We still have to wait for about two months for the start of Season 4 and the production is currently on hiatus until January. Also, maybe you joined the fandom only recently? So you might enjoy or have finally some time to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot.
Hereby, I present you my Top 5 Blog Posts 2018 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of last year. And I added a few photos in between so it’s all the more fun for you – and maybe a way to get you to check out the full original post in case you missed it back then?
(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 1 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017, you can check it out here. The top posts in 2017 were all posts about “deleted” scenes in the pilot script. The top posts for 2018 are a bit more varied, thankfully.
Funny coincidence: This blog post was already on Rank 4 for the top posts in 2017.
The rebooted Pilot Script for the MacGyver Reboot was written by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. In this blog post, I wrote about two scenes written into the pilot script that we didn’t get to see in the episode that aired on TV.
One is a conversation between Mac and Jack about Nikki while racing the (stolen) handyman van to the airport. The other one is an excerpt about the missile prop with Team Phoenix sitting around Mac’s firepit.
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’s Jared Padalecki), a script that wasn’t used, a script that was used for a pilot that never aired and the reboot of the Reboot….
Sounds confusing, but is state of the art for pilot season and pretty interesting. The character descriptions alone are worthy of a blog post. Too bad we probably will never get to see this pilot that never aired…
The aforementioned Unaired Pilot I just wrote about actually got some promo material as well. This is what I wrote about in this post.
Because CBS decided to reboot the Reboot with a different main cast team and a different showrunner, they declared the promo material to “promo non grata” and erased all their former tweets, posts and previously released Official Stills for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts.
Well, not 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 again. I really hope that some day, we’ll see more of it.
When people talk about Original MacGyver, they often mention his glorious hair. There was a lot of “hair drama” surrounding the Reboot as well. So in this blog post – my first non-update-blog-post back in 2017, actually – I write about MacGyver’s hair. And it was the top post of 2018.
Funny thing: At the moment, it’s still the top post of this blog (with almost 700 hits). Maybe I finally find the time to write Part 2 of this “hairy” topic….
Justin did some more Stand-Up comedy shows. At the moment, there’s no news about the movie project he is attached to. (The status of said project could be relevant since it would probably interfere with his screentime on Season 3.)
George Eads did not only enjoy some holidays on the Bahamas with his family, but also played some Golf. On June 11, he joined the LA Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser organized by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Fun note: Original Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill) was one of the members of the host committee this year – alongside Carlos Bernard who had directed Reboot Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen), the episode Bruce McGill guest-starred in.
Tristin got to celebrate her birthday with friends. Both Reign Edwards (who plays Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna in the Reboot) and Javicia Leslie (aka Jesse Colton) were in the crowd. For congratulating, Meredith Eaton posted a new BtS photo of her with Tristin taken while working on Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack).
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s long-time dream project Magnum has been ordered to series by CBS; meaning that at the moment, he’s busy with four shows in total. Three of them (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum) will premiere this Fall while the 2nd season of Salvation will premiere June 25. He therefore spends a lot of time on the Paramount Studio lot, presumably working on finalizing the scripts.
Season 2 News
Due to Celebrity Undercover Boss, there are no Reboot re-runs at the moment – contrary to pretty much all the other action and drama shows in the CBS line-up. More episodes for Celebrity Undercover Boss (CUB) are scheduled for Fridays 8pm until July 13. There’s a good chance there will be some Reboot Re-Runs after the Finale of CUB since the show has 10 episodes.
Last year, both Lucas Till and Peter Lenkov had attended the Monte Carlo Television Festival. It’s maybe a bit ironic that this year, the Reboot got nominated for an International TV Audience Award within the category “Action & Science-Fiction TV Series”, alongside Scorpion (CBS) and Prison Break. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 19.
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe again had handed in a Stunt Reel for the Emmy Awards. Voting is only possible if you are an Emmy member, though – but if you’re eligible to vote for the Emmys, you can do so until June 25. The nominations will be announced mid-July. I’m not sure how good the chances are, considering the show was already nominated last year. But let’s hope the Reboot scores another nomination or even a win!
Meredith Eaton was interviewed for the Emmy Magazine, talking about being a short-statured actress and embracing her difference. On June 11, she posted a photo of her with David Dastmalchian, plotting strategies. It’s not clear yet if this was part of a photoshoot, for Bonus Material for the Season 2 DVD or just a fun snapshot of them passing time on set.
Sadly, there’s no news at all so far. The Premiere Date still hasn’t been set yet, but it’s reasonable to guess it’s either September 21 or September 28. Unless we hear otherwise, I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes.
