MacGyver Reboot Update #58

No new episodes of MacGyver at the moment. The Production Office re-opened on June 4, so filming for Season 3 should start soon. Season 2 also scored some nominations!

Lucas Till with family and friends in Hawaii (via Michael Aaron Milligan)

(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?
Many of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime before the Production Office re-opened two weeks ago.

Lucas Till spent some time in LA (e.g. to attend the 10-year-anniversary-screening for zombie comedy Dance of the Dead on May 23 or to visit one of Justin Hires’ stand-up-comedy-shows). Last week, he enjoyed a short holiday on Hawaii with his family and his friend, roommate and co-worker Mike Milligan. For once, Lucas was quite active on Instagram. He also posed with fans in Hawaii; e.g. at the local Target and in front of a restaurant.

Lucas Till with family and friends in Hawaii (via Michael Aaron Milligan)

Justin did some more Stand-Up comedy shows. At the moment, there’s no news about the movie project he is attached to. (The status of said project could be relevant since it would probably interfere with his screentime on Season 3.)

George Eads did not only enjoy some holidays on the Bahamas with his family, but also played some Golf. On June 11, he joined the LA Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser organized by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Fun note: Original Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill) was one of the members of the host committee this year – alongside Carlos Bernard who had directed Reboot Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen), the episode Bruce McGill guest-starred in.

Tristin got to celebrate her birthday with friends. Both Reign Edwards (who plays Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna in the Reboot) and Javicia Leslie (aka Jesse Colton) were in the crowd. For congratulating, Meredith Eaton posted a new BtS photo of her with Tristin taken while working on Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack).

George Eads at the LA Golf Classic (via Getty Images)

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s long-time dream project Magnum has been ordered to series by CBS; meaning that at the moment, he’s busy with four shows in total. Three of them (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0Magnum) will premiere this Fall while the 2nd season of Salvation will premiere June 25. He therefore spends a lot of time on the Paramount Studio lot, presumably working on finalizing the scripts.

Season 2 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)  are scheduled for Fridays 8pm until July 13. There’s a good chance there will be some Reboot Re-Runs after the Finale of CUB since the show has 10 episodes.

BtS photo of Episode 2×12: Mac + Jack (via Meredith Eaton)

Last year, both Lucas Till and Peter Lenkov had attended the Monte Carlo Television Festival. It’s maybe a bit ironic that this year, the Reboot got nominated for an International TV Audience Award within the category “Action & Science-Fiction TV Series”, alongside Scorpion (CBS) and Prison Break. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 19.

Also, the many tweets helped Lucas Till to score a nomination for the Teen Choice Awards in the category “Choice Action TV Actor”. The first voting period ends on June 19, so if you’re eligible to vote (check the rules in here), keep on voting by using Twitter or checking into the TeenChoice voting site!

Justin Hires in NYC (via Ulysses Burden III)

Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe again had handed in a Stunt Reel for the Emmy Awards. Voting is only possible if you are an Emmy member, though – but if you’re eligible to vote for the Emmys, you can do so until June 25. The nominations will be announced mid-July. I’m not sure how good the chances are, considering the show was already nominated last year. But let’s hope the Reboot scores another nomination or even a win!

Meredith Eaton was interviewed for the Emmy Magazine, talking about being a short-statured actress and embracing her difference. On June 11, she posted a photo of her with David Dastmalchian, plotting strategies. It’s not clear yet if this was part of a photoshoot, for Bonus Material for the Season 2 DVD or just a fun snapshot of them passing time on set.

Matty and Murdoc aka David Dastmalchian (via Meredith Eaton)

Season 3 News
The Production Office re-opened on June 4, so filming for Season 3 should start soon.

Sadly, there’s no news at all so far. The Premiere Date still hasn’t been set yet, but it’s reasonable to guess it’s either September 21 or September 28. Unless we hear otherwise, I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes.

Since the production office is open, the official social media accounts are bit more active; e.g. tweeting about the “Happy Best Friends Day” on June 8 or reminding fans that they can re-watch the episodes online.

David Dastmalchian auctioned off a set visit with “Murdoc” for a good cause, so I reckon it’s possible that Murdoc will appear very early in Season 3. The set visit entails lunch with MacGyver, Murdoc and the cast that is working that day; also a tour of the production stages and the sets with a demonstration of a “MacGyver” moment with stunts and/or props. The auction made 12’000 US Dollars for charity, so kudos to whoever bid on this.

Holiday in Hawaii (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Germany and Switzerland
German FreeTV channel Sat.1 will premiere two episodes of Season 2 on Mondays 8pm, starting July 9. Swiss FreeTV channel 3+ decided to start 5 days earlier, airing two episodes on Wednesdays 9pm, starting July 4.

Funny thing: German distributor Paramount/Universal Pictures must have had a typo in their press release since all websites have a character named “Frank Dalton” in the DVD description. They have changed the name to Jack now, but it will be interesting too see what name will be written down on the back-cover.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #57

The Season 2 Finale has aired four weeks ago, so no new episodes at the moment. Fans don’t have to be sad, though: Filming for Season 3 should start next month in Atlanta.

George Eads and Lucas Till on set of Season 2 (via Jeff Wolfe)

(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?
The Season 2 Finale aired on May 4. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime while others already started working on new (and old) projects.

Reboot-related, it’s gotten pretty quiet on social media. Every now and then, cast or crew upload a never-seen-before BtS photo (e.g. Jake Alvarez or Steve Serna), but it’s not always clear what episode it belongs to.

Lucas attending the 10-year-anniversary-screening for Dance of the Dead (via Briggon Snow)

Lucas Till has been spending some time in LA since production wrapped. Besides live-tweeting from the Paramount studio lot when the Season Finale aired, he also celebrated Peter Lenkov’s birthday. On May 19, he attended the 10-year-anniversary-screening (including a Q&A) for Dance of the Dead, a zombie comedy filmed when he was 16. On May 23, Lucas and his manager Tom attended one of Justin Hires’ stand-up-comedy-shows. Judging by the videos, they all had a good time.

Justin did a handful of comedy shows in different cities during the last few weeks. We haven’t heard any news about the movie project he is attached to. It’s possible the movie got delayed and might not go into production this year.

