Episode 3×02 premieres today! While Cast and Crew work on Episode 3×09, the famous social media game “Where’s George?” is going into another round.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
About the Season 3 Premiere
CBS took its sweet time to start promoting Season 3. A day before Premiere Day, they finally released 3 Sneak Peek videos. On Friday, ET Online added another, Exclusive Sneak Peek of Mac and Oversight parachuting through crossfire. A few hours later, CBS released an additional Sneak Peek as well, making it 5 Sneak Peeks in total.
Some of the stunt and guest actors started posting “old” photos and videos from the filming process done back in July; e.g. Richie Stephens or Matthew Albright. Sibongile Mlambo uploaded a photo of her character’s different costumes.
According to aerial stunt coordinator Carl Anthony Nespoli on Facebook, the parachuting scenes have been done for real. Yan Dron and Troy Hartman did the main jumps; also lighting the canopy on fire. I hope we see more of this as a Season 3 Featurette soon.
Sadly, the ratings weren’t as high as I hoped. Episode 3×01 attracted 5.77 million viewers and got a 0.7 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. It’s the episode with the lowest audience numbers so far, but it got a better demo than the Season 2 Finale. (For comparison: Episode 2×01 premiered with 6.69 / 0.8 and Episode 2×23 ended the Season with 6.10 / 0.6.)
It also holds up pretty well against some of the other CBS action dramas that got a lot more promo in recent weeks and have a lot more ad-value simply due being a non-Friday-show. For comparison: Magnum PI is at 7.08 millions / 1.05 demo (Monday) after airing two episodes so far, SEAL Team at 5.02 / 0.8 (Wednesday, 1 episode) and SWAT at 4.95 / 0.75 (Thursday, 2 episodes).
What you need to know about Episode 3×02
The episode airing tonight is titled “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”; written by Brian Durkin and directed by Duane Clark. In case you missed the Synopsis:
When Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack’s old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op.
For this episode, Reign Edwards as Leanna is listed in the recurring cast. To be honest, I don’t know anyone of the guest cast.
On September 27, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had uploaded a short video; stating that one of his favorite artists will provide a song in the Episode. (The scene is MacGyver and Jack talking with Mac apologizing while fetching a few beers in MacGyver’s kitchen; later being joined by Matty.) As Kristin Diable revealed, the song hasn’t been released so far, marking this episodes as its world premiere.
CBS had uploaded some Sneak Peeks onto their YouTube account. Sadly, they put up the Sneak Peeks for last week’s episode 3×01 again. They have released 4 Sneak Peeks in total, but as I’m typing this post, they still haven’t corrected their error 16 hours later. Bit of a pity that of all the CBS shows it seems to be MacGyver that gets either a wonky form of promo or no promo at all.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×03 to 3×07
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the important information for the next weeks:
- 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (October 12)
Directed by Tessa Blake; following the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover on a college campus. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (as Billy Colton).
- 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (October 19)
Directed by Peter Weller, this episode has Riley and Mac driving a tanker filled with liquid oxygen through a war-torn region to deliver it to a children’s hospital. For the first Official Still released on Monday, you can check the Press Release here.
- 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (October 26)
Halloween Episode, directed by Eagle Egilsson.
- 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (November 2)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by David Dastmalchian (Murdoc) and Brady Bond (Cassian).
- 3×07: tba (November 9)
- 3×08: tba (November 16)
It looks like the fans get at least 8 weeks of uninterrupted fun. There might be no episode on November 23rd, though (due to Thanksgiving).
Working on Episodes 3×08 and 3×09
On September 24, production started on Episode 3×08, directed by Lily Mariye (Emergency Room). They filmed in “Paris” and in “Afghanistan”, joined by Emerson Brooks (as Mac’s EOD friend Charlie Robinson) and Holland Roden (known for her work in the TV-Show Teen Wolf).
The cast posted a ton of Instagram Live Stories; making up for lost time and promoting the Season 3 Premiere. On Friday, they’ve filmed scenes for a Foundation Dinner with Military Vets; some of them sitting in a wheelchair. The cast got to wear tuxes and dresses.
On Monday, production continued in Atlanta. As revealed by dozens of Instagram Short Stories, the filming was a “smelly” adventure. The crew had to MacGyver their own nose-plugs with tissues or ear-plugs to keep the smell away.
On Wednesday, Lucas Till gave a shout-out to the wardrobe crew; announcing it was going to be a “dirty day”. On the photo uploaded by Justin Hires, his clothes looked still clean, though. Holland Roden posted a photo of herself in a pretty black dress, indicating she might be part of that Foundation Dinner scene.
Yesterday, Justin Hires uploaded a photo of Mac, Bozer, Charlie and Riley around Mac’s fireplace. Because Jack is missing in the photo with everyone looking pensive and because George Eads hasn’t been seen on set for Episode 3×08 yet, fans keep asking the cast, the writers and the producers if George has left the show. Indeed, Peter Lenkov promised to make sure we’ll get to see more photos with Jack in it.
With showing us the script title page, Tristin Mays revealed on Wednesday that Episode 3×09 is titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez. Sounds dangerous. PAPR could be a Powered, Air-Purifying Respirator, so the perfect tool for a MacGyverism.
Lance Gross was back on set as Billy Colton yesterday and early morning today; uploading a few BtS videos as Short Stories on Instagram.
Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards wrapped the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand and arrived back in LA a few days ago. Theoretically, it’s possible for her character Leanna Martin to be back on the show by Episode 3×09, but we don’t have any further information yet.
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for a bald actor and for some of the main actors. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Diner Patron, Background Actors for an European Airport, for Police and for Guards. Overall, not many Casting Calls lately.
Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:
- The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot was released in the US on September 18, and there’s even loads of bonus material on it this time!
- Season 1 of Original MacGyver is still set to be released on BluRay on October 30. CBS even started doing promo for it.
- Original MacGyver fans keep posting about both the MacGyver Funko Pop and the Escape Room Board Game; appreciating to finally have some “Mac Swag” after all these years.
MacGyver in Germany
To recap: Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) managed 1.79 million live-viewers, followed by the Season Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) with 1.68 million live-viewers. Both episodes got a demo-rating of 7.4.
Overall, Season 2 had about 1.73 milllion live-viewers on average per episode and a demo-rating of 8.62. This is less than Season 1 reached (1.79 million live-viewers, demo 10.0), but enough to make the network happy. Also, the demo-ratings were better than Season 2 of Lethal Weapon airing in the same time-slot just before and better than SEAL Team episodes airing on the same day at 10pm.
The Original S1 BluRay is listed now on Amazon for preordering (release date: November 8). Weirdly, they put an FSK16 rating (16 years and older) on it – although the initial release on DVD is FSK12. Guess MacGyver in HD is too much to handle for some people *lol*.