MacGyver Reboot Update #93

With an order of 13 episodes for Season 4, there’s only 4 more episodes left to film. Meanwhile, CBS has started Fall TV Season with disappointing results.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars).

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance by Keith David.
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by Yangzom Brauen

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×07 had started around September 13; with the cast filming an Upscale Restaurant Scene and in an appartement. According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”; with Aubrey being played by Leonardo Nam.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Working on Episode 4×08
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth. There was barely any BtS material uploaded for several days and no sightings of the cast but of Lucas Till and Tate Donovan; so the episode might be centered around the MacGyvers.

On September 30, Justin Hires was back on set, meaning the BtS Instagram Stories being uploaded immediately multiplied. They filmed scenes in the War Room for several days and also in MacGyver’s house. Both Justin and Henry Ian Cusick posted a nice photo with guest star Keith David. Generally, it’s more difficult to find photos with guest stars and extras this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×09 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×09 started around October 5. We don’t have a title yet, but we know it’s written by Casey Tollett Botta and Brandon Botta and directed by Michael Martinez.

On October 4, they started filming in a very interesting building. They kept working until Saturday, but since Justin Hires wasn’t on set, we didn’t get much BtS material.

Filming continued in a “shady” location on Monday – and in the big storage hall being used for the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×17 (Ruler). As Tyhiela Gibson revealed, she will play a hacker in the episode. Again, there was not much BtS material for us to enjoy.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Taylor Gardner)

This week, the production has continued for several days in the Vogtle Nuclear Plant. The crew posted several short Instagram Stories of the cooling towers, but otherwise we haven’t seen much from the set itself. As seen on a photo by Chris Wimberly, the plant was renamed to “San Eurosia”. Crew Member Dan Emo had tagged his photo with “Chernobyl”, but there’s not much indication in what English-speaking country the location is supposed to be in.

They cast a lot of Plant Worker Extras for today. One of them is Jermaine Gibson who posted two short videos. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some more photos and videos soon.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The Guest Stars don’t seem to post much this season – and if they do, they don’t tag the posts so they’re not that easy to find.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Lab Techs, for Male Control Room Techs, for even more Techs in their late 20s, for Female Coders, for Plant Workers, for Upscale Business Women, for Police Officers, Chiefs and Fire Departement workers, for FBI, for Female Prisoners, for Prisoner Guards, for Caucasians filming a Party Scene and for Pedestrians. They also had Casting Calls for Phoenix Techs, for Agents and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Delaney Williams or for Sea Shimooka).

Halloween Dress Up Days schedule (via Sarah Downer)

ICYMI: Costumer Sarah Downer and her department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
Overall, the ratings in Germany have been doing better than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0. Alas, they hit a new low for the second-last episode of Season 3. Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) on October 1 had 1.28 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. That’s the second-lowest ratings of the season. An hour later, Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) got 1.47 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.8.

Overall, the S3 average was 1.48 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 7.84 in the target audience. Despite the lower ratings at the end, the trend for S3 (green line) is upwards – and even stronger than for S2 (red line).

German Ratings for Season 1 to 3 (via Wassernixlein)

For comparison: For S2, it was 1.73 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 8.62. For S1, it had been 1.78 million live-viewers with a demo of 9.99 per episode.

In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 are still rather unpredictable. To recap: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers on September 21; followed by Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) with 45’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) on September 28 got 29’000 live-viewers. It was followed by Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) with 26’000 live-viewers. A week later, Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) garnered only 16’000 live-viewers; followed by Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) with 29’000 live-viewers. The next day, they aired Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) to fill an empty slot. Sadly, the audience dropped down to 16’000 live-viewers again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Now that CBS aired at least one episode of all their Fall shows, lets take a look at the average ratings – especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie shows and the crime shows not cancelled yet. The fate of some shows will be decided in what’s called November Sweeps, but the rookies often get a full season order in October already (like MacGyver did back then). Why is this interesting for us? Simply put, the fate of the other CBS shows might determine what timeslot the Reboot might air in – and if it’s airing in January as hinted by Tristin Mays (although there hasn’t been anything official yet) or in Spring.

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s fun to speculate about potential timeslots for the Reboot and to compare the speculations with the ones made on the “official” prediction sites.

  • Rookie show All Rise (Monday 9pm) premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s rather disappointing for a pilot. At the moment, the average is a demo of 0.64 and 5.64 million live-viewers.

Verdict: The ratings are lower than the ones for Magnum PI in the same timeslot last year. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) very soon, it’s probably done after the initial order of 13 episodes. MacGyver could be a candidate for this slot in January, but so could some of the other midseason shows.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×09 (via Brandon Botta)

Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, it’s on Rank 15 (out of 20) at the moment. TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The new season of Bull (Monday 10pm) started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.65 and 6.16 million live-viewers.

Verdict: If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will most likely stay in this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, but All Rise would fail at 10pm and Bull already lost a lot in ratings since its last move. CBS probably won’t dare moving the show within the season since it might be close to a syndication deal.

  • The new season of NCIS (Tuesday 8pm) started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers. After three episodes, the average is still at 1.25 in demo and 12.09 million live-viewers.

Verdict: NCIS is the only show that gained in demo this season so far. Out of all 20 CBS shows this Fall Season, it’s also the one with the biggest demo. It’s getting old and expensive, but CBS will try to hold onto it for a bit longer. They could probably even move it to another slot; use it as a lead-in to boost other shows.

  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.90 and 8.99 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Compared to last season, FBI has the lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. At the moment, it seems to be the only crime show that could last longer than five seasons with more than 5 million viewers, so CBS will hold onto it as long as they can; not moving it around on the schedule.

  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did a bit lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.72 and 6.75 million live-viewers at the moment.

Verdict: Compared to last season, the losses are marginal. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot.

  • SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It premiered with a demo of 0.74 and an audience of 5.25 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.67 and 5.01 million live-viewers.

Verdict: SEAL profited from being paired with SWAT. Last year, they put the show on a month-long hiatus to air something else in between. This led to a ratings drop that the show never recovered from, but according to this Deadline article from May, they might do it again this year for Criminal Minds. Personally, I think this will hurt SEAL Team even further. Unless they already have a syndication deal looking forward to, I’m not sure why they think this is a good idea.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Chris Wimberly)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts SEAL Team as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV also put it into their looking safe section. Its fate might also depend on the future of SWAT (more for this show further down). They could continue airing SEAL Team with no break while putting a hiatus on SWAT for either MacGyver and/or Criminal Minds, for example.

  • SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) had moved from Thursdays 10pm to make room for rookie show Evil. Apparently, fans didn’t like that too much, since SWAT premiered low with a demo of 0.6 and 4.03 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.58 and 3.88 million live-viewers.

Verdict: There are 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment, and SWAT is at Rank 19 when looking at the demo. CBS rarely cancels crime shows before they reach Season 4 once they made it past the first season, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from being demoted to midseason or having to endure a break so that Criminal Minds (and maybe MacGyver?) can air in between. These numbers are lower what CBS usually tolerates, but its fate might depend on the co-producing network. Also, taking over the 10pm slot in January is not what I would wish for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts the show as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV has put it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The pilot of rookie show Evil (Thursday 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.6 and 4.56 million live-viewers. That’s not very good, but it is also an unusual genre for a show on CBS and was probably misplaced; airing after a two-hour comedy block. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.57 and 4.16 million live-viewers which places it at Rank 16 (of 20) in demo.

Verdict: Since the entire Thursday isn’t doing well this season, they might completely change the entire line-up soon. Evil is the lowest-rated rookie show on CBS and might be the first show to get cancelled. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show.

Screenshot of an Instagram Short Story for Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

The TV Grim Reaper considers Evil as basically cancelled. The TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (Friday 8pm) took over the timeslot of MacGyver to make room for Magnum and function as a lead-in. It did its job quite well in the new slot; managing a demo of 0.68 and a live-audience of 7.03 million viewers for the season premiere. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.69 and 6.79 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Although H50 won the night with the premiere, it lost 12% in demo. Yet, it’s still the best show of the Friday line-up; even surpassing hit show Blue Bloods. It will probably be around for a few more years – and if CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot. It will be interesting to see what happens after the Season Finale, though – usually, the Friday 8pm timeslot is occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns, which would mean no reruns of Magnum.

  • As you all know by now, Magnum PI (Friday 9pm) was moved from Monday 9pm to Friday; taking over the old timeslot of H50. While a ratings drop for the second season was to be expected, it was way worse than imagined. The show premiered with a whopping demo loss of 35%; reaching a demo of 0.57 and a live-audience of 6.4 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.59 and 6.25 million live-viewers at the moment; placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows .

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all the CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number. Still, it is probably at fault for the low demo of Blue Bloods, despite the more intense promo than for Friday shows in the past. If the ratings stay this low, CBS might have to decide if they’re really willing to sacrifice not only Bull (timeslot move to 10pm) and MacGyver (premiere move to midseason), but also Blue Bloods for a Fall show on the lowest ranks while still only being in its second season. Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to keep paying for it. But even a renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason, moved around on schedule with no reruns during hiatus or getting an order for a shortened season soon.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Dan Emo)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts Magnum PI as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV on the other hand has it still in their green looking safe zone.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday 10pm) was allowed to stay in its old timeslot. It premiered with a demo of 0.6 and an impressive live-audience of 7.85 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is 0.60 in demo and 7.65 million live-viewers. It’s only Rank 17 (out of 20) when looking at all the scripted Fall shows sorted for demo, but Rank 4 when looking at audience.

Verdict: While the audience loss compared to last season is marginal, the demo dropped by 24%. Magnum is not a good lead-in for it, probably dragging it down. CBS might have to decide soon which show is more important to them. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place. Magnum won’t make it past Season 4 without a syndication deal, so keeping BB is probably more lucrative for CBS.

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (Sunday 9pm) started the season with a demo of 0.76 and 6.44 million viewers. At the moment, the average is 0.73 in demo and 6.57 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The show does well enough on a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show on the CBS schedule when compared for demo.

  • Madam Secretary (Sunday 10pm) is already cancelled and will be done after airing 10 episodes.

Verdict: The show will have vacated its timeslot by January. It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. Nevertheless, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #92

With an order of only 13 episodes for now, filming for Season 4 is already halfway done. Meanwhile, CBS has started the Fall TV Season alongside the other networks.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
The Fall TV Season started on Monday – without MacGyver, sadly. Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far with the guest stars for the three newest episodes the production has been working on.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearances by Amanda Ayres as Soccer Coach and by James Callis.
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×06 had started around September 3; with the cast filming in the War Room, in the Phoenix Interrogation Room, on the Phoenix Jet and on a set dressed up as a hospital. Also, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov came to visit for a few days.

Working on Episode 4×07
Filming for Episode 4×07 started around September 13. They filmed an Upscale Restaurant Scene before the cast went almost “dark” for several days.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

We did get some photos and Instagram Stories, though. They filmed in the War Room, on a set dressed up as an upscale restaurant and in an appartement. As Lucas Till revealed, MacGyver will once again bring some fire into the kitchen. On September 20, Levy Tran posted a photo of Mac and Desi for Aloha Friday. Costumer Sarah Downer later added two more shots of Levy in the Hawaiian dress.

According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. So, who’s Aubrey? According to the call sheet, he’s played by Leonardo Nam. Leonardo is about the same age as the other three mentioned in the episode title, so he could be a love interest, a friend or a relative. The call sheet hints at Mac and Desi dating and Riley being involved with Aubrey, but I guess we have to wait and see. After all, blurry snippets can be deceiving. On Tuesday, Leonardo uploaded a nice BtS photo of him with Tristin Mays, Lucas and Levy; indicating that this day was a wrap for him.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Leonardo Nam)

Working on Episode 4×08 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and in the cabin at the lake used for one of the Avengers movies. Starting Wednesday, they filmed scenes at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth.

Sadly, there were barely any BtS materials uploaded in the last few days. Justin Hires hasn’t been on set since Tuesday and it seems like Tristin Mays has a few days off, as well. It’s possible the episode is centered around the MacGyvers (both Junior and Senior).

Interestingly, Camille Mana stated on September 20 that she did finish her ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) for Episode 4×01 the week before; meaning they still have been in post-production two months after the Season premiere was filmed. Apparently, they’re not too much in a hurry.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Lucas Till)

Lucas Till uploaded a bunch of old photos onto Instagram Stories last week; e.g. of Episodes 3×01 (Improvise) or 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly). Justin Hires also must have felt nostalgic this week; uploading BtS photos from Episodes 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) and 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family).

Costumer Sarah Downer and her costume department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) will be back for Episode 4×07. There will also be a guest appearance by Devon Sawa. Interestingly, George Eads’ old Stunt Double from Seasons 1 and 2 (Reece Fleetwood) is listed on IMDb for stunt work in Episode 4×06.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian Tourists, for a Caucasian Female for a Make-Up Test, for a Passerby, for a Caucasian Female in her late 30s with brown hair for a photoshoot and for TAC Guards (on several occasions). They also had Casting Calls for Female Techs, for Agents, for Asian Guards, for Assistants, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Henry Ian Cusick or for David E. Collier) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Tate Donovan or for Keith David).