Justin in NYC, enjoying some free time before the next comedy show (via Justin Hires)

George Eads enjoyed some holidays on the Bahamas and keeps making the most of his time to spend with his family, the dogs or his two wheels.

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s long-time dream project Magnum has been ordered to series by CBS; meaning that at the moment, he’s the showrunner for three shows (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum) while co-producing another show (Salvation). He already had meetings with the writer’s team for Magnum; securing the first scripts.

Season 2 Ratings (encore)
As expected, there has been a slow, but steady loss of audience numbers nearing Summer. The Season Finale (2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver) reached 6.10 million live viewers and an all-time-low rating of 0.6 in demo. If you felt that my comments on the ratings in my latest blog update post (e.g. regarding risk of cancellation or budget cuts) were too negative, be aware that the other CBS shows have been suffering losses in ratings as well – even more this year since due to the Olympics, most Season Finale Episodes aired 2 to 4 weeks later than they usually do.

Lucas attending the 10-year-anniversary-screening for Dance of the Dead (via Gregg Bishop)

Looking at the Season Finale of Hawaii Five-0 on May 18, the show garnered an all-time-low of 6.62 million viewers and a 0.7 in demo when it aired between Celebrity Undercover Boss and a re-run of Blue Bloods. The ratings for the Season Finales might not be that important as how the shows did overall this season.

Due to Celebrity Undercover Boss, there are no Reboot re-runs at the moment – contrary to H50 or Blue Bloods. Last year, there had been MacGyver re-runs through all of June and the first half of July. Celebrity Undercover Boss is scheduled for Fridays 8pm until at least July 13, so we can only hope there will be some re-runs after that date to keep people interested in the show.

Season 3 News
Sadly, we didn’t get any additional promo by Lucas or Lenkov for the Season Finale. A year ago, Lucas attended the Corus Upfronts in Toronto and the Monte Carlo Television Festival during hiatus. It’s not clear yet if he will do some more promo this Summer as well before they start filming for Season 3.

Blast from the (not so distant) Past: Lucas Till attending the Photocall at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, June 2017 (via Ansa)

There’s a good chance there will be a Magnum Panel at Comic Con San Diego next month. If Lenkov attends, there’s a possibility of some interviews and him talking about MacGyver as well. It would be nice to hear something about Season 3 and what’s in store for us.

The Reboot has been renewed for a 3rd Season and will air in its old timeslot (Friday, 8pm), starting this Fall. The Premiere Date still hasn’t been set yet, but it’s probably either September 21 or September 28. Unless we hear otherwise, I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes.

Blast from the (not so distant) Past: Lucas Till attending the Corus Upfront Press Event (via Corus Entertainment)

Both Showrunner Peter Lenkov and Co-Showrunner Craig O’Neill signed on for a new overall deal for CBS TV Studios. Lenkov will continue as Executive Producer on his four drama series (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum PI and Salvation). Additionally, he is ramping up his production company (101st Street Entertainment), to develop new projects. O’Neill also will continue as Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner on the Reboot, in addition to developing new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services.

Otherwise, there’s no mentionable news that I know of. No Casting Calls have been made yet. Last year, Justin Hires revealed the title of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) around June 5 by posting a picture of the script title page on Instagram. If we’re lucky, someone will let us in on the secret for 3×01 soon.

MacGyver Reboot House location

I doubt it will matter much for filming, but: In case you have some spare money around, you can buy rebooted MacGyver’s house that they used to film some outside scenes; e.g. of them playing basketball in the S1 Pilot Episode. (As far as I know, they never filmed any scenes inside since the interior they used for filming is a stage set.)

The Vault: New/Old interview with Lucas Till
There were times when the promo load was so intense that I couldn’t cover it all in my blog posts. Here’s an excerpt of a Yahoo! interview done back in April 2017 for the Season 1 Finale.

Sometimes, all the experience in the world can’t help you and you just have to tough it out. “The Colton episode [episode 16, “Hook”], we start off in quicksand. That was weird. It was a cauldron of goo,” Till recalls, “We had to move it to another day because the goo was 215 degrees in some parts and 60 degrees in other parts. It had to be stirred like a witches cauldron. We got into it in wetsuits. And the compression… let’s just say your extremities can get a little bunched up. The pressure was insane!”

They couldn’t move until all the shots were done, so sweat began burning his eyes. “I started swatting at it, trying to get away. They actually inserted a fly, digitally,” to explain his odd behavior. Finally, they finished and he went back to his trailer to shower, only to find that a leak had sprung in the water heater, so the refreshing shower smelled like sulfur. Till doesn’t mind, though. “That pain, that weirdness, is where the fun and the better moments come from.”

I really want to see some BtS material of these two guys in a “cauldron”.

Screenshot of Episode 1×16: Hook

MacGyver in Germany
German FreeTV channel Sat.1 will start airing Season 2 on July 9. It’s not clear yet if they’ll also air the skipped Episode 1×19 (Compass) as promised. Like for Season 1 in June last year, they will air 2 episodes every Monday at prime time, starting 8.15pm – followed by the premiere of SEAL Team, another CBS show.

MacGyver Reboot Update #51

While there’s no new episode to premiere until March 30, cast and crew are filming the Final Episode of Season 2.

A short break on set of the Season 2 Finale (via Justin Hires)

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

 

Mini-Hiatus on TV
For the second time, fans have to endure a mini-hiatus: Because of the Winter Olympics, there was no premiere for 4 weeks. Due to March Madness, there won’t be a new episode until March 30.

At least my short Updates Hiatus is over for now – though I didn’t really had the time to sort through all the Reboot news yet and frankly, I’m not sure I will manage to catch up anytime soon *sigh*.

Alas, I’ll try to put the most important news regarding production on this post so I can go on with “business as usual” in my next post.

What’s happening at the moment?
A few months ago, CBS had ordered an additional episode for Season 2. As it is, cast and crew have been working on Episode 2×23 this week – and therefore on the Season 2 Finale.

Filming the Season 2 Finale (via Steven Serna)

Crew Member Brandon Smith mentioned on Wednesday that there are only 3 days left. Indeed, the most recent Casting Calls for Extras are dated for tomorrow, so it looks like main production will wrap this weekend.

