MacGyver Reboot Update #136

A new episode airs tonight – the last of the “old” episodes. It’s some sort of a Frankenstein episode; partially filmed about a year ago for Season 4.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via What2Vue)

(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 5×08 (MAC418)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). CBS released 16 Official Stills and 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand. There was also an interview with Henry Ian Cusick for Parade Magazine.

We got some new BtS photos before and while the episode aired; e.g. by guest star Jordan Trovillion, by Henry Ian Cusick (with co-star Jorge Garcia) or director Yangzom Brauen.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Henry Ian Cusick)

On February 13, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyver Science. We got some additional BtS photos later; e.g. by Guest Star Sunny Mabrey with Jorge Garcia or by Daniel O’Callaghan with Levy Tran.

To recap: Episode 5×07 had 5.163 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.52 in the group of 18-49 year olds. Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 13 in average demo. (Note that recently cancelled NCIS: New Orleans is at Rank 15 for both categories.)

Several of the writers, Showrunner Monica Macer and Lucas Till had joined the live-tweeting. With about 618 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 189 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 523). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Justin Hires)

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt); written by Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who also directed Episode 1×19: Compass).

This episode was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year. They were in the middle of filming when being shut down due to the pandemic on March 13. They finished shooting the remaining scenes this January. Since it got a new production number (MAC504), it’s possible they added some script revisions.

It will be interesting to try guessing which scenes have been filmed pre- or post-pandemic hiatus.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via What2Vue)

We got a Press Release on February 8. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and the team are unable to prevent Department of Defense intel from falling into Codex’s hands, Mac must scale a vertical cliff using only gear he can cobble together himself to prevent the info’s transmission.

We got 8 Official Stills last Friday, all of them featuring MacGyver on and inside a rock formation. They added an additional batch of 9 Stills yesterday; featuring MacGyver, Riley and Desi. You can find all 8 untagged Stills from the first batch on Seat42F.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Daniel O’Callaghan)

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Next week, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). On March 5, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. Here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

Fans were elated to hear about Murdoc finally coming back after waiting longer than intended – remember the disappointment of Murdoc having been written out of Episode 5×03 (MAC501); presumably due to pandemic-related issues?

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via CBS)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and 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).

  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5×10 (MAC503): Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (March 5)
    Written by Andrew Karlsruher & Andrew Klein, directed by Michael Martinez
    Guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (March 12)
    Written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang, directed by David Straiton. You can find the Press Release here.

I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Yangzom Brauen)

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s very likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming was planned to be wrapped by March, but that could still change.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Andres Velasco)

Working on Episode MAC506 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to film an Indian wedding. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and Chris Lindsay.

Filming on February 8 involved a helicopter and green screen. Posts on February 10 hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day. In fact, I haven’t seen any new BtS material since February 9 (although some of the crew posted photos from earlier filming days). Although there has been no official news about production being shut down or put on hiatus, this might have been the case.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Elliott Boswell)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On Tuesday, we got two new Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia: One for a 9-year-old blonde boy that resembles one of the actors and one for a person with some form of a prosthesis (e.g. arm, hand, leg or foot).

Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Also, Deadline confirmed my suspicion that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. According to the article, she plays Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer providing critical assistance to Team Phoenix. Her episodes will start airing on March 12 (meaning Episode 5×11).

Alexandra Grey on MacGyver (CBS via Deadline)

I noticed that the MacGyver Writers Twitter Account started following OG Murdoc Michael Des Barres just a few weeks ago, so it’s possible there might be something in the works as well.

ICYMI: CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show is renewed for another season or cancelled. Although NCIS: New Orleans was just cancelled despite having similar ratings, MacGyver has the advantage of not being as expensive yet as the veteran shows. Of course, there’s also the possibility of the Reboot being pushed to midseason again despite getting renewed to make room for one of the new shows in development (e.g. CSI: Vegas or NCIS: Hawaii).

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official website, you can find a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

The weighted IMDb-Rating is back up to 5.3; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 7 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 7 and higher). On Rotten Tomatoes, the Audience Score is at 88% (despite the Tomatometer being at 45%). If you liked the movie, leave a review. A little positive buzz around the lead actor on MacGyver can’t hurt; especially when waiting on a Season 6 renewal.

MacGyver Reboot Update #135

A new episode airs tonight – the second-last of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s ready for a mini-crossover?

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

(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 5×07 (MAC417)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got new BtS photos and videos before and while the episode aired; e.g. a group photo and several videos of Lucas getting to know Victor the Bull Snake (by guest star Aly Michalka aka Frankie) plus many BtS photos and videos while filming in the “snake lab” (via snake handler Blake Welch who brought Mimosa to set).

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Aly Michalka)

Writer Josh Brown tweeted snake facts, a BtS photo of the screen test with Victor and some insights to the episode; e.g. the backstory they wrote up for Frankie (and what she’s been up to in the last 4 years). Stunt Double Alex Hill revealed that it hadn’t just been archive footage, but that they did milk venom from a few timber rattlesnakes for the necessary shot.

On February 8, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

To recap: Episode 5×06 had 4.994 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.57 in the group of 18-49 year olds. In the Live +3 Days Ratings, it added 0.982 million viewers (+19.66%) and 0.186 in demo (+32.90%); reaching a total of 5.976 million viewers and 0.75 in demo.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Blake Welch)

Episode 5×07 did a bit better; reaching an audience of 5.163 million live-viewers. While the demo was lower with 0.52, it was slightly better than the demo for both Magnum PI and Blue Bloods. Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (22 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer joined the live-tweeting. With about 664 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 209 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 215). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Yangzom Brauen. This is the episode filmed with production number MAC418 (SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini) back in February last yar.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Getty Images)

We got the Press Release on January 21 plus a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine about a week later. ICYMI, Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and team rush to help when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain (Robert Patrick), and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Also, Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega (“Hawaii Five-0’s” Jorge Garcia) to infiltrate a Codex cell.

On February 2, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. 10 of them are tagged, but available on Getty Images. You can find all untagged Stills on Seat42F.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Yangzom Brauen)

On February 9, they released an exclusive Sneak Peek on Entertainment Weekly; followed by two Sneak Peeks via the CBS Press Site. The next day, we got another exclusive Sneak Peek via TV Insider; followed by another Sneak Peek via the official YouTube account.

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). It was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year since they were in the middle of filming when they were shut down due to the pandemic. They finished filming the remaining scenes last month. We don’t know if they took the opportunity to add script revisions.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Justin Hires)

We got a Press Release on February 8. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and the team are unable to prevent Department of Defense intel from falling into Codex’s hands, Mac must scale a vertical cliff using only gear he can cobble together himself to prevent the info’s transmission.

Sadly, we didn’t get any Official Stills with the Press Release yet.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Dan Olexiewicz)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5×10 (MAC503): Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (March 5)
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano

There is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) scheduled for February 26.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

Remember that episode titles and their order are not definite until an official Press Release. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), it’s very likely that there are several mistakes and errors:

  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Written by Josh Brown, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer
  • 5×14 (MAC508): tba
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming was planned to be wrapped by March, but that could still change.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Aly Michalka)

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Phoenix Jet, Sweetwater Creek State Park, a church and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and a few lab rats on set. We also got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun.

Adding a new Friday routine (to make up for Tie Friday, maybe?), Lucas continued dressing up last week (this time as the Mandalorian). It seems that as soon as Sarah Downer has left (for a well-deserved rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy), they already lost partial control of the costume departement.

The Mandalorian Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Marina Coria)

They had another night shoot at the Hindu Temple on February 5; the BtS material hinting at filming an Indian Wedding scene with dancing. Filming on Monday (February 8) started once again very early; with crew posting the first photos around 3am. They set up a scene involving a helicopter and green screen. The next day, Showrunner Monica Macer posted a photo of her on set with Meredith Eaton (presumably back in LA).

