MacGyver Reboot Update #184

The MacGyver cast has several movies in post-production. Also, the MacGyver Musical concept album is out today.

Lucas Till on set of The Collective (via Sid O’Connell)

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Upcoming Movie Projects for the MacGyver Cast
Several cast members of the MacGyver Reboot have movies in post-production:

  • Jamojaya with Henry Ian Cusick premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 23. There’s no cinematic release date yet. It might be screened at more festivals first.
  • The Collective with Lucas Till: I don’t expect a release date announced before early Summer. It’s probably a limited cinematic release or straight-to-streaming.
  • Bang with Tristin Mays: An Instagram post back in October stated “April”. Since then, there was no mention of it. The project doesn’t even have an IMDb page. I expect a release straight-to-streaming.
  • The Comic Shop with Tristin Mays has wrapped just before Christmas. I expect a limited cinematic release, though it might be shopped at film festivals.
  • For Cory with Levy Tran was made by stunt crew mostly. It’s a new production company, so they might try shopping it around at film festivals.
  • Expend4bles with Levy Tran: The release date is set for September 22. I expect an US and international cinematic release; including several press circuits.
  • The script for Half Baked 2 was written by Justin Hires (who also has a cameo in it). It is planned as straight-to-streaming, but could still get a limited cinematic release.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
We got a few new BtS photos for The Collective; e.g. of the portraits photoshoot by Still Photographer Bryan Marchulaitis or by Sid O’Connell. Sadly, several crew members deleted BtS photos after excited fans had re-uploaded the photos across several social media platforms and websites without giving proper credit.

Henry Ian Cusick doing a photocall for Jamojaya at Sundance (Emily Assiran/Contour via Getty Images)

A second press release by Deadline announced Paul Ben-Victor and Mercedes Varnado as co-stars. In And Action! Podcast Episode 33 regarding stunts, director Tom DeNucci teased the fans that the movie will be very action-packed and stunt-heavy; and that he was very pleased with the first cut after the editing sessions.

It’s been about 3 years, but the promo for Son of the South hasn’t stopped. On February 4, Lucas Till will make an appearance at an honorary screening for Bob Zellner (who’s story the movie is based on) in Seattle.

In the past, the movie had had several screenings with Lucas either joining via video call or the organisators just playing a pre-recorded Q&A, so it will be nice to see him out and about again after such a long time.

Henry Ian Cusick attended the premiere of Jamojaya at Sundance; joining the photo calls and Q&As and enjoying several days at the festival. Including the premiere, there will be 7 screenings in total. The Season Finale of Big Sky aired on January 18. The show hasn’t been renewed yet.

According to Deadline, rebooted Murdoc actor David Dastmalchian has launched his own production company called Good Fiend Films. The company will produce character-driven projects across horror, sci-fi and fantasy for film, television, audio and publishing. The first project released will be horror movie Late Night with the Devil, starring David as a 1970s late-night talk show host. The film will make its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in Texas this March.

Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb attending the premiere of The Last of Us (Rodin Eckenroth via WireImage)

On January 9, Tristin Mays attended the Los Angeles Premiere of the new HBO show The Last of Us. She was accompanied by Marlon Webb.

In a new episode of In My Feelings, Justin Hires talked about why he had stopped auditioning for a while in 2021. He mentioned that he’s developing and producing some shows that have A-list-actors attached. Justin is also working on the script for Homecoming again (a movie that has been in development for quite some time).

Yesterday, Levy Tran posted an Instagram Story with the statement “Yay for knee rehabilitation excercises”; hinting at hurting her knee a while ago. She revealed that she was barely able to walk stairs last month; finally being able to do squats again.

Eli Cusick and Henry Ian Cusick doing a photocall for Jamojaya at Sundance (John Salangsang/Variety via Getty Images)

There’s still no news regarding Meredith Eaton or George Eads.

MacGyver The Musical
ICYMI: The release date for the MacGyver Musical Album is set for today. You can find the track list and order the album here.

Singers and producers did several short interviews for promo; for example Brandon Victor Dixon (e.g. with Musical Theatre Radio), Lee David Zlotoff (e.g. for TV Brittany or for Like It’s Live with Peter Lurye) or Tristin Mays (for the Official MacGyver Account).

For people who have subscribed to Lee’s Musical Newsletter, an exclusive interview with Tristin and some BtS footage should drop today as well.

MacGyver The Musical CD Cover (via Broadway Records)

There have been hints about the musical launching stage productions in other cities for a limited run. Since then, there has been no concrete news regarding another stage run being planned or which city will be next.

I’d never produced a musical before. I’d never produced an album before. But I said, “Well, you know, we’ll just MacGyver our way through this.” And that’s exactly what we did.

Lee David Zlotoff, via TV Britanny F (January 25)

Other MacGyver-related News
MacGyver Reboot guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) won a Critics Choice Award as “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” in Abbott Elementary.

Tristin Mays and Jesse Metcalfe in a BtS photo on set of The Comic Shop (via Jonathan Bowen)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Since January 6, ion Mystery airs reruns of ten episodes of the MacGyver Reboot on Fridays.
  • The German DVD/BluRay of Secret Headquarters with Levy Tran was released on January 19. The UK version was released on January 23.
  • Richard Dean Anderson will attend Steel City Con (March 31 to April 2) in Pittsburgh.
  • According to this tweet, RDA will also attend Comic Con Prague (April 14 to 16). He’s not listed on the website yet, but fellow actor Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1) is.

MacGyver Reboot Update #183

The MacGyver cast has been busy in recent months. There are several projects in post-production; most of them being released this year.