They have been filming at the Georgia International Horse Park this week. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is busy filming the pilot episode of the Magnum Reboot in Hawaii, but he uploaded a blurry picture of Lucas Till riding a horse with the simple description “Marlboro Mac Man”. I’ve been wondering if we ever get to see Lucas on a Horse. Years ago, Miley Cyrus had stated in an interview for Hannah Montana that despite Lucas learning to ride specifically for the movie, he had done better than her who has been riding for years. Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson filmed several scenes with horses for the show and seemed always very comfortable around (or on) them, so this is a nice nod.

Lucas Till on set of Episode 2×21: Wind + Water (via Cristi Lyn)

 

About that Season 1 DVD release
After waiting for so long, US-fans were finally able to get their hands onto the DVD of Season 1. They did get a nice carton-cover and a surprisingly generous price reduction – but sadly, there’s no DVD Extras at all and the menu looks different as well; using simply the Official Poster as background.

It’s understandable that many fans complained about it on social media because the Extras (specifically the Gag-Reel) were the main reason for fans to order the DVD in the first place. For now, the DVD adds no more value than buying it as a digital version. It might be a bargain for an occasional viewer that missed a few episodes and/or can’t get it via CBS All Access or iTunes – but for a fan, this is very disappointing and puzzling; considering the Extras are included in the versions available in other countries, not to mention that other countries (e.g. UK or Australia) got the DVD weeks or even months earlier than the US-fans.

David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres (via David Naylor)

Funny thing – or is it rather irony? – during the last few weeks, some cast and crew members did BtS interviews for the Season 2 DVD. For once, the Costume Departement with Sarah Downer did an interview about the Halloween Costumes in Episode 2×05. A few weeks earlier, both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres had met up again on the Paramount Studio lot in LA for an interview with David Naylor.

Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
On March 2, Meredith Eaton took over the official social media accounts for some promo in advance of Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony). She did a short interview with Sarah Downer at the Costume Departement and let her cast members answer some fan questions before she answered some questions as well. You can still find the interviews up on Instagram.

Tristin Mays answering Fan Questions (via CBS)

Justin Hires revealed that the interrogation scene between Bozer and Leanna had been the hardest scene to film so far. Tristin Mays stated that the Satellite Camera Balloon (Episode 1×09) is her favorite “MacHack” so far while George Eads said that Lucas Till is the funniest person on set. Lucas thinks Jill being the coolest character on set while Meredith wants Christopher Walken or Josh Duhamel guest-starring in an episode.

Three days after the Press Release, we got 13 Official Stills for Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane). On the same day, CBS granted us the Press release and a First Still for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle).

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

According to TV Times, the title for Episode 2×20 is “Skyscraper – Power”. Unless it’s a typo, this is the first title with a minus instead of a plus so far. Additionally, we already have some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings. Episode 2×22 is titled “UFO + Area 51”. Now that sounds interesting!

On March 22, CBS announced that Episode 2×23 as the Season Finale will air on May 4.

There’s still no official press release yet, but there has been talk weeks ago about MacGyver already being renewed for a 3rd season. While I have no doubt that CBS will eventually renew the show, I’m not sure how trusty these “insiders” are.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via SpoilerTV)

Season 2 Ratings
To freshen up your memory: Before the Olympics Hiatus, Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) had managed a 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers. Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) had an audience of 7.27 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group of 14 to 49-year-olds.

Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) got a 0.8 demo-rating with an audience of 6.93 million live viewers. Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) had less viewers (6.61 million), but managed a higher demo-rating of 0.9.

So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.86 with 7.04 million live-viewers per episode. Overall, ratings are falling and the averages are lower than the ratings for Season 1, but what I stated in my last Update still helds up: The Reboot didn’t loose as many viewers compared to last season as other current CBS-Shows (e.g. Scorpion) or as other 2016-rookie-shows (e.g. Lethal Weapon on FOX). It also still has better viewer numbers than the current 2017-rookie-shows on CBS (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT).

Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (via SpoilerTV)

Nevertheless, fans have been speculating if the long breaks between episodes might hurt the ratings even further. Ratings tend to fall nearing Summer anyway, and the show ends its Season five weeks later than last year (the Season 1 Finale aired on Good Friday, April 14).

Cast and Character News
While Samantha Cage has been listed on every Official Press Release delivered via SpoilerTV, Isabel Lucas has not been in another episode so far. Interestingly, Isabel was back in LA by Wednesday. It’s not clear yet if she will be heading over to Atlanta for the Season Finale or if she has been on set recently.

In next week’s Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), we will encounter the Coltons again. Should be a fun Episode. Soap Opera star Joel Rush takes part in this Episode as well.

In Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), Amy Smart returns as Dawn. As Peter Lenkov revealed on February 8, Edward Asner has been filming scenes with George Eads. He might be part of Episode 2×20, alongside Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot).

Elisha Henig and George Eads in a BtS picture of Episode 2×20

Diogo Morgado will play Mac’s friend Carlos in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water). He posted a picture of him holding lots and lots of money. Ransom money? Maybe a hint at him being involved with the bad guys?

As always, Extras were needed as well during the last four weeks. To name a few, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Lab Techs, Hispanic Customers, Asian Pedestrians, a Man playing Guitar, for people with older-looking bikes, Hispanic Patrons, Baddies, a Tac Team, Hispanic Patrons, EMT and SWAT people and a female Agent in her 30s. They’ve also been looking for an Asian couple, a maid, a bartender and for people with a Toyota Camry.

Some of the Casting Calls were looking for Stand-Ins for Billy Baldwin and for Lance Gross. So it looks like Elwood and Billy Colton might be back for the Season Finale. Some talk between Riley’s father and her boyfriend? That sure will go down well *lol*.

 

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

MacGyver in Europe
The German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×19 (Compass) managed to pull in a live audience of 98’000 people; Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) reached 110’000 live viewers.

Sadly, I don’t have the ratings for Episode 1×21 (Cigar Cutter), but on average, every Reboot Episode had about 83’000 live viewers in Austria.

In fact, the Reboot seems to do well in all the German-speaking countries. Austrian channel ORF1, German channel Sat.1 and Swiss channel 3+ are re-airing the first Season at the moment. There’s no German-speaking premiere date for Season 2 yet, but it might happen around June as with Season 1 last year.

