Who said Friday 13th is an unlucky day? A new episode airs tonight, so many people consider this as a win. While promo has quieted down a bit, cast and crew are busy filming more episodes.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Season 2 Premiere Promo
There wasn’t much promo until Premiere Day. It was kind of a special date because back in 1985, the Original Show also premiered on September 29.
On September 21, the official Instagram Account by CBS had asked the fans to ask questions. There were over 370 comments when I was writing my last update two weeks ago, but it was only Meredith Eaton who had answered some of them via Instagram Live Videos shortly before the Premiere. Seems like CBS forgot about the rest.
George Eads and Lucas Till did many video interviews for the local TV channels. They mentioned doing about 20 of these interviews, so it’s no wonder they seemed oddly hyperactive in some of them; probably suffering from lack of sleep. Talking about upcoming car chases with News Channel 5, Lucas joked that he doesn’t know why they keep letting George drive.
In the segment for CBS Denver, they revealed that Murdoc will assemble several bad guys, so we might get to see more familiar sounding character names this season. In the interview with CBS Baltimore, Lucas admitted that he didn’t let himself have that much fun on Season 1 because he took it much more seriously.
In an interview with Philly Today, Lucas Till revealed his favorite upcoming premise of Season 2 he has filmed so far:
I used Jack’s heart to keep a heart alive. It’s like a heart in a box pump that keeps hearts alive instead of transporting live organs on ice and it all ends up not being able to work and I use Jack’s heart to keep the heart pumping alive so we can get it into someone else.
(Lucas Till for Philly Today, September 29)
We can assume Lucas refers to Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) – which means that “Jack” in the episode title is indeed Jack Dalton and not just another tool out of the tool box.
Radio TV Talk visited the set for another interview while George Eads and Lucas Till were filming some car chases. Lucas revealed that he had spent the off season doing a lot of yoga because he was feeling plenty of soreness and fatigue from the very physical workload of Season 1:
I”m a lot better with my preparation. I had problems with my knees. But I’m all good now. Yoga really works. I’m on my feet 14 hours a day. It’s a beast.
(Lucas Till for Radio TV Talk, September 29)
In an interview with CBS Local, George Eads revealed that he didn’t sleep much last year due to putting so much pressure on himself; partially because he had worked with CBS for so many years (on CSI: Las Vegas) and wanted to do a good job. He also talked about how he and Lucas make the bromance work:
Me and Lucas are just good friends. It starts with respect. When you spend as much time as we do on the set with one another, he knows how hard it is for me, and I know how difficult the show can be for him. We try to pick each other up, bring each other a protein shake, or take a break if one of us needs one. There’s been times when I’ve been missing my daughter so bad that I’ll be in an emotional state, and Lucas will hold up production until we can talk it out and maybe even cry it out in the trailer. I confide in him as a close friend, and I think he’s done the same for me. I’ve gotten to know his mom and dad and his brothers. When you spend a lot of time working, you cross your fingers that you’re gonna like each other, and we’ve just been lucky when it comes to that. And the more our friendship evolves, the more our characters do too.
(George Eads for CBS Local, September 29)
Stills and Press Releases
On October 3, SpoilerTV presented us Press Releases and Stills for Episodes 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) plus 2×04 (X-Ray and Penny). In Episode 2×04, we’ll encounter David Dastmalchian as Murdoc again and will meet Michael O’Keefe as Harry MacGyver.
On October 9, we got the Press Release of the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Since the episode will air after the animated Michael Jackson Halloween Special (with Lucas Till and George Eads voicing characters), they will take the time slot of Hawaii Five-0 at 9pm. H50 also filmed a Halloween Episode, but apparently they’ll have to wait.
Previews and Sneak Peeks
On Premiere Day, SpoilerTV had released three Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE).
I had been wondering about the lack of promo for the second episode and them deleting the preview that had already aired after Episode 2×01. As it turned out, CBS had changed the episode order for several shows (probably due to recent events in Las Vegas). They uploaded a generic preview we’ve already seen for last season. Sadly, there were no additional Stills or Clips besides the four Stills of Riley in the bad guys’ lair.
For Episode 2×03 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), they re-uploaded the preview we’ve already seen, but with a slightly different background music. Additionally, we got 3 Sneak Peeks today. One has Mac and Jack stuck in an Ice Cave, trying to turn a snow mobile into a radio. This might turn out as the Opening Gambit and reveals another tidbit about MacGyver Senior’s watch he left behind. Another one has Team Phoenix trying to overcome several obstacles in their Casino Heist. The third clip has Riley and Mac pretending to be a couple who needs some help with their handcuffs shenanigans gone wrong.
