MacGyver Reboot Update #75

Cast and crew keep filming in cold Atlanta – even when they’re filming inside, they have “refrigerated” sets. We’ve glimpsed another familiar face and might have to say goodbye to Jack Dalton tonight!

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episode 3×13
Before and after the episode aired, director Brad Turner and most of the guest stars (e.g. Justin Welborn, Vanessa Garcia and Edward Gelhaus) posted BtS photos they had taken when filming back in November.

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Vanessa Garcia)

Just as I was typing up on my last blog post, CBS finally uploaded 3 Sneak Peeks onto their media site. It’s a bit of a pity they decided to add the clips so late since there was only about 5 hours left before the premiere when they’ve finally hit YouTube; ready to be shared and discussed by the fans. To make up for it, they posted a few photos; e.g. a BtS photo with Lucas Till.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain later uploaded a blog post about the MacHacks in this episode. On January 25, he also delivered one for Episode 1×10 (Pliers) and kept releasing blog posts for Season 1:  One for Episode 1×11 (Scissors), one for Episode 1×12 (Screwdriver) and one for Episode 1×13 (Large Blade).

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via CBS)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) managed to attract 6.577 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.7. The hashtag #MacGyver trended for almost an hour nation-wide in the top ten (on rank 6), just behind #Blindspot. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.617 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 8.192 million viewers with a demo of 1.11 (+48%).

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) had 6.895 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.8. This is the highest demo and audience number this season so far. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.583 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.482 million viewers with a demo of 1.16 (+43%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Brad Turner)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.214 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to all scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 20 (of 21) in demo and at rank 13 (of 21) in audience.

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Thanks to a special airing after the AFC Championship, Magnum PI raised their average up to 6.074 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.96 demo-rating. Just last week, they announed that the show will get another season. SEAL Team is at 5.545 millions live-viewers (but is facing a 4-weeks-long break) and a demo of 0.84 on average while SWAT is at 5.338 / 0.76.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

At the TCA Winter Panel, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl seems confident about the show’s future in an interview with Deadline:

DEADLINE: What about MacGyver? Would it continue without George Eads?

KAHL: It’s doing terrific work for us on Friday night at 8 PM, which is a tough time slot, and certainly remains in contention for next year.

Of course, he isn’t saying anyhting we didn’t already know. While we can be confident about a renewal, it might be a while until it is announced.

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×14
Episode 3×14 is titled “Father + Bride + Betrayal”, written by Sophia Lopez and directed by Avi Youabian. Here’s the synopsis:

An international crime boss offers Matty a deal she can’t refuse – he’ll surrender himself into her custody if he’s allowed to return to the United States to watch his daughter walk down the aisle. MacGyver and team crash the wedding to ensure the crime lord doesn’t run, only to discover they’re not the only ones lying in wait at the event.

On January 22, CBS released several Official Stills featuring Team Phoenix at a wedding. On an Instagram Live Video, Justin Hires revealed that he will have a lot of scenes with George Eads in the episode.

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Fans were a bit stumped that they didn’t deliver a preview last Friday like they did for Hawaii Five-0. They gave us a preview on Saturday though, finally giving a hint how the character of Jack Dalton will be written out and confirming our suspicion that this will be George Ead’s last episode for now.

While typing up this blog post, no Sneak Peeks have been released yet. We did get a few hints in the last two weeks, though. Meredith Eaton posted a photo of Matty blindfolded; jokingly asking Siri where she was. The post garnered quite a few comments and jokes in relation to the Netflix hit movie “Bird Box”.

Justin Hires uploaded a BtS photo of Mac and Jack saying goodbye to each other in the War Room. Interestingly, this looks like a rather unemotional and distant goodbye so lets hope we actually get a good bromance scene to make up for it.

Director Avi Youabian posted some teaser photos via Instagram Live Stories, but also a nice photo with Team Phoenix. This might actually be the first time we have a group photo with all regular Team Phoenix Members this season.

BtS photo of Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (via Avi Youabian)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×15 to 3×19
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes – it’s been a while since they filmed them and there are no further Press Releases yet. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the next handful of episodes:

  • 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (February 15)
    Directed by Gabriel Beristain. Guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and dog Seven.
  • 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (February 22)
  • 3×17: tba (March 1)
  • 3×18: tba (March 8)
    Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian.
  • 3×19: tba (March 15)

After the premiere of Episode 3×19, there will be a break for 3 weeks due to March Madness (Basketball). They already released the full schedule for the rest of the episodes, but there might be some more changes.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Michael Des Barres)

Interestingly, it looks like they’ve scheduled 23 episodes for all 3 Friday shows. So far, there was no notice about ordering an additional episode. There might be an extra timeslot for a rerun or re-scheduling when needed.

Working on Episodes 3×17 and 3×18
Filming for Episode 3×17 started around January 15. Justin Hires and Reign Edwards filmed some scenes in Bozer’s old-school car. On Wednesday, production moved to film in the Atlanta Stadium, making use of a “refrigerated” set. They also filmed on the Westview Cemetery and in Piedmont Park. Due to the cold, cast and crew were heavily bundled up, trying to enjoy some short breaks whenever the sun made an appearance.

Lucas Till revealed his “tiniest wound to date”, joking that he will put a compilation together of all his injuries from filming at the end of the season. Michael Des Barres arrrived early in Atlanta to learn his lines. He already posted a photo on January 25; posing with Costumer Sarah Downer in the Fitting Room.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Jason Tubbs)

On January 26 (Saturday), the crew filmed a stunt scene on the Atlanta Motor Speedway involving a helicopter and the appropriate gear for filming car chases. On the BtS photo by Jason Tubbs, there is one stunt double wearing prison garb. It’s safe to assume the stunt people represent Murdoc, MacGyver and MacGyver Senior. Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted some very blurry videos on Instagram that shows MacGyver jumping from a car onto another vehicle, plus a car chase with a chopper not far behind. He later added not-blurry a photo as well.

On Monday, they continued filming the corresponding scenes with the main cast. It looked similar to back when they’ve been filming Episode 1×13 (Large Blade). Interestingly, TV channel CBS 46 was on location for promo. Astrid Martinez provided photos and short videos via Instagram and Facebook; revealing that she did interviews with Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires on the parking lot in front of the studio lot.

CBS46 on set of Season 3 (via Astrid Martinez)

As Justin Hires revealed, Bozer might hurt his arm on a mission soon. He filmed “elevator scenes” with Tate Donovan, Lucas Till and Levy Tran this week and posted today that he filmed some stunt scenes with his Stunt Double Tim R McAdams; both joking about Tim’s Bozer wig. Justin also went live on Instagram twice recently; answering fan questions as they were rolling in.