 

George Eads and Lucas Till on set of Episode 2×23 (via Mark Emery Moore)

Some episodes that are being re-aired on ORF1 at the moment actually get better numbers than when they premiered in September 2017:

Episode 1×01 (The Rising): 88’000 live viewers
Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw): 102’000 live viewers (premiere: 81’ooo)
Episode 1×03 (Awl): 86’000 live viewers (premiere: 51’ooo)

I’m not sure if the high numbers have to do with the fact the premiere happened when it was still pretty warm outside or if it has to do with the programme that precedes the episodes this time around; namely winter sports events like skiing that usually garner a lot of attention in Austria.

BtS picture of Episode 2×21: Wind + Water (via Justin Hires)

France grants the Reboot 3 hours every week; airing two episodes of Season 2 followed by an episode of Season 1 on Wednesdays. Italy just started re-airing Season 1 this week.

MacGyver Reboot Update #50

While there’s no new episode to premiere until March, cast and crew continue working on the last few episodes of Season 2.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via SpoilerTV)

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

 

Mini-Hiatus on TV
It feels like production is on a mini-hiatus right now: Because of the Winter Olympics, there’s no premiere for 4 weeks. Instead of new episodes for their TV shows, CBS airs Celebrity Big Brother and reruns for the rest of February. Therefore, Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) will have its premiere on March 2nd.

I assumed this means that the cast might get to enjoy free weekends again while editors and post-production have more time to do their final touches – but that’s not what’s happening. In fact, cast and cew are still hard at work, spending Friday nights and Saturdays on set as well.

There is a small consolation prize for fans, though: SpoilerTV confirmed recently that CBS ordered an additional episode, so Season 2 will have a total of 23 episodes. And it’s only 10 days until US-fans can get their hands on the DVD of Season 1.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

Airplanes, Hotels and the Robocop connection
Lucas Till has more or less disappeared when it comes to his social media accounts. The most recent of Lucas’ posts on Instagram happened two weeks ago – on the night the last episode aired. George has made 5 posts in total since then. Today, he thanked Peter Weller for directing Episode 2×20. Besides playing Robocop, Peter Weller has directed several episodes of TV-Shows – including Justin Hires in Rush Hour and several episodes of Hawaii Five-0.

While Tristin Mays and Justin Hires got to enjoy an early wrap on February 6, Justin is the only one still posting MacGyver-related stuff several times a week.

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is busy plotting the budget for the pilot episode of the Magnum Reboot. He rarely posts any editing videos anymore – it’s not clear if he just doesn’t have the time for posts or if someone else is doing most the editing now.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

For a few days, production had been filming at Pullman Rail Yard again before they set up at Dekalb Airport. Mark Emery Moore uploaded a video he labelled as a “typical Steadicam shot”. It’s Riley, Mac and Jack (complaining a lot) on a mission. Apparently, the gunfire scenes had startled the people living in the area. Looks like something had gone wrong with noticing the residents beforehand.

They built a lot of dolly tracks last week for scenes filmed outside and in the woods. Moore uploaded another “walk and talk” video; showing the skills of the camera and boom operator guys walking backwards at impressive speed without loosing focus. On Tuesday, they moved to another already well-known location: The Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Today, they’re filming in a middle of a flight path and the crew is not happy. As Evan Marsh stated in an Instagram Live Story, they have a plane overhead every 4 minutes. Fun! Boom Operator Robert Maxfield posted a video (with sound, of course) to show us what they have to deal with.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (CBS Preview Screenshot)

Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
A Rerun of the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE) is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, February 17.

On February 5, we got the first scoop for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony). A few days later, SpoilerTV delivered the Press Release while Matt Carter included a first Official Still. A week later, SpoilerTV added 11 more Stills.

On February 14, Broadway World released the first scoop on Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss), with Matt Carter again revealing the first Official Still. While the title for Episode 2×20 is still unknown, we already have some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via Matt Carter)

In a New/Old interview with Channel Guide Mag, Lucas Till talked about an unpleasant moment from the season 2 opener and revealed that last Summer, Spanish Airport Security had asked for selfies.

There’s no official press release yet, but there’s talk about MacGyver already being renewed for a 3rd season. While I have no doubt that CBS will eventually renew the show, I’m not sure how trusty these “insiders” are. If it’s true, they might officially announce it when the show comes back on March 2nd to remind non-regular viewers that it’s worth to tune in again since the show will go on for another year?

Season 2 and Rerun Ratings
Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) had managed a 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers. Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) had an audience of 7.27 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group of 14 to 49-year-olds.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Michael Des Barres)

During the premiere, both Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian had joined the writer’s team in their office; live-tweeting while the episode aired. All the writers including Peter Lenkov joined in posting pictures of themselves in the writer’s room and new BtS pictures made while filming the episode. A few hours before, Tech Consultant and Physics teacher Rhett Allain had done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.

So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.87 with 7.08 million live-viewers per episode. This is less than Season 1 made, but the Reboot didn’t loose as many viewers compared to last season as other current CBS-Shows (e.g. Scorpion) or 2016-rookie-shows (Lethal Weapon on FOX). It has also better ratings than the 2017-rookie-shows (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT) on CBS.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

The Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) aired on a Saturday. Reruns on Saturdays generally get lower ratings than Reruns on Fridays, yet despite the time-slot-competition of the Olympics, the episode managed a live-audience of 2.52 million people.

Cast and Character News
On March 2nd, Reign Edwards returns as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (in Episode 2×16). Reign hasn’t been listed for more episodes yet and just snagged a movie-role for CBS for a movie set to release in October, so it’s not sure if we’ll see her anytime soon.

While Samantha Cage is still listed on the Official Press Releases delivered via SpoilerTV, Isabel Lucas has not left Australia yet; taking part as a juror for an Australian Film Festival last week. There’s only 3 episodes left to film for this Season, so it’s possible that Cage won’t come back for the Season Finale despite some fans asking about her every time an episode airs.

Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (via Matt Carter)

In Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), we will meet up with the Coltons again. Soap Opera star Joel Rush will be probably take part in this Episode as well. American football running back Latavius Murray has been on set, too – but it’s not clear yet if he was just visiting or not. As Peter Lenkov revealed on February 8, Edward Asner has been filming at the airport location with George Eads. Asner has 375 acting credits on IMDb, which is pretty stunning. Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot) should have a part in Episode 2×20 or 2×21. He posed for a picture with George Eads and showed some impressive guitar skills.

As always, Extras were needed as well. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Armed Men with Caucasian or Russian looks, for Asian Business People, Agents, Sunday Cars, a Gunman and for Asian Patrons with Cars. They’ve also been looking for Stand-Ins, a Dead Man, and Bad Guys.

George Eads and Edward Asner on set of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

MacGyver in Austria
The German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook) managed to pull in a live audience of 123’000 people; setting the audience-record so far. The following episodes did also pretty well, reaching more viewers every week.

Episode 1×17 (Ruler): 81’000 live viewers
Episode 1×18 (Flashlight): 90’000 live viewers
Episode 1×19 (Compass): 98’000 live viewers

These numbers might seem small, but Austria isn’t a big country. In fact, Austrian channel ORF1 will re-air the first Season; beginning the week after the Austrian Premiere of the Season 1 Finale. With Switzerland, a third German-speaking country started airing Season 1 today. Starting March 4, German channel Sat.1 will repeat Season 1 on Saturdays. Looks like despite the negative reviews of the Pilot Episode, the Reboot has found a decent audience in German-speaking countries.

MacGyver Reboot Update #49

Filming for Season 2 continues, often even on the weekends. Tonight, Michael Des Barres will guest-star in Episode 2×15!

BtS of Michael Des Barres in Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

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

 

Cowboys, Mexico and more Wedding Dresses
Since they continued filming in January after Christmas Hiatus, there aren’t that many new BtS pictures provided by the main cast anymore. Both Lucas Till and George Eads go for weeks without posting anything at all, while Justin continues uploading BtS pictures of (the still untitled) Episode 2×16.

Of course, this led to speculations by fans what’s going on. On the one hand, they often work on the weekends as well – they’re just too busy to post. On the other hand, they’re working on Episodes 2×19 and 2×20 at the moment which means they’ll soon start gearing up for the Season Finale. If they have actually planned on revealing Mac’s father (like Lenkov promised in an early Season 2 interview), they might keep up the secrecy for a while longer.

BtS picture of Jack Dalton in Season 2 (via George Eads)

One “secret” has already been hinted at by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov: We will see George Eads in chaps. According to his Instagram Live Story, this will be part of a scene with Matty and Jack – and as crew member Kate Roberson revealed, that’s probably the story how Matty got to see Jack’s butt for the first time (as mentioned in Episode 2×03).

Besides Jack in chaps, we will definitely see other interesting clothes for undercover missions this Season. Justin Hires posted another picture of Riley in a wedding dress; posing with her “husband” Bozer. Even if the wedding won’t be real, it looks like they had at least giant lobster for their “work-slash-honeymoon” meal. We’ve seen many BtS pictures of Episode 2×16 so far, but also of the Coltons-Episode (2×18: Riley + Airplane). Interestingly, there aren’t many infos on Episode 2×17 – it doesn’t even haven an entry on IMDb yet.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

For a few days, they filmed scenes in “Mexico”. It’s not clear yet if this is tied to the Cowboy Jack scene, but there had been horses and mules on set as well. As Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe promised, there will be some interesting stunts soon.

Two days ago, they filmed what looked like a sequence of the animated movie “Up”. Several crew members shared pictures and videos of the colorful balloons that seem to be tied to a trampoline. For once, the sun was shining. Today, they’re filming at Pullman Rail Yard again – and as Tristin Mays reveals in her Instagram Live Story, it’s very cold. Last week, we’ve seen how the crew deals with ice and sleet on the streets for outside filming.

Yesterday, Lucas posted some Instagram Live Stories, showing lots of money hiding behind the set walls. This week, Justin Hires also posted Live Stories that featured duffle bags filled with money – very fitting for the title of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle).

BtS video screenshots of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Lucas Till)

Cast and Crew posted some older pictures as well; e.g. Boom Operator Robert Maxfield of Riley in her Halloween costume or of Isabel Lucas in the water tank while filming the Halloween Episode (2×05: Skull + Electromagnet).

Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
On January 12, CBS officially announced via TV Insider that Michael Des Barres will guest-star in tonight’s Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Four days later, we got the official Press Release, revealing that MDB will actually play Nicholas Helman, Murdoc’s mentor. On January 25, they released a handful of Official Stills.

There were no Official Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) and the Previews kept being very short for the last few episodes. The Preview for 2×15 is also only 10 seconds long, but there is an additional “long” version of a Preview Trailer. Today, we got 3 Sneak Peeks in total, but interestingly none with Michael Des Barres.

Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Seat42F)

MDB has been hyping up his fans for tonight’s episode for days, now. Yesterday, he did some promo on Yahoo! Entertainment: During a very interesting, 40-minutes-long interview, he talked about the Reboot cast and the filming experience, about his craziest scene for the Original Show and about many other things.

A Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) is scheduled to air on Saturday, February 10. It has been re-scheduled twice so far, so we’ll see if it works out this time. A Rerun of the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE) is scheduled for the following week, so Saturday, February 17.

Reruns might actually be the only thing fans get to watch after tonight: For the rest of the February Fridays at 8pm, there’s Celebrity Big Brother scheduled; meaning Episode 2×16 won’t air until March 2nd. This is apparently standard procedure during the Olympics: There won’t be any new episodes for most current TV shows so it doesn’t hurt the ratings. Sure, one could argue that non-regular viewers might lose interest on the show or forget to tune in when it comes back. On the other hand, this also means that the cast might get to enjoy one or two free weekends again while editors and post-production have more time to do their final touches.

BtS picture of Episode 2×16 (via Justin Hires)

There is a small consolation prize for fans, though: Season 2 will definitely get an additional episode, so a total of 23 episodes. The information has been up on the CBSSI show page for several weeks, but it wasn’t until Wednesday we got confirmation via SpoilerTV.

Apparently, SpoilerTV also got some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings.

