Discovery orders Steve Jobs documentary with 'Mythbusters' hosts -- EXCLUSIVE

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Discovery has ordered a documentary on the life of the late Steve Jobs, with the Mythbusters duo on board to host. The network is teaming with NBC’s Peacock Productions for iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World, a one-hour special. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who celebrate the spirit of innovation on Discovery’s hit Mythbusters, will host the show.

“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.”

The special has already lined up interviews with several key names to talk about the Apple co-founder and CEO, including: Lee Felsenstein, founding member of the Homebrew Computer Club, Daniel Kottke, who traveled to India with Jobs and who later become an early Apple employee, and John Draper, an engineer who gave Jobs his start. Musicians Stevie Wonder and Pete Wentz will talk about how Jobs’ innovations impacted their careers.

The documentary premieres Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and will air across Discovery’s portfolio of networks in 210 countries and territories.

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  • Jeff

    PETE WENTZ!!!!

    • jack

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      • Grumpster

        Jack…you are NOT a mature airforce man…you’re a trolling spamming piece of $hit, and so is anyone who visits your crap site.

    • John (Capn Crunch) draper

      I was just at that shoot today, took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hollywood. I wonder of this was the one.

  • Michael

    I don’t mean to sound uncharitable to Steve Jobs or his memory, but I hope that the upcoming documentary does its best to present Jobs’ life comprehensively. I would really like it to provide context for what we already know about Jobs’ influence and innovation, rather than just celebrating his life while omitting or glossing over his flaws.

    • mak

      Actually, that’s pretty uncharitalbe. The title is “How Steve Jobs Changed the World”. Why do you need to include his flaws unless they are somehow related to topic? Everyone has flaws. Even you and me. And I think it is pretty safe to say we have not done anywhere near what Steve has done for the world. Given that, you still want someone btching about you in your wake?

      • Michael

        “Why do you need to include his flaws unless they are somehow related to topic?”
        Because they are VERY related to the topic! Jobs didn’t get where he was by being a nice guy. He was *often* a nice guy, but he also could be an absolute prick sometimes — particularly in business dealings (just ask Woz). This is what made him great.

        If this is just more hagiography, there’s no point.

  • Stephanie

    Very cool. I will definitely be watching this.

  • Heather

    Oh sure…Mythbusters is a fantastic show but the only time they’re even mentioned by EW is in connection to Steve Jobs
    What about the OTHER great work they’ve done, like proving time and again about Hollywood physics being faked (and even proving it true from time to time)?

  • Jenn

    This is good news. I’d watch Jamie and Adam read the phone book, or, blow it up, with toothpaste.

    • K

      LOL agreed. Not being an Apple fanatic or a fan of documentaries in general, I probably wouldn’t have watched a documentary about Steve Jobs, much as I respect his brilliance and what he accomplished…but I will watch the Mythbusters guys do anything.

    • Jerri

      They probably WOULD blow it up for an encore. When in doubt, use C4.

  • Joe Cassara

    I hope they put to bed the myth that the Apple II was the first commercially successful personal computer.

    • Window Sucks

      Sure wasn’t IBM or Xerox

    • i was there

      depends on commercially successful – Altair, Chromemco, and Vector Graphic (my first computer) – were not really commercially successful. Who, other than grey haired hobbyists like myself, even remember the names of the companies?

    • Michael

      Hmm… Well the Apple II helped Apple become one of the fastest growing companies in history at the time… It helped make more instant millionaires than any other company in history with it’s IPO.

      It really depends on your definition of commercially successful. If you mean sold enough to sustain your business, then no it wasn’t. If you mean the first PC to gain mass adoption, then yes it was.

    • johnmsawyer

      The first computers that we think of as personal computers (called “home computers” at the time), which came ready-made with necessary peripherals such as keyboards and displays, as opposed to their inspiration–kits and sometimes-preassembled boxes, like the MITS Altair and IMSAI computers–were in parallel, independent development during 1976, and were put on the market in 1977. However, their announcement dates weren’t immediately followed by product reaching the stores. So while the Commodore PET was the first of this batch that was publicly announced, in January 1977, it didn’t finish design and production and reach the stores until October 1977. In the meantime, in June 1977, the Apple II was the first to finish design and production, and reach the stores (with its earlier “hobbyist” version, the Apple I, having already been sold to anyone interested during 1976). Radio Shack’s TRS-80, announced in August 1997, reached the stores in either September or December of 1977 (depending on the source you refer to), and followed a similarly independent design path.

      • johnmsawyer

        The Apple II was actually a pretty successful personal computer with businesses (especially after Visicalc was released on it), until the release of the IBM PC, as far as market share at the time, largely because for a while its only real personal computer competitors were the PET and the TRS.

  • Jt

    I can’t wait:-)

  • trey

    This sounds awesome BUT, Pete Wentz?? WTF?! Him and his band are a joke. Stevie Wonder, sure. A legend. Not Pete. Should have gotten in touch with another innovator in music such as Reznor, Yorke or even Bono. Just sayin’.

    • Apostate

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Tripper

    John Draper? Cap’n Crunch? COOL!

  • Ned Kelly

    One hour special my arse .. knowing American TV you will only get 40 minutes of actual footage . The story of Steve Jobs deserves a lot more that this ….

    • Grumpster

      Ned…the word is A$$…you sound like a total dink from the 1800′s. when you say arse.

      • Grumpster

        ass ass ass ass ass…say it NED say it!!! Let go the inner dork.

      • johnmsawyer

        Ned Kelly IS from the 1800s.

    • Span Dactyls

      @Grumpster:
      Look up “Ned Kelly.” If the internet has done anything for me, it’s taught me that people from different parts of the world than I inhabit use words which might sound funny to me, but is completely normal and contemporary for them. So cork ya clacker, drongo.

      • Buzz Parsec

        Woah, Ned, you’re better off dead
        You’ll get no peace of mind
        The trackers are trailing ya,
        and their hot on your tail,
        and you know they’re gonna hang you high!

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