Christmas family photo with Lucas Till (via Dana Till)

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Upcoming Projects for the MacGyver Cast
Several cast members of the MacGyver Reboot have projects in post-production. Sadly, there isn’t much information yet. Most of the cast members have been laying low on social media and didn’t post much themselves. But some were tagged in photos and videos by other people – mostly in work-related projects, but also after work.

The IMDb entry for The Collective with Lucas Till keeps getting updated, but it’s a slow process. Director Tom DeNucci isn’t very forthcoming with material revealing faces or names. In his latest podcast episode, he mentioned that there are still a few surprises coming our way.

George Eads spending Christmas with friends (via Carrie Berkman Lewis)

Some of the crew members uploaded short video snippets as an end-of-year-review. We got a few snippets with Lucas; e.g. by Instagram Accounts “Keyy West” or “brandnamekel“. So far, no one has posted a nice BtS photo in good quality. This makes it a lot harder for fans to share content and promote the movie.

Filming for The Comic Shop with Tristin Mays has wrapped just before Christmas. We got several BtS photos of Tristin with co-stars and crew members; e.g. by David Lautman, by director Jonathan Bowen or by producer Eduard Osipov. There is still no official information yet about Bang, the movie that Tristin filmed last Summer in Thailand.

Jesse Metcalfe and Tristin Mays in a BtS photo on set of The Comic Shop (via David Lautman)

Levy Tran plays a coroner in action movie For Cory. The release date for Expend4bles has been set for September.

Justin Hires filmed a pilot presentation in Atlanta recently. After finishing Half Baked 2, he’s now working on the script for Homecoming again (a movie that has been in development for quite some time).

Movie Jamojaya with Henry Ian Cusick will premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 23. Including the premiere, there will be 7 screenings. Meanwhile, there are only two more episodes left for Season 3 of Big Sky. The ratings aren’t that great, so current predictions lean towards cancellation.

George Eads spending Christmas with friends (via Chaz Dean)

Meredith Eaton tweeted in November that she has several projects in the pipepline, but there hasn’t been any indication that she’s been filming a project. Maybe it’s the book she talked about wanting to write?

We got several sightings while the cast celebrated Christmas; e.g. of Lucas (by Mama Till) or of George Eads (by ex-wife Monika Casey).

MacGyver on TV
ICYMI: CBS streaming service Paramount+ was launched in German-speaking regions on December 8. I’ve seen several tweets about the MacGyver Reboot not being available (presumably because it’s currently on Amazon Prime here) and the Original Show not being available in HD.

Promo Tweet for MacGyver on ion Mystery

Starting January 8, the reruns of the MacGyver Reboot ionTV will be replaced by reruns of Bones. Instead, the reruns of MacGyver will air on ion Mystery. Starting today with the first 10 episodes of Season 1, it will be back on Fridays.

German FreeTV channel Kabel 1 aired four episodes back to back on Saturdays since mid-November. Sadly, after airing Episode 2×03 before the Christmas Break, it has already replaced them with reruns of Hawaii Five-0. At least, German FreeTV channel Nitro started airing the Original Show again.

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping attended the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show on December 3rd and 4th. They attended two panels and several hours of photo and autograph sessions. In Episode 252 of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast (uploaded on January 4), Amanda talked about her projects and that she talks (or texts) with RDA all the time, even though they don’t see each other very often.

Levy Tran and her Jiu Jitsu class (via Roberto Traven)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Sandrine Holt has been cast in Disney+ Series Daredevil.
  • The German DVD/BluRay of Secret Headquarters will be released on January 19, 2023.
  • Starting today, the MacGyver Musical Album can be pre-ordered. You can find the track list and the pre-order link here. The release date is set for January 27.

MacGyver Reboot Update #182

The MacGyver cast has been busy in recent months. Fans will get to enjoy several movies of their favorites next year.

Cast announcement for The Collective (via Deadline)

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New Projects for the MacGyver Cast
Filming for The Collective with Lucas Till has wrapped. Sadly, the fans didn’t get more BtS material with Lucas yet since director Tom DeNucci made sure to hide the identity of the cast in the handful of BtS clips. There were a few hints at potential co-stars (e.g. Mercedes Varnado aka Sasha Banks, Tyrese Gibson or Ruby Rose), though.

On December 8, Deadline finally posted the official press release; confirming a few suspicions (e.g. Don Johnson starring) and providing new information. The article got shared on social media by several producers, crew and cast members and also by Justin Hires. Meredith Eaton shared the post by Mama Till a few days later.

Stunt Rehearsal Shirt with Logo (video screenshot via Devin Powell)

The IMDb entry has been updated as well, but isn’t complete yet. Here’s the extended storyline:

(…) a group of righteous assassins called The Collective take aim at a highly sophisticated human trafficking ring backed by a network of untouchable billionaires. (…) The Collective has no choice but to put their most important mission in the hands of rookie assassin, Sam Alexander (Till). What he lacks in experience he makes up for in savvy, grit, and a keen ability to improvise in the most dangerous situations. (…)

Deadline, November 8, 2022

I did see some wrap posts by crew members (e.g. the costume departement) before Thanksgiving; assuming that filming was done. Yet filming resumed after the holidays, but with different crew members.

As it turns out, some of the crew had gone on strike at the end of November; asking for a union agreement along with industry standard benefits and protections. According to the Ipswich Local News, the production company was charged for “committing numerous unfair labor practices” by IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).