David Dastmalchian auctioned off a set visit with “Murdoc” for a good cause, so I reckon it’s possible that Murdoc will appear very early in Season 3. The set visit entails lunch with MacGyver, Murdoc and the cast that is working that day; also a tour of the production stages and the sets with a demonstration of a “MacGyver” moment with stunts and/or props. The auction made 12’000 US Dollars for charity, so kudos to whoever bid on this.
MacGyver in Germany and Switzerland German FreeTV channel Sat.1 will premiere two episodes of Season 2 on Mondays 8pm, starting July 9. Swiss FreeTV channel 3+ decided to start 5 days earlier, airing two episodes on Wednesdays 9pm, starting July 4.
Funny thing: German distributor Paramount/Universal Pictures must have had a typo in their press release since all websites have a character named “Frank Dalton” in the DVD description. They have changed the name to Jack now, but it will be interesting too see what name will be written down on the back-cover.
Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in April/May 2016. I have written about it before, but it was usually a few bits and pieces here or there. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.
If you missed Part 1 (about the Unaired Pilot’s Origins), you can read it here.
Rebooting the Reboot The Unaired Pilot was filmed in April/May 2016. Production wrapped on May 5, only two weeks before the CBS Upfronts – THE event for the networks to announce their TV schedule for Fall and to provide more info about the upcoming TV shows.
On the 13th of May, Variety confirmed that the Reboot had been picked up and ordered to Series by CBS – with Peter Lenkov as an Executive Producer. The Hollywood Reporter hinted that the script might be tossed out and stated that the secondary cast members were “unlikely to return”. Deadline added that Lenkov would write a new script with the general premise of the series remaining the same; confirming that the supporting cast was not coming back.
Of course, this was exciting, yet also concerning news. What had exactly happened, and was this project doomed now that they rearranged everyting, but still wanted the show to premiere in Fall? What would this mean for the quality of the show, if the showrunner had to not only find a new cast, but also a new crew and new locations in time to start filming in Summer? Why had CBS picked up the show for Fall if they didn’t like the pilot, the script or the cast in the first place? Did they care for MacGyver at all or only for the promise of making money with a well-known brand that had the potential to be turned into a franchise? And wasn’t Peter Lenkov already busy enough with Hawaii Five-0?
The move also left a bit of a bitter taste since it looked like the secondary cast members got the news at the same time as us – via the internet.
Official Stills that were not meant to stay
Despite the Pilot Episode being scrapped and just days before the CBS Upfronts, we got the first Official Still of Lucas Till and George Eads in character on May 16 via NY Times. (The article itself was not about the Reboot per se, but about the nostalgia leading to resurrecting old TV shows.)
The reactions were mixed. Many felt that MacGyver looked too young, but were quite happy to see that both chemistry and physics still seemed to be an important part of the show. Others made fun of rebooted MacGyver’s hairdo; deeming him as one of the “Hanson Brothers”.
On May 18, they released two new Official Stills just before the Upfronts. The tweet by Eric Goldman reveals that a lot of the talk revolved around MacGyver’s hair again:
MacGyver 2016 has no time for haircuts! He’s gotta make a thing out of a thing!
The third Still had rebooted MacGyver walking to his next mission. About the same time, CBS revealed the new social media pages for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; revealing another look at the pilot and the new logo. (Little did we know that only hours later, the Stills would be deleted; alongside all material on the social media pages.)
The logo – featuring an SAK forming the letter “v” in the show title – was very well received among the fans. Even 30 years after the original series, everyone associates the SAK with MacGyver, so the logo was pretty clever and easily recognizable.
The description for the show provided by CBS read as follows:
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paperclip, his trusty Swiss Army knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit television series, this action-packed origin story follows the young MacGyver as he returns from war, a hero with an idealistic vision of saving the world. He and his late father’s best friend partner to form the clandestine Phoenix Foundation. Using his scientific know-how and resourcefulness, MacGyver – alongside his intrepid team – undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.
CBS also revealed that the show was scheduled to air on Fridays, which had some fans worried since Friday used to be a “death slot” for years until CBS had managed to turn it around for them.
The Teaser Trailer that disappeared At the Upfront Events, usually both Art Work and Teaser Trailers for the new Fall shows are being released. This not only to tease the potential audience, but also to attract international buyers. Since we already knew that the Pilot Episode would be scrapped along with most of the cast, we were wondering if CBS would even dare to show a trailer.
