MacGyver Reboot Update #116

After the bombshell news of Peter Lenkov being fired and Lucas Till speaking up about a work environment of abuse, everything quieted down again. Cast and Crew are waiting for the green light to start filming for Season 5.

Roadtrip Day 23 (via Mike Milligan)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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.)

 

A new Showrunner for Season 5 (encore)
The MacGyverWriters have been back in the (virtual) office since June 12. They are a lot more active on Twitter than in recent years – maybe also to gloss over the upsetting reports surrounding the show in recent weeks.

ICYMI: (Former) Showrunner Peter Lenkov was fired by CBS; dismissed despite having a year left on his overall deal. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news; stating that the dismissal happened after an investigation into multiple claims that Lenkov created a toxic work environment. On July 20, an article by Vanity Fair revealed how toxic this work environement really was and how appalling and abusive Lenkov’s behavior towards cast and crew.

Roadtrip Day 18 (via Mike Milligan)

According to Vanity Fair, Lucas Till had already complained about Lenkov’s behavior to HR in 2017 with no results. After another complaint in May this year, CBS finally decided to look into it. Sources told writer Maureen Ryan that Lucas paved the way to finally put an end to Lenkov’s tyranny. It’s rare for people to speak up on record and even more rare for the lead of an ongoing show to do so. Lucas put his career on the line to stand up for what is right, and it’s probably due to his name attached that this article has been making waves for several days on social media and news sites.

What’s going to happen now?
During the investigation, CBS had already set the wheels in motion to remove Peter Lenkov as quickly as possibly if needed. The timing is interesting, since several former writers of Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver hinted at a revealing article being in the works just after the news broke that Lenkov had been fired. It’s very likely that this article and Lucas speaking up (instead of being an anonymous source) triggered the cascade of Lenkov being fired instead of being reprimanded.

New/Old Season 1 Costume Design Illustration (via Daniel Wheeler)

It’s not clear what incident led Lucas to reach out to HR again in May. But more people and companies have reached out to the author of the article willing to talk, so there might be some follow-up articles and reveals coming. And there might be more personnel changes for Season 5. According to Vanity Fair, Co-Executive Producer Jeffrey Downer is no longer with the show. Several crew members who had ties to Lenkov or spoke up about him; dismissing the claims as lies on social media, have been let go. It’s possible there might be “collateral damage” and an overhaul of entire crew departements (e.g. Jeff Downer’s daughter Sarah who has been working as a costumer on the show since 2017).

So far, every new Co-EP and Co-Showrunner brought in new people they’ve already worked with in the past. New Showrunner Monica Macer will probably also bring in new directors, producers and crew. Additionally, CBS has committed to bring more diversity to the network.

Official Still for “Son of the South” (via Clear Horizon Entertainment)

Both SWAT and Magnum PI are listed with production dates for August. On July 24, Henry Ian Cusick attended an online panel for “Comic Con at Home” (since San Diego Comic Con had to be cancelled); hosted by Entertainment Weekly under the title “Brave Warriors”. He mentioned that filming for MacGyver is planned to resume in August as well, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem very likely.

While MacGyver has the advantage of having a few finished “leftover” episodes from Season 4, they might have to retool the show again to adapt to the pandemic safety guidelines. The focus might be more on character development than on stunts or relationships. Therefore, the “break” between the already filmed Season 4 episodes and Season 5 might be still noticeable; especially with an additional showrunner change.

Pre-Roadtrip excursion in May (via Nick Till)

It will be interesting to see how they’ll manage the gap. They might just re-write the previously intended Season 4 finale and make the actors carry the same hairstyle to ease the shift between the seasons (which means both Lucas and Tristin would have to go back to their Season 4 looks). The easiest way would probably be another time-jump (which is not what I wish for). With Lenkov gone, they could try to reverse some of the storylines and bring old characters back, but that’s maybe too much of a hassle. Let’s wait and see, I guess.

Some fans are still worried that CBS might drop the leftover episodes, but if CBS intends to hold onto any kind of a limited Fall schedule, they don’t have much of a choice. Even with Lenkov’s name attached and Lenkov probably preparing for a lawsuit, the material already belongs to CBS.

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of the Season 3 Finale Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) had 3.480 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) on July 17 brought 3.437 million live-viewers, also with a demo of 0.3.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Lucas Till)

There’s no reruns listed until August 21. There might be some more schedule changes, but at the moment, it will be a rerun of Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan).