Jesse Metcalfe and Tristin Mays in a BtS photo on set of The Comic Shop (via Micah Giovanni)

According to an Insta Story by Micah Giovanni, Tristin Mays has been filming scenes for an indie movie called The Comic Shop, starring Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives). Tristin also picked up a new hobby recently, creating charcuterie boards (which are already sold out in her Etsy Shop). Her Twitter account has been deleted once again.

ICYMI: Levy Tran is part of action movie For Cory, which is currently in post-production. She plays a coroner, but we don’t have any details about her character or the storyline via IMDb yet.

Movie Jamojaya with Henry Ian Cusick will premiere at Sundance Film Festival (January 19 to 29). Meanwhile, he’s still busy filming episodes for Big Sky. Sundance is a very prestigious festival, so lets hope he gets some time off to attend.

Henry Ian Cusick in a BtS photo on set of Big Sky (via Amy Puente)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Meredith Eaton tweeted on November 19 that she has several projects in the pipepline and that she can’t wait to share them with us. So far, she hasn’t revealed any concrete news.

ICYMI: In the latest episode of his Urban Legendz podcast, Justin Hires talked about filming his pilot presentation in Atlanta (he didn’t reveal what the project is about).

There will be another rerun of The Christmas Sitters with Tristin Mays on ionTV on December 24. The movie is also available in German (e.g. via Amazon, AmazonPrime or YouTube).

Cover Preview for Burn It Down (via Amazon Germany)

Paramount+ launching in Europe
ICYMI: CBS streaming service Paramount+ was launched in German-speaking regions on December 8. I’ve seen some tweets about MacGyver not being available (presumably because it’s currently on Amazon Prime in Germany), but Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters is accessible.

Other MacGyver-related News
Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping attended the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show on December 3rd and 4th. They attended two panels and several hours of photo and autograph sessions.

Apparently, both have been invited to attend Fedcon in Germany next May. While Amanda already scheduled an attendance, RDA hasn’t decided yet.

Amanda Tapping and Richard Dean Andersin at Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show (via Objectif Festival)

Reruns of the MacGyver Reboot keep airing ionTV. While they don’t do any advertizing for the show anymore, the numbers must still be good enough. Since November 12, German FreeTV channel Kabel 1 airs four episodes back to back on Saturdays.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The first episode of Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wingfeather Saga aired on December 2.
  • Sandrine Holt has been cast in Disney+ Series Daredevil.
  • The German DVD/BluRay of Secret Headquarters will be released on January 19, 2023. The listed bonus material for the DVD reads “The Secret Headquarter”, Gag Reel, Extended and Deleted Scenes. The BluRay has additional extras.
  • Maureen Ryan’s book about toxic showrunners and toxicity in Hollywood will be released on June 6 next year.

MacGyver Reboot Update #181

It’s been confirmed that Lucas Till is working on several projects; including an action movie. Meanwhile, Tristin Mays explored more of her creative side.

BtS video screenshot for The Collective (via Tom DeNucci)
BtS video screenshot for The Collective (via Tom DeNucci)

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New Projects with Lucas Till
It has been an exciting time for Lucas Till fans. After a long drought, it’s been confirmed that he is working on several projects. For episode The War Bride of the podcast True War Stories: Mission Report, Lucas voices parts of the narration of war veteran Stephen Spencer. In the BtS interview for the episode, he talked with producer Nat Mundel about several topics (e.g. about finding a Boston accent and taking care of his garden).

Video screenshot of Tristin Mays being creative (via Instagram)

On November 7, we realized that Lucas is working on a new movie in Boston. In the following weeks, we got several exciting material via social media:

  • A photo of Lucas posing with co-star Holly Sullivan on Rexhame Beach.
  • A glimpse of Lucas in an Instagram video; wearing a white suit (with stains looking like fake blood).
  • An impressive pre-production video of Lucas doing stunt rehearsals.
  • Several BtS clips by director Tom DeNucci; e.g. a BtS video of Lucas preparing to film a driving scene.
  • An Instagram Story showing a Make-Up Work Station with a Call Sheet on it.

There are several projects called The Collective on IMDb, but only one entry has been updated recently (on November 10). In case you missed it, here’s the synopsis:

A young recruit to a mysterious agency of assassins finds himself going rouge on his first assignment, tracking down a dangerous group of human traffickers.

The Collective (IMDb)

There’s still no cast attached to the IMDb entry. Considering that there’s no entry for Tristin Mays’ movie Bang either (which was filmed in early Summer), it might take a while.

Henry Ian Cusick in a BtS photo on set of Big Sky (via Angelique Cabral)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Meredith Eaton tweeted on November 19 that she has several projects in the pipepline and that she can’t wait to share them with us.

According to IMDb, Levy Tran is part of action movie For Cory, which is already in post-production and was filmed in Atlanta this fall. The BtS photos and clips I’ve seen on Instagram look very action-heavy, but I haven’t seen Levy in any BtS stuff. She plays a coroner, so it’s possible that her role isn’t as big as we’d like. Several names of the cast members are familiar, as they have been in the stunt crew on the MacGyver Reboot.

BtS photo of Half Baked 2 (via Justin Hires)

Filming for Justin Hires’ Half Baked 2 wrapped on November 11. There’s no release date yet. In the latest episode of his Urban Legendz podcast, he talked to Diallo Riddle about just returning from Atlanta to film his pilot presentation (it’s not stated when the podcast episode was recorded).

There was a rerun of The Christmas Sitters with Tristin Mays on ionTV on November 27. There will be another rerun on December 24. The movie is also available in German (e.g. on DVD via Amazon or on streaming via YouTube or Amazon Prime).

Tristin also picked up a new hobby in creating charcuterie boards (which she sells in her new Etsy Shop). The first batch has already been sold out.