The trailer soon hit social media accounts all around the world. To watch it, the fans had to do a bit of MacGyvering themselves since the trailer was geo-blocked outside the USA. It didn’t take long for other countries to post and revierw it as well, though. Let’s just say it wasn’t that well received – or the positive reviews got buried under the amount of negative comments and down-votes. Many Original fans found rebooted MacGyver too cocky or too violent and not very distinguishable from any other action show. And of course, the comments about his hair were never-ending.
Some of the fired cast members (e.g. Addison Timlin) were not happy either; tweeting statements like “I wish network television would quit firing me but putting me in their promotions anyway”.
In the Teaser Trailer, they created the tagline that they would later use for the rebooted Pilot Episode again: Mac is Back. The trailer clearly marked the show as a one-man-show like the Original, with MacGyver as the lead hero in the centre.
According to Deadline, a 20-minute-cut-down of the pilot episode had sparked a lot of interest among international buyers. Nonetheless, CBS declared the trailer soon to “promo non grata” and erased all their former tweets, posts and Official Stills concerning promo for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts.
The LA TV Screenings
A few days later, Peter Lenkov posted a photo on Instagram that showed a promo poster in form of a character portrait with Lucas Till. Interestingly, they used yet another font for what seemed like the new MacGyver logo, but the writing style was used for posters for other CBS shows as well. Since Lenkov was on holiday, he didn’t attend the event and neither did the (remaining) cast members.
Usually, there are cast photos and interviews being made at the LA TV Screenings, but with the imminent rebooting of the reboot, we didn’t get to enjoy any of that.
(More about the BtS photos of the Unaired Pilot in Part 3.)
It’s Season Finale Friday! Fans don’t have to be sad, though: The show will come back for a third season!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Mac’s father and about storylines in Seasons 2 and 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
What’s been happening lately?
Main production wrapped on March 24, cast and crew celebrating a small Wrap Party in Atlanta the next day. There was another wrap party in LA on April 21.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took the opportunity to get the cast to sign some hats for his son’s project “Wyatt’s Garage“. The main cast signed a hat that was auctioned off for a good cause last week (the auction closed at 750 US Dollars). Another hat signed by Lucas Till was auctioned off this week, closing at 335 US Dollars.
Some of the LA-based guest-stars had attended the Wrap Party in LA as well. Besides David Dastmalchian (Murdoc), Lance Gross (Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) or Michael Des Barres (Helman), Diogo Morgado (Mac’s friend Carlos from Episode 2×21) was part of the festivities.
The cast continued to post some BtS photos every now and then, but it got awfully quiet before Season Finale day. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton posted some nice pictures of themselves with the main cast.
Looking at the 22 episodes aired so far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.84 with 6.90 million live-viewers per episode. Compared to the Season 2 Premiere with 6.69 million live-viewers (and a demo of 0.8), the show didn’t lose many viewers over the season. It had pretty good ratings around mid-season, Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) with Ashley Tisdale reaching 8.14 million live-viewers (with a demo of 1).
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo At the end of Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water), Lucas Till took part of a short PSA in the “CBS cares” series; informing about Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico. He did another piece on Lupus, which might air sometime this month since May is “Lupus Awareness Month”.
Only a few hours before the premiere of Episode 2×22 last week, SpoilerTV added more Stills and one Sneak Peek. There were a few exclusive storyline insights and an exclusive First Look of Tate Donovan as Oversight via TVLine as well, but I felt a bit annoyed that CBS has been so late with regular promo material for the last five or six episodes.
For today, they were a day early; releasing 3 Sneak Peeks. While one featured Riley’s father Elwood meeting her new not-Boyfriend, the other 2 were scenes with Mac and his dad; therefore revealing already who MacGyver Senior is. Entertainment Tonight shared another exclusive Sneak Peek, also with Mac and his father. While it’s not so surprising to find out who Mac’s dad is after reading the Press Release, I’m still a bit surprised that they actually chose to reveal the big plot twist they have been building up over the whole season so many hours in advance.
Matt Carter published an interview with Meredith Eaton on May 3rd; asking her about the Season 2 Finale and her character Matty. She revealed that the actors aren’t privy to the process of writing, so she was playing a character with secrets without really knowing what the secret actually was. She also stated that last week’s confrontation scene with Jack (2×22: UFO + Area 51) was one of her favorite scenes to film so far.
Last year, the show got its one and only Primetime Emmy Nomination for Stunts (Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie). Despite not being invited to be back on Season 3, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe handed in another Stunt Reel for the Emmy Awards. Let’s hope it scores another nomination – or even better – the win!
