MacGyver Reboot Update #150

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

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

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

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

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

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

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

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

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton

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

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

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

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Tristin Mays

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

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

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Lucas Till

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

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

Levy Tran in The Silk Road (via 55 Media)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costume Fitting with Levy Tran (via Sarah Downer)

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

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

Phoenix Billboard (via Jamie Andrews)

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #149

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

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

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

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

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costume Fitting with George Eads (via Sarah Downer)

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #148

While the fans continue fighting for Season 6, former cast and crew are keeping busy with new projects or spending time with friends.

New Zealand Promo for Son of the South (via Stuff Entertainment)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 6 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 the Season 6 Storylines (encore)
ICYMI: Before the Season 5 Finale on April 30, Matt Mitovich had released an interview with Showrunner Monica Macer for TV Line; talking about tweaking the finale a bit and teasing the fans that some of the nanobots might have “survived”. She also adressed potential storylines for Season 6 if the show hadn’t been cancelled – e.g. the future of Mac and Desi, Desi and her “lost” fiancé, the “hero couple” and the fun of Mac, Russ and Bozer on a treasure hunt.

A few days later, TV Line added an article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby. On May 15, Mitovich posted yet another article; this time elaborating on what would have led to the first kiss between Mac and Riley.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Camilla Arfwedson)

Some fans were disappointed about these storylines; stating that they didn’t want another season in that case. If you’re one of these fans, remember that these are only ideas; not approved by the network yet.

Even if a show gets renewed, it could take months or even years until it’s going into production. It could be shipped to another network, for example. Also, the two OG MacGyver movies didn’t have any ties to the OG show storyline in the Season Finale.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Monica Macer)

Even if the show would stay on CBS, there’s no guarantee Season 6 would still have Macer as showrunner or the same writers who worked on Season 5. Some of the cast might be unavailable for filming. They might have a smaller budget; not bringing back all of the regular actors. They could do a spin-off instead of a continuation.

It’s still worth fighting for a renewal because anything can happen. And isn’t a movie or a handful of episodes for a webseries better than nothing? Lucas went through hell and fought so hard to get the cast and crew justice. Shouldn’t we at least try to give him a chance of playing the character again; no matter the storylines?

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

What’s going to happen now?
On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall Season schedule. There’s no premiere dates yet, but our favorite slot goes to SWAT for a handful of episodes. Around midseason, SWAT will move to Sundays 10pm to replace SEAL Team, which was renewed and will premiere in Fall as well, but will be moved to Paramount+ midseason to gather new subscribers.

A bit confusing? It is. For now, CBS hasn’t announced yet which unscripted / reality show will take over the Friday 8pm slot once SWAT has been moved. I can’t imagine it does Magnum PI any favors, though.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

Starting tonight, CBS will air two reruns of Magnum PI on Fridays 8pm before going back to one rerun at 8pm so they have room for reality show Love Island at 9pm. Usually, they put reruns of an existing show to their new slot during hiatus, but maybe CBS has other plans for SWAT in late Summer.

For now, SWAT has two reruns on Wednesdays. Considering that CBS still has reruns of cancelled shows Mom and NCIS: New Orleans on the schedule while still not having set a release date for Summer Show Blood + Treasure, it seems like they’re a bit short on Summer hiatus material after cancelling 3 drama shows in total.

Episode 3×20: No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue (via Matthew Albright)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
Here’s an update for the achievements of the #SaveMacGyver Movement during the last two weeks:

  • The petition to renew the show for another season hit the mark of 27’000 signatures on May 7. It lost about 3000 signatures (due to the website removing signatures without verified email address). It’s currently back at about 26’800 signatures as I’m writing this post.
  • A big package of 1 million paperclips have been sent to CBS Studios recently; meaning that fans sent so far about 1.45 million paperclips.
  • Fans keep sending e-mails and writing letters to CBS executives and calling the CBS offices; also contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series. So far, about 260’000 requests have been made to Netflix.
  • The GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (especially billboards, paperclips or press kits) is still up; standing at almost 9800 USD.
  • The 5 digital billboards in Los Angeles, New York (Time Square), Phoenix and Atlanta were up until end of May. There might be more coming soon.
  • The GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research is still up; standing at 1900 USD.

The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news and learning about the movement and how to help.

Digital Billboard in Atlanta (via Samantha Hart)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till’s movie “Son of the South” premiered in Australia and New Zealand on May 20. There was quite a bit of promo surrounding it, but mostly with Bob Zellner. While cinemas are opening again around the world, the movie might get some more theatrical release dates before the blockbusters will fill up the schedule. In Spain, it already premiered on TV.

As Variety reported on May 28, Lucas got cast in “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” Pilot at FX; playing CIA Agent Graham Renfroe. They started filming on May 24. While I have seen some posts about a hotel set, nice cars and night shoots, there were no BtS photos of the main cast yet.

Australian Promo for Son of the South (via Heritage Films)

While some fans might be discouraged about Lucas not being available for MacGyver anymore, you need to remember that it’s just a pilot for now. His character might have limited screentime, or it’s a recurring role for a handful of episodes only. The show might not get picked up to series or his character will be dropped. Remember the Unaired MacGyver Pilot that lost the entire cast besides the two leads after being ordered to series?

In any case, Lucas needs to keep his face on screens while he’s in demand and people remember him. He needs to connect with new directors, producers and actors not associated with CBS. Also, he’s way too talented to sit at home while waiting for CBS to do the right thing.

As stated above, anything can happen. It might take months or even years for MacGyver to continue. It’s worth noting that CBS show Criminal Minds got their revival a year after cancellation. And Original CSI will be continued as CSI: Vegas this Fall (with several of the original actors) 6 years after its Series Finale.

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

While Justin Hires has been back doing comedy shows and releasing new music, we don’t know much about what the others have been up to regarding work. Tristin Mays updated her IMDb page with more photos, but has no new project listed yet. Henry Ian Cusick is currently attached to several movies. Levy Tran has been working on her martial arts skills.

The Season 4 DVD
In the US, the release date for the Season 4 DVD has been set for June 8. Critical Blast confirmed on Twitter that there are no Extras on the US-version. They were nice enough to add a photo of the back cover; adding confirmation that no love was put into the DVD design, either.

I feel that the back cover “art” has gotten worse with every new season. Considering that almost every CBS Fall show got their former season DVD released before the new season premiered, I’m not sure why it took them so long to put this simple DVD box together.

Season 4 DVD Cover for Australia (via JB Hifi)

There’s additional release dates for countries outside the US; e.g. July 7 in Australia, August 4 in Japan and August 19 in German-speaking countries. So far, there’s no information about potential Bonus Features on international DVD versions; but let’s hope for the best.

Other MacGyver-related News
Costume Designer Sarah Downer has uploaded several BtS photos taken during costume fittings; e.g. of Henry Ian Cusick in his kilt (for Episode 5×12), of Tristin Mays (for Episode 3×11), of Lucas Till (for Episode 5×11), of George Eads or of Levy Tran.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Sarah Downer)

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

  • In Italy, Season 4 premiered on May 27 on Ray4.
  • In the UK, Season 5 premiered on May 30 on Sky One.
  • CBS added face masks as merch items to their MacGyver store. They had 56 items in total before splitting the store into two seperate stores for the OG show (41 items) and the Reboot (15 items).

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.