MacGyver Reboot Update #168

While Pilot Season is underway, the MacGyver cast seems to enjoy some downtime from filming.

Lucas Till enjoying a holiday (via Skyler Samuels)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Some of the MacGyver cast were back on our TV screens in recent weeks. Meredith Eaton was on NCIS while Levy Tran was a guest-star on Magnum PI. We got some nice BtS photos by their co-stars; e.g. by Elle Graper, Jason Her or Rich Ting.

BtS photo of Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (via Jason Her)

Interestingly, Levy didn’t post or re-post any of the Instagram posts or tweets. While the ratings weren’t high, most fans loved Levy’s episode. Minor Spoiler Alert: Her character could return if the show is renewed.

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been filming a movie in Phuket which seems to have wrapped by now. We got some more BtS photos; e.g. by Evan Williams.

Tristin Mays keeps being active on social media. She showed us her tin can collectibles and her plants. She seems to have stored up a lot of creative energy, but no upcoming acting job as an outlet.

BtS photo of Henry Ian Cusick (via Evan Williams)

Justin Hires posted the first videos for his new podcast. We don’t know yet if there are any upcoming episodes with the MacGyver cast and/or crew.

Lucas Till visited the UK and Scotland; trying to find Nessie. Meanwhile, Levy Tran was out and about in Atlanta.

George Eads is set to attend a golfing event (Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am) on April 11. Let’s hope he will also attend the photo call.

Posing for a photoshoot (via Tristin Mays)

CBS Pilot Season
It looks like CBS has mostly put together the casts for their Pilot Season dramas. Here’s an overview of the drama pilot orders:

  • Cal Fire (CBS)
  • Early Edition (Sony/Affirm/CBS)
  • East New York (Warner Bros./CBS)
  • True Lies (20th Television)
  • Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama (CBS)

CBS also ordered 4 comedy pilots. By ordering 9 pilots in total, the upcoming Fall Season schedule might look quite different when it’s being presented at the Upfronts in May.

Promo for Son of the South (via Heritage Films)

While none of the former MacGyver cast members seems to be attached as regulars or recurrings, they might still get a guest star spot in later episodes. I’m not sure what their chances are and if the outcome of the lawsuit will matter.

Other MacGyver-related News
MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff was a guest on the Making fun of MacGyver podcast. Talking about the musical, he revealed that they’re going to put together a concept album of the songs. They’re also looking into other possible venues for the next productions (maybe even internationally). The next MacGyver novel should be released this year. Lee is also working on a MacGyver VR experience.

Levy Tran in Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (CBS via SpoilerTV)

French fans get a lot of Lucas Till lately: French Channel M6 airs up to 6 MacGyver Reboot episodes on Saturdays. Also, Son of the South premiered as Un Fils Du Sud on March 16.

Back in May 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced Lucas in Sci-Fi Thriller Spectrum. The project has been laying dormant after CBS picked up MacGyver to series (with no changes on IMDb since July 2017). This week, it’s been showing up in the upcoming projects list of Lucas’ IMDb page. There has been no news about it, so it’s possible that someone attached Lucas to the project page again despite no change in production status. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

BtS photo of NCIS 19×13: The Helpers (via Elle Graper)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • After almost two years, Richard Dean Anderson posted a photo on Instagram. It’s a photo of his 16-year-old dog Andy.
  • FX Series The Spook who sat by the Door is being redeveloped with a new showrunner.
  • As The Hollywood Reporter wrote last month, the profits fight over the MacGyver reboot will probably go to trial.

MacGyver Reboot Update #167

Some of the MacGyver cast are back on our TV screens. Also, the MacGyver Profits Lawsuit is going to trial.

Levy Tran in Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (CBS via SpoilerTV)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Meredith Eaton was a guest-star in the most recent episode of NCIS; reprising the character of immunologist Carol Wilson. Before the episode aired, Meredith posted several new BtS photos as Instagram Stories.

BtS photo of NCIS 19×13: The Helpers (via Meredith Eaton)

Levy Tran will guest-star in tonight’s episode of Magnum PI. She was part of one of the Sneak Peeks, which got fans pretty excited. The storyline for the episode is similar to one used for Original MacGyver, so I’m curious how they’ll approach it.

Recently, Levy cleaned up her Instagram account some more; deleting the majority of her posts and unfollowing some accounts. Her feed consists mostly of Carlos now.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

Tristin Mays was quite active on social media in recent weeks. She teased us with another project “coming soon” and revealed that she found her new favorite pants (that she’s been wearing for almost all of her latest photoshoots) at Goodwill.

She answered some fan questions as well; revealing that George Eads had wanted to name her dog “Cool” and that she was the one eating the most on set of MacGyver. She also stated that the relationship between Riley and MacGyver was her favorite and that it mirrored her friendship with Lucas; an understanding that didn’t need to be communicated.

BtS photo of Henry Ian Cusick (via Sanni Antikainen)

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been filming a movie in Phuket. I still haven’t found out what the project is called, but it kept him from attending Pensacon in Florida. Several of his co-stars and crew members posted BtS photos.

We also got a new photo of Lucas Till presenting his next reading choice. It’s interesting to note that a few posts further down, Lucas’ manager Tom Sullivan also posed with the print editions last December, so that might be the connection how Lucas became aware of the book series.

Lucas Till with the next book on his reading list (via The Drakoneborne)

ICYMI: Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Lucas Till and Tristin Mays are on Rank 1 (about 4100 hits) and 2 (about 3900 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos. He announced that more interviews and a new podcast are coming soon, but we don’t know yet if there are any upcoming interviews with the MacGyver cast and/or crew.

MacGyver Profits Lawsuit
The Hollywood Reporter published an article on February 23; reporting that the profits fight over the MacGyver reboot is one step closer to trial.

The 2018 suit stems from a TV producing deal in the mid-1980s (involving producers, Paramount and Major Talent Agency) that preceded the original MacGyver show. After the series was rebooted in 2016, Hanzer Holdings and Arlita sued CBS; claiming they’re entitled to a share in profits for MTA’s work for the OG show.

Levy Tran in Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (CBS via SpoilerTV)

CBS Pilot Season
Here’s an overview of the CBS drama pilot orders for the upcoming Fall Season:

  • Cal Fire (CBS)
  • Early Edition (Sony/Affirm/CBS)
  • East New York (Warner Bros./CBS)
  • True Lies (20th Television)
  • Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama (CBS)

Additionally, CBS ordered 4 comedy pilots. By ordering 9 pilots in total, it seems like they’re ready to overhaul their schedule for Fall and want a good variety of projects to choose from.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via FYE Images)

It would be nice to see some former MacGyver cast members attached as regulars/recurrings or at least getting some guest star spots next season. I’m not sure what their chances are and if the outcome of the lawsuit will matter.

Other MacGyver-related News
French Channel M6 premiered MacGyver Reboot Season 4 last Saturday. They aired 3 episodes of Season 4; followed by episodes of Seasons 2 and 1. They will air another 3 episodes of Season 4 tomorrow; again followed by 3 more episodes of former seasons. France sure loves their MacGyver episodes, huh.