Cast and Character News The Reboot has been renewed for a 3rd Season. We should get more information shortly before the CBS Upfronts on May 16. For now, I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes again, with a Premiere date in September, airing on Fridays 8pm. It’s also safe to assume that the entire main cast will be back.
I speculated in my last blog post that some guests attending the LA Wrap Party could hint at them being back next Season. At least for Diogo Morgado, that seemed to ring true – for maybe half a day: A Portuguese news outlet that recently did an interview with Diogo “revealed” on May 2nd that he will come back as a recurring character next season. The article created quite a hubbubb among his fans and the fansites; sharing the news on Instagram and Twitter. Hours later, Diogo denied the statement, saying that there is a misquote in said interwiew and that nothing has been decided yet.
Well, nothing has been decided yet doesn’t mean explicitly no and it seems interesting that the interviewer added that filming will begin in July. Either someone spilled the beans too early, or there have been discussions. Another appearance by Carlos wouldn’t seem that far-fetched, anyway.
The Press Release for tonight’s Season Finale (2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver) confirmed that Billy Baldwin (Elwood), Lance Gross (Billy Colton) and Reign Edwards (Leanna) are back. Both Lance and Reign are attached to shows and projects already, but that shouldn’t stop them from making an appearance next season; along with the other Colton family members. David Dastmalchian’s Murdoc is a likely bet and Michael Des Barres and his fans have been very vocal about wanting to see him back on the show.
Kate Bond’s character Jill is listed as recurring cast for tonight’s episode, which means she will probably be the first recurring character for the show. Depending how today’s Season Finale ends and how much drama is still unresolved, it’s also very likely that Oversight (played by Tate Donovan) will return as a recurring character.
Till definitely has hopes for next season — although, since he isn’t a writer, he doesn’t have much say in it. “More women would be good. The guy had a new girl every episode and it was definitely a talking point when my reps were talking to me about why I should do this.”
Hm. That didn’t really happen, did it? There were girls, but they either died (Zoe in 2×10), were exes that had broken his heart (Allie in 2×13) or were fake-wives that already belonged to someone else (Leanna in 2×16). Wonder what will be in store for next season?
In fact, the writers do have a “just awesome” plan for him, but it’s too early to spill the beans on anything just yet. “I think the show is just going to continue to be really, really fun. So, I’m excited!”
I wonder if he meant tonight’s plot twist or just the fact that Mac is finally meeting his father today. I hope we get a new Interview with Lucas soon; e.g. a short overview of this season and what he’s expecting for the next one.
MacGyver in Austria The rerun of Season 1 does still pretty well in Austria. The live-audience numbers are usually in the range of 50-60’000 viewers, but fell to a meager 26’000 last Saturday. This might have been due to the warm weekend weather or the airing of Formula 1 before.
There’s finally a date for the DVD-Release for Season 1 in Germany: July 6. There’s no further infos on the extras yet, but of course I hope there will be the same Extras on it as for the UK and the French version.
Only 2 episodes left – but at least we know there will be more episodes in the Fall, because the show got renewed for a 3rd Season!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Seasons 2 and 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
What’s happening at the moment?
Main production wrapped on March 24, cast and crew celebrating a small Wrap Party in Atlanta for the Atlanta-based crew the next day. Of the main cast, apparently only Lucas Till and Justin Hires attended the festivities, so there were not that many pictures or videos.
There was another wrap party in LA on April 21. Together with some cast and crew members of Hawaii Five-0, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took his people bowling – to the same location as last year. There was also cake. Lenkov posted several pictures of the event; and took the opportunity to promote the auction of his son’s project “Wyatt’s Garage”. The main cast signed a hat that was auctioned off for a good cause (the auction closed at 750 US Dollars).
Same as last year, George Eads was not at the LA Wrap Party, but signed the charity-hat on another day so all signatures are there. To make up for George’s absence, some of the LA-based guest-stars attended the event; e.g. David Dastmalchian, Diogo Morgado (Mac’s friend Carlos from last week’s Episode 2×21), half of the Colton family (Lance Gross and Sheryl Lee Ralph) or Michael Des Barres. Maybe a hint that we will see them again next Season?
Lucas Till had come back from his “Social Media Hiatus” for the premiere of Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power) and posted several more BtS pictures for Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) last week. It’s nice to see so many writers and cast members come online last Friday after being more or less absent since production wrapped.