Season 2 Ratings
Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) had reached a new record for Season 2: 8.14 million live viewers with a rating of 1.0 in demo. The Reboot hadn’t reached more than 8 million live viewers since Episode 1×15, so I was curious about the numbers for the next episode.

Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) didn’t quite match 2×13 – but it kept the 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Michael Des Barres)

Cast and Character News
Besides Michael Des Barres, tonight’s guest-stars for Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) are Michael Michele as Riley’s mother Diane, Murdoc’s son Cassian (played by Brady Bond) and Anthony Starke (the teacher “hired” by Murdoc in Episode 2×04).

Reign Edwards will return as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (in Episode 2×16), helping with an undercover mission by posing as MacGyver’s wife.

In Episode 2×18 – called “Riley + Airplane” – we will meet up with the Coltons again. It’s a nice surprise that they managed to get all actors from the last Colton-Episode (1×16: Hook) back on set. All of the actors – Jermaine Rivers (Frank Colton), Lance Gross (Billy Colton), Javicia Leslie (Jesse Colton) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) –  uploaded several pictures and videos on social media for the fans to enjoy.

BtS picture of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Jermaine Rivers)

Soap Opera star Joel Rush has been filming on January 19 and will be probably part of the Coltons-Episode. American football running back Latavius Murray has been on set as well – but it’s not clear yet if he was just visiting or actually working.

Extras are important, too – and the Casting Calls often give insights on the upcoming locations the episodes will be set in. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Mexico Kids and Mexico Patrons, for a family of a mother and two children who portray Caucasian in family photos, Stand-Ins, Female Techs, good-looking agents or CIA Office Workers. They’ve also been looking for more Techs, Bad Guys who are comfortable wearing a Hazmat Mask, a male Drug Store ClerkNurses, Asian Business People, Police and Peru Pedestrians.

How to deal with Ice: MacGyver Style (via Thomas Doolittle)

MacGyver in Austria
Austrian channel ORF1 finally managed to air the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook). It managed to pull in a live audience of 123’000 people; setting the audience-record so far. Episode 1×17 (Ruler) garnered 81’000 viewers, which is actually not that bad, either.

MacGyver Reboot Update #43

Last Friday’s Episode managed to reach more than 7 millions live viewers, setting a new live audience record for Season 2. Also, “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill will guest-star in an upcoming episode!

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

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

 

Work, work, work
It looks like production is gearing up for a well-earned holiday break because filming continued on the last two weekends. Due to evening and night shoots, cast and crew didn’t get to watch the latest episodes because they were still on set when the show aired.

They still take the time to post some pictures for us and thankfully, George Eads hasn’t lost his new-found love for Instagram yet. On October 26, he revealed that Jack Dalton will have to wear a suit again. On a photo posted on November 1, he joked that Jack at least was trying to help. The BtS picture shows cast and crew filming on and under a soundstage. Judging by other location pictures and Instagram Live Stories, it looks like MacGyver is trying to defuse a rather large bomb. Eads also pleased the fans by posting pictures of him doing ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) and thanking for the great ratings last Friday.

BtS of Season 2 (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires shared a picture of Bozer being in trouble again, getting interrogated in prison. At least he had some beautiful company on set, even if one of them has a habit of trying to look into his phone. Justin also shared a picture of him and Lucas on set, their characters apparently taking a break from playing Ping Pong in the lab.

Meredith Eaton just posted an Instagram Live Story today, revealing that she’s doing ADR for Episode 2×09.

Filming in “Afghanistan”
On October 25, Tristin Mays had shared a video of her driving a Sanitation Truck. As it turned out, this scene will be part of another “explosive” Episode because Emerson Brooks (who played Charlie Robinson in Episode 1×06: Wrench) was back on set and most likely, “The Ghost” will make a comeback as well.

Last week, they had lots of Extras on set; mainly SWAT, FBI and Bomb Techs. Meredith Eaton called it “a situation”, so I guess there will be lots of action.

BtS of Season 2 (via Garfield Wedderburn)

On November 7, George Eads posted several pictures of him and with Lucas Till in “Afghanistan”. Back in October, we had already seen BtS photos posted by Garfield Wedderburn that featured him with Lucas and George in soldier gear.

Months ago, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had promised we would get to know how Mac met Jack. The fact that both Tristin Mays and Justin Hires have been on this desert set as well means the episode is set in current time, but set location pictures, Instagram Live Stories by Lucas and and the most recent BtS photos by George hint at flashback scenes to Afghanistan when Jack was still with Delta and Mac an EOD Tech.

Isabel Lucas doesn’t post much, but shared a BtS-picture of Episode 2×06 that shows her on the hood of a car. Interestingly, she hasn’t been seen on set pictures or videos for weeks. Either Samantha Cage has very good Ninja Skills or she went to travel the world with Murdoc.

Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
On November 3, we got the Press Release for Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) and a first Still of Riley with her father. On November 7, CBS added more Official Stills for Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack). We also got the title for Episode 2×09: CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil.

Episode 2×07: Duct Tape + Jack (via SpoilerTV)

Sadly, we got no Sneak Peeks in advance of Episode 2×06, although they had only released one single Offical Still beforehend. There were no Sneak Peeks for today’s Episode 2×07, either.

Thanks to the cast, we got some more BtS material of the episodes, e.g. the stunt-scene of Bozer’s stunt double being on fire in last week’s episode 2×06.

Interviews and other Promo
On October 26, CBS Watch! Magazine had posted 14 BtS Set pictures of Justin Hires with various cast members;  giving a “tour of typical MacGyver moments”.

Some of these photos are on-set-pictures from last week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck); making up for the lack of Official Stills. We also got a glimpse of Jack Dalton’s “homebase” that we will visit in tonight’s Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack).

George Eads and Justin Hires on Set of Season 2 (via CBS Watch! Magazine)

On October 27, CBS shared a short interview with Meredith Eaton about her character Matilda “Matty” Weber. Asked about her favorite scene she has filmed so far in Season 2, Meredith answered:

One of my favorite scenes that Matty has in Season 2 is with Murdoc’s son. There’s a real poignant moment where she’s talking to him, and Matty reveals part of her own past to his son. It’s a really sweet scene between the two of them. That was really enjoyable.