Posts for Wednesday hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day on set; with some of the crew members visiting the High Art Museum in Atlanta. It’s not clear yet if having the day off was a planned or unplanned event. For all I know, there’s no BtS material for either Wednesday nor Thursday.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Tailor Made Grip & Rigging)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Last Friday, we got a new Casting Call via Central Casting Georgia for Non-American Cars. Additionally, Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode.

This week, CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show will be renewed.

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and VOD and Digital Platforms. Last week, Lucas did several short interviews together with co-star Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, EurWeb or BackstageOL).

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Reviews are varied. The weighted IMDb-Rating plummeted from 7.9 down to a 4.3 just a day after the release, but is back up to 5.0; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 8 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 8 and higher).

MacGyver Reboot Update #134

A new episode airs tonight – another one of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s also happy to see Frankie again?

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

(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 5×06 (MAC502)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance). During the premiere, writer Stephanie Hicks tweeted that it had been very cathartic to write out their frustrations and fears surrounding quarantine and that she had been in the middle of re-planning her wedding when writing the script.

CBS released 10 Official Stills and a whopping number of 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand – plus the two clips that should have been uploaded after the episode aired (that they deleted half a day later after realizing their mistake).

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (CBS via TV Insider)

The exclusive Sneak Peek article provided by TV Insider included a short interview with Henry Ian Cusick. He talked a bit about the sword-fighting scene:

(…) Because of COVID, it just takes up a lot more time [to shoot]. You’re testing and cleaning and resetting and everything just takes a lot of time with filming. They wrote it and the director said, “We’re going to cut it because it’s just going to take up too much.” We kind of fought for it and I’m so glad that that sword fight was back in. It just makes it a little bit more sexy, and Camilla’s character is aristocratic so it brings that element to it.

(via TV Insider)

We got a few BtS videos by Stephanie Hicks when the episode aired. Extra Brandon Bell stated on Facebook that he had fun working with he cast. On January 24, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms. A day later, Joshua Romeo posted a BtS video of the escalator stunt in the mall.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

To recap: Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Episode 5×06 had similar, but slightly better ratings with 4.994 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.57 in the group of 18-49 year olds. In the Live +3 Days Ratings, it added 0.982 million viewers (+19.66%) and 0.186 in demo (+32.90%); reaching a total of 5.976 million viewers and 0.75 in demo.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (21 in total at the moment), it places Rank 13 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 11 in average demo.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

Several of the writers plus Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. According to Henry Ian Cusick, he was still filming when the episode aired. With about 2200 estimated tweets per hour, it still wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but it was a lot more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 300 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 819). Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×04
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin). It was nice to see that the writers joined in on the live-tweeting; even posting new BtS material (e.g. a closer look at the egg drop apparatus or the bomb, renderings for scenes and a video of the prop crew testing the “plank walk”).

Closer look at the egg drop apparatus used in Episode 4×04 (via MacGyver Writers)

The episode had 3.552 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, which is the highest live-audience number for all Season 4 reruns so far.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by David Straiton; filmed with production number MAC417 in February last year.

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on January 19; alongside the confirmation that we will see another guest appearance by Aly Michalka as Frankie.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

The secret experimental cancer treatment Mac’s developing with a friend is discovered when culprits ransack their lab, kidnap Mac’s partner and plan to use the research to create a powerful new nerve agent.

On January 21, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. 11 tagged Stills are up on Getty Images; 16 untagged Stills are available on What2Vue. For once, we didn’t have to wait long for the Sneak Peeks since CBS was nice enough to release four of them by Monday already.

What you need to know about Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Yangzom Brauen (who already directed Episode 4×10). This is the episode filmed with production number MAC418 (SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini) back in February last yar.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Jorge Garcia)

We got the Press Release on January 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and team rush to help when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain (Robert Patrick), and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Also, Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega (“Hawaii Five-0’s” Jorge Garcia) to infiltrate a Codex cell.

On Tuesday, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site; all of them featuring MacGyver and Desi during a shoot-out and meeting some Hazmat Guys. No untagged Stills have been released yet, but the episode got a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Daniel O’Callaghan)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

There is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) scheduled for February 26.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number:

  • 5×10 (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. There have been filming restrictions in California and LA recently, so it’s safe to assume that the schedule for the LA Unit (where Meredith Eaton has been filming) was affected as well.

A little birdie told me that one of the upcoming episodes is titled “barn find + oil slick + la punzonatura + lab rats + tachometer”. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), I can’t yet determine the definite episode number, though.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jamie Stimach)

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode with production number MAC504. Guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta on January 20, filming her first scenes for the episode with production number MAC505 the day after.

During the premiere of Episode 5×06, the writers had revealed that Russ Taylors love interest Sofia will return. Filming resumed January 25 with Camilla Arfwedson posting a photo from inside her trailer. They had white lab rats in a maze on set on January 27. The next day, they filmed inside the Phoenix Jet.

Plague Doctor Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Lucas Till)

On January 24 and 27, Christopher Jon Duddy uploaded a few photos while location scouting (the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and an abandoned church). Note that back in the promo videos for Season 4, there was a bleeped out spoiler video teasing us about people dying and someone getting married. Filming inside the church continued on January 29. We got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun, so I’m already curious what the episode is about.

Filming resumed very early on Monday morning (February 1st), with crew members posting the first Instagram photos at 3.30am. The crew set up at Sweetwater Creek State Park; filming scenes with bad guys on trucks and a stunt person on a bike. Both Lucas Till and Tristin Mays were seen on set; freezing with temperatures of 35°F. According to First Assistant Director Esther Elise Johnson, it was the last day of filming for MAC505.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Filming on February 2nd took place at the Hindu Tempel of Atlanta and continued at the same location for two days; including a night shoot. Camilla Arfwedson posted a photo of her on set today; and it looks like her character Sofia is dressed perfectly for a gala event; matching Lucas Till wearing the Pilot Episode suit yesterday. So, who’s getting married?

Judging by clothes and hairstyles plus the change in filming days and the long hours lately, I’ve been wondering if they’ve been filming episodes in parallel. It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes; with filming of MAC505 taking a lot longer than the earlier episodes they filmed so far this year. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming 505 and 506 in parallel and maybe even scenes for 507 already.

Filming at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (via David Allen)

But judging by BtS material, cast and crew are still enjoying themselves. After several months, Justin Hires uploaded another BtS photo of Bozer inside Phoenix. Tristin Mays uploaded two longer videos this week; one of them showing how she transforms herself into Riley Davis in the early morning (including doing her own hair and make-up plus getting a nasal swab) and another one featuring the Junebug Challenge Dance Off.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
The writers already teased us about it, but TV Line confirmed that we will see Riley’s hacker persona back in an upcoming episode; exploring an opportunity to groom young female hackers in similar situations as Riley in the Pilot Episode.

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Starting todady, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. Lucas did several short interviews together with Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, ScreenRant or BackstageOL) on the weekend to promote the premiere. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and of VOD and Digital Platforms (with a direct link).

Reviews are ranging from scathing to praising (e.g. Variety) and everything in between (e.g. Chicago Sun Time). The IMDb-Rating has plummeted from 7.9 this morning to a 4.4 as I’m writing up this blog post, but it’s still early (with only 106 votes) and it actually holds a median of 9.5. (Note: the median is the value separating the higher half from the lower half; meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 9.5 and higher).

Lucas Till doing interviews for Son of the South (Screenshot via AM FM Magazine)

According to IssueWire, the movie has qualified for an Official Oscars submission and is “in consideration”. There’s a dozen of award circuit nominations announced within the next few months, so lets hope Son of the South gets some love by the industry.

For German speaking fans: There’s a German distributor (Busch Media Group), but no release date for German-speaking regions yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #131

After two weeks of reruns, we get new episodes for three consecutive weeks; starting today!

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via CBS)

(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.)