We also got some nice BtS photos of the Extras and guest-stars; e.g. via Todd Jenkins or Isabel De La Cruz for Episode 2×21 or via Christopher Frontiero for tonight’s Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51). As Todd Jenkins revealed, his wife had created a MacGyver-Cake for the group of friends that watched the premiere of Episode 2×21 with them. Ava Davila (who played Carlo’s daughter in 2×21) has posted several BtS photos, all pictures of her posing with each main cast member and also with her “fake” dad. The crew provided some new BtS pictures as well; e.g. of the pole-crashed car or of the rusted truck before it was rusty.
Season 3 News
You might have already heard that the wait for the official confirmation is over: The Reboot has been renewed for a 3rd Season! Executive Producer Peter Lenkov already gave us a teaser of the new logo after the news hit on April 18 – only to post another, refined version the next day.
There’s no further information yet, but I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes, with a Premiere date in September like last year.
We might have to wait for the definite CBS timetable until the Upfronts on May 16. But since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well, there is a good chance that the “Trifecta” will stay untouched.
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo At the end of last week’s Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water), Lucas Till took part of a short PSA in the “CBS cares” series; informing about the still devastating situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and where you can donate money for Hurricane Relief. (He did another piece on Lupus, which might air next week since May is “Lupus Awareness Month”.)
On April 10, we got the Press Release for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51). There was only one Official Still when I was typing up the blog post this afternoon and not much BtS material for this episode. Only a few hours ago, SpoilerTV added 3 more Stills, all of them featuring Mac and Jack with racing cars and their pilot. According to comments by Greg Perrow, the NASCAR scene (filmed at the Atlanta Motor Speedway) might be the Opening Gambit for tonight. It seems to be a nod to the Original Show; specifically Episode 4×05 (Collision Course, 1988), so many fans have been interested and asking questions since the first BtS pictures and videos popped up.
There were a few more exclusive storyline insights via TV Line, though: Mac and Riley get the chance to examine a mysterious object that crash-landed in the Nevada desert, while Jack – a “believer” – does not. According to this article, it’s possible that there’s a mini-cliffhanger at the end of the episode.
The Season 2 Finale titled “MacGyver + MacGyver” airs next Friday, on May 4. We already got a bunch of more Stills by April 23, but alas: There was a Jeep, but no sign of MacGyver Senior. It was TV Line that granted us an exclusive First Look of Tate Donovan as Oversight. Yes, I sure can see the resemblance.
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.85 with 6.93 million live-viewers per episode. While the audience numbers are falling slightly with every episode, the fanbase isn’t. Last week’s episode brought many people forth – even first-time viewers – who complimened the show on social media, applauding the episode being set in a country that still needs help, despite its situation being more or less “invisible” and therefore unknown to the rest of the world.
Cast and Character News: Is that a Plot Twist I see? Because there were no news about the Season Finale when writing Update 52, I had combed through the Casting Calls again to see if I had maybe missed the casting for Stand-Ins or Photo Doubles for MacGyver senior. A Call for a Stand-In hinted at Joshua Childs having a part. He would have certainly fit age-wise, but as it turned out by April 10, he’s part of tonight’s Episode 2×22 as a member of the NASCAR pit crew.
The Press Release for next week’s Season Finale (2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver) confirmed that Billy Baldwin (Elwood), Lance Gross (Billy Colton) and Reign Edwards (Leanna) will be back. That’s a lot of potential for some relationship drama and for a change in the team dynamics and maybe even new set locations (e.g. Bozer and Leanna breaking up or Riley moving in with Billy). Kate Bond’s character Jill is listed as recurring cast, which means she will probably be the first recurring character for Season 3.
Although the episode title indicates that MacGyver Senior will be in the episode, there’s no one listed as Mac’s dad – at least not at first glance. So far, the best guess is still that Mac’s father is Oversight, played by Tate Donovan – especially since he’s mentioned as the “special” guest-star who has a history with Matty.
If this not-so-surprising Plot Twist turns out to be true, he hopefully returns as a recurring character next Season as well. After all that build-up with the mystery about Mac’s “missing” dad, it would be a weird choice to not explore the possible fall-out of Mac getting to know the truth while we have so much backstory between Riley and her parents.
MacGyver in Austria The Reboot continues to do well in Austria. The live-audience numbers have fallen a bit now that the weather gets warmer, but continue to be in the range of 50-60’000 viewers.
The German FreeTV premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook) will air on Sunday. Curiously, it looks like they will skip Episode 1×19 (Compass) again on their 2nd airing cycle. Some episodes have been cut to fit the FSK12 rating for afternoons (similar to a PG-13-rating in the US), so that shouldn’t be a problem. It’s possible they want to premiere the Episode on primetime, ahead of Season 2.