French Promo for Son of the South (via Starinvest Films)

ICYMI: FX Boss John Landgraf said to Variety that The Spook who sat by the Door is not moving forward and being redeveloped. According to Deadline, they’re looking for a new writer to pen another pilot. With Leigh Dana Jackson out as writer and showrunner, there’s a good chance that the cast and crew of the current pilot might not be part of the project anymore once it finds its way forward.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The MacGyver The Musical will have their last show tonight. Despite some difficulties (they had to cancel several showings due to Covid), they managed to pull through. Overall, reviews were good.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere in France on March 16.

MacGyver Reboot Update #166

MacGyver the Musical premiered in Houston on February 4. And some of the MacGyver cast will grace our TV screens very soon!

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via FYE Images)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Both Meredith Eaton and Levy Tran will guest-star in upcoming CBS shows. Meredith will reprise the character of immunologist Carol Wilson. Her episode of NCIS will air on February 28. The press release came out on February 10. Meredith got a special mention and an official still.

Meredith Eaton in NCIS Episode 19×13: The Helpers (Michael Yarish/CBS via SpoilerTV)

Levy Tran will guest-star in an episode of Magnum PI. Her episode will air on March 4. We got a press release on Valentine’s Day; alongside several official stills a day later. The storyline is oddly similar to one used for Original MacGyver:

When Magnum balks at notorious crime boss Osi Shima’s (Eijiro Ozaki) request to find his missing son, Magnum learns he’s been poisoned and has only eight hours to locate Shima’s son to earn the antidote, or else he dies.

Tristin Mays posted a few more photos and videos in recent weeks; e.g. of a photoshoot she did for her mom’s website Black History Matters or a video of her “first” ballet lesson. She also did another photoshoot with FYE Images and updated her YouTube account after a break of 6 years. Looks like she’s ready for another job; updating her portfolio?

Henry Ian Cusick during a fitting (via Daniel Limbuprasert)

Henry Ian Cusick was supposed to appear at Pensacon (Florida), but his visit has been cancelled – presumably because Ian has been filming a movie in Phuket. I’m not sure yet what project he’s working on, but he’s going to wear a nice suit. Several of his co-stars and crew members posted BtS photos.

Justin Hires keeps doing comedy shows. He also did a podcast episode with Craig Shoemaker (who’s apparently a neighbour of Meredith Eaton); talking about the different approaches to learning lines by the MacGyver Cast.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

We also got a new photo of Lucas Till modelling knitted gloves for Mama Till. She’s still recovering after surgery and did finish several different knitting projects in recent weeks.

CBS Pilot Season
Here’s an overview of the CBS drama pilot orders for the upcoming Fall Season:

  • Cal Fire (CBS)
  • Early Edition (Sony/Affirm/CBS)
  • East New York (Warner Bros./CBS)
  • True Lies (20th Television)
  • Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama (CBS)

So far, nobody of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS show in development. Even if they don’t get a regular job, we might hopefully see them as guest stars in one of those if the show gets picked up.

Glove Model Lucas Till (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: A few weeks ago, CBS announced that the Flashdance Reboot for Paramount+ would be helmed by Justin Simien instead of Tracy McMillan, Angela Robinson and Lynda Obst. Now that the reboot gets a new script and showrunner, we can only hope that Tristin Mays (who has been taking dance lessons for about a year) still has a chance of being considered for the lead, a regular or at least a recurring role.

At the TCAs this week, Paramount announced a TV movie for Seal Team and another NCIS Spinoff set in Australia. On Paramount+, shows like NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are in the Top 10 of viewing hours. Considering how many pilots CBS has ordered, it’s possible that another show on the current schedule might get pushed to streaming to make room for a rookie show.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Kevin Bennylee)

Other MacGyver-related News
MacGyver The Musical premiered on February 4; with an official Opening Night on February 10. They had to cancel several showings for a few days this week due to Covid. I’m not sure if they will expand the run or not.

In interviews after their TCA presentation, FX Boss John Landgraf said to Variety that The Spook who sat by the Door is not moving forward and being redeveloped. Sadly, there’s a good chance that the project stays in “developmental hell” for quite a while; meaning that Lucas Till and the rest of the cast and crew involved in filming the pilot might not be part anymore in its new form.

Comedy Line-Up in LA (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Richard Dean Anderson did a podcast interview with Stargate Co-Creator Brad Wright on The Companion. You can watch an excerpt for free here.
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Lucas Till and Tristin Mays are on Rank 1 and 2 (about 3700 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere in France on March 16.
  • After a recent fan inquiry on Twitter, ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov posted several script pages of his season/series finale vision in an Instagram post.

MacGyver Reboot Update #157

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Levy Tran has arrived in Europe to start filming an action movie.

Lucas Till in Atlanta, September 2021 (via Stefano Smith)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till had been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South, but some interviews are just being released now. Watch a 20-minute-interview done in Berlin here.

After his return to the US, Lucas sort of disappeared again. We did get a new sighting in Atlanta on September 25, thanks to Stefano Smith (who had been a set medic on MacGyver for several seasons). On Wednesday, he visited a football game (of the team that is coached by his cousin Bryan).

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Frederic Lebourg)

Levy Tran has been cast in Expendables 4. We don’t know yet how big her part will be, but the Expendables franchise is a big international success and might get her cast in other action-heavy movie roles. She already arrived in London; posting several photos of visiting the British Museum and doing some sightseeing.

ICYMI: Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Otherwise, there’s no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows; e.g. in Hollywood. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
For MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity. Well done, everyone!

On September 23, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Fall Season on CBS started on September 20. So far, 15 shows have premiered. Since last Friday, MacGyver‘s previous time slot is occupied by SWAT.

Lets take a look at the average ratings of the Friday Line-Up. Why is this of interest for us? Simply put: A network cares about money. The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS; even in hindsight. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

Of course, they only aired one episode each so far, but the Friday schedule on CBS has a tendency to achieve stable ratings over the season so there won’t be many ups and downs over the next few months.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has moved from Wednesdays 10pm to make room for the revival of CSI: Vegas. The show premiered with a demo of 0.42 in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.859 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Last year, SWAT premiered in November with a demo of 0.44 and only 2.75 million live-viewers. Its fate will depend on the co-producing network. But considering it had an average of 3 million live-viewers per episode last season and therefore a whopping gain of 53% in audience with the premiere this season, it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up if the show manages to keep these numbers steady.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low; reaching a demo of 0.39 (-25% compared to last year) and a live-audience of 5.226 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number.

Till Family Outing (via Richmond Raiders)

Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.45 (-15%) and a live-audience of 6.297 million viewers. Like lasth year, it does meh for demo, but good in audience numbers.

Verdict: The live-audience loss compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

The live-viewers numbers probably aren’t as important anymore since it’s still bringing in a lot of money.

Other MacGyver-related News
The Reboot is in syndication now; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).

Son of the South won an audience award (Prix du public long métrage) at the “Festival International du Film de Fiction Historique” in Toulouse, France. The DVD was released last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the DVD contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

Son of the South DVD Cover for German-speaking regions (via DVD Cover)

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot; mainly about the Unaired Pilot.