What are Cast and Crew up to?
A few weeks ago, Levy Tran was looking at new apartments in Atlanta, so I guess she’s preparing to move back to the area as soon as they get notice on a filming start date. Lucas Till is still on his road trip across the country with brother Nick, roommate Mike, manager Tom and some friends they pick up along the way. Justin Hires has been working on some more music and just announced he’s starting a podcast.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: The Free-TV-Premiere of Season 4 in Germany (4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) had 1.43 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.2%. A week later, Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) managed 1.30 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.9%.

Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) did very well with 1.53 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.8%. It did better than Reef Break and even Hawaii Five-0 (which almost tanked with a new episode at 10pm, which is very unusual). The channel might tweak the schedule a bit, but MacGyver should be safe.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

Contrary to the other seasons, they only air one episode instead of two; probably to stretch out the weeks with new episodes. The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×04: Wettlauf mit der Zeit (literal translation: Race against Time; Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin)
  • 4×05: Der Kaufmann (The Merchant; Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan)
  • 4×06: Deal mit dem Teufel (Deal with the Devil; Right + Wrong + Both + Neither)
  • 4×07: Mörderisches Date (Murderous Date, Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey)
  • 4×08: tba (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch)

There’s also reruns of Seasons 2 and 3 on both Swiss and Austrian TV channels, so the reboot is apparently doing well enough to keep it on the evening and night schedule.

Levy Tran looking for a new place to stay (via Jeannie Morgan)

MacGyver around the World
The Season 3 DVD was released in several countries outside the US recently. The international versions contain a Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes. Season 4 had its premiere in the UK on July 26 (on Sky One).

MacGyver Reboot Update #115

No season without some plot twist news. For this year, it’s Showrunner Peter Lenkov being fired by CBS; effective immediately.

Roadtrip Day 12 (via Mike Milligan)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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.)

 

A new Showrunner for Season 5
The MacGyverWriters have been back in the (virtual) office since June 12. One person probably hasn’t been attending any meetings since last week: (Former) Showrunner Peter Lenkov was fired by CBS;  dismissed despite having a year left on his overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news; stating that the dismissal happened after an investigation into multiple claims that Lenkov created a toxic work environment. Sources say that Lenkov had been the subject of at least three complaints alleging that he was manipulative and abusive while working on both Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver.

As you can imagine, the extent of the allegiations plus CBS firing one of their biggest “moneymakers” made quite some noise online. A few former writers have already hinted about their past experiences, and it’s possible that former cast and crew members might come forward soon.

Roadtrip Day 13 (via Mike Milligan)

Back in May, I wrote about an Instagram post by the Rain Management Group (that was later edited). They announced that Jim Adler joined Season 5 as Co-Executive Producer while Monica Macer joined as Showrunner. They edited the post before I could take a screenshot; and I assumed they had meant Monica Macer will join as a Co-Showrunner. In a Skype interview with The Morning Show for Global News (Canada) on June 17, Lucas Till mentioned that the show just got Macer as a new showrunner. He explicitly said showrunner, which I again assumed was just a slip of the tongue (and he had meant to say Co-Showrunner).

Apparently, this has been in the works for a while now. During the investigation, CBS already set the wheels in motion to remove Peter Lenkov as quickly as possibly if needed. I always thought it was weird that Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas had so much input for Season 4, despite having a lot less experience and connections in the industry. For his overall deal, Lenkov was hired to develop new shows as well, but his latest project simply disappeared without staying in development. As you can imagine, this also sparked new speculations about the surprising cancellation of Hawaii Five-0.

New/Old BtS photo of “Son of the South” (via Joey Thurmond)

What’s going to happen now?
Jim Adler already was a Co-Executive Producer on Season 4. He recently indicated in a tweet that he was fired by Lenkov. Since he wrote Episode 4×16 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO), it must have happened during the ongoing season. I don’t know if he’s currently on the team or not (e.g. if he was “re-hired” for Season 5). Both H50 and MacGyver had sort of a revolving door for writers; and it seems a lot of them didn’t leave voluntarily. Since there’s never any official announcements, it’s hard to keep track and there might be more personnel changes coming. CBS has committed to bring more diversity to the network, and Monica Macer as new showrunner will sure adhere to that.