While the DVD-release for France is set for May 2nd and French Channel M6 just aired Episodes 2×13 and 2×14 tonight, there’s still no news about the DVD-release for Season 1 in Germany or the German-speaking premiere of Season 2.
Filming of Season 2 has officially wrapped. Including the Season 2 Finale on May 4, there’s 3 episodes left to enjoy – but there will be more this year, because the show got renewed for a 3rd Season!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Seasons 2 and 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
What’s happening at the moment?
Despite wrapping up main production on March 24 and celebrating a small Wrap Party in Atlanta, some crew members and Stand-Ins continued filming additional scenes and inserts until the end of March.
Things got pretty quiet after that – at least until the “big news” hit on Wednesday. Some of the crew members have started working on other projects, others are enjoying a holiday. Besides Justin Hires, the main cast has more or less disappeared as well and only “pops” up every now and then.
George Eads posted two new photos on Instagram yesterday while Lucas has appeared on one or two Instagram Live Stories posted by friends. He came back from his “Social Media Hiatus” specifically for the premiere of last week’s episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power), posting a new BtS photo of the elevator stunt with Elisha Henig.
In the photo, you can recognize Prop Master Kate Guanci adjusting the “MacGyvered” lights. As Stunt Woman Juliana Potter revealed, it was her doubling Elisha in this scene, providing a nice picture of them looking like twins.
While it’s a wrap on the filming process, there’s of course still post-production stuff to do – ADR, editing, composing music and more. Also, it’s still not a wrap on the BtS pictures: Every time an episode airs, some of the guest-stars provide new photos of the filming process; often of some earlier episodes as well. Brooklyn Davis had let the crew film inside her house for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Duffle Bag). In her Instagram post, you can see how they hid the fake money behind the (fake) walls.
Since I’ve been on holiday for several weeks, I often stumble over pictures posted a while ago; e.g. of Mark Manos who directed today’s episode 2×21 (Wind + Water). Sometimes, it’s also pictures of the Unaired Pilot that shall not be talked about.
Season 3 News
Last year, there was a “mass-announcement” for the CBS renewals at the end of March, so of course fans were getting impatient to know the fate of their favorite shows. On Wednesday, the wait was finally over: The Reboot has been officially renewed for a 3rd Season!
So far, we have to wait for the definite CBS timetable until the Upfronts on May 16. But since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well, there is a good chance that the “Trifecta” will stay untouched. Several websites are speculating about the possibility to move MacGyver to Mondays, especially since the fate of the struggling Monday comedy lineup is still unclear and Scorpion (that also airs on Monday) hasn’t been renewed yet.
There’s no information about the number of episodes, but I’m assuming it will be a direct Full Season Order of 22 episodes, with a Premiere date in September like last year.
Cast, crew and writers were very happy to announce and share the news. David Dastmalchian posted a new BtS photo of him with Lucas Till in Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs); promising to be back next season to finally take out the “blond boyscout” once and for all. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov already gave us a teaser of the new logo after the news hit – only to post another, refined version the next day. Looks like they changed their mind over night – similarly to Sesaon 2 when also two different versions of the logo floated around in the beginning (one provided by Craig O’Neill, the other by Lenkov).
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo Tonight’s Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) was written by MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff (who also wrote Episode 1×19: Compass). While we got the Press Release a while ago, Offical Stills were only added yesterday. Almost all of them feature the main hero on his own. Today, they added 3 Sneak Peeks as well.
On April 10, we got the Press Release for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51). There’s not much info and only one Official Still so far, but hopefully, we get more photos soon.
The Season 2 Finale will air in two weeks, on May 4. As the Press Release confirmed on April 16, Episode 2×23 is titled “MacGyver + MacGyver”. In an interview back in January, Peter Lenkov had promised we’re going to meet MacGyver’s father by the end of the Season, so of course the cast list enforced the questions and the speculations about MacGyver Senior (more about that further down).
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.86 with 6.96 million live-viewers per episode. Compared to Season 1, that’s down by about 21% and 7%, but as TV Series Finale states:
Although it ranks 21st out of the 25 scripted CBS TV shows in the demo, it rises to 11th place, in terms of average total viewership.
Not so bad if you look at it like that, no? As Deadline states it in their renewal article:
While MacGyver has not necessarily been a critical darling, it has done respectable business on Friday and has done well internationally for CBS based on its recognizable title and popcorn, procedural nature. It draws a respectable 8.5 million viewers and has been able to reenergize CBS’ Friday drama lineup when it joined it last season.