(Meredith Eaton for CBS)

Interestingly, that’s actually a scene for Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) we never even got to see. It’s still a possibility that it ends up in a later episode, but more likely as a Deleted Scene on the Extras of the Season 2 DVD.

For Halloween, CBS additionally posted an interview with Sarah Downer, Costume Designer on the Reboot. Besides giving tipps on Halloween costumes (e.g. which substance to use for fake blood), she also talked about how they had decided which costume of the “Zombie Wizard of Oz” theme to use for each actor.

Season 2 Ratings
While the Season 2 ratings for the first four episodes hadn’t been overwhelming, they were stable: On average, every episode pulled in 6.65 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.8.

BtS of Episode 2×06: Jet Engine + Pickup Truck (via Isabel Lucas)

The Halloween Episode on October 27 aired an hour later than usual and took over the time slot of Hawaii Five-0. Furthermore, there was a World Series Game going on that evening and Season 2 of Stranger Things had just dropped on Netflix, so ratings weren’t really predictable. Yet, we were in for a surprise:  Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) reached 6.45 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo-group (18-49).

Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) last week was the first Season 2 Episode to reach more than 7 million viewers; managing 7.09 million live viewers with a demo of 0.8.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Today, TV Insider revealed more infos about Bozer’s new love interest, an ambitious operative-in-training called Liana. Reign Edwards will join the cast for at least 3 episodes “and possibly more”, starting on November 17. It’s possible they’re testing the waters with Edwards as a potential recurring (or even regular) cast member since many fans didn’t take Isabel Lucas joining Team Phoenix so well.

As I mentioned, Emerson Brooks has been back on set as Charlie Robinson, Mac’s fellow EOD friend. Other upcoming guest-stars are Billy Baldwin as Riley’s father (in Episode 2×08: Packing Peanuts + Fire), Eddie McClintock and Ashley Tisdale as a CIA Agent. Both Justin Hires and Lucas Till shared BtS pictures and videos of them with Ashley on set and having fun.

BtS of Season 2 (via Ashley Tisdale)

Probably the most exciting casting news is that none other than “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill will guest-star in an upcoming episode! On November 3, news about Bruce McGill’s appearance in the reboot hit the internet. As Entertainment Weekly reported, McGill will play Detective Greer, a seasoned LAPD veteran who reads MacGyver his Miranda Rights for murder. Greer believes that MacGyver is a bomb maker who took down a warehouse, killing someone, and intends to charge him with domestic terrorism.

In the press release, McGill said:

I was happy to make a guest appearance on MacGyver. It’s unusual for an actor to be on the original series and then, 30 years later, be on a newer version. The cast and producers were warm and embracing, and I enjoyed being a part of the new show.

(Bruce McGill for CBS)

Lucas Till posted a picture of him with rebooted and Original Jack Dalton on Instagram, stating his excitement about working with another actor of the original cast. TV Line had added an Official Still to their post, stating that the episode will air on December 15. The description for the Still reveals that it’s Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen), directed by Carlos Bernard. It’s not clear yet if this will be the Midseason Finale or if they will additionally air Episode 2×12 just before Christmas.

Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (Guy D’Alema for CBS)

Interestingly, the storyline for this episode reminds me of the background story James Wan had intended for a MacGyver movie back in 2012, in which MacGyver was wanted for terrorism and had to clear his name.

Of course, it’s not just about guest-stars. After all, TV wouldn’t work without Extras. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, a Bomb Squad, Men who are currently or have been real Firemen, for SoldiersFBI & Police, SWAT and Agents or for LAPD Bomb Techs. They’ve also been looking for a Man with a Car, Bartenders, Men and Women who portray Middle Eastern or East Indian for a small Bazaar Scene, Office Workers and Men with military or tactical experience.

MacGyver in Latin America
The Reboot started airing in several Latin American countries recently. There were some screening events beforehand. Depending on the venue, journalists gathered to conquer “MacGyverland” (Colombia) or had to disarm bombs (Argentina), solve puzzles, crack open a safe or to step over laser lights without getting “harmed”. There were fake missiles, confetti bombs and fighting stunt men. They also got their own paperclip goodie to take home or were able to visit the “spy van”.

BtS of Season 2 (via Garfield Wedderburn)

MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×07 (Can Opener) and 1×08 (Corkscrew) garnered 69’000 resp. 73’000 viewers. Episodes 1×09 (Chisel) and 1×10 (Pliers) reached 76’000 resp. an impressive number of 105’000 viewers.

Tomorrow, Austrian channel ORF1 will air the German-speaking TV-Premiere of Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors). There will be no episodes for the next few weeks due to the upcoming Winter Sports Events. There’s no information yet when fans finally get to see the German-speaking premieres of Episodes 1×16 (Hook) and 1×19 (Compass).

MacGyver Reboot Update #34

Filming has started on Season 2. In other news, the show has been nominated for an Emmy!

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Peter Lenkov)

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

 

Emmy Nomination for Season 1
An Emmy Award (or simply Emmy) is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award aka Oscar (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Back in June, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had posted a compilation of the stunts in Season 1 as an Emmy Reel onto his Facebook page. A few weeks later, it was confirmed that CBS had handed in the Reboot for consideration. To be honest: Because there were 179 other TV shows in competition as well, I didn’t get my hopes up.

Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination (via Craig O’Neill)

But as it turned out, the show has indeed been nominated for an Emmy – in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”. The ceremony will be held on September 17. Let’s hope for a win!

Fun Fact: While the original show has been sadly overlooked for awards in general, it did get nominated for four Emmy’s over the years – for Episodes 2×20: Friends (Outstanding Makeup for a Series), 4×14: Gold Rush and 5×18: The Lost Amadeus (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) and for Episode 7×07: Good Knight MacGyver Part 1 (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series).

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew, it’s not nearly as much as for Season 1. To be fair, we were spoilt last year when the pilot episode was being filmed; especially by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Filming Episodes 2×01 and 2×02
Meredith Eaton joined the cast on July 7. She was “introduced” by Justin Hires in an Instagram video in which he revealed that unlike Meredith and Tristin Mays, he can’t stand coconut water. Justin posted a BtS picture on July 11, revealing that not everyone of the cast listens to the director when he’s giving directions. He also posted another video that day which showed him and Tristin strapped into chairs; joking that they had him sitting in a booster seat. Because people kept asking about Lucas’ whereabouts, Justin made sure to include the lead character in his next video.

