Christmas Hiatus is over: Filming continued this week. Today is the premiere of Episode 2×12 which means we’ll get to see how Mac and Jack met each other!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Daily BtS pictures
Although production was on hiatus for almost two weeks, Justin Hires provided many new BtS pictures via Instagram. Sadly, it’s not always possible to determine which episode they’re from since he didn’t give much hints and didn’t post in a certain order.
Some were pictures of Team Phoenix in the War Room, featuring the famous paperclip bowl that will make a comeback soon. Others revealed that Jack might hurt his arm again. There’s one of Riley and Bozer in what looks like some sort of competition in a wine cellar, one with Riley, Matty and Bozer doing computer stuff, one that includes Michaele Michele (as Riley’s mother) and one of Bozer, Mac and Leanna staging some kind of escape. Meredith Eaton posted a new BtS picture with her and Lucas Till on Wednesday, presumably from tonight’s episode.
Back to Work
While Justin announced he was flying back to Atlanta on Wednesday, some of the crew members had hinted at being back in the studio a bit earlier. Since many cast and crew members spent some vacation days in the sun, they weren’t too happy to be back in cold Atlanta.
Filming resumed officially yesterday (January 5). This meant new BtS pictures and videos from the first day on set, but also new information about airdates and storylines, new Stills and Sneak Peeks. It’s a bit of a MacGyver Reboot galore; especially since the Reboot premieres in France today.
Lucas Till posted a BtS picture of Riley and Jack, ready to take the sound guy out. Lucas’ Stand-In Matthew Albright revealed how many layers he’s wearing because of the cold. Apparently, they’ve been filming in “Russia” today. Cornell Willis uploaded an Instagram Story of Lucas memorizing his lines. There are Casting Calls for tomorrow, so it looks like after the well-earned vacation, there’s not much of a weekend this time.
Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
On January 2, we got a short Preview for today’s Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack), teasing that the audience will finally get to know how the bromance began. Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks. Interestingly, they revealed Cage’s fate already a few seconds within the first Sneak Peek (during a “car-versation” between Mac and Jack). Additionally, we got a peek at the unexpected gift Mac hadn’t managed to open yet in the last episode and also a glimpse at MacGyver’s room. In another Sneak Peek via TV Line today, we got to see the entire sequence of how Mac and Jack meet – and the fight that occured “pre-bromance”.
We had already gotten the first Still with the Press Release for next week’s Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) on December 21. As a late Christmas gift, they added more Stills on December 26. Sadly, there’s no glimpse yet of Jack at his High School Reunion, but there are BtS pictures by Eddie McClintock with George Eads from November when they filmed at a local school.
In general, fans are lucky: Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) will air on January 19, which means we’ll get 3 episodes in a row. On January 26, there will be a Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler).
We also got some “inside scoop” via TV Line on January 2nd: As Executive Producer Peter Lenkov revealed, Mac gets closer to finding his father in the back half of Season 2 (no surprise there), while Jack discovers he has a wife that he’s never met (yep, that’s quite a surprise but fits Jack pretty well in my opinion). The storyline about Jack’s wife fits with Episode 2×14: The Press Release including a first Still were revealed yesterday.
DVD News and Other Promo
In case you missed it: US fans finally got a date for the DVD Release (February 27). There is no new information yet about any Extras, but the content will probably be the same as in the versions sold in the UK or Australia. The newest issue of TV Guide Magazine has an article with BtS pictures and soundbites of Lucas Till.
The Season 1 Rerun Ratings are pretty stable: On average, every repeated episode pulled in 4.12 million live viewers per episode with a rating of 0.57 in the desired demo group (18-49 years).
The Rerun of Episode 1×12 (Screwdriver) at 9pm managed 4.11 million live viewers and a demo rating of 0.5. Initially, there had also a Rerun for Episode 1×17 (Ruler) been scheduled at 8pm, but they changed the schedule just a day before, airing an episode of 48 Hours instead. They re-scheduled the rerun for Friday, January 26.
Cast and Character News
Although we haven’t seen him yet in any of the Stills or the Sneak Peeks, Emerson Brooks as EOD-Specialist Charlie Robinson will be back in Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) tonight. As mentioned before, the character of Charlie didn’t fare that well in the Original Show, so let’s hope he survives for another Reboot Episode.
Other upcoming guest-stars are Ashley Tisdale as Allie, a CIA-Operative and a former fling of MacGyver in next week’s Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) and Garrett Morris as the proprietor of “Willy’s House of Voodoo” and one of Jack’s former CIA informants in Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). Riley’s parents (played by Michael Michele and Billy Baldwin) will also make another appearance, though it’s still not clear yet if they’re showing up in the same episode.
According to IMDb, Episode 2×15 is called Murdock (sic!) + Handcuffs. There’s a good chance that besides David Dastmalchian as Murdoc and Brady Bond (as Murdoc’s son Cassian), Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres will show up as well. There hasn’t been an official confirmation yet.
Reign Edwards will be back as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (presumably in Episode 2×16), helping with an undercover mission by posing as MacGyver’s wife.
As mentioned in my last Update, a look at the cast-list for Episode 2×18 on IMDb reveals that at least one of the Coltons (Javicia Leslie as Jesse Colton) will be back. The Colton Brothers (Lance Gross and Jermaine Rivers) are both attached to other shows (Star and The Gifted at the moment), but since these shows are filming in Atlanta as well and The Gifted actually might have already wrapped its first Season, it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to join for another adventure of the Colton siblings.
As always, it’s not just about guest-stars. Due to the Christmas Hiatus, there weren’t many Casting Calls yet. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Agents and Lab Techs. Additionally, they needed Teenage Skater Boys and Armed Men.
MacGyver in France
The first 3 episodes of the Reboot premiered on French channel M6 tonight. Although the French version of Season 1 has already aired in the French-speaking region of Switzerland half a year ago, fans in France hadn’t been able to watch it yet.
There’s lots of articles with short interviews posted online this week, but they’ve all been done back in Monte Carlo last summer; so the soundbites are not really new to us. I’m not sure if I’ve seen this portrait before, though. Must be another version of the portraits series they had done back in early Summer 2016.
Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson is a well-beloved guest at conventions in France and the country is well-known for having avid RDA fans, so there was already a lot of negative chatter about the Reboot on social media today. So far, the Reboot trended on Twitter in every European country during the premiere, so there was no doubt it would be any different today. And as predicted, #MacGyver started trending even before the first Episode begun and is still trending now that the 3rd episode has finished.
MacGyver in Austria
Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass) had managed to pull in 73’000 viewers, so quite a bit more than Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler, 60’000). Since the episodes are not aired weekly anymore due to the interfering Winter Sports Events, it’s probably gotten a bit more difficult for viewers to catch the show.
On December 30, the Austrian channel ORF1 should have aired the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook). Because the Winter Sports Event had taken overtime, they rescheduled and aired an Episode of The Big Bang Theory instead. This must have been the 3rd time Austrian (and Swiss) viewers didn’t get to see this Episode as initially scheduled. Looks like the Coltons prefer their solitude.