 

What you need to know about Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller. This episode was filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason) back in February and March last year.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

We got the Press Release and a first Official Still on December 21. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis again:

Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

This episode sees the return of Guest Star Peter Weller as Elliot Mason. Interestingly, this is also the first and only credit for guest star Ben Wang (who plays new recruitment candidate Eli).

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Dollar Tan)

CBS released 9 Official Stills on January 4; all about MacGyver and Desi getting into trouble again. You can find 7 tagged Stills on Getty Images and 8 untagged Stills on Seat42F. A day later, we got 3 Sneak Peeks; one of them the scene of MacGyver meeting Desi’s family. As expected, it’s not going too well.

There was barely any BtS material when they filmed the episode, so I hoped for more material coming in by the cast and the guest stars, but it wasn’t much. Co-Showrunner John Rogers (who had taken over from Terry Matalas for the back nine) gave us some insights via Twitter, though.

John Rogers about Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Twitter)

He revealed this to be his favorite episode and stated that he didn’t get to talk to Lucas Till very often, but that he is a “very fine Number One” (on the Call Sheet), and he would work with him anytime.

What you need to know about Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Next Friday is the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO); the episode many fans have been waiting for. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core, who already directed Episodes 2×02, 2×22 and 4×11.

Script Title Page of Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Anabelle Acosta)

This episode was filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) back in January and February last year. It has been a topic often talked about within the fandom since the revelation of the script title page by Anabelle Acosta (who guest-starred in Episode 5×01).

Of course, fans discussed the possibility of “Jack” being another work tool and not a person, but George Eads’ former stunt double Reece Fleetwood being seen on set of Season 4 had fuelled the fire. Note that Fleetwood is credited on IMDb for this episode as stunt actor and not as stunt double. He’s also credited for Episodes 4×06 and 5×02.

Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

Lucas Till’s stepmom had visited the set with her kids and revealed a few days later that Lucas’ dad has a guest role in it. Initially, she had stated on Facebook that we should look out for Episode 4×14 before she deleted the photos and locked her profile (after fans had flocked her page and started commenting on the post).

These photos were the reasons for the hubbubb about this episode, because it shows what looks like a military funeral scene with other BtS photos of what looks like a wake at Mac’s house. Sadly, we haven’t gotten a Press Release yet, so keep your eyes peeled for a trailer after tonight’s episode ends. It looks like the speculations will continue at least until the Press Release or the first Official Stills. (Note that this is the only CBS show with no Press Release and/or a First Still for next week.)

Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
While information about Episode 5×05 has been scarce, they already started the promotion for the “Quarantine Episode”; airing on January 22.

After a first spoiler-teaser via TVLine on December 29, we got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. A day later, CBS revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist.

I get that the “new team” prefers advertizing the newly-filmed episodes, but it’s a bit disapppointing that they still keep the lid on BtS material for upcoming episodes in general. Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov might not post anymore about the show, but there should be a ton of BtS material sitting on these CBS servers. Also, it would help to get the fans excited for the newly-filmed episodes as well (since we’ll still have to wait until February or longer for these “new” episodes to air).

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via CBS)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (January 15)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn.

Remember that episode titles and episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via CBS)

We don’t know yet if all filmed episodes will be aired (e.g. episode MAC420 that was still in the middle of being filmed when production shut down). For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
    Presumed guest appearance by Aly Michalka (Frankie)
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

Note that due to the recent Covid-19 surge, most of the LA productions have agreed to extend their Holiday Hiatus. Several talk shows went back to film on make-shift studios in the homes garages of the hosts. It’s not clear yet if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) has been affected as well.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via James Murray)

Season 4 Reruns
To recap: The rerun of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) on December 25 brought 3.108 million live-viewers with a 0.3 demo rating. A week later, the rerun of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey) got 3.056 million live-viewers; also with a 0.3 demo rating.

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

Working on Episode MAC504
To recap: Writer Teresa Huang had posted on December 11 that she’s remotely prepping her episode that will be filming in January (presumably MAC504).

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Gloria Tsai)

According to a post by Steven Serna, they were supposted to resume work on Wednesday, but I haven’t seen any indication that they started filming until today. Hussein Agamiri uploaded an Instagram Story with the crew set up for filming before a narrow, but high square – maybe an elevator shaft? – with a green screen on top.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls since November 12. I’m assuming they either switched casting agencies or stopped having open Casting Calls for unknown reasons (since Central Casting Georgia still has dozens of Casting Calls for “The Resident” every week).

MacGyver Season 5 Swag (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: The Reboot was on Rank 15 for the list of most popular shows of 2020 on SpoilerTV. TAlso, the poll about Episode 5×03 made Rank 4 on the list of most popular “What Did You Think Of” polls last year. The Press Release for Episode made Rank 22 of the most popular articles in December on SpoilerTV.

Mama Till showed us the the MacGyver swag she got for Christmas; e.g. three different masks. One of them has a clever logo of the Phoenix defeating Codex.

Additionally, the trailer for Lucas’ upcoming movie Son of the South got officially released on YouTube with dozens of different accounts posting it. Movie Trailers Source as the account with the most followers got about 47’000 views so far. So far, there has been nothing by the official US distributor (Clear Horizon Entertainment) or the official movie accounts. Let’s hope we get an official release date soon.

MacGyver Reboot Update #130

After two weeks of reruns, we’ll finally get new episodes starting next week! Meanwhile, Film and TV productions in LA are going into a prolonged Holiday Hiatus.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Viveca Mays)

(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 5×03 (MAC501)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma); the first episode filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Jim Adler and directed by David Straiton. They released 18 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new/old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Tristin Mays, by Stephanie Hicks, by Justin Hires or by the official MacGyverCBS account.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Justin Hires)

As expected, Matty appeared on screen only since Meredith Eaton is filming on the LA Unit. With so many Riley-fans and MacRiley-fans being disappointed, the Writers appeased them by tweeting that there will be more MacRiley content coming and that Riley’s hacker-persona Artemis37 will make a return in an upcoming episode.

A few days later, we got new BtS photos by Guest Star Carmen Alexis (who played an FBI Agent). Tech Consultant Rhett Allain typed up a blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Episode 5×03 had 4.724 million live-viewers and a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 so far), it places Rank 12 in average demo and Rank 13 in average audience numbers per episode.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Tristin Mays)

At the moment, the average CBS Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • MacGyver (8pm): 0.51 in demo (-23.43% compared to last season), 4.802 million live-viewers (-21.03%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.51 demo (-20.87%), 5.552 million live-viewers (-16.71%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.50 demo (-22.92%), 6.401 million live-viewers (-16.71%)

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting, but interestingly none of the main cast besides Henry Ian Cusick. With about 845 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. But it did better than #BlueBloods with about 757 tweets per hour and #MagnumPI with about 389 tweets per hour.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

Overall, the episode was not as well-received on social media as the former Season 5 episodes. But it got people talking a lot (with some discussions still ongoing). About a week later, Carmen Alexis also posted a video-log and more BtS photos on Instagram; revealing that she initially had more scenes (that apparently got cut).

What you need to know about Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller, who already directed Episodes 2×20 and 4×03. This episode was filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason) back in March.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Henry Ian Cusick)

We got the Press Release and a first Official Still on December 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

This episode sees the return of Guest Star Peter Weller as Elliot Mason. For a refresher on Mason, you can find his character bio page here. Both Guest Stars Corey Jung and Dollar Tan praised Peter Weller’s work ethic as actor and as director.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Corey Jung)

In generally, there wasn’t much BtS material available when the episode was being filmed and so far, we didn’t get any new BtS material since then. I remember them filming scenes at a science fair and what looks like a car accident. There was no BtS material at all of meeting Desi’s parents. In fact, I remember Levy posting an Insta Story on March 5; stating that she had a week off filming.

The preview will hopefully be released tonight. Additionally, it’s the only CBS crime show besides NCIS LA that didn’t get any more Official Stills released yet. It’s a pity they treat the show as an afterthought; considering this episode was filmed about 10 months ago already.