Header for the “About” section on CBS All Access

ICYMI: CBS recently changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access to another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot. So far, no other official promo for Season 4 has been released.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, Episode 3×17 (Seeds + Permafrost + Feather) on September 17 had an audience of 1.63 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.3 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. This is the second-highest audience number this season so far; and for the first time this season, the following episode had a lower audience. Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit) still managed 1.62 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.4.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Sarah Downer)

Episode 3×19 (Friends + Enemies + Border) on September 24 had also 1.62 million live-viewers, but with a demo of 7.7 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×20 (No-go + High-voltage + Rescue) got 1.55 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5.

Overall, the ratings are doing better in Germany than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0 or Magnum PI (and pretty much all the other CBS shows but NCIS). The last upcoming German Episode Titles for Season 3:

  • 3×21: Hochverrat (literal translation: High Treason; original title: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

The week after, Sat.1 will replace the Reboot with new episodes of NCIS.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

In Austria, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers back in 2017. The ratings for Season 2 aren’t as good; probably due to both a more difficult timeslot (Saturdays around 4pm) and the long airing hiatus in between. Contrary to Germany, there doesn’t seem to be a predictability to the ratings.

To recap: Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

On September 14, audience numbers dropped again, down to 24’000 live-viewers for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) had 28’000 live-viewers. A week later, the episodes aired after a Formula 1 race again: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers and the second-highest audience number of the season so far. Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) had 45’000 live-viewers.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Murray)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Back in May and June, I listed the possibilities in what timeslot the Reboot could end up in. Here’s the recap:

  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie/crime show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. Potential slots are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). This is the most likely option, but CBS has 8 midseason replacement this year; 3 of them being crime-shows. Finding a slot might be difficult if none of the rookies fails.
  • The Reboot takes over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes after the season finale, so probably premiering in April or May 2020. If they can’t find an open slot in Spring, it will be shoved to Summer. Both Spring shows this year were cancelled, so CBS is definitely in need of more material.
  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a show that got pulled early. This seems rather unlikely at the moment, but anything can happen in TV-Land and this has happened before (e.g. for Justin Hires’ Rush Hour in 2015).

Now that Fall Season has started, lets revisit the schedule and take a look at the premiere ratings; especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie/crime shows.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via Lucas Till)

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s still fun to speculate and compare to other prediction sites.

  • All Rise (Monday 9pm): Premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s not as high as Magnum back in 2018 in the same timeslot (1.2/8.12), but people might start tuning in later into the season. On the other hand, it’s rather disappointing for a rookie show – the ratings are already lower than what MacGyver had on average per episode last season. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo), it’s probably done – and there’s a good chance they will put an established show into the slot instead of another rookie. Both MacGyver and Criminal Minds are good candidates for this slot.
  • Bull (Monday 10pm): The new season started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. That’s about as high as expected. If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will stay on this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, though instead of having to cancel All Rise.
  • NCIS (Tuesday 8pm): The new season started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers.
  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. Even if the ratings drop, it should be safe since there’s also a spin-off in the works for midseason.
  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. Its reruns could get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring.
  • The Season Premieres of SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) and SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) are next week, so there’s no ratings available yet. Both shows had a lower audience than MacGyver last season, and SEAL Team just lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It seems they still might want to hold onto it.
  • Evil (Thursday 10pm) has a preliminary demo-rating of 0.7 and 4.62 million live-viewers. That is a lot less then I expected since this show had a lot of buzz and got good promo. If the show doesn’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) within the next few episodes, it’s probably done. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show. (Even with a 9pm slot, it will be difficult to get decent ratings.) It’s more suitable for Criminal Minds or the rookie shows FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy. Since the entire Thursday didn’t as well now that The Big Bang Theory as lead-in is gone, they might even completely change the entire line-up if all the ratings keep dropping.

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” was released on September 17. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it!

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

Sadly, neither the publisher nor CBS is doing any promo for it, so I guess it’s on us fans again. At least Peter Lenkov posted about it this week; also uploading screenshots of his foreword onto Instagram Stories.

MacGyver Reboot Update #91

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS keeps promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Trailers and Featurettes.

Header for CBS All Access

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 2 weeks left until the premiere of the CBS Fall Friday Shows. They’re all getting the enhanced promo treatment now; with Trailers and Featurettes. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information. We probably have to wait for the first official press releases, and that might take a while.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21; with the cast doing a Casino sequence and several days of filming in Boulevard Crossing Park, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and on Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via Jade Albany)

According to IMDb, the title for the episode directed by Duane Clark is “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan”. On Tuesday, Jade Albany uploaded a new BtS photo of her with Levy Tran and dog Carlos.

Working on Episode 4×06
Filming for Episode 4×05 was wrapped up on August 31; cast and crew ready for Labor Day Weekend and DragonCon in Atlanta.

Some of the cast started filming for Episode 4×06 on September 3. Justin Hires had the day off; doing an Instagram Live Story with Lucas Till popping in for a few minutes. As they revealed, this episode provides some background story for Henry Ian Cusicks character and is directed by Roderick Davis (who already directed Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The next few days, the fans were treated to lots of BtS photos and Instagram Stories by the cast, the crew and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, who had flown to Atlanta and visited the production on set. They filmed in the War Room, in a car on stage, on the Phoenix Jet (which champagne being served) and in the woods.

Lucas had to work on Saturday, September 7 as well; doing stunt work with the Hargrave brothers. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton weren’t on set much for this episode, but they kept posting older BtS photos and videos nonetheless, e.g. of Bozer all dressed up, handling (or rather not-handling) potentially explosive things or working on Sparky. Meredith uploaded an old BtS photo of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) of her with the make-up applied after Matty got into a car “accident”.

BtS photo of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Meredith Eaton)

This week, they filmed both on stage and on location, e.g. in the Phoenix Interrogation Room or on sets dressed up as hospitals or as upscale restaurants.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
ICYMI: Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. Reign Edwards as Leanna on the other hand might be out for good. Reign filmed a pilot for a new TV show in Auckland last year and revealed on September 3 that she is back in New Zealand. There’s no information yet about how many episodes “The Wilds” will have, but I reckon she will be busy until at least the rest of the year while MacGyver will wrap up at the end of November.

