While there’s no new episode to premiere until March, cast and crew continue working on the last few episodes of Season 2.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Mini-Hiatus on TV
It feels like production is on a mini-hiatus right now: Because of the Winter Olympics, there’s no premiere for 4 weeks. Instead of new episodes for their TV shows, CBS airs Celebrity Big Brother and reruns for the rest of February. Therefore, Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) will have its premiere on March 2nd.
I assumed this means that the cast might get to enjoy free weekends again while editors and post-production have more time to do their final touches – but that’s not what’s happening. In fact, cast and cew are still hard at work, spending Friday nights and Saturdays on set as well.
There is a small consolation prize for fans, though: SpoilerTV confirmed recently that CBS ordered an additional episode, so Season 2 will have a total of 23 episodes. And it’s only 10 days until US-fans can get their hands on the DVD of Season 1.
Airplanes, Hotels and the Robocop connection
Lucas Till has more or less disappeared when it comes to his social media accounts. The most recent of Lucas’ posts on Instagram happened two weeks ago – on the night the last episode aired. George has made 5 posts in total since then. Today, he thanked Peter Weller for directing Episode 2×20. Besides playing Robocop, Peter Weller has directed several episodes of TV-Shows – including Justin Hires in Rush Hour and several episodes of Hawaii Five-0.
While Tristin Mays and Justin Hires got to enjoy an early wrap on February 6, Justin is the only one still posting MacGyver-related stuff several times a week.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is busy plotting the budget for the pilot episode of the Magnum Reboot. He rarely posts any editing videos anymore – it’s not clear if he just doesn’t have the time for posts or if someone else is doing most the editing now.
For a few days, production had been filming at Pullman Rail Yard again before they set up at Dekalb Airport. Mark Emery Moore uploaded a video he labelled as a “typical Steadicam shot”. It’s Riley, Mac and Jack (complaining a lot) on a mission. Apparently, the gunfire scenes had startled the people living in the area. Looks like something had gone wrong with noticing the residents beforehand.
They built a lot of dolly tracks last week for scenes filmed outside and in the woods. Moore uploaded another “walk and talk” video; showing the skills of the camera and boom operator guys walking backwards at impressive speed without loosing focus. On Tuesday, they moved to another already well-known location: The Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Today, they’re filming in a middle of a flight path and the crew is not happy. As Evan Marsh stated in an Instagram Live Story, they have a plane overhead every 4 minutes. Fun! Boom Operator Robert Maxfield posted a video (with sound, of course) to show us what they have to deal with.
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
A Rerun of the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE) is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, February 17.
On February 5, we got the first scoop for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony). A few days later, SpoilerTV delivered the Press Release while Matt Carter included a first Official Still. A week later, SpoilerTV added 11 more Stills.
On February 14, Broadway World released the first scoop on Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss), with Matt Carter again revealing the first Official Still. While the title for Episode 2×20 is still unknown, we already have some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings.
In a New/Old interview with Channel Guide Mag, Lucas Till talked about an unpleasant moment from the season 2 opener and revealed that last Summer, Spanish Airport Security had asked for selfies.
There’s no official press release yet, but there’s talk about MacGyver already being renewed for a 3rd season. While I have no doubt that CBS will eventually renew the show, I’m not sure how trusty these “insiders” are. If it’s true, they might officially announce it when the show comes back on March 2nd to remind non-regular viewers that it’s worth to tune in again since the show will go on for another year?
Season 2 and Rerun Ratings
Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) had managed a 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers. Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) had an audience of 7.27 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group of 14 to 49-year-olds.
During the premiere, both Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian had joined the writer’s team in their office; live-tweeting while the episode aired. All the writers including Peter Lenkov joined in posting pictures of themselves in the writer’s room and new BtS pictures made while filming the episode. A few hours before, Tech Consultant and Physics teacher Rhett Allain had done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.87 with 7.08 million live-viewers per episode. This is less than Season 1 made, but the Reboot didn’t loose as many viewers compared to last season as other current CBS-Shows (e.g. Scorpion) or 2016-rookie-shows (Lethal Weapon on FOX). It has also better ratings than the 2017-rookie-shows (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT) on CBS.
The Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) aired on a Saturday. Reruns on Saturdays generally get lower ratings than Reruns on Fridays, yet despite the time-slot-competition of the Olympics, the episode managed a live-audience of 2.52 million people.
Cast and Character News
On March 2nd, Reign Edwards returns as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (in Episode 2×16). Reign hasn’t been listed for more episodes yet and just snagged a movie-role for CBS for a movie set to release in October, so it’s not sure if we’ll see her anytime soon.
While Samantha Cage is still listed on the Official Press Releases delivered via SpoilerTV, Isabel Lucas has not left Australia yet; taking part as a juror for an Australian Film Festival last week. There’s only 3 episodes left to film for this Season, so it’s possible that Cage won’t come back for the Season Finale despite some fans asking about her every time an episode airs.
In Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), we will meet up with the Coltons again. Soap Opera star Joel Rush will be probably take part in this Episode as well. American football running back Latavius Murray has been on set, too – but it’s not clear yet if he was just visiting or not. As Peter Lenkov revealed on February 8, Edward Asner has been filming at the airport location with George Eads. Asner has 375 acting credits on IMDb, which is pretty stunning. Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot) should have a part in Episode 2×20 or 2×21. He posed for a picture with George Eads and showed some impressive guitar skills.
As always, Extras were needed as well. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Armed Men with Caucasian or Russian looks, for Asian Business People, Agents, Sunday Cars, a Gunman and for Asian Patrons with Cars. They’ve also been looking for Stand-Ins, a Dead Man, and Bad Guys.
MacGyver in Austria
The German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook) managed to pull in a live audience of 123’000 people; setting the audience-record so far. The following episodes did also pretty well, reaching more viewers every week.
Episode 1×17 (Ruler): 81’000 live viewers
Episode 1×18 (Flashlight): 90’000 live viewers
Episode 1×19 (Compass): 98’000 live viewers
These numbers might seem small, but Austria isn’t a big country. In fact, Austrian channel ORF1 will re-air the first Season; beginning the week after the Austrian Premiere of the Season 1 Finale. With Switzerland, a third German-speaking country started airing Season 1 today. Starting March 4, German channel Sat.1 will repeat Season 1 on Saturdays. Looks like despite the negative reviews of the Pilot Episode, the Reboot has found a decent audience in German-speaking countries.