MacGyver Reboot Update #143

Only two more episodes left for Season 5. Tonight, we’re going back to Mission City; meeting Mama and Papa Bozer!

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via ShowbizJunkies)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer); written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge. We got 13 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Peter Allas)

Last week, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires or Meredith Eaton. Because the cast wasn’t busy filming for once, they had more time to post Instagram Stories and to tweet.

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till, Henry Ian Cusick, Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires joined the live-tweeting. Writer Alessia provided little insights on how the episode came to be; also revealing that the Picture Car Team had to build two cars from scratch, starting three months before filming started.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Justin Hires)

The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. by Rat Wrangler Jamie Stimach, by MacGyverCBS or Tari Segal. On Sunday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode, while Alessia continued to tweet little tidbits about the episode.

There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 5100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. In fact, the hashtag #SaveMacGyver never fell below 400 estimated tweets per hour during the 24 hours before the episode aired.

For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 156 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 2200.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

To recap: Episode 5×12 had 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in the important demo category. Episode 5×13 got more viewers, but a slightly lower demo; reaching 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47.

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via MacGyverCBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. In case you need a reminder, here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). Also, we should see Young Bozer and Young MacGyver in a flashback sequence. Both flashback scenes with a young MacGyver for Season 4 had been cut, so I really hope one day we’ll get to watch those, too.

CBS released 12 Official Stills on April 8 and 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Fernando Decillis/CBS via Seat42F)

Writer Teresa Huang tweeted on April 14 that the episode will introduce a non-binary character named Sara (played by Emerson Paige); member of Riley’s hacker collective. She also revealed that the scenes of hacker Brooklyn (Harlan Drum) had been cut from last week’s episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Next week, there will be a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). On April 30 is the premiere of Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on Tuesday. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, we don’t have much information about the episode. I’m not sure if we can hope for some extra promotion (e.g. interviews). It’s a pity that there wasn’t much extra promotion during the season; considering they had a new showrunner.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via MacGyverCBS)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled. It didn’t take long for the fans to get over the stages of shock and denial and to reach anger; starting to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement.

The petition to renew the show for another season got more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours; reaching 6000 by Sunday and doubling within two days; hitting 12’000 on Monday. While the numbers have slowed down somewhat, it has not stopped; hitting the 15’000 mark today.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

Also, about 290’000 paperclips have been sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY so far while fans started writing e-mails and letters.

There’s a lack of entertainment news due to the pandemic this Spring with movie relases pushed back and Fashion and Award Shows being streamed online. But it’s also due to fans reaching out to news outlets that the #SaveMacGyver Movement has started to make the news on the weekend.

By Sunday, the movement made it to articles by ET Canada and Forbes. During the week, other outlets picked the subject up; e.g. CNN, ScreenRant or PopCulture.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Anne Renton)

Within a week, fans set up a website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads).

According to this Facebook post, the stage location will be available for filming again starting June 1st, meaning that they will have to tear down the stages and sets and clean out the offices within the next few weeks (if a new production wants to start moving in by that date).

While the cast and crew are still under contract and can’t speak out openly, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts and would love continuing to work on the show.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

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

  • On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The French Trailer (for the distributor in Canada) can be watched here.
  • The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).

MacGyver Reboot Update #142

Sadly, MacGyver got cancelled. But there’s three more episodes left. Tonight, we’re going to Italy – there will be lots of cars and pasta!

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via What2Vue)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna); written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Anne Renton)

We got 15 Official Stills and 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand plus a short video interview with Levy Tran for TV Insider.

Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. Combined with the fans, there were about 800 estimated tweets per hour.

Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS photos. We also got some BtS photos by director Ann Renton and Guest Star Aneesha Joshi. On Wednesday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Anne Renton)

To recap: Episode 5×11 had 4.311 million live-viewers and a 0.44 rating in the important demo group. Episode 5×12 did slightly better with 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in demo.

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 14 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer). It was written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via ShowbizJunkies)

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 25; with CBS releasing 13 Stills in total on March 30. In case you need a reminder, here’s the synopsis:

While Mac and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss-in-hiding, Mac must lean on Desi when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands. Also, Mac and Desi move in together and Riley reveals the truth about her secret team of hackers to Russ.

A few weeks ago, Fabio Massimo Bonini had posted a new BtS photo with Levy Tran.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

With the news of the show getting cancelled, the upcoming episode got a bit neclected. Even Getty Images hadn’t bothered to upload some Stills until Thursday.

Yesterday, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. On his Facebook post, he revealed that production requested for him to wait with posting after the episode aired (or to get clearance before posting).

What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Victoria Ric)

We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). CBS just released 12 Official Stills yesterday, so they’re not available in HD quality yet.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Christine Swanson)

That’s a wrap – for the Reboot
Principal filming has wrapped on March 23. The LA-based crew has already returned home. Tristin Mays recently posted an Instagram story while doing ADR for tonight’s Episode 5×13; so the post-production for the rest of the episodes is probably still ongoing and could count for the lack of Sneak Peeks so far.

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30; airing an episode titled “Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal”. Sadly, we got to learn on April 7 that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled without an additional last season.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Deadline was the first to break the news, with other outlets (e.g. Hollywood Reporter, Variety or The Wrap) following suit. Like most fans and all the ratings prediction sites, I was pretty suprised.