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. The most interesting guest apparence might the the one by a young actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. Also, a lot of the upcoming guest stars have worked with Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas before. Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far; raising suspsicion that the unexptected fall-out between Mac and MacSenior in the Season 3 Finale was a last-minute addition because Tate was not available this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Tristin Mays)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members and Hostages, for Rebels, Workers, for Nurses and Townspeople, for Servers and Upscale Restaurant Patrons and for a Kitchen Staff. They also had Casting Calls for Guards, Photo Doubles (e.g. for Brian Quinn) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rob Giumarra and David Shae).

In other news, they changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access with another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, the show had lost a bit of steam after the episodes are now followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 instead of by Celebrity Big Brother, but then the ratings started rising again. Like in Season 2, the second episode tends to have a bigger audience than the first.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) on September 3 had an audience of 1.53 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. The following Episode 3×14 (Father + Bride + Betrayal) managed 1.65 million live-viewers. Despite “only” an average demo of 7.4, this episode had the highest audience number of the current season so far.

Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on September 10 had 1.52 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.1 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) got 1.58 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 8.1.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (literal translation: Death in the Safe, original title: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing Season 2 on August 31. They air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. As expected, the ratings weren’t as good as when they aired Season 1 on Saturdays 7pm back in 2017.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On average, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×01 (DYI or DIE) managed 33’000 viewers, Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) only 22’000. Apparently, people have now caught on about the show being on air again after a break of almost two years. Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The official voting window for the People’s Choice Awards opened on September 4. Sadly, neither the show nor the actors got any nominations.

The release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still for September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it! Maybe the book will be published in another language for international fans as well if it gets a large number of sales in English.

Henry Ian Cusick is set for several convention appearances this winter. If we’re lucky, he will talk a bit about his upcoming role in the reboot.

MacGyver Reboot Update #90

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS is promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Press Releases and Official Stills.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Lucas Till)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 4 weeks until the premiere of the CBS Fall Shows. They’re all getting the promo treatment now; with Press Releases and Official Stills and a release of the last season on DVD. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
    Guest Appearances by Camille Mana (as Hannah), Braxton Alexander (as General Acosta’s Grandson) and  Emmanuelle Vaugier (as Major Frost).
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas
    Directed by David Straiton
    Guest Appearance by Michael Wayne Foster (as “The Russian Bear”).
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
    Guest Appearences by Christopher Convery and Joe Williamson (as son and father) and by Colbert Minga (as Otto).
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: (title tba)
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearance by James Callis.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×03 had started around July 31. The cast filmed most of the episode at Fulton County Airport.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×04
Episode 4×04 is presumably set in Germany. Filming had started around August 8; with the cast hiking up to Stone Mountain and filming additional scenes “underground” and in Downtown Atlanta. Cast and crew suffered through the infamous HOTlanta weather with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. Lucas Till was lucky this year to not having to work on his birthday, but the production still offered him a pre-birthday cake.

The cast filmed War Room scenes for several days and kept a bit more quiet than before. For one, Levy Tran stated in her Instagram bio that she’s taking a break from social media (which she finished after almost a month on August 24). Nevertheless, they still had some fun. They also wrapped earlier on several occasions than we’re used to; e.g. already at lunchtime on August 20.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

Working on Episode 4×05
Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21. It’s directed by Duane Clark (who already directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). The cast filmed a day in the War Room before they continued with a Casino sequence on August 23. Lucas Till got dressed up as “James Blonde” again; sporting a rope and a wedding ring. Cornell Willis had dressed up as well, sporting a bow tie instead of a normal tie on Tie Friday. Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick posed for a photo in their Casino guest attire; indicating that they might pose as a couple undercover. Both Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires each uploaded a nice Team Phoenix photo.

On August 26, filming continued in Boulevard Crossing Park standing in for a soccer field. Instagram stories indicated that one of the female soccer teams plays for Milano. The next days, filming moved to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and to Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Cornell Willis)

Lucas filmed a scene in front of several green screens with what looks like a self-made glider. They had a lot of extras on set; at least two teams of female soccer players in blue and yellow shirts, reporters, soccer fans and a VIP area with the soccer trophy.

Last week, Justin Hires had uploaded a photo of a Team Phoenix member holding up a soccer ball to Bozer. Maybe there’s a camera hidden inside? Justin has been on set wearing sportsy and elegant clothes while Levy Tran has been spotted wearing a Milano soccer uniform. It’s very likely that Desi and Riley might go undercover; infiltrating the female soccer teams?

Season 4 BtS Instagram Live Story Screenshot Compilation: Day 37 (via Lucas Till)

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added a blog post for the MacHacks for Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver); finishing up his notes for Season 2. He already stated that he will do posts for the upcoming season as well.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. For her profile photo, they cropped an Official Still from her first episode (3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit).

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. As Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas had revealed on August 22 (in a tweet he later deleted again), we will get guest appareances by Amanda Schull and James Callis, who both had worked on Matalas’ show 12 Monkeys. Interestingly, we might get to see another flashback episode since there is an actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. As Justin Hires revealed, we will also see Sparky again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far which has been leading to speculations that Henry Ian Cusick or Matty will be the new Oversight or temporarily step in for James.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Formal Casino People and for Poker, Black Jack or Roulette Dealers, for Real Referees and a Real Female Soccer Player, a Soccer Coach, for Stadium Patrons, for Soccer Fans, for Bodyguards, Phoenix Security, Police, a Waitress, for a a Female DJ and for Photographers. Additionally, they also needed Dignitaries, Rich Donors (with Upscale Cars), Catering and Medical Staff plus Photographers in a VIP Area. They also had Casting Calls for Lab Techs, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Fernando Chien) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Levy Tran).

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
The show does still pretty good in Germany, despite not getting much promo.

Episode 3×09 (Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak) on August 20 had an audience of 1.4 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.4 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) managed 1.57 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.5; reaching the second-highest audience number in total and the highest audience number in the target group this season. The episode was followed by an hour of Celebrity Big Brother, then reruns of Episodes 1×19 (Compass) and 1×21 (Cigar Cutter).

The ratings for the next week weren’t as good: Episode 3×11 (Mac + Fallout + Jack) on August 27 had 1.37 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.6 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.3. The episode was followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (literal translation: Surviving in the Wilderness; original title: Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)
  • 3×16: Systemausfall (System Failure, Lidar + Rogues + Duty)
  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (Death in the Safe, Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 will air Season 2 for the first time starting tomorrow, August 31. They will air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. Since the show is rated FSK16 (16 years and older) in German-speaking countries, it’s possible they will have to cut out certain scenes like they did for Season 1 back in 2017. There’s no information yet if they will continue with airing Season 3 as well.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Steven Serna)

Also, channel Rai4 will air Season 3 in Italy, starting September 19. This is a bit of a step down to a lesser known channel since the previous seasons had aired on Rai2.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The Reboot won a Teen Choice Award in the category Teen Choice Action TV Show. Sadly, the cast hadn’t been invited to the event; missing the opportunity for a blue carpet appearance and promotion. Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards ended on August 16. The official voting window will open on September 4.