The Houston premiere for the second production of the MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • It looks like the cinematic release of Son of the South in France has been pushed to March 16 next year.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #156

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Tristin Mays has been filming a project that has her dressed like a pirate.

New round of billboards (via Maria)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till has been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. He attended the German premiere in Berlin plus the screening and Q&A in Munich. On September 8, he attended the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). They did a photoshoot plus interviews on the next day. One interview with Lucas and co-star Sharonne Lanier has been uploaded on YouTube last weekend.

Lucas Till doing press for Son of the South (via Son of the South on FB)

As far as I know, there are no other events planned in Europe. According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read the rest these interviews.

Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing; serving beer mugs and sailing a ship. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it. Maybe a short movie? There are several of Tristin’s friends attached that have worked on short movies and parodies before.

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville

Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot. He states that he had already set his mind on doing Magnum PI next and that CBS called him to look at the Unaired Pilot and give his opinion about it because they were worried about sending it to then-CEO Les Moonves for approval.

He states that CBS gave him the option of firing the entire cast if he wanted, but that he kept Lucas Till and George Eads because he saw the potential big-brother-little-brother dynamic that had worked so well on Hawaii Five-0. (Though it also sounds a bit like he kept Lucas based on his potential looks, the way he mentions his long hair several times.)

Lucas Till on set of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via stunt double Peter Wallack)

He says that he didn’t think the pilot was bad writing, but that it didn’t feel like MacGyver. And that he got the series (aka a 13 episode order) greenlit based on him putting together a 5-minute sizzle reel of what he show could be like; stating that this was “sort of insane”.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con were up until yesterday. The panels had covered a lot of interesting topics. I don’t know if they will later be uploaded somewhere else.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Since September 9, there was a new set of digital billboards out (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon); running until September 17.

Yesterday, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show. It was fun going through my vault, reminiscing about a time when CBS still had money for decent promo *ahem*.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Season 1 Premiere Billboard in LA (via Byron Nickleberry)

What’s going to happen now?
The first Fall shows on CBS premiered on September 20. Starting October 1, MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT – which should have made room for reality competition show The Activist on October 22. After a lot of backlash, The Activist was pulled (without giving a new premiere date). The show will be retooled as a documentary.

Initially, it had been planned for SWAT to take over the slot of SEAL Team as soon as ST has been moved to Paramount Plus. For now, it looks like SWAT will stay on Fridays 8pm until further notice.

Maybe CBS tries a “wait and see” approach. As mentioned before, they sit on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Also, CSI Vegas is supposed to be a limited series of 10 episodes, but that might change if it turns out to be a ratings hit. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

New/Old photo of Lucas Till in July 2021 (via Jako Fuchs)

Apparently, the Reboot has been good enough for syndication; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process. You can rewatch it here.

Lee David Zlotoff has announced the second production of the MacGyver The Musical; this time in Houston (Texas). The premiere is in February next year. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Henry Ian Cusick for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick was at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • The DVD of Son of the South with Lucas Till is released today in German-speaking regions.
  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #155

The panels for the virtual MacGyver Convention are still available to watch! Also, Lucas Till is promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Screening in Munich (via Busch Media Group)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till is on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. On August 25, he attended the German premiere in Berlin alongside fellow actress Nicole Ansari-Cox and director Barry Alexander Brown. Four days later, he joined Barry and Nicole for the screening and a Q&A in München.

The movie had its French Premiere on September 8 at the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). Lucas attended the event in France alongside fellow actors Sharonne Lanier, Matt William Knowles and director Barry Brown. Matt and Barry attended screenings of other films as well.

Lucas Till with Skyler Samuels at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville)

They did the usual “festival press cycle” (meaning a photoshoot plus interviews) on the next day. There was another screening yesterday afternoon, but I don’t think the cast attended.

While the “big” festival activities with the A-List stars are mostly happening in Venice right now, Deauville still attracts a crowd of photographers and journalists for the European market. As far as I know, there are no other events planned in France (or Europe). According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read these interviews.

Lucas Till and Sharonne Lanier doing press for Son of the South (via Verane Pick Brown)

Justin Hires has packed up his “Atlanta crib” last week, so he’s apparently not planning on working on another Atlanta project in the near future. The film Levy Tran was working on has wrapped filming on September 2. Otherwise, there haven’t been any official news about new projects for the cast. I’m still hoping on one of them popping up as a guest star on one of the upcoming Fall shows.

On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, went live on August 28. The panels were pre-recorded, and you can watch them until September 23.

Kate Bond for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Here’s the full guest/panel list:

The panels cover a lot of interesting topics. Tristin Mays talked about what it was like to film scenes with Billy Baldwin as Riley Davis’ biological father.

Season 5 Writers for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Henry Ian Cusick revealed that due to covid circumstances and shutdowns, some of his lines in scripts were given to Tristin while he was in quarantine. Another time, he had to speak some of the lines that had been initially intended for Meredith Eaton. Kate Bond talked about where she could have seen her character going in the show if she hadn’t been written out.

For the Writer’s Panel, some of the writers are wearing the striped pajamas that were handed out by Bozer on the Season 5 Finale Episode. For additional info about the MacGyver Convention, check here.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website also gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. Yesterday, the team announced that there’s a new set of digital billboards out there (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix); running until September 17.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins) got 0.9 million live-viewers, followed by Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal) with 0.84 million live-viewers. Both episodes had a market-share of 3.5%.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Tristin Mays)

On average, a Season 5 episode had a German audience of about 0.83 million live-viewers, which is quite a bit lower than the 1.30 million viewers for Season 4. As mentioned before, the lack of promotion by the network this year certainly didn’t help.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS continues airing a mix of reality shows on Fridays; dropping the Magnum PI reruns on Saturdays in favor of SWAT reruns.

The first Fall shows will start airing in about two weeks. The trailers had been released yesterday. MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT which will make room for The Activist on October 22, a Global Citizen competition series that will run for 5 weeks.

Lucas Till with Mama Till before leaving for Europe (via Diana Brady Till)

There has been quite the backlash after the announcement; with statements that activism shouldn’t be a competition that falls on being popular on social media and the like. Of course, the SWAT and Magnum PI fans aren’t happy either (either dreading the potential hiatus or the dropping ratings).

As always, the schedule could still change midseason. CBS sits on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the other Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

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

  • Ed Asner has died at the age of 91. The legendary actor had a part in Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power).
  • Henry Ian Cusick is set to appear at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • There have been hints of the OG show being released as a full BluRay set in November, but there’s no official news yet.
  • The OG show plus the Reboot are currently airing on 6 different German-speaking TV channels in three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

The Best of the Best (IV) – Top 5 Blog Posts in 2020

Maybe you joined the fandom recently? So you might enjoy to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot?

Hereby, I present you my Top 5 Blog Posts 2020 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of last year. Maybe this post will make you curious to check out the full post in case you missed it back when I had originally posted it?

Lucas Till on set of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via Micahveli Shakur)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Seasons 1 and 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

I have done a few of these before. If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017 (all about “deleted” scenes in the pilot script), you can check it out here. If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2018, you can check it out there. The one for 2019 can be found here. Though I have to admit if you’ve already read the one from last year, there’s not much news for you.