It didn’t take long for the fans starting to tweet in a frenzy; talking about their feelings and saying thank you to cast and crew. There’s also a petition going on (getting more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours) to save the show and paperclips being sent to the CBS Studios in LA.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

Some of the cast and the current writing team immediately posted their goodbyes and said Thank You; e.g. Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Justin Hires or Henry Ian Cusick. A day later, Levy Tran posted a goodbye video. Tristin Mays also tweeted yesterday.

A lot of the crew posted about missing the show; uploading new/old BtS photos and talking about some of their treasured memories; e.g. grip Steven Serna, Dan Emo (via Insta Stories) or Stand-Ins Kevin Marshall Pinkney and Amanda Mazonkey.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Other MacGyver-related News
Not much interesting stuff going on when your favorite show just got cancelled, huh. But here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America.
  • Also on March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. I haven’t seen any mentions if there are any bonus materials.

It’s a bit ironic that CBS re-opened the MacGyver merch store just a few months before the show got cancelled. Since the store for Hawaii Five-0 is still up, I expect them to do the same for this show.

MacGyver Reboot Update #139

Sadly, no new episode for another two weeks. As announced in a press release on Tuesday, the episode was dropped in favour of a rebroadcast of last week’s Sunday Special.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (CBS via Seat42F)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). CBS released 16 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks. Otherwise, we didn’t get any new material before the episode aired.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via Seat42F)

Afterwards, Alessia Costantini and Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS material; e.g. of the “earthquake ball” or of the printing machine they used for the Mexico street signs. On March 7, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

To recap: Episode 5×09 had an audience of 4.958 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57. Episode 5×10 was significantly lower in demo; getting 4.496 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.45 in the important group of 18 to 49-year-olds. Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Alessia Costantini)

They were filming while the episode aired, so none of the cast members had joined the live-tweeting. With about 721 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide. But like on most Fridays, we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 365 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 448). Sadly, the amount of tweets never reflects in the ratings. Overall, the episode was well-received on social media, but generated a lot of F-bombs on Twitter.

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
The premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games) was pushed to March 26. This episode was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton; featuring the introduction of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker.

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

We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

CBS realeased 5 Official Stills on March 4; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. You can find them on Seat42F. We got a new BtS photo of this episode by Malcom Hornes.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. Next Friday, there’s no new episode either due to March Madness.

  • 5×12 (MAC506): Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (April 2)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton

As far as we know, they started filming the Season Finale Episode last week, so they will probably wrap up the season in about two weeks.

Working on Episode MAC509 and beyond
To Recap: Production for Episode 5×08 continued until February 4. We got a BtS photo of Bozer with his parents. Bozer’s “father” Ernie Hudson tweeted an additional group photo. Filming continued on March 1; including scenes with Levy Tran and Lucas Till in construction workers gear.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

On March 8, we got a new BtS photo of Monica Macer on set of the LA Unit. She added a BtS photo with Meredith Eaton and older photos of her with Tristin Mays and with Levy Tran for International Women’s Day.

The next day, Macer added another BtS photo with Meredith; spending her birthday on set. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Unit continued filming on the “Italian Episode” (presumably MAC507) all week. Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a video village photo of him sitting in the red sports car that we’ve seen in several Instagram Stories in the last few weeks. Some people living nearby or coming across the area posted photos of the sports cars and the Italian Police Car used for the episode or got to visit video village.

Monica Macer on set of Season 5 (via CBS TV Studios)

As seen on Instagram stories by cast and crew, they got to enjoy a bit of sunshine and warmer temperatures yesterday.

Today, CBS TV Studios posted a photo of Monica Macer on set; celebrating “Female Filmmaker Friday” for Women’s History Month.

Cast and Crew News
There have been no public casting calls this week, but Namita Joshi revealed that her daughter Aneesha will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. I assume she takes part in the Indian Wedding in Episode 5×12.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Aneesha Joshi)

Here’s a short overview of recent cast news you might have missed:

  • Fabio Massimo Bonini will play an Italian thug named Franco Scuro.
  • According to the Brevard Talent Group, their client Tom Nowicki (The Blind Side) booked a recurring guest role while Bill Kelly booked a single guest spot.
  • Victoria Ric (Divided We Fall) booked a guest spot (presumably for the Season Finale).

Some of the crew have already wrapped up for the season (e.g. Danielle Korman, Christopher Jon Duddy).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Billy Matt Thompson)

Other MacGyver-related News
On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain will take part at a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”.

ICYMI, here’s a short overview of recent news:

  • In February, the MacGyver Reboot made Rank 14 on the list of most popular shows on SpoilerTV; one rank lower than in January.
  • Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America on March 27. If you want to join, you can find all important info here.
  • Lucas’ movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. The DVD and BluRay release is listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season.

MacGyver Reboot Update #138

New episode tonight, yay! There’s a lot of excitement since this one has a lot of potential to become a fan favorite this season.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via ShowbizJunkies)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). It was written by the two Andrews (Andrew Karlsruher and Andrew Klein) and directed by Michael Martinez. We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

We got 16 Official Stills on February 25; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. You can find 14 tagged Stills on Getty Images. Yesterday, they added 3 Sneak Peeks while TV Insider provided an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek today.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires hinted at him being on set tonight, so we don’t know yet if any cast members will join in on the live-tweeting.

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games). The episode was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

In this episode, we’ll see the first appearance of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker. CBS realeased 5 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. Sadly, they’re not available in good quality yet.

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

After this episode, there’s a break due to March Madness; followed by a rerun of Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) on March 26.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×11
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). It had 3.356 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.34, which is the third-highest audience number of all Season 4 Reruns so far. Contrary to the rerun of Episode 4×04, I didn’t see any writers joining in on the live-tweeting or posting new BtS material.

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

After the rerun of Episode 4×03, they might start with Reruns of Season 5 episodes unless they put a Summer Show on the Friday 8pm schedule. CBS has two drama shows left without a premiere date yet (Evil and Blood + Treasure), but they’ve never aired on Fridays so far.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

Script Title Page of Episode 5×13 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×12 (MAC506): Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (April 2)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

They seem to be a bit behind with the schedule. As far as we know, they started filming the Season Finale Episode today, so they will probably wrap up the season in about two or three weeks.

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: Production for Episode 5×08 started around February 18. In the last few weeks, they filmed at a construction factory and at the cabin near the lake. Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that we’ll get to see Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Ernie Hudson)

On February 26, Justin Hires posted a BtS photo with “his” parents. Bozer’s “father” Ernie Hudson tweeted an additional group photo two days later. Filming continued on March 1, but we didn’t get much BtS material this week. On March 2nd, Levy Tran posted an Instagram Story of her and Lucas Till dancing outside in construction workers gear.

Yesterday, Tristin posted a BtS video of the crew cleaning up after filming inside a church. This is probably footage from an earlier episode; maybe even the one airing tonight (judging by her hairstyle). Guest Star Fabio Massimo Bonini revealed that he will play an Italian thug named Franco Scuro.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

For Costume Fridays, Lucas dressed up as a gold digger.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On March 3, the Brevard Talent Group posted congratulations to Tom Nowicki for booking a recurring guest role. We don’t have any information yet which character he will be playing or in what capacity. There were no casting calls last week.

In February, the MacGyver Reboot made Rank 14 on the list of most popular shows on SpoilerTV; one rank lower than in January.

Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America on March 27. If you want to join, you can find all important info here.

Lucas Till in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

ICYMI, here’s a short overview of recent news:

  • On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released a video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton recarding cyber security.
  • The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened”.
  • Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.
  • Lucas’ movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

MacGyver Reboot Update #137

No new episode tonight. But hey, better a rerun than no episode, right? Especially if we already know the next one has so much potential to become a fan favorite.

Lucas Till and George Eads in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got a new BtS photo of Lucas Till before the episode aired. Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted more BtS material; e.g. a screenshot of the storyboard or a video of building the mine shaft. The next day, we got several BtS photos by Tristin Mays’ Stand-In Jordan Heir and a short video clip of the window stunt by Courtney Chen (stunt double for Levy Tran).

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

Remember that this was the “Frankenstein” episode; partially filmed almost a year apart. Danny Davila revealed that the script has been adjusted during the filming break; adding the mine shaft mainly that Lucas didn’t have to film cliff scenes for two days out in freezing temperatures. Additionally, you can find some scenes done by Storyboard Artist Jasmine Alexia here.

On February 23, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Storyboard Excerpt for Episode 5×09 (via Jasmine Alexia)

To recap: Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far. Episode 5×09 had 4.958 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57; beating Magnum PI in the demo-group of 18-49-year-olds.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Jordan Heir)

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer had joined the live-tweeting. With about 578 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide. We had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 184 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 34 only due to the episode being a repeat). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). Next week, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). It was written by the two Andrews (Andrew Karlsruher and Andrew Klein) and directed by Michael Martinez.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Joe Pantoliano)

CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

We got 16 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. The Stills haven been released in HD quality yet, but we should get a preview tonight (after the rerun of 4×11).

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
On March 12 is the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games). It was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton.

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

We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

After Episode 5×11, there’s a break due to March Madness. We should get Episode 5×12 on March 26.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

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

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): presumably titled Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

We don’t know if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming is planned to be wrapped next month.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. I didn’t see any new BtS material between February 9 and February 21 (besides location scouting).

Production for Episode 5×08 supposedly started around February 18. They filmed at a construction factory which houses a Transformer and at the cabin near the lake (seen in Episode 4×08). Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. For Dress-Up-Friday, Lucas appeared in a Watchmen costume today.

Tristin Mays on set of Season 5

Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that the photo of Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt was taken during a fitting for the show; stating that we would see two kilt outfits.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
We got several Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia in the last few weeks. They’ve been looking for a 9-year-old blonde boy to play a young Mac (presumably for the Mission City Episode 5×14), for a female with some form of arm or hand prosthesis (who looks as though they might be an ex soldier), for Physical Therapists, for High End Security Guards , for Scientists and Lab Techs (who look like they work for a very high end pharmaceutical company), for City Pedestrians, for Male Loading Dock Workers, for Italian Police Officers and for Forensic Techs.

Tristin Mays for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 19, TVLine revealed that Bozer’s parents have been cast, also revealing parts of the storyline for Episode 5×14:

(…) Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson will guest-star as the aforementioned Milton and Lauretta Bozer, parents of Justin Hires’ Wilt. In the episode, Mac and Desi go with Bozer back home when his mother’s best friend dies in a tragic accident. But soon after arriving there, they realize that the woman’s death may have been murder, and the city’s contaminated water supply holds the key to finding the killer.

