MacGyver Reboot Update #84

What a bummer: Although renewed for another Season, the show was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. Filming will start in July like last year, though.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via CBS Studios International)

(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!)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The Season 3 Finale aired on May 10. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime while others worked on different projects. Lucas Till wrapped his movie Son of the South a few weeks ago. He “disappeared” for two weeks – only to pop up at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto (more about that further down).

Tristin Mays at the IFS screening for “Breate” (via Troy Curvey)

The rest of the main cast was pretty busy in recent months as well:

  • Justin Hires dropped the first single for his upcoming album. He has a new website and filmed a music video this week.
  • Tristin Mays’ short “Breathe” was screened at IFS (Independent Filmmakers Showcase) in LA last month. She already won in the category “Best Actress” at “FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood” back in March and reviews are good, but there’s no official release date yet.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution.
  • Levy Tran went back to her old job and spent time with her family. She is busy packing this week – probably preparing to come back to Atlanta for Season 4.
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year. It’s not clear yet if Reign is still part of the project (we all remember the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot), but if she is, that means we might probably have to say goodbye to Leanna for good.

Reboot-related, it’s gotten pretty quiet on social media before the Corus Upfronts. Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Justin Hires or of Lucas Till in Episode 2×01) pops up.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Isabel DeLaCruz briefly talked about working on Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) in a podcast. Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued uploading blog posts with science notes about the MacHacks. He’s intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus; adding blog posts for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck), for Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) and for Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire).

About the Season 3 Ratings (Encore)
Let’s revisit the ratings. To freshen up your memory: The Season Finale had 5.472 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.588 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.063 million viewers and a demo of 0.93 (+44%).

The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Comparing to Season 2, the show lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Compared to the 26 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019 Season, the Reboot made rank 22 in demo and rank 13 in audience numbers. Compared to the Summer shows on CBS at the moment, it would be at rank 2 in demo and first in audience, but we can’t assume the Reboot will be able to keep its current ratings when airing midseason.

Overall, CBS lost quite a bit in the demo ratings. This happened to the other networks as well – but compared to the ratings 7 years ago, it lost the most; experience an average demo drop of more than 65%.

Ratings prediction for Season 4
Usually, a new season of an ongoing Fall show continues in ratings in September the way it ended its last season. Then, it hopefully rises up and peaks around Christmas before dropping again – which did indeed happen for Season 3. Predicting the Season 4 ratings is pretty much impossible at this moment, though – since we don’t know yet in what timeslot the show will end up in and if it will air as a Winter, Spring or Summer show. Sadly, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings in general.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via Lucas Till)

For comparison: The first season of Salvation (another project Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was involved in) in 2016 had a demo rating of 0.52 and 3.53 million viewers per episode. The second season managed a demo of 0.33 and 2.67 million viewers before it was cancelled in 2017. Before Code Black was moved to midseason, it had quite decent ratings: its demo was at 0.93. After being shoved to midseason for Season 3 in 2018, it ended on a demo rating of 0.7 (and 5.66 million live-viewers) and was cancelled.

CBS has several mediocre-rated shows on TV this Fall, so they’re tolerating shows to drop lower in ratings than they used to a few years ago. But it’s difficult to say what CBS will expect ratings-wise for MacGyver and what it will be willing to tolerate before cancelling it. Whatever timeslot the Reboot ends up in, the ratings will surely drop lower than they would have otherwise.

Justin Hires at West Palm Beach Improv (via Ulysses Burdenii)

It’s worth noting that both rookie Spring shows this year on CBS failed – they haven’t been renewed yet and didn’t get a back-order, so they’re essentially cancelled. After 8 episodes so far, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 5.10 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57 on average. The Red Line (Sundays 8pm) ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 4 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.94 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.56. It could stabilize because it has a great lead-in with NCIS and FBI.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Candids Toronto)

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. Sadly, the celebration got ruined not even a week later: The show won’t come back this year since it was being shoved to mid-season. Its Friday Fall timeslot at 8pm will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, since Magnum PI will be airing on Fridays at 9pm.

So far, there’s no reruns planned for MacGyver either during the hiatus. The 8pm Friday timeslot is filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island” at the moment. Starting August 9, they will run Hawaii Five-0 reruns at 8pm, followed by Magnum reruns at 9pm and Blue Bloods reruns at 10pm; testing the new schedule for Fall Season. The same is happening on Wednesday, with CBS foregoing reruns of SEAL Team to air reruns of SWAT instead.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner besides Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
  • As Peter Lenkov stated, they will start filming in July as usual, so in about 4 weeks.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now; filming from July to December. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information about returning cast and crew. There’s also no Casting Calls out yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

BtS photo of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Robert Maxfield)

They might start filming soon, but if we’re unlucky, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. There’s several possibilities:

  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie show or any other show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. This is the most likely option. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. Bad thing: Options are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or even Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary) – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings since MacGyver has all the charactericstics of being an 8pm show. Shows often drop heavily in ratings when being shoved to a later timeslot (see Scorpion or Bull). Also, Sundays is considered the “Death Slot” on CBS (contrary to Fridays on other networks).
  • The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale. Good thing: It could get an 8pm slot and even air on Fridays again. Bad thing: That would still mean we would have to wait until April or even May next year – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings either since this would essentially make it a Summer show. (With only having 13 episodes, it wouldn’t need to start airing before June to be done in time for the new Fall shows to start in September.)
  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a crime show that got pulled early. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. It could even end up on Friday again. Bad thing: Who wants to take over the timeslot of a show that failed spectacularly or got pulled because of a scandal? Also, this doesn’t happen very often; especially not with shows that made it further than the first season.

At the moment, it’s too early to speculate about it too much. Some rookie shows generated more buzz than others, but it’s still difficult to determine which show will be successful with a back-order and which might end after half a season; being replaced by MacGyver.

Lucas Till having fun at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Lucas Till)

The Corus Upfronts and other MacGyver Promo
Like back in 2017, Lucas Till promoted the upcoming season at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto for GlobalTV. It was a pleasant surprise to see BtS photos of interviews and of him posing with fans pop up on social media on Monday. So far, there haven’t been any interviews released yet.

Apparently, the MacGyver Manual got a new cover and title once again: It’s now called “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”. The release date stays the same (September 17) and it still has 208 pages, but it contains now 155 MacHacks instead of 153.

