Every network development season, there are pilot scripts that make you cheer, and ones that make you jeer. But sometimes, there ones that just make you go, “huh?” And this is one of those times.
CBS has announced it is developing a new spy drama based on the professional exploits of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, better known as the team behind Discovery’s MythBusters. Yeah, let that one sink in for a moment.
According to THR, the plot of the show is as follows:
"The untitled drama, which has received a script commitment from the network, revolves around two Hollywood special effects artists who are recruited by the CIA to complete seemingly impossible covert ops missions by creatively using the most basic tools from their craft."
Currently, it’s known that Adam and Jamie will serve as executive producers on the project with Suits writers Lilla and Nora Zuckerman writing the script and serving as showrunners should it go to series. While this seems like one of the more outlandish concepts for as television series in a long time, there are actually reasons to find it interesting.
First of all, the line “complete seemingly impossible covert ops missions by creatively using the most basic tools from their craft” makes the show sound a lot like MacGyver, which would work well, given the nature of MythBusters and how the team handles problem solving by coming up with unique solutions. In addition, the whole idea of a couple of civilians with a particular set of skills who find themselves in the employ of the CIA isn’t that far off from the premise of Chuck, and that show went off like crazy. If you recall, Chuck didn’t have super powers when the series began; he was just an inept computer geek with a database of classified information in his brain, who eventually went on to help the government fight terrorism.
Finally, there’s the matter of Adam and Jamie's working relationship. It has been said that while the two respect each other, they aren't necessarily friends. Well, that just so happens to be the premise of nearly every successful buddy-action movie and TV show that’s ever existed. If that's the direction this series plans to take, it may not end up being too bad after all.
Stay tuned for more on the project as it develops.