MacGyver Reboot Update #172

While CBS Show Magnum PI might get saved after all, the MacGyver cast isn’t attached to any upcoming TV shows yet.

MacGyver Musical Concept Album Promo (via Yasir Muhammad)

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MacGyver The Musical
ICYMI: Back in March, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff revealed that they’re going to put together a concept album of the songs used for the musical. On May 9, Tristin Mays announced that Lee had asked her to sing a song for the album.

On May 16, recording started in NY; finishing already two days later. We got to see some Instagram Stories of the musical cast rehearsing beforehand, and the official MacGyver account shared a sneak peek of Tristin in the recording booth.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

There’s no release dates yet for the album or the next iteration of the musical. According to an Instagram Story by Mike Dorsey, the album will be out in September. As Yasir Muhammad posted, they’re trying to get a Broadway production set up and running.

MacGyver on ionTV
ICYMI: Reruns of the MacGyver Reboot air every Monday on ion Television. With ionTV scheduling 16 episodes per week, the first run will be done by next week; starting another run immediately after the Season 5 finale has aired.

Interestingly, ionTV has already announced on their website that Leverage: Redemption will air on Mondays; starting July 11. At the moment, the Monday schedule has one episode of NCIS: New Orleans, followed by 5 episodes of NCIS: LA and 16 episodes of MacGyver.

MacGyver Teaser (via ionTV)

It’s not clear if MacGyver will stay or if they will simply reduce the episodes. While NCIS: LA fans have been very vocal and speaking out against the Reboot, they might get their wish to get MacGyver gone, but also lose the reruns of their own favourite show in the process.

I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter and FB recently by people who just started watching the MacGyver Reboot on ionTV, not knowing about the show before. But with the Complete Series DVD Box Set coming out soon in the US, it’s also possible that CBS wants to “kill” it in syndication for now so that people watch it on Paramount+ and buy the DVDs. I’ve seen posts about the show leaving Amazon Prime in some countries this month; right on time either the Season 5 DVD or the Complete Series DVD Box Set comes out.

Justin Hires during a stand up comedy set (via Michael Schwartz)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Most of the MacGyver cast seem to have disappeared from social media. Justin Hires is the only one posting daily; promoting his comedy shows or podcasts. He mentioned turning down several TV show offers, so we probably won’t seem him on our TV screens anytime soon (unless it’s in reruns).

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov recently posted some stories about the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; adding some excerpts of the script (presumably the edited version he “MacGyvered” out of the script used for the unaired pilot).

(Note: I had envisioned to update my previous blog posts about the Unaired Pilot Script to incorporate the new information about some of the characters; but it’s almost impossible to know which parts and voice-overs were used in the script used for filming and which bits had been added by Lenkov. You can find an overview of the posts regarding the Unaired Pilot here.)

Excerpt of the revised Unaired MacGyver Pilot Script (via Peter Lenkov)

MacGyver on DVD
Sadly, I still haven’t found a preview of the DVD back covers or more info about bonus material. But here’s an overview of all the upcoming DVD releases:

  • In German-spaking regions, the Season 5 DVD will be released on June 30. The listed bonus material says there will be deleted and extended scenes. You can pre-order it here. For the US, there’s no release date yet for a single Season 5 DVD edition.
  • In the US, the Complete Series DVD Box (including Season 5) with 21 discs will be released on June 14. There’s no bonus material listed. You can pre-order it here.
  • The German version of the complete series box set with 24 discs will be released on June 30. So far, the bonus material listed is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2.
  • In Japan, the Special Selection Season 4 DVD Box and the Season 5 DVD will both be released on July 6.
  • In France, the Season 4 DVD will be released on August 17. There is no bonus material listed.

CBS Pilot Season (encore)
Upfronts Week was pretty brutal this year. In total, CBS and their affiliate network The CW cancelled almost a dozen shows.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

CBS cancelled Magnum PI, the last of the Lenkoverse shows. The CW axed Batwoman who had Javicia Leslie as the lead character in Season 2.

Generally, a show isn’t really cancelled on a network until they release the “Post Mortem Interview” with a showrunner; talking about what would have happened the next season. (Because if the show was renewed against all odds on the same network, showrunners or writers might change and they wouldn’t be able or willing to recycle the same ideas or visions the previous showrunners or writers had.)

Magnum PI never got one of those, so I was sure that something was going on behind the scenes. As Deadline reported yesterday, talks are underway for NBC and/or USA Network to keep the show going.

Private Photoshoot, September 2021 (via Tristin Mays)

I’m not sure what that would mean for some of the guest stars and their characters (e.g. Levy Tran), but characters of fully-owned CBS shows showing up (e.g. Angus MacGyver or Steve McGarrett) probably couldn’t happen.

Despite Upfronts Week, there was no news about The Spook who sat by the Door (which Lucas Till filmed a pilot for). They still haven’t attached a new writer to, so it looks like it might take a while for the re-development to get back on track. There’s also no update on the Flashdance series (which Tristin Mays was preparing for).