DVD Cover for The Christmas Sitter, German Version (via Amazon Germany)

Paramount+ launching in Europe
ICYMI: CBS streaming service Paramount+ was launched in France yesterday. It will be available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on December 8.

I haven’t seen anything about the availability of the MacGyver Reboot (since it’s currently available on Amazon Prime in Germany), but Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters will be available.

Other MacGyver-related News
Reruns of the MacGyver Reboot keep airing ionTV. Reruns of FBI starting in January will air on Mondays, so the reboot is probably safe for now with its episodes airing on the weekends. Since November 12, German FreeTV channel Kabel 1 airs four episodes back to back on Saturdays.

Brad William Henke as Jonah Walsh in MacGyver (via MacGyverOnline)

In sad news, guest star actor Brad William Henke has passed away at the age of 56. He played Jonah Walsh in Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver). In April last year, he revealed in a tweet that the initial idea had been to bring back his character in Season 3:

(…) they told me they were going to bring me back the next season for five episodes and then they just ghosted me.

Brad William Henke, via Twitter (April 30, 2021)

There’s no further information about why the character had been dropped. Nevertheless, it sparked several ideas for FanFiction as many fans lamented a missed opportunity on a very interesting storyline idea. My guess is the constant rotation of writers and the difficulties in the writers room due to ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov.

One of the writers of this episode (David Slack) didn’t come back for Season 3. It’s possible that the character for this storyline had been his idea and therefore, it “disappeared” – similiar to the character of Jill Morgan, played by his wife Kate Bond (the character was written off in the first episode of Season 3).

Tristin Mays in Sweeney Todd (via Kevin Bennylee)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Citing a “restructuring and streamlining of leadership at CBS Entertainment”, Kelly Kahl has been let go as CBS Entertainment President by the end of the year. It’s not clear if this might affect the MacGyver franchise in any way.
  • The first episode of Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wingfeather Saga airs today.
  • Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping will attend the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show (on December 3rd and 4th).
  • The German DVD/BluRay of Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters will be released on January 19, 2023. There’s no information regarding bonus material yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #180

It has been an exciting month for Lucas Till fans. After a long drought, it’s been confirmed that he is working on several projects; including an action movie.

Lucas Till and Holly Sullivan between takes (via Cindy Sullivan)

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New Lucas Till Projects
In my last blog post, I lamented the lack of Lucas Till news. Just a day later, Mama Till posted about Lucas being involved in an episode of the podcast True War Stories: Mission Report. In episode The War Bride (uploaded on October 26), Lucas voices parts of the narration of war veteran Stephen Spencer.

A few days later, Lucas made a comeback on Instagram. Over a year after his last post, he added the Season 2 trailer of the podcast. In the BtS interview for the episode, he talked with producer Nat Mundel about finding a Boston accent, about living in Atlanta and taking care of his new garden. He revealed that he’s working on a few projects, but that he doesn’t want to talk about them until they’re done and ready to be released.

Stunt Rehearsal Shirt with Logo (via Tom DeNucci)

Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long: On November 7, we got photos of Lucas working on an action movie set at Rexhame Beach in Boston. (Guess the Boston accent wasn’t just for the podcast, huh.) The proud mother of his co-star Holly Sullivan posted a few photos on Facebook. One of them shows Lucas wearing a Go-Pro camera and a leather jacket; looking happy and rested. A few days later, she deleted the photos of Lucas and altered the description – but didn’t delete the two photos with just her daughter.

There was also a glimpse of Lucas in an Instagram video; wearing a white suit (with stains looking like fake blood). Sifting through older material, I found a few pre-production videos of director Tom DeNucci. There’s an impressive video of Lucas doing stunt rehearsals, and it looks like the movie will be very action-packed. There’s also a BtS video of Lucas preparing to film a driving scene.

Make-Up Work Station (via Jessica Galdy)

On November 11, MakeUp Artist Jessica Galdy posted an Insta Story of her work table – maybe not realizing there was a call sheet revealing the title of the project. (Tom DeNucci confirmed the title yesterday.)

There are several projects called The Collective on IMDb, but only one entry has been updated recently (on November 10). Here’s the synopsis:

A young recruit to a mysterious agency of assassins finds himself going rouge on his first assignment, tracking down a dangerous group of human traffickers.

The Collective (IMDb)

There’s no cast or crew attached to the entry yet – but if this is Lucas’ project, it sounds very interesting. (Be aware that even people not involved in the production can add stuff on IMDb, which often leads to confusion, errors and double entries.) According to a Facebook Group, it’s a low budget movie.

Last week, Lucas started following actress Ruby Rose. Considering he’s rarely active on social media anymore, it’s possible that she’s going to be in this (or another) project with him.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wind & The Reckoning screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Ian also attended the Hawaiian premiere; posing with fans and giving interviews.

Henry Ian Cusick at the Hawaii International Film Festival (via Fe Maria Vasquez)

ICYMI: Almost two years ago, Justin Hires had written a first draft for movie Half Baked 2. Justin filmed a little cameo (as a character named Curtis), but otherwise has nothing to do with casting or producing. According to Deadline, production was already wrapped by November 11. Fun Fact: One of the lead actors is Dexter Darden, who worked with Lucas in Son of the South and is friends with Tristin Mays.

ICYMI: MacGyver stunt coordinator Daniel Hargrave recently posted a 2nd Unit BtS photo; tagging Levy Tran alongside several stunt people. Hargrave is the stunt coordinator on CBS rookie show True Lies (which is filming in Atlanta). It’s possible we might see Levy in one of the episodes next year – but even if she doesn’t show up after all, it’s still worth checking out (since there’s a lot of former MacGyver crew people working on it). The show will premiere next February.

