MacGyver Reboot Update #95

Last week, there were only two more episodes left to film for Season 4. But now, there’s suddenly 9 more, yay!

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Callis)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Good news for MacGyver fans! On November 5, Henry Ian Cusick tweeted that the show got a full-season-order with CBS ordering 9 more episodes. There was no official press release as with the other back-orders a few weeks ago, but since Executive Producer Peter Lenkov retweeted the post as well, it seems to be a sure thing. Sadly, there’s still no release date yet.

(via Henry Ian Cusick)

Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars). Since the IMDb entries still don’t go beyond Episode 4×06, it’s difficult to find more information.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance by Keith David.
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearances by Amber Skye Noyes and by Dawson Towery

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×10 started on October 15 in the War Room, followed by a 1920s party scene a few days later.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Apparently, the storyline is set in San Francisco in the roaring twenties, dealing with the history of the Phoenix Foundation and its predecessor DXS; somehow involving the scientists and inventors Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. This sure looks to be one of the most interesting episodes this season.

Working on Episode 4×11
Filming for Episode 4×11 started around October 25 with scenes in the War Room and in a parking garage. Peter Lenkov uploaded some editing scenes as Instagram stories; confirming that Peter Weller as Mason will definitely come back. Guest star Holly Deveaux posted a photo of her in prison garb.

On October 28, we got a special surprise: David “Murdoc” Dastmalchian was spotted on set. Back in June, David had auctioned off a set visit and apparently, now was the day to host it. In between, he took photos with Meredith Eaton and with Costumer Sarah Downer. Let’s hope he also found some time to film some scenes for the episode.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via David Dastmalchian)

The next two days, the cast continued to film War Room scenes. While the rest of the characters were dressed in “normal” clothes, both Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick were seen wearing black overalls, indicating an undercover mission.

Sadly, the cast and crew still mostly post Instagram stories instead of BtS photos in good quality. Levy Tran uploaded a short video of Lucas/Mac sleeping in Mac’s bed. It’s not entirely clear if she caught Lucas unaware napping away during set preparation or if this will be part of the episode.

On November 1, the rats (yes, the animals) were back on set. The cast and crew were partially enamored, partially a bit scared. Meredith Eaton posed with one of the rats, clearly liking them.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Filming continued for Levy on Saturday, November 2. Interestingly, it seems like crew member Haley Porch has a little part as well. Judging by a BtS photo with Lucas Till on November 4, it looks like James Callis will appear in more than one episode (unless they had to do some reshoots). Both Lucas and James look dirtied and a bit banged up.

The next day, production moved to film nearby the Historic Academy of Medicine. The sound crew was not happy since they had to film right next to an ongoing road construction site. Meredith Eaton posted two nice Instagram Short Stories of her character with Ian’s character all dressed up. Dinner Date or Undercover Mission? I guess we’ll see… sometime. Whenever that is *lol*.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Steven Serna)

Yesterday, they continued filming some more War Room scenes before relocating. They filmed car-driving scenes in front of green screens. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if this was still for Episode 4×11 or already for Episode 4×12.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a Maintenance Crew, for Set Workers, for Tactical Men, for Senators, Military and Chiefs, for Businesswomen and Businessmen, for Diner Patrons, a Wait Staff, a cook and Truckers and for a scientist. They also had casting calls for Techs, for Lab Techs, for Guards and for Tactical Guards and the usual calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Tristin Mays) and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Amber Skye Noyes or for Dawson Towery).

The most interesting casting call however was the one for a Caucasian male aged 20 to 30 to play a Phoenix. Yes, a Phoenix. I’m not sure if they simply scrambled up the call for a Phoenix tech or agent or if they really incorporated a methaphorical Phoenix aka a person (looking like maybe MacGyver?) dressed up as a Phoenix into an episode. Guess we’ll see “soon”.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

MacGyver in Austria and Germany
In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 stayed pretty stable or once. To recap: Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) had 29’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) with 42’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane) got 37’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×19 with 38’000 live-viewers.

On November 23, German Free-TV channel Kabel 1 will start at the beginning; showing reruns of Season 1 at prime time and replacing reruns of Hawaii Five-0.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings: Overview
It’s been almost two months of Fall TV. Due to the NFL games, CBS aired reruns of some shows last week. The next break with reruns will be around Thanksgiving.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Holly Deveaux)

Since CBS still hasn’t announced the midseason schedule yet (unlike FOX and NBC), lets take another look at the CBS ratings. Why should MacGyver fans care about the ratings of other shows? To recap: The ratings are interesting because…

  • …the demo ratings of the other CBS crime/drama shows – especially the rookies – will determine what timeslot Season 4 of the Reboot might air in and when the premiere will happen. The fact that Season 4 is a full season of 22 episodes now means that the show is more likely than ever to premiere in January.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows compared to the Reboot might determine if MacGyver gets another season or not. The better other shows do, the more dangerous for the Reboot; especially when the schedule is already packed.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows compared to the Reboot might determine how many episodes MacGyver gets for Season 5 in case it’s renewed. The more room on the schedule, the bigger the chances for a full season.

On October 23, CBS announced that they just handed out full-season back-orders to four freshman series; including crime show All Rise. That means that at the moment, there are only 3 timeslots that will be vacant in January/February (Wednesdays 8pm, Thursdays 10pm and Sundays 10pm) – unless CBS moves a low-rated show into a different timeslot to make room for the Reboot.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

Three potential timeslots without a schedule tweak isn’t much, considering there’s 8 midseason shows still waiting for a slot. But the fact that CBS ordered more episodes without announcing Season 4 to be the last one means the show is still important enough for the network for now.

CBS Ratings: Monday

  • Rookie show All Rise (9pm) has an average demo of 0.65 and 5.28 million live-viewers per episode at the moment. Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, All Rise is on Rank 13 (out of 20); just jumping ahead of Bull and SEAL Team this week. Because All Rise got a full season-order of 22 episodes, the timeslot will stay occupied into Spring with new episodes and probably with reruns during hiatus (unless the show gets cancelled; opening up the slot around April or May).
  • The average per episode for Bull (10pm) is a demo of 0.64 and 6.11 million live-viewers. Both demo and audience numbers had been rising until this week. Since the show is also a candidate for a syndication deal, it will most likely stay in this slot with reruns during hiatus.

Verdict: A Monday Premiere in January doesn’t seem very likely at the moment, but it can still happen. There’s a possibility for Bull being moved to Thursdays or Sundays, for example.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

CBS Ratings: Tuesday

  • The newest season of NCIS (8pm) is doing very well with an average of 1.19 in demo and 11.56 million live-viewers per episode. NCIS is still the CBS Fall show with the biggest demo overall and also the lowest demo loss compared to last year. It’s getting old and expensive, but it’s also a money machine. It seems very unlikely that CBS would move the show anywhere else.
  • The average per episode for FBI (9pm) is a demo of 0.88 and 8.86 million live-viewers. Compared to last season, FBI has the second-lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. It seems very unlikely that CBS would move the show anywhere else – unless it’s for the midseason spin-off (FBI: Most Wanted).
  • NCIS: New Orleans (10pm) has a demo of 0.69 and 6.68 million live-viewers on average per episode at the moment. Compared to last season, the losses in both demo and audience are low. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot.