Other MacGyver-related News
Check out the official SaveMacGyver website and their social media accounts to keep up with news about the #SaveMacGyver movement.

Official Still for Tom Swift (via CW/IMDb)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The Phoenix Foundation plane set ended up being repurposed for the new CW Show Tom Swift that premiered this week. MacGyver-writer Teresa Huang and several former crew members work on the show which is filmed in Atlanta.
  • Secret Headquarters will premiere on Paramount+ instead of in theatres. Levy Tran worked on the movie in Atlanta. She’s still not listed on the IMDb entry, so her part might be smaller than I hoped.

MacGyver Reboot Update #171

While Upfronts Week is imminent, the MacGyver cast isn’t attached to any upcoming TV shows yet. We still got some news in the last few days.

Promo for the Season 5 DVD (via Amazon Germany)

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MacGyver The Musical
MacGyver the Musical had premiered in February in Houston; running several shows a week for a month. Back in March, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff revealed that they’re going to put together a concept album of the songs.

Last month, the official Instagram account asked the fans who they would like to hear on the album; no matter if the singer is famous or not. The posts have been deleted by now; but I do remember us fans suggesting anyone from the MacGyver cast (rebooted or original version). On May 9, Tristin Mays announced that Lee asked her to sing a song for the album.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

I did see some stories of the musical cast rehearsing this week, but nothing from Tristin (or any Tristin sightings during rehearsals). There’s no release dates yet for the album or the next iteration of the musical.

MacGyver on ionTV
ICYMI: On May 2nd, the MacGyver Reboot premiered on ion Television. They’ve scheduled about 16 episodes each Monday. There was more advertizing on social media than CBS did for Season 5. On April 24, ionTV tweeted about the main characters; providing some info for new viewers unfamiliar with Team Phoenix. They also changed the Twitter header and their profile photo for the occasion. On the following days, they posted posters and trailers. Some of the cast joined the promotion; e.g. Tristin Mays with a BtS video of Episode 5×09.

MacGyver Teaser (via ionTV)

For the second batch of episodes, they kept posting on social media; e.g. a short trailer about Jack Dalton.

MacGyver Profits Lawsuit (encore)
ICYMI: The 2018 profits lawsuit stems from a TV producing deal in the mid-1980s (involving several producers, Paramount and Major Talent Agency) that preceded the original MacGyver show. After the series was rebooted in 2016, Hanzer Holdings and Arlita sued CBS; claiming they’re entitled to a share in profits for MTA’s work for the OG show.

An April trial was pushed back for settlement discussions. As The Hollywood Reporter stated on May 9, terms of the agreement to resolve the lawsuit have been fully executed. A notice of settlement to dismiss the case will be filed by June 23.

Meeting up in Atlanta (via Teresa Huang)

It’s not clear if we’ll ever know the nature of the settlement and if it has any impact on further use of the MacGyver brand.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, we got a new Lucas Till sighting in Atlanta. He met up with MacGyver Writer Teresa Huang and TV writer Helen Shang.

While we haven’t seen much of Levy Tran, a first poster for her upcoming movies Expend4bles has been released at CinemaCon.

Justin Hires is still doing regular stand-up comedy shows. Meanwhile, Reign Edwards (who played Leanna) did a lot of promo for Season 2 of The Wilds before the Premiere on May 6.

First poster for Expend4bles (via Martial Arts Action Cinema)

Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov keeps answering fan questions as Instagram stories. Sadly, he mostly uses the opportunity to rant about Lucas or “that paperclip show” (forgetting that Lenkov himself was the one making the rebooted Reboot all about paperclips) but every now and then, he posts interesting tidbits (e.g. the budget for Hawaii Five-0 being 100 million dollars every year). This week, he posted some stories about the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; adding some excerpts of the script (presumably the revised version that has been used for filming).

(Note: I will probably update my previous blog posts about the Unaired Pilot Script to incorporate the new information about some of the characters. You can find an overview of the posts regarding the Unaired Pilot here.)

Excerpt of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot Script (via Peter Lenkov)

Otherwise, there wasn’t much going on regarding cast and crew. Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave posted a new BtS photo of Episode 5×06.

MacGyver on DVD
You might have missed some of the DVD news. Here’s an overview of all the upcoming DVD releases:

  • In German-spaking regions, the Season 5 DVD will be released on June 30. The listed bonus material says there will be deleted and extended scenes. You can pre-order it here. For the US, there’s no release date yet for a single Season 5 DVD edition.
  • In the US, the Complete Series DVD Box (including Season 5) with 21 discs will be released on June 14. There’s no bonus material listed. You can pre-order it here.
  • The German version of the complete series box set with 24 discs will be released on June 30. There’s three language options (German, English, French). So far, the bonus material listed is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2.
  • In Japan, the Special Selection Season 4 DVD Box and the Season 5 DVD will both be released on July 6.
  • In France, the Season 4 DVD will be released on August 17. There is no bonus material listed.