There’s no news yet about the DVD release of Season 3, but the release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy.

MacGyver Reboot Update #88

Filming for Season 4 has been going on for almost a month now. We already got a lot of good BtS material to help us wait until we finally get to see the episodes.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terri J Vaughn)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far:

Information about cast and crew is still scarce on IMDb. They seem more careful this season not to reveal any script title pages or storylines. Also, with more than a few crew personnel changes, I’m still in the process to find the people working on the Reboot.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Leanne Jeong)

Working on Episodes 4×01 and 4×02
Filming for Episode 4×01 had started on Monday, July 8. While the title is still a secret, Guy D’Alema revealed that the episode is directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had already directed Episode 3×17). She only posted two photos of the episode so far – one of herself with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till and one with Henry Ian Cusick.

The cast filmed scenes in the Phoenix lab and in the War Room, on the Arcade set with the “Pizza Paradise” and inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium dressed as Cheyenne Mountain.

Episode 4×02 is titled Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix. On July 19, Lucas Till and the crew filmed scenes at Emory University, mainly at Candler School of Theology posing as venue for a Film Festival. People working nearby were pretty impressed about the scenes and also about the equipment needed. Many watched the action for quite a bit and posted photos or videos. Some were even lucky to get a photo with cast members.

BtS photo of Lucas Till in Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov uploaded several photos while editing: One of the team in the War Room (that he deleted a few days later but then re-uploaded), one of Mac and Bozer, one of Mac while teaching a chemistry class and another one of Bozer at the Film Festival, presumably undercover as the director and presenting a movie that reads like an episode title for Season 3. Lenkov later also uploaded an additional photo of Desi pointing a gun.

On July 22, filming continued in Mac’s house as a headquarter. Meredith Eaton posted a nice photo of herself with Henry Ian Cusick. The next day had the 2nd team filming outdoors with the occasional visit by a snake. Co-Producer Terry Matalas – who had been oddly quiet since they started production – finally uploaded a First Look photo as well.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

On July 25 and 26, cast and crew filmed a party scene in a mansion. Lucas Till sported a new haircut and a suit, looking like a weapon’s dealer at a bad guy convention. The crew celebrated a colorful “Romper Day”. Levy Tran uploaded several photos of scenes filmed at Mac’s house a few days ago and some Insta stories, revealing that Desi will be part of the undercover mission that deals with weapons and bad guys. Peter Lenkov posted a photo of Mac and Desi sitting on the stairs, labelling it with “King and Queen”.

Levy Tran had uploaded a few Instagram stories; one of them involving her stunt double wearing the same dress and tattoos. Cast and crew filmed until early Saturday morning. Some were lucky to get off work at 3am while others didn’t get to start the weekend before 6am.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Peter Lenkov)

On July 29, filming resumed. According to Tristin Mays, she filmed several takes of running in intense heat. The crew had set up near the sewer, so many of them commented about the smell. They had a helicopter on set and filmed a stunt person hanging on a rope underneath it. On Tuesday, they continued filming stunt scenes – but this time, with Lucas Till hanging onto the rope. Apparently, he also got to crawl through and swim in the sewer.

On July 31, director Terri J Vaughn uploaded several nice group photos onto Instagram. Apparently, she attended the filming experience to learn more about her craft. It’s not clear yet if she will direct an episode soon. That day, they filmed at Fulton County Airport with Justin trying out how comfortable the seats in the pilot cabin are. They continued filming yesterday, but there’s been almost no BtS photos or videos in the last two days.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×03 and beyond
Interestingly, they seem to be allowed to use more filming days per episode compared to last season. According to director Lily Mariye, she started pre-production on the Reboot on July 19, presumably for Episode 4×03.

In other News, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added another blog post for the MacHacks; this time for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Henry Ian Cusick will play the new regular character of Russ Taylor, a wealthy Oxford-educated ex-military. He hasn’t been sighted that often yet. For now, it’s unclear how much screentime “Russ” will have or if Ian is just keeping out of the Instagram spotlight. Interestingly, Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) hasn’t been back on set so far.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Alexandra La Roche)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Club Goers and Club Patrons, for employees and customers, for Upscale Cars, for people for a Mansion Party, for First Responders, Police, Generals, for Women Soccer Teams, for Cub Scouts and for a Featured Mob. They also had Casting Calls for Hispanic Wait Staff, for Bad Guys, for a Gate Agent, for Airport Background people, for Agents, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Christopher Convery) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Fernando Martinez).

MacGyver in Germany
The 3rd Season premiered in Germany on July 23rd. German channel Sat.1 airs two episodes every Tuesday starting 8.15pm, followed by a new episode of Lethal Weapon. Swiss channel 3+ started airing Season 3 on a Wednesday, then airing two episodes on Fridays, followed by a rerun of Season 2.

While the 1st season had been received quite well, Austrian channel ORF1 apparently doesn’t have any plans of airing the 2nd or 3rd season any time soon.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Meredith Eaton)

Sat.1 has been struggling with ratings on Tuesdays since they changed Crime Mondays to Crime Tuesdays. Both Whiskey Cavalier and Lethal Weapon haven’t been doing as well as expected. And while Season 3 of MacGyver didn’t reach as high ratings as Seasons 1 and 2, the premiere started quite well.

Episode 3×01 (Improvise) on July 23 had an audience of 1.3 million live-viewers (3 years and older) with a demo of 8.9 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) managed 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 9.0. As a lead-in for Lethal Weapon airing at 10.15pm, it also elevated its ratings, reaching the best demo of the current season.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Lucas Till)

Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back To School) on July 30 had a live-audience of 1.2 million viewers and a demo of 7.4. An hour later, Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.6.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×05: Tag der Toten (literal translation: Day of the Dead; original title: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family)
  • 3×06: Murdocs Rosenkrieg (Murdoc’s War of Roses; Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc)
  • 3×07: Mattys Geheimnis (Matty’s Secret; Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly)
  • 3×08: Späte Rache (Late Revenge; Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome)
  • 3×09: Probe 234 (Specimen 234; Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak)
  • 3×10: Ein neues Leben (A Neaw Life; Matty + Ethan + Fidelity)
  • 3×11: Einer lebt, einer stirbt (One Lives, One Dies; Mac + Fallout + Jack)
  • 3×12: Die Meisterdiebin (The Master Thief; Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241)
  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (Surviving in the Wilderness; Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)

Besides TV adverts, there’s not much promo going on. The competition is bigger this year, so I’m not sure why Sat.1 doesn’t invest more time for advertizing at least on social media.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Jaric Czepiel)

Other MacGyver Promo
The Season 2 DVD was released in France on July 24. There’s still no news about the release of the Season 3 DVD, but here’s a recap of the other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • August 11: Teen Choice Awards (nominations in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor)
  • August 15: Season 2 DVD released in German-speaking regions
  • September 17: book release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”

According to Variety, there are plans to launch a MacGyver-themed VR escape room called “MacGyverWorld” next year. More information should be coming soon.