 

Rank 5 (612 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (I) – The Unaired Pilot: Origins

In this blog post, I wrote about the origins of the Unaired Reboot Pilot. There’s mentions of another Unaired Pilot (Young MacGyver with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki in the lead role; playing MacGyver’s nephew Clay), a script that wasn’t used, a (heavily revised) script that was used for a pilot that never aired and the reboot of the Reboot… As you can see, there’s been a lot going on with this project.

Unaired Pilot Character Description for Lincoln (via SpoilerTV)

Rebooting a Pilot is not unusual for Pilot Season. The character descriptions alone might be worthy of their own blog post. Too bad we might never get to watch this pilot that shall not be named… but I think they had made the right decision to change, switch and tweak things (even though I’m not all okay with what they did with it).

ICYMI: A few months ago, they re-added the Unaired Pilot as “Episode 0” on IMDb. I’m curious if it gets deleted again or not.

 

Rank 4 (634 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (IV) – The Unaired Pilot: BtS photos Part 2

I had amassed quite a bit of material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot over time which led to several blog posts. In this one, I took another opportunity to present some of the BtS photos – for example Lucas Till and George Eads during a costume fitting as MacGyver and Lincoln (before he became Jack Dalton).

Lucas Till and George Eads as MacGyver and Lincoln (via Eileen Cox Baker)

It’s not easy to find more BtS material online. Part of the problem is that they had wiped the original entry on IMDb and that some social media accounts of cast and crew members (e.g. assistants) went private.

I’m not sure what the policy is about posting BtS material of unaired projects, but people seem to be pretty hesitant – and so many years later, it’s too much work to scroll through 4 years of posts on their social media accounts.

 

Rank 3 (790 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (II) – The Unaired Pilot: Promo

It wasn’t much, but the Unaired Pilot had gotten some promo material: Three Official Stills, a trailer and social media headers. That’s what I wrote about in this post.

Because CBS decided to reboot the Reboot with a different main cast and a different showrunner, they declared the promotional material to “promo non grata” right after the Upfronts in May 2016. The same day, they erased all their former tweets, posts and previously released promo material for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts.

Promo Poster at the LA TV Screenings (via Peter Lenkov)

Well, it’s the internet after all, so they couldn’t erase it completely. Some media outlets still use the old logo and the old stills. What once was posted online, has a tendency to come back. I still hope that some day, we’ll see more of it – without having to go search for it for as many hours as I did back then when I still had the patience.

 

Rank 2 (909 Hits): You can google it (Part 2): About Samantha/Olivia Cage

A lot of readers find my blog by using search engines. I wrote a couple of blog posts about what search terms led to people click on one of my blog posts. Interestingly, a lot of those clicks were due to Isabel Lucas and her character of Samantha Cage (formerly known as Olivia Cage) who was introduced in Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE).

Isabel Lucas on set of Episode 3×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Robert Maxfield)

Cage was an underdeveloped character that divided the fandom. Yet, even many of the viewers who didn’t like her too much were rather disappointed when and how she got written out of the show in the middle of Season 2; mainly since all of the “secrets” surrounding her character sort of vanished as well and were never resolved.

Some of her traits were incorporated into the character of Desi Nguyen (who had her first appearence in Episode 3×15), but people still occasionally ask about Samantha Cage on social media.

I haven’t written yet a review about Cage, but if you want to know more about her and what people actually typed into Google only to find my blog, you can find the post here.

 

Rank 1 (1229 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (I) – The Hair (Part 1)

The “Winner” of 2020 is the same post that was on Rank 1 in 2018 and 2019 as well. When people talk about Original MacGyver, they often mention his glorious hair. There was a lot of “hair drama” surrounding the Reboot. So in this blog post – my first non-update-blog-post back in 2017, actually – I wrote about MacGyver’s hair. And apparently people keep googling for it; finding my blog post.

Lucas Till in June and July 2016

I’ve been planning to write Part 2 (and probably even 3) since forever, but that still might take a while. Real Life responsibilities, a ton of Reboot Update Posts last year and other stuff, you know.

 

Runner-up posts to give you the Top Ten at the end of 2020:

MacGyver Reboot Update #104

Two more episodes to enjoy before the short March Madness break. Meanwhile, there’s not many episodes left for filming.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via CBS)

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

 

About Episode 4×03
Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) aired on February 21. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Lily Mariye (who also directed Episode 3×08). For promo, CBS had released 9 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks.

Episode 4×03 attracted 5.830 million live-viewers and got a 0.6 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. The demo is lower than for Episode 4×02, but the same as for Hawaii Five-0 airing right after and maybe a result of Blue Bloods at 10pm being a rerun.

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

In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.40 million viewers (+24%), reaching 7.23 million viewers with a demo of 0.88 in total when including DVR ratings. The live-tweeting of the hashtag #MacGyver won them Rank 35 US-wide. Generally, the episode seemed to be well-received on social media besides some viewers claiming it was too unrealistic.

On February 24, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his weekly blog post about the MacHacks in this episode. The next day, guest star Christopher Convery uploaded a few BtS photos with Lucas Till and Justin Hires and with Henry Ian Cusick.

As revealed by an Instagram video by Levy Tran, Lucas and Levy watched the episode together with Levy’s dog Carlos – who is now Lucas’ security to fend off all the fangirls.

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

About Episode 4×04
The episode airing last week is titled “Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin”. It was written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Eagle Egilsson (who already directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

CBS first uploaded 12 Official Stills; mostly of Mac and Riley working on securing the bomb. You can find 6 of them untagged on What 2 Vue, and 7 of the Stills in HD quality (but watermarked) on Getty Images. On February 27, they added 6 more photos onto their press site. Some of them were posted on social media; e.g. one of Bozer and Russ in the Phoenix lab by Justin Hires or one of Riley by Tristin Mays. They also released 5 Sneak Peeks that day; the first of Lucas speaking German.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via Showbiz Junkies)

We got a few new BtS photos as well; e.g. by Matthew Albright, by Haley Porch or by Christopher Jon Duddy. A member of the props departement posted photos of the fake bomb prop and of the acetone capsule. On March 2nd, CBS added some more BtS photos of Lucas and Tristin.

Episode 4×04 had 5.565 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.6. When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 15 for both average demo and audience numbers. No, those are not stellar ratings, but its demo is only slightly below the CBS average demo (of 0.679) and still doing better than 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this year. Also, it only lost about 8% in demo compared to last season, which is the second-lowest demo loss of all current CBS shows.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via KsiteTV)

The episode sparked a lot of fan talk about pro and contra “MacRiley” and about the upcoming episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey) that Lucas Till talked about an interview with ET Online back in February:

“Episode seven is a date night episode and it’s hilarious,” Till promises, adding that that particular hour falls just before “things start to take a darker turn… and we do stuff we’ve never done on this show before. I can’t tell you what that is because there are a lot of surprises.”

(via ET Online)

On March 1st, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in this episode.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via What2Vue)

ICYMI: Last Friday, CBS announced that Hawaii Five-0 will air not just their Season 10 Finale on April 3, but the Series Finale with the last two episodes. This was rather surprising, considering the ratings were very stable, elevating all the other Friday shows. In recent years, last seasons for veteran shows were usually announced with a last renewal (also called “renanceling”), so even the prediction sites (e.g. The TV Grim Reaper or The TV Ratings Guide) were taken by surprise.