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

MacGyver in France
After keeping stable and peaking at Episode 3×14, the ratings in France have been dropping since Episode 3×15.

As you can see, the numbers for the Season finale were a bit disastrous, but that’s probably because of an important European Soccer Game on another channel airing at the same time.

The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. There’s still no further information about the extras.

MacGyver Reboot Update #83

Although the show got renewed for another Season, fans are pretty bummed: Season 4 was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. That means we have to wait until next year for the Season 4 Premiere.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via What2Vue)

(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!)

 

About the Season Finale (Episode 3×22)
Although it was the Season Finale, CBS didn’t provide any additional promo for this episode. They did release three Sneak Peeks, though. Thankfully, the Official Stills were posted on SpoilerTV this time.

Since the episode has been filmed a while ago, I couldn’t find any of the guest stars uploading BtS photos. They mostly posted some screenshots of their scenes. Since the cast and crew is either on holiday or working on other projects now, there was hardly any live-tweeting and posting. At least the official CBS account posted several interesting BtS photos on Instagram.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

On May 12, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He later added a blog post for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) and for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) as well; intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus.

Let’s take a look at the ratings for the last few episodes. To freshen up your memory: Episode 3×21 had 5.326 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6, making it the episode with the lowest ratings this season. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.511 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 6.840 million viewers with a demo of 0.93 (+50%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Episode 3×22 fared a bit better: It had 5.472 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.588 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.063 million viewers and a demo of 0.93 (+44%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Episode 3×14 airing on February 1st had the highest audience number.

Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers. As in Seasons 1 and 2, the ratings peaked around midseason before dropping again.

MacGyver Audience Numbers Overview (graph by DashboardOnFire)

Back in September 2018, the Hollywood Reporter predicted that while the 18-49 race may be tighter this season, CBS should easily lead its target demo of adults (between 25 and 54) and the total viewer count again. They stated: CBS didn’t do anything to its MacGyver/Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods lineup, for good reason: It works. Of course, the pediction turned out to be true with CBS winning Friday night in ratings and/or audience numbers over 30 times.

Compared to the 27 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019-Season, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers as MacGyver have also been renewed. Let’s compare how well they faired: 

  • SEAL Team finished Season 2 at 5.027 million live-viewers (Rank 23) and a demo of 0.76 (Rank 19) on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 25% in both demo ratings and audience numbers.
  • SWAT ended their 2nd season at 5.302 million live-viewers (Rank 21) with a demo of 0.78 (Rank 17) per episode. It lost about 17% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last season.
  • Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 15) with a 0.89 demo-rating (Rank 8).
  • Bull ended at 6.708 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 11) with a 0.75 demo-rating (Rank 21) . It lost about 37% in both demo ratings and audience numbers, which makes it the CBS shows with the biggest loss this season.

As you can see, the audience numbers for these shows aren’t all that great. To be fair, they do a lot better in DVR and have better demo ratings than MacGyver, but that’s probably not the main reason why out of all these shows, it was MacGyver that had been moved to midseason (more about that further down).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

There is an interesting snippet in a recent interview Executive Producer Peter Lenkov gave to Matt Carter a day before the Season Finale of Hawaii Five-0:

Matt Carter: I know the show wasn’t renewed until recently, but you probably felt good about coming back at the time the finale was coming together, right?

Peter Lenkov: I always feel good because the show has been strong for a long time, but you never know. Everything changes. Sometimes shows don’t come back for other reasons that have nothing to do with the ratings or the quality.

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. The info for both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed came right on Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s birthday. Understandably, the fans were elated.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Sadly, the happy parade got ruined not even a week later. On May 15, CBS announced the new Fall Season schedule ahead of the Upfronts presentation – and the Reboot was absent. MacGyver got demoted from a Fall show; being benched to mid-season. Its Friday timeslot will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, which in turn had to make room for Magnum PI at 9pm.

CBS wasnt’ forthcoming with more information since the Upfronts are all about the Fall schedule. It will probably take months until we get an inkling about the premiere date and until we know for sure in what timeslot the Reboot might end up in.

There’s several possibilities: The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a rookie show that didn’t get a full season order or of a show that ended their last season on a short run, so probably in January 2020. It could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale. That would mean we might have to wait until April or even May next year.

Temporary Key Art on social media (via CBS)

Of course, waiting for an entire year for new episodes is kind of torture if you’re a fan. Also, there’s the risk of people forgetting about the show since like last year (and unlike almost all other CBS shows), there’s no reruns planned. (The 8pm Friday timeslot will be filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island”.)

But, there’s no point in wasting too much energy on being disappointed or angry. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner besides Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
  • As Peter Lenkov stated, they will start filming in July as usual.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information yet about the recurring cast or about the exact production dates. Justin Hires recently did a radio interview before one of his stand-up comedy shows and said that they will film from July until December.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

On Monday, they changed the Facebook header on the official account. Nothing dramatic – just exchanging the “Fridays 8/7c” sign with the one for CBS All Access. There’s no key art yet for Season 4 and it might be months until we get to see any. Unlike for the other seasons, they also didn’t provide a new production SAK logo.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

MacGyver in France and Germany
The ratings have been dropping again after Episode 3×15, but the decline last Saturday could be due to the Eurovision Song Contest airing at the same time.

Even the reruns must draw enough audience since they dedicate overall 4 hours of screentime to the Reboot; filled with either one or two episodes of Season 3, followed by one or two episodes of Season 2 and one episode of Season 1.

Cover-Preview for the French Season 2 DVD (via CeDe Switzerland)

ICYMI: According to CeDe Switzerland, the French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. The German DVD for Season 2 has a relase date of July 11. Both covers are an old version of the Season 2 promo poster with Jack in front of Mac.

MacGyver Reboot Update #82

It’s Season Finale Friday! You can enjoy it without any worries, since the show just got renewed for another Season!

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via TV Insider)

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

 

About Episodes 3×20 and 3×21
As for almost the entire season, the teasers were only 10 seconds long. Both episodes got Sneak Peeks – but as so often, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods got their Sneak Peeks almost two days earlier than MacGyver did. Also, the Official Stills for the last two episodes were never posted on SpoilerTV.

Some of the guest stars uploaded a few new BtS photos for Episode 3×20; e.g. Eileen Faxas. Lucas Till had also offered a new BtS photo. Justin Hires’ Bozer stunt double Tim R. McAdams uploaded BtS photos and videos of one of the stunts on Wednesday.