BtS photo of Half Baked 2 (via Justin Hires)

ICYMI: Last month, Tristin Mays uploaded a Sweeney Todd tribute video on Instagram. We got the first photo of Tristin in that pirate project (filmed September last year) and an appearance in another short video with boyfriend Marlon Webb (who’s playing a werewolf in this one). She didn’t share any BtS material about any of these projects (and didn’t post much in general lately).

Her movie The Christmas Sitters will have two reruns on ionTV this year (November 27 and December 24).

Paramount+ launching in Europe
ICYMI: CBS streaming service Paramount+ will launch in France on December 1 and in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on December 8.

Tristin Mays in the Enchanted Manor (via Peerspace)

In Germany, the MacGyver Reboot is currently available on Amazon Prime, so I’m not sure if the original show and/or the rebooted show will be accessible on Paramount+. Since the cinematic release was scrapped, Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters might be available. If it’s not, you can pre-order the German DVD and/or BluRay (release date: January 19, 2023).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: The third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns ionTV concluded on November 13; directly followed by reruns of Season 1 episodes. The Reboot also came back to German FreeTV. Since November 12, Kabel 1 airs four episodes back to back on Saturdays.

True War Stories: Mission Report Cover Art (via Voyage Media)

While Tristin Mays reactivated her Twitter account a while ago, David Dastmalchian has deactivated his account (as a protest against the new Twitter owner and his politics). The account of Henry Ian Cusick got suspended (presumably after protesting against the new Twitter policies).

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The first episode of Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wingfeather Saga will air on December 2.
  • Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping are scheduled to appear at the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show (on December 3rd and 4th).
  • Citing a “restructuring and streamlining of leadership at CBS Entertainment”, Kelly Kahl has been let go as CBS Entertainment President by the end of the year. It’s not clear if this might affect the MacGyver franchise in any way.

MacGyver Reboot Update #179

Several of the MacGyver cast made themselves scarce on social media in recent weeks. Meanwhile, fans are still waiting for casting news regarding their favorite cast members.

Slate for Half Baked 2 (via Justin Hires)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Almost two years ago, Justin Hires had written a first draft for movie Half Baked 2. Filming started on Monday, October 17. Justin travelled to the set in Louisiana; meeting up with several crew members beforehand. He also revealed that he filmed a little cameo (as a character named Curtis).

Otherwise, he’s regularly doing Stand Up shows and podcast episodes. Among other topics, he talked about auditioning for SNL (and not getting the job), about getting sexually harrassed by a male producer once and about someone on set (most likely the MacGyver set) touching him inappropriately.

Justin Hires attending the premiere for a Netflix Comedy Special (Matt Winkelmeyer via Getty Images)

Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wind & The Reckoning won 8 awards at the Boston Film Festival and was screened at several film festivals this month. According to this tweet, the movie was rejected by over 40 Hollywood distributors (because they didn’t think there is an audience for a movie spoken largely in Native Hawaiian).

We got a new Instagram sighting of Lucas Till at a dentist’s center in Atlanta. Sightings have become rare since he is still taking a break of his own social media accounts (and some of his friends, too). Fans keep hoping he has a new project lined up, but so far, there’s been no news.

Lucas Till sighting (video screenshot; via ACCD Smiles)

A month ago, MacGyver stunt coordinator Daniel Hargrave posted a 2nd Unit BtS photo; tagging Levy Tran alongside several stunt people. I initially thought it might be a new/old photo from the Secret Headquarters set, but I later realized that Hargrave is the stunt coordinator on CBS rookie show True Lies (which is filming in Atlanta and will presumably premiere midseason). And several of the (stunt) crew from the MacGyver days work on that show, as well. So it’s actually possible we might see Levy in one of the episodes next year, yay!

We also got a new/old BtS photo of Levy in the make-up trailer for Secret Headquarters. On social media, she has been very quiet; enjoying some holiday time with a friend.

Levy Tran preparing for Secret Headquarters (via Ashley Levy)

Tristin Mays revealed that her upcoming movie Bang (with ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov attached as producer) will be released in April next year. I assume it will be on a streaming platform. There’s no further information since the project still doesn’t have an IMDb page.

Tristin posted several social media posts; e.g. with her dog Sergeant for dog food. On Tuesday, she uploaded her Sweeney Todd tribute video on Instagram. We also got the first photo of Tristin in that pirate project (filmed September last year), but there’s still no further information about it.

Interestingly, she reactivated her Twitter account and updated her profile photo about two weeks ago. But she didn’t share the Sweeney Todd video nor any BtS material on her Twitter or YouTube accounts.

Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb as pirates (via IMDb)

As Deadline reported, MacGyver showrunner Monica Macer got a multi-year overall deal with MGM Television. She will create, develop and produce original scripted programming. She recently also did an interview for the Navigating Hollywood podcast.

Paramount+ launching in Europe
After successfully launching in the UK earlier this year, CBS streaming service Paramount+ will launch in France on December 1 and in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on December 8.

In Germany, the MacGyver Reboot is currently available on Amazon Prime, so I’m not sure if the original show and/or the rebooted show will even be accessible on Paramount+ or not. Since the cinematic release was scrapped, Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters might be available, though.

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Since September 10, ion Television airs the third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns. The Season 5 finale should air mid-November. Sadly, they have stopped advertizing the show on social media since pushing the reruns to weekends.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The first episode of Henry Ian Cusick’s The Wingfeather Saga will air on December 2.
  • Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping are scheduled to appear at the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show (on December 3rd and 4th).

