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MythBusters to launch explosive new series, 'Unchained Reaction'

The Discovery Channel has given the thumbs-up to a new show to be executive produced by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. In a tweet this morning, Savage called the show his and Hyneman's "new sooper secret project."

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MythBusters Adam Savage (left) and Jamie Hyneman will soon be hosting and executive producing a new Discovery Channel show, "Unchained Reaction." Daniel Terdiman/CNET

The MythBusters are at it again.

In a tweet this morning, Adam Savage, co-host of the hit Discovery Channel show, said that he and his co-conspirator, Jamie Hyneman, have gotten the green light to produce their new "sooper secret project," "Unchained Reaction."

According to Deadline Hollywood, Savage and Hyneman will executive produce the new Discovery Channel show and serve as judges on what will be a six-part series. The show will pit "two teams of varying backgrounds--artists, rocket scientists, animatronic specialists, engineers, and even your average Joes--against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction contraption on a massive scale. The teams are provided with identical sets of tools and materials and given five days to complete a series of mechanisms based on a specific theme."

Each team will be given identical tools and material and will get five days to finish their contraptions. They'll be assigned a specific theme. And, Deadline Hollywood wrote, "refined mechanical movements, pyrotechnics, and large-scale destruction are encouraged."

After five days, Hyneman and Savage will welcome an additional guest judge, and together they'll determine a winner.

"We wanted to craft a show that puts the process of problem solving and ingenuity front and center, and we've done exactly that with 'Unchained Reaction,'" Savage told Deadline Hollywood.

In addition to creating the new show, which is expected to premiere in March, Savage and Hyneman are currently in the middle of the national tour of their live show, "Behind the Myths."