On Wednesday, Lucas Till filmed scenes with David Dastmalchian on location. They had set up several big green screens in the cold with David sitting in a crashed car, wearing a bloody face once again.

Some of cast and crew posted photos of older episodes; e.g. Sarah Downer who uploaded a sketch of the Unicorn Dress made for Episode 3×11 or Leon Ngo (also taken when filming 3×11).

CBS46 on set of Season 3 (via Astrid Martinez)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Since IMDb still isn’t up to date, it’s difficult to find out about guest stars in episodes that didn’t have a Press Release yet. Justin Hires uploaded videos on Snapchat and Instagram recently that revealed that Tate Donovan (as MacGyver Senior) has been on set for several days. We don’t know yet if it ties into the storyline about Walsh.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Levy Tran) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rya Meyers or for Reign Edwards). The most interesting Casting Call was probably the one looking for males for Make-Up-Tests since the photos revealed that it’s for David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres. They’ve also been looking for their potential Stand-Ins. MDB mentioned he’ll be in Atlanta all week, so hopefully he has a bit more scenes this time.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

Central Casting also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Men and Women who portray Caucasian to work with their European brand car, for a Painter and Balloon Artist, for Kids portraying an actor’s son and daughter, for Park Patrons, a Pilot, Bar Patrons, a Bar Doorman, Police, Coffee and Apartment Patrons, a group of 5 guards, two male Skateboarders, Nurses and Patients, more Guards, for Prison Guards and for Men with tactical experience.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: On March 23, there will be a panel for all 3 CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov at the Paley-Fest LA. Publicist Beth Haiken had confirmed that besides Lucas Till for MacGyver also Alex O’Loughlin (H50), Jay Hernandez (Magnum PI) and Lenkov will attend. Tickets are already on sale, so take the chance if you want to enjoy this event up close and personal.

BtS photo of Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (via Justin Hires)

Reminder: The Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. The show already made it into following categories for Round 2:

  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres)
  • Best Recurring Actor (Tate Donovan, David Dastmalchian)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond)
  • Best Stunts
  • Best Writing
  • Favorite TV Programme
  • Favorite TV Character
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MacGyver Reboot Update #73

Christmas Hiatus is finally over. Cast and crew started filming again today. We’ve already glimpsed a familiar face and we’ll get to enjoy a new and intense episode tonight!

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Working on Episode 3×15
Filming for Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) had started on December 10. They had a real dog (named Seven) on set, alongside a stuffed Stand-In lovingly carried around by the crew.

The 2nd Unit worked on Sunday (December 16) as well; probably to make sure they could finish the episode and leave for Christmas Hiatus on time. They filmed a fire stunt with dog Seven and had a car crashing through a garage door on the next day.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Bruce Giglio)

According to Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he had planned to visit Atlanta on December 17, but we never saw any proof that he had actually been there. Justin Hires was already back in LA, but kept uploading BtS photos; e.g of him and George Eads while filming Episode 3×14 – the same episode that director Avi Youabian was editing on that day at the Paramount Studios.

On December 19, they had a little Wrap Party with Special Guest Grinch (aka Co-Executive Producer Jeff Downer). Of the main cast, it looks like it was only Lucas Till and Tristin Mays attending. Lucas was still in costume; posing for photos with Mike Martinez.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

After wrapping up, cast and crew enjoyed the filming hiatus; spending time with family or enjoying a short holiday. Justin Hires postes some new BtS photos, as did Meredith Eaton via Instagram Short Stories. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet during the hiatus.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain wrote several more science notes blog posts about the MacHacks used in Season 1: One for Episode 1×07 (Can Opener), one for Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew) and one for Episode 1×09 (Chisel); adding videos with it as well.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Erik Kerr)

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×11
Episode 3×11 is titled “Mac + Fallout + Jack”, written by Jim Adler and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen). Here’s the Synopsis:

Mac and Jack hit the road for a weekend of relaxation in Las Vegas, but their mini-vacation is cut short when someone from their past abducts them and locks them in a concrete room. Also, Matty tasks Riley, Bozer and Leanna with stealing a diamond encoded with terrorist intel from a princess (Shani Atias) in Milan.

On December 18. CBS released 11 Official Stills in total. They all feature the A-storyline with Mac and Jack. On December 29, the preview was uploaded on YouTube. It’s quite dark and feels like an hommage to James Wan’s horror thriller “SAW”, so it sparked a lot of discussions among fans.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Yesterday, they uploaded a different preview onto Instagram, that is a bit less dark but not less menacing or threatening, confirming speculations by fans that the kidnapping will happen via car crash.

Back in December, Erik Kerr had posted a BtS photo of the prop rockets. Yesterday, director Carlos Bernard re-posted the BtS photo of George Eads and Lucas Till with Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever. Otherwise, we almost have no BtS photos of the A-storyline with Mac and Jack.

Justin Hires provided some more BtS photos of the B-storyline that involves him, guest-star Shani Atias and a lot of other pretty actresses in what looks like a modelling setting. As Jonathan Horne revealed, he will play a designer named Marco.

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via CBS Press Express)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×12 to 3×16
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes since it’s been quite a while since they filmed them. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:

  • 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (January 11)
    Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan. For the synopsis and the Official Stills, you can check up here.
  • 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (January 18)
    Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn plus Brendan Hines as Matty’s Ex-Husband Ethan Reigns. See here for the Press Release and the Official Stills.
  • 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (February 1)
    Directed by Avi Youabian.  Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez. Possibly George Ead’s last episode this season.
  • 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (February 15)
    Directed by Gabriel Beristain. Guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and dog Seven.
  • 3×16: tba (February 22). Filming for this episode started today.

Apparently, CBS has already prepared for promo without George Eads when they introduced a new social media header this week.

New social media header for Season 3 (via CBS)

The photo was taken during the promo shoot for the official promo posters before the premiere of Season 1, back in August 2016. Interestingly, the original photo showed a bomb having been strapped onto MacGyver’s chest. The bomb is now hidden after digitally adding more ropes.

Working on Episode 3×16
Filming for this episode started today. Madeline Grayson already uploaded an Instagram Live Story early in the morning out of the costume-design-slash-prop-room, working on what looks like syringes. As Tristin Mays revealed, Billy Baldwin (as Riley’s dad) is back on set at this moment, presumably filming in the appartement that is used as Riley’s living place.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce it; with Deadline revealing that his character won’t be killed off for the possibility for him to return as a guest star.