Looking Back at Season Zero (XV) – The Script (Part 6): Sipps

The Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot was filmed in 2016. I’m still trying to find new material for you – which is not easy. In this series of blog posts, I write about the first draft of the Unaired Pilot Script.

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about the Unaired Pilot storylines and characters. For daily news and discussions, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

This might be the last post in this series. It takes a lot of time and effort, yet the posts don’t get many hits anymore.

The Unaired Pilot Script
A short recap: The Unaired Pilot was filmed in April and May of 2016; based on a script written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by David Von Ancken. I’ve never managed to find the pilot itself or its 20-minute-promo-cut for the Upfronts.

The first draft of the script is dated February 26, 2016. As mentioned in this blog post regarding the script, there were heavy rewrites between the first draft and the filming process. But in case the promo cut (or even the full episode) ever gets released, I will omit some of the most spoilery lines and plot twists.

The Character: Sipps
In the Opening Gambit of the first draft, we meet Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) just before escaping a cave in Pakistan. It’s been five years since he was taken as POW (prisoner of war).

MacGyver returns to Portland and tries civilian life; moving back into his old bedroom at Grandpa Earl’s and helping out in the hardware store. One day, there’s a robbery. Or was it terrorism? The police and Mac’s friends think he’s just paranoid and seeing danger everywhere; being a POW and all.

MacGyver meets Lincoln while attending a veteran support group meeting. Lincoln reveals to Mac that he worked for the CIA, was removed from his position a while ago, and that his boss used to be Agent Croix (who had approached Mac in the hospital with a job offer). He also tells Mac that he tried several times to rescue him without success.

We later learn that Lincoln has a daughter named Sipps who’s also an agent. They have a rather rocky relationship. After realizing that Lincoln isn’t full-on crazy, Mac lets Lincoln help him investigate the case alongside Sipps while also involving his ex-girlfriend Mickey and best friend Gunner (who’s now dating Mickey).

Lincoln suggests to break into the Portland Police Department to look at the evidence. In the midst of the investigation, there’s a little plot twist for the audience; hinting at Lincoln knowing MacGyver’s father David (who died during Desert Storm). Later, Agent Croix reveals to Mac that Lincoln was fired after using illegal means to bring Mac home.

When Lincoln confesses to MacGyver that he was with David when he died, Mac doesn’t take the news well. He’s very disappointed that he was lied to (or rather, never told why Lincoln was so intent on helping him. Although he never asked about it, either).

While MacGyver ghosts them both, Lincoln and Sipps keep investigating. It doesn’t take long for them to meet again in rather unfortunate circumstances: Mac found bombs planted inside and near the mall. Mickey and Gunnar (plus many civilians and Army vets) are in danger.

Of course, the team saves the day. But MacGyver still has some unanswered questions about things that happened while he was a POW and who was behind it.

At the end of the script, MacGyver, Lincoln and Sipps join the new task force by Agent Croix; going on their first mission to save a little girl.

As with the other characters, there’s not much character development for Sipps. She’s written as a blank slate, so that the writers could have turned her either into a potential love-interest or into someone betraying the team or both. (Sounds familiar?)

Script versus Trailer
The character Sipps doesn’t exist in the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer shown at the Upfronts. Sipps is not listed on IMDb or in the character description provided by SpoilerTV. She also doesn’t show up in any of the storyboard excerpts I’ve seen.

As mentioned before, the teaser trailer has barely any resemblance to the first draft script. Sadly, I never managed to get a hand on the rewritten script used for filming. But in the trailer, Mickey (played by Addison Timlin) seems to be an algamation of the two main female characters (Mickey and Sipps) in the script.

It’s not clear if Lincoln was supposed to have a daughter in the version that was filmed, or if that was a character they would have brought in later in the season. I guess they wanted the female character joining the missions to be a hacker and not another experienced, weapons-trained agent.

Sipps versus Riley
While an Easter Egg at the end of the script hints at an OG character, none of the other characters (besides the lead hero) bear any resemblance to any OG characters. Sipps was a new character created by Colaizzo and apparently written out in later drafts (or set aside to being brought in for a later episode).

There’s a hacker in most of the CBS drama shows, and new showrunner Peter Lenkov was pressed for time to get the rebooted Reboot going. It seems that he still took the time to get back to the first draft, because his creation of hacker Riley Davis (played by Tristin Mays) is probably based on Sipps, not on Mickey.

MacGyver Reboot Update #178

Although Fall TV Season has started a week ago, MacGyver fans are still waiting for casting news regarding their favorite cast members.

Sheryl Lee Ralph holding her Primetime Emmy (Frazer Harrison via Getty Images)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Henry Ian Cusick can be seen in several projects this year:

  • His first episode as a recurring character in ABC show Big Sky aired on September 21.
  • The Wind & The Reckoning was in competition at the Boston Film Festival on September 24. As far as I know, Ian didn’t attend the event. The movie took home 8 awards and will be screened at several film festivals in October.
  • The first episode of The Wingfeather Saga will air on December 2.

MacGyver guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) won a Primetime Emmy as “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” in Abbott Elementary.

Justin Hires doing Comedy Stand Up (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires keeps doing comedy shows and podcast episodes. He released a new episode of his Urban Legendz Podcast with actor and comedian Alex Thomas. He did a short studio interview for the FOX Carolina News before a show in Greenville a few weeks ago.

ICYMI: Justin wrote a first draft for the sequel to Half Baked. The movie will film in Lousiana in October and November. There have been public calls for crew, but there are no news yet regarding the cast.