Verdict: No matter what, it doesn’t seem very likely for MacGyver to air on Tuesdays.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

CBS Ratings: Wednesday

  • So far, I never touched upon the non-scripted show Survivor (8pm). It’s ratings are irrelevant – what’s relevant is that the show concludes on December 18; meaning that there’s another potential timeslot in January. Last year, the slot was occupied by The Amazing Race. There’s still a tiny chance that they’ll air MacGyver instead.
  • SEAL Team (9pm): At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.65 and 4.65 million live-viewers. Audience numbers and demo aren’t that great, but CBS rarely cancels a show in its 3rd season. There is a chance that they put the show on a hiatus like they did this year already.
  • At the moment, the average per episode for SWAT (10pm) is a demo of 0.54 and 3.72 million live-viewers. Of the 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment, SWAT dropped to Rank 19 in demo and to Rank 20 in audience. Its fate might depend on the co-producing network. The timeslot is not a good option for MacGyver anyway, but the chances are getting higher that SWAT might have to endure a timeslot change and will be demoted to midseason if it gets renewed.

Verdict: Wednesdays are not doing that well. There’s a good chance that they’ll put SEAL Team and/or SWAT on a hiatus – most likely either for Criminal Minds or MacGyver.

BtS Instagram Story screenshot of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

CBS Ratings: Thursday

  • Rookie show Evil (10pm) already got renewed for a second season. Since the first season will conclude after 13 episodes on January 30, there will be an available timeslot in February (unless they intend to air reruns).

Verdict: Although MacGyver is a candidate for this slot in February, it’s not a slot that would do the show many favors. Yet, there’s a good chance that CBS will put another show into this slot instead of Evil reruns since its ratings are not very good and still dropping.

CBS Ratings: Friday

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (8pm) has an average demo of 0.69 and 6.81 million live-viewers per episode. When looking at demo ratings of the Friday line-up, H50 is still the one doing best. If CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot next year.
  • Magnum PI (9pm): The average per episode is a demo of 0.59 and 6.18 million live-viewers at the moment; still placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows. Although Magnum is the only CBS Fall show to gain in audience numbers, the demo is rather low.  Since it’s a co-production, the fate of the show might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. A renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason, though. They could also forego reruns in favor of reruns of H50 (like they will do for Thanksgiving) – or in favor of new episodes for MacGyver.
  • For veteran show Blue Bloods (10pm), the average per episode is 0.62 in demo and 7.48 million live-viewers. While the audience loss compared to last season is as expected (Rank 4), the demo dropped by 22% (Rank 16). Blue Bloods is old and expensive and the demo rating is being dragged down by its lead-in Magnum, but it has international and syndication deals in place and is still in a better position for a renewal than many other shows.

Verdict: The Friday 8pm timeslot is usually occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns (which would mean no reruns of Magnum) or put MacGyver into one of the Friday slots in Spring. For January, a MacGyver premiere on Friday seems very unlikely, though.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Cornell Willis)

CBS Ratings: Sunday

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (9pm) has an average demo of 0.70 and 6.33 million live-viewers per episode. The show does still well enough in a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show when compared for demo.
  • Madam Secretary (10pm) will be done after airing 10 episodes; meaning that there will be a vacant timeslot by January.

Verdict: It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. As said before, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver – but it could definitely happen.

MacGyver Reboot Update #94

Only three more episodes to film for Season 4. In the meantime, fans are still a bit disappointed about not getting a Halloween episode tonight like the other shows on the CBS Friday lineup.

BtS photo of Season 4 for Spirit Day (via MacGyverCBS)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars).

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and presumably Peter Weller (as Mason).
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance by Keith David.
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×08 had started on September 24; with the cast filming at Chattahoochee Hills and at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth plus in the War Room and in MacGyver’s house. Both Justin Hires and Henry Ian Cusick posted a nice photo with guest star Keith David, but we don’t know yet what role he will play. Maybe we finally get to meet Bozer’s dad?

Finishing touches on Episode 4×09
Filming for the still untitled Episode 4×09 started around October 5. For several days, they filmed at Plant Sherer. Since some of the crew members and Extras had tagged Vogtle Nuclear Plant in photos and Instagram Stories a few days before and the crew complained about how loud it was at Plant Sherer, it’s possible that they used two different plants for the inside and outside locations.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

On October 14, they wrapped up filming the episode after shooting some more War Room scenes. While Lucas Till was mostly absent, the rest of the characters looked rather grim when filming scenes, so we can probably brace ourselves for some drama nearing the end of the season.

Working on Episode 4×10 and beyond
On October 12, Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas had posted an interesting photo of Lucas Till and Levy Tran in an old-looking painting with Lucas holding a light bulb. As it turned out, the painting is part of the set used for Episode 4×10, directed by the Swiss-Tibetan Yangzom Brauen. Filming started on October 15 in the War Room, but the BtS material was anything but boring. For once, they had medical equipment nearby. Second, it seems they’re filming an episode that is set in another timeline. Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted a nice editing room photo of Lucas filming with a character looking like Nikola Tesla.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

A photo uploaded by Terry Matalas several days later confirmed that it’s Tesla; also hinting at Bell, Edison and Tesla having been part of DXS (the predecessor of the Phoenix Foundation).

On October 17, the cast joined other CBS shows for Spirit Day, posing in purple t-shirts to make a stand against bullying. Meredith Eaton also uploaded a nice photo of her with Tristin Mays and Levy Tran; labelling it “Tenacious Triad”. Justin Hires added a nice team photo as well. They continued filming a 1920s party scene as seen on Instagram stories and photos by Scottie Thompson or by Ramon De Ocampo.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Filming picked up again on October 21. Tristin Mays filmed on location with Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick on Monday and with Lucas Till on Tuesday. Apparently, they had cockroach visitors on set and had a car rigged for some driving scenes.

The next day, Levy and Lucas rehearsed for scenes in MacGvyer’s kitchen. It looked like Desi will cook chicken-noodle-broth for Mac. In another scene in a different location, they lit a shovel handle on fire. A day later, they had two rats in a cage on location. Sadly, the cast and crew mostly post Instagram stories lately and not BtS photos in good quality. With no episode titles to go by, all these snippets feel like an extra weird episode with seemingly random MacGyverisms. I’m sure it will all make sense in the end.