BtS photo of Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (via Lucas Till)

On April 28, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his usual blog post with science notes about the so-called MacHacks in this episode.

For Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum), ET Online posted an interview with Meredith Eaton talking about her character in the last two episodes and an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek of Matty meeting up with Ethan (Brendan Hines).

It’s worth noting that the article had been edited shortly after posting, although it’s not stated in the article itself. For once, they’ve edited Meredith’s age, but they’ve also edited the part with Meredith talking about the “sparking relationship” between Matty and Oversight.

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via MacGyverCBS)

It’s not clear if there was a misunderstanding or if they just spoilered the Season Finale since Episode 3×21 has been written and filmed as Episode 3×22 originally. They must have switched the airing order during post-production. So it’s possible this interview has been done a while ago, while still thinking Episode 3×21 would be the last one of this season.

Very few of the guest stars uploaded a few new BtS photos for Episode 3×21; e.g. Zane Stephens. Meredith Eaton uploaded a BtS photo of her during post-production with her doing ADR. The official CBS account posted a few of the Official Stills on their social media accounts.

For her “heartbreak scene” in Episode 3×21, Tristin Mays got an honorable mention as “Performer of the Week” by TV Line. MacGyver’s quips about burning stuff to get Riley laughing also made it for TV Line‘s “Quote of the Week“. On the same day, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post with science notes about the MacHacks.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via What2Vue)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To freshen up your memory: Episode 3×19 caught the attention of 6.075 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. All three CBS shows had a demo of 0.7, winning both the demo and the audience numbers timeslot for Friday. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.444 million viewers (+24%), reaching a total of 7.523 million viewers with a demo of 1.02 (+45%).

Episode 3×20 managed 5.541 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.465 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.009 million viewers with a demo of 0.86 (+49%).

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via MacGyverCBS)

Episode 3×21 had 5.326 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6, making it the episode with the lowest ratings this season. There weren’t that many tweets sent out, but fans seemed to appreciate the episode on social media; especially the hugging scene between Mac and Riley.

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.137 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Compared to the 26 scripted shows on CBS at the moment, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

All the other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers as MacGyver have been renewed as well, so let’s compare them again: 

  • Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating.
  • SEAL Team is at 5.056 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.76 on average. The show will have one more episode to go. Compared to last year, they lost about 24% in both demo ratings and audience numbers.
  • SWAT is at 5.284 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.78 and has one more episode to go. It lost about 18% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last season.
  • Former CBS darling Bull is at 6.686 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.75 demo-rating. It lost about 37% in both demo ratings and audience numbers, which is one of the reasons why several outlets had speculated it might get cancelled, despite being only one season shy of syndication.

All you need to know about Episode 3×22
The Season Finale is titled “Mason + Cable + Choices”. The episode was written by Jim Adler and directed by Maja Vrvilo. There are guest appearances by Peter Weller and Emerson Brooks.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The Press Release with the first Official Still was posted on April 18, with more Stills added on May 6. For once, they also landed on SpoilerTV afterwards. Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver faces off with a cunning new adversary whose carefully crafted plans put Mac at the epicenter of an impossible choice: save the life of a friend, or save the lives of hundreds of innocents. Also, Mac receives new information that will drive a wedge between him and his father.

In her interview with ET Online, Meredith Eaton said that the episode is one of the most exciting episodes they’ve ever shot, stating that guest-star Peter Weller’s character “wreaks havoc on all of us, putting Mac and all of us in danger.” She also revealed that Season 3 will end in a cliffhanger.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Yesterday, CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks. So far, they didn’t do much in additional Season Finale promo, which is a bit of a pity, but not that unusual for CBS this year. They did give us a few new BtS photos though, e.g. a snapshot with Levy Tran and Tristin Mays.

That’s a Wrap… or not.
Post-production continued for quite a while this season. Justin Hires finished his ADR for the last episode on April 24; Meredith Eaton on April 29.

The LA Wrap Party was held last on April 20, together with Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. Sadly, none of the regular cast of MacGyver attended the event. Both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres had posted a photo of themselves with Henry Winkler. Peter Lenkov had posted a handful of Instagram Stories with David, Michael, Levy Tran and the MacGyver Cake.

MacGyver Cake at the LA Wrap Party (via Hubert Rose Jr)

All you need to know about Season 4
Fans were getting impatient and worried, but yesterday CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. The info for both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed came right on Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s birthday.

Interestingly, Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner. There’s no further information yet if that means the show will go a bit into a different creative direction. Levy Tran is expected to being promoted to Series Regular, but there hasn’t been any official news about the cast so far.

The schedule should be announced next Wednesday at the CBS Upfronts. With all 3 Friday shows being renewed, the Reboot will probably keep the same timeslot.

Season 4 announcement on social media (via CBS)

MacGyver in France
The ratings for the episodes aired in April and May so far were more or less stable, with Episode 3×14 getting the lowest and Episode 3×15 getting the best audience numbers of Season 3 so far.

Interestingly, they stopped airing two episodes of the new season followed by one episode of Season 2; airing one episode of Season 3, followed by two episodes of Season 2 instead.

As stated on the website of CeDe Switzerland, the French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 17.

MacGyver in Germany and other MacGyver News
The German DVD for Season 2 has a relase date of July 11 on Amazon. Interestingly, the preview cover has the same “old” promo poster like the French version. They changed it for the US and UK DVD release, so it’s not sure yet what definitive cover German-speaking and other European countries will get.

Cover-Preview for the Season 2 German DVD (via Amazon Germany)

It was safe to assume the Free-TV-Premiere for Season 3 will be July as well like last year (since the Season 1 DVD had been released just a week before the Premiere of the 2nd season). It’s not official yet, but German TV magazine Hörzu states that the Premiere of the “new season” will be on July 9 this year. (It’s stated after the Season 2 airdate in the US and doesn’t specifically mention Season 3. It could be a typo for the year since Season 2 premiered on July 9 last year.)

Contrary to the other two seasons, the 3rd season will air on Tuesdays anyway since German TV channel Sat.1 recently switched their Crime-Mondays to Crime-Tuesdays. It’s difficult to predict if this will have any influence on the ratings.

Lucas Till, Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez at Paley Fest LA (via TV Guide)

Tech Consultant Rhett Allain did a short video interview with WGNO; talking about the Reboot and why it’s so fun.