MacGyver Reboot Update #61

Filming for Season 3 has started. We have a Premiere Release Date, an Episode Order Number and lots of BtS photos and videos!

BtS photo of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Lucas Till)

(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!)

 

Season 3 News
The Premiere Date has been set for September 28. We also know that CBS has ordered a Full Season Order of 22 episodes.

The main cast started filming on Monday, July 9. In the beginning, it was mostly Justin Hires and the Stand-Ins that provided us with BtS material. By now, others of the main cast and some of the crew and guest-stars posted some photos or videos as well.

BtS of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via George Eads)

As every year, cast and crew are suffering in the Summer Heat – or get shut down due to rain storms and lightning. According to some crew members, they logged about 80 hours on the first week; working on the weekend as well.

Working on Episode 3×01
Episode (3×01: Improvise) is directed by Stephen Herek. SpoilerTV has released some very spoilery snippets for the Season 3 Premiere, so read at your own risk.

Meredith Eaton shared a photo of Matty being back in “Boss Business” while Justin Hires’ character Bozer donned a Russian military uniform and a black suit. Instead of posting a photo for 3×01, Lucas Till shared a BtS photo of the Season 2 Finale, making a Harry Potter time-turner reference.

BtS of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Justin Hires)

In total, the filming took about 9 days on various sets. Cast and crew have been filming in “Nigeria” again; bringing back some of the actors that have been on set of Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). Hakeem Kae-kazim posted a short video of the set; revealing that he had worked with Sibongile Mlambo before.

Peter Lenkov posted a video of Lucas Till doing a stunt on a motorbike. The same scene of the stunt double on the bike was filmed by crew member Brandon Smith; using a different angle. George Eads had also posted a BtS photo of him on a bike; so this might have been a scene of them chasing the bad guys. They also filmed scenes at an airport set and in a “Russian” restaurant. They also had a helicopter on set for a few days, with Tate Donovan sharing temporary videos taken inside while flying as a passenger. Filming continued on Saturdays. Seems like there’s a lot going on in the Season Premiere.

BtS photo of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Lucas Till)

Working on Episode 3×02
On July 19, cast and crew started working on Episode 3×02, directed by Ericson Core. As Justin Hires revealed, the title is “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”, written by Brian Durkin.

The Episode looks pretty exciting. Cast and crew have been filming at an airport, also using some nice vintage cars as props, been traipsing trough the woods and apparently, MacGyver makes “Bangalore Torpedoes“. Lucas Till also filmed a stunt of his character jumping out of an airplane; joking this was an audition tape for the new Deadpool movie. His Stand-In Matthew Albright complained in an Instagram Live Story that his actor gets to do all the cool stuff while he’s uploading videos of himself playing whith his hair.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

George Eads posted some photos as well, showing Jack in tac gear, in an Aloha shirt and carrying the big guns. He seems to need the big guns, according to the two videos Peter Lenkov posted on July 26. One has Jack Dalton dealing with some kind of hostage situation. The scene might be filming over several days. Some of the guest cast posted a few photos on social media; e.g. Josh Stamberg with George. Han Soto uploaded a Live Story of Lucas Till in slow motion that looks like an audition tape for a shampoo commercial; tagging it with “long hair, don’t care”.

It’s nice to see the cast and crew having fun, despite the heavy work schedule.

Lucas Till on set of Season 3 (via Han Soto)

On July 25, Justin Hires posted another photo of Team Phoenix in what looks like “funeral attire”. A few days before that, he had uploaded a video to reassure fans that George was still on the show. Though now, some fans are worried abut James MacGyver already being killed off (especially since Tate Donovan hasn’t been sighted on set this week).

Cast, Crew and Character News
As the MacGyver Writers revealed, a new writer has joined their team: Jim Adler, who has written some episodes for Castle and Vegas.

Casting Calls for regular Stand-Ins by Central Casting Georgia confirmed that Reign Edwards (as Leanna) and Tate Donovan (as MacGyver Senior) will have recurring or regular appearances this season. They have also been looking for Stand-Ins for Josh Stamberg (The Time Machine, Pacific Rim 2, Drop Dead Diva), for Han Soto (Preacher, Ender’s Game) and for Johnny Land (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who mostly worked in the Art Departement for several movies and TV shows. For Episode 3×02, they had a Casting Call for Photo Doubles for Owen Harn (Gotham, Devious Maids) and for Matt Skollar (Sex and the City, Law and Order) as well.

George Eads on set of Season 3 (via Josh Stamberg)

Of course, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras also; e.g. for a Pilot, for Airport StaffHollywood Party Guests, Waitresses and Bartenders, for Politicians, Moms and Dads with cars, for Teachers, Mafia Men with European Looks, for Hispanic Outdoor Market Shoppers and Caucasian Hostages. They’ve also had Casting Calls for Techs, Agents, Stand-Ins, a female Lab Tech, for Contractors and for Party Guests with Upscale Cars.

During hiatus, some of the cast members have been busy, and we can finally see and hear some more about these projects. As Justin Hires revealed, he just landed his first feature as a Hip Hop Artist. Tristin Mays has been filming for a short movie with the working title “Breathe”; written and directed by Devon Deshaun Stewart. Her character Charlotte wears some pretty impressive make-up as a victim of violence.

Tristin Mays in “Breathe” (2018, via IMDb)

Season 2 News
According to The Futon Critic, CBS has planned 2 reruns in September, right before the Season 3 Premiere. There’s still no further information about what episodes they will air. I’m assuming it will be the Season 2 Finale the week before Season 3 starts.

For once, fans in the US are lucky, since they don’t have to wait until February again and get the Season 2 DVD on September 18, ten days before the Season 3 premiere. Let’s hope the DVD Special Features are included this time.

Furthermore, Season 2 will be aired in Japan starting August 8 on Wednesdays (10pm).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany
Sadly, the ratings for the first two episodes of Season 2 on German TV weren’t too overwhelming and not as good as the ones for Season 1; most likely inflated due to the sunny, hot weather plus the ongoing Soccer Championship and the premiere of some reality show on another channel. Nevertheless, the numbers increased for the following episodes; surpassing recent episodes of Lethal Weapon or Hawaii Five-0 in the same timeslot on Mondays earlier this year.

