MacGyver Reboot Update #152

Season 5 airs in Germany currently. Meanwhile, we have news about the MacGyver Convention with an amazing guest list.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessica Sanchez)

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What’s going to happen now?
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, pieces of the MacGyver wardrobe have been put on sale at the Atlanta Dream Center Church. All proceeds went to local non-profit.

CBS keeps airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm) on Fridays; with Secret Celebrity Renovation currently having the lowest demo-rating (0.29) of the three CBS Summer Shows.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

MacGyver Season 5 got the “Gender-Balance Seal of Approval” by ReFrame. ReFrame, the gender equity coalition (founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute and IMDbPro), recently announced the 117 TV and streaming shows that earned the ReFrame Stamp for the years 2020 to 2021.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Justin Hires has been doing several great podcast episodes. The one with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27 on Patreon) is now also available on YouTube.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires

Back in April or May, Lucas Till had done an interview with Cine Art Variety. You can now find it on YouTube as well. Lucas talked about how the cancellation has come as a big and sad surprise, but that he doesn’t like to look back and dwell too much on projects in the past.

He talked about how he really liked Season 5 (and especially Episode 5×10) and working action scenes with Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave. He also revealed that he keeps the notes with his lines he wrote down for memorizing and makes them leather-bound to give to his parents.

Cine Arte Variety with Aymara Limma and Lucas Till

When asked about funny BTS stories, he talked about Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) and the “zipper problem”. Lucas stated that he would like to do more TV shows, but for guest and/or recurring parts and not as the main character. That way, he could work on his acting skills while being able to enjoy it more; especially with having less pressure when not being the lead actor yet still having sufficient financial security.

Levy Tran has already started working on a new project called “Secret Headquarters”; a movie project from Paramount and Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Owen Wilson. It’s set for a release date of August 22 next year. In an Instagram Story on July 15, she promised us lots of action. She’s also been announced as the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year.

Costume Fitting with Justin Hires (via Sarah Downer)

Henry Ian Cusick has some convention appearances scheduled for this and next year. Additionally, he has several projects listed on IMDb; including a TV show with David Straiton as director and showrunner and Monica Macer as producer.

Most of the former crew members are currently working on different projects. Director of Photography Christopher Jon Duddy posted a script title page of Magnum PI Episode 402 (which started filming Season 4 on July 20).

As Lane Amelia posted in one of her Instagram Stories, the potted plants used in Episode 5×14 (for being thrown at a bad guy by Momma Bozer) are still alive.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

MacGyver in Germany
German Channel Sat.1 airs two episodes of Season 5 on Thursays 8.15pm, followed by two episodes of FBI: Most Wanted. The ratings of the first two episodes were lower than expected, but have been rising in the second week – only to drop again last week.

To Recap: Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) had 850’000 live-viewers with a market-share of 3.1%, followed by Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) with 890’000 live-viewers and a market-share of 3.4%.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma) had 0.86 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%; followed by Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason) with 1.2 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.4%.

Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO) got 0.74 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.2%, followed by Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance) with 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.6%.

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

Yesterday, Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) garnered 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%; followed by Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini) with 0.92 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.9%.

So far, Episode 5×04 had the highest audience numbers and Episode 5×05 the lowest. Generally, the second episode airing at 9.15pm seems to do better in ratings. Of course, the sunny weather and lack of promotion by the network doesn’t help in getting as good ratings as in former seasons.

MacGyver Reboot Ratings in Germany (via Quotenmeter)

Here’s the upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×09: Codex 2.0 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt)
  • 5×10: Alte Bekannte (literal translation: Old Acquaintances; Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower)
  • 5×11: Tödliche Luft (Deadly Air; C8H7CIO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games)
  • 5×12: Die Hochzeit (The Wedding; Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna)
  • 5×13: 350 PS für die Mafia (350 PS for the Mafia; Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer)
  • 5×14: Der Tod kommt langsam (Death arrives slowly; H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins)
  • 5×15: Gedankenkontrolle (Mind Control; Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On July 15, they announced the MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, for the fans to be held on August 28 and 29.

Tech Consultant Rhett Allain for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Guests announced so far are Henry Ian Cusick, Tristin Mays, Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson), the hosts of the “Making Fun of MacGyver” Podcast, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain, Costume Designer Sarah Downer, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff plus the Season 5 writers (Monica Macer, Mika Frank, Stephanie Hicks, Teresa Huang, Josh Brown, Alex Biskis, Andrew Klein, Andrew Karlsruher, Alessia Costantini, Curran Sullivan).

There’s also a Birthday Charity Fundraiser set up in honor of Lucas Till. All proceeds will go to Shirts Across America; a charity Lucas has worked with before.

Costume Designer Sarah Downer for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. For the MacGyver Convention and to buy tickets and swag bags, check here.

Other MacGyver-related News
As Deadline reported, director David Von Ancken, who also directed the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, passed away July 26 after a two-year battle with aggressive stomach cancer. He was only 56.

In other news, the German company Koch Films is still working to put a BluRay box set of the Original Show together. Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres hinted at doing an interview for the box set. There’s no release date yet.

German DVD Cover for Son of the South (via Amazon Germany)

Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Tristin Mays’ short movie Breathe (2019) has been uploaded onto YouTube by the director.
  • Starting in August, the MacGyver Reboot will be available to stream on IMDbTV (presumably US-only).
  • Swiss TV channel 3+ will start airing Season 5 on August 20 (Friday, 8.15pm), followed by an episode of Season 4.
  • The release date of Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South in Germany was moved from August 5 to August 26. For now, the DVD/BluRay-Release is still set for September 24. Also, the German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) awarded the movie with a seal of approval; functioning “as a cinematic pointer for today’s events and developments. To find out what has happened and to learn what must not happen anymore.”
  • Upcoming DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 are August 4 (Japan) and August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

MacGyver Reboot Update #151

Season 5 premiered in Germany last week. Meanwhile, CBS has set premiere dates for the upcoming Fall Season.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Lucas Till

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What’s going to happen now?
Last week, pieces of the MacGyver wardrobe have been put on sale at the Atlanta Dream Center Church. All proceeds went to local non-profit. Sadly, there was no list and no official photos of the items on sale.