It’s not clear yet what this means for MacGyver. There’s hope that if the show gets renewed, it will have its premiere again in Fall as a lead-in for Magnum PI. On the other hand, the ratings for all other Friday shows profited from H50 and I’m not sure they will be able to hold up. It’s possible that one of the Friday shows will be put into a different timeslot or even cancelled to make room for a rookie show.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Furthermore, I’ve had this nagging feeling for a while that they might hold back on the remaining nine episodes after the midseason finale in May. Now that H50 is ending, they probably won’t air reruns during Summer, meaning that the ratings for MacGyver will plummet even more if it’s running until July or even August. Additionally, there’s a writer’s strike looming. In that case, they might need the rest of the MacGyver episodes as fillers; holding onto them until the Fall. Whatever happens, we should know by the Upfronts on May 13 when the networks will present their Fall schedules.

What you need to know about Episode 4×05
The episode airing tonight is titled “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan“. It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Duane Clark (who already directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 13. Here’s the synopsis:

In an attempt to find the main players in the Codex and cut off their match-fixing funding, Desi goes undercover to infiltrate a soccer team and find the corrupt player working with the shadow organization.

In total, CBS uploaded 14 Official Stills onto their press site. You can find 10 of the Stills in HD quality (but watermarked) on Getty Images. There’s 8 of them untagged on both SpoilerTV or on What2Vue. Monday, CBS used one unmarked Still of Desi in soccer gear for Twitter.

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via CBS)

What you need to know about Episode 4×06
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Right + Wrong + Both + Neither”. It was written by Andrew Klein and directed by Roderick Davis (who also directed Episode 3×18). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 21. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ’ first love, Emilia (Amanda Schull), is kidnapped by the same rebels he fought during his private military contract days, he takes the Phoenix team to a small, impoverished town to rescue her and rid the town of the rebels for good.

On March 3, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills; all of them by Jace Downs and featuring Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in the field. 8 of them are available on Getty Images.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (Photo by Jace Downs/CBS via Getty Images)

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    (tba)
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Peter Weller

A little recap since my last blog post: Some scenes for Episode 4×17 were supposed to be in San Diego, but the second/stunt team had to work during heavy snowfall. They filmed on sets dressed as a laboratory and with different lab animals; e.g. snakes. For Episode 4×18, Lucas Till got to ride “in the belly of the airport beast”. Guest star Jorge Garcia (from Hawaii Five-0) will resume his role as Jerry Ortega and filmed scenes with the cast in the War Room before production moved to the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Working on Episode 4×18
On February 21, Anthony Kountz revealed another guest star on set: Robert Patrick (Terminator, Scorpion). He had worked with Lucas Till before (in Walk the Line; back in 2005). While attending the Monte Carlo Film Festival in 2017 together, Lucas had posted a throw-back-BtS-photo of the movie; mentioning that whe would love to work on another project together.

On Februar 24, filming resumed in and around an abandoned hospital to be set in Slovania. After uploading a new BtS photo with guest star Jorge Garcia; Justin Hires confirmed that Bozer will be getting around on a crutch for the episode. Justin later added more BtS photos; e.g. with Jorge and Henry Ian Cusick in the Phoenix lab.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Despite the long hours, they still have a lot of fun on set during filming – proven by another dance/music video uploaded by Tristin Mays on February 25. On February 27, they filmed a fight scene taking place in a restaurant kitchen. The next day, Lucas and Levy worked until after 10pm; joining some crew members watching the premiere of Episode 4×04 on their phones and Lucas live-tweeting in between scenes.

Working on Episode 4×19 and beyond
There’s not many more episodes left to film. As Todd Amateau revealed on February 25, he was already scouting for locations while getting “close to the end”. On March 2nd and 3rd, filming took place on a parking lot with rain pouring down. Meredith Eaton and Henry Ian Cusick had to endure the cold weather on both days, entertaining themselves with uploading a few BtS photos. Although he wasn’t needed on set on Wednesday, Lucas was still working in he studio; doing ADR for an older episode.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

Generally, we haven’t seen as much BtS material this week; mainly because Justin and Tristin haven’t been on set this week and Levy just stated she’s having the week off, but maybe also due to them having to film during heavy rain on three consecutive days. They also had a nightshoot on Thursday.

Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted an Instagram Story of Levy Tran and Lucas Till posing with Peter Weller – it’s not clear yet if he’s back as Mason, as the director of the episode (or both).

Cast and Character News
ICYMI: As revealed by TV Insider, there’s another recurring character showing up this season: Jery Ryan has been cast as Gwendolyn Hayes – MacGyver’s aunt! As mentioned above, other guest stars are Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick.

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via SpoilerTV)

In other news, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bus Patrons, for Sous Chefs and Line Cooks, for Parents in between their 40’s or 50’s, for Police, for Shoppers with cars, for Tech Scouts, for Students, for Ice Cream Shop Patrons and Teens and for male Police Officers.

They’ve also been looking for CIA Agents, for a female Tech, for a Photo Double for Jeri Ryan, for a Stand-In for Preston Baker and for a Stand-In for Michael Paul Chan (who is already known to OG fans for appearing the episode “The Wish Child” in 1986).

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via CBS)

Best of TV Awards: Round 2 Voting still ongoing
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs and already won in ALL the categories in Round 1. Voting for Round 2 started about a month ago. You can find the voting page here.

Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from. These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till, Justin Hires, Tristin Mays, Meredith Eaton)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads, Tate Donovan, Reign Edwards; closed)
  • Best Guest Actor (David Dastmalchian, Michael Des Barres; closed)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13; closed)
  • Best Episode (3×13, 3×22 and 3×11; closed)
  • Best Writing (closed)
  • Best Stunts (closed)
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer; closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)

MacGyver Reboot Update #103

While we finally get to enjoy our weekly episodes, cast and crew are nearing the ending of filming. Only about 4 episodes left to shoot – and there’s casting info for a new, recurring character!

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via CBS)

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

 

About the Season 4 Premiere Promo
Season 4 premiered two weeks ago. Contrary to Season 3, we got a lot of exciting promo material beforehand. To recap:

  • Interviews: We got a few not-so-new interviews; done with Lucas Till at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June 2019. We got a lot of new interviews with Lucas (e.g. with Parade Magazine) and with Henry Ian Cusick (e.g. on the Emmy website).
  • Photos: We got new portraits and group photos taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill.
  • Episode Titles: CBS released all the title ingredients for the initially ordered 13 episodes.
  • Previews and Sneak Peeks: We got an extended preview, a Sneak Peek of rebooted Team Phoenix’ first mission plus the Opening Scene, including the introduction of Russ Taylor.
  • New Opening Title Sequence: CBS presented us the Opening Title Sequence for Season 4 a day before the episode aired.
  • Spoiler Alert and BtS Previews: CBS released a spoiler-filled video with the cast and a BtS Preview Video.