Season 5 Overview
In his interview with Parade, Lucas Till talked about Season 5 being a “Frankenstein Season”, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Considering that some of these episodes were filmed almost a year ago, I keep wondering how the cast keeps track of the storyline.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via What2Vue)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core

Remember that episode titles and episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Lavonda Till)

For now, I sorted the other upcoming episodes by production number:

  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

There’s still no official word on the episode number. With the 2-month-delay to start filming, it’s very likely that Season 5 will also have only 13 episodes. Most of the LA productions have agreed to extend their Holiday Hiatus. It’s not clear yet if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) will be affected. While Magnum PI is more or less safe, there might be a prolonged hiatus for Blue Bloods (that films in NY). They already scheduled a rerun in two weeks while there will be new episodes for the other Friday shows.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

On Tuesday, TV Line posted some scoop about an upcoming episode (presumably the one with production number 502):

What can you tease about MacGyver‘s quarantine episode that’s coming up this season?  –Amel
If you loved seeing Henry Ian Cusick’s Desmond romance Penny on Lost, just wait until you see him “stuck” in quarantine with Sofia Walker (played by Camilla Arfwedson). I mean, there’s sword play, fierce drumming, rocking out…. All told, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer, and more complicated, turn when they then quarantine together. Meanwhile, Mac, Bozer and Riley witness from their own bubble — and then try to stop — a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house.

(via TV Line, December 29)

Season 4 Reruns
Last week, we got a rerun of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix). It brought 3.108 million live-viewers and got a 0.3 demo rating, which is better than the average Season 4 ratings so far.

Tonight, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

Working on Episode MAC503 and beyond
Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 started on December 7. To Recap: They filmed in Downtown Atlanta and in Marietta Square dressed as Mexico. Otherwise, it was rather quiet regarding BtS material.

On December 18, Steven Serna posted that they just wrapped for 2020. Yet Alessia Costantini still seemed to be scouting locations on December 21. A day later, Joe Pantoliano posted a photo of himself on set with Tristin Mays and David Dastmalchian, so it looks like his character Eric Andrews (aka General Ma from Episode 5×03) will be back for another guest appearence.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Joe Pantoliano)

Writer Teresa Huang posted on December 11 that she’s remotely prepping her episode that will be filming in January (presumably MAC504). So far, there’s no information about on what day filming will resume.

Other MacGyver-related News 
December usually means lots of Best-Of-Lists. On SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot was on Rank 15 for the list of most popular shows of 2020. The Popularity Score is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook and Tweet Likes. Also, the poll about Episode 5×03 made Rank 4 on the list of most popular “What Did You Think Of” polls.

MacGyver Reboot Update #129

There’s only one new episode tonight before the Reboot (and my blog posts) go into Christmas Hiatus. It’s the first episode filmed under the new showrunner, so everyone is really curious.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (Tom Griscom/CBS via Seat42F)

(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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
Season 5 premiered two weeks ago. Most of the promo material was released and aired before the Premiere, but some stuff was kept to air before last week’s Episode 5×02. The biggest surprise was a video via ET Online about the Mays Family Road Trip: Back in July, Tristin Mays and her family plus the two family pets (Bird Pine and Dog Sergeant) travelled from LA to Atlanta.

Mays Family Road Trip (Screenshot via ET Online)

Because filming for Season 5 was delayed for another 2 months after arriving, Tristin had enough time to film a holiday TV movie (The Christmas Sitters) in Colorado. The movie premiered last Sunday on ionTV.

There hasn’t been any new interviews so far with Showrunner Monica Macer, despite the first episode filmed under her supervision airing tonight.

ICYMI: Tech Consultant Rhett Allain switched blogs. You can find his blog post about the MacGyverisms (aka MacHacks) used in Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) here and the ones used in Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) here.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Meredith Eaton)

About Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice); initially filmed with production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. They released 16 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Guest Stars Eden Harper or Mei Ritchart (Young Desi). Lucas Till also had some time to post on social media; using the Stills to tell a story.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Eden Harper)

A day later, Sarah Downer posted a compilation of guest star Sebastian Roche in costume plus one of Lucas and Levy in their auction costumes.

Episode 5×02 attracted 4.785 million live-viewers and got a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 so far), it places Rank 13 in both average demo and audience numbers per episode.

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting again. With about 745 estimated tweets per hour on average, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. In comparison, #BlueBloods trended on Rank 11 US-wide with about 2900 tweets per hour, while #MagnumPI reached 269 tweets per hour. Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

ADR for Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

We’ve already reached Christmas hiatus for most CBS shows. At the moment, the average Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • MacGyver (8pm): 0.50 in demo (-25.37% compared to last season), 4.842 million live-viewers (-20.38%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.50 demo (-23.08%), 5.591 million live-viewers (-16.13%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.50 demo (-23.08%), 6.410 million live-viewers (-16.59%)

What you need to know about Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma). This is the first episode that was filmed for Season 5.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (Tom Griscom/CBS via Seat42F)

We got the Press Release on December 10. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous psychopath, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

As mentioned last week, the storyline deviates from the exclusive Fall Preview for TV Guide Magazine – because they had announced that David Dastmalchian would return as Murdoc. As it is, the storyline has been re-written by using the character of Eric Andrews (played by Joe Pantoliano). This episode also sees the return of Guest Stars Tobin Bell (Leland) and Zach McGowan (Roman). For a refresher on Leland, you can find his character bio page here.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via TV Line)

On December 14, we got an exclusive First Look provided by TV Line with 3 Official Stills featuring Riley and MacGyver on what looks like a picnic date. Of course, the MacRiley fans were full of joy; reposting the photos on social media like crazy, but also speculating if this might be a dream sequence, a flashback or an undercover mission. 5 Official Stills were later uploaded on SpoilerTV. You can find 13 Stills (in smaller quality) on Seat42F. Two days later, we got 3 Sneak Peeks.

We got a few new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories in the last few days; e.g. by Christopher Jon Duddy. Guest Star Carmen Alexa (who plays an FBI Agent) uploaded an ADR Session video and several BtS photos of herself in the ADR studio. Even Justin Hires found the time to post new BtS photos today.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Season 5 Overview
In his recent interview with Parade, Lucas Till talked about Season 5 being a “Frankenstein Season”, and he wasn’t exaggerating: The next premiere after the holidays will be the episode that has been filmed with production number MAC419. Considering that these episodes were filmed almost a year ago, I keep wondering how the cast keeps track of the storyline. Judging by the episode title, we should see the return of Mason (played by Peter Weller). However: Unlike the other Friday shows, it didn’t get a Press Release yet.

As mentioned last week, animal wrangler Jamie stated on Instagram that her episode (MAC417) would be scrapped. For now, there’s no official statement if there are episodes being dropped or not. Let’s hope we get to watch them all (if not on TV, then at least on DVD).

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via MacGyverCBS)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller

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

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Peter Lenkov)

For now, I sorted the other upcoming episodes by production number:

  • (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearance by David Dastmalchian
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

During Christmas Break, we’ll get reruns of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) and of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Lucas Till)

Working on Episode MAC503 and beyond
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 started on December 7. To Recap: David Dastmalchian arrived in Atlanta on December 8, but there has been no confirmation so far that he will be part of the episode. Last Friday, we got an Insta Story of Henry Ian Cusick with Lucas Till (who’s dressed in medieval knight armour).

BtS photo of Season 5 (via E Rickelle)

On Saturday, filming continued for 2nd Unit. They filmed in Downtown Atlanta and in Marietta Square dressed as Mexico; also with a stuntman on a motorbike (that said “policia”). Otherwise, it’s still rather quiet regarding BtS material. Monica Macer tweeted a photo in front of a mannequin wearing MacGyvered scuba gear.