CBS Pilot Season
In the Spotted Ratings forum, the Thursday before Upfronts Week is called Bloody Thursday (because traditionally, cancellation news come on Thursday and Friday). And bloody it was, indeed. In total, CBS and their affiliate network The CW cancelled almost a dozen shows within the last few days (CW even more shows than in the last 5 years combined).

Justin Hires during a stand up comedy set (via The Comedy Chateau)

CBS also cancelled Magnum PI, the last of the Lenkoverse shows. That means that Levy Tran won’t be back as a guest star in her Magnum PI character (unless they bring her back to another show in the same universe; e.g. one of the NCIS shows).

CBS ordered three rookie drama shows to series while passing on all the comedy pilots. The definite schedule will be presented at the Upfronts on May 18. So far, none of the former MacGyver cast members is attached to any of these new shows.

There’s also no news about The Spook who sat by the Door (which Lucas Till filmed a pilot for) or the Flashdance series (which Tristin Mays was interested in; taking ballet lessons). It looks like both projects are still in re-development and might not be ready to get back on track this year.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

Other MacGyver-related News
Check out the official SaveMacGyver website and their social media accounts to keep up with news about the #SaveMacGyver movement. Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Teri Hatcher attended German Comic Con in Dortmund (April 23 and 24).
  • Background actor Tony Morgan re-posted some BtS photos of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) this week.
  • Henry Ian Cusick is now attached to 8 upcoming projects on his IMDb page. He’s a busy man.

MacGyver Reboot Update #170

We finally got some DVD News. While Pilot Season is coming to an end, the MacGyver cast isn’t attached to any upcoming TV shows yet.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
A few days ago, we got a new Lucas Till sighting in Atlanta. The photos were provided by MacGyver Writer Teresa Huang (who’s currently living in Atlanta while working on CW show Tom Swift). They met up with TV writer Helen Shang (who worked with Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov on Season 7 of Hawaii Five-0). Lucas and Helen had connected while working on the Vanity Fair article about Lenkov.

Meeting up in Atlanta (via Teresa Huang)

Henry Ian Cusick attended a private screening of his upcoming movie The Wind and the Reckoning at the Hawaiian Film Festival HIFF. The project was filmed back in 2020 in Hawaii; with Peter Lenkov as Executive Producer and Lenkov’s production company attached. Ian posed on the red carpet with producers, directors and co-stars.

Tristin Mays also attended a red carpet event for a movie premiere (sadly, not for a movie she worked on).

Justin Hires is back to regular stand-up comedy shows. A few weeks ago, he did an interview for the Season 4 promo on Universal TV in Latin America. He also uploaded a new episode onto his Urban Legendz Podcast.

Henry Ian Cusick at HIFF (via Madi Grace)

George Eads was set to attend a golfing event (Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am) on April 11. He didn’t show up in any photos of the event (or even on the score results), so he probably didn’t attend after all.

MacGyver on DVD
In the US, the Complete Series DVD Box concluding 21 discs will be released on June 14. You can pre-order it here. Interestingly, the box set has the cover of the Season 5 poster while no release date for a single Season 5 DVD edition is available yet for the US.

Complete Series DVD Box Cover (US version, via Nothing But Geek)

In German-spaking regions, Universal Pictures will release the Season 5 DVD plus the complete series box set on June 30. You can pre-order the Season 5 DVD here. There’s no info yet about any Season 5 bonus material.

The German version of the DVD Box contains 24 discs and has a different cover than the US version. According to Amazon Germany, there’s three language options (German, English, French). So far, the bonus material listed is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2.

In Japan, the Special Selection Season 4 DVD Box and the Season 5 DVD will both be released on July 6.

Promo for the Complete Series DVD Box (via Amazon Germany)

MacGyver on ionTV
Starting next month, the MacGyver Reboot will be aired Mondays on ion Television. At the moment, they’ve scheduled the first 16 episodes of Season 1 on May 2nd. To make room, the network reduces the number of episodes for CBS shows NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: LA; sandwiching MacGyver in between. As you can imagine, NCIS fans are not happy.

The show got their own page on the ion website. For promo, they’re using a mix of the S1 promo photos (for Mac and Jack) and of the S4 photoshoot (for the characters and the actor bios) plus some created art with paperclips, matches or SAKs. So far, they’ve released a bunch of Insta Stories and a Teaser Trailer and sent out the occasional tweet.

MacGyver Teaser (via ionTV)

All in all, they do more advertizing on social media than CBS did for Season 5. Many people don’t discover shows until they catch reruns on streaming or on other networks. Therefore, the MacGyver Reboot might pull in new fans who didn’t give the show a chance before.