ICYMI: In the newest issue of TV Guide, you can find an interview done at Paley Fest LA with the three lead actors of Peter Lenkov’s Reboots; talking about their characters and the shows.

The MacGyver Manual recently added new photos to the release date of September 17, 2019. The book has 208 pages, focusing on the reboot series with “shout outs” to the original. It’s written and edited by Ian Cannon with the help of Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and contains illustrations and images by Juan Calle.

MacGyver Reboot Update #81

We still have 3 more episodes to enjoy on TV for this season. Interestingly, the order of the last two episodes has been switched.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via CBS)

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

 

About Episode 3×19
CBS didn’t bother with additional promo to the 10-second-teaser until Friday. To make up for it, they posted two Sneak Peeks and a few BtS photos. Noor Anna Maher posted many BtS photos the days after; e.g. with Lucas Till, with Levy Tran, with the director or with the stunt coordinators. Director Andi Armaganian uploaded a BtS photo with Lucas.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via Andi Armaganian)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×18 had an audience of 5.570 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6; marking it as the episode with the lowest ratings of Season 3 so far. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added 1.736 million viewers (+31%), reaching a total of 7.309 million viewers with a demo of 0.96 (+63%).

Episode 3×19 caught the attention of 6.075 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. All three CBS shows had a demo of 0.7, winning both the demo and the audience numbers timeslot for Friday. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.444 million viewers (+24%), reaching a total of 7.523 million viewers with a demo of 1.02 (+45%)

On April 15, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his usual blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via Noor Anna Maher)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.207 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to the 25 scripted shows on CBS at the moment, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 14% in demo and roughly 10% in live audience numbers.

As every week, let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers. Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

SEAL Team is at 5.134 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.78 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 23% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. SWAT is at 5.324 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last year.

There still hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed, leading to the fans asking the CBS studios and producers daily about any renewal news.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via Justin Hires)

All you need to know about Episode 3×20
Episode 3×20 is titled “No Go + High Voltage + Rescue”, written by Rob Pearlstein and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Eagle Egilsson. The Press Release was posted on April 8 with more Official Stills added on April 15. Here’s the synopsis:

When two American tourists go missing while doing a “No-Go Scavenger Hunt” through some of the world’s most dangerous countries, the Phoenix team goes undercover as backpackers to find them and bring them home alive.

Again, the teaser is only 10 seconds long. Sadly, SpoilerTV never bothered to upload the Official Stills. Thankfully, Showbizjunkie posted 4 of the additional Stills on their website – not in the usual HD quality, but without any watermarks.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via CBS)

As always, MacGyver fans had to wait longer for their Sneak Peeks than fans of Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods. To make up for it, CBS released 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday. For once, they didn’t spoil too much of the storyline.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×21 and 3×22
Including today, we have 3 more episodes to enjoy before the Season 3 finale on May 10. Let’s do a short recap of all the information for the two last episodes:

  • 3×21 (filmed as 3×22): Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 3)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.
  • 3×22 (filmed as 3×21): Mason + Cable + Choices (May 10)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearances by Peter Weller and Emerson Brooks.

The Press Release and a first Official Still for each episode was posted on April 18. As you can see, they switched the episodes around. Either, they adjusted to the availability of some of the guest stars, or they decided that Episode 21 would make a better Season Finale.

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (Official Still via CBS)

That’s a Wrap… or not.
Post-production continued in the last few weeks. They filmed some inserts and additional footage; followed by editing and doing ADR (e.g. for Tristin Mays and Lance Gross). Justin Hires finished his ADR for the last episode on April 24.

The Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew was celebrated on March 24. Apparently, the LA Wrap Party was held last Saturday, together with Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. Sadly, none of the regular cast of MacGyver attended the event. Both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres posted a photo of themselves with Henry Winkler. Peter Lenkov posted a handful of Instagram Stories with David, Michael, Levy Tran and the MacGyver Cake.

Every now and then, the cast posts a few new photos of upcoming episodes; e.g. Meredith Eaton (with Tate Donovan).

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via CBS)

Other Cast and Character News
As Lucas Till revealed in a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show a while back, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. On April 16, TV Line posted an exclusive article about Peter Weller playing MacGyver’s “evil twin” in the season finale. His character will be a villain named Mason. As Executive Producer Peter Lenkov told TV Line:

Ultimately, all roads are going to lead to Peter Weller being this Big Bad who — and I think it was [series lead] Lucas [Till] who came up with this — is basically a bad MacGyver. He’s someone who has the same head as MacGyver, the same skills, but he uses it for nefarious purposes.

ICYMI: Lucas Till recently started filming a new movie in Montgomery, Alabama. A few BtS photos have been posted by the official Instagram account or by cast and crew members.

Brian Dennehy and Lucas Till on set of Son of the South (via Son of the South Movie)

 

Back in March, Lucas had attended the Paley Fest LA alongside Peter Lenkov and the two lead actors of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. In the newest issue of TV Guide, you can find an interview with the three leads; talking about their characters and the shows.

MacGyver in France
The ratings are more or less stable now. Episodes 3×05 and 3×06 on March 30 got 1.62 million and 1.34 million viewers. Episodes 3×07 and 3×08 a week later had 1.69 and 1.54 million viewers. Episodes 3×09 and 3×10 on April 13 made 1.59 and 1.53 million viewers; followed by Episodes 3×11 and 3×12 on April 20 with 1.65 and 1.61 million viewers.

MacGyver Manual
The MacGyver Manual/Handbook, the book project that has been in the works for the last couple of years, has now added new photos to the release date of September 17, 2019.

MacGyver Manual title page (via Amazon)

The updated version still has 208 pages, but appears to focus on the reboot series now, with “shout outs” to the original. It’s written by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and contains high quality illustrations and images along with the explanations of the science behind the MacGyverisms.

MacGyver Reboot Update #80

The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21. Luckily, we still have 4 more episodes to enjoy on TV.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

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

 

About Episode 3×18
Since CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 and because of the March Madness break, fans had to wait for a long time for this episode. On March 29, CBS released a 10-second-preview for Episode 3×18. Contrary to the Official Stills, we finally got an official glimpse of Michael Des Barres’ guest spot as Helman.