Yesterday, they filmed night scenes with some very interesting looking cars from the 1920s, as seen in Insta stories and on a photo posted by Peter Lenkov. They will probably start on Episode 4×11 today.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Cast and crew also uploaded a few BtS photos that could have been taken while filming other episodes; e.g. Justin Hires a photo of himself with Meredith Eaton or Levy Tran a photo of herself with Tristin Mays, Meredith and “MacGyver’s piggy”.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The Guest Stars don’t seem to post much this season – and if they do, they don’t tag the posts so they’re not that easy to find.

There weren’t many casting calls lately. In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for male Prisoner Guards, for a Real Nurse, for Caucasians between 20 and 40 for a “fun exclusive party scene“, for Asian Guards, for an Asian Prisoner, for Techs and Agents and for male Medics physically fit enough to push someone on a gurney. They also had a casting call for Stage Hands, Make Up Artists, Medics and Techs and the usual calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Ramon De Ocampo) and Stand-Ins.

Matthew Albright (the main Stand-In for Lucas Till) revealed that he has filmed some stunt scenes as well; consisting of being thrown at a wall.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Austria
In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 stay rather low. To recap: Episode 2×14 garnered 31’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×15 with 38’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) had 29’000 live viewers, followed by Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) with 42’000 live-viewers.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
It’s been 5 weeks of Fall TV. Lets take another look at the ratings – especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie shows and the crime shows not cancelled yet. The ratings are interesting because…

  • …the fate of the other CBS crime/drama shows will determine what timeslot Season 4 of the Reboot might air in and when the premiere will happen.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows might determine if MacGyver gets another season or not: The better they do, the lower the chance of MacGyver coming back for Season 5.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows might determine how many episodes MacGyver gets for Season 5 in case it’s renewed: The better the other shows do, the less likely for the Reboot to get a full season order and to air in Fall.

The fate of the rookie shows is usually decided at the latest in what’s called November Sweeps. The sweep came early for CBS this year: On October 23, CBS announced that they just renewed Evil for a second season, and handed out full-season back-orders to its other four freshman series, including All Rise. While this is good news for the rookie shows, it’s not really good news for MacGyver since there aren’t many potential timeslots for January left. Even worse, the “acceptable” timeslots in January just got reduced to basically zero.

  • At the moment, rookie show All Rise (Monday 9pm) has an average demo of 0.64 and 5.48 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: Mondays have been rather difficult for CBS in recent years. The demo for All Rise was lower than the one for Magnum PI in the same timeslot last year. It’s doing a bit better in audience than rookie show Evil, but the numbers are still rather low. Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, All Rise is on Rank 15 (out of 20) at the moment. Therefore, the back-order of an additional 9 episodes came as a bit of surprise for most prediction sites.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

MacGyver would have been a candidate for this slot in January, but so were at least two of the other midseason shows. Now that All Rise got a full season, the timeslot will stay occupied into Spring with new episodes and probably with reruns during hiatus (unless the show gets cancelled if the ratings drop further). It’s safe to say that Mondays 9pm is not an option for the Reboot anymore.

  • The average per episode for Bull (Monday 10pm) is a demo of 0.65 and 6.08 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Since it’s a candidate for a syndication deal and gained a bit in demo over the last few weeks, it will most likely stay in this slot. All the other prediction sites have it as “likely to be renewed”.

  • The new season of NCIS (Tuesday 8pm) is still doing well with an average of 1.19 in demo and 11.70 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: NCIS is the CBS Fall show with the biggest demo overall and also the lowest demo loss compared to last year. It’s getting old and expensive, but it’s also a money machine. CBS will keep it going for as long as possible.

  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The average per episode is a demo of 0.89 and 8.92 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Compared to last season, FBI has the second-lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. At the moment, it still seems to be the only crime show that could last longer than five seasons with more than 5 million viewers. CBS will hold onto it as long as they can; not putting it in danger by moving it around on the schedule.

  • The average per episode for NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) is a demo of 0.71 and 6.93 million live-viewers at the moment.

Verdict: Compared to last season, the losses in both demo and audience are one of the lowest. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot. No matter what, it doesn’t seem very likely for MacGyver to air on Tuesdays.

  • SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm): At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.66 and 4.75 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While audience numbers aren’t that great, the demo is still acceptable. As mentioned before, they put the show on a month-long hiatus last year; leading to a ratings drop that SEAL Team never bounced back from. According to this Deadline article from May, they might do it again for Criminal Minds. Because SWAT is failing, they could choose to put SWAT on hiatus instead – or to put both shows on hiatus. At the moment, it looks like MacGyver is still a candidate for this slot – at least if they plan to air it in Winter.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts SEAL Team as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV also puts it into their looking safe section.

  • At the moment, the average per episode for SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) is a demo of 0.56 and 3.77 million live-viewers.

Verdict: There are 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment. SWAT is at Rank 19 when looking at the demo and at Rank 20 for audience. Not very great. CBS rarely cancels crime shows before they reach Season 4 once they made it past the first season, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from being demoted to midseason, moved to another timeslot or having to endure a break. Its fate might depend on the co-producing network – if they keep paying for it, CBS might keep it. The timeslot is not a good option for MacGyver anyway.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

SpoilerTV puts SWAT into the yellow danger/bubble zone, but the TV Ratings Guide predicts the show as likely to be renewed.

  • Rookie show Evil (Thursday 10pm) continues to struggle with audience numbers, but managed to raise its demo ratings last week. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.61 and 4.14 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Despite being placed at Rank 16 (of 20) in demo, the show got renewed for a second season already. Interestingly, the first season will conclude after 13 episodes on January 30. I still think that the show was misplaced and might get another timeslot next year; maybe even moved to CBS All Access – hence the reduced season order. Like MacGyver, it could end up being pushed to midseason; used as a filler show.

If they skip reruns, there will be an open timeslot on Thursday 10pm, starting in February. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot.

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (Friday 8pm) has an average demo of 0.66 and 6.76 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The entire Friday line-up of all networks had taken a little hit last week with the NFL going on at the same time. But when looking at demo ratings, H50 is still the best show of the CBS Friday line-up. If CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot next year.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On the other hand, the Friday 8pm timeslot is usually occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns (which would mean no reruns of Magnum) or put MacGyver into one of the Friday slots in Spring.

  • Magnum PI (Friday 9pm): While a ratings drop in demo for the second season was to be expected, it’s still more than CBS bargained for. The average per episode is a demo of 0.56 and 6.18 million live-viewers at the moment; placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows .

Verdict: Although Magnum is the only CBS Fall show to gain in audience numbers, the demo is still a bit concerning.  Since it’s a co-production, the fate of the show might depend on how long NBCU is willing to keep paying for it. But CBS seems to like it and has invested in more promo (e.g. commercials during other bigger-rated shows like FBI; more Official Stills and Sneak Peeks). If H50 gets renewed, it’s probably safe. On the other hand, a renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason. As stated above, they could forego reruns in favor of reruns of H50 or of new episodes for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

The TV Ratings Guide changed its prediction for Magnum PI from likely to be cancelled to a toss-up for renewal. SpoilerTV has it still in their green looking safe zone.

  • For veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday 10pm), the average per episode is 0.62 in demo and 7.59 million live-viewers. It’s only Rank 16 (out of 20) when looking at all the scripted Fall shows sorted for demo, but Rank 4 when looking at audience.

Verdict: While the audience loss compared to last season is as expected, the demo dropped by 22%. Lead-in Magnum is still dragging it down. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place and is still in a better position for a renewal than many other shows.

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (Sunday 9pm) has an average demo of 0.73 and 6.55 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The show does still well enough in a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show when compared for demo.

  • Madam Secretary (Sunday 10pm) will be done after airing 10 episodes; meaning that there will be a vacant timeslot by January at the latest.

Verdict: While other networks used to think of Friday as the “death slot”, Sunday has slowly been taking over in that role. It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. As said before, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Scottie Thompson)

CBS Midseason Schedule
Yesterday, FOX had already announced their midseason schedule. Now that the fate of the CBS rookies is known, we probably won’t have to wait too long for the CBS midseason schedule reveal.

At the moment, there’s only two definite timeslots to open in January and/or February, though: Thursdays 10pm and Sundays 10pm. There’s a good chance these slots are waiting for other rookie shows. This means either MacGyver premieres in Spring or there will be a schedule change with another Fall show going on hiatus to make room for the Reboot. The most likely option for this at the moment would be Wednesday, with Friday being the less likely option. There’s also speculation that CBS might open Saturdays again because they have too many shows and not enough slots. Some shows (e.g. Evil or SWAT) do very well in DVR ratings, but that’s not bringing in any commercial money like live-TV. There’s a chance for one or two shows to be moved to CBS All Access instead.

Overall, none of those options are good for the Reboot and the competition within the CBS shows will be harsh this year. Stay tuned.

MacGyver Reboot Update #93

With an order of 13 episodes for Season 4, there’s only 4 more episodes left to film. Meanwhile, CBS has started Fall TV Season with disappointing results.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars).

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance by Keith David.
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by Yangzom Brauen

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×07 had started around September 13; with the cast filming an Upscale Restaurant Scene and in an appartement. According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”; with Aubrey being played by Leonardo Nam.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Working on Episode 4×08
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth. There was barely any BtS material uploaded for several days and no sightings of the cast but of Lucas Till and Tate Donovan; so the episode might be centered around the MacGyvers.

On September 30, Justin Hires was back on set, meaning the BtS Instagram Stories being uploaded immediately multiplied. They filmed scenes in the War Room for several days and also in MacGyver’s house. Both Justin and Henry Ian Cusick posted a nice photo with guest star Keith David. Generally, it’s more difficult to find photos with guest stars and extras this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×09 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×09 started around October 5. We don’t have a title yet, but we know it’s written by Casey Tollett Botta and Brandon Botta and directed by Michael Martinez.

On October 4, they started filming in a very interesting building. They kept working until Saturday, but since Justin Hires wasn’t on set, we didn’t get much BtS material.

Filming continued in a “shady” location on Monday – and in the big storage hall being used for the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×17 (Ruler). As Tyhiela Gibson revealed, she will play a hacker in the episode. Again, there was not much BtS material for us to enjoy.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Taylor Gardner)

This week, the production has continued for several days in the Vogtle Nuclear Plant. The crew posted several short Instagram Stories of the cooling towers, but otherwise we haven’t seen much from the set itself. As seen on a photo by Chris Wimberly, the plant was renamed to “San Eurosia”. Crew Member Dan Emo had tagged his photo with “Chernobyl”, but there’s not much indication in what English-speaking country the location is supposed to be in.

They cast a lot of Plant Worker Extras for today. One of them is Jermaine Gibson who posted two short videos. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some more photos and videos soon.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The Guest Stars don’t seem to post much this season – and if they do, they don’t tag the posts so they’re not that easy to find.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Lab Techs, for Male Control Room Techs, for even more Techs in their late 20s, for Female Coders, for Plant Workers, for Upscale Business Women, for Police Officers, Chiefs and Fire Departement workers, for FBI, for Female Prisoners, for Prisoner Guards, for Caucasians filming a Party Scene and for Pedestrians. They also had Casting Calls for Phoenix Techs, for Agents and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Delaney Williams or for Sea Shimooka).

Halloween Dress Up Days schedule (via Sarah Downer)

ICYMI: Costumer Sarah Downer and her department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
Overall, the ratings in Germany have been doing better than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0. Alas, they hit a new low for the second-last episode of Season 3. Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) on October 1 had 1.28 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. That’s the second-lowest ratings of the season. An hour later, Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) got 1.47 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.8.

Overall, the S3 average was 1.48 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 7.84 in the target audience. Despite the lower ratings at the end, the trend for S3 (green line) is upwards – and even stronger than for S2 (red line).

German Ratings for Season 1 to 3 (via Wassernixlein)

For comparison: For S2, it was 1.73 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 8.62. For S1, it had been 1.78 million live-viewers with a demo of 9.99 per episode.

In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 are still rather unpredictable. To recap: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers on September 21; followed by Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) with 45’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) on September 28 got 29’000 live-viewers. It was followed by Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) with 26’000 live-viewers. A week later, Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) garnered only 16’000 live-viewers; followed by Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) with 29’000 live-viewers. The next day, they aired Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) to fill an empty slot. Sadly, the audience dropped down to 16’000 live-viewers again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Now that CBS aired at least one episode of all their Fall shows, lets take a look at the average ratings – especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie shows and the crime shows not cancelled yet. The fate of some shows will be decided in what’s called November Sweeps, but the rookies often get a full season order in October already (like MacGyver did back then). Why is this interesting for us? Simply put, the fate of the other CBS shows might determine what timeslot the Reboot might air in – and if it’s airing in January as hinted by Tristin Mays (although there hasn’t been anything official yet) or in Spring.

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s fun to speculate about potential timeslots for the Reboot and to compare the speculations with the ones made on the “official” prediction sites.

  • Rookie show All Rise (Monday 9pm) premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s rather disappointing for a pilot. At the moment, the average is a demo of 0.64 and 5.64 million live-viewers.

Verdict: The ratings are lower than the ones for Magnum PI in the same timeslot last year. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) very soon, it’s probably done after the initial order of 13 episodes. MacGyver could be a candidate for this slot in January, but so could some of the other midseason shows.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×09 (via Brandon Botta)

Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, it’s on Rank 15 (out of 20) at the moment. TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The new season of Bull (Monday 10pm) started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.65 and 6.16 million live-viewers.