Interestingly, CBS kept handing us more promo afterward; e.g. the Agent Profile for Russ Taylor. We also got a new interview with Tristin Mays for Starry Constellation Magazine last Friday. She talked about her character; revealing that we will get to see a flashback episode and getting to know more about Riley’s past.

Agent Profile for Russ Taylor (via CBS)

About Episode 4×01
Season 4 picks up 18 months after the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances; having to take on non-government jobs. The season premiere episode airing on February 7 is titled “Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix”. It was written by (former) Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas and directed by David Straiton – and Lucas Till is now listed as a producer, too!

CBS had uploaded 26 Official Stills onto their press site. Sadly, not all of them are available in HD quality, but most of them are up on SpoilerTV. We also got several Sneak Peeks for the episode plus a few new BtS photos. Because of the push to midseason and this episode being filmed as the second one (instead of the first), a few co-stars had missed their appearance on Llive-TV. Some of the co-stars and the crew members uploaded BtS photos and videos afterwards; e.g. Toshiji Takeshima or Matthew Albright.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via CBS)

Episode 4×01 attracted 5.935 million live-viewers and got a 0.7 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. While the ratings didn’t win the night, they were better than both the Season 3 Premiere and the Season 3 Finale. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.4 million viewers, reaching 7.4 million viewers. When looking at the Live +7 days ratings, it gained 1.55 million viewers (+26%), making 7.49 million viewers with a demo of 0.94 in total when including DVR ratings.

The twitter-trend-competition was high that night (due to a politics-related event on TV), but the fans live-tweeted enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to reach Rank 30 US-wide. The episode also made it into SpoilerTVs “Quote of the Week“.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

On February 9, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain continued with his blog posts about the MacGyverisms used in the show and uploaded a post about the MacHacks in this episode.

About Episode 4×02
The episode airing last week is titled “Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed”. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had also directed Episode 3×17).

CBS had uploaded 15 Official Stills onto their press site. 14 of them are available on Getty Images; 11 of them are smaller, but untagged up on What 2 Vue. Lucas Till added some funny captions and uploaded them as Instagram Stories last week. We also got 4 Sneak Peeks.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Parade Magazine)

Episode 4×02 had 5.772 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. The ratings are almost the same as the ones for Episode 3×02 back in September 2018. When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total), the Reboot is currently at Rank 15 for demo and at Rank 14 for audience numbers.

That might not sound like stellar ratings, but it’s still slightly above the CBS average demo (of 0.686) and doing better than 5 of the 7 Rookie shows this year. Also, it only lost 4% in demo compared to last season, which is the lowest demo loss of all current CBS shows.

Again, the episode made it into SpoilerTV‘s “Quote of the Week” compilation. On February 17, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in this episode.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×03
The episode airing tonight is titled “Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Lily Mariye (who already directed Episode 3×08). Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver and the team board a plane that’s mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.

Among the guest cast, Sawyer D. Jones is listed as “Little Boy Mac”, so we should get another flashback sequence – maybe one that has to do with Mac’s fear of heights?

CBS had uploaded 9 Official Stills beforehand and 2 Sneak Peeks yesterday with an additional Sneak Peek (focusing on Mac and Desi) today. You can find all the promo material here.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×04
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin”. It was written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Eagle Egilsson (who already directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

The storyline is set in Germany. We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 13. Here’s the synopsis:

As MacGyver works quickly to rescue survivors from a collapsed building in Germany, he discovers a new safety threat – a 1,000-pound undetonated bomb from World War II hidden beneath the rubble.

This sounds very much like an OG episode and I’m pretty excited. Also, Lucas Till had revealed in an interview for the premiere episode that he will speak a few lines of German this season. Among the guest cast, there’s also a German actor listed (Hauke Bahr).

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via SpoilerTV)

In total, CBS uploaded 12 Official Stills; mostly of Mac and Riley working on securing the bomb.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). On May 22, there’s an episode of reality show “Love Island” listed, so there might be a short break after the midseason finale on May 15.

Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Duane Clark. You can find the Press Release with the first Official Still here.
  • 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    (tba)
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearance by Jorge Garcia

A little recap since my last blog post: Filming for Episode 4×16 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) started around January 24. The episode was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core. The cast set up at Fulton County Airport, at East Point Wagon Works, at the Arcade and in Downtown Atlanta.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lavonda Till)

The most interesting part was Lucas’ dad filming his guest appearance. Apparently, he’s part of the scene with MacGyver waiting in uniform to attend the arrival of a casket in an airport hangar (as seen on photos uploaded by Lucas’ stepmom Lavonda Till). Although it’s all pretend, Papa Till sure looks proud of Lucas in uniform.

Working on Episode 4×17
Despite Season Premiere Day, cast and crew worked until late that evening. The second/stunt team worked on stunts on Saturday despite rather heavy snowfall, although the scene was supposed to be set in San Diego.

On February 12, they filmed both inside and outside, but we didn’t get to see much BtS material. Aly Michalka (Frankie) uploaded a photo of herself in a lab coat as an Instagram Short Story. Considering there’s another BtS Insta Story of the same day of a bloody handprint on a glass door and casting calls for a CSI Forensics Team, we can only hope Frankie didn’t have to fake her death again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Cornell Willis)

They next day, they had more snakes on set; this time in a laboratory setting instead of a pet store a few weeks ago. Cornell Willis took the chance to face his fears by getting up and close with a snake. They also had some fake snakes there; so it’s possible that some of the animals will “escape” on screen.

Working on Episode 4×18 and beyond
Production for Episode 4×18 started around February 13. Work continued outside on Valentine’s Day; at least with nice and sunny weather for once. The cast continued to upload photos and stories to remind us of the premiere for Episode 4×02. Meredith Eaton uploaded a nice photo with Henry Ian Cusick while Lucas Till showed us how difficult it is to concentrate on set when the stunt team makes so much noise during their fight scenes. He also revealed that he finally got to ride the “ride in the belly of the airport beast”. Could this be a nod to another OG episode?

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

Cast and crew got to enjoy a long weekend due to a public holiday. Filming continued on Tuesday, February 18 with a familiar face in the War Room: Jorge Garcia (from Hawaii Five-0) will resume his role as Jerry Ortega; guest-starring in an upcoming episode (either 4×18 or 4×19; depending if they’re still filming in order).

The next day, production moved to the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Justin Hires and the rest of the cast got to dress up again. We didn’t get to see much BtS material in the last few days, but they sure wear a lot of sharp suits this season!

Jeri Ryan in Season 4 (via TV Insider)

Cast and Character News
Yesterday, we got some big casting news: There’s another recurring character showing up this season! As revealed by TV Insider, Jery Ryan has been cast as Gwendolyn Hayes – who is related to MacGyver!

Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead. Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.

(Peter Lenkov for TV Insider)

Talk about creepy stalkers *ahem*. The article says that the character will first appear in the March 27 episode. There’s no episode listed for March 27, though (due to March Madness). But she will probably appear in Episode 4×08; at the moment set for April 10.