(via TVLine)

ICYMI: Deadline confirmed on February 18 that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. Starting with Episode 5×11, she will play Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer.

Lucas Till for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released an video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton. They talked about cyber security, about Tristin pulling a Riley and finding the boys hacking her social media accounts and how modern technology helped filming during the pandemic.

ICYMI: The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened” on February 21; adding new merch items available to order. Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.

New Reboot Merch available (via CBS)

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters and was put onto the list of 366 movies eligible for a Best Picture Nomination for the Academy Awards (aka Oscars). Check the official website for a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

MacGyver Reboot Update #136

A new episode airs tonight – the last of the “old” episodes. It’s some sort of a Frankenstein episode; partially filmed about a year ago for Season 4.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via What2Vue)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). CBS released 16 Official Stills and 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand. There was also an interview with Henry Ian Cusick for Parade Magazine.

We got some new BtS photos before and while the episode aired; e.g. by guest star Jordan Trovillion, by Henry Ian Cusick (with co-star Jorge Garcia) or director Yangzom Brauen.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Henry Ian Cusick)

On February 13, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyver Science. We got some additional BtS photos later; e.g. by Guest Star Sunny Mabrey with Jorge Garcia or by Daniel O’Callaghan with Levy Tran.

To recap: Episode 5×07 had 5.163 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.52 in the group of 18-49 year olds. Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 13 in average demo. (Note that recently cancelled NCIS: New Orleans is at Rank 15 for both categories.)

Several of the writers, Showrunner Monica Macer and Lucas Till had joined the live-tweeting. With about 618 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 189 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 523). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Justin Hires)

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt); written by Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who also directed Episode 1×19: Compass).

This episode was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year. They were in the middle of filming when being shut down due to the pandemic on March 13. They finished shooting the remaining scenes this January. Since it got a new production number (MAC504), it’s possible they added some script revisions.

It will be interesting to try guessing which scenes have been filmed pre- or post-pandemic hiatus.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via What2Vue)

We got a Press Release on February 8. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and the team are unable to prevent Department of Defense intel from falling into Codex’s hands, Mac must scale a vertical cliff using only gear he can cobble together himself to prevent the info’s transmission.

We got 8 Official Stills last Friday, all of them featuring MacGyver on and inside a rock formation. They added an additional batch of 9 Stills yesterday; featuring MacGyver, Riley and Desi. You can find all 8 untagged Stills from the first batch on Seat42F.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Daniel O’Callaghan)

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Next week, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). On March 5, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. Here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

Fans were elated to hear about Murdoc finally coming back after waiting longer than intended – remember the disappointment of Murdoc having been written out of Episode 5×03 (MAC501); presumably due to pandemic-related issues?

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via CBS)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5×10 (MAC503): Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (March 5)
    Written by Andrew Karlsruher & Andrew Klein, directed by Michael Martinez
    Guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (March 12)
    Written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang, directed by David Straiton. You can find the Press Release here.

I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Yangzom Brauen)

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s very likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming was planned to be wrapped by March, but that could still change.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Andres Velasco)

Working on Episode MAC506 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to film an Indian wedding. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and Chris Lindsay.

Filming on February 8 involved a helicopter and green screen. Posts on February 10 hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day. In fact, I haven’t seen any new BtS material since February 9 (although some of the crew posted photos from earlier filming days). Although there has been no official news about production being shut down or put on hiatus, this might have been the case.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Elliott Boswell)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On Tuesday, we got two new Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia: One for a 9-year-old blonde boy that resembles one of the actors and one for a person with some form of a prosthesis (e.g. arm, hand, leg or foot).

Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Also, Deadline confirmed my suspicion that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. According to the article, she plays Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer providing critical assistance to Team Phoenix. Her episodes will start airing on March 12 (meaning Episode 5×11).

Alexandra Grey on MacGyver (CBS via Deadline)

I noticed that the MacGyver Writers Twitter Account started following OG Murdoc Michael Des Barres just a few weeks ago, so it’s possible there might be something in the works as well.

ICYMI: CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show is renewed for another season or cancelled. Although NCIS: New Orleans was just cancelled despite having similar ratings, MacGyver has the advantage of not being as expensive yet as the veteran shows. Of course, there’s also the possibility of the Reboot being pushed to midseason again despite getting renewed to make room for one of the new shows in development (e.g. CSI: Vegas or NCIS: Hawaii).

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official website, you can find a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

The weighted IMDb-Rating is back up to 5.3; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 7 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 7 and higher). On Rotten Tomatoes, the Audience Score is at 88% (despite the Tomatometer being at 45%). If you liked the movie, leave a review. A little positive buzz around the lead actor on MacGyver can’t hurt; especially when waiting on a Season 6 renewal.

MacGyver Reboot Update #135

A new episode airs tonight – the second-last of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s ready for a mini-crossover?

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got new BtS photos and videos before and while the episode aired; e.g. a group photo and several videos of Lucas getting to know Victor the Bull Snake (by guest star Aly Michalka aka Frankie) plus many BtS photos and videos while filming in the “snake lab” (via snake handler Blake Welch who brought Mimosa to set).