George Eads suffering in HOTlanta (via Lucas Till)

Justin Hires had already mentioned Atlanta being “hot as hell” in one of his first videos when they had just started filming. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of herself with Cornell Willis on July 15, hinting at HOTlanta once again. Lucas Till revealed on July 20 how George Eads deals with the heat when they’re filming outside.

On July 16 and 17, Justin posted a picture of him with Tristin preparing their next scene and another one of him on the “War Room” set with Meredith and Lucas. They also shot some scenes at Gwinnett Airport. It’s the same location where they’ve already filmed scenes in Season 1 involving a jet. It’s possible that the scene Justin filmed with Tristin is taking place in a cockpit.

Besides human visitors (in the form of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe’s kids), they had also visitors – or rather background actors – of the animal kind. Who doesn’t like baby goats?

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

Filming the Casino Episode
It looks like Episode 2×02 will be the Casino Episode we have been promised. According to IMDb (which isn’t always accurate), the episode is titled “Roulette Wheel”. Although cast and crew had posted several pictures of the location (Hyatt Regency) from either outside or through a window, we never got to see the set itself.

We did get some BtS pictures that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – mainly because both Lucas as MacGyver and Justin as Bozer are wearing suits while Tristin – seen in another one of Justin’s BtS videos – has sleek hair (like she did in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew). She seems to be wearing a golden dress that matches the color of Bozer’s suit.

On July 19, Peter Lenkov posted a fun picture of “James Blonde” to let us guess what MacGyverism might be used in this episode.

Visitors on set (via Jeff Wolfe)

Cast, Crew and Character News
We got some exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) by Moviehole a while ago, yet we still don’t know who will play the new recurring characters Olivia Cage and intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. What we do know is that Marco Sanchez plays the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a Navy Seal (played by Ricky Russert). Young Diaz had been kidnapped by terrorists two years ago, so it’s safe to assume that “Team Phoenix” will stage a rescue mission in the season premiere.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras again, e.g. for hispanic and caucasian looking photo doubles, “smart and sharp looking” Techs and Agents, models, kids between 8 and 12, Stand-Ins, Phoenix Agent Drivers in black suits, Mediterrian-looking Rebels and for Bazaar Patrons. The second casting call for Female Bazaar Patrons promises to be a fun scene, so that’s something to look forward to.

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

The most interesting casting calls were probably those for “tough looking” Eastern European Mafia Guards, for Upscale International Hotel Guests and for specific extras for the Casino Episode (Cocktail Waitresses, Bartenders, High Roller Card Players and Security Guards).

Fun Fact: It seems that at least one family member of Lucas Till is working on Season 2 while at least one friend of the Till family has been working on Season 1. Atlanta and Georgia are deemed as the “New Hollywood”; so it makes sense that some family members and friends of the Till family are involved in the movie business as well. Still, it would be interesting to know if it’s actually Lucas’ career that made them consider working in film even before the rise of “ATLwood”.

Reruns
There is no rerun today since Big Brother is taking up your favorite Friday spot on CBS. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench). After another short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) on August 11.

The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings, although the number of viewers is getting a bit lower every week and the show doesn’t always earn the top spot in its time slot anymore. The rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising) on July 7 had 4.05 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in the demo group of 14-49 years). Considering this was at least the 3rd airing of the Pilot since its premiere, that’s not bad. A week later, the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) managed to get 3.81 million live viewers (with 0.5 in demo).

Overall, the reruns have made an average of 4.25 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.6 in demo) per episode so far.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 7 on July 10 earned 800’000 live viewers with a market share of 9% within demo (which is a market share of 6% in total viewers, meaning 1.71 million). The following episode fared better ratings with 870’000 live viewers (with a market share of 9.5% in demo). For comparison: The single episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 7.5% (which is not as high as in earlier seasons).

On July 14, the reboot earned the second highest ratings since its German premiere – despite having a lot of competition in its time slot and many people catching up on Game of Thrones that evening. Episode 9 had 1.03 million live viewers with a market share of 12.4% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.6% in total viewers, meaning 1.81 million). Episode 10 earned 1.02 million live viewers (with a market share of 11.5% in demo).

With these numbers, MacGyver made rank 3 and 4 in prime time – being beaten by a soccer game and episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It’s also possible the numbers influenced the ratings of Hawaii Five-0 which managed a market share of a surprising 9.2%.

Screenshot of the German Opening Title Sequence

MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episode 11 (Scissors) next week. It’s possible that they don’t believe in aring a Christmas Episode in summer time. The episode has been dubbed into German; being titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California). Weirdly, they also won’t air Episodes 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass). Neglecting Episode 16 feels like a big faux-pas to me, considering the whole episode is an Easter Egg for fans of the original show.

We’ll see if they will air Episode 11 as a Christmas Special this year or if the German-speaking premiere will happen on DVD.

The upcoming German episode titles:
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)
1×17 (Ruler): Tickende Bombe (Ticking Bomb)
1×18 (Flashlight): Ärger im Paradies (Trouble in Paradise)
1×20 (Hole Puncher): Der Architekt (The Architect)
1×21 (Cigar Cutter): Der Fluch von Kairo (The Curse of Cairo)

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

What are cast and crew up to?
While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii  to attend the annual celebration by cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 before starting Season 8. Lenkov was already back in Atlanta on July 9. He had an exciting week ahead with the premiere of his other show Salvation on July 12. He’s in San Diego right now and will probably attend the panel for Salvation at Comic Con on Saturday.

Lucas Till and George Eads have already another project lined up together: They will voice characters in a Michael-Jackson-themed Halloween-Special that will air on CBS.

On July 12, Holly Dowling had uploaded an audio-interview she had done with her brother David Dastmalchian (who plays our most favorite villain in the show). For 48 minutes, David talks about his struggle with mental health, addiction and self-medication in the past. It’s a great interview and thankfully, David is able to celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. You can listen to it here via Soundcloud or subscribe to Holly’s podcast on iTunes.