Cast, Crew and Character News: Is that a Plot Twist I see? In tonight’s episode (2×21: Wind + Water), Diogo Morgado will guest-star as Mac’s friend Carlos. According to TV Insider, Kamar de los Reyes will act as a police officer trying to negotiate after Mac was taken hostage by robbers in a bank.
Because there were no news about the Season Finale when writing my last Update, I had combed through the Casting Calls again to see if I had maybe missed the casting for Stand-Ins or Photo Doubles for MacGyver senior. A Call for a Stand-In hinted at Joshua Childs having a part. He would have certainly fit age-wise, but as it turned out by April 10, he’s part of Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) as a member of the NASCAR pit crew.
The Press Release for the Season Finale (2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver) confirmed Billy Baldwin (Elwood, Riley’s father), Lance Gross (Billy Colton, Riley’s boyfriend) and Reign Edwards (Leanna, Bozer’s girlfriend) being back. Curiosly, there’s no one listed as MacGyver Senior in the cast list although the title indicates he will be in the episode.
The Press Release for the Season 1 Finale had been a bit spoilery, so there’s the possibility that Mac Senior is “hidden” behind a character’s name. So far, the best guess is that Mac’s father is Oversight, played by Tate Donovan. He fits age- and looks-wise and judging by BtS pictures, he’s also in the scene with Mac and Jack riding horses.
Oversight has been mentioned several times since Season 1. It would be nice to finally have a face to the faceless person(s) representing this ominous board that so far never dealt with their agents on a personal level.
The Season Finale Press Release lists Kate Bond’s character Jill as a recurring role (the first one for this show), which means we will probably see a lot more of Jill in Season 3. On the other hand, we also know that there will be a change in the crew personnel and maybe also in the action scenes: As Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe revealed on Twitter, he has not been invited back, despite winning the show its only Emmy Nomination (so far).
Also, one cast member might be missing: As TV Line stated on April 10, a source told them that there are no plans for Isabel Lucas as Samantha Cage to return. While I wasn’t sold on her character’s introduction, I felt she could have been useful as another field agent in a recurring capacity. Cage’s fate seemed a bit hurried and unplanned and not like an exciting plot twist. Her absence therefore feels unresolved to me; especially since there are still some unanswered questions: What did Murdoc have against her personally and why did he know she had changed her name? I really hope she will have at least another guest-gig on an episode next season to get some answers.
MacGyver in Germany
On April 15, German channel Sat.1 aired Episode 1×11 (Scissors) for the first time on German FreeTV since they had skipped 3 episodes when airing Season 1 on primetime last year. The German FreeTV premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook) will air on April 29.
There’s still no news about the German-speaking premiere of Season 2 or the DVD release for Season 1. Guess we’ll have to wait for a bit longer.
While cast and crew wrapped up filming last month, we still have 5 more episodes to enjoy – including the Season 2 Finale on May 4.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
What’s happening at the moment?
Cast and Crew wrapped up main production on March 24. The next day, the Atlanta crew and some cast members celebrated the Wrap Party at Club Rí Rá in Atlanta. Interestingly, of the main cast only Lucas Till and Justin Hires were present this year. Contrary to last year, there’s only a handful of pictures to find. Must have been a small and “secret” affair – or people were too tired to celebrate after filming for about 189 days within roughly 8 months.
Alaina Lewis – soon-to-be-wife of Kevin Marshall Pinkney, Justin Hires’ Stand-In – posted a nice picture with Lucas; joking that he took it pretty well when she told him she will be off the market soon.
Only hours after the first pictures of the Wrap Party popped up on Social Media, Tristin Mays posted pictures and videos revealing her being back in LA. She visited the Paramount Studio lot as well – it’s not clear yet what for (ADR sessions or contract discussions?)
For the Moment, I’m assuming they will have another Wrap Party in LA – one that Executive Producer Peter Lenkov (who’s just wrapped filming for the Magnum PI Pilot in Hawaii) and some of the guest-stars will attend as well. Maybe a combined one, together with people working on Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum?
It’s a Wrap. Or not?
Although main production had wrapped on March 24, some of the Casting Calls for Stand-Ins had been dated for March 27 and 28. Additionally, some Crew members revealed on Instagram that they were still shooting inserts at the end of the week.
During the last few weeks, the cast posted several group pictures. Some have started working on other projects together, so it’s not clear if they will be back in Summer if the show gets renewed.