To recap: Episodes 2×01 (DIY Or DIE) and 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) had reached about 1.61 million live-viewers each, with a rating of about 6.7 in the demo-group (14-49 years old). 

Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) managed 1.66 million live-viewers with a 9.6 in demo while Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) had a demo of 8.7, but reached 1.81 million live-viewers in total. With these audience numbers, the episodes actually did better than their counterparts (Episodes 1×03 and 1×04) a year ago.

Promo for the German Premiere of Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via Sat. 1)

Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) reached 1.65 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.9 while Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) snagged 1.83 milllion live-viewers in (with the same demo). It’s clear that the episodes on 9pm do a lot better in Summer than the ones on 8pm. Sadly, I have no information about DVR numbers or how many people watch the episodes on the website (they are available for free a week after airing).

The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×07: Herz und Helden (literally translated: 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)
2×11: Unter Mordverdacht (Under Suspicion of Murder; Bullet + Pen)

Lucas Till and George Eads on Set of Season 3 (via George Eads)

Interestingly, they will air the skipped Episode 1×19 (Compass) after 2×07 next Monday.

MacGyver in Austria
Due to the soccer championship and Formula 1, the weekly episode on Austrian TV turned into a monthly episode. People might have forgotten the show still airs, but interestingly, the numbers are not too bad. For July, the two Season 1 episodes that aired (1×14 and 1×15) still reached 63’000 live-viewers each; despite being reruns.

MacGyver Reboot Update #56

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

BtS photo of Episode 2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver (via Craig Nix)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Seasons 2 and 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What’s been happening lately?
Main production wrapped on March 24 and the Season 2 Finale aired on May 4. It’s been quiet on social media lately. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed holidays and birthday parties or celebrated sobriety milestones while others started working on new projects.

Sadly, there weren’t many BtS photos of the Extras and guest-stars for the S2 Finale Episode. Kevin Marshall Pinkney (Stand-In for Justin Hires) re-posted a BtS photo of the Stand-Ins of Season 2. Both Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires posted some more pictures of themselves with the main cast. Every now and then, cast or crew upload a never-seen-before BtS photo (e.g. Jake Alvarez), though it’s not always clear what episode it belongs to.

Lucas Till celebrating the birthday of his boss (via Peter Lenkov)

Lucas Till has been spending some time in LA since production wrapped. Together with cast mates Tristin Mays, George Eads and Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he attended the Bad Ash Cigar Company Opening Party on April 21. (Bad Ash is run by Alan Cohen who worked on the Reboot as well.) He live-tweeted from the Paramount studio lot when the Season Finale aired, but also celebrated Peter Lenkov’s birthday with a giant steak on May 9. (Lenkov reposted a cropped version of the photo on May 15; stating that he misses his “third son”.)

Tomorrow, Lucas will attend a Q&A to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary of his movie Dance of the Dead, a zombie comedy filmed when he was 16.

Season 2 Ratings
There has been a slow, but steady loss of audience numbers nearing Summer. To freshen up your memory: Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) pulled in 6.26 million live viewers, but lost in the important demo-rating and only got an 0.7 in the important demo group of 18-49 year-olds. Sadly, May 4 was a bad day for TV in general – after a difficult week overall with lower ratings: Basketball Games and sunny weather managed to impact the amount of people tuning in to regular TV. All shows struggled with a loss of ratings and audience numbers; the CBS shows included.

Episode 2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

While Hawaii Five-0 lost about 800’000 viewers and 0.2 in ratings compared to the week before, the Season 2 Finale of MacGyver only lost about 150’000 viewers and 0.1 in demo. Still, the overall numbers by themselves didn’t look too well, since Episode 2×23 reached 6.10 million live viewers and an all-time-low rating of 0.6 in demo. Demo-ratings like these often leads to shows being cancelled or suffering budget-cuts, so lets hope CBS sees this as a one-time-deal and believes in Season 3 getting higher ratings again.

Back in September 2017, TV by the Numbers had predicted that CBS would most likely take over the No. 1 spot in both viewers and adults 18-49 on Friday. And yes, they had been right – although Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods again did better in the ratings than the Reboot. The Season 2 Finale included, Season 2 of MacGyver had an average demo-rating of 0.83 with 6.86 million live-viewers per episode. Looking at the Season 2 Premiere with 6.69 million live-viewers (and a demo of 0.8), the show didn’t lose too many viewers over the season, even surpassing 8 million live-viewers (with a demo of 1) around mid-season.

Season 1 vs Season 2 Audience Numbers (via DashboardOnFire)

It would have been nice if the show had ended with higher ratings, though – especially when considering the competing shows in the same timeslot were not as strong this season as they were in 2016/17 for Season 1. Also, the show could use some “safety-cushion” since competition will be stronger this Fall, so the ratings for Season 3 might be affected (see more about that further down).

When Limitless got cancelled by CBS in 2016 after only one season, it had ended with less than 6 million live-viewers, but a better demo-rating of 1.14. In general, it had also better ratings than the Reboot on average per episode (7.05 million live-viewers with 1.34 in demo). Of course, the Reboot has a well-known name and better marketing and franchise potential. Along with Lethal Weapon, it was one of the best-sold show for international markets at the Upfronts 2016. Also, the syndication potential might help to achieve a fourth season (since syndication needs 88 episodes nowadays), but after that, it might be fair game and risking cancellation (as happened with Scorpion this year).

Sneak Peeks and other Promo
Matt Carter published an interview with Meredith Eaton on May 3rd; asking several questions about the Season 2 Finale. Meredith was careful not to reveal too much about the up-coming plot twist, so I was a bit suprised when CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks; two of them spoiling a majority of the fans who hadn’t yet figured out who MacGyver Senior is. Entertainment Tonight shared another exclusive Sneak Peek, also with Mac and his father.

BtS photo of Episode 2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver (via Meredith Eaton)

Otherwise, there wasn’t much promo for a Season Finale; especially compared to the Season 1 Finale. I had hoped to get a new Interview with Lucas or Lenkov; e.g. a short overview of the season and what we can expect for the next one. In an interview with GQ, Henry Winkler talked about many topics, but also about the Reboot:

When they rebooted it, it was in my contract to be part of the series. I was supposed to be in name only, but I get along so well with the man who runs it, Peter Lenkov, that I go in and edit the show with him. We sit in the room and have a fabulous time together. It was picked up for a third season, so I’m doing nothing but saying thank you, thank you lord. A lot of shows never get to the third season. There’s an alchemy [to making a TV show] I don’t even get after all of these years. It’s a miracle! All you can do is the best that you can bring to the moment, that day, on the show. And everything else, you just have to let it melt into the cosmos. You have no control.