Verdict: If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will most likely stay in this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, but All Rise would fail at 10pm and Bull already lost a lot in ratings since its last move. CBS probably won’t dare moving the show within the season since it might be close to a syndication deal.

  • The new season of NCIS (Tuesday 8pm) started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers. After three episodes, the average is still at 1.25 in demo and 12.09 million live-viewers.

Verdict: NCIS is the only show that gained in demo this season so far. Out of all 20 CBS shows this Fall Season, it’s also the one with the biggest demo. It’s getting old and expensive, but CBS will try to hold onto it for a bit longer. They could probably even move it to another slot; use it as a lead-in to boost other shows.

  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.90 and 8.99 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Compared to last season, FBI has the lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. At the moment, it seems to be the only crime show that could last longer than five seasons with more than 5 million viewers, so CBS will hold onto it as long as they can; not moving it around on the schedule.

  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did a bit lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.72 and 6.75 million live-viewers at the moment.

Verdict: Compared to last season, the losses are marginal. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot.

  • SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It premiered with a demo of 0.74 and an audience of 5.25 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.67 and 5.01 million live-viewers.

Verdict: SEAL profited from being paired with SWAT. Last year, they put the show on a month-long hiatus to air something else in between. This led to a ratings drop that the show never recovered from, but according to this Deadline article from May, they might do it again this year for Criminal Minds. Personally, I think this will hurt SEAL Team even further. Unless they already have a syndication deal looking forward to, I’m not sure why they think this is a good idea.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Chris Wimberly)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts SEAL Team as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV also put it into their looking safe section. Its fate might also depend on the future of SWAT (more for this show further down). They could continue airing SEAL Team with no break while putting a hiatus on SWAT for either MacGyver and/or Criminal Minds, for example.

  • SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) had moved from Thursdays 10pm to make room for rookie show Evil. Apparently, fans didn’t like that too much, since SWAT premiered low with a demo of 0.6 and 4.03 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.58 and 3.88 million live-viewers.

Verdict: There are 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment, and SWAT is at Rank 19 when looking at the demo. CBS rarely cancels crime shows before they reach Season 4 once they made it past the first season, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from being demoted to midseason or having to endure a break so that Criminal Minds (and maybe MacGyver?) can air in between. These numbers are lower what CBS usually tolerates, but its fate might depend on the co-producing network. Also, taking over the 10pm slot in January is not what I would wish for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts the show as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV has put it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The pilot of rookie show Evil (Thursday 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.6 and 4.56 million live-viewers. That’s not very good, but it is also an unusual genre for a show on CBS and was probably misplaced; airing after a two-hour comedy block. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.57 and 4.16 million live-viewers which places it at Rank 16 (of 20) in demo.

Verdict: Since the entire Thursday isn’t doing well this season, they might completely change the entire line-up soon. Evil is the lowest-rated rookie show on CBS and might be the first show to get cancelled. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show.

Screenshot of an Instagram Short Story for Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

The TV Grim Reaper considers Evil as basically cancelled. The TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (Friday 8pm) took over the timeslot of MacGyver to make room for Magnum and function as a lead-in. It did its job quite well in the new slot; managing a demo of 0.68 and a live-audience of 7.03 million viewers for the season premiere. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.69 and 6.79 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Although H50 won the night with the premiere, it lost 12% in demo. Yet, it’s still the best show of the Friday line-up; even surpassing hit show Blue Bloods. It will probably be around for a few more years – and if CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot. It will be interesting to see what happens after the Season Finale, though – usually, the Friday 8pm timeslot is occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns, which would mean no reruns of Magnum.

  • As you all know by now, Magnum PI (Friday 9pm) was moved from Monday 9pm to Friday; taking over the old timeslot of H50. While a ratings drop for the second season was to be expected, it was way worse than imagined. The show premiered with a whopping demo loss of 35%; reaching a demo of 0.57 and a live-audience of 6.4 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.59 and 6.25 million live-viewers at the moment; placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows .

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all the CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number. Still, it is probably at fault for the low demo of Blue Bloods, despite the more intense promo than for Friday shows in the past. If the ratings stay this low, CBS might have to decide if they’re really willing to sacrifice not only Bull (timeslot move to 10pm) and MacGyver (premiere move to midseason), but also Blue Bloods for a Fall show on the lowest ranks while still only being in its second season. Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to keep paying for it. But even a renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason, moved around on schedule with no reruns during hiatus or getting an order for a shortened season soon.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Dan Emo)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts Magnum PI as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV on the other hand has it still in their green looking safe zone.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday 10pm) was allowed to stay in its old timeslot. It premiered with a demo of 0.6 and an impressive live-audience of 7.85 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is 0.60 in demo and 7.65 million live-viewers. It’s only Rank 17 (out of 20) when looking at all the scripted Fall shows sorted for demo, but Rank 4 when looking at audience.

Verdict: While the audience loss compared to last season is marginal, the demo dropped by 24%. Magnum is not a good lead-in for it, probably dragging it down. CBS might have to decide soon which show is more important to them. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place. Magnum won’t make it past Season 4 without a syndication deal, so keeping BB is probably more lucrative for CBS.

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (Sunday 9pm) started the season with a demo of 0.76 and 6.44 million viewers. At the moment, the average is 0.73 in demo and 6.57 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The show does well enough on a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show on the CBS schedule when compared for demo.

  • Madam Secretary (Sunday 10pm) is already cancelled and will be done after airing 10 episodes.

Verdict: The show will have vacated its timeslot by January. It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. Nevertheless, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver.

MacGyver Reboot Update #92

With an order of only 13 episodes for now, filming for Season 4 is already halfway done. Meanwhile, CBS has started the Fall TV Season alongside the other networks.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
The Fall TV Season started on Monday – without MacGyver, sadly. Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far with the guest stars for the three newest episodes the production has been working on.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearances by Amanda Ayres as Soccer Coach and by James Callis.
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×06 had started around September 3; with the cast filming in the War Room, in the Phoenix Interrogation Room, on the Phoenix Jet and on a set dressed up as a hospital. Also, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov came to visit for a few days.

Working on Episode 4×07
Filming for Episode 4×07 started around September 13. They filmed an Upscale Restaurant Scene before the cast went almost “dark” for several days.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

We did get some photos and Instagram Stories, though. They filmed in the War Room, on a set dressed up as an upscale restaurant and in an appartement. As Lucas Till revealed, MacGyver will once again bring some fire into the kitchen. On September 20, Levy Tran posted a photo of Mac and Desi for Aloha Friday. Costumer Sarah Downer later added two more shots of Levy in the Hawaiian dress.

