No daily BtS material now that principal filming for Season 5 has wrapped. On the other hand, we get three episodes in a row before the next break.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)
About Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games); written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton. We got 6 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.
The people involved in the making of the show were just as excited as the fans; posting on social media and giving us new BtS photos. We got new material for Episode 5×11 (e.g. by MacGyverCBS or CBS, by Tristin Mays (with Lucas Till and Director David Straiton) or by Meredith Eaton), but also of other episodes (more about those photos further down).
There was a new Sneak Peek of the introduction of Alexandra Grey as Parker. She talked about her recurring role in a video interview with Rich Girl Network TV.
Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. We got new BtS photos while the episode aired (e.g. by writer Teresa Huang) and little tidbits about the making.
Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS material; e.g. of the mural or of the transformation to the Phoenix War Room. On March 29, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.
With about 3600 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide due to the big hashtag competition (e.g. #Smackdown). But it had a lot more tweets than #BlueBloods with about 795 tweets per hour (interestingly trending on Rank 6 US-wide) and #MagnumPI with about 117 tweets per hour.
To recap: Episode 5×10 had 4.496 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.45 in the important group of 18 to 49-year-olds. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 1.273 million viewers (+28.29%) and 0.23 (+51.11%) in demo; reaching a total of 5.773 million viewers (Rank 31) and a demo of 0.68 (Rank 48).
Episode 5×11 had 4.311 million live-viewers and a 0.44 demo rating. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (23 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.
What you need to know about Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna). It was written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.
We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 18; adding 15 Stills in total on March 25. You can find 8 tagged Stills on Getty Images and 6 untagged Stills on SpoilerTV.
In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:
Mac, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding, Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.
Guest Star Camilla Arfwedson posted a new/old BtS photo taken in the make-up trailer while she was getting her hair styled. CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks on Wednesday, followed by another 2 Sneak Peeks on YouTube yesterday. Today, CBS posted a new BtS photo in the “Notes for Nerds” Newsletter. We also got a short video interview with Levy Tran for the TV Insider.
The Reboot got quite a bit of love in the past days with several mentions on the official CBS Television Studios social media accounts. Today, the MacGyverCBS account posted a new on-set video interview with the main cast talking about the strenghts of Team Phoenix.
What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer). It was written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge.
We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 25. Here’s the synopsis:
While Mac and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss-in-hiding, Mac must lean on Desi when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands. Also, Mac and Desi move in together and Riley reveals the truth about her secret team of hackers to Russ.
On March 30, CBS released 13 Official Stills. On the same day, Guest Star Victoria Ric shared a BtS photo with Lucas Till and Guest Star Peter Allas while Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a BtS photo with Levy Tran.
Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. 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), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).
Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.
- 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (April 16)
Directed by Christine Swanson, written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown.
Guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mama and Papa Bozer.
You can find the Press Release and a first Official Still here.
- 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (April 30)
Presumably written by Monica Macer, presumably directed by David Straiton
On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30. The Season Finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will air on May 7 and May 14.
That’s a Wrap
We got quite a few fun photos while the cast worked on the Season Finale Episode MAC509 during the last few weeks. For example, there was the BtS photo of the cast in undercover gear or the BtS photo of Team Phoenix having a pajama party.
Principal filming wrapped on March 23. Most of the LA-based crew members already left Atlanta a day later and returned home. Tristin Mays left yesterday.
To recap: Justin uploaded a video of him saying goodbye to the cast and crew on set after he had wrapped a scene with Levy Tran; also praising Monica Macer as showrunner. A few hours later, Tristin Mays posted a video of her and Lucas Till singing a musical rendition; announcing having wrapped as well.
As mentioned last week, crew members keep posting new BtS photos; e.g. Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey (for Levy Tran) and Kevin Marshall Pinkney (for Justin Hires) or Jordan Heir (for Tristin Mays). Day Ramphal also posted several BtS photos with the main cast. Alessia Costantini tweeted another group photo of the cast in the blue and black striped PJs.
Last Friday, Levy Tran posted both a video compilation of dozens of BtS photos and video snippets plus a few photos while saying thank you to Showrunner Monica Macer to let the crew members shine this season with giving them new opportunities to show off their skills. On March 29, she posted a new photo of Desi and Bozer; taken while filming the Season Finale.
Other MacGyver-related News
Last week, some of the crew members attended panels for WonderConAtHome; also talking about MacGyver. On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. You can watch it here. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”. You can find it here.
On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America. Sponsoring Bob and Pamela Zellner, he also donated the rest of the money that was needed for them to reach their goal of 10’000 USD.
Here’s a short overview of other “news”:
- ICYMI: The MacGyver Foundation announced the debut of an animated web series to acknowledge the one-year mark of the pandemic. You can watch the five-episode series here.
- Son of the South was set to be released in France on March 10. Since cinemas are closed, the date was pushed to September 8. The DVD and BluRay release in the US is still listed for April 6.
- The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season. While the odds are looking good for a renewal, we might still have to wait for a while to get the news.