CBS Pilot Season
CBS ordered at least 9 pilots for Pilot Season and opened a writers room for at least two more shows (which might get ordered straight to series). There are several CBS shows still waiting for their renewal. The definite schedule will be presented at the Upfronts on May 18.

Levy Tran out and about in Atlanta (via Matthew O’Donnell)

So far, none of the former MacGyver cast members is officially attached to any of the rookie shows. Some will hopefully get a guest star spot in later episodes.

There’s also no news about The Spook who sat by the Door (which Lucas Till filmed a pilot for) or the Flashdance series (which Tristin Mays was interested in; taking ballet lessons). It looks like both projects are still in the re-development stage; though it’s possible we get some Flashdance news at the CBS Upfronts.

Tristin Mays at the Premiere for “The First Lady” (Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images)

Other MacGyver-related News
The #SaveMacGyver movement is still very active. Check out the official SaveMacGyver website and their social media accounts to keep up with news.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Seasons 1 to 3 of the Reboot are now available on Paramount+ in Brazil.
  • Teri Hatcher will be at German Comic Con in Dortmund this weekend. Henry Ian Cusick was also scheduled to attend, but his appearance has been cancelled.

MacGyver Reboot Update #169

One year and one day ago, MacGyver fans got notice that their favourite show has been cancelled. The fans are still here.

London lift / escalator panels (via SaveMacGyver)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
After some of the MacGyver cast did guest-star on other CBS shows recently (Meredith Eaton on NCIS and Levy Tran on Magnum PI), it’s gotten pretty quiet again – at least career-wise.

BtS photo of Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (via Rich Ting)

Henry Ian Cusick recently filmed a project in Phuket. On April 4, there was a private screening of his upcoming movie The Wind and the Reckoning. The movie was filmed back in 2020 in Hawaii; with Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov as Executive Producer.

Justin Hires is back to weekly stand-up comedy shows. He decided to stop his Patreon for now; stating that he has too much on his plate at the moment.

Justin Hires doing stand-up (via The Comedy Chateau)

Tristin Mays is quite active on social media; posting new and old material. On April 3, she spent the day with Peter Lenkov and some of his supporters; watching a Rugby Game. She also posed for some fan photos.

Understandably, many fans were quite upset about this; some of them worrying that even if the show had the potential of being renewed or getting a wrap-up-movie, Lucas Till wouldn’t want to be part of it anymore or would only come back if the Lenkov supporters among the regular and recurring cast don’t.

Tristin Mays posing with a fan (via Iris)

CBS Pilot Season
CBS is still in the process of filming their Pilot Season dramas and comedies. By ordering at least 9 pilots so far, some shows on the current schedule might get pushed to midseason or streaming to make room. While the NCIS trifecta has been renewed, there are several CBS shows still waiting for their renewal. The definite schedule will be presented at the Upfronts on May 18.

So far, none of the former MacGyver cast members seem to be attached as regulars or recurrings. Some will hopefully get a guest star spot in later episodes. Since NCIS has already been renewed, Meredith Eaton might come back in her recurring role as Carol Wilson.

Preview of the German Season 5 DVD (via Amazon Germany)

MacGyver around the World
In German-spaking regions, Universal Pictures is distributor of the DVDs. The Season 5 DVD release date of the German DVD version has been set for June 30. There’s no information yet about any bonus material, but you can pre-order it here. There’s no release date yet for the US or other countries.

On the same day, Universal Pictures will release a DVD box set of the complete series. The bonus material listed so far is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2 in Europe; e.g. about filming the pilot, the Watch! Magazine photo shoot for Season 1, several Featurettes (MacHacks, Special Effects, Props and MacGyver in Cuba) plus Gag Reels and Deleted Scenes.

Complete Series DVD Box Cover (via JPC)

Universal TV has done quite a bit of promo this week for the Season 4 premiere in Latin America. Justin Hires tweeted yesterday that he’s doing press via zoom, so we might get to enjoy a new interview soon.

Additionally, ion Television teased on Twitter and Instagram that they have programmed the MacGyver Reboot into their upcoming line-up.

Other MacGyver-related News
There are electronic billboards (as lift / escalator panels) hanging in London to raise awareness for the #SaveMacGyver movement. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news. They launched a bunch of tweets yesterday to “celebrate” what the Reboot fans consider to be their personal “Cairo Day” – the cancellation of their favourite show.

Levy Tran out and about in Atlanta (via Cleve Willis)

Even a year later, the cancellation seems unfair since a lot of new fans are discovering the show just now in reruns on streaming (e.g. IMDb) or on other networks (e.g. The CW). Other CBS shows do very well on ionTV, a network that schedules several episodes of the same show in a row every week which makes it perfect for binge-watching. I predict the MacGyver Reboot to charm new fans who didn’t give the show a chance before.