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

Writer Josh Brown tweeted snake facts, a BtS photo of the screen test with Victor and some insights to the episode; e.g. the backstory they wrote up for Frankie (and what she’s been up to in the last 4 years). Stunt Double Alex Hill revealed that it hadn’t just been archive footage, but that they did milk venom from a few timber rattlesnakes for the necessary shot.

On February 8, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

To recap: Episode 5×06 had 4.994 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.57 in the group of 18-49 year olds. In the Live +3 Days Ratings, it added 0.982 million viewers (+19.66%) and 0.186 in demo (+32.90%); reaching a total of 5.976 million viewers and 0.75 in demo.

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

Episode 5×07 did a bit better; reaching an audience of 5.163 million live-viewers. While the demo was lower with 0.52, it was slightly better than the demo for both Magnum PI and Blue Bloods. Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (22 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer joined the live-tweeting. With about 664 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 209 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 215). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Yangzom Brauen. This is the episode filmed with production number MAC418 (SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini) back in February last yar.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Getty Images)

We got the Press Release on January 21 plus a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine about a week later. ICYMI, Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and team rush to help when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain (Robert Patrick), and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Also, Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega (“Hawaii Five-0’s” Jorge Garcia) to infiltrate a Codex cell.

On February 2, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. 10 of them are tagged, but available on Getty Images. You can find all untagged Stills on Seat42F.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Yangzom Brauen)

On February 9, they released an exclusive Sneak Peek on Entertainment Weekly; followed by two Sneak Peeks via the CBS Press Site. The next day, we got another exclusive Sneak Peek via TV Insider; followed by another Sneak Peek via the official YouTube account.

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). It was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year since they were in the middle of filming when they were shut down due to the pandemic. They finished filming the remaining scenes last month. We don’t know if they took the opportunity to add script revisions.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Justin Hires)

We got a Press Release on February 8. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and the team are unable to prevent Department of Defense intel from falling into Codex’s hands, Mac must scale a vertical cliff using only gear he can cobble together himself to prevent the info’s transmission.

Sadly, we didn’t get any Official Stills with the Press Release yet.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Dan Olexiewicz)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5×10 (MAC503): Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (March 5)
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano

There is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) scheduled for February 26.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

Remember that episode titles and their order are not definite until an official Press Release. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), it’s very likely that there are several mistakes and errors:

  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Written by Josh Brown, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer
  • 5×14 (MAC508): tba
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming was planned to be wrapped by March, but that could still change.

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

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Phoenix Jet, Sweetwater Creek State Park, a church and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and a few lab rats on set. We also got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun.

Adding a new Friday routine (to make up for Tie Friday, maybe?), Lucas continued dressing up last week (this time as the Mandalorian). It seems that as soon as Sarah Downer has left (for a well-deserved rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy), they already lost partial control of the costume departement.

The Mandalorian Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Marina Coria)

They had another night shoot at the Hindu Temple on February 5; the BtS material hinting at filming an Indian Wedding scene with dancing. Filming on Monday (February 8) started once again very early; with crew posting the first photos around 3am. They set up a scene involving a helicopter and green screen. The next day, Showrunner Monica Macer posted a photo of her on set with Meredith Eaton (presumably back in LA).

Posts for Wednesday hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day on set; with some of the crew members visiting the High Art Museum in Atlanta. It’s not clear yet if having the day off was a planned or unplanned event. For all I know, there’s no BtS material for either Wednesday nor Thursday.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Tailor Made Grip & Rigging)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Last Friday, we got a new Casting Call via Central Casting Georgia for Non-American Cars. Additionally, Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode.

This week, CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show will be renewed.

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and VOD and Digital Platforms. Last week, Lucas did several short interviews together with co-star Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, EurWeb or BackstageOL).

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Reviews are varied. The weighted IMDb-Rating plummeted from 7.9 down to a 4.3 just a day after the release, but is back up to 5.0; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 8 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 8 and higher).

MacGyver Reboot Update #134

A new episode airs tonight – another one of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s also happy to see Frankie again?

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance). During the premiere, writer Stephanie Hicks tweeted that it had been very cathartic to write out their frustrations and fears surrounding quarantine and that she had been in the middle of re-planning her wedding when writing the script.

CBS released 10 Official Stills and a whopping number of 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand – plus the two clips that should have been uploaded after the episode aired (that they deleted half a day later after realizing their mistake).

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (CBS via TV Insider)

The exclusive Sneak Peek article provided by TV Insider included a short interview with Henry Ian Cusick. He talked a bit about the sword-fighting scene:

(…) Because of COVID, it just takes up a lot more time [to shoot]. You’re testing and cleaning and resetting and everything just takes a lot of time with filming. They wrote it and the director said, “We’re going to cut it because it’s just going to take up too much.” We kind of fought for it and I’m so glad that that sword fight was back in. It just makes it a little bit more sexy, and Camilla’s character is aristocratic so it brings that element to it.