So far, we don’t have any further information how Jack Dalton will be written out. After the preview for Episode 3×11 had been released, fans worried that Mac would have to kill Jack in order to save himself. But don’t be afraid:  According to the Press Release revealed yesterday, Jack is also part of the B-storyline in Episode 3×13. George Eads was last seen on set for Episode 3×14, so this will probably be his last appearence.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

As it is, Justin Hires had posted a BtS photo on December 18, showing Jack and Bozer with Jack wearing a Military camo jacket. It’s possible that Jack will be called back into the Armed Forces – if it’s voluntarily or not remains to be seen.

Since IMDb still isn’t up to date, it’s difficult to find out about guest stars in episodes that didn’t have a Press Release yet. Before the Holiday Hiatus, Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Ashlee Heath and for a bald, African American man). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Phoenix Guard, Soldiers, an African American Military Man and Caucasian Agents.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Other MacGyver-related News
On December 21, The Blast exclusively revealed that CBS is being sued by 2 parties because of the Reboot, claiming that they’re entitled to payments based on a deal dating from the original series. If you’re interested, you can read the full complaint by one suing party on here.

Briana Lamb – Stand-In in Season 1 (e.g. for Sandrine Holt, Amy Acker and others) – let herself being interviewed for a podcast episode, released on December 31st. At 1h 12min, she talks a few minutes about the experience of working on “MacGyver” and Lucas Till’s Pokemon obsession. She also talks about work as a Stand-In in general (she’s worked in over 50 productions) and the long gruelling hours the actors have to endure; most of them being overworked and missing their family.

With Sandrine Holt on Set of MacGyver Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via Briana Lamb)

Mid-December, George Satsidis had added an excerpt of his recent interview with Lucas Till. Lucas talked about MacGyver being a dream role and how he filmed the “drone stunt” seen in Episode 3×10. Yesterday, GlobalNews Canada also uploaded a written interview, probably taken on that same press day. Lucas describes the Wine Bottle Rockets (in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew) as one of the most outlandish creation that MacGyver has made so far and how they only have a few minutes to prepare for the fight scenes.

Reminder: The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Voting for Round 1 has closed and results will be announced soon. Voting for Round 2 will start January 7. I don’t know if all categories get another round or not, but I’m sure that at least some of the cast and crew made it for another round.

MacGyver Reboot Update #72

No episode tonight. Cast and Crew are still filming; getting some more work done before the well-deserved Christmas Hiatus. The show will be back on January 4.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episodes 3×09 and 3×10
Sadly, they didn’t release any Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×09 until 2 hours before the episode aired and no Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×10 at all – contrary to Blue Bloods (2 Sneak Peeks), Hawaii Five-0 (3 Sneak Peeks) or S.W.A.T. (7 Sneak Peeks) last week.

Considering that this was the midseason finale episode and one of the last episodes with George Eads (who is a fan favorite and the second lead actor), you’d think CBS would have promoted the episodes with Sneak Peeks as well. I think it would be worth to show the Jack Dalton fans that George is still on and to ensure they will keep watching once he’s gone; waiting to see if he back in another episode as a guest actor.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

For Episode 3×10, Matt Carter released a two-part interview with Meredith Eaton before and after the episode aired (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here). There was an additional interview snippet via TV Insider; warning us that we’ll need tissues. Meredith also had taken over the official CBS Instagram Account; answering fan questions on Live Stories sent in during the week.

Though not adding any Sneak Peeks, CBS at least posted a few new BtS photos. One shows 3 different MacGyvers (Lucas, his Stand-In Matt and thet Stunt Double), another one Reign Edwards while preparing for a fighting scene. Interestingly, both Meredith in her interview and CBS in the BtS photos omitted anything related to George Eads; as if he’s already a persona non grata.

As always, Technical Advisor Rhett Allain uploaded blog posts about the MacHacks in these episodes – e.g. about a Glycerol Lock Hack or about the Air Wedge in Episode 3×09 or about the Cricket Ball Flash Bang or the Water Cooler Bomb in Episode 3×10, providing some videos as well.

BtS photo of Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) on November 16 got 6.203 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7, beating Last Man Standing in audience numbers. Including the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.60 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.805 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+52%).

Episode 3×09 (Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak) had aired on November 30. It got 6.276 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.7. It added 1.49 million viewers (+24%) in the +7 Days ratings, reaching a total of 7.772 million viewers and a demo of 1.07 (+47%).

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) on December 7 had an audience of 6.359 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7, again beating Last Man Standing in audience numbers. So far, it added 1.32 million viewers (+21%) in the +3 Days ratings, reaching a total of 7.687 million viewers and a demo of 1.01 (+41%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
We’ve already reached Christmas Hiatus for most CBS shows. At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.089 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71. For Season 2, Episodes 12, 13 and 14 (all airing in January) have been the episodes with the highest audience numbers. We have yet to see if George Eads exiting the show will affect the ratings; meaning they’ll drop instead of rising further before the usual drop when we’re nearing Summer temperatures. It’s a possibility, but shouldn’t hinder the Reboot to get a 4th season to reach syndication.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Compared to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is still at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime shows in the same ratings range, now that all have aired 10 episodes so far since their Fall Premiere: Showrunner Peter Lenkov’s rookie show Magnum PI is at 5.887 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.86 demo-rating on average. SEAL Team is at 5.516 millions / 0.85 in demo on average and SWAT at 5.216 / 0.74.

What you need to know about Episode 3×11
Episode 3×11 will air on January 4. It’s titled “Mac + Fallout + Jack “, written by Jim Adler and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen). Here’s the Synopsis:

Mac and Jack hit the road for a weekend of relaxation in Las Vegas, but their mini-vacation is cut short when someone from their past abducts them and locks them in a concrete room. Also, Matty tasks Riley, Bozer and Leanna with stealing a diamond encoded with terrorist intel from a princess in Milan.