In other news, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Photographers and a Forensic Team, for Men in Suits, for Background Actors with Cars, for two Armed Cauciasian Men, for Upscale Restaurant Patrons, for a Hostess and a Server, for a male Chef, for Pregnant Caucasian Women who appear 6 months or more pregnant and for Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Jorge Garcia)

They’ve also been looking for more Nurses , even more Nurses, Orderlies and Patients and for a Stand-In for Danny Le Boyer. As mentioned above, Jorge Garcia will have a guest appearance (presumably in Episode 4×18).

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Results
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs – and already won in ALL the categories in Round 1! Well done, fans! Here are the results:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress: Lucas Till/Tristin Mays (Rank 1), Justin Hires/Meredith Eaton (Rank 2)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress: Tate Donovan/Reign Edwards (Rank 1), George Eads (Rank 2)
  • Best Guest Actor/Actress: David Dastmalchian (Rank 1), Michael Des Barres (Rank 2)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Director: Brad Turner for Episode 3×13 (Rank 1)
  • Best Episode: 3×13 (Rank 1), 3×22 (Rank 2), 3×11 (Rank 4)
  • Favorite Character: Mac (Rank 1), Jack (Rank 2), Riley (Rank 3), Bozer (Rank 4)
  • Best Writing (Rank 1)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 1)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 1)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 1)

Voting for Round 2 has already started a few weeks ago. You can find the voting page here. Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via What 2 Vue)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13)
  • Best Episode (3×13, 3×22 and 3×11)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer; closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)

MacGyver Reboot Update #102

We finally reached the most important Friday this year so far – the Season 4 Premiere is tonight! While filming continues, we’re spoiled with new promo material every day now.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, via Tristin Mays)

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

 

Season 4 Storylines and Promo News
Season 4 premieres tonight! We got some more exciting promo material since my last blog post:

  • New/Old Interviews: We got a few not-so-new, but still interesting interviews to read and watch; done with Lucas Till at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June 2019. On January 31, Rudy Blair uploaded his interview. ET Canada posted their video interview on Wednesday. Yesterday, Global News posted the video of Lucas appearing on The Morning Show.

Since the Corus Upfronts Interviews were recorded about half a year ago and before filming for Season 4 had even started, Lucas couldn’t reveal much about the storyline this season. He probably hadn’t even gotten a script of the new episodes to read yet.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Meredith Eaton)

He did talk a bit about the stunt work and about filming his movie “Son of the South” during the Morning Show interview.

  • New Interviews: We got a lot more of new interviews than I ever expected and hoped for; considering the show got pushed to midseason. Fun times! On February 4, Matt Carter posted a new interview with Lucas taken just a few days ago. A day later, TV Line posted their interview with Henry Ian Cusick. Additionally, ET Online posted a new interview with Lucas, alongside an exclusive clip of the opening scene. The local CBS stations also had an interview up with Lucas on the same day. Ian had also done an interview with Melissa Byers that was posted on the Emmys website. Today, Parade Magazine released their interview with Lucas who spilled quite a bit about the first episode (more on that further down).

Being already in the middle of filming the season, Lucas talked with Matt Carter about working with Henry Ian Cusick and the character of Russ Taylor, about the different energy in the new season and about the possibility of him directing an episode.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

As Lucas told ET Online, the new season is a bit different and slightly darker, and looks and feels more mature. Also, he revealed to CBS that Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had initially been a bit concerned about making too many changes; fearing it could alienate the audience.

You see Mac grow up in his way of thinking. ‘You can’t save everybody,’ is what part of the season turns into and it’s not just black and white. There’s not just good and bad, and that’s what the season becomes in the first 13.

(Lucas Till for ET Online)

Despite the darker tone, Lucas said in the interview for CBS that there’a still a lot of fun in the episodes. Ian told TV Line he’s never had more fun in a TV role before; being able to be “bigger”, joking around and even improvising his lines every now and then. But he also revealed to Melissa Byers the had been very nervous coming on set; being the “new guy” after the others had already worked with each other for months and even years.

  • Portraits and Group Photos: Last Friday, the new potraits and group photos shot by Still Photographer Mark Hill popped up online.

They had never done new photos after the promo material for the pilot episode with Lucas Till and George Eads. Heck, there isn’t even an official promo team photo for the first three seasons. As you can imagine, the fans were over the moon; re-posting and -tweeting the new photos on social media like crazy. The portraits are being used on the bio page for CBS Press Express and are available on Getty Images; along with one of the team photos.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS)

On February 3, Justin Hires uploaded a short video (taken by Tristin Mays) of him posing for his portraits. Interestingly, he has one additional portrait while the others only got two single portraits each.

  • Episode Titles Galore: On February 3, CBS released the titles for the initially ordered 13 episodes.

Well, the majority of the titles since the equations weren’t fully revealed. We can assume that most titles will have plus signs only – but for now, I’ll put in question marks as placeholders.

  • Extended Trailer and Sneak Peeks: On February 4, we got a new, extended preview. Just a day later, ET Online presented an exclusive video clip of the Opening Scene, alongside a short interview with Lucas.

Like the first preview, the extended preview features scenes from the first four episodes. We get to see more scenes of MacGyver teaching and Riley in her non-Phoenix workplace.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

In the Opening Scene, we see MacGyver wave his way through traffic at speed, running along campus – only to finally arrive in his own classroom and the chemistry lesson he was apparently late to.

The music is still the same length, though they dropped the beginning that was reminiscent to the Original Show. Also, the new logo is red with a different font. The cast order is Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick.

  • Spoiler Alert and BtS Previews: On February 6, CBS released a short, spoiler-filled video with the cast. Later, CBS uploaded a BtS Preview Video. Last Week, Astrid Martinez from TV News Channel CBS46 had visited the cast on set. Yesterday, they aired the short segment on TV. Today, CBS uploaded another video from set, this time with the cast talking about their best life hacks.

Of course, the spoilers are all censored (aka bleeped out). Though from what I was able to understand, someone gets married and a lot of people will die. Sadly, all the clips on the official YouTube-account are restricted to US-viewers only. If perusing the MacGyverCBS-account from Europe, the videos are not listed. Also, the set visit was really short. I hope we get to see more photos and interview segments; maybe shortly before the episode airs.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Opening Title Sequence

What you need to know about Episode 4×01
The episode airing tonight is titled “Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix”. It was written by (former) Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas and directed by David Straiton.

In case you missed the synopsis:

Ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley, Bozer, Matty and Desi to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

On January 7, CBS had released a red logo with black writing. We can assume it’s for the not-so-mysterious-anymore organization named “The Codex” that will test our heroes and their abilities to save the world.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

According to TV Line, Season 4 will pick up 18 months after the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances. We already knew MacGyver works as a college professor and we’ve seen BtS photos of Bozer promoting his own movie, but Lucas revealed to Parade Magazine what the other members of Team Phoenix have been doing: Riley works in Silicon Valley, Desi works as a bouncer and Matty is doing TED talks. Also, not only did Mac and Desi broke up, but Bozer’s love life is also on the skids – and someone is in a secret relationship!

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Lucas Till revealed that Russ Taylor will buy up the Phoenix, so we can assume some tension between Russ and former boss Matty. Also, he told Astrid Martinez when visiting the set for Channel CBS46 that his dad will have a guest appearance. Maybe as a fellow professor?