MDB had continued to post a few BtS photos every now and then. He uploaded a BtS photo with David Dastmalchian‘s Murdoc on March 31st. David uploaded a photo of him with Lucas Till and with his stunt double on April 2nd. Again, CBS didn’t bother with Sneak Peeks. At least, they posted a few BtS photos.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Michael Des Barres)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

Episode 3×18 had an audience of 5.570 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6; marking it as the episode with the lowest ratings of Season 3 so far. In the +3 Days Ratings, it added 1.374 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 6.947 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 (+48%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

On April 7, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He also added blog posts for the MacGyverisms in Episodes 2×01 (DIY or DIE), 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) and 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.214 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to the 24 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 21 in demo and at rank 14 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 14% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 10% in live audience numbers.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows. Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating. They’ve been already confirmed for a 2nd season a while ago.

There still hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed. SEAL Team is at 5.241 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.79 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 21% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; losing quite a bit in the ratings departement lately. SWAT is at 5.337 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

BtS photo of editing Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

All you need to know about Episode 3×19
Episode 3×19 is titled “Friends + Enemies + Border”, written by Justin Lisson and directed by Andi Armaganian. There are guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. The first Official Still had been released on March 22 with more Stills added on March 28. Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode.

Again, the teaser is only 10 seconds long. There haven’t been any Sneak Peeks released yet.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×20 to 3×22
The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10. Including today, we have 4 more episodes to enjoy. Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes:

  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer. The Press Release was posted on April 8.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

That’s a Wrap… or not.
The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. The Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew was celebrated on March 24. Apparently, there still hasn’t been one in LA like for Seasons 1 and 2.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via CBS)

They continued filming some inserts and additional footage; closing the office on March 28. Interestingly, they had another Casting Call for a photo double for Justin Hires. Tristin May’s photo double Jordan has also been on set again. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is still editing since Tristin did ADR in the studio for Episode 3×20 yesterday, so post-production is continuing for a few more weeks.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As Lucas Till revealed in a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set for the upcoming episodes.

In other news, Lucas recently started filming a new movie in Montgomery, Alabama. Both his brother Nick and friend Michael Aaron Millegan visited him on set. Lucas cut his hair for the role, meaning MacGyver will have shorter hair next season.

BtS photo of Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via CBS)

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 started Season 3 on March 16. They changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing two episodes of Season 3 and then one or two episodes of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers still don’t appreciate the new timeslot and the ratings keep falling. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers. Episodes 3×05 and 3×06 on March 30 got 1.62 million and 1.34 million viewers.

In an old interview just released, Lucas Till talked about filming the 3rd season, the differences of filming Seasons 1 and 2 and being able to spend more time with his family.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

Best of TV Awards and other MacGyver-related Promo
In an interview for Episode 3×18, Matt Carter talked with Michael Des Barres about music and MDBs role as Helman in the Reboot.

The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Here are the final relevant results relevant:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 3)
  • Best Action or Drama Actress (Meredith Eaton, Rank 6; Tristin Mays, Rank 7)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor (Lucas Till, Rank 4; George Eads, Rank 12)
  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #79

No new episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. At least we had some promo goodies to enjoy while waiting. The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21.

Lucas Till, Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez at PaleyFest LA (via Getty Images)

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

 

About Episode 3×17
To recap: In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 for an interview with R. Kelly instead; making the fans wait for another week. Sadly, there weren’t any Sneak Peeks for this episode to make up for all the disappointment, but cast, crew and guest stars promoted the episode to their followers on social media.

Let’s take a look at the ratings. To recap: Episode 3×16 back in February had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. The Rerun for Episode 3×06 on March 1st got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

In some regions, the Friday-Lineup on March 15 was pre-empted for basketball. All the CBS shows suffered quite a bit and the MacGyver Reboot got the lowest ratings of this season so far: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

On March 18, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode.

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.252 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience. That’s not all that great, but it could be worse. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 13% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 9% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via MacGyverCBS)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows; especially at the two other shows on the bubble that haven’t been renewed yet. Magnum PI is at 6.016 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.90 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; since the show is concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. They are already confirmed for a 2nd season and don’t have to worry about the finale rating so much.

SEAL Team is at 5.393 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.82 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 19% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. These losses might grow since SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; ending the season on May 22.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

There hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed, although most prediction sites are still confident about MacGyver getting another season. The three shows are probably in the same budget range (with SEAL Team being the most expensive) and both SEAL and SWAT have some well-beloved and long-term TV stars as main leads, but it’s possible that CBS might axe one of them. Since MacGyver only needs aone more season for syndication, it’s probably safe for now. The same goes for Bull, but the show lost roughly 35% in both demo and audience and got some very bad press this year, so MacGyver seems the safer option to renew.

All you need to know about Episode 3×18
Episode 3×18 is titled “Murdoc + Helman + Hit”, written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff and directed by Roderick Davis. There are guest appearances by Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The first Official Still had been released on February 28 with 18 more Stills added on March 6. Sadly, none of them featured MDB. Here’s the synopsis:

When Nicholas Helman (Michael Des Barres) resurfaces to carry out a killing spree, the Phoenix is forced to get help from the one person who knows him best… his protégé, Murdoc.

Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×19 to 3×22
The break for March Madness basketball is almost over. Due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19, the Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes for this season:

  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Written by Justin Lisson, directed by Andi Armaganian. Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. CBS revealed the synopsis and a first Official Still on March 22. They released 7 more Stills on March 28.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

Working on the Season Finale
On March 14, cast and crew continued filming action scenes in an underground parking garage. Both Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton and Lance Gross as Billy Colton filmed scenes on a different location.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

On March 18. they started with the last week of filming. Some crew members wrapped earlier than others, and some posted photos with thank you‘s during the last few days. Costume Designer Sarah Downer posted nice photos of her with Lucas Till and with Meredith Eaton.

They shot scenes in the War Room and at MacGyver’s house, but also more action scenes involving guns, fight clubs and car chases and both Justin Hires and Levy Tran getting banged up a bit in the process.

They kept filming until late at night on March 20; cast and crew posting quite a bit on social media. Justin Hires was on a plane towards Washington for his Stand-Up Comedy Gig after only 4 hours of sleep. He uploaded some new photos and videos; e.g. a nice group photo of him with Tate Donovan, Levy Tran and Lucas Till.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Justin Hires)

The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. Levy Tran wrote a heartfelt thank you note on a video post to all the people involved in making a TV show and to the fans. She flew back on the same plane as Meredith Eaton and Lance Gross; Levy and Meredith posting Insta Stories of each other filmed from opposite sides on the plane.