FunFact: On Star Trek: Picard (Paramount +), there was mention of a privatized military organization called “Spearhead Operations”. As MacGyver fans know, Russ Taylor (played by Henry Ian Cusick) founded Spearhead Operations. Therefore, MacGyver is canon in Star Trek. Where’s that crossover episode?

MacGyver Teaser (via ionTV)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • ICYMI: MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff was a guest on the Making fun of MacGyver podcast; talking about the musical and what he’s planning next.
  • George Eads is set to attend a golfing event (Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am) on April 11.
  • Henry Ian Cusick was scheduled for several fan events. Sadly, his appearance at German Comic Con in Dortmund (April 23 to 24) has been cancelled for unknown reasons.

MacGyver Reboot Update #154

It’s MacGyver Convention Weekend! Also, Lucas Till is promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via Son of the South Instagram)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Yesterday, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South arrived in German theaters. On Wednesday, Lucas and Nicole Ansari-Cox plus director Barry Alexander Brown had attended the premiere event in Berlin. It was nice seeing Lucas smiling, posing for a photocall and signing all those MacGyver photographs. There are a lot of fan photos on social media.

Barry will do a Q&A-Tour across Germany for cinematic screenings in several cities (Hamburg, Köln, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, München). Lucas might also attend some more of these screenings (presumably, he will attend at least the one in München), so fans might get to see more photos popping up on social media in the next few days. We don’t know if he’ll enjoy some days off in Germany or if he has other “duties” (e.g. talk show appearances or interviews) in between the screenings.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via KulturBlog-Berlin)

The movie will also air at the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville) in France, which is running from September 3rd to September 12. There’s no official schedule yet on the website, but the French distributor tweeted that the premiere will be on Wednesday, September 8. According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st.

There will be restricted access and a limitation of visitors due to the pandemic, but Deauville will still attract a bigger crowd of journalists and maybe even a few paparazzi. There haven’t been many film festivals due to the pandemic in Europe and in several countries, theatres had been closed over Summer. Although the movie is not in competition, I’m sure we can expect at least an official photocall with photos in HD quality plus some more interviews.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Premiere in Berlin (via Busch Media Group)

There’s still no official news yet if The Spook who sat by the Door has been picked up to series. Tristin Mays seems to have disappeared a bit; leaving her dog Sergeant in the care of a friend – but we don’t know if it was for a holiday or for work. Henry Ian Cusick is set to appear at the Dream It Convention on September 19.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna) had an audience of 0.73 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%, followed by Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer) with 0.83 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.7%. The second episode was followed by the German version of Celebrity Big Brother.

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

Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins) got 0.9 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.5%, followed by Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal) with 0.84 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.5% as well.

Looking at Season 5, Episode 5×04 had the highest audience numbers in Germany and Episode 5×11 the lowest. The lack of promotion by the network certainly didn’t help in getting as good ratings as in former seasons. It still did better in ratings than FBI: Most Wanted or Magnum PI that have also been on German TV in recent months.

MacGyver Reboot Ratings in Germany (via Quotenmeter)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, for the fans will be held this weekend (August 28 and 29). The panels are pre-recorded and there will be raffles with MacGyver-related prizes.

We got several little panel teasers; e.g. of the panel with Lee Zlotoff or the one with Sarah Downer. Also, it was fun to see the teaser of the “writers panel”, since most of them are wearing the striped pajamas that we’ve seen in the Season 5 Finale Episode.

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Here’s the full guest list:

For all infos about the MacGyver Convention and to buy tickets for the panels and the raffles, check here.

Henry Ian Cusick for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website also gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS continues airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Greatest AtHome Videos (9pm) on Fridays; also dropping the Magnum PI reruns on Saturdays. Comparing all Summer Shows on CBS, the current Friday reality shows have the lowest demo-rating (0.28 and 0.27). Overall, all networks are struggling with ratings this Summer, so CBS isn’t doing too bad yet.

It’s worth noting that ViacomCBS is selling a lot of their assets lately. Maybe, them cancelling MacGyver for financial reasons wasn’t as far-fetched as I thought.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Swiss TV channel 3+ started airing Season 5 on August 20. Every Friday, a single Season 5 episode is followed by an episode of Season 4. Currently, the OG show plus the Reboot are airing on 6 different German-speaking TV channels in three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Sadly, Nitro still airs the OG show in low DVD quality and not in the new BluRay quality.

The MacGyver Season 4 DVD was released in German-speaking regions; showing a slightly different backcover than the US version. It was expected, but is still disappointing that this is the first Season on German DVDs without any extras.

Season 4 DVD backcover for Germany (via Orell Füssli)

MacGyver Reboot Update #153

Season 5 airs in Germany currently. Meanwhile, several interview panels for the MacGyver Convention have been recorded.

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

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What’s going to happen now?
Tonight, CBS still has reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm) on the schedule. Out of the three Summer Shows, Secret Celebrity Renovation has the lowest demo-rating (0.27).

