Production of the Reboot is on Christmas Break. The next episode airs in January, but you can catch some reruns next week. Also, there’s finally a DVD release date for the US fans!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
The Woods and the Winery
On December 4, production had moved to the Pullman Rail Yard and the Southeastern Railway Museum. A few days later, they filmed scenes with David Dastmalchian as Murdoc, presumably for Episode 2×15. The story seems to be set in Colorado, so the heavy snowfall was not unwelcome. (If you missed it, you can find more information in my last Update No. 45).
Last week, production set up at the Chateau Elan Winery. In Instagram Live Stories, Justin Hires revealed that there’s a dress code to follow for both the girls and the boys. As Meredith Eaton revealed, it’s directed by Eagle Egilsson (who also directed Episode 1×14: Fish Scaler).
Camera Operator Mark Emery Moore shared a video of Lucas Till and Tristin Mays filming in the woods at night. The next day, Lucas shared a picture of him with Moore for “Tuesday Crewsday”; stating that when compairing their pants, Moore would win.
There has been some chatter because in the picture, you can spot Lucas wearing what looks like a wedding ring. Many fans have been asking if Lucas got married for real, but as expected, it was just false alarm: Justin Hires has also been wearing a ring in his recent videos.
For this episode, Reign Edwards is back as Leanna and might be helping with an undercover mission. We don’t know much about the story yet, but it seems there are tuxes and dresses involved. And some running through the woods. On Wednesday, Mark Emery Moore uploaded a BtS video that suggests Mac and Leanna will pose as a married couple; probably newlyweds.
Working on other Episodes
We got some nice and interesting BtS pictures and videos during the last two weeks. Justin Hires uploaded many short-lived videos. He also posted a picture of Bozer and Riley in the lab, of him with Director Carlos Bernard (for Episode 2×10) or of Bozer and Leanna. He also serenaded the fans to get them to watch the newest episode. George Eads posed for us in his tux and showed us what Jack Dalton would probably label as a crappy situation. Meredith Eaton shared a nice picture of her posing with George on set. Tristin Mays revealed what song she and Reign Edward dance to when they’re bored.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov hasn’t posted much that’s MacGyver-related – he’s probably busy writing the Pilot Episode for the Magnum Reboot. He did visit the set on December 2011 and posted some BtS pictures and videos of Lucas and George filming in what looks like a rotating airplane toilet cabin. While editing for Episode 2×14, Lenkov uploaded some Instagram Live Stories; revealing that Jack might end up in a trunk for once (instead of putting Elwood into his own).
The Extras posted some pictures, as well. Now that Bozer goes into the field regularly, it looks like he will end up a bit bloodied in the face more often.
Official Stills and Press Releases
Sadly, we got no Sneak Peeks for last week’s Episode 2×11 with Bruce McGill. I had hoped for some interviews and official BtS pictures, but no. There was a single short interview by On TV Today, where he talked again about his character of Jack Dalton in the Original Show becoming a recurring character:
Charlie Correll (…) called and said, ‘”What are you doing? Get on a plane and get out here! It doesn’t matter; you die at the end of the episode, so you don’t have to worry about making a commitment.”
That was interesting, so I did it. And then I went back to my theater and movie life, and my agent called and said, ‘”They’d like you to do another ‘MacGyver.’” I said, “What part?” And he said, “Oh, same part.” And I said, “But that character died.” Well, he didn’t die on camera; he heroically saved MacGyver by flying his airplane over the horizon, and then there was one of those poor-man’s (largely unseen) explosions. And my agent said, “If Bobby Ewing can come back in the shower … .”
Bruce McGill (via On TV Today)
On December 18, we got the updated Press Release with several Stills for Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack).
Set Photographer Guy D’Alema said following about his favorite Still for this Episode:
My favorite photos to capture on set are when the talent are in their own space before a scene shoots. Here, Lucas Till, as MacGyver, takes a moment away from the busy set to focus on his performance. And it makes looking for these type of captures all worth it when the network uses them in their promotional releases. The added bonus was that Mac had his signature knife with him…
(Guy D’Alema on Instagram)
Yesterday, we were treated with the Press Release and a first Still of Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch), directed by Brad Turner. TV Line granted us a First Look Photo for Episode 2×14; featuring Garrett Morris posing with George, Lucas and Meredith.
Since 2×11 was the Midseason Finale, we ended up with a little cliffhanger just before Christmas Break. Episode 2×12 will air on January 5, but you can catch Episodes 1×17 (Ruler) and 1×12 (Screwdriver) on Friday, December 29.
DVD News and Other Promo
After waiting, asking and more waiting, US fans finally got a date they can circle red in their calendars: The Season 1 DVD will be released on February, 27. There is no information yet about any Extras, but I guess the content will be the same as the versions sold in the UK or Australia. The cover is very much the same as the one for the UK version, though they added another tagline: New World. New Danger. New Mac. I’m still a bit puzzled why they didn’t release it before Christmas, but better late than never, I guess. Would have been a nice Christmas present for fans, though.
As last year, CBS did some Christmas promo for its TV shows – this year with bobbleheads. For the Reboot, Mac and Jack got the bobblehead treatment, seen in Peter Lenkov’s Instagram post.
The newest issue of TV Guide Magazine has an article with BtS pictures and soundbites of Lucas Till. As Lucas reveals when talking about Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack), the flashback of Mac and Jack meeting each other will start with them throwing punches at each other.
Season 2 Ratings
The Season 2 ratings are still pretty stable: On average, every episode pulled in 6.84 million live viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.84.
Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) managed 7.21 million live viewers and a demo group (18-49) rating of 0.9, making it the episode with the second-highest audience. Ratings for Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) dropped a bit; garnering 6.87 live viewers and a rating of 0.8.
Cast and Character News
Upcoming guest-stars are Emerson Brooks as EOD-Specialist Charlie Robinson in Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack), Ashley Tisdale as a CIA-Agent (in Episode 2×13) and Garrett Morris as the proprietor of “Willy’s House of Voodoo” (in Episode 2×14). Riley’s mother (played by Michael Michele) and father Elwood (Billy Baldwin) will also make another appearance. A look at the cast-list for Episode 2×18 on IMDb reveals that Javicia Leslie will be back as Jesse Colton. There’s no information yet if the other Coltons will be back as well, but if the Colton cast posts as much BtS pictures as they did in Season 1, we will know soon.
Additionally, there’s the (almost-confirmed) rumors that Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres will show up soon (presumably in Episode 2×15). Because David Dastmalchian and Brady Bond (as rebooted Murdoc’s son Cassian) have been on the set as well, we might get a little family-reunion. Michael Des Barres posted some pictures that might hint at him playing a hitman; e.g. of the gloves and the ring he used to wear as Murdoc or of him carrying a weapon meant to kill with on set.
Isabel Lucas hasn’t been on set since she left. Her character is listed for Episodes 2×12 and 2×13, but I guess we won’t know about her fate until January.
As always, it’s not just about guest-stars. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, Hand Doubles, Upscale Cars, Model-looking European types, Techs, EMTs, Security and Tactical Teams. Additionally, they needed European cars, Front Desk Clerks and Valet Men and Chateau Guests.
MacGyver in Austria
There had been no episodes for two weeks due to the Winter Sports Events. ORF1 continued airing Season 1 on December 9. After the great ratings for Episodes 1×11 (Scissors, 80’000 live viewers) and 1×12 (Screwdriver, 109’000 live viewers), audience numbers dropped a bit: Episode 1×13 (Large Blade) managed 78’000 viewers, Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler) only 60’000.
On December 30, the Austrian channel will air the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook).