MacGyver Reboot Update #37

Filming for Season 2 started two months ago. Not even four weeks left until the Season 2 Premiere! Also, we got the Press Release and Stills for the first episode of the new Season.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via George Eads)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 and Episode 2×01 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News and Promo
Filming for Season 2 started two months ago. The Season 2 Premiere is in less than a month.

Just yesterday, I wrote following complaint in the first section for this blog post:

Sadly, the promo hasn’t really picked up yet – in contrast to Hawaii Five-0 and other non-CBS-shows (e.g. Lethal Weapon).  There’s not even a DVD relase date for the US so far.

Guess I can’t really complain anymore, huh? (Although I’m still wondering about that missing DVD release date…)

On August 29, we got the official poster for Season 2. As expected, it’s a picture of the promo shoot they did for Season 1 – and they actually picked the same picture that is being used as a header for the official show website by CBS. Since both Lucas and George practically sport the same hair like a year ago, it makes sense to “recycle” old material. Still, this a bit disapponting. I’m sure they have much more archive material to choose from.

Also, I’m a bit confused that they’re promoting the show as a buddy-show with Mac and Jack again while the members of “Team Phoenix” usually have almost as much screentime as these two – unless they focus more on the bromance than the team aspect this season (which I doubt).

Official Season 2 Poster (via SpoilerTV)

On August 31, CBS shared the Press Release for the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE). We also got 5 Stills via SpoilerTV. They all feature Mac and/or Jack. So far, we still have no official information about the new Season 2 cast members (and therefore no Stills of them, either).

Looking at the main cast, Justin Hires is probably the one who posted the most on social media so far. It’s nice to see George Eads is giving Instagram another try while it’s been a bit quieter on Lucas’ and Tristin’s accounts recently. Funny thing: George had created like 3 new Instagram Accounts within a year. I’m assuming he’s one of those people that forget their login-information and open a new account instead; so lets enjoy it while it lasts.

Editing and doing Interviews
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is apparently pretty busy because he hasn’t posted much since the filming started. For now, it’s usually information about Hawaii Five-O. On August 24, he shared a short fight scene he was doing editing work on. It’s Mac and Jack fighting off bad guys in the airplane hangar they’ve been filming at a few weeks ago.

On August 28, Lenkov shared a storyboard picture of Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). I always liked these storyboard drawings and hope we get to see more of them.

This week, Lenkov had visited Montreal where he taught a Master Class in script writing to film students and also gave interviews to several news outlets.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via SpoilerTV)

On August 24, TV Guide published a Guide for the Returning Fall Shows. Each show has a little description what happened last season (Where We Left Off) and what’s coming this season (The Scoop). The Scoop for the Reboot was this: Murdoc has a long list of people to kill and MacGyver is at the top, but there are some other names that will have to come first before he reaches his prime target.

Lenkov had added following statement:

“Murdoc likes to toy with his victims before he pulls the trigger. So there’s some good times ahead between these two.”

We know that David Dastmalchian has been in Atlanta recently and presumably filmed some scenes for the Reboot as well. There was a “mystery” person on set of the Halloween Episode that Justin Hires didn’t want to reveal. We’ll see if this was David or not. Considering Lenkov’s statement, it’s also possible they took the opportunity to film several scenes for different episodes.

Then of course, there’s also the unresolved issue with Mac’s dad:

“One of the big Season 2 arcs is the search for Mac’s father,” says Lenkov, “a journey that will come to an end in the season finale when we will finally reveal who and where he’s been.”

The use of “who he’s been” is quite interesting. Many months ago I had this weird feeling that MacGyver’s dad might have been some secret agent. I had even made a Season 1 Finale Plot Twist Guess out of it. Back then, I was unaware that this is a similar storyline on Hawaii Five-0 (where Steve McGarrett’s mother – presumed dead for many years – showed up, revealing that she had been working as a government agent and had to fake her death for her family’s sake).

Not revealing Mac’s dad until the Season Finale is quite clever looking at it from the Studio’s point of view, because it gives them enough time to cast someone interesting (who is maybe a bit more famous and expensive and could draw in new viewers). There’s a big potential in making Mac’s father a recurring role if the show gets renewed for a 3rd Season, after all. On the other hand, the writers have a tendency to draw out storylines that either get forgotten or fizzle out… until they remember it was never resolved properly and try to create a delayed plot twist around it.

BtS of Season 2 (via Patrick Kral)

So much work, but so excited
You can feel the cast is getting excited about the Season 2 Premiere. There have been quite a few posts on Social Media to help us remember the Premiere Date. On August 19, Meredith Eaton shared a BtS picture of Matty wearing her “thinking face”. Meredith also revealed that she always follows the “Magenta Memo“.

On August 22, Justin Hires posted a picture of Bozer standing in his living room. Looks like Mac still hasn’t finished his work on that motorbike. Justin uploaded a compilation of his BtS videos from set onto his YouTube channel. In a live interview on Snapchat, he revealed that he hadn’t met Lucas before the first table read. He also said that he had done 80% of his stunts on Rush Hour himself, since him being quite athletic thanks to his black belt in Karate. I guess we won’t have to wait long until Bozer gets some fight scenes to do.

BtS of Season 2 (via George Eads)

On August 28. Justin revealed he was doing ADR. The sequence on screen shows Jack being in pain and matches the hospital scene picture that Lenkov had posted on July 31st.

George Eads shared an amazing picture of him and Lucas Till wearing Lapland Folklore on set. The costumes look pretty authentic to me. Otherwise, his character Jack Dalton is still kicking doors and running around with guns.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, George Eads revealed what had drawn him to join the show:

“They called me and the name alone had me running as fast as I could to get over there (to sign on). I saw all the action and I saw that I was going to play an ex-military kind of junkyard dog, which was such a departure (from Stokes on CSI) so I was in.”

He also had nice words to say about Lucas Till:

“I never saw the original MacGyver running like this guy runs. He’s like a deer — it is amazing. There’s a lot of action on this show and I think his stuntman is the highest paid stuntman that doesn’t do much because he won’t let him. When you have a star that’s enthusiastic about all the action, it really helps. He doesn’t want to stand there. He wants to do it. It inspires me.”

Jack in the Jungle
According to Justin Hires and BtS pictures by Anne-Marie and other crew members, they have been filming in the “Jungle” recently for several days. It’s possible this location is related to a plane crash and a rescue mission. George Eads posted several pictures of “Jack in the Jungle” on August 19 and August 26 and additionally one of him and Lucas Till “playing make-believe”.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via George Eads)

It looks like people are dragging Jack away. I initially assumed they would use another angle, making it look like Jack has to save Mac from falling. (In the Official Stills released yesterday, it looks like Jack is lowering Mac down into a sewer.) Peter Lenkov posted a close-up of George’s face; stating that “it’s good to have friends like Jack”.

Bozer somehow ends up carrying all the CSI luggage in this episode.

On August 30, they filmed at Berry Hill Airport. The location is dressed as Nigeria and apparently involves more jungle and some more crashed planes. Both George and Lucas took time to pose for fan photos and set visitors.

The Halloween Episode
It might be Summer in Atlanta, but as Justin Hires had revealed a few weeks ago, filming for the Halloween Episode had already started. The episode doesn’t have a title yet, but thanks to Einstein we know who is directing it: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum who has already directed Episode 1×20: Hole Puncher. Acting- and camerawise, 1×20 was my favorite episode of Season 1, so I’m looking forward to this.

Justin posted a few BtS pictures and videos of this episode as well. George Eads shared a picture of him dressed up as the tin-man. Might be a reference to the Wizard of Oz? At least it looks like an interesting Halloween costume.

BtS of Episode 2×05 (via George Eads)

It’s the Apocalypse! (Or just an Eclipse.)
There was a Solar Eclipse visible in the US on August 21. Cast and Crew had still to work that day, but they got to watch a few minutes of the spectacle outside of the studio during a break. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of her and Tristin Mays watching, eyes protected as advised. Tristin had posted some Instagram Live Stories, and many crew members posted pictures of them wearing Eclipse glasses or of the crescent-shaped shadows during the event.

Another extraordinary event happened on August 23, as there were several postings about the new X-Men spin-off The Gifted (FOX) and MacGyver filming on the same location and sharing base camp. A Crossover seems highly unlikely for these two shows since they’re not on the same network and the Reboot is not a SciFi show. It’s funny though because not only did Lucas Till play Havok in the X-Men movies, but Amy Acker is also one of the main characters. Apparently, the Reboot crew didn’t like to share and announced a showdown between departements.

A visit by Henry Winkler
Legendary Executive Producer Henry Winkler has been visiting the set yesterday. He posted a photo of him posing with Lucas, George and Einstein (who didn’t look very impressed). George Eads, Boom Operator Robert Maxfield and Cornell Willis shared some additional pictures of them with Henry.

Henry Winkler on Set of Season 2

Cast and Character News
Today, Ricky Russert posted another BtS picture of him in costume for Episode 2×01. He definitely looks like he’s been held hostage for quite some time (unlike MacGyver in the Unaired Pilot who was clean-shaven as a baby despite being held prisoner for years by terrorists).

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a few Extras again, e.g. for Techs and Agents, Medics, Stand-Ins, European Cars, African American Combatants and Rebels, Nigerian Townspeople or for Parents (probably for a trick-or-treating scene for the Halloween Episode that was filmed that day). Other Casting Calls included a family for a photoshoot (Mom, Dad and 3 kids with blonde hair),  featured Gunmen (looking Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian), a Hand Double and Fit Female Models.

They’ve also been looking for another CIA Tech in a recurring role. I think it’s a good idea to have some recurring people working for Phoenix and the other agencies.

George and Lucas posing with a set visitor (via Jennifer Hunt Thompson)

Reruns
There’s a rerun of Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) today. The rerun of the Season 1 Finale – Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) – will air on September 22. That’s just a week before the Premiere of Season 2.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot aired in Germany on Mondays, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on Sat.1. Despite predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show earned good ratings overall. In fact, MacGyver helped raising the Pro7 Sat1 Media Group ratings because they have struggled a lot this summer. Some TV shows turned out to be a total bust: While Rush Hour was shoved to midnight and reached decent enough ratings to stay on air, Code Black was cancelled after only 4 episodes and Pure Genius after 6 episodes. They also rushed through This Is Us to finish earlier than planned.

On average, every episode of MacGyver earned 868’333 live-viewers in the important demo group (14-49 years old). That’s a demo market share of 10.02% (which is just the desired market share of at least ten percent). Looking at total viewers (live-viewers older than 3 years), every episode reached on average 1.78 million people which is a total market share of 6.5%.

Cast and Crew watching the Solar Eclipse (via Robert Maxfield)

MacGyver in Austria
The Austrian Channel ORF1 starts airing the Reboot tomorrow. Every Saturday at 7.10pm, they will air a single episode.

I’ve mentioned before that Germany had skipped 3 Episodes in total (Episodes 11, 16 and 19). Sat.1 claimed “program-planning reasons” due to the premiere dates for new episodes of NCIS and Bull and promised to air the remaining episodes next year with Season 2.

If ORF1 decides to air the episodes despite Sat.1 skipping them, the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) will happen on November 11.

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Looking Back at Season 1 (VII) – The Promo (Part 4: The Teaser Promo)

The first Teaser Promo was released before they had even started filming the rebooted Pilot Episode. On June 21, Lucas Till revealed the Premiere Date (September 23rd) to us in form of a teaser video clip; the premiere date formed by tools.

 

The Teaser still used the old logo of the Unaired Pilot (with the SAK forming the “V”). Additionally, we got to see Lucas Till’s new MacGyver-haircut for the first time.

For July, they used some more teaser clips with scenes of the first trailer for the Pilot Episode. Otherwise, for the initial Reboot Promo it was all about the tools. If you remember, they had handed out an updated version of the Original MacGyver Paperclip Tool at ComicCon San Diego. They used the original tagline “The only tool you’ll ever need” as well.

ComicCon San Diego 2016 Swag (via Amy Rushia on Instagram)

On August 16, CBS released two new Teaser Clips. The first shows MacGyver teetering on two chair-legs at the edge of a skyscraper, certainly in danger of falling. But we didn’t need to worry, because “he’s got this”.

The second one shows MacGyver tied to a chair, freeing himself with a paperclip.

While I’m not so fond of the first clip, I’m still laughing about the second. No, it’s not really in line of Original MacGyver, but it was quite a clever way to catch the attention of a new potential audience. Also, the clips are a bit of an homage to the cheesy 80’s TV shows ads.

The Teaser Promo got some negative comments by fans of the Original Show; most of them stating that rebooted MacGyver seemed too cocky. This was actually my first impression as well – but I liked the fact that was MacGyver only and not “Team Phoenix”.

However, I believe this is one of the reasons why so many fans of the original show were disappointed by the Pilot Episode. We already learnt in interviews during the promo tour that rebooted MacGyver isn’t a lone wolf anymore, but the Teaser Promo and the Press Tour Events (attended by George Eads as the only cast member besides Lucas Till) made it seem that the Reboot is more of a “buddy show” and that the team wouldn’t be as prominent as it turned out to be.

Also, the paperclip as a tool seemed to be a much bigger thing in the beginning than at the end of the season. There’s a pretty funny BtS picture that Lucas Till posted on Instagram last September.

BtS picture of the Teaser Promo (via Lucas Till)

It will be interesting to see if they’ll use the paperclip also as one of the important tools in Season 2. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov already promised they will keep the paperclip art (although they tended to forget it over the first season).

A slightly different version of the paperclip teaser was used for the German Promo. Additionally, they made very short teaser clips for Facebook, adressing how MacGyver uses tools differently than other people do (e.g. using a paperclip as a key or a shoelace as a bungee rope).

I don’t know about any other International Teaser Videos. Most European countries made their own trailers with scenes from the Pilot Episode. You can watch the Italian version (on Channel Rai2) here.

The subject of the Teaser Promo was also used for International Promo on social media (e.g. Germany, Turkey, South Africa). The Facebook and Twitter Header shows MacGyver teetering on the edge again (although he’s wearing different clothes this time).

International Promo (Facebook / Twitter Header)

The Poster shows MacGyver hanging upside down, using the tagline “No agent has done more with less”. This tagline was also used in some of the US video teaser previews.

International Promo (Poster)

I’m not sure if we’ll get another Teaser Promo for Season 2. It would be fun, though.

Looking Back at Season 1 (VI) – The Promo (Part 3: The TCA Portraits)

Note: I apologize for mainly using watermarked pictures in this blog post, but I couldn’t find non-watermarked pictures in decent quality. (Any non-watermarked pictures are screenshots I made myself.)

The Television Critics Association (TCA) is a group of approximately 200 journalists and columnists in the USA and Canada who cover television programming.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

The Press Tours allow the major television networks, cable networks, online streaming services and the Public Broadcasting Service to present their slate of upcoming programs through panels and interviews.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

On August 10 in 2016, the main cast plus Executive Producers Peter Lenkov and James Wan attended the TCA Summer Press Tour Event for CBS.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Before the panel, the main cast took part in a photoshoot for the so-called Summer Studio Portraits.

I have to say that I REALLY like them – more than the official portrait photos by CBS, actually. Each cast member did some portrait pictures plus additional photos alone or in pairs.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Despite the lack of sleep they must have had after a month of filming, they all look refreshed and happy. Also, the portraits don’t look overly photoshopped.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Hollywood Reporter)

It looks like “Team Phoenix” did some color-coordination – mainly wearing blue, black and white – but it’s not that obvious that it feels staged. In fact, the clothes seem all very complimentary to everyone, so I’m not sure if they had a stylist’s help for that. (In fact, most other attendees have been wearing blue, grey, white and black as well.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

It’s unclear if they also did some group pictures – it would have been nice to see them all together. (Maybe we’ll get to see some outtakes one day because there must be many more pictures.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Sandrine Holt changed their attire before attending the party after the panel. The women changed into dresses, but stayed color-coordinated in black and white. Lucas chose a brown suit for his blue shirt.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

It’s sad that the photos haven’t been used that much. I know that one of Lucas Till and one of Justin Hires were used for articles that appeared in CBS Watch! Magazine, and one of Lucas was used for the image series of “New Faces of Fall TV” by the Hollywood Reporter.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Because I’m not in the US and don’t have access to American Magazines, I can’t say for sure, though. And I dare to say it here because I thought about it many times since I started blogging about the MacGvyer Reboot: Lucas Till seriously lacks fan sites. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Maybe I’m just spoilt after being in the Twilight Fandom for more than five years. Because as a Twilight Fan, you were sure to find any printed article ever published anywhere in the world being scanned (in good quality), translated into English (if necessary) and made accessible on several fansites – usually on the same day an article was published.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Many Twilight-related fansites aren’t active anymore – but the ones that still are continue to update their galleries if new outtakes or pictures in better quality are available – sometimes even from photoshoots done years ago. I guess we’ll see if people looking for pictures related to the MacGyver Reboot have the same luxury one day.

Tristin Mays during the TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via CBS)

If you’re interested, you can see a BtS video with Tristin Mays of the photoshoot here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #32

Lucas Till travelled to Toronto, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Madrid this month for MacGyver Promo. Also, we have a title for the first episode of Season 2!

Photocall at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (via Ansa)

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

 

Season 2 News
On the first of June, CBS had announced the premiere date of Season 2 as September 29. On June 17, Justin Hires revealed the title for the first episode: DIY or DIE. Well, that doesn’t help us much in guessing what the plot for the episode might be, but we know this is a statement rebooted MacGyver said in the Pilot Episode (1×01: The Rising) while MacGyvering the parachute.

Script Title Page for Episode 2×01 (via Justin Hires)

In other news, it seems that Season 2 got a direct Full Season Order of 22 Episodes. This means enough episodes to introduce a new series regular; a CIA operative named Carmen. So far, we don’t know yet who will play this part, but I’m quite sure that her character will change the dynamics of “Team Phoenix”. It’s possible that she will be the one in the field with “Mac and Jack” now while Bozer and Riley stay on base more often.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Amsterdam
On June 13, Lucas Till posted a panoramic picture that revealed him being in Amsterdam. He soon met up with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. They did some sightseeing of the Canals and the Anne Frank House. On June 15, there was a CBS Press Junket with Robert Patrick (Scorpion) and Michael Weatherly (Bull) also attending. It was the perfect event for Lucas to show off his new socks and to attend a classical concert.

(Fun Fact: In 2005, Robert Patrick had played Lucas’ father in Walk the Line.)

Then and Now – Robert Patrick and Lucas Till in “Walk The Line” (2005) vs. Press Junket in Madrid (2017)

In an interview with the German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung, Lucas revealed that he hadn’t dared to read the negative feedback concerning the reboot until the show had started airing and getting some positive feedback as well. He also talked about how back when he was little, it wasn’t very “cool” to do TV instead of movies and that he’s happy that this has changed in recent years.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Monte Carlo
On June 16, the CBS Squad travelled to Monaco to attend the Monte Carlo Television Festival. They met up with Malin Akerman (Billions) and Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS) for more promo. Attending the Opening Ceremony where Peter Lenkov was introduced as a jury member, they posed for a photocall, signed autographs for fans and gave interviews on the red carpet before signing more autographs. Lucas sported another pair of new socks he had purchased in Amsterdam and spent some time uploading new pictures onto his Instagram account.

New Socks at the Opening Ceremony (via Robert Patrick)

In a video interview with ET Canada at the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto on June 8, Lucas had revealed that there will be a “Casino Episode” in the upcoming season. Following the Opening Ceremony of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, there was a Casino Event. It almost looked like they were already shooting for another episode of MacGyver.

On June 17, there was another press junket including a photocall for Lucas to attend while Peter Lenkov did his duties as a jury member. He posted many pictures of the surrounding landscape and of the correct Monaco pool attire. Lucas took his time posing for selfies with fans before he answered more questions.

Casino Event at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (via Allociné)

In an interview with Monaco Matin, Lucas talked a bit about the auditioning process and revealed that initially, he didn’t think he was going to get the role since he didn’t hear anything for 3 weeks after the meetings and screentests. In the interview for Les Infos Vidéos, Lucas joked he still doesn’t know if his character is the son of Original MacGyver or not. He also revealed that they will establish more bad guys in Season 2.

Asked about any other projects, Lucas told Premiere that he won’t be in the upcoming X-Men movie – partially because of his characters’ fate in the last installement (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016 – which shouldn’t be a problem in a superhero movie, though), but also because it would be too complicated with him being so busy with filming for MacGyver.

On June 19, a smaller version of the CBS-Squad made a little trip to Italy. They all enjoyed the nice weather with food and drinks. Lucas also showed off one of his balance tricks he likes to talk about.

June Photocalls: Toronto and Monte Carlo

On June 20, the boys suited up (or tuxed up?) for the closing ceremony. Both Lucas and Wilmer Valderrama made Instagram videos during the limo ride towards the red carpet. Besides Peter Lenkov and the CBS Squad, Lucas was joined by his long-time manager Tom.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Madrid
On June 22, Lucas did another press junket in Madrid. The CBS-Squad was joined by Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks). Meanwhile, Peter Lenkov had already left to return back to the US. Lucas revealed how he likes to spend time while waiting for the last journalist to show up: Playing Mario Kart. Babs Patrick posted a picture of Lucas enjoying some down time while MacGyvering another one of his balance tricks during dinner.

Enjoying the evening in Madrid (via Babs Patrick)

Reruns
Yesterday, there was a rerun of Episode 7 (Can Opener). There is the rerun of Episode 16 (Hook) tonight that should have already aired last Friday. There will be a rerun of Episode 19 (Compass) on June 30. The other scheduled reruns so far are the Pilot Episode on July 7 and Episode 2 (Metal Saw) on July 14.

As before, the reruns continue to garner good ratings. Two weeks ago, Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) had 4.21 million live viewers with a rating of 0.5 in the 18-49 Demo group.

What are cast and crew up to?
Besides reading MacGyver scripts, Justin Hires is doing stand-up comedy shows and editing videos before he has to return back to Atlanta to resume filming. He uploaded the first (with Lucas, Tristin Mays and Henry Winkler) and the second part (with Peter Lenkov and David Dastmalchian) of the LA Wrap Party videos he had made back in March.

George Eads attended a Classic Fundraiser Golf Event in LA on June 12 for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. As suspected, his “faux-hawk” has been shaved off at some point, but is growing already back at the moment.

BtS picture of Episode 1×11: Scissors

David Dastmalchian was busy enjoying his new-born daughter Penelope while Tristin Mays took the opportunity to spend as much of her free time as possible with family and friends.

On June 22, Lucas Till posted a new BtS picture of the “Christmas Episode” (1×11: Scissors) with George Eads and Justin Hires.

MacGyver around the world – Germany Premiere
The Reboot premiered in Germany on Monday, June 19 at the prime time of 8.15 pm. The German TV Station Sat.1 had also been the first German station to air the original show back in 1987. It was still a bit surprising for me to see them undertake such an effort for doing promo for an US show on social media. They posted several teaser videos on their Facebook-Page and their YouTube channel, using a theme of MacGyver seeing and using tools differently than we do.

Sat.1 Teaser Promo on Facebook (Screenshot)

They also did some shared video promo with Justin’s other series because Rush Hour premiered on the same day, right after the first two episodes of the MacGyver Reboot.

The ratings were quite good; especially since it’s not only Summer season, but there’s also a heat wave in Europe at the moment. The first two episodes garnered 2.10 and 1.99 million live viewers with a market share of 12.9% and 10.9% within the demo group (14-49 years). The show trended on Twitter as well, but got quite a few negative tweets (mainly about the missing opening theme and about the use of guns and violence). Of course, that has also happened during other premieres since people who enjoy a show are busy watching, not tweeting. We’ll see how the ratings will progress.

MacGyver Reboot Update #31

We have an official date: Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot will premiere on Friday, September 29.

via Lucas Till

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

 

Season 2 Premiere
On the first of June, CBS announced the premiere dates of the Fall Season. As expected, the MacGyver Reboot will have its premiere for Season 2 on Friday, September 29 – along with Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

Corus Upfronts
On June 8, Lucas Till attended the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto to promote the upcoming Season 2. He gave interviews and also attended the Sales Dinner where he posed for selfies, sporting his new haircut.

In a video interview with ET Canada, Lucas revealed he has just approved the Gag Reel for MacGyver (presumably for the Season 1 DVD). He joked about getting punished for doing a good job and talked about having no free weekends for 9 months. He revealed that there will be a “Casino Episode” next season and brought up the MacGyverisms of Episode 1×05: The Heist (the casino episode of the original show).

Corus Upfront Press Event (via Corus Entertainment)

Many Reboot fans have mentioned on social media that they miss the voice-overs. Lucas confirmed my suspicions about this to ET Canada: They cut down on the voice-overs for the same reasons as the original show. I always liked the voice-overs, but I can understand that they just take up too much time in the already tight schedule. Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson stated in several interviews being very happy about finally dropping the voice-overs, and it sounds like it was Lucas who suggested dropping them as well.

Lucas stated that he had signed up for an action-comedy and that viewers don’t want to see too much drama on a Friday night. This might explain the serious lack of “Mac-whump!” and why there always seems to be this need to bring in more jokes (which are not necessary in my opinion).

Corus Upfront Sales Dinner (via Corus Entertainment)

In the interview on stage, Lucas stated that he really enjoyed physics as a kid and that the tries to understand what he’s actually talking about in the show. He also revealed that the scariest stunt they did was for the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×03 (Awl).

Reruns
There is a rerun of Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) tonight. The other scheduled reruns so far are Episode 16 (Hook) on June 16, Episode 7 (Can Opener) on Thursday, June 22 and the Crossover Episode 18 (Flashlight) on June 23. (I’m not sure why there’s no rerun of Episode 17…)

The reruns continue to garner good ratings while winning the 8pm time slot. Episode 13 (Large Blade) made 4.47 million live viewers with a rating of 0.5 in the 18-49 Demo group. The rerun of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) had 4.20 million live viewers (along with 0.5 in Demo). These numbers are a bit lower than for previous reruns, but are still strong considering the season.

Episode 1×13: Large Blade (screenshot)

What are cast and crew up to?
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov spent Memorial Day with Family and Friends, e.g. Meredith Eaton. Next week, he will attend the Monte Carlo Television Festival with Lucas Till who can’t wait to get his boss into trouble.

On May 26, Lucas posted a picture of a Season 2 SAK on Instagram. It’s a much smaller version of the one for Season 1 that cast and crew got for Christmas. On May 27, Lucas was seen at Hollywood Burbank Airport where he posed for a selfie with a fan. As mentioned above, Lucas attended the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto on June 8.

As you remember, Lucas and George Eads got to travel to Hawaii for the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 while Justin Hires and Tristin Mays stayed back in Atlanta to film their scenes. While Tristin Mays recently travelled to Hawaii for a holiday, it was Justin’s turn last week. He’s already back at work doing stand-up comedy and editing videos; promising to upload a new BtS video of the LA Wrap Party this weekend.

LA Wrap Party (via Justin Hires)

David Dastmalchian was busy welcoming daughter Penelope into this world. Looks like “Murdoc” won’t get much sleep for the next few weeks. (Meaning months. Think years.)

Script Writer Brian Durkin is also busy. On June 6, he was doing research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for his next MacGyver script. Writer Nancy Kiu cited Andrew Klein being the “Shakespeare of the Robot Revolution”. Looks like we’re getting more robot scenes, yay. (Uhm. No yay from me, though.)

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now. The premiere for Italy (Rai2) took place on June 6. On the same day, there was a premium preview in Japan with several of the voice dubbing actors attending.

As mentioned in my last update, other countries mostly don’t translate the episode titles literally. In Germany, the episode titles are “Die Wiedergeburt” (Rebirth) for 1×01 (The Rising), “Alias” for 1×02 (Metal Saw), “Golden Boy” for 1×03 (Awl), „Kalter Krieg“ (Cold War) for 1×04 (Wire Cutter), “Der Todeszug” (Death Train) for 1×05 (Tootphick) and “Der Geist” (The Ghost) for 1×06 (Wrench).

Japan Premium Preview on June 6 (via Twitter)

It’s a well known annoyance that translated titles for TV shows usually reveal too much of the plot. Italy follows France in this tradition with “Vecchie fiamme” (Old Flames) for 1×02 and “Morte apparente” (Apparent Death) for 1×03.

My favorite is still the French Episode Title for 1×03, though: “Tête à claques”. This is the French equivalent of the name that Jack Dalton uses for Ralph at the beginning of the episode: “Punch Face”.

The Vault: Phoenix Foundation Wall Panel
Since I laid eyes on one of the Phoenix Foundation Wall Panels for the first time, I’ve been intrigued by the design. I found it very interesting, but also kind of odd because it seemed too intricate compared to the rest of the set designs. I didn’t realize the Wall Tiles are an Easter Egg until recently, when I randomly came across an article about set design in movies. I’ve never seen the movie (shame on me), but the Wall Tiles are the same as the ones used in the original Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford.

Episode 1×17: Ruler (screenshot)

Apparently, the style of the tiles is based on Ennis House in LA which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed primarily of interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks. Besides for “Blade Runner”, the very unique Ennis House was used for productions such as Twin Peaks, Karate Kid III or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Well. Who says you only learn about science while watching MacGyver.

MacGyver Reboot Update #29

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on May 12, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

With only two months left until filming for Season 2 starts, the writers are working on new scripts.

BtS of Season 1 (via Pius Pietrzyk)

Crisis averted
Thankfully, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) managed to secure better working conditions for script writers during weeks of tense negotiations, therefore avoiding a strike that would have resulted in TV show productions coming to a grinding halt and being stopped for weeks, maybe even months.

Production should go on as planned. As David Slack tweeted on May 2nd, he’s already writing on a new episode for Season 2.

working on new scripts (via David Slack)

Reruns
There will be a rerun of Episode 13 (Large Blade) on May 26 and a rerun of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) on June 2.

Season 2 News
As Executive Producer Peter Lenkov confirmed on May 10, Season 2 will start in September.

What are cast and crew up to?
Peter Lenkov is gearing up for the premiere of his CBS Summer Show “Salvation” in July. Justin Hires is busy polishing his career as a stand-up comedian. Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton recently visited one of his shows.

Comedy Club (via Justin Hires)

Because of the DVD-Release of Monster Trucks, Lucas Till had been doing promo for this movie back in April. In a video interview with TVs Talking Pictures, Lucas also talked about filming MacGyver. He revealed that George Eads is one of his best friends, that he fell asleep several times while trying to memorize his lines and that he was stressed out 8 of 9 months while shooting because he put too much pressure on himself, trying to fill RDA’s big shoes by taking on such an iconic role.

What’s going to happen now?
Next Wednesday, CBS will present their 2017-2018 TV Schedule at the Upfronts in New York. Since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well for another season, the reboot airtime schedule probably won’t change.

Both Peter Lenkov and Lucas Till will be at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June. Lenkov is listed as a member of the festival’s jury while it is not clear yet in what capacity Lucas will be there.

Monster Trucks Promo (via Instagram)

There has been no word yet if there will be another promo event at Comic Con San Diego (July 20 to 23) this year.

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now; e.g. Australia, Turkey, the UK, the French speaking region of Switzerland, New Zealand or the Netherlands. The show is airing soon in Japan and in France. The premiere for Germany (on Sat.1) is set for June 19.

The German dubbing of rebooted MacGyver is done by Ozan Ünal who funnily also voiced Nicholas Hoult’s character of “Beast” in the X-Men movies with Lucas Till and David Dastmalchian in “CSI Cyber“. Ünal otherwise regularly dubbs Emile Hirsch, Logan Lerman (in the Percy Jackson Series) or Ian Somerhalder. On German TV, he’s probably best known for voicing Johnny Galecki in all episodes of “The Big Bang Theory“, so this is going to be weird and interesting for me.

The Vault: Unaired Pilot
A year ago, Meg London-Boche – Assistant of Director David Von Ancken – tweeted about the MacGyver Pilot being done. Little did we know back then that the pilot would be scrapped and reshot, earning the title of being an Unaired Reboot Pilot that got rebooted.

BtS of the Unaired Pilot (via Adam Michna)

The Unaired Pilot has more or less disappeared. The IMDb page was deleted rather quickly, along with every official material that had been posted by CBS on social media. It’s difficult to predict if we’ll ever get to see this Unaired Pilot that shall not be named. It’s probably futile to hope for it being released on the Season 1 DVD.

 

Original Author’s Note (May 12): This is my last Update for the MacGyver Reboot – for now. I will probably continue posting somewhere else, but I have to set it up first and I don’t know yet when it’s going to be ready. (I have been writing in German on my own blog for 11 years, but I don’t want to mix up blog posts in different languages.)

A big THANK YOU to Nicholas Sweedo for letting me write on his blog. I wouldn’t have dared to do it on my own. I never thought I would be able to write so many blog-posts in another language and I learnt A LOT while doing this.

A big THANK YOU for you readers as well. I never thought these blog-posts would get so many hits. Hopefully read you soon! If you need a quick fix of MacGyver Reboot News until my next Update, you can find me on Twitter.

Original Editor’s Note (May 12): A big thanks to Andrea (Dashboard) for all her great posts and for being really nice to work with! I decided that I wanted to distance this blog from the reboot since I don’t like it and am not watching it any more. But for fans of the reboot, Andrea really is the best person out there to follow for the latest news and information, and I’m sure that her new blog will be an awesome place to go for that!

MacGyver Reboot Update #28

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on April 28, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

The MacGyver Season 1 Finale has aired. Fans don’t have to be sad, though: Filming for Season 2 should start in July in Atlanta.