While this hurts the fans, it makes sense from a financial standpoint: It would be too expensive to store and/or move all props and clothes to another location. Even if the show is renewed or gets a follow-up movie, it could be months or years until they go into production; maybe using a different location. It’s still possible that they will be re-using some of the props and clothing for Dynasty, the other CBS show currently in production in Atlanta.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

I’ve seen photos of Mailing Avenue Stageworks being used for another production, but I wasn’t able to find out yet which studio is using it.

Last Friday, CBS started airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm). This week, CBS revealed their upcoming premiere dates for Fall Season. Interestingly, SWAT will only air 3 episodes on Fridays 8pm before being put on a 6-week-hiatus until December 3rd. Meanwhile, CBS will air reality show The Activist.

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

While this will probably hurt the ratings for the entire Friday crime/drama line-up, it’s not the worst news for us. After all, the more the Friday schedule flops, the more CBS will miss MacGyver – and maybe reconsider not bringing it back?

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Justin Hires has been doing several great podcast episodes; e.g. with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27), Henry Winkler (June 10), Tristin Mays (June 23), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Bozer’s mom, June 25) and Lucas Till (June 30). They’re all available on his Patreon account.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Henry Winkler

Here’s a few highlights from the episodes I’ve seen so far:

  • Meredith Eaton has been trying to get her own TV show made for about a year now. She wants to write a book and act in more movies.
  • Tristin Mays has been taking ballet lessons again (for a potential Flashdance series) and is currently writing a cookbook. She wants to direct, to create her own production company and to create a band (playing electric guitar).
  • Justin Hires has been getting offers for auditions, but mostly for the “black best friend” and for reboots – which he doesn’t feel the need to audition for.
  • Lucas Till stated that he wants to do more producing (and finally directing) and that he really wants to play a bad guy.

We also got a few new photos of Lucas; e.g. while being on set of the pilot episode for The Spook Who Sat By the Door (posted by Script Supervisor Liliana Molina).

On set of The Spook Who Sat By The Door (via Liliana Molina)

Levy Tran has been working on her martial arts skills and went back to the shooting range. In a recent Instagram post, she revealed that she has been suffering from depression for about half a year. In posts meeting up with her sister and more family and friends, she looks happy. ICYMI: While the project has been listed on IMDb since 2018, it’s been officially announced that she will be the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year.

Henry Ian Cusick has some convention appearances scheduled for this and next year.

Costume Fitting with Levy Tran (via Sarah Downer)

MacGyver in Germany
On July 8, Season 5 premiered on German Channel Sat.1. They aired two episodes, followed by two episodes of FBI: Most Wanted. Sadly, the ratings were lower than expected.

To Recap: On average, every episode of Season 4 had about 1.3 million viewers last year. That was less than for the other seasons, but not too bad considering the lack of promo and the episodes being available to watch online for free for a week beforehand and a month after airing. Also, MacGyver was followed by a low-rated show (Reef Break) – which was pulled after half of the episodes; replaced by other shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessica Sanchez)

Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) had 850’000 live-viewers with a market-share of 3.1%, followed by Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) with 890’000 live-viewers and a market-share of 3.4%.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×03: General Ma (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma)
  • 5×04: Gefährliche Erinnerungen (literal translation: Dangerous Memories; Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason)
  • 5×05: Die Wildnis der Spiegel (The Wilderness of the Mirrors; Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO)
  • 5×06: Quarantäne (Quarantine; Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance)
  • 5×07: Das Gift der Schlange (The venom of the Snake; Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage)
  • 5×08: Operation Harpyie (Operation Harpy; SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini)
  • 5×09: tba

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: The second edition of digital billboards is up; this time with a Phoenix design with billboards in LA, Baltimore, Phoenix and St. Louis. Also, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff joined the #SaveMacGyver movement.

Costume Fitting with Justin Hires (via Sarah Downer)

As mentioned before: The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov recently did a podcast interview for Dom’s Den; hosted by his friend Domenick Lombardozzi.
  • Tristin Mays’ short movie Breathe (2019) has been uploaded onto YouTube by the director.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere on August 5 in Germany. The DVD/BluRay-Release is set for September 24.
  • Swiss TV channel 3+ will start airing Season 5 on August 20 (Friday, 8.15pm), followed by an episode of Season 4.

The Season 4 DVD was released in Australia and New Zealand on July 7. Here’s the DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 outside the US:

  • August 4 (Japan)
  • August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

MacGyver Reboot Update #150

While the fans continue fighting for Season 6, German fans are waiting for the Season 5 Premiere next week.

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

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What’s going to happen now?
Starting next week, CBS airs the two reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm); replaced by Greatest AtHome Videos (9pm) in August. It’s safe to say that there won’t be more MacGyver reruns.

While most Fall shows on the networks have already cast their leads, it’s still possible for former cast members of MacGyver to turn up as guest stars – though probably not on CBS.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Justin Hires has been doing podcast episodes with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27), Henry Winkler (June 10), Tristin Mays (June 23), Wendy Raquel Robinson (who played Bozer’s mom, June 25) and Lucas Till (June 30) for his Patreon account; talking about their careers and what’s next. Here’s a few highlights from the episodes I’ve seen so far:

Meredith Eaton has been trying to get her own TV show made for about a year now. She wants to write a book and act in more movies. They also revealed that the scene of Bozer wiping off his fingers on Mattys shoulder in Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) was improvised and that they couldn’t stop laughing.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton

Tristin Mays has been taking ballet lessons again since January (for a Flashdance series that is still in development). She also had some auditions and screentests, but doesn’t have a project lined up right now. Tristin wants to direct (preferably until the end of the year), to create her own production company and a band (playing electric guitar). Currently, she’s writing a cookbook.

In a recent Instagram post, Tristin mentioned in the comments that she will be back in Atlanta in about two weeks. Would be nice if she could meet up with some of the cast and crew.

Justin Hires has been getting offers for auditions, but mostly for the “black best friend” – which he doesn’t feel the need to audition for (since casting directors could simply watch an episode of MacGyver for that). He hasn’t said who will be next on the podcast, but he hinted at wanting to get Tate Donovan on an episode.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Tristin Mays

ICYMI: Lucas Till got cast in “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” Pilot at FX; playing a CIA Agent. They filmed for 15 days; finishing on June 12. There’s no news yet if the show has been ordered to series or not. In his podcast with Justin Hires (recorded in Baltimore), he revealed that he did a chemistry read for the pilot, and didn’t have to audition for it in the traditional way.

