Due to Thanksgiving, there’s no new episode today. Cast and Crew filmed some action scenes on Wednesday for Episode 2×14 – on a location dressed as New Orleans. There might be some Voodoo as well!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Filming in “New Orleans”
Cast and Crew finally get to enjoy a 4-days-weekend, so they crammed in as much as possible during the days before Thanksgiving.
On November 20, the crew filmed with a Jazz Band in a Night Club that’s supposed to be in New Orleans, officially starting to shoot for Episode 2×14. The episode is called “Marti (sic!) Gras Beads + Chair”, directed by Michael Martinez.
During the next few days, cast and crew were seen filming in the streets. Both Extras and people passing by posted some pictures and videos of the filming process. Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, George Eads and their stunt doubles were seen on set.
Two days later, they filmed scenes with Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Life) who seems to portray a Voodoo Priest. It will be interesting to see if there are “Zombies” as well as a nod to the Original Show. George Eads shared a picture of himself with Garrett, joined by Lucas Till and Meredith Eaton. Many of the crew members posted pictures as well, e.g. director Mike Martinez himself or Kevin Marshall Pinkney, Stand-In of Justin Hires.
Meredith Eaton has shared an Instagram Live Story with George and Lucas holding skulls. Today, Justin shared another BtS picture that’s probably from this episode – behind a freightened-looking Bozer, a skull is visible.
Working on other Episodes
George Eads just reached 12 million followers on Instagram this week. He hasn’t posted much recently, but shared another picture of Mac and Jack in military gear (presumably before joining DXS), one of them standing in front of Jack’s appartement and a sweet BtS picture of him with Tristin Mays.
Until last week, cast and crew have been working on Episode 2×13 (Carbon Monoxide Sensor + Tree Branch according to IMDb). Both Justin Hires and Ashley Tisdale shared many Instagram Live Stories. Last Sunday, Justin uploaded a compilation-video of the different filming days. Besides filming in a van and at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, they also shut down a highway. Production had rigged a motorcycle and prepared a drone to film. Looks like there will be some chasing scenes.
Justin also shared other BtS material, e.g. of preparing his scenes, waiting on the War Room Set with Lucas and Tristin, posing on the set of Episode 2×12 with Emerson Brooks and Tristin or enjoying a short break with Tristin and Meredith. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of her with Tristin and one of Matty inspecting a broken window.
Overall, it’s nice to see that despite all their work, the cast still has fun. During breaks, they like to do some Karaoke, for example. While visiting the Writer’s Room on the Paramount lot, Tristin showed us how much fun the writers have when they’re not writing.
Isabel Lucas posted a BtS picture of her and Lucas in Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck), thanking Lucas for being so much fun on set despite working consecutive 15-hours-days.
Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
On November 3rd, we got the Press Release and an Official Still for Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire). On November 14, additional Stills were released.
While there had been no Sneak Peeks in advance of Episodes 2×06 and 2×07, we got 2 of them on November 16 for Episode 2×08. TV Line added another Sneak Peek of Riley meeting her biological father Elwood, played by Billy Baldwin. Justin Hires was so excited that he uploaded practically the whole Spy Camp Introduction Scene beforehand.
On the same day, we also got the Press Release for Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil). So far, there are no Official Stills yet, only the short preview trailer that played a the end of Episode 2×08 last week.
Season 2 Ratings
The Season 2 ratings remain stable: On average, every episode pulled in 6.82 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.84.
Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) on November 3rd had been the first Season 2 Episode to reach more than 7 million viewers. It was Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack), though that managed the best ratings of the Season so far: 7.2 million live viewers with a rating 0f 0.9 in the important demo-group (18-49). Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) pulled in 7.2 million live viewers, also with a demo-rating of 0.9.
Cast, Crew and Character News
Last Friday (in Episode 2×08), Reign Edwards joined the cast as a recurring character and Bozer’s love interest for at least 3 episodes “and possibly more” (according to TV Insider). So far, we don’t know if she will be back this season. Also, Billy Baldwin as Riley’s father had his first guest-spot. He will be back in Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) on December 1st, as will Grant Springate as “Little Mac”.
Other upcoming guest-stars are “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill (in Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen) as Detective Greer, Emerson Brooks as EOD-Specialist Charlie Robinson (in Episode 2×12) and Ashley Tisdale (in Episode 2×13) as a CIA-Agent.
Isabel Lucas hasn’t been on set lately. She travelled back to Australia on November 16; meeting up with friends and family and doing a photoshoot. It’s not clear yet if she will be back on set soon – or even if she’s still a member of the regular main cast.
As always, it’s not just about guest-stars. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, Techs, Upper Class Military Men, CIA Men and Government Staff, Spectators, a Jazz Band, Enforcers and a “Man with longer hair who portrays Hispanic and is comfortable with being tied up“. They’ve also been looking for Bouncers, Waitresses, Athletic Males, Bar Patrons,Tourists with cars for a funny scene and Street Artists.
MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×09 (Chisel) and 1×10 (Pliers) reached 76’000 resp. an impressive number of 105’000 viewers. The German-speaking TV-Premiere of Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors) managed 80’000 viewers while the Midseason Finale 1×12 (Screwdriver) broke the record with a whopping 109’000 viewers.
There will be no episodes for two weeks due to the upcoming Winter Sports Events. Sadly, while German channel Sat.1 never aired 3 Episodes (1×11, 1×16 and 1×19) of Season 1, ORF1 will continue with Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass) on December 9, therefore completely ignoring Episodes 1×13 and 1×14 and picking up the programme as if the Sport Events never happened.
German fans have another chance in January next year – but because the Reboot will air on PayTV channel FOX, not everyone can catch missed episodes. If you’re a German-speaking MacGyver fan, it’s certainly a challenge to enjoy the first Season without any hindrance.