Two days ago, David Dastmalchian posted a selfie; revealing that his blue hair is gone and stating that he’s an alien. Interestingly, Hussein Agamiri posted a Story the same day from set; showing a construction that looks a bit like an UFO.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls since November 12. It’s still difficult to find out who’s on the crew at the moment and they don’t post much from set anymore. Levy Tran’s Instagram account is back up, but she’s not posting anything, either at the moment.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Lucas Till)

If you missed the premiere of Tristin Mays’ movie The Christmas Sitter on ionTV, you can catch the reruns on December 20 and 25. MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff did an interview with SciFi4Me; talking about TV and his first novel (MacGyver: Meltdown). If you still need an idea for a (belated) Christmas Gift, it can be ordered here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #128

While we finally get to enjoy our weekly episodes, cast and crew are busy filming – so busy, that they don’t have much time to post on social media.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via CBS/SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines 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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
Season 5 premiered last Friday. Here’s a recap of the promo material:

  • Previews and Teaser Trailers: We got a Season Preview Trailer and a shortened TV spot version. GlobalTV (Canada) also put a Season Teaser Trailer out, using scenes from Season 4. Today, CBS released a new combo trailer (with Magnum PI) that got the “Grindhouse” treatment.
  • Character Teasers and Posters: There were several teaser videos announcing countdowns: Russ (2 Weeks left), Desi (1 Week), Matty (5 Days), Bozer (3 Days), Riley (2 Days) and MacGyver (Tomorrow). While they posted the videos on Instagram, they posted a screenshot photo on Facebook. They also added character posters (by using old Stills from Season 4).
  • Sneak Peeks: We got 3 Sneak Peeks and the Opening Scene as an exlusive clip by ET Online.

But what I always like best about promo days, are the interviews.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for The Talk

And while the Morning Shows interviews where as short as ever, we did get some news about the upcoming season.

  • Live-Interviews: Last week, Lucas Till did several live-interviews via Zoom; e.g. for Good Day Sacramento, for local stations CBS 58 (Milwaukee), for CBS LA and for CBS 8 (San Diego). Yesterday, we got another short one by CBS 46 (Atlanta).
  • Interviews: Lucas also did an interview with Matt Weiss for CBS 62 (Detroit) and a longer interview with Parade. Last Friday, he did an appearance on The Talk; alongside Magnum PI lead actor Jay Hernandez.

According to the Parade interview, new Showrunner Monica Macer managed to go back through the previous seasons and find story points that were left without a resolution.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Anabelle Acosta)

Also, there will be a lot of standalone storylines that deal with individual characters and their backstories or their current stories – something that fans have waited for quite some time now.

About Episode 5×01 (MAC415)
Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) was initially filmed with production number 415. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Avi Youabian. They released 16 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Guest Stars Jean Brassard, Anabelle Acosta, Jessie T Usher or Eugenie Bondurant and a lot more by the director. Afterwards, we got a closer look at the props (e.g. the ventilator and the air bottles).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Episode 5×01 attracted 4.898 million live-viewers and got a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. While this doesn’t seem like much, the loss compared to last season is about the same as for the other Friday shows. Compared to all other CBS scripted shows airing episodes so far, it places Rank 13 in average demo and Rank 12 for average audience numbers per episode, so about the same as last season. Programming Insider doesn’t report the DVR-Ratings anymore, so I don’t know how much they gained in the Live +3 and +7 days ratings.

Some of the CBS Fall Shows that premiered in November are already on Christmas hiatus. We’ll see if that is a hindrance for the Friday Ratings (due to people not tuning in; thinking it’s going to be reruns as well).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

The fans live-tweeted a lot, but with about 660 estimated tweets per hour on average, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. (In comparison, #BlueBloods trended on Rank 4 US-wide with about 4900 tweets per hour, while #MagnumPI reached 266 tweets per hour.) Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Tonight is the release of Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice). This is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Taylor’s former protégé is killed while preventing a bio-weapon from falling into the wrong hands, Mac and the team must find the weapon so Desi can pull off the ultimate heist before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.

The Preview can be found here. CBS released 16 Official Stills. On Getty Images, you can find 6 (tagged) Stills while SpoilerTV has 6 untagged Stills (but a different variety). The untagged versions of all Stills were just uploaded here a few hours ago.

On Set of Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Justin Hires)

On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks. As suspected, this episode will reveal more about Desi’s backstory and probably hint at the relationship status between her and MacGyver.

What you need to know about Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma). We just got the Press Release yesterday, but no First Look Stills yet. It’s possible there will be some exclusive promo since this is the first episode shot with a new showrunner at the helm. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous psychopath, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

We’ll get a few familiar faces back as guest stars; e.g. Tobin Bell as Leland or Zach McGowan as Roman (both last seen in the Season 4 Finale). If you need a refresher on Leland, you can find his character bio page here. There’s a nice BtS photo by guest star Joe Pantoliano with Lucas Till and Levy Tran inside a car; posted back in November.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Joe Pantoliano)

Today, Joe went live on Instagram; praising the covid safety protocols on set. I hope we will get some more BtS material soon since there isn’t much from when they were actually filming.

It’s interesting to note that back in October, Monica Macer talked to TV Guide for their Fall Preview; stating that Codex is still a threat. Yet, the storyline was quite different:

In the MacGyver Season 5 opener, Codex kidnaps Phoenix owner Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) for one main reason: a prisoner exchange. So it’s assassin Murdoc (David Dastmalchian), held by Phoenix, for Taylor.

(TV Guide Fall Preview, via TV Insider)

I’ve been wondering why we never got to see David Dastmalchian on set and had assumed that they filmed out of order. (It later turned out that David had been up in Vancouver to film on another TV show.)

TV Guide Magazine Fall Preview (via PattiAnn Prinzivalli)

Instead of going the obvious route, they chose to take on the effort to rewrite the episode (initially titled “Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog; as seen on the script title page photo by Justin Hires). It would be nice to get some more information or even an interview about this, since filming out of order isn’t unusual and shouldn’t be more difficult despite filming during a pandemic.

Production during a Pandemic: The Time Jump (encore)
According to Episode 5×01, Season 5 picks up 10 months and a pandemic after the Season 4 Finale events. While they did have to deal with the pandemic sooner or later this season and I’m actually glad that they chose to do a post-pandemic world (like NCIS LA or Magnum), I do have some issues with putting the pandemic in as an afterthought into the “leftover” episodes.

Meredith Eaton on set of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

Are we really to believe they shut down a secret agency due to a pandemic? Even though they’re not a government agency anymore since Season 4, I doubt they just closed down shop. Still using the cover of a think tank, they’d still be on the front lines (and MacGyver probably busy working on some new, extra-safe facemask prototype). Also, some minor storylines don’t make as much sense with such a long break (e.g. Russ and Desi still having trust issues 10 months later, but only now adressing it).

I think they should have aired the 6 finished Season 4 episodes first and scrap or re-shoot the unfinished one; then adding a time jump there if needed. Maybe new showrunner Monica Macer didn’t have the patience to make good of what Peter Lenkov left her to work with in the last few episodes? Maybe they deemed some non-Codex-storylines too problematic?

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Christopher Foster)

Maybe this was the “safer” way; considering they don’t know how many episodes they will manage to shoot this season? (With cases rising again world-wide, it’s more and more likely there will be the immediate threat of another shutdown looming after the holidays.)

It’s also worth noting that animal wrangler Jamie stated last week on Instagram that her episode (MAC417) would be scrapped. To be honest, I still can’t imagine that CBS would be willing to scrap the rest of the episodes in these unsure times with potential shutdowns. It could maybe happen for one of the episodes – but judging by the BtS material, I can’t really think of a reason why it should be exactly this episode; especially since this would have featured the return of Frankie (first seen on Episode 1×19: Compass).