(via TV Insider)

We got a few BtS videos by Stephanie Hicks when the episode aired. Extra Brandon Bell stated on Facebook that he had fun working with he cast. On January 24, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms. A day later, Joshua Romeo posted a BtS video of the escalator stunt in the mall.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

To recap: Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Episode 5×06 had similar, but slightly better ratings with 4.994 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.57 in the group of 18-49 year olds. In the Live +3 Days Ratings, it added 0.982 million viewers (+19.66%) and 0.186 in demo (+32.90%); reaching a total of 5.976 million viewers and 0.75 in demo.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (21 in total at the moment), it places Rank 13 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 11 in average demo.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

Several of the writers plus Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. According to Henry Ian Cusick, he was still filming when the episode aired. With about 2200 estimated tweets per hour, it still wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but it was a lot more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 300 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 819). Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×04
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin). It was nice to see that the writers joined in on the live-tweeting; even posting new BtS material (e.g. a closer look at the egg drop apparatus or the bomb, renderings for scenes and a video of the prop crew testing the “plank walk”).

Closer look at the egg drop apparatus used in Episode 4×04 (via MacGyver Writers)

The episode had 3.552 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, which is the highest live-audience number for all Season 4 reruns so far.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by David Straiton; filmed with production number MAC417 in February last year.

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on January 19; alongside the confirmation that we will see another guest appearance by Aly Michalka as Frankie.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

The secret experimental cancer treatment Mac’s developing with a friend is discovered when culprits ransack their lab, kidnap Mac’s partner and plan to use the research to create a powerful new nerve agent.

On January 21, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. 11 tagged Stills are up on Getty Images; 16 untagged Stills are available on What2Vue. For once, we didn’t have to wait long for the Sneak Peeks since CBS was nice enough to release four of them by Monday already.

What you need to know about Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Yangzom Brauen (who already directed Episode 4×10). This is the episode filmed with production number MAC418 (SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini) back in February last yar.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Jorge Garcia)

We got the Press Release on January 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and team rush to help when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain (Robert Patrick), and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Also, Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega (“Hawaii Five-0’s” Jorge Garcia) to infiltrate a Codex cell.

On Tuesday, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site; all of them featuring MacGyver and Desi during a shoot-out and meeting some Hazmat Guys. No untagged Stills have been released yet, but the episode got a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Daniel O’Callaghan)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

There is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) scheduled for February 26.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number:

  • 5×10 (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. There have been filming restrictions in California and LA recently, so it’s safe to assume that the schedule for the LA Unit (where Meredith Eaton has been filming) was affected as well.

A little birdie told me that one of the upcoming episodes is titled “barn find + oil slick + la punzonatura + lab rats + tachometer”. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), I can’t yet determine the definite episode number, though.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jamie Stimach)

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode with production number MAC504. Guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta on January 20, filming her first scenes for the episode with production number MAC505 the day after.

During the premiere of Episode 5×06, the writers had revealed that Russ Taylors love interest Sofia will return. Filming resumed January 25 with Camilla Arfwedson posting a photo from inside her trailer. They had white lab rats in a maze on set on January 27. The next day, they filmed inside the Phoenix Jet.

Plague Doctor Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Lucas Till)

On January 24 and 27, Christopher Jon Duddy uploaded a few photos while location scouting (the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and an abandoned church). Note that back in the promo videos for Season 4, there was a bleeped out spoiler video teasing us about people dying and someone getting married. Filming inside the church continued on January 29. We got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun, so I’m already curious what the episode is about.

Filming resumed very early on Monday morning (February 1st), with crew members posting the first Instagram photos at 3.30am. The crew set up at Sweetwater Creek State Park; filming scenes with bad guys on trucks and a stunt person on a bike. Both Lucas Till and Tristin Mays were seen on set; freezing with temperatures of 35°F. According to First Assistant Director Esther Elise Johnson, it was the last day of filming for MAC505.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Filming on February 2nd took place at the Hindu Tempel of Atlanta and continued at the same location for two days; including a night shoot. Camilla Arfwedson posted a photo of her on set today; and it looks like her character Sofia is dressed perfectly for a gala event; matching Lucas Till wearing the Pilot Episode suit yesterday. So, who’s getting married?

Judging by clothes and hairstyles plus the change in filming days and the long hours lately, I’ve been wondering if they’ve been filming episodes in parallel. It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes; with filming of MAC505 taking a lot longer than the earlier episodes they filmed so far this year. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming 505 and 506 in parallel and maybe even scenes for 507 already.

Filming at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (via David Allen)

But judging by BtS material, cast and crew are still enjoying themselves. After several months, Justin Hires uploaded another BtS photo of Bozer inside Phoenix. Tristin Mays uploaded two longer videos this week; one of them showing how she transforms herself into Riley Davis in the early morning (including doing her own hair and make-up plus getting a nasal swab) and another one featuring the Junebug Challenge Dance Off.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
The writers already teased us about it, but TV Line confirmed that we will see Riley’s hacker persona back in an upcoming episode; exploring an opportunity to groom young female hackers in similar situations as Riley in the Pilot Episode.

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Starting todady, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. Lucas did several short interviews together with Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, ScreenRant or BackstageOL) on the weekend to promote the premiere. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and of VOD and Digital Platforms (with a direct link).

Reviews are ranging from scathing to praising (e.g. Variety) and everything in between (e.g. Chicago Sun Time). The IMDb-Rating has plummeted from 7.9 this morning to a 4.4 as I’m writing up this blog post, but it’s still early (with only 106 votes) and it actually holds a median of 9.5. (Note: the median is the value separating the higher half from the lower half; meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 9.5 and higher).