Lucas stated that he wants to do more producing (and finally directing) and that he really wants to play a bad guy. He also revealed that after having no private life for about 5 years, he finally got back into the dating world.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Lucas Till

While the project has been listed on Levy Tran’s IMDb page since 2018, it’s been officially announced on Wednesday that Levy will be the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year. Although the story is set in parts of Berlin, Tokyo and Paris, it’s not clear yet if Levy will get to travel to all these locations.

The trivia on IMDb states that the Japan segment has been filmed years ago (with the page also including some photo material), so it’s not clear if this was a flashback sequence anyway or if the project was stopped for unknown reasons and these scenes will all be reshot.

Levy Tran in The Silk Road (via 55 Media)

Levy has been working on her martial arts skills; the videos indicating that she is still in Atlanta. In a recent Instagram post, she revealed that she has been suffering from depression for about half a year and that re-finding martial arts has helped her a lot.

MacGyver in Germany
On July 8, Season 5 will premiere on German Channel Sat.1. They will air two episodes back to back, starting at 8.15pm. The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×01: Refugium für die Unterwelt (literal translation: Refuge for the Underworld; original title: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness)
  • 5×02: Viro-486 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice)
  • 5×03: General Ma (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma)
  • 5×04: Gefährliche Erinnerungen (Dangerous Memories; Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason)
  • 5×05: tba

While the Season 4 episodes had been paired with Hawaii Five-0, the Season 5 episodes will be followed by FBI: Most Wanted.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via Sarah Downer)

On Tuesday, they uploaded the first Season 5 Teaser Trailer (which is the dubbed version of the original teaser trailer, but with different music) onto their website.

Like last year, German-speaking countries get the Season 4 DVD after the Season 5 Premiere – what a missed opportunity for new viewers to catch up.

A Year Post-Lenkov
It’s been almost a year since Showrunner Peter Lenkov was fired by CBS. After laying low mostly, he recently did a podcast interview for Dom’s Den; hosted by his friend Domenick Lombardozzi (who had roles in both MacGyver and Magnum PI).

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

While Lenkov took the time to go to therapy to better understand himself and what went wrong, and also admitting on being a tough boss and that he could have done things better – that’s pretty much it. Stating in a half-sentence that he rewrote scripts because he didn’t have enough patience might sound trivial, but it’s not for the writers who suffered through this.

He revealed that he reached out to apologize via Lucas’ manager, but also stated that Lucas heard the body-shaming through a third person which is “what kills him the most”. The talk went pretty fast into the trajectory of how he and his family dealt with the “trauma” he went through – which is not surprising, considering the other podcast attendants were either friends or friends of the host.

Costume Fitting with Levy Tran (via Sarah Downer)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The #SaveMacGyver Movement is still going strong; e.g. with a worldwide Blood Drive. The second edition of digital billboards is up; with billboards in LA, Baltimore, Phoenix and St. Louis. Also, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff will be addressing the #SaveMacGyver movement today in a special announcement.

The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. In the meantime, fans have been creative with designing Season 6 posters, trailers, t-shirts and postcards. A lot of postcards. For “Operation Postcard”, fans from 12 different countries sent over 2000 postcards to CBS.

Phoenix Billboard (via Jamie Andrews)

Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • In Italy, Season 5 premiered on June 24 on Ray4.
  • Lucas Till’s movie “Son of the South” will premiere on August 5 in Germany. The DVD-Release is already set for September 24 (with the only bonus material being a trailer show).
  • Former crew member Chantel Marie posted a few throwbacks about Justin Hires’ hairline.
  • In June, the Reboot made Rank 15 for the “Most Popular Shows and Articles” list on SpoilerTV.

Here’s the DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 outside the US:

  • July 7 (Australia, New Zealand)
  • August 4 (Japan)
  • August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

MacGyver Reboot Update #149

While the fans continue fighting for Season 6, we got a DVD release for Season 4 and more premiere dates for Season 5 internationally.

BtS photo of The Spook who sat by the Door (via Isiah Donté Lee)

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What’s going to happen now?
On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall Season schedule. The Friday 8pm slot goes to SWAT for a handful of episodes. Around midseason, SWAT will move to Sundays 10pm to replace SEAL Team (which in turn will be moved to Paramount+). The 8pm time slot will be filled with unscripted / reality shows.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

At the moment, CBS airs two reruns of Magnum PI on Fridays, starting 8pm. Next month, the reruns will be dropped to make room for reality shows Celebrity Home Renovations (8pm) and Love Island (9pm) and Greatest AtHome Videos (9pm) in August. It’s safe to say that there won’t be anymore MacGyver reruns. Interestingly, CBS has reruns of cancelled show NCIS: New Orleans in the slot that will go to NCIS: Hawaii in Fall.

May and June are usually the months when scripts get written, edited and approved. While most Fall shows on the networks have already cast their leads, it’s still possible that former cast members of MacGyver will turn up as guest stars somewhere.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Last month, Lucas Till’s movie “Son of the South” premiered in Australia and New Zealand. While cinemas are opening again around the world, the movie might get some more theatrical release dates before blockbusters will fill up the schedules. For example, Filmstarts lists August 5 as starting date in German theatres (probably in limited capacity). Because it already had an official theatrical release, it won’t be allowed to run in festivals like Cannes or Venice, though.

Lucas got cast in “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” Pilot at FX; playing CIA Agent Graham Renfroe. They started filming on May 24; finishing up after 15 filming days on June 12. A day later, Director of Photography Isiah Donté Lee posted the only BtS photo of Lucas in his Instagram Stories.

Australian Promo for Son of the South (via South Magazine)

We don’t know how long it will take to get the news if the show has been ordered to series or not. While some fans were unhappy about Lucas not being available for MacGyver anymore, you need to remember that it’s not clear yet if his would would be a regular or even recurring role. And even if MacGyver gets un-cancelled or revived, it might take months or years for the show to go back into production.