Interestingly, there’s still reruns of cancelled show NCIS: New Orleans scheduled for Saturdays. That’s probably the reason why the show hasn’t been wiped off the CBS press site yet (contrary to MacGyver).

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

ICYMI: MacGyver Season 5 got the “Gender-Balance Seal of Approval” by ReFrame, the gender equity coalition (founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute and IMDbPro).

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Back in May, Lucas Till did an interview with Cine Art Variety which was recently uploaded on YouTube. Lucas talked about the cancellation and how he really liked Season 5 (especially Episode 5×10). He also stated that he would like to do more TV shows, but for guest and/or recurring parts and not as the main character.

There’s no official news yet if The Spook who sat by the Door has been picked up to series, but the hints are there that it did. Writer/Showrunner Leigh Dana Jackson tweeted on July 17:

Of course, it’s still possible that Lucas’ character won’t be involved in the rest of the episodes – but one can hope, right? Today, the FX Network has their press day for the TCA (Television Critics Association), so maybe we’ll get some good news soon. If the show was picked up, it might air midseason or at least next Fall.

Levy Tran is still working on the movie “Secret Headquarters”; a project from Paramount and Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Owen Wilson. It’s set for a release date of August 22 next year. In her spare time, she’s working on her martial arts skills.

Levy Tran Selfie in May 2021

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has several projects listed on IMDb; including a TV show with David Straiton and Monica Macer as producers. There’s no official project news yet for the rest of the regular cast. Some of the writers found work on other CBS shows (e.g. Teresa Huang on SEAL Team and Andrew Karlsruher on Bull).

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) garnered 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%; followed by Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini) with 0.92 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.9%.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

Last week, Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt) got 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.2%, followed by Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower) with 0.76 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.2% as well.

For once, they aired a third episode at 11.15pm. Episode 5×11 (C8H7CIO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games) had 0.71 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.9%.

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

Yesterday, Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna) had 0.73 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%, followed by Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer). The second episode did quite a bit better, reaching 0.83 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.7%.

Note that this episode was followed by the German version of Celebrity Big Brother instead of FBI: Most Wanted, which might be one of the reasons for having a higher audience than for the last four episodes.

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

So far, Episode 5×04 had the highest audience numbers and Episode 5×11 the lowest. The hot and sunny weather and the continued lack of promotion by the network certainly didn’t help in getting as good ratings as in former seasons.

The MacGyver Season 4 DVD will be released next Thursday in German-speaking countries; right on the same day as the Season 5 Finale airs on “free” TV.

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

Here’s the upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×14: Der Tod kommt langsam (literal translation: Death arrives slowly; H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins)
  • 5×15: Gedankenkontrolle (Mind Control; Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, for the fans will be held on August 28 and 29. The panels are pre-recorded. For all infos about the MacGyver Convention and to buy tickets and swag bags, check here.

MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Guests announced so far are Henry Ian Cusick, Tristin Mays, Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson), Kate Bond (Jill Morgan), the hosts of the “Making Fun of MacGyver” Podcast, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain, Costume Designer Sarah Downer, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff plus the Season 5 writers (including Season 5 Showrunner Monica Macer).

Of course, fans are still hoping to get the other regular cast members as guests as well.

ICYMI: There was a Birthday Charity Fundraiser set up in honor of Lucas Till. The proceeds of 1300 US Dollars will go to Shirts Across America; a charity Lucas has worked with before.

The Season 5 Writers for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. There should be another billboard soon; this time in Canada.

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: German company Koch Films is still working on the BluRay box set of the Original Show. Michael Des Barres hinted at doing an interview for a featurette. There’s no information yet about other BtS stuff or interviews that will be on the box set. So far, they haven’t been able to reach Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson.

Season 4 DVD Cover for Japan (via Cityhunter)

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

  • Starting this month, the MacGyver Reboot is now available to stream on IMDbTV (presumably US-only).
  • Swiss TV channel 3+ will start airing Season 5 on August 20 (Friday, 8.15pm), followed by an episode of Season 4.
  • The premiere for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South in Germany is set for August 26. The DVD/BluRay will be released on September 24.

MacGyver Reboot Update #152

Season 5 airs in Germany currently. Meanwhile, we have news about the MacGyver Convention with an amazing guest list.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessica Sanchez)

(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?
ICYMI: A few weeks ago, pieces of the MacGyver wardrobe have been put on sale at the Atlanta Dream Center Church. All proceeds went to local non-profit.

CBS keeps airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm) on Fridays; with Secret Celebrity Renovation currently having the lowest demo-rating (0.29) of the three CBS Summer Shows.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

MacGyver Season 5 got the “Gender-Balance Seal of Approval” by ReFrame. ReFrame, the gender equity coalition (founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute and IMDbPro), recently announced the 117 TV and streaming shows that earned the ReFrame Stamp for the years 2020 to 2021.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Justin Hires has been doing several great podcast episodes. The one with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27 on Patreon) is now also available on YouTube.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires

Back in April or May, Lucas Till had done an interview with Cine Art Variety. You can now find it on YouTube as well. Lucas talked about how the cancellation has come as a big and sad surprise, but that he doesn’t like to look back and dwell too much on projects in the past.