According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. So, who’s Aubrey? According to the call sheet, he’s played by Leonardo Nam. Leonardo is about the same age as the other three mentioned in the episode title, so he could be a love interest, a friend or a relative. The call sheet hints at Mac and Desi dating and Riley being involved with Aubrey, but I guess we have to wait and see. After all, blurry snippets can be deceiving. On Tuesday, Leonardo uploaded a nice BtS photo of him with Tristin Mays, Lucas and Levy; indicating that this day was a wrap for him.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Leonardo Nam)

Working on Episode 4×08 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and in the cabin at the lake used for one of the Avengers movies. Starting Wednesday, they filmed scenes at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth.

Sadly, there were barely any BtS materials uploaded in the last few days. Justin Hires hasn’t been on set since Tuesday and it seems like Tristin Mays has a few days off, as well. It’s possible the episode is centered around the MacGyvers (both Junior and Senior).

Interestingly, Camille Mana stated on September 20 that she did finish her ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) for Episode 4×01 the week before; meaning they still have been in post-production two months after the Season premiere was filmed. Apparently, they’re not too much in a hurry.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Lucas Till)

Lucas Till uploaded a bunch of old photos onto Instagram Stories last week; e.g. of Episodes 3×01 (Improvise) or 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly). Justin Hires also must have felt nostalgic this week; uploading BtS photos from Episodes 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) and 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family).

Costumer Sarah Downer and her costume department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) will be back for Episode 4×07. There will also be a guest appearance by Devon Sawa. Interestingly, George Eads’ old Stunt Double from Seasons 1 and 2 (Reece Fleetwood) is listed on IMDb for stunt work in Episode 4×06.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian Tourists, for a Caucasian Female for a Make-Up Test, for a Passerby, for a Caucasian Female in her late 30s with brown hair for a photoshoot and for TAC Guards (on several occasions). They also had Casting Calls for Female Techs, for Agents, for Asian Guards, for Assistants, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Henry Ian Cusick or for David E. Collier) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Tate Donovan or for Keith David).

Header for the “About” section on CBS All Access

ICYMI: CBS recently changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access to another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot. So far, no other official promo for Season 4 has been released.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, Episode 3×17 (Seeds + Permafrost + Feather) on September 17 had an audience of 1.63 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.3 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. This is the second-highest audience number this season so far; and for the first time this season, the following episode had a lower audience. Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit) still managed 1.62 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.4.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Sarah Downer)

Episode 3×19 (Friends + Enemies + Border) on September 24 had also 1.62 million live-viewers, but with a demo of 7.7 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×20 (No-go + High-voltage + Rescue) got 1.55 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5.

Overall, the ratings are doing better in Germany than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0 or Magnum PI (and pretty much all the other CBS shows but NCIS). The last upcoming German Episode Titles for Season 3:

  • 3×21: Hochverrat (literal translation: High Treason; original title: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

The week after, Sat.1 will replace the Reboot with new episodes of NCIS.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

In Austria, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers back in 2017. The ratings for Season 2 aren’t as good; probably due to both a more difficult timeslot (Saturdays around 4pm) and the long airing hiatus in between. Contrary to Germany, there doesn’t seem to be a predictability to the ratings.

To recap: Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

On September 14, audience numbers dropped again, down to 24’000 live-viewers for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) had 28’000 live-viewers. A week later, the episodes aired after a Formula 1 race again: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers and the second-highest audience number of the season so far. Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) had 45’000 live-viewers.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Murray)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Back in May and June, I listed the possibilities in what timeslot the Reboot could end up in. Here’s the recap:

  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie/crime show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. Potential slots are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). This is the most likely option, but CBS has 8 midseason replacement this year; 3 of them being crime-shows. Finding a slot might be difficult if none of the rookies fails.
  • The Reboot takes over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes after the season finale, so probably premiering in April or May 2020. If they can’t find an open slot in Spring, it will be shoved to Summer. Both Spring shows this year were cancelled, so CBS is definitely in need of more material.
  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a show that got pulled early. This seems rather unlikely at the moment, but anything can happen in TV-Land and this has happened before (e.g. for Justin Hires’ Rush Hour in 2015).

Now that Fall Season has started, lets revisit the schedule and take a look at the premiere ratings; especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie/crime shows.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via Lucas Till)

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s still fun to speculate and compare to other prediction sites.

  • All Rise (Monday 9pm): Premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s not as high as Magnum back in 2018 in the same timeslot (1.2/8.12), but people might start tuning in later into the season. On the other hand, it’s rather disappointing for a rookie show – the ratings are already lower than what MacGyver had on average per episode last season. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo), it’s probably done – and there’s a good chance they will put an established show into the slot instead of another rookie. Both MacGyver and Criminal Minds are good candidates for this slot.
  • Bull (Monday 10pm): The new season started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. That’s about as high as expected. If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will stay on this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, though instead of having to cancel All Rise.
  • NCIS (Tuesday 8pm): The new season started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers.
  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. Even if the ratings drop, it should be safe since there’s also a spin-off in the works for midseason.
  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. Its reruns could get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring.
  • The Season Premieres of SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) and SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) are next week, so there’s no ratings available yet. Both shows had a lower audience than MacGyver last season, and SEAL Team just lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It seems they still might want to hold onto it.
  • Evil (Thursday 10pm) has a preliminary demo-rating of 0.7 and 4.62 million live-viewers. That is a lot less then I expected since this show had a lot of buzz and got good promo. If the show doesn’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) within the next few episodes, it’s probably done. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show. (Even with a 9pm slot, it will be difficult to get decent ratings.) It’s more suitable for Criminal Minds or the rookie shows FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy. Since the entire Thursday didn’t as well now that The Big Bang Theory as lead-in is gone, they might even completely change the entire line-up if all the ratings keep dropping.

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” was released on September 17. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it!

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

Sadly, neither the publisher nor CBS is doing any promo for it, so I guess it’s on us fans again. At least Peter Lenkov posted about it this week; also uploading screenshots of his foreword onto Instagram Stories.

MacGyver Reboot Update #91

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS keeps promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Trailers and Featurettes.

Header for CBS All Access

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 2 weeks left until the premiere of the CBS Fall Friday Shows. They’re all getting the enhanced promo treatment now; with Trailers and Featurettes. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information. We probably have to wait for the first official press releases, and that might take a while.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21; with the cast doing a Casino sequence and several days of filming in Boulevard Crossing Park, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and on Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via Jade Albany)

According to IMDb, the title for the episode directed by Duane Clark is “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan”. On Tuesday, Jade Albany uploaded a new BtS photo of her with Levy Tran and dog Carlos.

Working on Episode 4×06
Filming for Episode 4×05 was wrapped up on August 31; cast and crew ready for Labor Day Weekend and DragonCon in Atlanta.

