‘The Big Brain Theory’:
10 p.m. Wednesday, Discovery
If you think America doesn’t do the cool stuff anymore — or that half of it is always outsourced overseas — you’ll rethink that after watching Discovery Channel’s new competitive reality series “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.”
Not only does it feature 10 supersmart contestants competing in high-tech and high-explosives challenges under the watchful eye of host Kal Penn (“House,” “Harold & Kumar”), but viewers also get to visit the venue where it was shot — WET Design in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.
“It was quickly on the heels of Steve Jobs passing away,” Nancy Daniels, Discovery’s executive vice president of development and production, says of the inception of the idea for the show. “There were a lot of questions out there: ‘What does this mean for American innovation; is it going to go elsewhere?’
“We were looking at (the show) as being a celebration of American ingenuity and innovation, really showing off what we have here in this country.”
To achieve that, there’s hardly a better place to start than WET Design.
Stretching over several blocks in a sunbaked light-industrial area of a desert city, WET, true to its name, specializes in water. Actually it specializes in dribbling, flowing, spraying, cascading and shooting water into the air in a dizzying variety of ways, blending it with light, music and even fire.Among its most famous projects is the Fountains of Bellagio, a Las Vegas landmark that offers a dazzling dance of illuminated jets.