CBS had uploaded 26 Official Stills onto their press site. Sadly, not all of them are available in HD quality, but most of them are finally up on SpoilerTV. We also got several Sneak Peeks for the episode. In case you missed them: The First Look Video via TV Insider shows is the first meeting between MacGyver and Russ Taylor. In another Sneak Peek, we get to see the “rebooted” Team Phoenix on their first mission.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (Guy D’Alema/CBS via Getty Images)

What you need to know about Episode 4×02
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed”. It’s written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Alexandra La Roche.

Here’s the synopsis:

Department of Defense General John Acosta (Xander Berkeley) recruits MacGyver to steal a highly classified project from a military lab in order to find flaws in its security. But when it’s discovered that the general is planning an attack using the weapon, Phoenix must stop Acosta before the weapon is uploaded.

CBS uploaded 15 Stills in total onto their press site. At the moment, 14 of them are available on Getty Images (watermarked). Weirdly, the cast list for 4×02 is the exact same as for 4×01, so there might have been a mix-up with the episode order being different from the production order.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the episodes we can look forward to. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

As you can see, there will be a 3-week-break for March Madness like every year. Episode titles and airdates are not definite, though – until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 7)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (February 14)
    (Presumably) Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (February 21)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: Right (?) Wrong (?) Both (?) Neither (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    (tba)

A little recap: Filming for Episode 4×15 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness) started around January 16 and is directed by Avi Youabian. The cast filmed scenes in the War Room, in an elevator, inside the Equitable Building and at the Candler Hotel. There was a bullet-riddled Maserati, a wheelchair and a bleeding Riley, a sandy beach in Hawaii and several night shoots.

Working on Episode 4×16 and beyond
Episode 4×16 is titled “Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO” and was written by Jim Adler. Filming for the episode directed by Ericson Core started around January 24. The cast set up at Fulton County Airport, at East Point Wagon Works and at the Arcade. They also destroyed quite a few bottles of red wine for the camera. Additionally, we got a photo of Lucas Till in MacGyver’s military dress uniform; filming what looks like army personnel waiting on a casket to arrive in the hangar.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Grecia)

On February 3, filming continued in warehouse-like locations we’ve seen before. Mike Milligan was back for stunt work and geo-tagged his posts with “Croatia”. Lucas Till uploaded a video of Mike “losing it” on the stunt floor.

On February 4, they filmed on different locations around Downtown Atlanta. People nearby were able to get some photos and videos; e.g. of Lucas Till and Henry Ian Cusick filming or of Lucas during lunch break. According to Matthew Albright, they filmed at Interpol HQ as well.

On Wednesday, they filmed more scenes with – presumably Jack’s – GTO. Tristin Mays was happy to find another tiny door right on set. Both her and Lucas took photos and videos with it.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

Yesterday, there was heavy rain in Atlanta; making it difficult to get to set unscathed and to film outside (they were scheduled to shoot in Grant Park). It looks like they had to reschedule for filming outside. Considering it’s snowing now, they might have to do some changes to today’s schedule as well. For now, they do film some scenes outside what looks like the old DXS building.

All in all, cast and crew are exciting for tonight’s premiere; posting a lot on social media. Even Lucas Till has been uploading some Instagram Stories as I type this post. Sadly, Twitter doesn’t seem to be working properly right now, so let’s hope it’s fixed before the premiere so we can get the show’s hashtag trending!

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

Crew, Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Caucasian or Hispanic Background Actors, for Business People, for Airport Background Actors with or without cars, for Police, Hazmat and Detectives, for a Caucasian Featured Man, for a Taxi Driver, for Park Background Actors and for an Airport Patron. They’ve also been looking for Stand-Ins for Tristin Mays and for Marvin Ross.

It looks like Aly Michalka (who played Frankie Mallory in Episode 1×19) might be back on set for Episode 4×17. Also, it looks like some more of Lucas’ relatives and friends might have background spots in upcoming episodes.

About that Time Jump (encore)
As mentioned before, Time Jumps are not a rarity in TV-Show-Land – but it’s rare to have such a long one. And while the writers and producers practically get a “blank slate” to change and shape the show into whatever they wanted from the beginning, it’s not easy to not getting the long-term fans all worked up and angry or anxious about what’s coming and what’s been undone.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via TV Insider)

It’s nice we got so much promo this year. But there are a few things I’m not too happy about from what I’ve seen in the Sneak Peeks and read in the interviews.

  • MacGyver being reckless: In the Opening Sequence, we see Mac weaving in and out of traffic. What looks like a chase for a mission, turns out to be MacGyver just being late for his class.

While Mac certainly is not hesitant to be reckless and put his own life in danger to save other people’s lives, he would never endanger anyone else just because he overslept.

  • The Team falling out of touch: Apparently, Team Phoenix hasn’t talked to each other during the “hiatus”.

Maybe they wouldn’t see each other as often; especially with Jack still away and the team grieving over Charlie (and Mac feeling awfully guilty). I can see Desi falling out of touch with the others; for once because she joined last and second because if she actually dated MacGyver and the relationship fell apart (more on that further down), the others may have “sided” with Mac.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

I can accept everyone struggling with losing a job/position they loved – but I just can’t believe they would have fallen out of touch for a year or more. Even if Bozer moved out of Mac’s house (and he must have, otherwise it makes no sense at all). While Mac has a tendency to withdraw himself from others, Bozer sure doesn’t. This is rather out of character and was just done to have a reason to Russ Taylor swooping in to “save” them. I’m sure, there would have been a better idea how to bring Russ into the team. Personally, I’d preferred maybe Mac saving his life, then deciding they need each other to save Phoenix and get rid of the new bad guy collective.

  • MacGyver’s love life all happening off-screen: The last few episodes of Season 3 hinted at a beginning romance between Mac and Desi; ending with Mac and Desi planning to go on a “date”.

There were several hints at Mac and Desi having been dating and breaking it up again off-screen. Them having been a couple was just confirmed by Lucas with the Parade Magazine interview. Why didn’t we get to see that? While it can be interesting to see an ex-couple reconciling and to learn a story through flashbacks, I fear it’s only implemented to add tension throughout the entire season until they find back together. Both Lucas Till and Levy Tran have good chemistry together, I don’t see why they didn’t let the viewers come to the same conclusion and see the relationship progress naturally over time. (Though to be honest, I’d rather see MacGyver and Riley ending up together; spending a lot of time talking about Jack and struggling with his absence, and later spending a lot of time without talking about Jack.)

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Results
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs – and already won in several categories in Round 1! Here are the results that are available so far:

  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Director: Brad Turner for Episode 3×13 (Rank 1)
  • Best Episode: 3×13 (Rank 1), 3×22 (Rank 2), 3×11 (Rank 4)
  • Favorite Character: Mac (Rank 1), Jack (Rank 2), Riley (Rank 3), Bozer (Rank 4)
  • Best Writing (Rank 1)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 1)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 1)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 1)

Voting for Round 2 has already started! You can find the voting page here. Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

These are the MacGyver-related categories currently open for voting and to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

ICYMI: Last Summer, the Reboot had won a surfboard at the Teen Choice Awards (in the category “Choice Action TV Show”). It finally arrived at the Paramount Studio Lot.