While it’s a wrap on the filming process, there’s still post-production stuff to do – ADR, editing, composing music and more. It’s possible that since Peter Lenkov has to finish the Magnum Pilot in time before the Upfronts in May, there might be other people involved with editing the final episodes for the Reboot.
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
On March 26, we got 9 additional Stills for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle). They all feature the same scene where it looks like Mac and Team get arrested once again. The preview features presumably the Opening Gambit with Mac, Jack and Riley doing their own version of the animated movie UP! In the Sneak Peek released on April 5, we got educated about “dirty money” – and a new section of “shippers” was born on social media (shipping MacGyver with Jill, one of the Phoenix Techs).
The title for Episode 2×20 is “Skyscraper – Power”. So far, this is the only title with a minus instead of a plus.
Additionally, we got some more scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico where Mac and Team help Mac’s old friend Carlos re-building his home. Because that’s not adventure enough, there will be kidnappings. CBS released the synopsis yesterday, revealing that the kidnapping of Mac will happen in the bank Carlos works at. Fun Fact: This episode was written by MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff (who also wrote Episode 1×19: Compass).
There was some “other” promo as well: CBS Watch! Magazine published a mini-interview of Tristin Mays talking about the 7 things that make her smile. On March 5, Meredith Eaton was on the talk show “The Talk” and revealed in this little clip that tonight’s episode is a big one for her character. Apparently, Matty will go back to her old stomping ground (the CIA) and put herself in danger; meaning Meredith got to do some stunt work of her own.
There’s still no official news about MacGyver being renewed for a 3rd season. Last year, there was a “mass-announcement” for renewed CBS-shows at the end of March, so fans are getting impatient to know the fate of their favorite shows.
Episode 2×18 managed 6.43 million live viewers with a demo rating of 0.8 – which is a bit disappointing, but not too bad for a Holiday Weekend. Ratings tend to fall in Spring and Summer and the show ends its Season roughly three weeks later than last year (the Season 1 Finale aired on Good Friday, April 14), but fans have been speculating if the long breaks between episodes might have had an additional negative effect on the ratings.
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.86 with 7.01 million live-viewers per episode. The averages per episode are lower than for Season 1, but it still has better viewer numbers than the two current 2017-rookie-shows on CBS (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT). Interestingly, both of these shows already got renewed, so it should be a no-brainer that MacGyver (and the whole Friday night line-up) will be renewed as well.
Cast and Character News and Speculations In tonight’s Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), Amy Smart will return as Dawn. Edward Asner will guest-star in next week’s Episode 2×20, alongside Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot). Diogo Morgado will play Mac’s friend Carlos in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water). According to TV Insider, Kamar de los Reyes will have a part in this episode as well; namely as a police officer trying to negotiate after Mac was taken hostage by robbers in a bank.
As always, Extras were needed as well during the last few weeks of filming. Some of the Casting Calls were looking for Stand-Ins for Billy Baldwin (Elwood, Riley’s father) and for Lance Gross (Billy Colton). Reign Edwards (Leanna, Bozer’s girlfriend) has been seen on set as well. So double date for Riley/Billy and Bozer/Leanna? A “heart-to-heart” between Elwood and Billy? Lots of possibilities for drama here.
In an interview back in January, Peter Lenkov had promised we’re going to meet MacGyver’s father by the end of the Season. Because there are no news about the Season Finale yet, I combed through the Casting Calls again last week. A Casting Call for a Stand-In hinted at Joshua Childs having a part. Funny thing: Joshua had a smaller part in Hannah Montana (the movie that made Lucas Till famous). Age- and look-wise, he would be a pretty good fit for MacGyver senior, but of course he could just play a “regular” bad guy.
One of the last Casting Calls was for a Stand-In for Arye Gross. He has Jewish roots – his character could have a connection to the concentration camp prisoner in the picture on the file Mac received in the package from his father.
(Author’s Note: As it turns out by April 10, both Joshua Childs and Arye Gross are in the Press Release for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51). Since Arye Gross’ Stand-In Casting Call was set for the last few days of filming, it’s possible they had done some additional inserts.)
MacGyver in German
The Reboot still seems to do well enough in all the German-speaking countries: Austrian channel ORF1, German channel Sat.1 and Swiss channel 3+ are all re-airing the first Season at the moment. Some of the episodes that are being re-aired in Austria actually get better audience numbers than when they premiered in Autumn 2017.
On April 15, German channel Sat.1 will air Episode 1×11 (Scissors). This will be the actual premiere of this episode on German FreeTV since they had skipped 3 episodes when airing Season 1 on primetime last year.