MacGyver Reboot Update #88

Filming for Season 4 has been going on for almost a month now. We already got a lot of good BtS material to help us wait until we finally get to see the episodes.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terri J Vaughn)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)


Season 4 Overview
Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far:

Information about cast and crew is still scarce on IMDb. They seem more careful this season not to reveal any script title pages or storylines. Also, with more than a few crew personnel changes, I’m still in the process to find the people working on the Reboot.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Leanne Jeong)

Working on Episodes 4×01 and 4×02
Filming for Episode 4×01 had started on Monday, July 8. While the title is still a secret, Guy D’Alema revealed that the episode is directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had already directed Episode 3×17). She only posted two photos of the episode so far – one of herself with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till and one with Henry Ian Cusick.

The cast filmed scenes in the Phoenix lab and in the War Room, on the Arcade set with the “Pizza Paradise” and inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium dressed as Cheyenne Mountain.

Episode 4×02 is titled Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix. On July 19, Lucas Till and the crew filmed scenes at Emory University, mainly at Candler School of Theology posing as venue for a Film Festival. People working nearby were pretty impressed about the scenes and also about the equipment needed. Many watched the action for quite a bit and posted photos or videos. Some were even lucky to get a photo with cast members.

BtS photo of Lucas Till in Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov uploaded several photos while editing: One of the team in the War Room (that he deleted a few days later but then re-uploaded), one of Mac and Bozer, one of Mac while teaching a chemistry class and another one of Bozer at the Film Festival, presumably undercover as the director and presenting a movie that reads like an episode title for Season 3. Lenkov later also uploaded an additional photo of Desi pointing a gun.

On July 22, filming continued in Mac’s house as a headquarter. Meredith Eaton posted a nice photo of herself with Henry Ian Cusick. The next day had the 2nd team filming outdoors with the occasional visit by a snake. Co-Producer Terry Matalas – who had been oddly quiet since they started production – finally uploaded a First Look photo as well.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

On July 25 and 26, cast and crew filmed a party scene in a mansion. Lucas Till sported a new haircut and a suit, looking like a weapon’s dealer at a bad guy convention. The crew celebrated a colorful “Romper Day”. Levy Tran uploaded several photos of scenes filmed at Mac’s house a few days ago and some Insta stories, revealing that Desi will be part of the undercover mission that deals with weapons and bad guys. Peter Lenkov posted a photo of Mac and Desi sitting on the stairs, labelling it with “King and Queen”.

Levy Tran had uploaded a few Instagram stories; one of them involving her stunt double wearing the same dress and tattoos. Cast and crew filmed until early Saturday morning. Some were lucky to get off work at 3am while others didn’t get to start the weekend before 6am.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Peter Lenkov)

On July 29, filming resumed. According to Tristin Mays, she filmed several takes of running in intense heat. The crew had set up near the sewer, so many of them commented about the smell. They had a helicopter on set and filmed a stunt person hanging on a rope underneath it. On Tuesday, they continued filming stunt scenes – but this time, with Lucas Till hanging onto the rope. Apparently, he also got to crawl through and swim in the sewer.

On July 31, director Terri J Vaughn uploaded several nice group photos onto Instagram. Apparently, she attended the filming experience to learn more about her craft. It’s not clear yet if she will direct an episode soon. That day, they filmed at Fulton County Airport with Justin trying out how comfortable the seats in the pilot cabin are. They continued filming yesterday, but there’s been almost no BtS photos or videos in the last two days.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×03 and beyond
Interestingly, they seem to be allowed to use more filming days per episode compared to last season. According to director Lily Mariye, she started pre-production on the Reboot on July 19, presumably for Episode 4×03.

In other News, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added another blog post for the MacHacks; this time for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Henry Ian Cusick will play the new regular character of Russ Taylor, a wealthy Oxford-educated ex-military. He hasn’t been sighted that often yet. For now, it’s unclear how much screentime “Russ” will have or if Ian is just keeping out of the Instagram spotlight. Interestingly, Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) hasn’t been back on set so far.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Alexandra La Roche)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Club Goers and Club Patrons, for employees and customers, for Upscale Cars, for people for a Mansion Party, for First Responders, Police, Generals, for Women Soccer Teams, for Cub Scouts and for a Featured Mob. They also had Casting Calls for Hispanic Wait Staff, for Bad Guys, for a Gate Agent, for Airport Background people, for Agents, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Christopher Convery) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Fernando Martinez).

MacGyver in Germany
The 3rd Season premiered in Germany on July 23rd. German channel Sat.1 airs two episodes every Tuesday starting 8.15pm, followed by a new episode of Lethal Weapon. Swiss channel 3+ started airing Season 3 on a Wednesday, then airing two episodes on Fridays, followed by a rerun of Season 2.

While the 1st season had been received quite well, Austrian channel ORF1 apparently doesn’t have any plans of airing the 2nd or 3rd season any time soon.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Meredith Eaton)

Sat.1 has been struggling with ratings on Tuesdays since they changed Crime Mondays to Crime Tuesdays. Both Whiskey Cavalier and Lethal Weapon haven’t been doing as well as expected. And while Season 3 of MacGyver didn’t reach as high ratings as Seasons 1 and 2, the premiere started quite well.

Episode 3×01 (Improvise) on July 23 had an audience of 1.3 million live-viewers (3 years and older) with a demo of 8.9 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) managed 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 9.0. As a lead-in for Lethal Weapon airing at 10.15pm, it also elevated its ratings, reaching the best demo of the current season.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Lucas Till)

Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back To School) on July 30 had a live-audience of 1.2 million viewers and a demo of 7.4. An hour later, Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.6.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×05: Tag der Toten (literal translation: Day of the Dead; original title: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family)
  • 3×06: Murdocs Rosenkrieg (Murdoc’s War of Roses; Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc)
  • 3×07: Mattys Geheimnis (Matty’s Secret; Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly)
  • 3×08: Späte Rache (Late Revenge; Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome)
  • 3×09: Probe 234 (Specimen 234; Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak)
  • 3×10: Ein neues Leben (A Neaw Life; Matty + Ethan + Fidelity)
  • 3×11: Einer lebt, einer stirbt (One Lives, One Dies; Mac + Fallout + Jack)
  • 3×12: Die Meisterdiebin (The Master Thief; Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241)
  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (Surviving in the Wilderness; Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)

Besides TV adverts, there’s not much promo going on. The competition is bigger this year, so I’m not sure why Sat.1 doesn’t invest more time for advertizing at least on social media.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Jaric Czepiel)

Other MacGyver Promo
The Season 2 DVD was released in France on July 24. There’s still no news about the release of the Season 3 DVD, but here’s a recap of the other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • August 11: Teen Choice Awards (nominations in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor)
  • August 15: Season 2 DVD released in German-speaking regions
  • September 17: book release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”

According to Variety, there are plans to launch a MacGyver-themed VR escape room called “MacGyverWorld” next year. More information should be coming soon.

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