While Justin Hires has been doing more comedy shows, podcasts (e.g. interviews with Tristin Mays and Henry Winkler for Patreon), releasing new music and filming music videos, we don’t know much about what the others have been up to. Levy Tran has been working on her martial arts skills (including a little misshap with a sword and a wall); the instagram videos of her instructor indicating that she is still in Atlanta.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Sarah Downer)

In a recent Instagram post, Tristin Mays mentioned in the comments that she will be back in Atlanta in about two weeks. It’s not clear yet if she’ll just visit her home plant babies or if she’s booked for a project. Considering that there are several dozens projects being filmed in Georgia right now, it’s not unlikely that she got another job.

The Season 4 DVD
In the US, the Season 4 DVD has been released on June 8. Sadly, there’s no bonus material on it; same as with Season 3. No love was put into the DVD design, either.

DVD Menu for Disc 1 of Season 4 (US-version, via Critical Blast)

There’s DVD release dates for Season 4 in several countries:

  • July 7 (Australia, New Zealand)
  • August 4 (Japan)
  • August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

So far, there’s no information about potential Bonus Features on international DVD versions; but let’s hope for the best. It would be a first for the German DVD versions to not have any Extras on it.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The #SaveMacGyver Movement is still going strong; e.g. with “Operation Postcard” or with a worldwide Blood Drive.

BtS photo of Lucas Till on set (via Matthew Albright)

The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. In the meantime, fans have been creative with designing Season 6 posters, trailers or t-shirts and postcards.

Other MacGyver-related News
In recent weeks, Costume Designer Sarah Downer has uploaded several BtS photos taken during costume fittings; e.g. of Henry Ian Cusick in his kilt (for Episode 5×12) plus a mood board for Russ Taylor, of Tristin Mays in dresses (for Episode 3×11), of Lucas Till (for Episode 5×11), of George Eads alone and in comparison with Tristin Mays (in a Metallica Shirt), of Levy Tran (for Season 4), of Justin Hires (Seasons 4 and 5) and of Meredith Eaton (Seasons 4 and 5).

Costume Fitting with George Eads (via Sarah Downer)

Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • In Italy, Season 4 premiered on May 27 on Ray4. They will continue directly with Season 5 (starting next week).
  • In the UK, Season 5 premiered on May 30 on Sky One.
  • In the French-speaking region of Switzerland, Season 5 is currently airing on RTS.
  • In Germany, Season 5 will premiere on Thursday, July 8 on Sat.1.
  • No prestigious award, but like last year, the Reboot was the most popular show on SpoilerTV in May.
  • CBS split the MacGyver merch store into two seperate stores for the OG show (41 items) and the Reboot (15 items). They ship internationally now.

MacGyver Reboot Update #121

We know the title for the episode written as production number 501, but there’s still no filming date for Season 5 *sigh*

Zoom Call with the writing team (via MacGyver Writers)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
Some networks already released posters or teasers about their upcoming shows. Sadly, CBS is not one of them.

Generally, we still don’t know much about Season 5. There’s no information about the episode count order or about the members of the writing and producing team.

A few weeks ago, Justin Hires revealed the script title page for the episode written as production number 501 (Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog). Additionally, the writers keep teasing us without saying too much. On October 1st, they tweeted a line of dialogue from an upcoming script as a reward for reaching 7800 followers.

Out of Context dialogue of an upcoming script (via MacGyver Writers)

(They promised us a bigger tease when reaching 8000 Followers, so you know what you gotta do.) On October 5, the writers team met up with Lucas Till via Zoom to pitch Season 5 to him. Lucas seemed very excited about what’s coming; stating that this will probably be the best television he may ever be a part of.

Upcoming Episodes Overview
This overview I put together is probably not fully accurate. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • production number 414 / presumably aired as 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 415 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 416 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 417 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 418 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 419 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 420 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 501 / 5x??: Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

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

Quote from Lucas Till for a podcast (via Billy Gallo)

What’s going to happen now?
Most scripted CBS crime/drama shows have successfully started filming (e.g. SWAT, NCIS: LA, NCIS, Magnum PI, NCIS: New Orleans, All Rise, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and SEAL Team). It’s not clear if they are able to move along in the same tempo as before the pandemic. Depending on the status of production and the episodes ready to air, it’s possible they won’t premiere all the shows yet, despite having planned to air them in Fall.

There’s still no filming date yet for veteran show Blue Bloods, for example. If CBS wants to air new episodes of some of their shows alongside other networks like ABC and NBC, they might have to either re-organize their schedule or put in reruns for some shows.

Tristin Mays for Melted Fit (via MeltedFit Website)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
There’s still no information about what project Tristin Mays has been working on. Two weeks ago, she visited Houston, Texas. Last weekend, she was in Atlanta. Considering that the rest of the regular cast is still being home in Hawaii (Henry Ian Cusick) and California (Levy Tran, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton) and that there’s no Casting Calls being out yet, it doesn’t look like they’re gearing up for filming in the next few weeks.

There’s no release date yet for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South and also no information if Lucas and/or some of his co-stars will be involved in any promo. He did a very interesting, hour-long video podcast with actor Billy Gallo (presumably recorded in September), talking about his career and acting in general, but also about what cast and crew had to endure while filming MacGvyer under Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov.

Lucas Till doing a video podcast with Billy Gallo (screenshot)

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) had 1.25 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%, followed by Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) with 1.22 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.6%.

The Season Finale Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World) reached 1.31 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.2%. On average, every episode of Season 4 had about 1.3 million viewers on German channel Sat.1. That’s less than for the other seasons – but considering the lack of promo and the episodes being available to watch online for free for a week beforehand and a month after airing, it’s not that bad.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Tristin Mays)

Best of TV Awards: Nomination Phase
The Reboot is soon competing again in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. As usual, the automatic nominees list includes eligible finalists and semi-finalists from the 2019 awards; as well as eligible winners from prior years. Therefore, the regular cast is already listed in most of the categories.

The nomination thread will be open for 3-4 weeks, so you can still nominate the new regular actors (Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick), guest stars, best episodes and directors.

MacGyver Reboot Update #120

There’s still no filming date for Season 5. But we got the title for the episode written as production number 501!