The episode has a guest appearance by Shani Atias as princess Zahra. She continues to post BtS photos every now and then.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Peter Lenkov)

Erik Kerr posted a BtS photo of the prop rockets. Besides the editing photo by Lenkov a while ago, we don’t have much visual material of the A storyline with Mac and Jack yet.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×12 to 3×16
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes and especially of the airdates since they’ve been scheduling them so much around. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:

  • 3×12: tba (January 11)
    Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.
  • 3×13: tba (January 18)
    Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn.
  • 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (February 1)
    Directed by Avi Youabian.  Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez.
  • 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (February 15)
    Directed by Gabriel Beristain. Guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and dog Seven.
  • 3×16: tba (February 22)

Sadly, it looks like the two initially planned reruns over Christmas hiatus have been scrapped. At least the fans don’t have to wait too long for the show to come back.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Anthony Dilio)

Working on Episodes 3×14 and 3×15
On November 28, production started on Episode 3×14. For several days, they filmed at a wedding location with the team all dressed up. Roberto Sanchez posted several photos from set; mostly while wearing a tux. He also revealed the episode title: “Father + Bride + Betrayal”.

Justin Hires posted several videos (e.g. with George Eads), but also some BtS photos (e.g. with Meredith Eaton or with George Eads, pitching a “Men in Black” Reboot). Director Avi Youabian posted a few Live Stories on Instagram. It seems that the entire episode is set on this location and the woods surrounding it.

Cast and Crew still mostly post temporary videos without revealing too much, though some crew members (e.g. Easton Harper) were nice enough to post a photo every now and then.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

While the cast was still busy filming for 3×14, Gabriel Beristain was prepping for directing Episode 3×15. Filming for the episode titled “K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit” started on Monday. They had a real dog on set, but the crew mostly posted about the stuffed Stand-In; carrying it around and cradling it. Seems it’s their favorite Stand-In to work with.

On Wednesday, they started production early; setting up two big green screens and lighting some fire while filming between shipping containers and in the woods. Today, they escaped the rain; filming inside a mansion, including dog Seven. Lucas Till posted a photo of him and his brother Nick; recreating a similar photo from filming X-Men: First Class. Justin Hires uploaded another new BtS photo today, making all the fans happy that have been waiting for MacGyver’s brown leather jacket to make a comeback.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Avi Youabian)

ICYMI: About George Eads leaving the Reboot
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Eads’ exit; followed by various articles by other TV news outlets like TV Line or SpoilerTV. The news flooded Twitter and other social media for days.

For now, we don’t know for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. He was on set of Episode 3×14, but the BtS photos and videos didn’t reveal anything about the character’s fate. Deadline has some more information:

While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.

If Episode 3×14 is indeed George’s last episode, you will have to tune in on February 1st to catch it. As Peter Lenkov revealed in an Instagram Live Story, he will visit the set on Monday. It’s not clear if this is one of the regular visits (he was just in Hawaii for Magnum and Hawaii Five-0 this week) or if it’s a special occasion regarding George’s exit.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Taraja Ramsess)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards has been back on set this week as Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna. Since IMDb isn’t up to date, it’s difficult to find out about guest stars. Anthony Dilio revealed he’s got a part in the show, but we don’t know yet in what episode or in what capacity.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Presilah Nunez, Levy Tran or Ryan Czerwonko, for a female Stand-In with red hair and for a kid actor). Fun Fact: Even dogs have a Stand-In on set – only of the stuffed, plushy kind. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Masked Men, for Wedding Guests, a Photographer, Servers, a group of Smugglers and for Techs and Agents.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Andrew Moore)

Other MacGyver-related News
George Satsidis added an excerpt of his recent interview with Lucas Till. Lucas talks about MacGyver being a dream role and how he filmed the “drone stunt” (we’ve just seen last Friday in Episode 3×10).

Reminder: The Reboot is still eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote in the following categories:

  • Best Guest Actress (added by fans: Amy Smart)
  • Best Guest Actor (added by fans: Michael Des Barres)
  • Best Recurring Actress
  • Best Recurring Actor (already on the list: Tate Donovan)

In the first round, you can still vote as many times as you want and choose as many boxes to tick as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add it into the “other” box (they will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – usually takes a day or two).

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Every Episode aired in 2018 is eligible, that means every guest actor/actress or recurring actor/actress starting with Episode 2×12; for example Kate Bond (Jill) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc).

There will be several rounds with new categories added over time, so check in regularly.

MacGyver Reboot Update #70

Cast and Crew are battling harsh conditions this week while filming outside. For tonight’s Episode 3×08, they got to dress up for a Gala Dinner that’s taking place in a warm and comfy ball room, at least.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episodes 3×06 and 3×07
Shortly before the episodes aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episodes back in September; e.g. David Dastmalchian for Episode 3×06 (with Lucas Till), Sibongile Mlambo for 3×06 (with David Dastmalchian) or Jimmy Akingbola for 3×07 (with Justin Hires, with Tristin Mays and with Joy Sunday).

Since Episode 3×03, CBS hadn’t released any Sneak Peeks. Fans felt cheated on, especially because Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods got several Sneak Peeks for every episode. So it was a nice surprise when for Episode 3×07, they released 3 Sneak Peeks on November 8.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via David Dastmalchian)

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain added blog posts about the MacHacks again – e.g. about the use of muriatic acid to eat through cement in Episode 3×06 or about the Microwave Gun in 3×07. He was also interviewed for a CBS news channel segment. (Funny note: He’s never met the cast or the crew. CBS should invite this man to visit the set soon!)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap:  With the World Series being on at the same time, the demo-rating for Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) dropped to a 0.6. It still managed a live-viewers audience of 5.894 millions. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.66 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 7.553 million viewers and a demo of 1.01 (+58%) when including the DVR numbers.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) made 6.063 milllion live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.8 in the important demo-group of 18-49-year-olds. This episode has the second-highest audience number and the highest (un-rounded) demo of Season 3 so far. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.41 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.475 million viewers and a demo of 1.09 (+40%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0, but more interestingly, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest audience number this season.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.008 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.

For comparison with other CBS crime shows in the same range: Peter Lenkov’s rookie show Magnum PI is at 6.001 millions / 0.88 demo (Monday) after airing 7 episodes so far, despite getting a lot more promo than other CBS shows. It just got an extra premiere-slot on Sunday, January 20 – directly after the AFC Championship Game. This could work in their favor; affecting the episode averages for the season. SEAL Team is on average at 5.34 million live-viewers / 0.83 in demo (Wednesday, 7 episodes) and SWAT at 5.22 / 0.71 (Thursday, 7 episodes).

When comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. While that doesn’t read so great, all prediction sites have the show predicted as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed”. Its famous brand name with franchise and syndication potential sure makes it a likely candidate to get another season.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 3×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome”, written by Brian Durkin and directed by Lily Mariye. In case you missed the Synopsis:

MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of “The Ghost,” a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

The episode has guest appearances by Holland Roden, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson) and Sean C. Michael (as the Ghost). It looks like George Eads might be absent in this episode since I haven’t seen him in any of the BtS or promo material.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

On November 8, they released 13 Official Stills. Most pf them show Team Phoenix (sans Jack and Leanna) at a Gala Dinner, all dolled up and/or in sharp suits. They also released 2 Sneak Peeks yesterday. The first one has Mac and Riley talking about Nasha before Mac meets Holland Rodan’s character Eileen at a veteran gala. The second one has Mac, Riley, Bozer plus Charlie and Eileen out in the field with Matty assisting in the War Room back at Phoenix.

Emerson Brooks uploaded a BtS photo showing Charlie on a stretcher; confirming that the episode will take place in Paris. Executive Producer and Showrunner Peter Lenkov remains quiet. In fact, besides a re-post of Lucas Till, he still hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related on Instagram since October 5.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via Sibongile Mlambo)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×09 to 3×12
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the important information for the next weeks:

  • 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (November 30)
    Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton) and return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna). Check out the Press Release and the Official Stills here.
  • 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
    Partially filmed in a prison location. Otherwise still top secret, apparently.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever.
  • 3×12: tba (tbd)
    Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.

There’s no episode on November 23, but we’ll get a rerun on December 28. Episode 3×11 – which was originally planned as the Christmas Episode being the Midseason-Finale – will presumably air in January.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Carlos Bernard)

Working on Episodes 3×11 and 3×12
Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew still mainly rely on temporary videos now without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about. Luckily, every now and then, someone feels like teasing the fans a bit. They filmed a car crash and another ballroom gala scene. Shani Atias had uploaded quite a few BtS photos and Insta Stories. Director Carlos Bernard uploaded a nice team photo while taking a break after filming in the War Room.

On November 6, production started on Episode 2×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving, in a hangar (and possibly inside an airplane) and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia – while also working on a set that looks like Fort Knox. This week, the constant and cold rain led do some re-scheduling so they could film inside instead. They also had some kid actors on set during the last few days: Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody posted some nice photos with the cast.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Izabella Dzmitryieu)

The weather didn’t change for the better though – so yesterday, they had to film in the woods; despite freezing temperatures, wind and rain. Even the cameras got to wear a raincoat. Today, they were lucky with blue skies and the sun peeking through the foliage every now and then.

It’s possible they’re already working on Episode 3×13. My count might be a day or two off – but according to my files, they reached Day 100 of filming for Season 3.

Today, ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September of Season 3). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season (sadly, it’s not really a surprise anymore since we’re already seven episodes in).

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Justin Hires)

Erik Kerr uploaded several videos of different episodes, e.g. of filming the attack on the truck with Riley driving (in Episode 3×04) or the fighting scene between Amber and Murdoc in Episode 3×06. (Funny note: The Stunt Double for Sarah Sokolovic was Kandis Hargrave, wife of Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave. Between takes, she was nursing their son.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Greg Corbett, Faran Tahir, David Chin and Alex Livinalli. Additionally, they had Casting Calls for Photo Doubles, a Hand Double for Meredith Eaton and for a Stand-In with red hair.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for African American Techs and Agents, for Bad Guys, for Russian Guards and Russian Security, Tactical Men, Gala Guests, Russian Police, Russian Valets, Upscale Cars, Police, Male Fit Models, for Pedestrians with Cars, a Featured Pilot and Tactical Teams.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: Season 1 of Original MacGyver was released on BluRay on October 30. Might be a nice Christmas gift *wink*. There’s no information yet about a possible release date for Season 2.

It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the category “Best TV Show” and for the characters in the category “Favorite TV Character” plus for the category “Best Non-Human Character or Prop” (I’ll say the robot or the SAK are the most likely candidates here).

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

For now, you can vote as many times as you want. The show is not available to choose from the list, but you can add it into the “other” box. So add your favorites in there and vote as many times as you want as long as the categories stay open. If it’s like last year, there will be several rounds with new categories added over time.

MacGyver Reboot Update #69

Murdoc is back in tonight’s Episode 3×06. We also got a glimpse at Episode 3×07 and apparently, there were MacGyver cookies on set!

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Carlos Bernard)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episodes 3×04 and 3×05
Shortly before the episodes aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episodes back in August; e.g. Tiffany Denise Hobbs (for 3×04) or Adela Tirado and Tucker Meek (both for 3×05). Matthew Albright posted a few BtS photos of the stunt scene on the truck of Episode 3×04.

BtS photo of Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (via Matthew Albright)

For both episodes, CBS didn’t release any Sneak Peeks. Fans felt cheated on, especially because Hawaii Five-0 got 4 Sneak Peeks for Episode 9×04 two weeks ago and 3 in total for 9×05 last week while Blue Bloods got 3 clips for each episode. Also, they took their sweet time to upload the clips from Episode 3×05 onto YouTube. Usually, they’re up just after the episode aired. This time, we had to wait until Tuesday.

To recap:  Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) had garned an audience of 6.155 milllion live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. In the +7 Days ratings, it added another 1.537 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 7.696 million viewers when including DVR.

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) reached 6.008 million live-viewers and a demo 0.7 in the demo-group of 18-49-year-olds, so losing a bit in both audience and demo when compared to Episode 3×03. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.571 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.583 million viewers and a demo of 1.07 (+55%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) had tough competition; the World Series being on at the same time. While the demo-rating dropped to a 0.6, it still managed a live-viewers audience of 5.894 millions. In the +3 Days ratings, it added 1.26 million viewers (+21%), reaching a total of 7.157 million viewers and a demo of 0.94 (+47%) when including the DVR numbers available so far.

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (via Adela Tirado)

While the demo ratings aren’t as good as CBS likes them, the Reboot still holds up pretty well against some of the other CBS action dramas; especially in audience numbers. For comparison: Magnum PI is at 6.21 millions / 0.92 demo (Monday) after airing six episodes so far, SEAL Team at 5.32 / 0.82 (Wednesday, 5 episodes) and SWAT at 5.23 / 0.72 (Thursday, 5 episodes).

What you need to know about Episode 3×06
The episode airing tonight is titled “Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc”, directed by Stephen Herek.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

In case you missed the Synopsis:

Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) abducts MacGyver’s girlfriend, Nasha (Sibongile Mlambo), to force Mac to help him rescue his son, Cassian (Brady Bond), from a kidnapper. Also, a dangerous individual from Murdoc’s personal life shows up, giving Mac a glimpse into the villain’s past

They released 13 Official Stills in total – all of them featuring MacGyver, Murdoc, Cassian and Sarah Sokolovic as Amber. Yesterday, David Dastmalchian tweeted a funny GIF of Murdoc pushing MacGyver on an office chair.