LA Wrap Party Collage (via DashboardOnFire)

(SPOILER ALERT: You will get spoilered about the Season Finale and about storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

It’s a wrap! Again?
Although cast and crew had already celebrated the official wrap party in Atlanta back in March, there was another wrap party in LA on April 22. Together with some cast and crew members of Hawaii Five-0, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took his people bowling.

They all seemed to have a good time. Justin Hires posted several Instagram Live videos (e.g. with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays or Meredith Eaton). In one of the videos, Lucas revealed that he had mostly caught up on sleep since last seeing Justin in Atlanta. David Dastmalchian shared selfies of him with Lucas and with Joe Dante who had directed Episode 4 (Wire Cutter). Meredith posted pictures of her posing with Lenkov and Henry Winkler and with Tristin. Tristin uploaded a video of Lucas preparing for his next strike. Lucas was seen shaking hands with Hollywood Legend Hal Holbrook.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

Premiere of the Season Finale
The ratings for the last three episodes have also been the lowest of the season. Although they made an effort for some additional promo for the Season Finale, Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) had the second lowest ratings of the season so far with 6.57 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group).

Interestingly, last week’s rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) still managed to pull in 5.13 million viewers (with 0.7 in demo).

Nonetheless, the Season 1 ratings are good. All episodes included, the show had 7.73 million live-viewers per episode, along with a 1.08 rating in the 18-49-years demo group. The reruns (10 episodes so far) had 4.45 million live-viewers per episode (with 0.7 in demo).

Season 1 Premieres and Reruns Ratings so far (put together by DashboardOnFire)

(It’s worth noting that it wasn’t just “MacGyver” losing almost a million viewers on the most recent episodes, but other Friday shows like Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods as well.)

Season Finale Promo
On Season Finale day, we got a lot of promo interviews and articles – so much that I didn’t manage to cover all of it in my last Update.

Tristin Mays did an appearance on Good Day LA. Lucas did a short Q&A on Instagram for AmazonVideo. Just before the Season Finale Premiere, CBS did a live-interview on Facebook with Tristin and David Dastmalchian; including another exclusive clip and their one word to describe the Finale (devastating by David, outrageous by Tristin).

Because of the DVD-Release of Monster Trucks, Lucas had additionally been doing promo for his movie that week. In a video interview with SideWalksTV, he also talked about MacGyver and the work load, how his fan encounters changed due to the show and what’s it like to work with the cast.

Season Finale Set visit pics (via Randall Goltzman)

A while ago, there was a Boy Scouts Sweepstakes with Jake Goltzman winning the grand prize. He was invited to visit the set during the filming process of the Season Finale. Back in March, his father Randall had already uploaded many pictures onto Facebook. (You can see some of the pictures in this blog post.) On premiere day, CBS Austin aired a segment of Jake talking about his experience.

Additionally, cast and crew shared some more pictures of Episode 21 on social media; e.g. David Dastmalchian of Murdoc and Matty or Justin Hires of Bozer and “Dr. Zito”. Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe posted a picture of him with Mark Sheppard and a BtS pic of him having fun with Lucas while preparing to do a scene with “suffering” Bozer. Kirk Riley shared a BtS picture of the scene in Siberia.

Character and Storyline News
On April 8, Peter Lenkov tweeted that he and Producers Craig O’Neill and David Slack had discussed the story about how Jack met MacGyver – and teased that we’ll have to wait until next season for that.

As mentioned in the last Update, Peter Lenkov revealed that next season will see Riley and Bozer having relationships with other people. So we might be introduced to new recurring characters soon; maybe even in the Season 2 Premiere.

BtS of Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Kirk Riley)

I’ve been wondering if they’ve already filmed the entire Cairo backstory for continuity and why they haven’t already done so while filming the pilot. Breaking down the Season Finale cliffhangers with Entertainment Weekly, Lenkov stated that “The idea is that next season we’ll get to see another piece of that story, how they got out of that part of Cairo.” He also revealed that we will discover at the end of the season who MacGyver’s father is. I’m really curious who they’re going to cast in this role.

What’s going to happen now?
Kevin Marshall (Stand-In for George Eads) was still shooting inserts on a Villa-with-Pool-Location on March 31. So far, we still don’t know what these scenes were for – unless the MacGyver Reboot has a crossover with CW’s new show “Dynasty”, it’s possible that the overworked crew used the wrong social media hashtags.

For now, most of the cast is probably enjoying some free time. Meanwhile, Lenkov is busy preparing for the Finale of Hawaii Five-0 and the crew in Atlanta is working on other TV show pilots.

via Randall Goltzman

Note that there is a strike of the Writers Guild of America looming on the horizon. It’s unclear yet how a strike would influence the production of the reboot. The last time this happened (in 2007/08), production ceased for all scripted television programming for months. Many TV shows had shortened seasons due to a lack of scripts, were postponed, cancelled or had to switch to non-union writers in order to resume production.