Script title page for Episode 501 (via Justin Hires)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
Despite the delay of Fall Season, some networks already released posters or teaser tweets about their upcoming shows. Sadly, CBS doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to promote any of their shows yet. Maybe they’re still waiting a bit to set definite premiere dates, unlike some other networks that already have premiere dates set in place and are moving them up and down depending how filming is going.

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

We did get some exciting news though, delivered by Justin Hires. On Wednesday, he uploaded the script title page for the episode written as production number 501. It’s titled “Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog”; indicating that David Dastmalchian will make another guest appearance as our favorite villain Murdoc (he was introduced as “Suspect 218” in Episode 1×08).

Several writers (e.g. Cindy Appel) and producers (e.g. Terry Matalas) moved on to other productions. At the moment, we don’t know exactly who’s on the writing and producing team. Back in July, Jim Adler tweeted that he was fired by Lenkov. Therefore, it’s very likely that this was one of the scripts with production number 421 or 422 that has been updated to fit better into new showrunner Monica Macer’s vision for Season 5.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Justin Hires; posted in April 2020)

It will be interesting to see how they will handle the difference in appearance between the seasons. Considering that Russ had his leg broken in the Season 4 Finale and has probably been out of commission for a few months, it’s very likely that they will add another, but smaller time jump for the start of Season 5.

Upcoming Episodes Overview
This overview I put together is probably not fully accurate. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • production number 414 / presumably aired as 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 415 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 416 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 417 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 418 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 419 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 420 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 501 / 5x??: Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

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

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Sadly, they wiped the IMDb listings after the announcement that 4×13 would be the season finale, so I can’t access all the information about the guest stars anymore. It’s possible that the episodes initially filmed for Season 4 will be re-named and/or re-ordered for Season 5.

What’s going to happen now?
Several scripted CBS crime/drama shows have successfully started filming: SWAT, NCIS: LA, NCIS, Magnum PI (September 16), NCIS: New Orleans (September 21) and All Rise (September 23). The official accounts and cast members are not very forthcoming with posting BtS material. Therefore, it’s difficult to say if they are able to move along in the same tempo as before the pandemic or if production is going slower than usual.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Sarah Downer)

Most of the other crime/drama shows have already been greenlit for production: Bull (September 25), Blood and Treasure (September), SEAL Team (September), Evil (September), FBI (October 6), FBI: Most Wanted (October 6), Rookie Clarice (October), Rookie CSI: Vegas (October) and Veteran Blue Bloods (tba).

The writers keep teasing us without saying too much. This Monday, they tweeted a GIF of a bear and a cabin in the woods. We did get a new BtS goodie for Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World), posted by Sarah Downer.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Lucas Till)

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) beat the rerun of Blue Bloods in audience numbers, reaching 2.764 million live-viewers with a demo rating of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) won over Blue Bloods in both audience numbers and demo ratings; entertaining 2.918 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. The rerun of Episode 4×10 (Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac) got 2.711 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, again reaching more live-viewers than Blue Bloods.

Starting tonight, there will be at least 5 more episodes of “The Greatest AtHome Videos” in our favorite timeslot; followed by “Undercover Boss” starting October 2. In between, there’s also episodes of “Big Brother”. If CBS plans on airing MacGyver and Magnum PI together, they won’t start before November 6.

Tristin Mays for Melted Fit (via MeltedFit Website)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
There were several hints that Tristin Mays filmed a project in Colorado, but so far there’s no information on what she’s been working on. A few weeks ago, Justin Hires released his first podcast episode while both Lucas Till and Levy Tran pretty much disappeared from social media.

Lucas’ movie Son of the South was set for a premiere on September 16. With no trailer or reviews being released beforehand, it was no surprise when the premiere date got taken off IMDb again. There’s no new release date yet and also no information if Lucas and/or some of his co-stars will be involved in any promo.

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via James Callis)

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) had 1.17 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.1%. Until a few weeks ago, there was an episode of Reef Break sandwiched between MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0. Its ratings dragged down both shows airing before and after, so German channel Sat.1 unceremoniously pulled Reef Break off the primetime schedule; replacing it with a second episode of MacGyver.

Apparently, it paid off: Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) had 1.24 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%. Episode 4×10 (Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac) got 1.32 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.9%. Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) had 1.25 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%, followed by Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) with 1.22 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.6%.

BtS photo of Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via CBS)

There’s only one episode left: The Season 4 midseason finale-turned finale 4×13 with the German title “Apokalypse” (Save + The + Dam + World). A week later, they’ll start airing new episodes of NCIS and Bull.

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: Prince of Cats Literary Productions announced that they will release the first of at least three OG MacGyver novels in October. The first book is titled “MacGyver: Meltdown”, written by Original MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff and Eric Kelley.

There are a few fan-voting “contests” going on pretty soon. Voting for the People Choice Awards will start on October 1. The Canadagraphs Awards should also announce their categories and nominees by next week. There’s no news about the Teen Choice Awards yet (that usually takes place in August). A 2nd surfboard trophy would be nice, don’t you think? I’ll keep you posted.

MacGyver Reboot Update #119

Cast, crew and the fans are still waiting for the production to start filming for Season 5. Meanwhile, most other CBS crime and drama shows got the green light.

updated cast portraits on the offiical CBS website (August 2020)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, Deadline reported that Fall Season for scripted shows on CBS is aimed for November and later. Even though MacGyver has the advantage of having some “leftover” episodes from Season 4, CBS might still plan to premiere the entire Friday line-up together.

With the delay of Fall Season and not much footage being ready yet, CBS is not in any hurry to promote their upcoming shows. For MacGyver, they switched the IMDb title photo to the Season 4 poster (before, it had still been the Season 2 poster). They also added Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick to the cast list/portraits on the official website. Sadly, they didn’t bother to update the bios of the other regular cast members. Why waste those nice photoshoot portraits? They’re already using them on the press site…

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via CBS)

Meanwhile, the writers keep teasing us without saying much. On Wednesday, they tweeted that one of the new episodes will center around one of the supporting leads. This isn’t very surprising; considering that we got several episodes centering around the supporting characters every season. For Season 4, we got to know more about Russ and Riley via flashbacks, so there’s a good chance it will be Desi this time (since despite being a regular for 22 episodes so far, she never got her own flashback storyline).

What’s going to happen now?
Several scripted CBS crime/drama shows have successfully started filming: SWAT, NCIS: LA (September 3) and NCIS (September 9).

