The first Teaser Promo was released before they had even started filming the rebooted Pilot Episode. On June 21, Lucas Till revealed the Premiere Date (September 23rd) to us in form of a teaser video clip; the premiere date formed by tools.
The Teaser still used the old logo of the Unaired Pilot (with the SAK forming the “V”). Additionally, we got to see Lucas Till’s new MacGyver-haircut for the first time.
For July, they used some more teaser clips with scenes of the first trailer for the Pilot Episode. Otherwise, for the initial Reboot Promo it was all about the tools. If you remember, they had handed out an updated version of the Original MacGyver Paperclip Tool at ComicCon San Diego. They used the original tagline “The only tool you’ll ever need” as well.
On August 16, CBS released two new Teaser Clips. The first shows MacGyver teetering on two chair-legs at the edge of a skyscraper, certainly in danger of falling. But we didn’t need to worry, because “he’s got this”.
The second one shows MacGyver tied to a chair, freeing himself with a paperclip.
While I’m not so fond of the first clip, I’m still laughing about the second. No, it’s not really in line of Original MacGyver, but it was quite a clever way to catch the attention of a new potential audience. Also, the clips are a bit of an homage to the cheesy 80’s TV shows ads.
The Teaser Promo got some negative comments by fans of the Original Show; most of them stating that rebooted MacGyver seemed too cocky. This was actually my first impression as well – but I liked the fact that was MacGyver only and not “Team Phoenix”.
However, I believe this is one of the reasons why so many fans of the original show were disappointed by the Pilot Episode. We already learnt in interviews during the promo tour that rebooted MacGyver isn’t a lone wolf anymore, but the Teaser Promo and the Press Tour Events (attended by George Eads as the only cast member besides Lucas Till) made it seem that the Reboot is more of a “buddy show” and that the team wouldn’t be as prominent as it turned out to be.
Also, the paperclip as a tool seemed to be a much bigger thing in the beginning than at the end of the season. There’s a pretty funny BtS picture that Lucas Till posted on Instagram last September.
It will be interesting to see if they’ll use the paperclip also as one of the important tools in Season 2. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov already promised they will keep the paperclip art (although they tended to forget it over the first season).
A slightly different version of the paperclip teaser was used for the German Promo. Additionally, they made very short teaser clips for Facebook, adressing how MacGyver uses tools differently than other people do (e.g. using a paperclip as a key or a shoelace as a bungee rope).
I don’t know about any other International Teaser Videos. Most European countries made their own trailers with scenes from the Pilot Episode. You can watch the Italian version (on Channel Rai2) here.
The subject of the Teaser Promo was also used for International Promo on social media (e.g. Germany, Turkey, South Africa). The Facebook and Twitter Header shows MacGyver teetering on the edge again (although he’s wearing different clothes this time).
The Poster shows MacGyver hanging upside down, using the tagline “No agent has done more with less”. This tagline was also used in some of the US video teaser previews.
I’m not sure if we’ll get another Teaser Promo for Season 2. It would be fun, though.
Filming has started on Season 2. In other news, the show has been nominated for an Emmy!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Emmy Nomination for Season 1
An Emmy Award (or simply Emmy) is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award aka Oscar (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).
Back in June, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had posted a compilation of the stunts in Season 1 as an Emmy Reel onto his Facebook page. A few weeks later, it was confirmed that CBS had handed in the Reboot for consideration. To be honest: Because there were 179 other TV shows in competition as well, I didn’t get my hopes up.
But as it turned out, the show has indeed been nominated for an Emmy – in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”. The ceremony will be held on September 17. Let’s hope for a win!
Fun Fact: While the original show has been sadly overlooked for awards in general, it did get nominated for four Emmy’s over the years – for Episodes 2×20: Friends (Outstanding Makeup for a Series), 4×14: Gold Rush and 5×18: The Lost Amadeus (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) and for Episode 7×07: Good Knight MacGyver Part 1 (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series).
Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew, it’s not nearly as much as for Season 1. To be fair, we were spoilt last year when the pilot episode was being filmed; especially by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
Filming Episodes 2×01 and 2×02 Meredith Eaton joined the cast on July 7. She was “introduced” by Justin Hires in an Instagram video in which he revealed that unlike Meredith and Tristin Mays, he can’t stand coconut water. Justin posted a BtS picture on July 11, revealing that not everyone of the cast listens to the director when he’s giving directions. He also posted another video that day which showed him and Tristin strapped into chairs; joking that they had him sitting in a booster seat. Because people kept asking about Lucas’ whereabouts, Justin made sure to include the lead character in his next video.
Justin Hires had already mentioned Atlanta being “hot as hell” in one of his first videos when they had just started filming. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of herself with Cornell Willis on July 15, hinting at HOTlanta once again. Lucas Till revealed on July 20 how George Eads deals with the heat when they’re filming outside.
Besides human visitors (in the form of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe’s kids), they had also visitors – or rather background actors – of the animal kind. Who doesn’t like baby goats?
Filming the Casino Episode
It looks like Episode 2×02 will be the Casino Episode we have been promised. According to IMDb (which isn’t always accurate), the episode is titled “Roulette Wheel”. Although cast and crew had posted several pictures of the location (Hyatt Regency) from either outside or through a window, we never got to see the set itself.
We did get some BtS pictures that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – mainly because both Lucas as MacGyver and Justin as Bozer are wearing suits while Tristin – seen in another one of Justin’s BtS videos – has sleek hair (like she did in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew). She seems to be wearing a golden dress that matches the color of Bozer’s suit.
On July 19, Peter Lenkov posted a fun picture of “James Blonde” to let us guess what MacGyverism might be used in this episode.
Cast, Crew and Character News
We got some exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) by Moviehole a while ago, yet we still don’t know who will play the new recurring characters Olivia Cage and intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. What we do know is that Marco Sanchez plays the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a Navy Seal (played by Ricky Russert). Young Diaz had been kidnapped by terrorists two years ago, so it’s safe to assume that “Team Phoenix” will stage a rescue mission in the season premiere.
Fun Fact: It seems that at least one family member of Lucas Till is working on Season 2 while at least one friend of the Till family has been working on Season 1. Atlanta and Georgia are deemed as the “New Hollywood”; so it makes sense that some family members and friends of the Till family are involved in the movie business as well. Still, it would be interesting to know if it’s actually Lucas’ career that made them consider working in film even before the rise of “ATLwood”.
There is no rerun today since Big Brother is taking up your favorite Friday spot on CBS. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench). After another short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) on August 11.
The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings, although the number of viewers is getting a bit lower every week and the show doesn’t always earn the top spot in its time slot anymore. The rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising) on July 7 had 4.05 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in the demo group of 14-49 years). Considering this was at least the 3rd airing of the Pilot since its premiere, that’s not bad. A week later, the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) managed to get 3.81 million live viewers (with 0.5 in demo).
Overall, the reruns have made an average of 4.25 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.6 in demo) per episode so far.
MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.
On July 14, the reboot earned the second highest ratings since its German premiere – despite having a lot of competition in its time slot and many people catching up on Game of Thrones that evening. Episode 9 had 1.03 million live viewers with a market share of 12.4% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.6% in total viewers, meaning 1.81 million). Episode 10 earned 1.02 million live viewers (with a market share of 11.5% in demo).
With these numbers, MacGyver made rank 3 and 4 in prime time – being beaten by a soccer game and episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It’s also possible the numbers influenced the ratings of Hawaii Five-0 which managed a market share of a surprising 9.2%.
MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episode 11 (Scissors) next week. It’s possible that they don’t believe in aring a Christmas Episode in summer time. The episode has been dubbed into German; being titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California). Weirdly, they also won’t air Episodes 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass). Neglecting Episode 16 feels like a big faux-pas to me, considering the whole episode is an Easter Egg for fans of the original show.