Lucas Till, Levy Tran, Tristin Mays, Monica Macer and David Straiton on set of MacGyver (via Navigating Hollywood)

MacGyver showrunner Monica Macer did an interview for the Navigating Hollywood podcast; talking about the difficulties of a virtual writers room, not getting enough rest and about working with a new team during a pandemic. She also provided us with a new/old BtS photo.

The last sighting of Lucas Till was over a month ago. He hasn’t tweeted in over a year, either. We did get a new/old sighting of George Eads though; apparently taken in August.

George Eads sighting at the Lionesse Beauty Bar (via Florya)

ICYMI: Tristin Mays is renting out two of her homes by the hour for photoshoots. One of them is listed as The Enchanted Manor, the other one being the Atlanta home she lived in during filming MacGyver, formerly named The Disco Room (listed as Boho Loft).

On September 16, she attended a Netflix-Screening in LA. Otherwise, she’s been rather quiet in recent weeks. Back in August, she hinted at us knowing soon why she woke up in burlap lint, but she didn’t provide any further hints. (Interestingly, she recently started following actor Román Zaragoza, who portrays a Native American on CBS show Ghosts, and who sort of wears a “burlap sack” as a costume.)

Tristin Mays in the Enchanted Manor (via Peerspace)

Fall TV Season
ICYMI: The only CBS show currently filming in Georgia area is True Lies (which had moved production after filming the pilot in Toronto). Several former MacGyver crew members (mostly stuntpeople) work on the show.

So far, none of the MacGyver cast or of the writers is attached to any of the CBS rookie shows, but CBS and the networks in general seem slow on updating show information on IMDb this year. Writer Stephanie Hicks is on NBC show The Rookie: Feds. Jim Adler is still working on ABC show The Good Doctor.

Henry Ian Cusick in Big Sky Episode 3×01 (Michael Moriatis/ABC via Getty Images)

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: The MacGyver novel Meltdown is now available as an audiobook. You can order it here. There has been no news about the next novel that should be in the works.

Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his Stargate SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping are scheduled to appear at the Paris Manga Sci-Fi Show (on December 3rd and 4th).

ICYMI: Since September 10, ion Television airs the third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns on Saturday and Sunday mornings instead of Mondays.

Tristin Mays attending a screening of Netflix’s A Jazzman’s Blues (Leon Bennett via Getty Images)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Filming for Magnum PI Season 5 started on September 19.
  • In France, both the Season 5 DVD and the Complete Series Box Set were released on September 21.
  • MacGyver Reboot writer Andrew Klein co-wrote the script for RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, one of Lenkov’s upcoming TV movies. The streaming premiere is set for November 15.

MacGyver Reboot Update #177

Fall TV Season starts in about two weeks. Meanwhile, MacGyver fans are waiting for casting news regarding their favorite cast members.

BtS photo of Secret Headquarters (via Levy Tran)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: On August 12, Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters was released on Paramount+. The movie has reached Rank 1 in the streaming charts in five countries so far. The IMDb ratings are rather low, but according to Paramount+ (see this article), Secret Headquarters was their most-watched original movie in the first seven days since its debut on the streaming service.

BtS photo of Secret Headquarters (via Dustin Ingram)

Justin Hires keeps doing comedy shows and podcast episodes. New episodes of his Urban Legendz Podcast interviews should air in September. He has recorded an episode with actor and comedian Alex Thomas, but there’s no release date yet.

During Episode 16 of his F your Feelings podcast, he revealed that he had done a table read with the producers for a TV series named Killing It, but that he didn’t book the role.

ICYMI: Almost three years ago, Justin had written a first draft for the sequel to Half Baked. The movie had been greenlit after getting a tax credit in California; just before the pandemic started in 2020. There hadn’t been any news about the project since then (besides Justin stating months ago that someone else was doing rewrites).

Justin Hires at the Burbank Comedy Festival (Michael S. Schwartz via Getty Images)

On Instagram, Justin recently mentioned that the movie was finally happening, but that he has no say in casting. According to Business Report, filming will take place in Lousiana. According to the Baton Rouge Film Commission, they are currently looking for crew members.

The last sighting of Lucas Till was over a month ago. His brother Nick had a birthday last week, but there were no mentions of a sighting, either. Lucas’ last tweet was September a year ago, so he seems to enjoy the time off social media.

Tristin Mays recently revealed that she is renting out two of her homes by the hour; one of them being the Atlanta home she lived in during filming MacGyver, formerly named The Disco Room (listed now as Boho Loft). The other one is listed as The Enchanted Manor, where she has done several personal photoshoots lately.

Tristin Mays in the Enchanted Manor (via Peerspace)

Interestingly, it appears that she isn’t following Meredith Eaton anymore on Instagram (and vice versa). It’s all speculation, but they might have had a fallout after Tristin working with Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov again (and also spending time off work together).

MacGyver on DVD
ICYMI: In France, both the Season 5 DVD and the Complete Series Box Set with 24 discs have a release date of September 21. The DVD cover previews are the same ones as in Germany.

And while CBS Home Entertainment is very busy promoting their other shows on DVD (with lots of bonus materials), there’s still no word about a single Season 5 DVD release in the US for MacGyver.

Nick, Lucas and Mama Till (via Dana Till)

Fall TV Season
The only CBS show currently filming in Georgia area is True Lies (which had moved production after filming the pilot in Toronto in Spring). So far, none of the MacGyver cast or of the writers is attached to any of the CBS rookie shows, but CBS seems rather slow on updating show information on IMDb this year.

Other MacGyver-related News
The MacGyver novel Meltdown is now available as an audiobook. You can order it here.