He talked about how he really liked Season 5 (and especially Episode 5×10) and working action scenes with Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave. He also revealed that he keeps the notes with his lines he wrote down for memorizing and makes them leather-bound to give to his parents.

Cine Arte Variety with Aymara Limma and Lucas Till

When asked about funny BTS stories, he talked about Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) and the “zipper problem”. Lucas stated that he would like to do more TV shows, but for guest and/or recurring parts and not as the main character. That way, he could work on his acting skills while being able to enjoy it more; especially with having less pressure when not being the lead actor yet still having sufficient financial security.

Levy Tran has already started working on a new project called “Secret Headquarters”; a movie project from Paramount and Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Owen Wilson. It’s set for a release date of August 22 next year. In an Instagram Story on July 15, she promised us lots of action. She’s also been announced as the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year.

Costume Fitting with Justin Hires (via Sarah Downer)

Henry Ian Cusick has some convention appearances scheduled for this and next year. Additionally, he has several projects listed on IMDb; including a TV show with David Straiton as director and showrunner and Monica Macer as producer.

Most of the former crew members are currently working on different projects. Director of Photography Christopher Jon Duddy posted a script title page of Magnum PI Episode 402 (which started filming Season 4 on July 20).

As Lane Amelia posted in one of her Instagram Stories, the potted plants used in Episode 5×14 (for being thrown at a bad guy by Momma Bozer) are still alive.

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

MacGyver in Germany
German Channel Sat.1 airs two episodes of Season 5 on Thursays 8.15pm, followed by two episodes of FBI: Most Wanted. The ratings of the first two episodes were lower than expected, but have been rising in the second week – only to drop again last week.

To Recap: Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) had 850’000 live-viewers with a market-share of 3.1%, followed by Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) with 890’000 live-viewers and a market-share of 3.4%.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma) had 0.86 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%; followed by Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason) with 1.2 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.4%.

Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO) got 0.74 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.2%, followed by Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance) with 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.6%.

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

Yesterday, Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) garnered 0.8 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.3%; followed by Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini) with 0.92 million live-viewers and a market-share of 3.9%.

So far, Episode 5×04 had the highest audience numbers and Episode 5×05 the lowest. Generally, the second episode airing at 9.15pm seems to do better in ratings. Of course, the sunny weather and lack of promotion by the network doesn’t help in getting as good ratings as in former seasons.

MacGyver Reboot Ratings in Germany (via Quotenmeter)

Here’s the upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×09: Codex 2.0 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt)
  • 5×10: Alte Bekannte (literal translation: Old Acquaintances; Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower)
  • 5×11: Tödliche Luft (Deadly Air; C8H7CIO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games)
  • 5×12: Die Hochzeit (The Wedding; Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna)
  • 5×13: 350 PS für die Mafia (350 PS for the Mafia; Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer)
  • 5×14: Der Tod kommt langsam (Death arrives slowly; H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins)
  • 5×15: Gedankenkontrolle (Mind Control; Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On July 15, they announced the MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, for the fans to be held on August 28 and 29.

Tech Consultant Rhett Allain for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Guests announced so far are Henry Ian Cusick, Tristin Mays, Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson), the hosts of the “Making Fun of MacGyver” Podcast, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain, Costume Designer Sarah Downer, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff plus the Season 5 writers (Monica Macer, Mika Frank, Stephanie Hicks, Teresa Huang, Josh Brown, Alex Biskis, Andrew Klein, Andrew Karlsruher, Alessia Costantini, Curran Sullivan).

There’s also a Birthday Charity Fundraiser set up in honor of Lucas Till. All proceeds will go to Shirts Across America; a charity Lucas has worked with before.

Costume Designer Sarah Downer for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. For the MacGyver Convention and to buy tickets and swag bags, check here.

Other MacGyver-related News
As Deadline reported, director David Von Ancken, who also directed the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, passed away July 26 after a two-year battle with aggressive stomach cancer. He was only 56.

In other news, the German company Koch Films is still working to put a BluRay box set of the Original Show together. Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres hinted at doing an interview for the box set. There’s no release date yet.

German DVD Cover for Son of the South (via Amazon Germany)

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

  • Tristin Mays’ short movie Breathe (2019) has been uploaded onto YouTube by the director.
  • Starting in August, the MacGyver Reboot will be available to stream on IMDbTV (presumably US-only).
  • Swiss TV channel 3+ will start airing Season 5 on August 20 (Friday, 8.15pm), followed by an episode of Season 4.
  • The release date of Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South in Germany was moved from August 5 to August 26. For now, the DVD/BluRay-Release is still set for September 24. Also, the German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) awarded the movie with a seal of approval; functioning “as a cinematic pointer for today’s events and developments. To find out what has happened and to learn what must not happen anymore.”
  • Upcoming DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 are August 4 (Japan) and August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

MacGyver Reboot Update #151

Season 5 premiered in Germany last week. Meanwhile, CBS has set premiere dates for the upcoming Fall Season.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Lucas Till

(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?
Last week, pieces of the MacGyver wardrobe have been put on sale at the Atlanta Dream Center Church. All proceeds went to local non-profit. Sadly, there was no list and no official photos of the items on sale.

