MacGyver Reboot Update #121

We know the title for the episode written as production number 501, but there’s still no filming date for Season 5 *sigh*

Zoom Call with the writing team (via MacGyver Writers)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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.)


All you need to know about Season 5
Some networks already released posters or teasers about their upcoming shows. Sadly, CBS is not one of them.

Generally, we still don’t know much about Season 5. There’s no information about the episode count order or about the members of the writing and producing team.

A few weeks ago, Justin Hires revealed the script title page for the episode written as production number 501 (Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog). Additionally, the writers keep teasing us without saying too much. On October 1st, they tweeted a line of dialogue from an upcoming script as a reward for reaching 7800 followers.

Out of Context dialogue of an upcoming script (via MacGyver Writers)

(They promised us a bigger tease when reaching 8000 Followers, so you know what you gotta do.) On October 5, the writers team met up with Lucas Till via Zoom to pitch Season 5 to him. Lucas seemed very excited about what’s coming; stating that this will probably be the best television he may ever be a part of.

Upcoming Episodes Overview
This overview I put together is probably not fully accurate. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • production number 414 / presumably aired as 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 415 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 416 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 417 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 418 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 419 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 420 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 501 / 5x??: Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

Note that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

Quote from Lucas Till for a podcast (via Billy Gallo)

What’s going to happen now?
Most scripted CBS crime/drama shows have successfully started filming (e.g. SWAT, NCIS: LA, NCIS, Magnum PI, NCIS: New Orleans, All Rise, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and SEAL Team). It’s not clear if they are able to move along in the same tempo as before the pandemic. Depending on the status of production and the episodes ready to air, it’s possible they won’t premiere all the shows yet, despite having planned to air them in Fall.

There’s still no filming date yet for veteran show Blue Bloods, for example. If CBS wants to air new episodes of some of their shows alongside other networks like ABC and NBC, they might have to either re-organize their schedule or put in reruns for some shows.

Tristin Mays for Melted Fit (via MeltedFit Website)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
There’s still no information about what project Tristin Mays has been working on. Two weeks ago, she visited Houston, Texas. Last weekend, she was in Atlanta. Considering that the rest of the regular cast is still being home in Hawaii (Henry Ian Cusick) and California (Levy Tran, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton) and that there’s no Casting Calls being out yet, it doesn’t look like they’re gearing up for filming in the next few weeks.

There’s no release date yet for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South and also no information if Lucas and/or some of his co-stars will be involved in any promo. He did a very interesting, hour-long video podcast with actor Billy Gallo (presumably recorded in September), talking about his career and acting in general, but also about what cast and crew had to endure while filming MacGvyer under Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov.

Lucas Till doing a video podcast with Billy Gallo (screenshot)

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) had 1.25 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%, followed by Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) with 1.22 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.6%.

The Season Finale Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World) reached 1.31 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.2%. On average, every episode of Season 4 had about 1.3 million viewers on German channel Sat.1. That’s less than for the other seasons – but considering the lack of promo and the episodes being available to watch online for free for a week beforehand and a month after airing, it’s not that bad.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Tristin Mays)

Best of TV Awards: Nomination Phase
The Reboot is soon competing again in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. As usual, the automatic nominees list includes eligible finalists and semi-finalists from the 2019 awards; as well as eligible winners from prior years. Therefore, the regular cast is already listed in most of the categories.

The nomination thread will be open for 3-4 weeks, so you can still nominate the new regular actors (Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick), guest stars, best episodes and directors.

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