We’ll see if they will air Episode 11 as a Christmas Special this year or if the German-speaking premiere will happen on DVD.
The upcoming German episode titles:
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)
1×17 (Ruler): Tickende Bombe (Ticking Bomb)
1×18 (Flashlight): Ärger im Paradies (Trouble in Paradise)
1×20 (Hole Puncher): Der Architekt (The Architect)
1×21 (Cigar Cutter): Der Fluch von Kairo (The Curse of Cairo)
What are cast and crew up to?
While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii to attend the annual celebration by cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 before starting Season 8. Lenkov was already back in Atlanta on July 9. He had an exciting week ahead with the premiere of his other show Salvation on July 12. He’s in San Diego right now and will probably attend the panel for Salvation at Comic Con on Saturday.
On July 12, Holly Dowling had uploaded an audio-interview she had done with her brother David Dastmalchian (who plays our most favorite villain in the show). For 48 minutes, David talks about his struggle with mental health, addiction and self-medication in the past. It’s a great interview and thankfully, David is able to celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. You can listen to it here via Soundcloud or subscribe to Holly’s podcast on iTunes.
Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on July 24, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.
The MacGyver Reboot has been filming the pilot episode for its second week – and stopped by for a visit at the ComicCon in San Diego!
(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any revealing pics, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get spoilered by reading my posts or clicking on the links provided!)
Aloha from Set During the second week of shooting, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov and several crew members continued to grant us a look inside the production. On July 18, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe posted a video of a stuntman climbing on a military truck driving along the highway with a helicopter following behind the truck. Pretty cool!
Peter Lenkov introduced us to “Team MacGyver” by posting a picture with Lucas Till (MacGyver), George Eads (Jack Dalton), Sandrine Holt (Patricia Thornton) and Tristin Mays (Riley Davis). Composer Keith Power has started scoring – and apparently needs lots of coffee while doing it.
Chris Payne Gilbert sure had fun with this scene, as did George’s StandIn Mikey Leo and model Teresita Vicente (although she later deleted her Instagram picture stating she had been shooting Ninjas all day with a machine gun while wearing a bathing suit). While some fans were as happy as Lucas and George snagging Ninja-Shooting Bikini Babe India Batson for a picture, others were either confused or disappointed; stating that “Baywatch With Tanks” wasn’t the image the show should be going for. I’m still guessing at what this scene should be. Opening Gambit? Weird Dream? Fantasy? Music Video for the Soundtrack? We’ll see in September.
CBS had announced before that they would hand out a new version of the “MacGyver Multitool” and that fans would have the chance to take free rides in electric cars. Lucas and George got to enjoy a ride while doing interviews. It didn’t take long for visitors at Comic Con San Diego to share pictures of their paperclip, most of them complimenting the advertizing.
Interestingly, the MacGyver logo on the electric cars and on the shirts of the Multitool-Promo-Crew is different: The SAK is gone. In the meantime, it has also disappeared from the logos on the official social media accounts. Let’s hope it doesn’t get replaced by a paperclip somehow, because I really liked the old logo. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed about the change – partly because THIS is the only tool MacGyver really needs, but mostly because being from Switzerland, I was always very proud of a Swiss product so prominently featured in the most favorite TV show of my childhood. Thanks to MacGyver, until my former male classmates had to join the military service at the age of 18 I believed that the official SAK at that time was red (it was actually silver until 2008; now they’re handing out a very different model in green).
MacGyver at Comic Con: Panel and Roundtable Interviews
Besides Lucas Till and George Eads, both Peter Lenkov and James Wan attended the panel and did several interview rounds.
Watching the 30-minutes-panel, the team seems to work very well together and the chemistry between Till and Eads is great (they already turned the people behind the Keysmash Blog Twitter Account into shippers). If you’re interested in the video, you can check it out here. (Sadly, the additional two short video clips they showed have not been made public yet.)
