Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on December 23, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.
Production of the reboot is on hiatus until next year. The premiere of Episode 12 will be on January 6.
(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)
Work hard and you shall be rewarded…
… with an SAK! Back in November, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had posted a picture of an SAK with the official logo for Season 1. Every now and then, other pictures showed up on social media by script writers and cast members – but it was still unclear if it was an exclusive gift for the crew or if eventually everyone would be able to get one of these as an official merchandize tool.
It looks like several more of these SAKs were handed out before Christmas Break because many pictures have popped up over the last few days (e.g. by Script Writer Brian Durkin, Co-Executive Producer David Slack, Assistant Sean O’Reilly, Composer Keith Power, recurring cast member Aina Dumlao, Stuntman Michael Li or crew members “etc317“, Cornell Willis and Kirk Riley). It is quite a dangerous gift, though – Publicist Beth Haiken already suffered her first puncture wound.
Additionally, Peter Lenkov has a special MacGyver Zippo of his own.
Working on Episodes 12, 13 and 14
Peter Lenkov confessed that Jack’s selfie habit with bad guys (before punching them) is getting out of hand. By posting a short video of David Slack demonstrating a MacGyverism involving a film cannister to the prop departement, he revealed why the show is so much fun to write for.
Lenkov shared a picture and a short video for Episode 13 on Instagram. He posted some scenes for Episode 12 on Instagram Stories (where videos disappear after 24 hours), but several fansites managed to snag the material and put screen shots online. Another scene for Episode 12 with MacGyver and Jack all dressed up in church and an additional Instagram-Stories-Teaser for Episode 13 were just posted today. Seems like Mr. Lenkov is hard at work to get as much editing done as possible.
On December 22, Lenkov shared a video of Mr. Henry Winkler wishing us the best holiday ever.
Justin Hires was very excited for his character Bozer joining the team. He also posed for BtS-pictures with Bozer’s Elf Apron. In a video by Tristin Mays, Lucas Till tests the Golden Magic Slingshot that she got him as a gift. He doesn’t succeed on the first try, but he does succeed. Even New MacGyver needs some training, after all.
Cornell Willis shared several nice pictures of the nature surrounding the set. After fighting the heat wave in summer while filming the pilot episode, fog and cold temperatures were a nuisance while filming. DP Gabriel Beristain posted pictures of him with Lucas Till and crew members on Facebook.
The glossy black helicopter for Episode 13 still garnered attention among the crew. Jeffery Ellis provided a look at the crashed version of it. And it was looking so nice and pristine before! Besides filming on a roof, they also built an extra set for the scene.
Premieres of Episodes 10 and 11
After the high ratings of Episode 9 (Chisel, 8.12 millions), Episode 10 (Pliers, 7.42 millions) wasn’t as good in numbers. Overall, the ratings are still steady, though with Episode 11 (Scissors) as the Christmas Episode at 7.67 millions.
Interestingly, Episode 11 was trending much earlier (at least 5 minutes) on Twitter than Episode 10. The writers again live-tweeted during the airings; e.g. providing us with research information about the Elephant Toothpaste MacGyverism (and what happens when they test it in the backlot) or that they spent hours researching the air-raid-siren. They also provided a nice sketch by Writer John Turman that they sent to the props departement so they could build the GPS-Satellite. (At least one of them has sketching skills!).
Extra/Stuntman Simon Rhee posted BtS-pictures of Episode 11 with the main cast.
Stills and Press Releases
On December 13, CBS shared more first-look-pictures of Episode 11 (Scissors). SpoilerTV provided us with a press release for Episode 12 (Screwdriver) that will air after the Christmas Break on January 6. It is written by Lenkov, Craig O’Neill and David Slack and confirms that three major recurring characters will be back: Murdoc (David Dastmalchian), Nikki (Tracy Spiridakos) and Sarah Adler (Amy Acker).
Belle revealed the name for Episode 13 (Large Blade) while Extra Michael Tow provided us with the name of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler).
On December 22, CBS Express published the press release for Episode 13. It’s written by Andrew Karlsruher (CSI: Cyber) and directed by Sylvain White (Hawaii Five-0).
Soundtrack, Google and other Stuff
If you’re interested in the songs used in Season 1, there’s a neat little site that has it all in one place.
As Google’s Year in Search revealed, MacGyver was one of the most-googled search words in September.
In an Interview with Matt Carter, Peter Lenkov talked about why he brought the character Bozer into the show and why he thinks that “personal stuff” makes an episode stronger.
StuntTeam and crew engaged in the project “Toys for Tots” to collect Christmas gifts for children who otherwise wouldn’t have any this year. What a nice gesture!
Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for bus passengers and administrators, for Atlanta Policemen, for “great drivers who can parallel park like experts” and for people in their 20s-40s that can portray mourners.
As already revealed above, we will get Murdoc, Nikki and Sarah Adler back for Episode 12. Reads like danger and action and plot twist.
Peter Lenkov confirmed to a fan that MacGyver’s grandpa will make an appearance on the show “at some point”. Sounds like we might have to wait for the second season for this, though.