Lucas Till in Son of the South (screenshot)

On August 28, Deadline reported that Magnum PI is set to start filming on September 14. The first casting call was posted on September 3; and there have been several new casting calls this week. Besides MacGyver and All Rise, most of the other crime/drama shows have already been greenlit for production: NCIS: New Orleans (September 21), Bull (September 25), Blood and Treasure (September), SEAL Team (September), Evil (September), FBI (October), Clarice (October), CSI: Vegas (October), FBI: Most Wanted (November) and Blue Bloods (tba).

Even if filming for Magnum and Blue Bloods works out with no filming hiatus in between, it would take them about two months to finish filming 5 or 6 episodes (not counting post-production) to get on par with MacGyver for a premiere. If all goes well, they can start airing mid-November as planned. If one of the shows is delayed, we might have to wait longer.

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

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) on August 21 got 3.145 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×06 (Right + Wrong + Both + Neither) on August 28 brought 2.84 million viewers; also with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) beat the rerun of Blue Bloods, reaching 2.764 million live-viewers with the usual demo of 0.3.

Tonight will be a rerun of Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis). September 18 will have a rerun of Episode 4×10 (Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac). Starting September 25, there will be at least 5 more episodes of “The Greatest AtHome Videos” in our favorite timeslot. It’s possible we’ll get more reruns afterwards; or at least a rerun of the Season 4 Finale before the new season starts.

Lucas Till in Son of the South (screenshot)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
On August 16, Tristin Mays had posted a short video of her working on a script while being supported by bird-in-law Pine. While we had hoped it was a first script for Season 5, it apparently wasn’t. On August 29, Tristin geo-tagged herself in Colorado; standing in snow while wearing a Christmas sweater. The assistant seen in the background indicates that she was filming on another project and the snow was probably fake. As for the location, it’s not clear if she really was in Colorado or just on a set dressed as Colorado.

On Wednesday, she posted an Insta story of her geared up covid-proof inside an airplane – not revealing if she was travelling home after filming on this secret project or travelling to Atlanta to start the mandatory quarantine and prepping for MacGyver.

Tristin Mays working on an unknown project

Justin Hires is working on his music and his soon-to-be-released podcast episodes while Levy Tran pretty much disappeared from social media.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South screened on August 26 at the American Black Film Festival. According to IMDb, the cinematic premiere is still set for September 16; despite no trailer being available yet. There’s also no information if Lucas and/or some of his co-stars will be involved in anything regarding the promotion.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×06 (Right + Wrong + Both + Neither) had 1.20 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.3%. Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey) made 1.16 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.2%. Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) didn’t do much better; reaching 1.17 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.1%.

New Still of Lucas Till in “Son of the South” (via IMDb)

The Season 4 episodes are followed by an episode of Reef Break and Hawaii Five-0 each; with Reef Break getting the lowest ratings of all three shows and probably dragging the others down. Just yesterday, German channel Sat.1 announced that they will pull Reef Break off the schedule; doubling up MacGyver and finishing up the season two weeks earlier than initially intended.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×09: Kernschmelze (literal translation: Meltdown; Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis)
  • 4×10: Shiva (Shiva; Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac)
  • 4×11: Der Gesang der Vögel (The Singing of the Birds; Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds)
  • 4×12: Staatsfeind (Enemy of the State; Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire)
  • 4×13: Apokalypse (Apocalypse; Save + The + Dam + World)

Other MacGyver News
On September 3, Prince of Cats Literary Productions announced that they will release the first of at least three MacGyver novels in October. The first book is titled “MacGyver: Meltdown”, written by Original MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff and Eric Kelley. There’s no synopsis or cover page yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #118

Cast and Crew are still waiting for the green light to start filming for Season 5. The fans are waiting for news, too.

Lucas Till waiting for something to happen in Son of the South (screenshot)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
Due to the lack of any news regarding filming or a premiere date, the MacGyverWriters keep being active on Twitter; liking and sharing posts and posting their ambiguous GIF teases every Monday.

On August 5, Deadline reported that SWAT successfully finished their first day of filming. Magnum PI was supposed to start filming in August as well. That didn’t happen after a surge of new daily Covid cases in Hawaii, but they have been given the greenlight to return to production. At the moment, SpoilerTV lists a start date of October.

Lucas Till celebrating his step-mom’s birthday (via Jordan Griffith)

According to a recent article by Deadline, the NCIS franchise is gearing up as well; with NCIS: LA planning to start on September 3 while NCIS is poised for a start on September 9. The number of episodes ordered is still unclear. SpoilerTV lists the filming date for FBI: Most Wanted as November to February, indicating they only got a short season order.

While MacGyver has the advantage of having some “leftover” episodes from Season 4, CBS might still plan to premiere at least two of their Friday shows on the same day. Interestingly, the Magnum PI writers tweeted on Tuesday they’ll probably shoot 6 episodes before the first one airs – hinting at them trying to air in parallel with MacGyver. Even if they start filming at the beginning of October with no filming hiatus in between, it would take them about two months to finish filming those 6 episodes (not counting post-production).

New/Old photo of Lucas Till at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo in June 2017 (via Wilmer Valderrama)

I have expected for a while that most networks might wait with premieres until after the election. On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Fall Season for scripted shows on CBS is definitely aimed for November or later; with CBS filling the schedule with non-scripted material or older shows initially produced for All Access (e.g. Star Trek: Discovery).

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) on July 17 brought 3.437 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) on August 21 got 3.145 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 0.3.

Lucas Till and Lucy Hale in Son of the South (screenshot)

Here’s the upcoming reruns schedule:

  • Friday, August 28: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (4×06)
  • Friday, September 4: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (4×08)
  • Friday, September 11: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (4×09)
  • Friday, September 18: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (4×10)

Starting September 25, there will be at least 5 more episodes of “The Greatest AtHome Videos” in our favorite timeslot; meaning it might be a while until we get more reruns. For now, there won’t be any reruns in October.

Tristin Mays for Melted Fit (via MeltedFit Website)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Justin Hires is still in the studio; producing his third mixtape. He invited some MacGyver crew members (e.g. Jordan Heir); presumably for some additional voices in the background. Tristin Mays has been helping advertizing both her brother’s and her sister in law’s webstores; with new photos popping up every now and then.