BtS photo of MAC417: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (via Jamie)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×02 (MAC414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (tba for 2021)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s difficult to predict where the new episodes will be filed in between.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for CBS San Diego

For now, the order of the other upcoming episodes is just an assumption; so I sorted them by production number:

  • (filmed with production number MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba

We still don’t know yet how many episodes we’ll get. According to SpoilerTV, production dates are November to March.

Script title page for Episode 501 (via Justin Hires)

During Christmas Break, we’ll get reruns of Episodes 4×01 (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) and 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

Working on Episode MAC502
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number MAC502 started on November 23. According to the writers, the episode was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher and is directed by Andrew Ahn. After Thanksgiving Break, we got a BtS photo of Meredith Eaton with Alessia Costantini (presumably back in LA). Thursday and Friday, they filmed a stunt scene with a garbage truck out in the rain; in front of a big green screen. Henry Ian Cusick posted an Insta story from set while sitting in a car; joined by Levy, Tristin and Lucas.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Steven Serna)

Apparently, we also got the first official “set accident”: In an Instagram Story, Tristin stated that she broke her toe the other day. According to a tweet by Monica Macer, the episode was wrapped shortly before the premiere of Season 5, so that the main cast was able to live-tweet and watch with the fans. The next day, we got a BtS photo of Lucas Till with a guest star.

Working on Episode MAC503
Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 presumably started on Monday. David Dastmalchian posted an Insta Story of him on Tuesday; revealing that he just arrived in Atlanta. It would be nice if he gets to film another episode after his storyline for MAC501 fell through, but there has been no confirmation so far.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Yesterday, Monica Macer tweeted a photo taken inside of a church while scouting locations. Today, we got an Insta Story of Henry Ian Cusick; posing with Lucas Till who’s dressed like a medieval knight (sword and all). I’m already looking forward to what this is all about.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls. At this point, it might be possible that they switched casting agencies.

ICYMI: If you still need an idea for a Christmas Gift, the first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown) was released on November 27. Both the book and the kindle version can be ordered here. Last week, we finally got a first Trailer for Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South by the Australian distributor.

Don’t forget that Tristin Mays’ movie The Christmas Sitter premieres on Sunday on ionTV. You can check out the trailer here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #127

We finally reached another important Friday this year – the Premiere of Season 5!

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessie T Usher)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines 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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
There hasn’t been as much promo as for Season 4 – until today. Here’s an overview of what we got as promo for Season 5:

While they had used material from the first four episodes for the Season 4 Preview, they mostly used material from Episode 5×02 this time. Also, many fans weren’t too happy that the promo focused a lot on Desi, but not on the long-time-regulars like Bozer and Matty. Not to mention that it was too short anyway.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

GlobalTV (Canada) also put a Season Teaser Trailer out on November 26. It only used scenes from Season 4, but focused on MacGyver instead which in my opinion worked better.

  • Character Teasers: Later, there were several teaser videos of the characters announcing countdowns. We got a teaser of Russ Taylor (2 Weeks left), a teaser of Desi (1 Week), one of Matty (5 Days), one of Bozer (3 Days), one of Riley (2 Days) and one of MacGyver (Tomorrow).

It was nice to get a few additional teasers with material from the “real” Season 5. Besides Russ, they all looked way too serious though.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

While they posted the videos on Instagram, they often posted a screenshot photo on Facebook.

  • Character Posters: We got a character poster of Russ (put together with a shot from Episode 4×01), of Desi (Episode 4×07), of Matty, (taken from the portrait photoshoot they did during Season 4), of Bozer, of Riley and… none of MacGyver (at least not when writing up this post).

To me, these character posters weren’t all that interesting since they were put together with material used more than half a year ago.

  • Sneak Peeks: On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and the Opening Scene as an exlusive clip by ET Online. They chose a variety of clips featuring all the regular characters.

Back when I still thought they would air the “leftover” episodes of Season 4 first, I speculated in several blog posts that they might add another time jump for easier transition.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for Good Day Sacramento

As ET Online reveals with the Opening Scene, we will indeed get another time jump – just not how I expected it. More about that further down.

  • On-Set-Interviews: Yesterday, Lucas Till did a short Zoom Call Interview on Good Day Sacramento. He was also part in the CBS Friday-Line-Up Preview; revealing that we will see even more depth of character this season. Today, local station CBS58 (Milwaukee) aired another interview; with Lucas stating that MacGyver fans are the best. There was also a short segment for CBS LA where he talked about the covid safety protocols a bit.

For the interview with CBS58, Lucas revealed that brother Nick is still his assistant; driving him to set every day and taking a daily covid test like the rest of the cast and crew.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for The Talk

Of course, the live-video quality over Zoom Calls is not the same that we’re used to, but it’s nice that they still get a promo cycle on so many local TV stations.

  • Off-Set-Interviews: Lucas Till had an interview with Matt Weiss for CBS62 (Detroit); stating that Season 5 is the best season he ever had. He also did a longer interview with Parade that was released today. A few hours ago, Lucas did an appearance on The Talk; alongside Magnum PI lead actor Jay Hernandez.

They touched again upon a potential crossover between the two shows; with Lucas repeating that he’d really like to drive that Ferrari.

All you need to know about Episode 5×01 (MAC415)
Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) airing tonight is the “leftover” episode that was initially filmed with production number 415. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Avi Youabian. We got 16 Official Stills in total and 4 Sneak Peeks.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

If you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis for the Season Premiere:

Mac and the team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals to find a woman with vital information on Codex. However, their target has a new secret identity, including a completely new face.

Lucas Till talked about the episode in his promo interviews; mentioning that it is a nod to John Wick and that he had a lot of fun filming it.

Guest Star Jean Brassard posted several new BtS photos; e.g. one photo with director Avi Youabian and one with co-star Jessie T Usher. He added some old BtS photos as well, but added statements about the actors he worked with. Jessie also posted old and new BtS photos; e.g. a group photo with Tristin Mays, Lucas Till and Henry Ian Cusick.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Director Avi Youabian posted a BtS photo of Levy Tran waiting all suited up, one of Lucas on screen, and a new/old one with Lucas, Meredith, Justin and Ian in the War Room.

Today, he added more BtS photos of Tristin with Jessie plus a few great ones of Levy in front of the bullet-riddled car; alongside a bunch of new/old Instagram Story photos.

Guest Star Eugenie Bondurant also added a few BtS photos via Instagram. Meanwhile, CBS mostly re-posted material seen before. Hopefully, we’ll see some additional BtS stuff while the episode airs. It’s nice to see everyone getting excited about watching an episode filmed almost a year ago.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

What you need to know about Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Next week, we’ll get Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice). This is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. Here’s the synopsis:

When Taylor’s former protégé is killed while preventing a bio-weapon from falling into the wrong hands, Mac and the team must find the weapon so Desi can pull off the ultimate heist before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.

CBS released 16 Official Stills. On Getty Images, you can find 6 (tagged) Stills since the untagged Stills apparently still haven’t been released yet.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via CBS/Getty Images)

Production during a Pandemic: The LA Unit
The producers decided to slide the newly-filmed episodes between the old ones. As mentioned in my latest blog post, one reason could be that some of the main or recurring cast members can sit out for an episode without making it too obvious. I also mentioned to note that even after two weeks of production, we still didn’t know if Meredith Eaton has been back on set.

On December 1, CBS posted a BtS photo of Meredith holding the slate for the episode with production number 501; dated for November 30. Interestingly, the slate says “LA Unit”; confirming that Meredith stayed back in LA. Considering that filming for Episode 501 in Atlanta finished on November 20, I’m assuming that director David Straiton finished up in Atlanta first before travelling back to LA to direct Meredith’s scenes.

Meredith Eaton on set of Episode 501 (via MacGyverCBS)

We will see if they cut the scenes together (by re-building a duplicate of the War Room and some clever editing) or if they have Matty call in via screen. It’s worth noting that they could have gone the easy way and written Matty temporarily out if they had aired the “leftover” episodes first. They could have let her film a few scenes now to explain her absence for the rest of the season (e.g. prolonged mission-absence or beaurocracy stuff in Washington) or simply explain her absence as narration.

