norman Chan and Will Smith’s website Tested.com, which explores the hows and whys of almost anything you can imagine. The duo headlines a growing list of featured correspondents. Savage calls Tested an incubator for different kinds of long- and short-form content that might better suited to the internet than television.

“I do a lot of one-day builds here in my shop where I talk about the facets of making things,” Savage says. “[It’s] about all aspects of making things, across the board, whether it’s music production, virtual reality, making movies, special effects, or making a box for your mom. That’s the lens through which all of us on the site see the world.” In one segment, Savage even demonstrates how to cook the perfect omelet.

While he’s excited about his role with Tested, Savage is equally thrilled to have time to make it to more fan cons—this year he attended the San Diego Comic-Con in July and will experience the New York Comic-Con for the first time this fall—and to explore various forms of perhaps his favorite thing of all: storytelling.

“That’s the unifying facet of all my interests. In everything I do I’m storytelling,” says Savage, who just finished a feature article for ‘Wired Magazine,’ which he says was in preparation for writing a book.

Savage really enjoyed doing the “Mythbusters Live” tours, so it might not be a surprise that he already has plans for a new live show.

“I’m currently working on a new one with a couple friends of mine — Michael Stevens from vsauce, and Michael Webber who’s an amazing magician and magic designer. The three of us are working on a stage tour that we’re going to take around the country in 2017,” Savage says.

“So yeah. My days are full. It’s a lovely time. I keep joking that unemployment has me busier than I’ve ever been in my life.”

As for the final Emmy nomination for “Mythbusters,” Savage says, “We’ve been disappointed enough at this point that we’re sanguine about losing, but it would be lovely to receive the honor of an Emmy as the capper to our show.”

 

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