While this hurts the fans, it makes sense from a financial standpoint: It would be too expensive to store and/or move all props and clothes to another location. Even if the show is renewed or gets a follow-up movie, it could be months or years until they go into production; maybe using a different location. It’s still possible that they will be re-using some of the props and clothing for Dynasty, the other CBS show currently in production in Atlanta.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

I’ve seen photos of Mailing Avenue Stageworks being used for another production, but I wasn’t able to find out yet which studio is using it.

Last Friday, CBS started airing reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm). This week, CBS revealed their upcoming premiere dates for Fall Season. Interestingly, SWAT will only air 3 episodes on Fridays 8pm before being put on a 6-week-hiatus until December 3rd. Meanwhile, CBS will air reality show The Activist.

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

While this will probably hurt the ratings for the entire Friday crime/drama line-up, it’s not the worst news for us. After all, the more the Friday schedule flops, the more CBS will miss MacGyver – and maybe reconsider not bringing it back?

What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Justin Hires has been doing several great podcast episodes; e.g. with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27), Henry Winkler (June 10), Tristin Mays (June 23), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Bozer’s mom, June 25) and Lucas Till (June 30). They’re all available on his Patreon account.

Urban Legendz Podcast with Justin Hires and Henry Winkler

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.
  • Tristin Mays has been taking ballet lessons again (for a potential Flashdance series) and is currently writing a cookbook. She wants to direct, to create her own production company and to create a band (playing electric guitar).
  • Justin Hires has been getting offers for auditions, but mostly for the “black best friend” and for reboots – which he doesn’t feel the need to audition for.
  • Lucas Till stated that he wants to do more producing (and finally directing) and that he really wants to play a bad guy.

We also got a few new photos of Lucas; e.g. while being on set of the pilot episode for The Spook Who Sat By the Door (posted by Script Supervisor Liliana Molina).

On set of The Spook Who Sat By The Door (via Liliana Molina)

Levy Tran has been working on her martial arts skills and went back to the shooting range. In a recent Instagram post, she revealed that she has been suffering from depression for about half a year. In posts meeting up with her sister and more family and friends, she looks happy. ICYMI: While the project has been listed on IMDb since 2018, it’s been officially announced that she will be the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year.

Henry Ian Cusick has some convention appearances scheduled for this and next year.

Costume Fitting with Levy Tran (via Sarah Downer)

MacGyver in Germany
On July 8, Season 5 premiered on German Channel Sat.1. They aired two episodes, followed by two episodes of FBI: Most Wanted. Sadly, the ratings were lower than expected.

To Recap: On average, every episode of Season 4 had about 1.3 million viewers last year. That was less than for the other seasons, but not too bad considering the lack of promo and the episodes being available to watch online for free for a week beforehand and a month after airing. Also, MacGyver was followed by a low-rated show (Reef Break) – which was pulled after half of the episodes; replaced by other shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessica Sanchez)

Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) had 850’000 live-viewers with a market-share of 3.1%, followed by Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) with 890’000 live-viewers and a market-share of 3.4%.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 5×03: General Ma (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma)
  • 5×04: Gefährliche Erinnerungen (literal translation: Dangerous Memories; Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason)
  • 5×05: Die Wildnis der Spiegel (The Wilderness of the Mirrors; Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO)
  • 5×06: Quarantäne (Quarantine; Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance)
  • 5×07: Das Gift der Schlange (The venom of the Snake; Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage)
  • 5×08: Operation Harpyie (Operation Harpy; SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini)
  • 5×09: tba

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: The second edition of digital billboards is up; this time with a Phoenix design with billboards in LA, Baltimore, Phoenix and St. Louis. Also, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff joined the #SaveMacGyver movement.

Costume Fitting with Justin Hires (via Sarah Downer)

As mentioned before: The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

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

  • Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov recently did a podcast interview for Dom’s Den; hosted by his friend Domenick Lombardozzi.
  • Tristin Mays’ short movie Breathe (2019) has been uploaded onto YouTube by the director.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere on August 5 in Germany. The DVD/BluRay-Release is set for September 24.
  • Swiss TV channel 3+ will start airing Season 5 on August 20 (Friday, 8.15pm), followed by an episode of Season 4.

The Season 4 DVD was released in Australia and New Zealand on July 7. Here’s the DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 outside the US:

  • August 4 (Japan)
  • August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

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.