For tonight’s Episode 3×09, we will get some more quality time with Mac and Jack. Enjoy it while it lasts: It’s been confirmed that George Eads will leave the show this season.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
About Episode 3×08
Shortly before the episode aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episode back in September and October; e.g. Emerson Brooks of Charlie having a rough day. Costume Designer Sarah Downer uploaded photos of Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton all dolled up and of Lucas Till in a tux.
Technical Advisor Rhett Allain wrote a blog post about the MacHacks again – e.g. about Methanol Fire or about the Comeback Can, providing some videos to enjoy as well.
Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) premiered on November 9 and reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0 and beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest live-audience number this season and a seven-month-high in total viewers. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.503 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.936 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+49%) when including DVR.
Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) on November 16 got 6.203 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. Again, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers and won the 8pm time-slot. Including the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.60 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.805 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+52%).
About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.032 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.
Because of Thanksgiving break, many shows have been on hold or aired reruns. So the numbers didn’t change much, and when comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is still at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. Most prediction sites have the show as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed” – mainly because it needs another season to reach the 88 episodes in total that is warranted for syndication.
Of course, with Criminal Minds not getting a back-order and inofficially being cancelled, the Reboot just lost another competitor similar in demo rating. Also, we have to see if George Eads exiting the show (see further below for more info) will affects the ratings. Generally, lower ratings will make it harder to get a valuable syndication deal that ensures CBS in its decision to renew it.
What you need to know about Episode 3×09
The episode airing tonight is titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez (who also directed Episode 2×14: Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). In case you missed the Synopsis:
When a vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, MacGvyer and team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic.
The episode has a guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton), so we might get conclusion about Billy’s job offer to Riley come work with the Coltons and/or about their relationship. It also marks the temporarily return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna), so there might be some insight to her relationship with Bozer as well. It’s possible that one of those relationships will end tonight.
On November 11, CBS released 11 Official Stills. Most of them show Mac and Jack sitting in a cage. Looks like a fun Opening Gambit before the episode will tackle darker undertones with the main mission and the potential relationship drama surrounding Riley and Bozer. On November 21, the fans got a nice surprise when CBS already released the preview as an early Thanksgiving gift.
Sadly, they didn’t release any Sneak Peeks yet. From BtS photos, we know that Bozer will join Mac and Jack on the main mission to contain the virus. Considering that George Eads is leaving soon, you’d think CBS would promote the episode to show the Jack Dalton fans that George is still on and to ensure they will keep watching once he’s gone.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×10 to 3×15
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:
- 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
Written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by David Straiton. Guest appearance by Brendan Hines as Ethan Reigns, Matty’s husband. You can find the Press Release and the Official Stills here. Peter Lenkov added a little snippet from a TV magazine that reveals a bit more about the episode.
- 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (January 11, 2019)
Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever. Peter Lenkov posted a shot taken while editing, featuring Mac and Jack in suits.
- 3×12: tba (January 18)
Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.
- 3×13: tba (February 1)
Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn.
- 3×14: tba (February 15)
Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez.
- 3×15 tba (February 22)
The originally planned Midseason Finale Episode 3×11 will air on January 11. In between, there will be two reruns; airing on December 28 and January 4. The little breaks in January and February are probably happening due to Celebrity Big Brother – but fans should consider themselves lucky because SEAL Team is being shelved by CBS for 3 months after their Midseason Finale (in favor of Amazing Race).
Working on Episodes 3×12, 3×13 and 3×14
On November 6, production started on Episode 3×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia. They also had two kid actors on set for this episode. Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody plus their agencies posted some nice photos with the cast.
Despite freezing temperatures, they started filming in the woods and around some sort of rock-climbing area for Episode 3×13 on November 15. Tristin Mays played with Spiders while Justin Hires was confronted with a frozen left butt cheek. They had some sunny days later on, thankfully. As Justin revealed, the episode is directed by Brad Turner.
Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew mainly relied on temporary videos without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about.
We did get a handful of nice photos, though. After more than a month of staying quiet, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov finally uploaded another BtS photo out of the editing room; featuring Mac and Jack. Justin Hires posted a new photo of the team in Episode 3×10, of him and Tristin Mays in the woods and several BtS photos of himself in Episode 3×11. Lucas Till posted a photo of MacGyver playing with fire.
I’m assuming they started filming for Episode 3×14 this week. They were filming wedding scenes yesterday with Tristin, Justin and Meredith Eaton dressed up – but they also had bad guys and lots of weapons on set.
About George Eads leaving the Reboot
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Eads’ exit; followed by various articles by other TV news outlets like TV Line or SpoilerTV. The news flooded Twitter and other social media for two days; also making waves in Europe (particularly in France, but also in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany).
Fans had been speculating for a while if George Eads was set to leave; especially after he had deleted his Instagram account around the same time he was last seen on set in mid-October. The last BtS photo of George I have in my stash is a photo posted by Carlos Bernard (director of Episode 3×11), uploaded on October 31.
For now, we don’t know for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. As ET Online stated on Monday, Eads was currently on set filming his last episode, which would be either Episode 3×13 or 3×14. Deadline seems to have more information:
While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.
Some people took the opportunity to post old BtS photos with George; inofficially applying to take over for the role of Jack Dalton.
Fans are mourning, especially because it doesn’t seem like Jack Dalton can be written out in a way that does the character justice. Some already started writing fanfictions how they would have written him out if they had any say in it. Others started suggesting which guest stars could be hired to help MacGyver on missions and ease some of Lucas Till’s work load. The ideas are very veried; from Isabel Lucas’ character of Samantha Cage to Diogo Morgado, Mac’s friend in Puerto Rico we got to meet in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water).
Other Cast, Crew and Character News
So far, Reign Edwards hasn’t been on set since November 4 for Episode 3×11. I’m not sure if and when she will be back or if her project that she filmed a pilot for in New Zealand got picked up. Interestingly, she’s been wearing her hair curly in the last few days – the same way she had it styled for that pilot.
So at the moment, it doesn’t look like Leanna will take over for Jack. It is kinda ironic that both female field agents that were set up to take some workload off George Eads didn’t work out in the end.
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Roberto Sanchez). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Real Photographer, a Real Videographer, for Formal Guests to portray Hispanic looks, a Hispanic female Kid (age 6-8 years) and a Priest. Doesn’t that sound like an upcoming wedding scene to you?
My assumption was confirmed with them explicitly looking for Wedding Guests, Wedding Servers and a Wedding Bartender as well. The filming for these scenes will continue next week. Though with the casting calls for Masked Men and Tough Bad Guys, that could mean the wedding will get crashed…
Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season.
It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is still eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the following categories:
- Best Stunts
- Best Youth Actor/Actress
- Best Couple
- Best Director
For now, you can still vote as many times as you want and choose as many boxes to tick as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add it into the “other” box (they will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – usually takes a day or two).
There will be several rounds with new categories added over time, so check in regularly.