Production during a Pandemic: The Time Jump
According to the Opening Scene clip by ET Online, 10 months and a pandemic have passed since the Season 4 Finale events. As I wrote in my Update Posts No. 101 and No. 102 back in January and February, time jumps are not a rarity in TV-Show-Land. With a time jump, the writers and producers usually get a “blank slate” to change and shape the show into whatever they wanted from the beginning.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

It’s possible that with the depart of co-showrunner Terry Matalas, now-ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov put in a short time jump of one or two months to get things “back on track” the way he wanted. But I doubt he had planned for such a big one.

The switch of showrunners in the middle of a season is difficult enough, but adding a season cut short, 6 months in between filming plus the pandemic is not easy to handle. Granted, since Episode 5×01 is set in Zurich anyway, the climate back then isn’t as different as it is now. And with the leftover episodes in between, they couldn’t do such an extensive time jump as for Season 4. But they might use the time jump to set up upcoming storylines in advance that haven’t been thought about when writing the “leftover” scripts a year ago.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

For example, they might use the new episodes to pretend that the pandemic is almost over. Therefore, they don’t have to explain when people aren’t wearing masks in the old episodes. (Depending on where the mission is set, the pandemic might already be over in the country of the week.) Otherwise, they are again able to tweak the history of the characters and the relationships between them to get where new showrunner Monica Macer wants. They can just tell us it happened off-screen with a few flashbacks and we have to accept it.

For now, I expect some adjustements to the relationship between MacGyver and Desi and to the living situation in Mac’s house. I guess we’ll know soon if Riley moved out or not. (With so much promo material out today, I can’t cover it all, but will probably adress it in next week’s post.)

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×01 (filmed with production number MAC415):
    Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (December 4)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 5×02 (MAC414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (tba for 2021)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s difficult to predict where the new episodes will be filed in between.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for CBS LA

For now, the order of the other upcoming episodes is just an assumption; so I sorted them by production number:

  • (filmed with production number MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

We still don’t know yet how many episodes we’ll get. According to SpoilerTV, production dates are November to March.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Working on Episode 502
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number 502 started on November 23. According to the MacGyver Writers, the episode was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher and is directed by Andrew Ahn. Due to Thanksgiving, cast and crew got to enjoy a long weekend in the middle of production.

On December 1, we got a BtS photo of Meredith Eaton with Alessia Costantini (presumably back in LA). With Atlanta getting snowfall, Meredith sure has the better weather conditions for filming at the moment. There was no new BtS material from set until today, when Tristin posted a few Instagram stories. As Lucas told CBS LA, they filmed a stunt scene with a garbage truck. Ian also just posted a story from set while sitting in a car; joined by Levy, Tristin and Lucas.

Lucas Till in an Interview for CBS Baltimore

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls.

The first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown) was released on November 27. Both the book and the kindle version can be ordered here.

On Tuesday, we finally got a first Trailer for Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South. It’s by the Australian distributor Heritage Films, so I hope that the US distributor also will release a trailer soon. There’s a release date for March 21 in France, but depending on the pandemic, the movie might not be released in theatres.

MacGyver Reboot Update #124

Great news: Filming has finally started – and we have a premiere date for Season 5!

MacGyverCBS Twitter and Facebook Header (via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines 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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 5 Premiere News and Promo
On November 9, we finally got news about the premiere date for Season 5: The first episode will air on Friday, December 4! The official MacGyverCBS Twitter Account changed their profile photo and header with new key art. The header is a photoshopped version of a photo taken while filming Episode 4×08; inserting a paperclip into MacGyver’s mouth.

Just minutes later, they also revealed the Synopsis and the First Still for Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) via SpoilerTV. Interestingly, this is the episode that was initially filmed with production number 415 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness). As predicted, they changed the title; adding one ingredient to match it for Season 5. We got 16 Official Stills in total via KsiteTV, which were later reposted by SpoilerTV and What2Vue.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

It’s interesting to note that the episode with production number 414 has been written by ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov. Actually, the Magnum PI Season 3 premiere episode was co-written by Lenkov, too. Maybe they felt that two episodes written by Lenkov was too much for one night…

Gearing up for Production
After waiting for months, we finally got proof of pre-production being in progress. On November 6, Heather Kritzer posted a photo of several crew members (e.g. Steven Serna) doing some location scouting. The next day, Sarah Downer uploaded a photo of her officially being back in the office for Season 5. Two days later, she showed us her new work attire: Corona Chic. (And if you look really closely, you can see a photo of our favorite villain Murdoc aka David Dastmalchian in the background.)

Back in the office at Mailing Avenue Stageworks (via Sarah Downer)

Like on other productions, the crew members are wearing masks and face-shields – plus being dressed in “suits” and gloves in some departments. I guess we won’t see too many smiles on BtS photos with the crew this season. Sarah also posted another photo that day, revealing that Lucas Till was back for his costume fitting.

On November 10, Justin Hires uploaded a photo of Lucas, Henry Ian Cusick and himself; masked up and presumably waiting to get a haircut. Many fans commented on the matching mullets of Lucas and Ian, hoping that they get to keep their longer quarantine locks. As Ian later revealed via an Instagram Story, they cut and dyed his Hawaiian sun-bleached hair a bit; matching the style with the one he had in Season 4.

Waiting for a new haircut (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 501
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the episodes by their production number. It might be a bit confusing, but this seems to be the best option for now.)

On November 11, Justin uploaded the first photo while being on set for the episode with production number 501. He didn’t look as excited as he said to be, but maybe simply because he was overwhelmed standing in front of yet another Porsche. According to a photo by Christopher Duddy, Tristin was on the set too that day. The slate revealed that the episode is directed by David Straiton, who has directed several episodes before.

Season 5 Premiere Announcement (via CBS)

In the Instagram Story by Hussein Agamiri, it looked like they re-created parts of the Phoenix Lab on a bigger, open soundstage so that the crew is able to film from a bigger distance. While Justin and Tristin kept a bigger distance as well, it’s not clear yet if they will put them closer together in post-production. Sarah Downer revealed in her Insta Story that instead of living and breathing Fit Models, they are using mannequins.

On November 12, production moved to an airport. We didn’t get to see much material, though. Later, Henry Ian Cusick posted two photos in his Insta Story. We didn’t get a good look at MacGyver’s new haircut, but it seems that despite being kidnapped, Russ Taylor will get out mostly unscathed (besides a small butterfly bandage on his forehead).

BtS photo of Episode 501 (via Christopher Duddy)

Season 5 Overview
As mentioned above, filming for about 10 more episodes started on November 11. For now, I’m assuming that CBS has planned for Season 5 to have 16 episodes (if they manage to continue filming without a bigger hiatus).

Since filming per episode takes about 8-10 days during the pandemic, they might finish about 4 episodes before Christmas break if all goes well – but with covid cases rising in all states, it’s possible that filming protocols will be tightened or that filming has to shut down again.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. 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).

  • 5×01 (filmed with production number 415):
    Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (December 4)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 5×02 (414): Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (tba)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 5×03 (416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tba)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×04 (417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×05 (418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×06 (419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5x?? (420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5x?? (501): Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton

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

Back in the office at Mailing Avenue Stageworks (via Sarah Downer)

Considering that the hairstyles of the main cast seems to match with Season 4, they could mix up the order; sliding newly-filmed stand-alone episodes in between of older ones to draw out the Codex story-arc. With only 10 more episodes to film, they probably won’t bother with setting up a second, bigger story arc with another main villain.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
This week, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Science Types (for today), for Homeless Types (for Monday) and for Background Actors with Cars. The amount of Casting Calls has been toned down for most productions; especially for background actors. Covid tests two days in advance are mandatory, so there won’t be any Rush Calls anymore.