Lucas Till doing interviews for Son of the South (Screenshot via AM FM Magazine)

According to IssueWire, the movie has qualified for an Official Oscars submission and is “in consideration”. There’s a dozen of award circuit nominations announced within the next few months, so lets hope Son of the South gets some love by the industry.

For German speaking fans: There’s a German distributor (Busch Media Group), but no release date for German-speaking regions yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #133

A new episode airs tonight – the second “new” episode filmed for Season 5. Also, we got a lot of promo for once!

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO). It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core; filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) last year. They released 17 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

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

Sadly, we didn’t get much more BtS material during and afterwards; not even by the official CBS accounts. On Monday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms; e.g. the giant electromagnet or the flash bang.

To recap: Episode 5×04 had 5.173 million live-viewers and a 0.59 demo rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. It’s the episode with the highest ratings so far. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 0.22 in demo (+37.92%) and 1.210 million viewers (+23.37%); reaching a total of 6.39 million viewers and 0.81 in demo.

Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Although having a smaller audience, it did better in demo than Magnum PI for once. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 in total), it places Rank 10 in average demo and Rank 12 in average live-viewers per episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Several of the writers and producers joined the live-tweeting, but none of the main cast this time. With about 793 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide.

Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media; with many fans praising writer Jim Adler and asking if guest star Nick E. Tarabay (Tibor, a Croatian version of Jack) will come back for another episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance) airing tonight is the second episode that has been filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher. The director is Andrew Ahn, who has worked with showrunner Monica Macer before on another TV show.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. Here’s the synopsis:

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

CBS already revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist. Last week, we got 10 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. You can find 4 tagged ones on Getty Images and 5 untagged Stills on What2Vue.

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while on set of Episode 5×06 (via Lucas Till)

For once, they were early with the Sneak Peeks; releasing two of them on Tuesday morning and an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line in the evening. Understandably, fans were a bit confused due to the episode dealing with two different timelines.

Yesterday, we got yet another Sneak Peek that shows the chaos that is quarantining with Mac, Riley and Bozer in Mac’s house. They later uploaded two more videos to the official YouTube account. I think these may have been a mistake, because they spoil the ending (go watch at your own risk!) and were probably intended to being released as clips after the episode aired and not as Sneak Peeks.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) will air in two weeks (on February 5). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, who have been on the writing team for several years now. Filmed with production number MAC417 almost a year ago, it was directed by David Straiton.

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

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on January 19; alongside the confirmation that we will see another guest appearance by Aly Michalka as Frankie. Here’s the synopsis:

The secret experimental cancer treatment Mac’s developing with a friend is discovered when culprits ransack their lab, kidnap Mac’s partner and plan to use the research to create a powerful new nerve agent.

Yesterday, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. Since there is a rerun scheduled for next week, we might have to wait a bit longer for a promo trailer for this episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick. TV Line released a scoop article before the Press Release came out yesterday.

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Herb Williams)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • (MAC505): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes yet, nor if they’re still on time with the filming schedule. Depending on the episode order, they still need to film about 5 more episodes.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Christopher Foster)

Working on Episode MAC504 and beyond
It looks like last week, they worked on finishing up the episode with production number MAC420 – the episode that was in the middle of filming when production was shut down on March 13 last year. We got an exceptional amount of BtS material; e.g. by Lucas Till, by Tristin Mays and also by different crew members.

On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode. There was no material the next day, so I’m not sure if they had Friday off or not. Filming continued on Monday (January 18), but there was only a handful of BtS photos and stories and nothing at all for Tuesday.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Set Photographer Danielle Korman visited the stages on Wednesay. The same night, guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta; filming her first scenes yesterday.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Extra Kevin Kedgley posted a few BtS photos of him as a cop on set of Episode 5×04. He had played a police officer in the scene that ended on the cutting room floor.

Yesterday, Levy Tran and François Chau (who guest starred on both OG MacGyver and Reboot Episode 1×19) attended a panel for The Song Collective, a series of free virtual discussions to celebrate Vietnamese creatives.

Levy Tran attending a panel for The Song Collective (via Teresa Huang)

Levy revealed that the casting agency had actually been looking for a hispanic actor when she auditioned for the role. After she booked the part, they re-wrote the character and implemented Levy’s Vietnamese roots into Desi.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South will be available on demand and in selected theaters February 5.

 

MacGyver Reboot Update #132

A new episode airs tonight – the one that fans have been looking for for almost a year, but are dreading at the same time.

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller; filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason). They released 9 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new/old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Corey Jung (with Ben Wang), by Gloria Tsai or by the official MacGyverCBS account.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Corey Jung)

Corey Jung added a few more BtS photos and videos the next day. On January 12, Matthew Albright uploaded a BtS video of the window stunt. Tech Consultant Rhett Allain typed up a blog post about the MacGyverisms; adding several videos.

Episode 5×04 had 5.173 million live-viewers and a 0.6 demo rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. This episode had the best ratings of all Season 5 episodes so far. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 in total), it places Rank 12 in average demo and Rank 13 in average live-viewers per episode.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via CBS)

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting, but again none of the main cast besides Henry Ian Cusick. With about 380 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend; unlike #BlueBloods with about 2300 tweets per hour (trending Ranks 13 and 14 US-wide for about two hours). For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 84 tweets per hour.