Again, no special promo by CBS as I’m typing up this blog post – contrary to Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0 that both got Sneak Peeks yesterday; H50 another exclusive clip via TV Line today. So far, Executive Producer and Showrunner Peter Lenkov stayed quiet as well. In fact, besides a re-post of Lucas Till, he hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related on Instagram since October 5.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×07 to 3×11
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the important information for the next weeks:

  • 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (November 9)
    Guest appearances by Joy Sunday and Ric Reitz. Check out the Official Stills and the Press Release here.
  • 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (November 16)
    Directed by Lily Mariye. Guest appearances by Holland Roden, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson) and Sean C. Michael (as the Ghost). Check out the Press Release here.
  • 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (November 30)
    Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton).
  • 3×10: tba (December 7)
    Partially filmed in a prison location. Otherwise top secret, apparently.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias and Doug Savant.

 

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

As predicted, there’s no episode on November 23 due to Thanksgiving and Black Friday. They will air Holiday Specials at 8pm, followed by an episode of Magnum and a rerun of Hawaii Five-0. Initially, they have planned to air MacGyver reruns (we don’t know yet which episodes) on December 21 and 28. At the moment, the rerun on December 21 has been scrapped, along with the episode premiere on December 14. This means that Episode 3×11 – which was planned as the Christmas Episode being the Mid-season-Finale – will probably air AFTER Christmas (unless they can swap two episodes).

The episode title (Mac + Fallout + Jack) – revealed by Justin Hires – sure sounds ominous. I smell a cliffhanger-y plot twist. Fans might not mind that they don’t have to wait after a cliffhanger, but it will be a bit unusual to see a Christmas Episode in January. (It’s worth noting that the premiere for H50 has been scrapped as well while they got to keep the rerun on December 21.)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Working on Episodes 3×10 and 3×11
Again, there were almost no BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew rely mainly on temporary videos now – but every now and then, someone feels like teasing the fans a bit.

In recent weeks, they filmed an upscale event at a mansion and put Lucas Till in a Hazmat Suit. They also filmed in and around a pretty creepy prison set and decorated several streets to look like Christmas time; presumably for filming the Midseason Finale Episode.

As Meredith Eaton revealed, Matty is taking out the big guns now. It’s not clear yet if she just wanted a photo of a prop gun or if Matty will be part of a storyline involving handling deadly weapons. She looks a lot more friendly on the photo with Tristin Mays. Bozer will be wearing a tux again in an upcoming episode and seems to have taken part in a “planking competition“.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

On October 26, Lucas Till uploaded a short story that has him looking as if MacGyver did get into a fist fight again. According to Steven Serna, they had filmed a car crash scene that day, so maybe Mac had been involved in that – it would fit the Instagram Story that Lucas had uploaded on Halloween; showing him with bruises while sitting in the car. There are (fake) glass splinters on his clothes and in the reflection, it looks like the side-window is smashed.

The 2nd unit had to work on Saturday last week, while it seemed like the main cast had the day off.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via David Dastmalchian)

On October 30, the crew did the “dress like a co-worker” day again before fully embracing Halloween and showing up again in costume on the next day. They filmed some sort of ballroom gala scene where Meredith Eaton got to dress up while Reign Edwards, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires were delegated to staff; serving food and drinks.

Tristin and Reign later donned little black dresses while Justin looked like he was playing a designer. We can assume this will be another undercover mission. Interestingly, there were no sightings of Lucas Till or George Eads in the last 2 days.

While having a grueling schedule, they also get nice surprises every now and then. As Lucas Till revealed, one of the owners of a house location invited Cast and Crew to taste MacGyver cookies.

MacGyver cookies (via Lucas Till)

Cast, Crew and Character News
A photo by Carlos Bernard, director of Episode 3×11, revealed Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever as guest-stars. Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Jimmy Gonzalez, for Shani Atias and for Sarah Al-Sherri.

Additionally, they had Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and for Small European Cars. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Hispanic Priest, for Inmates, for male actors for a Make-Up-Test, a female Nurse, a male Tech, for Market and Café Patrons, a Ghana Guard, an Asian Guard, for more guards, a Middle Eastern male actor for a Photo Shoot, a man with lots of tattoos and for women for a Beatiful Entourage.

Tristin Mays for the NYSFE Fall Issue (via NYSFE Magazine)

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:

  • Tristin Mays is on the cover of the Fall Issue for NYSFE Magazine. There’s an interview and a photospread inside. You can order either the printed version or a digital copy on their website.
  • Season 1 of Original MacGyver was released on BluRay this Tuesday.
  • Season 3 of the Reboot is being dubbed into French at the moment. As Gil Darnell revealed in an Instagram Story on Wednesday, he dubbed his own character in Episode 3×01.

You can google it (Part 2): About Samantha/Olivia Cage

It’s been more than a year now since I’ve started blogging about the MacGyver Reboot on this WordPress blog. Most people land here via Twitter or Tumblr, but some also by using search engines. The top 3 list of search terms is still pretty unspectacular:

  1. dashboardonfire
  2. dashboard on fire wordpress
  3. george eads

Some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons. Google, for example, has been encrypting the vast majority of search terms since 2013. So WordPress often can’t specify which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at this site from a search engine. That’s why the majority on my list – over 2500 by now – are unknown search terms.

Lucas Till and Isabel Lucas in Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (Screenshot)

Still, there’s a couple of search terms I want to address in blog posts and maybe help the unknown searching beings to get answers for their questions. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. Today, I’m looking back at search terms regarding Isabel Lucas’ character of Samantha Cage.

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

macgyver diy or die who played agent cage
If you’re looking for a cast member of a specific episode, you might be faster if you head over to the official reboot page on IMDb than trying to Google it. Visiting the site, you’ll find Isabel Lucas’ IMDb page very easily and can check what other projects she has done already.

For example, she is credited for 259 episodes of the Australian TV Show “Home and Away” or for American movies like “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) or “Red Dawn” (2012). She has also appeared in the Music Video for “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran.