Season 3 News: Speculations
The Reboot has been renewed for a 3rd Season. The Premiere Date hasn’t been set yet, but it should be sometime in September. Shortly before the CBS Upfronts on May 16, CBS released the schedule for their Fall shows and revealed that the Reboot will stay in its old timeslot of Friday, 8pm. Unless we hear otherwise, I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes again.

Tristin Mays and Lucas Till at the Bad Ash Cigar Company Opening (via Alan Cohen)

We haven’t heard any new infos about the cast for next season, either. Justin Hires is attached to produce and star in Homecoming, a comedic movie he also wrote the script for. It looks like the project got delayed, so I’m not sure what this means for Justin’s involvement. If I remember correctly, the movie was supposed to film this summer, so I assumed Bozer might have reduced on-screen-time in the beginning of Season 3. Either the movie will be made next year, or Bozer might go on extended vacation – unless Justin is willing to juggle both projects by dropping out of playing one of the Homecoming lead roles.

Kate Bond’s character Jill was listed as recurring cast for Episode 2×23, which means she will probably be a recurring character for the show for next season. Due to the ending of the Season Finale, it seems necessary that Oversight (played by Tate Donovan) will return as a recurring character as well. (I would be disappointed if he just vanished again after Episode 3×01.)

In the Season Finale Episode, Matty offered Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna a job at Phoenix. Reign Edwards’ level of engagement may vary, depending if she’s a field agent or rather staying in the lab. Also, while Reign just finished her long run on The Bold and the Beautiful, she’s back for her “old” show Snowfall. Since that show only has 10 episodes per season and premieres in July as a Summer show, she could manage to be a regular cast member on the Reboot for the full Season.

Lucas Till and George Eads at the Bad Ash Cigar Company Opening (via Alan Cohen)

I’m not sure yet about the guest cast.  Jermaine Rivers will be back on the new season of The Gifted. Both Javicia Leslie (Jesse Colton) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) are attached to new TV shows this fall while Lance Gross (Billy Colton) will probably be working on his renewed show Star again. The Season Finale Episode implied that Billy expects Riley to make a decision that will have an impact on their relationship, but it’s not clear yet if that means Billy will be seen more often or completey fall out of the picture. There could be trouble in Paradise if Riley decides to say “No” to Billy’s offer to come working with the Coltons, after all.

I’m assuming we will see Riley’s parents (Michael Michele and Billy Baldwin) again in at least one episode. David Dastmalchian’s Murdoc is a likely bet and Michael Des Barres and his fans have been very vocal about wanting him being back for another episode.

Live-Tweeting for the Season Finale (via Peter Lenkov)

On May 2nd, a Portuguese news outlet did an interview with Diogo Morgado (who played Mac’s friend Carlos in Episode 2×21); “revealing” that he will come back as a recurring character next season. Diogo denied the statement, saying that there is a misquote in said interwiew and that nothing has been decided yet. Thinking about the plot twist in the Season Finale, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have MacGyver help Carlos re-building more homes in Puerto Rico in the Season 3 Premiere.

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). Since both Magnum and H50 are being filmed in Hawaii, we’ll have to wait if that means he might temporarily move there to oversee things and if his involvement for the MacGyver Reboot will change if the work-load gets too much. Technically, editing work can be done anywhere with the right equipment, so maybe there will be no changes (besides seeing a bunch of Magnum BtS material on Lenkov’s Instagram).

Season 3 News: The Schedule
As mentioned above, Season 3 will air on Friday 8pm, followed by Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods as usual. Let’s take a look at the competition, which is stronger than last year and might have an impact on the ratings.

Friday 8pm schedule 2018/19 (via SpoilerTV)

Good News first: Similar to Season 2, Dynasty (CW) shouldn’t be a problem since its ratings are marginal (690’000 live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.19).

Blindspot (NBC) also got the same timeslot again. It had about 3.3 million live-viewers this season with a demo of 0.62 so far (the Season Finale will air today). It lost in ratings since its last season and is down to 2.8 million live-viewers at the moment, but has a similar target audience age-wise. The ones that avidly watched Blindspot so far will probably stick to it. If they want a change in “drama scenery”, they might flock over to MacGyver (and vice versa).

The situation with Last Man Standing (FOX) is a bit unique. It was the biggest competition against the Reboot in 2016 with about 6.4 million live-viewers on average and a demo of 1.15, sometimes surpassing the Reboot in the demo ratings. It got cancelled in 2017 and will be “resurrected” this year.

BtS photo of Episode 2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver (via Justin Hires)

Interestingly, the show had started with less than 6 million live-viewers on the day the Reboot premiered, then started to gain in audience numbers for every episode as the Reboot gradually lost some viewers. This might indicate that the shows shared a part of their audience; the Tim Allen fans going back to the show after snooping in for the Reboot. I guess it depends how strong the show will come back, but I think it will definitely affect the Reboot audience numbers – and if it’s as strong as before it was cancelled, maybe even cost MacGyver its usual timeslot win.

The two shows on ABC are comedies with a new timeslot. Fresh Off The Boat had about 3.8 million live-viewers last season with a demo of 1. Spechless had about 4.3 million live-viewers and a demo of 1.1. For both shows, that’s more than Once Upon A Time had last year in the 8pm timeslot and could cost the Reboot a few more viewers.

New/Old BtS photo of Season 2 (via Jake Alvarez)

The Cool Kids is a new show, so no clue how it will do. I’ll say most people watching Last Man Standing might either stay on FOX for this one or switch over to ABC for some more comedy.

In General, Season 2 of MacGyver was weaker in ratings than Season 1, but a lot stronger when it comes to the writing and the storylines. It also had some interesting guest-stars. The competing shows are stronger this year, but if the writers turn it up a notch with writing even better scripts and if the Reboot gets the same (or even a higher budget) as for Season 2, I think it can do well and succeed in getting renewed for another season.

MacGyver in Austria
The rerun of Season 1 does still pretty well in Austria. The live-audience numbers were usually in the range of 50-60’000 viewers, but fell to a meager 26’000 three weeks ago. The numbers made it back to 47’000 two weeks ago and up to 53’000 last Saturday.

There’s finally a date for the DVD-Release for Season 1 in Germany (July 6), but still no further infos about the extras on the Amazon DVD version yet. The version sold in Switzerland (starting July 5) will contain the same extras as the UK and the French version.