Some of the cast started filming for Episode 4×06 on September 3. Justin Hires had the day off; doing an Instagram Live Story with Lucas Till popping in for a few minutes. As they revealed, this episode provides some background story for Henry Ian Cusicks character and is directed by Roderick Davis (who already directed Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The next few days, the fans were treated to lots of BtS photos and Instagram Stories by the cast, the crew and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, who had flown to Atlanta and visited the production on set. They filmed in the War Room, in a car on stage, on the Phoenix Jet (which champagne being served) and in the woods.

Lucas had to work on Saturday, September 7 as well; doing stunt work with the Hargrave brothers. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton weren’t on set much for this episode, but they kept posting older BtS photos and videos nonetheless, e.g. of Bozer all dressed up, handling (or rather not-handling) potentially explosive things or working on Sparky. Meredith uploaded an old BtS photo of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) of her with the make-up applied after Matty got into a car “accident”.

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

This week, they filmed both on stage and on location, e.g. in the Phoenix Interrogation Room or on sets dressed up as hospitals or as upscale restaurants.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
ICYMI: Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. Reign Edwards as Leanna on the other hand might be out for good. Reign filmed a pilot for a new TV show in Auckland last year and revealed on September 3 that she is back in New Zealand. There’s no information yet about how many episodes “The Wilds” will have, but I reckon she will be busy until at least the rest of the year while MacGyver will wrap up at the end of November.

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. The most interesting guest apparence might the the one by a young actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. Also, a lot of the upcoming guest stars have worked with Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas before. Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far; raising suspsicion that the unexptected fall-out between Mac and MacSenior in the Season 3 Finale was a last-minute addition because Tate was not available this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Tristin Mays)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members and Hostages, for Rebels, Workers, for Nurses and Townspeople, for Servers and Upscale Restaurant Patrons and for a Kitchen Staff. They also had Casting Calls for Guards, Photo Doubles (e.g. for Brian Quinn) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rob Giumarra and David Shae).

In other news, they changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access with another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, the show had lost a bit of steam after the episodes are now followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 instead of by Celebrity Big Brother, but then the ratings started rising again. Like in Season 2, the second episode tends to have a bigger audience than the first.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) on September 3 had an audience of 1.53 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. The following Episode 3×14 (Father + Bride + Betrayal) managed 1.65 million live-viewers. Despite “only” an average demo of 7.4, this episode had the highest audience number of the current season so far.

Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on September 10 had 1.52 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.1 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) got 1.58 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 8.1.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (literal translation: Death in the Safe, original title: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing Season 2 on August 31. They air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. As expected, the ratings weren’t as good as when they aired Season 1 on Saturdays 7pm back in 2017.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On average, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×01 (DYI or DIE) managed 33’000 viewers, Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) only 22’000. Apparently, people have now caught on about the show being on air again after a break of almost two years. Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The official voting window for the People’s Choice Awards opened on September 4. Sadly, neither the show nor the actors got any nominations.

The release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still for September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it! Maybe the book will be published in another language for international fans as well if it gets a large number of sales in English.

Henry Ian Cusick is set for several convention appearances this winter. If we’re lucky, he will talk a bit about his upcoming role in the reboot.

MacGyver Reboot Update #90

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS is promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Press Releases and Official Stills.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Lucas Till)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 4 weeks until the premiere of the CBS Fall Shows. They’re all getting the promo treatment now; with Press Releases and Official Stills and a release of the last season on DVD. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
    Guest Appearances by Camille Mana (as Hannah), Braxton Alexander (as General Acosta’s Grandson) and  Emmanuelle Vaugier (as Major Frost).
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas
    Directed by David Straiton
    Guest Appearance by Michael Wayne Foster (as “The Russian Bear”).
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
    Guest Appearences by Christopher Convery and Joe Williamson (as son and father) and by Colbert Minga (as Otto).
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: (title tba)
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearance by James Callis.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×03 had started around July 31. The cast filmed most of the episode at Fulton County Airport.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×04
Episode 4×04 is presumably set in Germany. Filming had started around August 8; with the cast hiking up to Stone Mountain and filming additional scenes “underground” and in Downtown Atlanta. Cast and crew suffered through the infamous HOTlanta weather with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. Lucas Till was lucky this year to not having to work on his birthday, but the production still offered him a pre-birthday cake.

The cast filmed War Room scenes for several days and kept a bit more quiet than before. For one, Levy Tran stated in her Instagram bio that she’s taking a break from social media (which she finished after almost a month on August 24). Nevertheless, they still had some fun. They also wrapped earlier on several occasions than we’re used to; e.g. already at lunchtime on August 20.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

Working on Episode 4×05
Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21. It’s directed by Duane Clark (who already directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). The cast filmed a day in the War Room before they continued with a Casino sequence on August 23. Lucas Till got dressed up as “James Blonde” again; sporting a rope and a wedding ring. Cornell Willis had dressed up as well, sporting a bow tie instead of a normal tie on Tie Friday. Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick posed for a photo in their Casino guest attire; indicating that they might pose as a couple undercover. Both Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires each uploaded a nice Team Phoenix photo.

On August 26, filming continued in Boulevard Crossing Park standing in for a soccer field. Instagram stories indicated that one of the female soccer teams plays for Milano. The next days, filming moved to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and to Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Cornell Willis)

Lucas filmed a scene in front of several green screens with what looks like a self-made glider. They had a lot of extras on set; at least two teams of female soccer players in blue and yellow shirts, reporters, soccer fans and a VIP area with the soccer trophy.

Last week, Justin Hires had uploaded a photo of a Team Phoenix member holding up a soccer ball to Bozer. Maybe there’s a camera hidden inside? Justin has been on set wearing sportsy and elegant clothes while Levy Tran has been spotted wearing a Milano soccer uniform. It’s very likely that Desi and Riley might go undercover; infiltrating the female soccer teams?

Season 4 BtS Instagram Live Story Screenshot Compilation: Day 37 (via Lucas Till)

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added a blog post for the MacHacks for Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver); finishing up his notes for Season 2. He already stated that he will do posts for the upcoming season as well.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. For her profile photo, they cropped an Official Still from her first episode (3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit).

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. As Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas had revealed on August 22 (in a tweet he later deleted again), we will get guest appareances by Amanda Schull and James Callis, who both had worked on Matalas’ show 12 Monkeys. Interestingly, we might get to see another flashback episode since there is an actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. As Justin Hires revealed, we will also see Sparky again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far which has been leading to speculations that Henry Ian Cusick or Matty will be the new Oversight or temporarily step in for James.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Formal Casino People and for Poker, Black Jack or Roulette Dealers, for Real Referees and a Real Female Soccer Player, a Soccer Coach, for Stadium Patrons, for Soccer Fans, for Bodyguards, Phoenix Security, Police, a Waitress, for a a Female DJ and for Photographers. Additionally, they also needed Dignitaries, Rich Donors (with Upscale Cars), Catering and Medical Staff plus Photographers in a VIP Area. They also had Casting Calls for Lab Techs, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Fernando Chien) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Levy Tran).