On IMDb, you can also find trivia or biographical information, for example:

  • Isabel’s mother is Swiss, her father is Australian, so she speaks Swiss German and German as well
  • she was born in Melbourne and moved to LA in 2008
  • Along with other protesters (e.g. Hayden Panettiere) of Sea Shepherd, she paddled out on surfboards off the coast of Japan to protest the killing of dolphins in 2007. They had to turn around to avoid being arrested for trespassing. (According to Wikipedia, there is still an outstanding arrest warrant for her in Japan.)
  • she was involved in a car crash with Transformers-Star Shia LaBeouf in July 2008 (his car had been hit by another vehicle running a red light)
  • she has sectoral heterochromia (her right eye has a noticeable brown spot)

FunFact: Isabel has been with Sea Shepherd since 2010. The organization is very close to Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson’s heart, so it’s actually possible they’ve met each other before.

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BtS of Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Isabel Lucas)

is isabel lucas a permanent cast member on macgyver
Isabel Lucas is a regular cast member in the first half of Season 2. She appeared in 12 episodes.

We can assume it doesn’t apply to Lucas Till since the show is named after his character, but in general, no cast member is 100% safe on a TV show. There are never permanent, only current cast members. It’s possible that some actors coming on a show for a new character have a contract for just half the season or a certain amount of episodes so the producers can “test the waters”.

I’m not sure if either Sandrine Holt as Patricia Thornton or Isabel Lucas’ character of Samantha Cage had been meant to stay on for an entire season initially or not. Both characters got mixed reviews, and some negative comments were quite “loud”, so it’s possible that this is one of the reasons both characters “disappeared” after 12 episodes each.

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Isabel Lucas in Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (Screenshot)

olivia cage macgyver
The character of Olivia Cage seems to be a unicorn: Some believe she exists, but it looks like she only exists in theory because no one has ever really seen her.

In an article by Moviehole in July 2017, they revealed that Season 2 would have TWO new female characters: Olivia Cage and an intel extraction specialist named Agent Carmen. While Olivia Cage should have been a “woman to be reckoned with and someone we will get to know well”, Agent Carmen has been described as “late twenties, fierce, focused and utterly fascinating”, being ex-CIA and having history with Matty.

As we know now, this news was either aquired via old and unredacted scripts or had been somehow messed up and mixed.

BtS of Episode 2×06: Jet Engine + Pickup Truck (via Patrick Pierre)

Many have landed on my blog while looking for one of those two women, though; leading to an array of similar search terms like “agent carmen macgyver” or “agent olivia cage macgyver”.

So far, we can say that there isn’t an Olivia Cage on the show currently, but it seems like Isabel’s character was indeed called “Olivia” in the beginning. In fact, I’ve seen a BtS video on Instagram where it says “Olivia Cage” under Isabel’s photo. Sadly, I was never able to get a clear screenshot while on holiday and since Costume Designer Sarah Downer locked her profile to private a few months ago, I was never able to go back and try again.

Another hint is a set report done by Radio TV Talk (presumably on set of Episode 2×09: CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil), posted online on September 29 in 2017:

While the “MacGyver” revival wasn’t a super smash hit last season, it did just fine in its Friday night slot. The bottom line: it’s considered fun, escapist drama that isn’t too taxing on the noggin.

Till said blow back from traditionalists of the Richard Dean Anderson version wasn’t as harsh as he had anticipated. And he’s now more comfortable in his role. “We know what we have now and can build a foundation,” Till said. “The stunts are bigger and we have a new cast member.” CBS indeed added Olivia Cage to their team, played by Aussie actress Isabel Lucas. “She’s a CIA operative,” Till said. “She kicks a lot of a**. Kind of like what Jack does, female version.”

Fun Fact: They might have changed it to Samantha so that it could be shortened to “Sam”. I’ve had the theory in the beginning that Cage might have been a relative to Mac (e.g. a half-sister). Since Original MacGyver got to meet his son S.A.M. in the series finale, that would have been kinda funny.

With Einstein on set of Episode 2×06: Jet Engine + Pickup Truck (via Isabel Lucas)

when does cage come back in macgyver
Well, I don’t know. Since her character didn’t die in the show so far, Isabel could pop up in another episode. In fact, it happens on Peter Lenkov’s other show Hawaii Five-0 quite often that characters show up again after a season or two. The chemistry between her and the cast seemed good, so I don’t think that would be a problem.

In my opinion, the storyline of Cage wasn’t resolved satisfactorily. She was almost shoved aggressively into the team at first; making her a regular instead of a recurring character before joining Phoenix – then as the character finally seemed to work it fizzled out, almost being overlooked in some episodes and after a plot twist that was never explained either, she wasn’t seen or talked about again.

Also, Murdoc hinted at her not using her real name and having secrets that her friends (aka Team Phoenix) would not approve of. Of course, this could have been a joke regarding the character’s name change after they had started filming, but it rather feels that some of the writers didn’t really know what to do with her, while other writers had had some ideas for the character that somehow didn’t turn out since Isabel’s guest stint was cut short.

BtS of Episode 2×09: CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil (via Brandon Smith)

While I didn’t like how her character was introduced and used in the first few episodes, I wouldn’t mind if she showed up this season for another episode or two. Maybe another showdown with Murdoc or Harper (from Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet)? Though now that they added Leanna as another field mission regular, this might be rather unlikely.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #59

No new episodes and no re-runs of MacGyver at the moment. The Production Office re-opened on June 4, and filming for Season 3 starts in less than 10 days. Also, Season 2 scored some nominations and awards!

Script Title Page for Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Justin Hires)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Several cast members took opportunity of the hiatus and enjoyed some downtime, attended charity events or started on new projects in between.

Lucas Till enjoyed a short holiday on Hawaii with family and friends. On June 26, he went to the shooting range with friend Mike Milligan. George Eads spent several days on the Bahamas with his family. He also attended the LA Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser organized by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Last week, Tristin Mays travelled to Jamaica with her brother and a group of friends; including on-screen-boyfriend Lance Gross (Billy Colton). The group took part of workshops and charity events for the RuJohn Foundation.

Presentation of sports equipment to Kingston College (via RuJohn Foundation)

Justin did some more Stand-Up comedy shows, but still found time to pose with fans for photos. In his Instagram Live Story on June 26, he sported a new hairstyle. At the moment, there’s no news about the movie project he is attached to, so it’s not clear if this is a new do for the movie, the Reboot or just for fun before they start filming again. (The status of said movie project could be relevant since it would probably interfere with his screentime on Season 3.)

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov still spends a lot of time on the Paramount Studio lot, presumably working on finalizing the scripts, doing table reads and other pre-production-work for his many TV shows. David Dastmalchian is promoting his new movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, hitting red carpets and prepping for interviews.