BtS photo of Episode 501 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Since the IMDb entries for the leftover episodes had been wiped, we don’t have much information for upcoming cast and crew yet. Due to the new protocols, crossovers are very unlikely this season, but we already know from BtS photos in Winter and Spring that we will have Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) and Peter Weller in guest-appearances. For more information about the producers and directors assistants, we might have to wait a bit longer. Posts on social media confirmed that some former crew members won’t work on Season 5 (e.g. Haley Porch or Levy’s stand-in Amanda Mazonkey).

On Sunday, Henry Ian Cusick will attend virtual panels at the Dream It Convention. During hiatus, Tristin Mays filmed a movie called “The Christmas Sitters” that will air on the ion TV channel on December 13, 20 and 25. For the exact dates and more promo photos, you can check here.

Tristin Mays in The Christmas Sitters (via ionTV)

Season 4 Rerun and Season 5 Schedule
Tonight, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (4×12). Next Friday, we get a rerun of the Season 4 Finale (Save + The + Dam + World). The rerun on November 27 was dropped due to “Frosty the Snowman”, but it’s possible that they will add more reruns during Christmas break. In fact, it seems some networks are planning on bigger Christmas breaks than usual, so it’s not clear yet when the Friday shows will be back next year.

For now, we can safely assume that we will get to watch at least three new episodes in December. Ratings-wise, the other CBS Fall shows haven’t been doing well so far (especially SWAT), but I think the Friday Line-Up will be safe from any big schedule shake-ups.

Cover Preview for MacGyver: Meltdown (via Prince of Cats Literary Productions)

Other MacGyver News
Yesterday, we got a first look at the cover of the upcoming first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown), written by Eric Kelly and MacGyver-Creator Lee David Zlotoff. The book was to come out in October, but has been postponed to end of November. You can find more information here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #123

A collective, happy sigh in the fandom last week – we have a filming date for Season 5!

Lucas Till encouraging people to vote (via Shirts Across America)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines 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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

Premiere Date Speculations (encore)
On October 13 and 21, CBS announced premiere dates for 10 plus 5 of their shows. Sadly, MacGyver was not part of these lists. It seems that CBS wants to set a premiere date for the entire Friday line-up.

Considering that Blue Bloods just started filming around October 5, they probably don’t have any episodes ready to air yet. Also, CBS might have waited to announce their midseason shows in case another production has to be put on a short hiatus and is delayed (or worse, benched for the season). That way, they can quickly readjust the schedule in case one of the other weekday line-ups collapses.

Lucas Till celebrating Halloween with friends (via Blair Redford)

According to a tweet by the Magnum PI Writers, the premiere was planned to happen before the end of the year. All we can do is be patient and wait for news, but it looks more and more likely we won’t get any new episodes before next year and that MacGyver stays a midseason show for now.

All you need to know about Season 5
Most important thing first: We finally have a filming date! On October 31, new crew member Susie Flower revealed in a Facebook comment that the filming date had been pushed because “the “stages” were so disastrously unhealthy” and that they now have a shooting date for Wednesday, November 11.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

On October 27, several news outlets like Variety reported that CBS shortened its series orders for the 2020-21 Season. This is not very surprising; and I speculated the same back in Spring. Interestingly, we don’t have any information about the episode count for MacGyver yet. The official episode count for Magnum PI is 16 (instead of 20), the same as for Blue Bloods (instead of 22). There’s a good chance they will do the same episode count for the entire Friday line-up, so they can have their premieres and season finales together.

I have to admit that I’m wondering how Blue Bloods will manage even 16 episodes if they just started filming at the beginning of October. For MacGyver, the fact that they haven’t started filming yet confirms my suspicion that they will take the already filmed episodes into account; meaning they have to film about 10 more episodes.

CBS All Access promoting their available Halloween episodes

In recent weeks, we got at least quite a bit of information about upcoming storylines. Here’s a recap of all we know so far:

  • According to TV Guide Magazine and their article about the Season 5 Opener, Codex kidnaps Russ Taylor; demanding a prisoner exchange for Murdoc. (Note: This is most likely about the episode written with production number 501 that has yet to be filmed, titled “Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog”.)

There’s also the prospect of Mac having to navigate a potential love triangle with Desi and Riley.

  • In an article published by The Washington Post, we got some more teasers. For one, we will finally meet Bozers family: In an upcoming episode, MacGyver will talk about racial justice, police defunding and the long-standing contradictions of being a Black police officer in America with Bozer’s father. The show may also explore the tensions between the elder Bozer and his wife, active in city politics, over the defund-the-police debate.

While TV Guide Magazine usually does exclusives on the Fall Season Openers, it’s not clear yet if they will indeed air this episode first or not. Considering the long hiatus (with the leftover Season 4 episodes filmed almost a year ago by the time Season 5 will premiere) plus the change in showrunners, it would make more sense to air the “leftover” episodes first and start a new story-arc.

Lucas Till celebrating Halloween with friends (via Mike Milligan)

Additionally, the MacGyver Writers gave us 3 spoiler-teasers after reaching 8000 followers on Twitter:

  1. Mac & Riley become linked in an unexpected way
  2. We’ll meet the parents of TWO characters
  3. Russ gets a love interest

Of course, these teaser-spoilers led to a lot of fan chatter and speculations on social media; also staking the fires between Team MacRiley and Team MacDesi. There’s a good chance that we will meet the parents of Desi, though.

There have been whisperings that NCIS cast member Sean Murray will do a guest appearance on an upcoming episode. It’s been added to the Wikipedia page in the crossover section before being deleted again, but so far I haven’t seen any official news about this.

What’s going to happen now?
As mentioned above, filming for about 10 more episodes should start on November 11. I had been wondering if one of the regular cast is a high risk person, but it looks like the main problem had been the stages being in bad shape. It’s unclear if the problem was something like water damage due to the storms or if the stages had just not been made “pandemic-ready” yet. It’s also unclear if it will affect the choice of filming locations.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Also, filming won’t be easier now that we’re entering the colder season and the storylines for outdoor locations are more limited. Like in Vancouver, there’s also the possibility of covid test lab results being delayed, now that the big blockbuster productions have re-started filming in Atlanta Area as well. Most productions have 3-4 tests per person every week, so there’s thousands of additional tests being done.

CBS has scheduled more reruns of MacGyver starting next week. Here’s the upcoming reruns schedule:

  • Friday, November 13: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (4×12)
  • Friday, November 20: Save + The + Dam + World (4×13)
  • Friday, December 4: tba
  • Friday, December 11: tba
  • Friday, December 18: tba

In case you wondered, the rerun on November 27 was dropped due to “Frosty the Snowman” reruns.

CBS All Access promoting their available Halloween episodes

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: On October 15, CBS celebrated Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth. Alongside the cast of several CBS shows, Levy Tran, Lucas Till and Meredith Eaton took selfies while wearing the purple shirts.

On October 28, Lucas Till encouraged people to vote via Shirts Across America. The connection to this organization might have been coming together because Bob Zellner (author of the book that Lucas’ movie Son of the South is based on) will speak at a workshop on December 5.

We now have more information about the project Tristin Mays worked a few months ago in Colorado. She filmed a movie called “The Christmas Sitters” that will air on the ion TV channel in December. A fan site of Tristin’s co-star Nathan Owens posted a First Look Photo.

Tristin Mays and Nathan Owens in “The Christmas Sitters” (via Nathan Owens Fan)

On November 3, Henry Ian Cusick revealed in an Instagram Story he’s travelling to Atlanta that day – to get a haircut. After a quick home visit, Justin Hires returned to Atlanta yesterday. Tristin Mays had to get a covid test done on November 4. While the cast is getting ready for filming, we haven’t seen much indication of the crew yet. It might also take a while to find out who’s on the crew this season. For one, the new showrunner will bring in people she already worked with before. Second, some of the crew that worked on previous seasons have already started on other projects.