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
The show does still pretty good in Germany, despite not getting much promo.

Episode 3×09 (Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak) on August 20 had an audience of 1.4 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.4 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) managed 1.57 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.5; reaching the second-highest audience number in total and the highest audience number in the target group this season. The episode was followed by an hour of Celebrity Big Brother, then reruns of Episodes 1×19 (Compass) and 1×21 (Cigar Cutter).

The ratings for the next week weren’t as good: Episode 3×11 (Mac + Fallout + Jack) on August 27 had 1.37 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.6 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.3. The episode was followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (literal translation: Surviving in the Wilderness; original title: Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)
  • 3×16: Systemausfall (System Failure, Lidar + Rogues + Duty)
  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (Death in the Safe, Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 will air Season 2 for the first time starting tomorrow, August 31. They will air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. Since the show is rated FSK16 (16 years and older) in German-speaking countries, it’s possible they will have to cut out certain scenes like they did for Season 1 back in 2017. There’s no information yet if they will continue with airing Season 3 as well.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Steven Serna)

Also, channel Rai4 will air Season 3 in Italy, starting September 19. This is a bit of a step down to a lesser known channel since the previous seasons had aired on Rai2.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The Reboot won a Teen Choice Award in the category Teen Choice Action TV Show. Sadly, the cast hadn’t been invited to the event; missing the opportunity for a blue carpet appearance and promotion. Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards ended on August 16. The official voting window will open on September 4.

There’s no news yet about the DVD release of Season 3, but the release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy.

MacGyver Reboot Update #89

Filming for Season 4 continues. In other news, MacGyver just won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Show!

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Tristin Mays)

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

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far:

Filming for Episode 4×02 (titled Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) had started around July 19. Cast and crew filmed scenes at Emory University, in Mac’s house dressed as mission headquarters, in a mansion with a lot of bad guys selling guns and around the sewers.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×03
Filming for Episode 4×03 started around July 31. The cast filmed most of the episode at Fulton County Airport, using a Cessna plus blue and green screens for inside scenes. Judging by Instagram videos of the Stand-Ins, it will be at least Mac and Desi plus a female guest-star in the cabin.

Overall, it was rather quiet for several days. On August 6, Lucas Till uploaded photos of his special guest Alexis and her family; enjoying a set visit arranged by Make-A-Wish-America. Alexis got to see the Phoenix jet, the War Room and Mac’s house – and was even allowed to try on the famous leather jacket.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Tailormade Grip)

Judging by a photo uploaded by Justin Hires, it looks like Bozer will save the day, once more getting hurt while trying to be a hero. In Instagram Short Stories, Justin Hires was spotted wearing a bandage on his arm. Behind him, you could catch a glance at guest-stars Christopher Convery and Joe Williamson (in a hospital bed). Williamson later uploaded a photo of him with Christopher; revealing that they play father and son in the episode.

Working on Episode 4×04 and beyond
On August 8, Lucas Till uploaded a photo of him in a Sea Scout Master uniform, hinting that filming for Episode 4×04 has started.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Lucas Till)

The next day, Tristin Mays posted a photo of her and Lucas in costume, standing in front of a lake on Stone Mountain. The photo was re-posted by Lucas and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov as well, stating that this “might just be my favorite picture ever”.

Later, Lucas uploaded a photo of him holding up the pre-birthday cake he got by the production. Several of the cast and crew posted photos and videos of the Stone Mountain Monument and/or posted birthday wishes; some even wearing a dedicated t-shirt.

As Christopher Jon Duddy revealed, the episode is directed by Eagle Egilsson (who has previously directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Production moved to film in an underground stage set that looks like a destroyed building – and a leftover bomb from World War 2 strapped to a gurney. There’s also some fire involved, which doesn’t help since HOTlanta is in full swing at the moment; reaching temperatures of 40°C. Since casting calls and a BtS photo by Peter Lenkov already indicated that the episode is set in Germany, Team Phoenix might indeed be tasked with disarming a bomb found during reconstruction. (There are still bombs that never detonated being found buried in German cities or at the bottom of lakes every year.)

On August 14, Tristin Mays uploaded a funny video of her and Lucas doing a lightsaber fight. They filmed scenes in Downtown Atlanta involving at least one “German” fire truck. Despite the heat, the cast continued posting funny videos; e.g. Lucas trying to create an instant strobe light effect with a flashlight.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Peter Lenkov)

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain was on a roll; adding several blog posts for the MacHacks. This time, he wrote notes for Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss), for Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), for Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power), for Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) and for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area51).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. Interestingly, Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) hasn’t been back on set so far.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Hospital Background Actors, for Thrift Store Patrons, for a Male Orderly, for Caucasian or Asian Tourists, for Search and Rescue people, for German First Responders, for German Background people and for a female Fit Model. They also had Casting Calls for Agents, for Lab Techs, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for a Make-Up Test) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Alonzo Ward or for Hauke Bahr).

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany
German channel Sat.1 airs two episodes every Tuesday during primetime. Although they don’t do any promo on social media, the show is picking up steam every week.

Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) on August 6 had an audience of 1.51 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.3 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) aired before the Series Finale of Lethal Weapon and managed 1.57 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.9.

Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) on August 13 had 1.48 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.6 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) got 1.59 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.8, reaching the highest audience number and second-highest demo this season. The episode was followed by an hour of Celebrity Big Brother, then a rerun of Episodes 1×16 (Hook) and 1×11 (Scissors).

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Lucas Till)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×09: Probe 234 (literal translation: Specimen 234; original title: Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak)
  • 3×10: Ein neues Leben (A New Life; Matty + Ethan + Fidelity)
  • 3×11: Einer lebt, einer stirbt (One Lives, One Dies; Mac + Fallout + Jack)
  • 3×12: Die Meisterdiebin (The Master Thief; Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241)
  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (Surviving in the Wilderness; Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)

Teen Choice Awards and other MacGyver Promo
The Reboot was nominated twice for the Teen Choice Awards (in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor). On August 11, it won in the category Teen Choice Action TV Show; surpassing the four other shows nominated in the same category.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02 (via Justin Hires)

Sadly, FOX only aired 2 hours of the event; foregoing this category along with many others while focusing on the music categories. Years ago, the rules stated that a nominee doesn’t win if they don’t attend the event and that they won’t receive one of these famous surfboard trophies if the prize isn’t handed over in person and/or when the category isn’t aired live. Since it had been FOX’ decision to not air the announcement of the winner for this category on the show and therefore also didn’t invite any of the cast, I don’t know if the show get’s a surfboard or not. No matter what, it was a missed opportunity for promotion.

Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards are ending today. Let’s hope we get another chance at winning an award. The official voting window will open on September 4.

The Season 2 DVD was released in German-speaking regions yesterday. There’s still no news about the release of the Season 3 DVD in the US, but there’s the release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” on September 17 at least.