Some of the second team and the crew continued filming on March 22 while other crew members posted photos of their wrapping gifts and scenes shot before (e.g. the Fight Club Scene).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Lance Gross)

That’s a Wrap
Costume Designer Sarah Downer confirmed last Sunday that the Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew would be on March 24. Apparently, none of the cast made the effort to fly back to Atlanta for it. Jeff Downer stood in for the producers.

The crew posted some photos; e.g. Sarah Downer with Lucas’ brother Nick Till who had worked in props and also as personal assistant this season. She also uploaded a photo of her with Triston Dye who stands in for Lucas at fittings.

Because the party was on a Sunday and some had to be on set again the next day or to clean up the offices and trailers, most photos and videos got posted on Monday instead. Also, there wasn’t as much material as for the other two season wrap parties in Atlanta. Some crew members took the opportunity to post some more thank you notes with BtS set photos taken during the last few weeks of filming (e.g. the Elevator Scene).

Season 3 Wrap Party in Atlanta (via Sarah Downer)

Initially, the LA Wrap Party was supposed to be on March 22 (according to Peter Lenkov). It looks like it’s been rescheduled, but so far we have no further information.

It seems like they continued filming some inserts and additional footage until yesterday. According to Insta Stories, the offices for Season 3 in Atlanta closed definitely on March 28.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. As Lucas Till revealed in an interview, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode – and his character role would be possible to get expanded. So far, there’s no more information on this; e.g. if it’s another rebooted character taken from the Original Show.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Justin Hires)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras for the final episode of the season; specifically for Guards and Agents, Russian Guards, a CIA Agent, 40 Background Actors as Handsome Club Goers, a Bouncer, for Paris Cooks, Pedestrians, for Upscale European Cars and for a Male with an European Car.

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 premiered the first two episodes of Season 3 on March 16. Interestingly, they had changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing an episode of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers didn’t really appreciate the new timeslot. Episodes 3×01 and 3×02 garnered 1.81 and 1.56 million live-viewers. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers, which is the lowest number of the show in France so far.

PaleyFest LA
Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton attended the panel for the three CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA. The event was moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight).

Cast members of MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum at PaleyFest LA (via Paley Center)

For once, it was photo galore on social media. Everyone posted photos – photo agencies, official CBS accounts, Paley-Center-related accounts, stars and fans. A few panel snippets:

  • Lucas Till doesn’t really use cue cards to remember all that scientific jargon. His mom is a chemist and sends him audio messages of the correct pronounciations instead.
  • Peter Lenkov is still trying to put a crossover episode of all three shows together. The big difficulty is logistics.
  • Tristin Mays called Lucas a “real-life-MacGyver” and being super-smart.

By Monday, the blue carpet video interviews also started coming in. As Lucas Till revealed to Red Carpet Report, he sometimes sleeps in his character’s bed on stage when he’s tired. Also, he told ET Canada that his entire family watches the episodes and the relatives text him afterwards about it.

Tristin Mays and Lucas Till at PaleyFest LA (via Dolby Theatre)

Other MacGyver-related Promo
Lucas Till did a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show. He talked about the grueling work schedule and revealed that “Robocop” Peter Weller (who also directed Episode 3×04) will have a guest-part in an upcoming episode.

Michael Des Barres joined the “Forum Celebrity Podcast”; talking about music, film and TV and also about his roles as Murdoc and Helman in both the Original and rebooted MacGyver series. He’s looking forward to Episode 3×18; promoting it better than CBS so far.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #78

Tonight, we finally get the episode that should have aired last week. Then, no episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. Meanwhile, cast and crew are still busy filming the last episode of Season 3.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Sarah Downer)

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

 

The rescheduling of Episode 3×17
Episode 3×17 should have aired last Friday. In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS opted to preempt the episode for an interview with R. Kelly instead.

Sadly, neither the producers nor the writers were aware early of the schedule change and the official, pre-scheduled tweet about the episode airing plus the automatically scheduled tweets by SpoilerTV just added to the confusion. Until the last minute, many fans and even the guest-stars didn’t know about the episode not airing; promoting the show and prompting the fans to watch. Understandably, fans were pretty upset and vocal about it.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

To top it all, CBS hadn’t deleted the other pre-scheduled posts either; starting to promote Episode 3×18 early on instead of 3×17. Also, no Sneak Peeks yet to make up for all this mess. There hasn’t been much promo for the premiere tonight. Sigh.

About the Season 3 Ratings
It’s been a while since the last new episode, so to recap: Episode 3×16 had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.53 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.108 million viewers with a demo of 1.06 (+36%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (via Chad Michael Collins)

The Rerun for Episode 3×06 got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. For a rerun, that’s not bad numbers. It even had a higher audience number than Hawaii Five-0 (I can’t remember if this has ever happened, actually). For comparison: The reruns of Season 1 had an average of 4.22 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.58.

There was no new episode since February 22, so the MacGyver Reboot still has an average of 6.291 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.73. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Magnum PI is at 6.032 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.91 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; so concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. SEAL Team is still at 5.545 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.84 on average. Since they’ve been on a 4-weeks-hiatus, they won’t end the season before May 22. SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16.

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×17
Tonight’s Episode 3×17 is titled “Seeds + Permafrost + Feather”, written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen and directed by Alexandra La Roche.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The Press Release with the first Official Still came out on February 15 with more Stills added on March 5. Because it’s been a while, here’s the synopsis again:

MacGyver and team are asked to solve a locked-door mystery when a man working inside a remote, ultra-secure international seed vault disappears.

There’s guest appearances by Carsten Norgaard and Carlos Leal. Under the Recurring Cast, there’s Reign Edwards, Levy Tran and Tate Donovan listed.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×18 to 3×22
After tonight’s episode, there will be a break due to March Madness basketball. On March 11, CBS released the airdates for all their show’s season finales. The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10 because there is another short break in between due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for remaining episodes:

  • 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (April 5)
    Written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff, directed by Roderick Davis. Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres, Andre Reed and David Dastmalchian. The first Official Still was released on February 28 with more Stills added on March 6 (sadly, none of them featureing MDB). Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.
  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross,  Emerson Brooks and Brendan Hines.

