MacGyver Reboot Update #106

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production a few weeks ago; some of them already running out of new episodes to air. Luckily, we still have a few episodes of MacGyver to enjoy.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)


About Episode 3×18
Because of March Madness being cancelled, CBS decided to air reruns of their current shows. Interestingly, they decided on a rerun of MacGyver Episode 3×18 that had premiered back in April 2019. (Usually, CBS only airs reruns of the current season. ) Due to people following the advice of staying in during the pandemic, the rerun ratings for the Friday line-up did better than the premieres of other shows.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

The rerun of 3×18 garnered 5.344 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. This is the third-best rerun audience numbers the show ever had (after reruns for Episode 1×08 and the Pilot). For comparison: The last rerun had been a repeat of Episode 3×06 back in March 2019, with an audience of 4.39 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.4.

About Episode 4×07
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17.

In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site. 10 of the Stills are available (watermarked) on Getty Images, while SpoilerTV uploaded 5 of them in good and untagged quality. On March 25, CBS released 6(!) Sneak Peeks; all of them either of Mac and Desi preparing for or already at the location of the double-date with Riley and Aubrey.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Stephanie Hicks)

One upside of the pandemic is people having more time to post BtS photos before the episode; e.g. via Stephanie Hicks, Haley Porch or guest star Angela Zhou. We got some more BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. via Sarah Downer, David Shae, John J Shim or Alexander Leaty. On Sunday, we got some interesting photos giving us a closer look at the props: The chocolate bar that Mac utilized to make an explosive timer, the periscope Mac used to “spy” into the kitchen or the chemotherapy bag used on the IV for James.

Note: The chemotherapy drug name on the bag is fake (for obvious reasons), but there is an antibody drug with a similar name that is used to treat e.g. non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis. In general, the drug destroys both normal and malignant B cells (with a specific marker on their surfaces) and is therefore used to treat diseases which are characterized by having too many B cells, overactive B cells or dysfunctional B cells.

As far as I know, they never revealed in Episode 3×17 what sort of cancer James is suffering from; only that it’s Stage 4 (which usually means metastatic and/or treatable for symptoms, but not curable). It’s not clear though if this is an indication on James’ disease or if the prop designer simply chose a drug with a name they liked.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via smac props)

There were a lot of people live-tweeting while the episode aired. The Hashtag #MacGyver trended for 3 hours US-wide; reaching Rank 29 and generating an estimated 3000 tweets per hour. The episode also made TV Line‘s “Quotes of the Week“.

To recap: Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.46 million viewers (+25%), reaching 7.303 million viewers with a demo of 0.95 in total (+43%) when including DVR ratings. Episode 4×07 had the best ratings of this season so far; generating a live-audience of 6.720 million viewers with a demo of 0.8.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via KsiteTV)

When compared to the other CBS shows (24 in total) after the final ratings were published (this Monday), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.691), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season. Also, it has the lowest demo-loss of all shows when compared to last season. Despite being “demoted” to a midseason show, it has very stable ratings overall, which might put the show at risk for staying a midseason show, but also elevates its chances of being renewed.

On March 31, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS uploaded 16 Official Stills onto their website on March 21; half of them of MacGyver with James and Mason kept prisoner by “Evil Auntie” Gwendolyn with the other half of Mac, James and Mason creeping through the woods. 15 of them are up on Getty Images (watermarked), 11 untagged Stills are available via SpoilerTV.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

Guest Star Jeri Ryan was featured in TV Guide Magazine as “Pick of the Week” with a short interview about her story-arc. The teaser interview and 12 Stills in total were also posted on TV Insider.

“Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead,” executive producer Peter Lenkov teased. “Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.”

“[Gwen] reminds him of his mother, and her ideals and science have merit to them. But the way she goes about it goes against everything Mac thinks and is,” he added. “Gwen’s new relationship with Mac will pit his desire for family, his faith in science, and his loyalties to his friends against each other and will make our hero rethink everything. Because of her, we will see Mac like we’ve never seen him before.”

(via TV Insider)

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and also a few more BtS photos (e.g. via Christopher Jon Duddy). Guest star Amber Skye Noyes is listed for several episodes on IMDb, so she’s probably part of the Codex story-arc for the first half of the season.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

What you need to know about Episode 4×09
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis”. It was written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta and directed by Mike Martinez (who also directed Episodes 2×14 and 3×09). We got the Press Release with the first Still on March 19. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago.

As revealed in the Press Release, Tate Donovan returns as Oversight. Considering he’s announced specifically, this might be his last appearance.

On March 28, they released 9 additional Stills; all of Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in a computer room staring at screens. Adding an additional photo, 11 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images.

More Reruns, yay
CBS has several “holes” to fill in their schedule with so many sports events, reality TV shows and other programming cancelled. That means that we probably will get to enjoy more reruns in the coming weeks. For April 18 (Saturday), CBS will air a rerun of Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) before reruns of Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×20, they filmed scenes in the War Room, inside the Phoenix jet and outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scene in Stone Mountain Park and on real and fake horses. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted on Friday, March 13th.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Leon Ngo)

Early Wrap on Season 4 – What’s going to happen now?
Due to the pandemic, movie and TV productions have been shut down worldwide. For MacGyver, production was halted on March 13, on Day 5 out of 8 of filming for Episode 4×20. Some of the prop people, set decorators and Stand-Ins have been back to the stage location the next week to shoot inserts (probably to finish post-production for as many episodes as possible) and to wrap up the trailers and the stage locations. As revealed by an Instagram Story by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he’s still working on finishing Episode 4×14. So although we will get a bunch of more episodes, it’s still possible that Episode 4×20 can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not anytime soon.

We don’t know yet what’s going to happen with the episodes that weren’t filmed. If the show is renewed, they could either film the episodes as intended and use them for Season 5, or they could rewrite the scripts or drop the episodes completely.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Initially, we would know about the fate of the CBS shows a day before the Upfronts in May. Right now, networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows and they can’t finalize the Fall Schedule yet. Some of the rookies filmed and/or planned for Pilot Season might be pushed to next year or scrapped.

CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. Some reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama Blood and Treasure. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption for MacGyver being renewed. They might air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed. That way, it wouldn’t matter if filming for Season 5 starts on time in July or not.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Best of TV Awards: Voting in Round 3
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round. Here’s the rest of the results for Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 5)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till: Rank 10, Justin Hires: Rank 23; Tristin Mays: Rank 14, Meredith Eaton: Rank 17)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31; Reign Edwards: Rank 27)

Voting for the Final Round started a few weeks ago. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

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