Overall, the episode was well-received on social media. A lot of fans liked Ben Wang’s first ever TV appearence as Eli; asking if he will come back in a recurring role. It’s also the best-rated episode on IMDb at the moment.

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

What you need to know about Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO); the episode many fans have been waiting for. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core (who already directed Episodes 2×02, 2×22 and 4×11).

This episode was filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) back in January and February last year. As mentioned last week, the title of this episode has been a topic often talked about within the fandom since the revelation of the script title page and the emergence of BtS photos of a military funeral and a wake in Mac’s home.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Henry Ian Cusick)

After being very patient, we finally got the Press Release and a First Still on January 11. Here’s the synopsis:

Using a cryptic postcard as their only clue, Mac and the team must solve a fallen friend’s final case and bring him justice.

Many fans still secretly hoped for a guest appearance by George Eads until the guest stars were revealed in the Press Release. CBS later released 17 Official Stills. All but two feature Mac, Desi and Russ outside; presumably chasing someone down an alley. You can find 14 tagged Stills on Getty Images and all untagged Stills on Seat42F.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Till)

We only got the two Sneak Peeks last night; again fuelling the discussions among fans about Jack’s potential demise. As mentioned before, Lucas Till’s stepmom Lavonda Till had visited the set to watch Lucas’ dad John Mark Till filming some scenes as a background actor. She had uploaded several photos onto Facebook before she deleted the photos and locked her profile (due to fans commenting on the post).

It must have been a very special day (although both Lavonda and John already have been on set of the Lake Como scene for a guest appearance in the Pilot).

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Kelita Deeter Miller)

We got some more BtS material this week; e.g. by Kelita Deeter Miller or by Henry Ian Cusick.

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
While information about Episode 5×05 has been scarce, they were quick with promotion for the “Quarantine Episode” that airs next week. This is the second episode that has been filmed for Season 5.

After a first spoiler-teaser via TVLine on December 29, we got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. A day later, CBS revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist. Yesterday, we got 10 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Danielle Korman)

Some fans have been disappointed that the Official Stills didn’t show the trio doing mundane things in quarantine, but the trio plus Desi out and about tackling bad guys. We’ve only seen about a handful of BtS photos for this episode, so everyone’s very curious.

Keep in mind that due to the pandemic, it’s possible that Still Photographers (like Danielle Korman for this episode) will usually come on set when they film scenes either outside or in big, airy spaces. They might later add some screenshots as Stills. Also, as with the other “new” episode 5×03, we might get some exclusive extra material next week.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Lucas Till)

Here’s the synopsis:

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (January 15)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
    Presumed guest appearance by Aly Michalka (Frankie)

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

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

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

Due to the recent Covid-19 surge, most of the LA productions extended their Holiday Hiatus. We don’t know if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) had been affected as well and/or if they’re still on time with the filming schedule.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Steven Serna)

Working on Episode MAC504 and beyond
Filming for the episode with production number 504 started last Friday. At least that’s what I thought until Lucas Till posted several Insta Stories on January 11. It looks like they’re working on finishing up the episode with production number MAC420 that was in the middle of filming when production was shut down on March 13 last year.

To recap: Last week, Hussein Agamiri uploaded an Instagram Story with the crew set up for filming before a narrow, but high square with a green screen on top. This Monday, Lucas posted videos of him climbing up a fake mountain (or rather, hanging on ropes while getting instructions for another take). He’s wearing the same clothes as back for Episode MAC420. It’s not clear yet if they’re finishing up what was left or if they resorted to re-film the entire episode.

Episode MAC420: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (via Robert Maxfield)

Tristin Mays also posted Insta Stories from set and inside her trailer; admiring the boots and jacket she got to wear for filming. Grip Steven Serna provided a BtS photo to show us the “fly swatters” installed on the set. During the next days, they continued filming on outside locations and inside the warehouse they have been filming in and around several times before.

It was a nice surprise but also rather strange that after weeks of “radio silence”, they chose to post so much BtS material again. But I’m not going to complain; who knows when this lucky streak is over. Generally, they seem more secretive about the newly filmed episodes than the “old” ones.

On set of Season 5 (via Tristin Mays)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Surprisingly, we finally got a new Casting Call – the only one since November 12: Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Guards (preferably with tactical experience).

We got some prop BtS photos for Episode 5×02 as well; e.g. of the laser cutter, of the toxin vial or options for Desi’s burglar gear bag. Guest Star Mei Ritchart (Young Desi) also added a few new BtS photos for the same episode this week.

ICYMI: The trailer for Lucas’ upcoming movie Son of the South got officially released on YouTube last week. Both Movie Coverage and Movie Trailers Source as two of the accounts with the most followers have over 110’000 views so far.

Son of the South Twitter Header

It looks like Vertical Entertainment took over from Clear Horizon Entertainment to start on the promotion. On January 13, they created new accounts for Twitter and Instagram (though the old ones are still up) plus one for Facebook; presenting a new poster for the US. The movie will be available on demand and in selected theaters February 5.

So far, I haven’t heard anything about upcoming promo appearances. In a non-pandemic year, this movie would have probably hit the Film Festival circuit for several months. Sadly, we can’t expect many interviews and certainly no red carpet events, but we know from BtS material that they had done some interviews on set during filming days.