Sadly, MacGyver got cancelled. But there’s three more episodes left. Tonight, we’re going to Italy – there will be lots of cars and pasta!
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About Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna); written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.
Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. Combined with the fans, there were about 800 estimated tweets per hour.
Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS photos. We also got some BtS photos by director Ann Renton and Guest Star Aneesha Joshi. On Wednesday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.
Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 14 in average demo.
What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Tonight 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; with CBS releasing 13 Stills in total on March 30. In case you need a reminder, 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.
A few weeks ago, Fabio Massimo Bonini had posted a new BtS photo with Levy Tran.
With the news of the show getting cancelled, the upcoming episode got a bit neclected. Even Getty Images hadn’t bothered to upload some Stills until Thursday.
Yesterday, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. On his Facebook post, he revealed that production requested for him to wait with posting after the episode aired (or to get clearance before posting).
What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.
We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. Here’s the synopsis:
Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.
For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). CBS just released 12 Official Stills yesterday, so they’re not available in HD quality yet.
That’s a wrap – for the Reboot
Principal filming has wrapped on March 23. The LA-based crew has already returned home. Tristin Mays recently posted an Instagram story while doing ADR for tonight’s Episode 5×13; so the post-production for the rest of the episodes is probably still ongoing and could count for the lack of Sneak Peeks so far.
On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30; airing an episode titled “Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal”. Sadly, we got to learn on April 7 that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled without an additional last season.
Deadline was the first to break the news, with other outlets (e.g. Hollywood Reporter, Variety or The Wrap) following suit. Like most fans and all the ratings prediction sites, I was pretty suprised.
It didn’t take long for the fans starting to tweet in a frenzy; talking about their feelings and saying thank you to cast and crew. There’s also a petition going on (getting more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours) to save the show and paperclips being sent to the CBS Studios in LA.
Some of the cast and the current writing team immediately posted their goodbyes and said Thank You; e.g. Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Justin Hires or Henry Ian Cusick. A day later, Levy Tran posted a goodbye video. Tristin Mays also tweeted yesterday.
A lot of the crew posted about missing the show; uploading new/old BtS photos and talking about some of their treasured memories; e.g. grip Steven Serna, Dan Emo (via Insta Stories) or Stand-Ins Kevin Marshall Pinkney and Amanda Mazonkey.
Other MacGyver-related News
Not much interesting stuff going on when your favorite show just got cancelled, huh. But here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:
- On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America.
- Also on March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. 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”.
- Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. I haven’t seen any mentions if there are any bonus materials.
It’s a bit ironic that CBS re-opened the MacGyver merch store just a few months before the show got cancelled. Since the store for Hawaii Five-0 is still up, I expect them to do the same for this show.