ICYMI: Lucas Till took a short hiatus from his road trip across the country to do some ADR for his upcoming movie Son of the South. The movie screened on August 26 at the American Black Film Festival; followed by an IG Live talkback with director Barry Alexander Brown.

Lucas Till in Son of the South (screenshot)

At the moment, the cinematic premiere is set for September 16 (IMDb) resp. September 19 (Producer Eve Pomerance via Facebook), but there’s no information if Lucas will be involved in anything regarding the promotion. Even if he’s set for some interviews, it’s possible he can’t or won’t talk about MacGyver because there’s not much to say yet.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) had 1.25 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.9%. Episode 4×06 (Right + Wrong + Both + Neither) got the smallest audience for this season; reaching 1.20 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.3%. Sadly, German channel Sat.1 didn’t bother with advertizing the episode at all; focusing on their reality shows.

Promo for the French DVD Release of Season 3 (via Universal Séries)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×07: Mörderisches Date (literal translation: Murderous Date; Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey)
  • 4×08: Akte 47 (File 47; Father + Son + Father + Matriarch)
  • 4×09: Kernschmelze (Meltdown; Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis)
  • 4×10: Shiva (Shiva; Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac)
  • 4×11: Der Gesang der Vögel (The Singing of the Birds; Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds)
  • 4×12: Staatsfeind (Enemy of the State; Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire)
  • 4×13: tba

MacGyver Reboot Update #117

Everything seems quiet. Cast and Crew are waiting for the green light to start filming for Season 5.

BtS photos of Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Sarah Downer)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
The MacGyverWriters have been back in the (virtual) office since June 12. They are quite active on Twitter; liking and sharing posts. They also tease us a lot – but so far, they haven’t revealed anything significant about the upcoming season. In fact, there’s barely any news about Season 5 for now – but behind the scenes, they must be preparing as much as they can so they’re ready to start filming when they get the green light.

According to this Facebook post, they are in the process of scouting potential filming locations; e.g. at the New Covenant Church. It’s probably weird to scout locations when you’re not sure in what season and weather condition you’ll start filming, tough. It’s possible that they’ll have a very different climate that they had initially planned for when writing the scripts.

Tristin Mays for Paradise Earth Survival

ICYMI: On July 20, an article by Vanity Fair revealed the extent of the toxicity and abuse surounding cast and crew when working on a show run by Peter Lenkov. Since the article came out, they added an audio version (with a runtime of 37 minutes). The author of the article also got promoted as contributing editor on Vanity Fair, which hints at the success (and also the truthfulness) of this well-investigated article.

What’s going to happen now?
Several CBS shows were listed with production dates for August and September. On August 5, Deadline reported that SWAT successfully finished their first day of filming for the new season. Although Magnum PI was supposed to start filming in August as well, Hawaii just went into another 3-week-lockdown. Interestingly, most shows with an official filming start date listed are not produced in-house, but are co-studio productions – which hints at other studios wanting to go ahead faster than CBS.

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Joanne Sanders)

According to an article by Deadline just released yesterday, the shows of the NCIS franchise are planning to start in September while the FBI franchise is going for October.

While MacGyver has the advantage of having some finished “leftover” episodes from Season 4, we haven’t seen any official promo yet. CBS is probably still figuring out what to air in Fall. While some networks relied on buying Canadian TV productions and delaying their Fall Season to January next year, others like CBS relied on being able to air new episodes of their own shows in the next few months. At the moment, it’s not looking good.

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Digital Ignition)

We did get some new/old material in recent weeks; e.g. a few BtS photos from filming Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) with a nice group photo intitially posted by Joanne Sanders back in February. Sarah Downer took pity on the fans suffering from a lack of new content and posted a BtS photo collage of Lucas Till in his Halloween costume for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet).

While browsing the IMDb crew list, I also managed to find some new/old concept renderings and props illustrations and set photos of Season 4. On this Phoenix Offices plan, you can see that both Russ and Matty are supposed to have offices. Maybe we’ll finally get to see them in Season 5.

Tristin Mays and Sergeant for Melted Fit (posted in May)

Here’s the upcoming reruns schedule:

  • Friday, August 21: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (4×05)
  • Friday, August 28: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (4×06)
  • Friday, September 4: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (4×08)
  • Friday, September 11: tba
  • Friday, September 18: tba

What are Cast and Crew up to?
A few weeks ago, Levy Tran was looking at new apartments in Atlanta. According to her realtor, Levy is a proud homeowner now. Justin Hires is back in the studio; producing his third mixtape. Tristin Mays has been helping advertizing both her brother’s and her sister in law’s webstores. Lucas Till took a short hiatus from his road trip across the country to do some ADR for his upcoming movie Son of the South. Since the days leading up to his 30th birthday, there hasn’t been any new photos or videos about his whereabouts or how he spent his big day.

Levy Tran as a homeowner (via Jeannie Morgan)

Story Editor Teresa Huang attended a screenwriter panel for WeScreenplay. She revelead that she attended MIT and got a degree in chemistry, so it will be interesting to see if the show turns a bit more scientific over time.

Sad news for Leanna fans: According to this article, Reign Edwards will head back to her former job at CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, so more appearances on MacGyver seem rather unlikely. Interestingly, the post has been deleted.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) did very well in Germany with 1.53 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.8%. Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) is set in Germany. As expected, there were quite a few comments about it on social media (especially due to the episode being set in Karlsruhe, but using footage of Heidelberg). The episode had 1.42 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.4%.

Lucas Till in the studio for “Son of the South” (via Abbey West Recording)

On contrary, Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) got the smallest audience for this season; reaching 1.25 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.9%. In my opinion, this is not very surprising since the TV channel has been gearing up for their new season of Promi Big Brother; completely neglecting to promote MacGyver on their social media accounts since Episode 4×02.

The lack of promo combined with hot weather and the possibility to watch the new episodes a week beforehand on their own media library seems a weird strategy to me; especially when considering that the first few episodes of Season 4 had very good ratings.