Working on Episodes 3×21 and 3×22
It’s gotten difficult to determine what filming days were used for which episode. On February 25, they filmed scenes involving power lines and climbing a tower. The next days, they filmed scenes at Fulton County airport and at Turner Field, also using a living rat on the Turner Field set.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Lucas Till initiated Mustache March; sharing the diversity of the mustached crew on Instagram Live Stories. They also filmed scenes with the black chopper again.

On March 11, Lance Gross revealed that he was on a plane back to Atlanta; his hand over the script title page. All his secrecy was unnecessary, though since Costume Designer Sarah Downer revealed the title for the Season Finale Episode to us just a few hours later: “Treason + Heartbreak + Gum”.

Emerson Brooks posted a photo of Charlie in trouble; sitting in what looks like either a cell or a glass cage. Levy Tran, Lucas Till and Justin Hires filmed on a fake elevator set on March 11 and 12. Brendan Hines uploaded a video of him in the make-up trailer getting the neck tattoo for his character Ethan. Meredith Eaton posted some stories before filming in an underground parking garage on March 13.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Emerson Brooks)

On Wednesday, CBS surprised the fans by tweeting a photo for tonight’s episode of MacGyver and Desi – and it looks like they just got busted while sharing the bed. MacRiley fans were not happy, although there is some indication that this might have been another undercover op similar to the ruse used by MacGyver and Riley in Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire). The guy busting in on them is most likely Maurice P Kerry who had posted photos of him with both Lucas and Levy before; Lucas wearing a bathrobe.

Yesterday, they continued filming action scenes in the underground parking garage. The storyboard photo by Mike Torino, but also the scene preparation with toy cars by stunt coordinator Daniel Hargrave a few days earlier indicate that there might be some big action involving car chases and fighting.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (via MacGyverCBS)

Levy Tran shared stories on set, also revealing her leg being black and blue due to the recent stunt work. Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton has also been around yesterday. Lance Gross filmed a scene wearing a sharp suit – Instagram Stories by the stand-ins indicate that it will be most likely a dinner date with Billy and Riley. We don’t know yet how many members of the Colton family will show up, but there seem to be quite a lot of characters in the Season 3 Finale.

This week, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in Episode 1×19 (Compass) and in Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Mike Torino)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran joined the cast as recurring character, but she has been on set for every episode since 3×15 so far, so CBS will surely bump her to a regular if the show gets another season. It also appears that Tate Donovan has been part of most of the episodes being filmed lately, so it’s possible he might be part of a Season Finale plot twist or cliffhanger.

As mentioned above, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. There’s no indication yet if Billy and Ethan are part of the “Hearbreak” or the “Treason” in the episode title of 3×22.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Maurice P Kerry)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras recently; revealing that we might get to travel to Paris and to Russia.

In the last two weeks, they’ve been looking for a female Nurse, female Spectators, a male Coroner, for a Tactical Team, Agents and Techs, for Police, Firemen and Paramedics, Russian Guards, Bodyguards, Business People, Europe Wait Staff, for Beautiful Club Goers, for Handsome Club Goers, Business Patrons and Street Patrons, Diner Patrons, for Women Servers, Upscale Europe Restaurant Patrons, Paris Wait Staff, an African American female model for a photoshoot, male Security Officers, for Middle Eastern, Caucasian or Hispanic Security Guards and for Maintenance Workers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Levy Tran)

Other MacGyver-related News
French MacGyver fans are lucky since channel M6 will start airing Season 3 tomorrow at 9pm.

In case you missed it: The confirmed guests for the MacGyver panel on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA so far are Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton. Justin Hires has a stand-up comedy gig in Washington that day and won’t be able to attend. Tickets are still available for the event moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight)!

Matt Carter talked with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov about the Reboot in an interview posted on March 7. He also teased an upcoming interview with Michael Des Barres in April (presumably on April 5 before the premiere of Episode 3×18).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had won several categories in Round 1 (e.g. Best Stunts, Best Writing, Kate Bond as Best Recurring Actress) and made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
    Only three votes more and the Reboot would have placed Rank 3.
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver Rank 6, Jack Dalton Rank 27)
    Again, Ranks 4 to 7 are only one or two votes apart, so our lead hero could have placed 4th with only three votes more.
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)
    It placed better than many fan favorites dominating the awards for years and ranks 2, 3 and 4 are only a few votes apart. Only five votes more and the Reboot would have placed 2nd in this category.

Maybe some more votes by fans might get the Reboot to win in some of the categories next year *hint hint*.

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 #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 #48

Unless production is halted due to heavy snowfall every now and then, filming continues as planned on Season 2. Also, we finally got the confirmation about Michael Des Barres guest-starring 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!)

 

Russia, Bikes and Wedding Dresses
After Christmas Hiatus, filming was officially resumed on January 5, presumably for Episode 2×17. Lucas Till’s Stand-In Matthew Albright had revealed how many layers he’s wearing at the moment because of the cold. They’ve been filming in “Russia” until last week. The Location was an old warehouse with actors milling around in white hazmat suits à la “Back to the Future”. Tristin Mays donned one of these suits as well; stealing a truck with “plutonium”.

BtS of Season 2 (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin recently revealed on social media that she’s been taking motorcycle lessons. On January 7, she posted a short video of her riding a motorcycle. She didn’t think it looked as cool as she wanted it to be, but Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe and other crew members complimented her; stating that she “kicked ass” (despite not wearing a helmet).

A day later, Tristin posted a BtS video of her and Reign Edwards dancing around in Wedding Dresses; presumably for Episode 2×16. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov topped that post on Tuesday, January 16: In the Instagram Story he uploaded while editing, Mac and Leanna are posing for wedding pictures; gazing lovingly into each others eyes. Yesterday, Justin Hires posted a photo of Bozer and Riley posing for their own set of wedding pictures.

BtS video screenshots of Episode 2×16 (via Peter Lenkov)

A few days ago, production continued at the Delta Flight Museum – with a “Mini-Hiatus” on Wednesday due to heavy snowfall.

In general, cast and crew battled the cold all week. Maybe that’s what led to the “atomic sneeze“? Although it’s cold, the cast was excited that the show is back on production and on air. It’s not quite clear if they’re just so busy or if they’re trying to keep the lid on recent sets, but there aren’t that many BtS pictures since they started filming again. They do provide older BtS pictures, though – especially on Fridays. Meredith Eaton posted some BtS pictures from Episode 2×13: One is her, Tristin and Lucas posing with the little monkey from the Opening Gambit; another one is her with Ashley Tisdale.