Crew Calls for Half Baked 2 (via Baton Rouge Film Commission)

In the last few months, the CSI: Vegas social media accounts posted at least three old clips of CSI that had George Eads as fan favourite character Nick Stokes in it. CBS has brought several original characters back to the “sequel” so far, but there has been no information if Nick will visit the CSI labs in Vegas anytime soon.

On August 8, the third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns started on ion Television; ending with Episode 2×15 on August 29. After a short break, the show will move to Saturday and Sunday mornings; continuing with Episodes 2×16 to 2×18 tomorrow. The Monday block is reserved for reruns of Criminal Minds; probably to promote the return of new episodes on Paramount+ in a few months.

Preview of the French Complete Series DVD Collection (via Amazon)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The French DVD for Un Fils du Sud (aka Son of the South) with Lucas Till was released on August 23.
  • Filming for Magnum PI Season 5 should start on September 19. The first casting calls for Extras and Stand-Ins are up.
  • Henry Ian Cusick has been cast as a recurring character on the 3rd season of ABC show Big Sky. His first episode will air on September 21.
  • MacGyver Reboot writer Andrew Klein co-wrote the script for RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, one of Lenkov’s upcoming TV movies. The streaming premiere is set for November 15.
  • The first episode of The Wingfeather Saga (with Henry Ian Cusick) will air on December 2.

MacGyver Reboot Update #176

Levy Tran’s new movie Secret Headquarter is out. Meanwhile, MacGyver fans are waiting for casting news regarding the other cast members.

BtS photo of Secret Headquarters (via Dustin Ingram)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Last Friday, Levy Tran’s movie Secret Headquarters was released on Paramount+. There was just a tiny glimpse of Levy in the trailer, and she wasn’t in any of the 50 Official Stills on IMDb. At least she’s in an Official Still provided in an article by CBS Watch Magazine. There was a red carpet premiere in New York on August 8, but Levy didn’t attend the carpet nor the press day.

Levy Tran as Virginia in Secret Headquarters (Hopper Stone/Paramount Pictures via CBS Watch Magazine)

We got a new BtS photo by fellow actor Dustin Ingram; presumably taken during a break in between weapons training lessons. A few days later, he posted a BtS photo from set. Levy herself posted some BtS photos on Instagram as well.

Reviews so far aren’t overwhelming, and Levy doesn’t have as many scenes as I hoped, but being in a fun family movie might open doors for different roles. The movie has reached Rank 1 in the streaming charts in five countries so far. Because of the push to streaming, the cinematic release in several countries (e.g. Germany) has been cancelled. Since Paramount+ isn’t available in German-speaking countries yet, the movie might get a direct-to-DVD-release instead.

More than 5 months after her episode of Magnum PI aired, Levy also posted some BtS photos.

Nick, Lucas and Mama Till (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: Last month, we got new photos of Lucas Till with Nick and Mama Till. On August 10, Lucas got many birthday wishes on social media. There was a Twitter mention of a sighting in Canada, but no photos nor any further mentions, so we don’t know how he spent his special day.

Justin Hires directed a project in Atlanta a few weeks ago, but we don’t have any further information about it yet. Maybe another music video? He keeps doing comedy shows; mostly in the LA and Florida area. While popping in during the Day 1s Podcast recently, he revealed that he will record more Urban Legendz Podcast interviews soon. The new episodes will presumably start airing next month.

Justin Hires during a stand up comedy set (via Michael Schwartz)

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been cast as a recurring character on the 3rd season of ABC show Big Sky which is currently filming in New Mexico.

MacGyver on DVD
ICYMI: In France, the Season 4 DVD was released on August 17.

Both the Season 5 DVD and the Complete Series Box Set with 23 discs have a release date of September 21. The DVD cover previews are the same ones as in Germany. There’s no further information about the bonus material yet.

Tristin Mays recording for the MacGyver Musical Concept Album (via MacGyver Global)

MacGyver The Musical
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, they declared RJ Christian as the winner who will sing as Angus MacGyver on the MacGyver musical concept album. He has already recorded his part.

There hasn’t been any confirmation if the release date for the album is still set for September. The official website simply says “fall” and that there will be a few surprises.

CBS Pilot Season (encore)
ICYMI: NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of Magnum PI; split into two seasons. Filming is supposed to start next month, so it will be a midseason show. According to the writers, they will have the same writing crew as for Season 4, so there might be a chance of Levy’s character coming back for another guest appearance.

Lucas Till with friends (via Stephan Perez)

So far, none of the MacGyver cast or of the writers is attached to any of the CBS rookie shows, though some of the MacGyver writers are still working on some older other CBS shows (e.g. Star Trek). Also, CBS seems rather slow on updating show information on IMDb this year.

Other MacGyver-related News
Since last year, Showrunner Monica Macer had been attached to a drama series with Henry Ian Cusick and director David Straiton. Her entry as a producer has been recently removed from the IMDb movie page, while two other producers have been added. It looks like the interest is still there to get the series made, but it might still be stuck in “development hell” for quite some time.

Preview of the French Season 5 DVD (via Amazon)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • MacGyver Reboot writer Andrew Klein co-wrote the script for RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, one of Lenkov’s upcoming TV movies. The movie (which is actually a prequel) is currently in post-production. Fun Fact: One of the main characters (played by Richard Fleeshman) is actually named Angus.
  • On August 8, the third cycle of MacGyver Reboot episode reruns started on ion Television.
  • According to Amazon France, the DVD for Un Fils du Sud (aka Son of the South) with Lucas Till will be out on August 23.