Especially Peter Lenkov and James Wan managed to ease a lot of the worries weighing on us fans. Wan acknowledged that MacGyver is “such a different hero from what we see on TV these days” and stated that they want to retain that spirit of a great role model blessed with intelligence and humanity.
Lenkov promised to include lots of Easter Eggs for fans of the old show. He revealed hoping to involve cast members of the original version and reaching out to Richard Dean Anderson. This admission led to dozens of online articles popping up even before the panel ended; e.g. by Variety, Deadline or the Hollywood Reporter. While it is still unclear what kind of role they would offer to him, an appearance of RDA sure would draw in many fans still wary of a reboot.
While the producers want to honor the legacy and won’t turn Angus MacGyver into some kind of Jason Bourne or James Bond, Lenkov also said that they will update some of the techniques, meaning different shooting styles and editing techniques. Additionally, MacGyver won’t be a “lone wolf” anymore but more of a team player (which has become a standard in almost every modern tv show, but I’m still not sure if this is always a good thing).
In the Roundtable Interview posted by Seat42F, Lucas Till admitted having catched some reruns in his youth, but not being an avid fan back then. He’s currently on Season 2 for research purposes. George Eads stated feeling the pressure and the tiring shooting schedule, but also feeling very proud being part of this project. Seat42F shared another Roundtable Interview with Lenkov and Wan, where Lenkov confirmed that they would keep the Opening Gambits. Regarding the challenges about setting the reboot into 2016, Wan and Lenkov stated that while today’s world is very much digital and so many problems are solved with computers,MacGyver still thinks in analog ways. Wan always liked that MacGyver only turned to violence as a last resort; and while the show is set “in a modern world that is so violent“, he wants the hero to keep using his brain for creative problem solving.
In the press junket interview posted by sandwichjohnfilms, Lenkov promised that we will see why Lucas Till is the perfect MacGyver. Lenkov is aware that people are very sceptical of this reboot and wants to retain the soul of the old show while introducing it to a new audience. For Wan, it doesn’t matter what type of film he’s making (action, horror or comedy; low-budget or blockbuster), because for him it’s all about the characters and if the chemistry is right, then “the action and the set-pieces are just the cream on the cake that makes it all the more tastier“.
The article by USA Today confirms that the show will keep the voice-overs. During a video interview with ET Online, Lucas had joked about his stunt guy sitting on the sidelines – and he already paid the price for it, as the article reveals: Till (…) has persuaded producers to let him perform a number of MacGyver’s tricky stunts. He sports a band-aid on his finger from a cut suffered grabbing the side of a serving tray at the end of a complicated kick-and-catch move. Let’s hope he realizes that having a stunt person is actually a good thing, no matter how much fun it is to do the stunts yourself – otherwise, RDA might explain (and show) it to him.
Cast and Crew News During last week, Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for Ninjas, Korean workers and soldiers, Caracas guards or Asian hackers. They’re also looking for old cars and mopeds and for a hand double – judging by the provided picture, probably for Lucas Till.
Singer George Lott announced on July 19 that he will have a featured cameo role in the show – maybe even for the episode called “Baywatch with Tanks”?
Peter Lenkov shared the information that it’s only 5 more days with James Wan until moving forward onto the next episode. So far, we don’t know yet its title or its director – but the casting calls indicate an Asian setting. Brian Durkin is back on the studio lot writing new episodes, so there will be more casting calls soon.
Several times, Peter Lenkov had already posted pictures of the Griffith Observatory back in LA – MacGyver’s home in the original pilot. The speculations and hopes of many fans turned out to be true when Pilot Episode Director James Wan posted a picture on July 23 of the crew shooting at Griffith Park in front of the observatory. New MacGyver is definitely going back to his roots.
Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on July 8, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is a busy bee. He travelled to Hawaii for the new season of “Hawaii Five-0” (filming started on July 6th). On the 7th of July, he was back in Atlanta to start production on the MacGyver Reboot. Yes, ladies and gentlemen: It’s on! Also, MacGyver goes to Comic-Con this month!
Sightings Both Lucas Till and George Eads had arrived in Atlanta a few days beforehand. They visited a Target store twice (both times posing for fan photos) and celebrated the 4th of July with actor Michael Aaron Milligan on Lake Lanier (it is unclear for now if “Mike” will be part of the cast). George Eads got a “new” haircut at Supercuts. We can assume that his character of Jack Dalton will look the same as his character of Lincoln for the unaired pilot that shall not be named.
Production has started Script Writer Brian Durkin shared a picture of a golf cart from set on Instagram; stating it was all “ready to go” on July 5. On the same day, location scout Gonzo Rey posted a few pictures while location scouting in Atlanta.
On the 8th of July, Peter Lenkov posted a picture of the first production meeting; featuring the script title page of the pilot episode called “The Rising”. The next day, he shared some pictures of the set. It seems like they’re building a house – a house with a structure that looks a bit like Mac’s houseboat.
On the same day, Justin Hires shared a picture of a table read, featuring again the title page of the (revised) script.
Cast and Crew News On the 1st of July, Matt Clanton announced that he would advise and coordinate a tactical team of ATFF (Act Tactical For Film) folks in the reboot. Matt is a former police officer and teaches actors how to fight and use weapons like real fighters, officers or S.W.A.T. team members would; meaning we will get to see some heavy-packed action scenes. His Facebook comment “they are going for the same tone” made us fans of the original show very happy.
On the 5th of July, Central Casting sent out another casting call for extras; this time looking for a bald bodyguard for the pilot episode and Asian and Hispanic men and women for several upcoming roles in different episodes.
On the 8th of July, Russell Snipes shared on his Facebook page that he’s been hired as Lucas Till’s standin. Justin Hires’s table read picture on Instagram lists David Slack (Person of Interest) as Co-Executive Producer.
MacGyver at Comic Con On July 6, The Wrap revealed the tv show line up for the Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego: There will be a MacGyver panel with an exclusive sneak peek on July 21.
During the 4-day-Convention (July 21 to July 24), CBS will offer complimentary rides throughout the Gaslamp District in branded electric cars. One of the featured shows on these cars is MacGyver, and trailers of the series will be screened for the passengers in those cars as well. Brand ambassadors will distribute giveaways making their debut at Comic-Con, including the MacGyver “multi-tool”.
This “multi-tool” might refer to the new poster that was released. The picture itself is not new (it is currently used for the header of the official MacGyver on CBS Facebook page), but additionally shows a big red paperclip and the tagline “the only tool you’ll ever need”.
On social media, the poster was not well received. French media outlets mocked the cheap looking quality and the overwhelming size of the paperclip. Fans are concerned that people who don’t know MacGyver might be misled by the tagline (implying that MacGyver himself is a tool).
We have to remember though that this tagline is not new. Pictures of the original “MacGyver Multitool” are still making the rounds on the internet. This might be partially responsible why so many people think that paperclips were Mac’s favorite tools or that they were used very often in the show (which is not true).
The new multi-tool could be a nod to the original pilot episode, where MacGyver disarmed a missile with a paperclip. In fact, script writer Brian Durkin posted a picture of a paperclip on Twitter back in June with the statement “Endless possibilities”. The tweet was deleted only hours later, which made fans joke that he might have given too much insight of the script. Who knows: maybe he unintentionally let us know that the pilot episode of the reboot also will include a paperclip…
What us fans can be happy about for sure: In Ballroom 20, people will get to see a sneak peek (featuring a paperclip?) for Season 1, followed by a moderated panel discussion that Lucas Till, George Eads, Peter Lenkov and James Wan will attend. We can expect lots of pictures, video clips and interviews from this event. Yay!