It seems like 2×16 is one of Justin’s favorites, since all recent pictures he has been posting were made while filming this episode. One BtS picture features Mac, Leanna, Bozer and Riley in their “honeymoon/spy-op-suite“. Another shows Bozer and Riley taking up Yoga Lessons. Yesterday, he uploaded a picture of Mac and Bozer flashing their wedding rings.

Episode 2×14: Mardi Gras Beads + Chair (via SpoilerTV)

Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
After 4 Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack), we only got a single one for Episode 2×13 – but cast and crew provided lots of new BtS pictures (e.g. of Meredith Eaton with Ashley Tisdale) while Lenkov teased that Mac “loses it tonight”.

A Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) had been scheduled for December 29 last year. CBS then re-scheduled the rerun for Friday, January 26. A look at the TV programme reveals that the rerun has been dropped off the schedule again; airing a Bruno Mars concert instead. At the moment, the episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, February 10.

On January 17, we got additional Stills for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). Peter Lenkov also provided some sneak peeks via Instagram Live Stories – one of the Opening Gambit (in what looks like a “flying toilet box”) and some more with scenes between Jack and his “wife” (played by Amy Smart). Sadly, there were no Official Sneak Peeks.

Michael Des Barres in Episode 2×15
We had already put together enough pieces to know about it, but it wasn’t until January 12 that CBS officially announced via TV Insider that Michael Des Barres will guest-star in Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Besides giving us a first Still, they also revealed that MDB will play a mentor of rebooted Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) and that apparently, Murdoc doesn’t like that his mentor decides to retire and plans on killing him.

Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via TV Insider)

Both Michael (MDB) and David posted some great BtS pictures on social media, stating that it had been immensely fun and educating to film this episode.

On January 16, we got the official Press Release, revealing that MDB will actually play a character named Nicholas Helman. In case the name sounds familiar: it’s another nod the the Original Show. Nicholas Helman was the Chairman of the Board for the Homicide International Trust (HIT), a criminal group who contracted assassins all over the world. Helman himself was a first rate assassin who had trained OG Murdoc in the “art” of killing.

Interestingly, the scoop by TV Insider must have been wrong, because the Press Release states that Helman is the one trying to get rid of Murdoc, not the other way around.

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

Season 2 Ratings
Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) had managed 7.83 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group (14-49 years old). That’s almost a million live viewers more than for Episode 2×11.

Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) reached a new record for Season 2: 8.14 million live viewers with a rating of 1.0 in demo. The Reboot hasn’t reached more than 8 million live viewers since Episode 1×15, so I’m already curious what will happen ratings-wise for the next few episodes.

Interestingly, #Blindspot had trended on Twitter above #MacGyver. It had also generated more traffic on voting sites asking what people will be watching tonight. Apparently, higher social media traffic doesn’t automatically generate higher audience numbers.

BtS of Episode 2×13: CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch (via Meredith Eaton)

It might be a while until we hear about a potential Season 3 renewal. Fact is, CBS wins every week with their Friday Evening Line-Up. Unless someone of the main cast drops out, it seems like a no-brainer that all Friday shows (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods) will be renewed for another Season. Interesting fact: The Season-2-Order had initially been for 22 episodes. But I recently noticed that the CBS Studios International website lists Season 2 with 23 episodes now. Other shows like Hawaii Five-O, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans already got an extended order for 24 episodes last November. Looking at recent ratings, it makes sense that CBS wants to bank on the Reboot’s ratings success as well. It’s just a bit strange that there was no official news about it so far.

Cast and Character News
Tonight’s guest-stars for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) are Garrett Morris as the proprietor of “Willy’s House of Voodoo” and Amy Smart as Jack’s “wife”.

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

Riley’s mother Diane (played by Michael Michele), Murdoc’s son Cassian (Brady Bond) and Anthony Starke (the teacher “hired” by Murdoc in Episode 2×04) will be back in Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Reign Edwards returns as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (presumably in Episode 2×16), helping with an undercover mission by posing as MacGyver’s wife.

Peter Lenkov had revealed in an “inside scoop” via TV Line on January 2nd that Riley will take up a relationship with one of the Colton brothers. Jermaine Rivers (Frank Colton) had hinted that he might be the lucky one, but deleted his comment afterwards. Both of the Colton Brothers are attached to other shows filming in Atlanta, but since Jermaine’s The Gifted (FOX) has already wrapped its first Season while Lance Gross (Billy Colton) is still filming for Star, there were speculations that Billy might be absent this time.

Javicia Leslie (Jesse Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) and Jermaine started filming this week; already uploading some BtS pictures and videos. As Jermaine Rivers revealed, Episode 2×18 will be called “Riley + Airplane”. A few days later, Lance Gross joined the crew; therefore completing the Colton Family. Sadly, there were no sightings of a rebooted version of Frog Dog.

BtS video screenshot of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Extras are important, too.  Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Guys in Hazmat Masks, Skater Boys, more Bad Guys, a Photo Double for Michael Des Barres and High End Vehicles. For this week, they’ve been looking for airplane passengers and a Flight Attendant, for Weightlifters, Stand-Ins, for people appearing as homeless and for Extras filming a mansion scene: Caterers, Waiters, Valets, a Big Guard, Security and Mansion Guests.

MacGyver in France
Two weeks ago, Episodes 1 to 3 premiered on French channel M6. The Pilot Episode had reached 4.11 Million live viewers and won second place on French TV that Friday.

Episodes 4, 5 and 6 premiered last week. As with the premiere of the Pilot Episode, new French articles with short interviews have been posted online, but they’ve all been done back in Monte Carlo last summer. While we’ve heard the soundbites before, Téléstar posted a new picture of George Eads that had been done in the official CBS portraits series.

George Eads as Jack Dalton (via TéléStar)

On the day of the premiere, the Hashtag #MacGyver had started trending even before the Pilot Episode had begun and kept trending for almost 10 hours in France. It also trended for episodes 4 to 6; although not for as many hours.

MacGyver in Austria
Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass) had managed to pull in 73’000 viewers. Because the episodes weren’t aired regularly anymore due to the interfering Winter Sports Events, it’s gotten a bit more difficult for viewers to catch the show. After several reschedulings, ORF1 finally managed to air the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook).

Apparently, the preceding Sports Event helped with the ratings, because 2×16 brought in a whopping 123’000; setting the audience-record so far.