The clips are interesting, but I find it odd that they’ve chosen to show an entire Opening Gambit again.
Other Promo and BtS Stuff
ET visited the set and did a short interview with Lucas Till who was working on Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).
In the video, Lucas is seen crawling out of a manhole and stumbling alongside a traffic-heavy road. The segment was rather short, but we also got to see his Stunt Double Mike Wilson.
Since the Premiere, many took the opportunity to post new BtS pictures of Episode 2×01; e.g. Danny Boushebel (posing with Isabel Lucas) or Ricky Russert who shows in a video why it takes over 3 hours to get him a beard worthy of a long-term prisoner.
On October 11, we got a first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) via TV Guide Magazine. As suspected, the cast will dress up in an impersonation of The Wizard of Oz.
Working on Episodes 2×09 and 2×10
The main unit had been filming outside a lot on some interesting looking sets; e.g. on an obstacle course and at Atlanta Water Works. Director Bobby Roth posed for pictures with George Eads, Isabel Lucas or Tristin Mays while director Stacey Black started post production on Episode 2×08.
Justin shared more BtS pictures of Bozer and various team members of Team Phoenix in the War Room. Judging by recent BtS pictures and videos from set, his character will undergo some physical training and find a new love interest.
Grip Thomas Doolittle and Boom Operator Robert Maxfield shared some pictures while filming more car scenes. Cast and Crew also continued posing for pictures with set dog Einstein. If there are no dogs available to play with, there’s also Lego sets. Today, Tristin Mays uploaded a video of Lucas building a Lego NinjaGo pirate ship.
Meanwhile, Peter Lenkov was busy editing. He didn’t share many pictures and videos, but quite a few Instagram Live Stories of the editing process. We will see Jack and Riley in trouble, Bozer sneaking around houses in the dark and another stare-off between MacGyver and Murdoc.
Before the premiere of Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) on October 6, cast and crew shared some more BtS material. It seems like Lucas was especially fond of the Mustang that played an important part in this episode. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of the Arcade scene; George Eads on of Mac and Jack sitting in a car.
Season 2 Ratings
Season 1 had an average rating of 1.08 in the important demo group (18 to 49-year-olds) and about 7.7 million live viewers per episode.
The Season 1 Finale had a rating of 0.9 and about 6.6 million live viewers. Rating pages like The Grim Reaper claim that Season Premieres nowadays usually reach the same ratings as the last Season Finale. This seems to be true for the Reboot: Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) managed 6.7 million live viewers with a rating of 0.8 in demo; winning the 8pm time slot.
Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) reached 6.4 million live viewers, also with a rating of 0.8 in demo and winning the time slot for total viewers numbers.
Cast and Character News
Although Isabel Lucas got the third spot in the opening title credits, there was no official press release about her joining the Season 2 cast.
In TV Guide Magazine (released online on TV Insider), Lucas Till and George Eads talked a bit what Season 2 will bring. George stated that we will meet Riley’s dad (which was recently mentioned by Executive Director Peter Lenkov on Instagram as well). There has been some speculation that Roger Floyd would play Riley’s father, but as it turns out, it’s actually Billy Baldwin. As we can see in BtS pictures, there might be some fists and black eyes.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov again said that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson won’t play Mac’s father because it would be too obvious. He also teased that “it’s not who you think it is” which probably means that MacGyver Senior has already been cast since we will meet him at the end of the season.
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, SWAT People, for Arcade Employees, Upscale Restaurant Patrons and Hostesses, Goons, Bartenders and Waitresses, Rural Country Vehicles, Trainees, College Students and for Techs and Agents.
Crew and Director News
On September 27, Tawnia Canell McKiernan had revealed that she’s packing to leave for Atlanta to direct Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship). Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) will be directed by Carlos Bernard who just came back from Hawaii after directing an episode on Hawaii Five-0.
Season 1 Reruns and DVD News
There will be a rerun of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) tomorrow Saturday (October 14, 8pm). There is still no US-release date for the Season 1 DVD although fans keep asking about it.
MacGyver in Austria
While Episode 1×04 (Wire Cutter) reached 56’000 viewers, Episodes 1×05 (Toothpick) and 1×06 (Wrench) managed 78’000 resp. 71’000 viewers.
Contrary to German channel Sat.1, Austria won’t skip episodes. Therefore, the German-speaking TV-Premiere of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) – titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California) – will happen in Austria on November 11.