Great news for MacGyver Fans: The Reboot has officially been renewed for Season 5! Sadly, the rest of the Season 4 episodes won’t air anytime soon.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines related to the Season 4 midseason 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 Season 5
Most important news first: On May 6, CBS renewed 23 shows for another season, the MacGyver Reboot being one of them. There’s no further information about the number of episodes being ordered or if the premiere will be alongside the other “Fall” shows or later for midseason.
Regarding the rest of the Season 4 episodes, TV Line already reported on Wednesday that the remaining episodes will be integrated into Season 5. In fact, Episode 4×13 has been officially announced as the season finale. Also, keep in mind that with the ongoing uncertainty when production will start, CBS might give all their scripted drama/crime shows an order for 13 episodes only for now.
According to Variety, ViacomCBS plans to unveil their Fall programming lineup of the CBS Television Network on May 19. Even though they might not be able to reveal their full schedule, we might get some more information (e.g. if MacGyver continues to be a midseason show or not).
About Episode 4×12
The episode airing last week is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Geoff Shotz. We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16, with 10 Stills on the press site, 8 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks for promo.
We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via the official CBS account. Lucas Till also confirmed that this would be the first part of a two-parter finale.
The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 27 and generating an estimated 1062 tweets per hour before dropping again.
To recap: Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.30 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.50 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.92 (+38%) when including DVR ratings.
Episode 4×12 generated a live-audience of 5.889 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. That’s not as good as I hoped, but the ratings would be alright in a “normal” year, considering the season. In fact, they had about the same ratings last May for Season 3.
When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot is currently 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 0.702) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season (which probably helped in getting renewed).
On May 5, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms. In other news, the reboot made Rank 2 in SpoilerTVs “Most Popular Shows” in April. The popularity score for this ranking is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes and Tweets; which might have helped in the reboot getting its own SpoilerTV Twitter Account.
What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing tonight 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). Despite technically being the midseason finale, it is handled as the Season 4 Finale.
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 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding lots of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by set photographer Nathan Bolster. We got 5 untagged Stills on May 4 via What2Vue or SpoilerTV and 9 tagged Stills via Getty Images.
On May 5, CBS tweeted a Sneak Peek with “Big Bad” Leland (Tobin Bell). We got 3 more Sneak Peeks on May 6 with an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line. We got some nice BtS photos, too; e.g. via Peter Lenkov (as Instagram Stories) or via Justin Hires.
On May 4, Tristin Mays revealed a screenshot of a Zoom call meeting of the cast in one of her Instagram Stories. CBS provided us with some little promo snippets from this meeting a few days later; e.g. with the cast saying hello or describing the Season Finale in one word.
On May 7, Lucas Till did a short Zoom interview for Good Day Sacramento (probably recorded before the renewal) and another one for channel CBS46 with Astrid Martinez. He revealed that people don’t recognize him now that he’s wearing a mask when going out in public.
Upcoming Episodes Overview
The infos for the upcoming episodes were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).
- 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
- 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
- 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
- 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
- 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (script credit date: 03/12/2020)
Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
- 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (script credit date: 03/20/2020)
Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
- 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
Note that the episode titles and even the episode order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s possible that one of the episodes might be dropped, re-edited or shuffled around. I also expect Episode 4×20 to be re-filmed since continuity would be a bit difficult with filming resuming half a year later. They could even implement yet another, smaller time-jump to avoid any continuity issues within the sesason.
What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 22 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). The schedules are still changing a lot at the moment; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks.
My assumption is that CBS keeps more reruns scheduled for Summer. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they could still air some new episodes earlier than expected. It is more likely though that filming will start later than usual. Some media outlets suspect October, with the shows having their premiere in January 2021. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
As stated above, there’s also a high possibility of networks only handing out short season orders for now, with back-up orders later. At the moment, some states are faring a lot better in terms of active corona cases (e.g. Hawaii) than others (e.g. NY) and there might be different safety protocols for some regions. Therefore, not all productions might be able to deliver the same amount of episodes than they would without the pandemic.
On May 5, John Rogers confirmed he had only been brought in for the back-order episodes of Season 4 to replace co-showrunner Terry Matalas – and that he wouldn’t be back for the next season. Therefore, I assumed that Season 5 will get yet another co-showrunner.
Interestingly, an Instagram post by Rain Management announced Jim Adler joining the show as Co-Executive Producer and Monica Macer joining as Co-Showrunner. There might be still a news embargo until the Upfronts since the post was edited before I could take a screenshot. (Rookie mistake: They forgot to edit the hashtags; so the names are still there *ahem*.)
The Upfronts are usually focused on the rookie shows, but since Pilot Season was basically cancelled and there’s no footage to show (because only one CBS pilot has actually been filmed), they could make use of MacGyver having material for 6 upcoming episodes already in the can. They might announce some cast and crew personnel changes on May 19, along with a new logo and some footage. Or they might not. It’s CBS, after all, so let’s hope for the best.
Season 3 DVD Release in Germany
Additional good news for German-speaking MacGyver fans: There’s finally a release date for the Season 3 DVD (July 16).
There’s no infos about extras yet – and we probably won’t have any news anytime soon. For the German release of the Season 2 DVDs, they never added any infos on the websites about the content until the DVDs were already out. Let’s hope we’ll have a pleasant surprise, considering the US versions of S1 and S3 were released without any extras (contrary to the European versions).