MacGyver Reboot Update #108

As expected, CBS will continue to air weekly episodes of MacGyver – but no new episodes after the midseason finale (Episode 4×13). There will be a hiatus instead, with weekly reruns of Season 3. There’s no further information yet when the rest of the Season 4 episodes will air.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via Jeri Ryan News)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines related to the Season 4 mid-season finale 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 4×10
The episode airing on April 17 is titled “Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Yangzom Brauen. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 7, with 8 additional Stills on the press site. There’s 4 watermarked Stills on Getty Images while SpoilerTV has 5 Stills in total (unmarked, but a slightly different selection than the one on Getty).

We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via Meredith Eaton (with Lucas Till and Justin Hires) or via Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas. As it’s almost tradition now, Lucas posted several photos with fun captions as Instagram Stories.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Meredith Eaton)

We got more BtS photos and videos during and after the episode; e.g. via hair stylist Maria, by the props departement (e.g. of the Tesla coil) or via guest stars John Ales (Tesla) and Tom Thon (Edison).

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 30 and generating an estimated 872 tweets per hour.

On April 21, Lucas Till appeared on CBS’ “The Talk” that is currently aired as a video-conference in the interviewers’ homes (instead of in the studio with a live-audience); talking about how they filmed the scenes with Mac’s Doppelgänger (aka Evil!Mac). He praised Matthew Albright’s attitude and that he learns all of Lucas’ lines (although Stand-Ins normally don’t do that).

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via John Ales)

On April 23, ET Canada released a Skype interview with Lucas that was taken the day before this episode aired. They talked about the emotional scenes of Episode 4×08; with Lucas revealing they have filmed the sequence for about 4 hours and that it was a conscious desicion to make MacGyver more vulnerable this season. He also teased us about the next few episodes; stating that we’ll see a lot of friction between all the characters.

To recap: Episode 4×09 had a live-audience of 6.38 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. Episode 4×10 generated a live-audience of 6.439 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.51 million viewers (+23%), reaching 7.95 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.99 (+45%; one of the biggest demo gains this season) when including DVR ratings.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Maria)

The episode also made it into SpoilerTVs “Quotes of the Week“. On April 22, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

About Episode 4×11
The episode airing last Friday is titled “Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds”, based on a story by Stephanie Hicks with a teleplay written by Cindy Appel and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by Ericson Core. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 9.

CBS later released 11 additional Official Stills on their press site. On April 22, we got 6 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks by CBS; with an additional Sneak Peek the next day.

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via What2Vue)

We got quite a few BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. by Meredith Eaton, via James Callis (Clive/The Merchant), by Leon Ngo, via Ming Lo or by Tang Shazam Nguyen. Several writers and also cast members joined in on the live-tweeting (or at least watched the episode and responded to comments afterwards). US-wide, the Hashtag #MacGyver generated an estimated 695 tweets per hour.

Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.07 million viewers (+17%), reaching 7.27 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.88 (+32%).

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via Meredith Eaton)

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 15 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.707) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season and even a small gain in audience numbers. It’s very stable in ratings, which CBS  appreciates (even using the term “stability” as a tag line when reporting ratings).

Clive and the wee bucket made it into TV Line’sQuotes of the Week“. On April 28, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his blog entry about the MacHacks used in the episode.

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via James Callis)

What you need to know about Episode 4×12
The episode airing tonight is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler (who also wrote Episodes 3×05, 3×11, 3×22 and 4×02) and directed by Geoff Shotz.

We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16. Here’s the synopsis:

The Phoenix team is forever altered when MacGyver’s Aunt Gwen (Jeri Ryan) gets into his head about family and connection and convinces Mac and Riley to join Codex. Also, Matty and Russ take their concerns about Codex to the White House.

On April 21, CBS added 10 more photos to their press site. A day later, 8 watermarked Stills were uploaded on Getty Images. Some unmarked Stills can be found via Jeri Ryan News or on SpoilerTV. On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks; all of them having to do with loyalty and trust.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing next Friday is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”.  It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episodes 2×11 and 3×11).

The episode has been intially written as a potential season or even series finale (since they didn’t have a back-order before November). Despite being a midseason finale by all means, it is handled as the “provisional” season finale; now that the TV Season is basically over due to the pandemic.

We got a first teaser via TV Guide Magazine on April 20; with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov revealing that we will get a flashback to learn about how MacGyver got the name Angus.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via CBS)

The Press Release with the First Official Still came out on April 23. Here’s the synopsis:

With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. Also, the team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.

CBS uploaded a whopping set of 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding a bunch of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by a set photographer. Judging by the BtS photos and stills, it looks like the midseason finale is actually a two-parter.

Season 4: Upcoming Episodes Overview
The “missing” script titles have been entered into the website for the Writers Guild of America West. Without the episode number, it’s a bit more difficult to sort them into the right order, but I tried to put the missing script titles into the structure of infos I already had by using the credit date.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

The additional 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 the episode titles and any available airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS; so I might have to adjust and tweak this list more than once in my upcoming blog posts.

  • 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (Credit Date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
  • 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (Credit Date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note: The title for the half-filmed Episode 4×20 wasn’t entered into the Writers Guild Website.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

We also got some new BtS photos for these upcoming episodes; e.g. one by Justin Hires (of either 4×14 or 4×16) that shows almost all of our favorite characters in military funeral attire.

What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 15 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). There’s no news yet when the rest of Season 4 will air. The schedules are changing a lot; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks. My assumption is that CBS keeps reruns also for June, awaiting on more information to plan ahead for the production schedule. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they might air the rest of Season 4 as a Summer filler. If filming is on hold until Fall or even later, they might hold the episodes back further and air them as a Fall replacement.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Terry Matalas)

As mentioned before, networks usually reveal their Fall schedule on the Upfronts in May; with the fate of all shows announced beforehand. Some networks (e.g. NBC) did schedule a digital event in place of their original Upfronts date; so it’s possible that they will announce their renewals, but not a definite Fall schedule yet. (So far, there’s no word yet on a digital Upfronts event by CBS.)

Best of TV Awards: Final Results
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.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Jessica Sanchez)

Here are the results for the finals (aka Round 3):

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