George Eads and CSI-buddy Carmine Giovinazzo at the LA Golf Classic (via Chris Jacobs)

Meanwhile, the crew is slowly trickling into the studio; setting up shop and prepping the gear, or sending ordered gear (e.g. T-Marks) to the studio. The prop people started work on Monday while most of the grip crew will start next week. Set dog Einstein has already been back at Stage 6 yesterday.

Season 1 News
Due to Celebrity Undercover Boss, there are no Reboot re-runs at the moment – contrary to pretty much all the other action and drama shows in the CBS line-up. More episodes for Celebrity Undercover Boss (CUB) – some of them reruns even – are scheduled for Fridays 8pm until August 31. At the moment, it looks like there are no plans for MacGyver reruns at all which still makes no sense to me – considering the Season 1 reruns had higher ratings than the CUB premieres; not to mention that the CUB rerun airing today just premiered on May 11.

Original MacGyver Remaster Preview (via Jediferret)

Season 2 News
The Reboot got nominated for an International TV Audience Award within the category “Action & Science-Fiction TV Series”. Sadly, it lost against Scorpion, another CBS Show (which ultimately wasn’t really a surprise, considering Executive Producer Nicholas Wootton had been listed as a VIP guest on the Festival Website for weeks before the event.)

Composer Keith Power, who’s involved in all three of Peter Lenkov’s Reboot Shows, just won the “Screen Composer of the Year” Award.

Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had handed in a Season 2 Stunt Reel for the Emmy Awards. Nominations will be announced mid-July.

Lucas Till was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category “Choice Action TV Actor”. The first voting period ended on June 19. Voting for the 2nd wave started on June 22, but it doesn’t look like any of the cast made the cut for other categories in the 2nd wave of nominations. The Awards Show will air on August 12.

Lucas Till at the Shooting Range (via Mike Milligan)

Season 3 News
On June 22, Costume Designer Sarah Downer tweeted about her excitement of doing the first fitting soon. According to Justin Hires, filming for Season 3 should start around July 10 (which is the same day that Hawaii Five-0 will start filming). Like every year, he also revealed the Season Premiere Episode Title: Improvise. Written by Peter Lenkov and Craig O’Neill, the episode will be directed by Stephen Herek.

Interestingly, David Slack – husband of Kate Bond (who portrays Phoenix Tech Jill in the Reboot) – is not listed as Executive Producer anymore. Instead, there’s Rob Pearlstein listed as Co-Executive Producer. Pearlstein had previously worked as a producer on all episodes of Scorpion and had also written about 11 episodes for the now-cancelled CBS show.

MacGyver Pop! Vinyl Figure (via Funko Blog)

Fans have been discussing if some of the Scorpion cast (or even Scorpion characters) might show up on the Reboot, especially since it seemed very likely last year that both shows would have a cross-over soon. Maybe it’s more likely now that writers or producers who had multi-year-contracts with CBS might end up on the Reboot instead.

The Fall Premiere Date and the amount of episodes for Season 3 are still not known to us *sigh*. There’s also no news yet about a Season 2 DVD release, although most other CBS shows have their DVD release dates set for August or September.

Original MacGyver News
While there was a serious lack of Reboot News over the last weeks, there’s interesting news for the Original Show. For one, CBS just announced that they’re in the process of remastering the Original Show into HD. All 7 Seasons should be available until the end of the year, although it’s not clear yet how it will be distributed. The Before-and-After preview looks pretty good to me.

Second, after years of waiting, MacGyver finally gets his own Funko Figure. After “coming soon” promises on Reddit and leaked release schedules on Instagram, Funko officially announced that a MacGyver Pop! Vinyl Figure is coming in August. Of course, he’s decked in his favorite jacket, carrying his SAK and a glorious mullet.

Greenlight Collectible (via Jim Scavenger)

On the other hand, Original MacGyver isn’t the only one anymore with having collectible cars made by Greenlight. I’ve seen pictures of the car model on social media last year, but it was only yesterday that I came across a picture of the packaging.

It’s a police car – the same model (Ford Crown Victoria) that Greenlight uses for most of their police cars. (Of course, it’s much cheaper to obtain a license for one model and use the prototype case for several TV shows.)

It’s great that Reboot fans finally can get their hands on some collectibles, but I’m still confused why they chose a police car for the first MacGyver Reboot vehicle.

MacGyver in Germany and Switzerland
Starting July 9, German FreeTV channel Sat.1 will premiere two episodes of Season 2 on Mondays 8pm. On June 26, they released a German promo trailer on YouTube, using snippents from the first few episodes.

Swiss FreeTV channel 3+ will start July 4, airing the two first episodes on Wednesday 9pm before moving to Fridays 9pm, skirting around the Soccer World Cup games on TV.

Original MacGyver Remaster Preview (via Jediferret)

The German Episode Titles so far:
2×01: Von den Toten auferstanden (Literal translation: Risen from the dead; Original Title DIY Or DIE)
2×02: Solomission für Artemis (Solo Mission for Artemis; Muscle Car + Paper Clips)
2×03: Die rote Faust (The red fist; Roulette Wheel + Wire)
2×04: Väter und Söhne (Fathers and Sons; X-Ray + Penny)
2×05: Geisterinsel (Ghost Island; Skull + Electromagnet)
2×06: Höllenfeuer (Hellfire; Jet Engine + Pickup Truck)
2×07: Herz und Helden (Heart and Heroes, Duct Tape + Jack)
2×08: Der Turm der blauen Pferde (The Tower of Blue Horses, Packing Peanuts + Fire)
2×09: Die Regeln des Spiels (The Rules of the Game, CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil)
2×10: Verloren im Eis (Lost in Ice, War Room + Ship)

T-Marks ready to be delivered (via Jimmy’s T-Marks)

FunFact: The translation of the German title for 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) is the same title as for Original MacGyver Episode 1×08 – the episode on which the storyline for Episode 2×06 is loosely based on. In 1×08: Hellfire (1985), an accident starts a fire in an oil-well owned by MacGyver’s friends. MacGyver and his buddy go to fetch dynamite so the fire can be put out. The transport of the leaking dynamite with their failing Pickup Truck is stupidly dangerous since there’s a time limit – they have to move fast, but cautious. Even more interesting: This episode was probably the inspiration for a recent episode of Hawaii Five-0 (7×18: E malama pono; Handle with Care), where McGarrett and Danno have to transport an Uranium bomb – set to blow and strapped down on their Pickup Truck. During transport, they have to cross a riverbed the same way Original MacGyver did.