BtS photo of “Son of the South” (via Onye Eme-Akwari)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×06: Deal mit dem Teufel (literal translation: Deal with the Devil; Right + Wrong + Both + Neither)
  • 4×07: Mörderisches Date (Murderous Date; Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey)
  • 4×08: Akte 47 (File 47; Father + Son + Father + Matriarch)
  • 4×09: Kernschmelze (Meltdown; Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis)
  • 4×10: Shiva (Shiva; Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac)
  • 4×11: tba

MacGyver Reboot Update #116

After the bombshell news of Peter Lenkov being fired and Lucas Till speaking up about a work environment of abuse, everything quieted down again. Cast and Crew are waiting for the green light to start filming for Season 5.

Roadtrip Day 23 (via Mike Milligan)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

A new Showrunner for Season 5 (encore)
The MacGyverWriters have been back in the (virtual) office since June 12. They are a lot more active on Twitter than in recent years – maybe also to gloss over the upsetting reports surrounding the show in recent weeks.

ICYMI: (Former) Showrunner Peter Lenkov was fired by CBS; dismissed despite having a year left on his overall deal. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news; stating that the dismissal happened after an investigation into multiple claims that Lenkov created a toxic work environment. On July 20, an article by Vanity Fair revealed how toxic this work environement really was and how appalling and abusive Lenkov’s behavior towards cast and crew.

Roadtrip Day 18 (via Mike Milligan)

According to Vanity Fair, Lucas Till had already complained about Lenkov’s behavior to HR in 2017 with no results. After another complaint in May this year, CBS finally decided to look into it. Sources told writer Maureen Ryan that Lucas paved the way to finally put an end to Lenkov’s tyranny. It’s rare for people to speak up on record and even more rare for the lead of an ongoing show to do so. Lucas put his career on the line to stand up for what is right, and it’s probably due to his name attached that this article has been making waves for several days on social media and news sites.

What’s going to happen now?
During the investigation, CBS had already set the wheels in motion to remove Peter Lenkov as quickly as possibly if needed. The timing is interesting, since several former writers of Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver hinted at a revealing article being in the works just after the news broke that Lenkov had been fired. It’s very likely that this article and Lucas speaking up (instead of being an anonymous source) triggered the cascade of Lenkov being fired instead of being reprimanded.

New/Old Season 1 Costume Design Illustration (via Daniel Wheeler)

It’s not clear what incident led Lucas to reach out to HR again in May. But more people and companies have reached out to the author of the article willing to talk, so there might be some follow-up articles and reveals coming. And there might be more personnel changes for Season 5. According to Vanity Fair, Co-Executive Producer Jeffrey Downer is no longer with the show. Several crew members who had ties to Lenkov or spoke up about him; dismissing the claims as lies on social media, have been let go. It’s possible there might be “collateral damage” and an overhaul of entire crew departements (e.g. Jeff Downer’s daughter Sarah who has been working as a costumer on the show since 2017).

So far, every new Co-EP and Co-Showrunner brought in new people they’ve already worked with in the past. New Showrunner Monica Macer will probably also bring in new directors, producers and crew. Additionally, CBS has committed to bring more diversity to the network.

Official Still for “Son of the South” (via Clear Horizon Entertainment)

Both SWAT and Magnum PI are listed with production dates for August. On July 24, Henry Ian Cusick attended an online panel for “Comic Con at Home” (since San Diego Comic Con had to be cancelled); hosted by Entertainment Weekly under the title “Brave Warriors”. He mentioned that filming for MacGyver is planned to resume in August as well, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem very likely.

While MacGyver has the advantage of having a few finished “leftover” episodes from Season 4, they might have to retool the show again to adapt to the pandemic safety guidelines. The focus might be more on character development than on stunts or relationships. Therefore, the “break” between the already filmed Season 4 episodes and Season 5 might be still noticeable; especially with an additional showrunner change.

Pre-Roadtrip excursion in May (via Nick Till)

It will be interesting to see how they’ll manage the gap. They might just re-write the previously intended Season 4 finale and make the actors carry the same hairstyle to ease the shift between the seasons (which means both Lucas and Tristin would have to go back to their Season 4 looks). The easiest way would probably be another time-jump (which is not what I wish for). With Lenkov gone, they could try to reverse some of the storylines and bring old characters back, but that’s maybe too much of a hassle. Let’s wait and see, I guess.

Some fans are still worried that CBS might drop the leftover episodes, but if CBS intends to hold onto any kind of a limited Fall schedule, they don’t have much of a choice. Even with Lenkov’s name attached and Lenkov probably preparing for a lawsuit, the material already belongs to CBS.

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of the Season 3 Finale Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) had 3.480 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) on July 17 brought 3.437 million live-viewers, also with a demo of 0.3.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Lucas Till)

There’s no reruns listed until August 21. There might be some more schedule changes, but at the moment, it will be a rerun of Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan).

What are Cast and Crew up to?
A few weeks ago, Levy Tran was looking at new apartments in Atlanta, so I guess she’s preparing to move back to the area as soon as they get notice on a filming start date. Lucas Till is still on his road trip across the country with brother Nick, roommate Mike, manager Tom and some friends they pick up along the way. Justin Hires has been working on some more music and just announced he’s starting a podcast.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: The Free-TV-Premiere of Season 4 in Germany (4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) had 1.43 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.2%. A week later, Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) managed 1.30 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.9%.

Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) did very well with 1.53 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.8%. It did better than Reef Break and even Hawaii Five-0 (which almost tanked with a new episode at 10pm, which is very unusual). The channel might tweak the schedule a bit, but MacGyver should be safe.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

Contrary to the other seasons, they only air one episode instead of two; probably to stretch out the weeks with new episodes. The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×04: Wettlauf mit der Zeit (literal translation: Race against Time; Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin)
  • 4×05: Der Kaufmann (The Merchant; Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan)
  • 4×06: Deal mit dem Teufel (Deal with the Devil; Right + Wrong + Both + Neither)
  • 4×07: Mörderisches Date (Murderous Date, Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey)
  • 4×08: tba (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch)

There’s also reruns of Seasons 2 and 3 on both Swiss and Austrian TV channels, so the reboot is apparently doing well enough to keep it on the evening and night schedule.

Levy Tran looking for a new place to stay (via Jeannie Morgan)

MacGyver around the World
The Season 3 DVD was released in several countries outside the US recently. The international versions contain a Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes. Season 4 had its premiere in the UK on July 26 (on Sky One).