Since the “leftover” episodes from Season 4 were still written under Lenkov, the changes probably won’t be immediately noticed – but depending on how many episodes they will be able to film this year, we might get yet another soft reboot of the show; similar to Season 4.

ICYMI: The MacGyver Writers will share a teaser for Season 5 if they reach 8000 followers on Twitter; so you’ll know what to do if you don’t follow them yet.

Official Still for “Son of the South” (via Clear Horizon Entertainment)

There are a few CBS primetime shows listed with production dates for August (e.g. Magnum PI) and September (e.g. Clarice), but MacGyver is not part of it. Considering that Covid-19 cases are still rising in Georgia area and with California entering another soft lockdown, CBS might have to decide which shows will go forward and which won’t; maybe relocating some of them or push production to next year.

Tonight, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed). Next Friday, they’re bringing back “The Greatest At-Home Videos” in our favorite timeslot, so there’s no more reruns listed at the moment. There are many more Fridays until “Fall” Season, though – especially if none of the primetime shows can start filming anytime soon.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Season 3 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 3×20 (No Go + High Voltage + Rescue) on June 19 (at 9pm for once) got 3.140 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 0.3. The Saturday rerun of Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) garnered 1.824 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.2.

Last week, the Rerun of the Season 3 Finale Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) had 3.480 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. Not too bad for a Friday rerun.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till is still on a road trip across the country with his brother Nick, roommate Mike and some friends. We got some Official Stills for his movie “Son of the South” a few weeks ago, but there’s no trailer yet. The release date was set for September 16 and last year, there had been talks about the movie having its premiere in Alabama before taking part in the festival circuits. It’s possible that the release date might be pushed to next year or that they decide for a premiere on a streaming network instead.

Cadillac Ranch (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin Mays also had a family outing (for the first time in months), posting a few photos of her visiting the Cadillac Ranch.

On July 24, Henry Ian Cusick will take part in an online panel discussion for “Comic Con at Home” (since the San Diego Comic Con had to be cancelled); hosted by Entertainment Weekly under the title “Brave Warriors”. He probably can’t talk much about Season 5 or the Lenkov situation, but maybe he can talk a bit about the unaired episodes they had initially filmed for Season 4.

MacGyver in Germany
The Free-TV-Premiere of Season 4 in Germany was on channel Sat.1 this Tuesday (8.15pm). Episode 4×01 (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) had 1.43 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.2%. That’s a bigger audience than for the German Season 3 Premiere and a bigger audience and market share for the demo group (14-49 years). It also did better than a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 that aired two hours later.

Backcover Art Preview for the S3 German DVD (via Amazon)

Contrary to the other seasons, they only air one episode instead of two; probably to stretch out the weeks with new episodes. The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×02: Projekt Quirk (literal translation: Project Quirk; Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed)
  • 4×03: Steuerlos am Himmel (Rudderless in the Sky; Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck)
  • 4×04: Wettlauf mit der Zeit (Race against Time; Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin)
  • 4×05: Der Kaufmann (The Merchant; Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan)

MacGyver around the World
The Season 3 DVD was released in several countries this week: Australia, New Zealand (July 15) and Germany, Austria, Switzerland (July 16). The international versions contain a Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes. Considering the Gag Reel isn’t even 2 minutes long, it’s even more outreageous they didn’t put it on the US version as well. Also, it’s completely devoid of any snippets with George Eads.

Japanese Season 3 DVD Cover (Part 2, via Anemo)

Here are the other upcoming DVD release dates:

  • August 26 (France)
  • September 2 (Japan, Part 1)
  • October 9 (Japan, Part 2)

Season 4 is supposed to air in the UK on July 26 (on Sky One). Let’s see if they keep the release date this time.

MacGyver Reboot Update #114

Production for Season 5 has officially begun with the writers office being open. Otherwise, there’s not much news.

Roadtrip Day 1 (via Mike Milligan)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
ICYMI: On June 12, the MacGyverWriters tweeted that they’re back in the (virtual) office and working on new scripts. In a Skype interview with The Morning Show for Global News (Canada) on June 17, Lucas Till revealed that we will see more of Mac’s vulnerability and hopefully more character development in Season 5.

Writer Stephanie Hicks teased the fans that we might get to know the fate of the parakeet that MacGyver and Desi had adopted.

BtS photo of Season 4/5 (via MacGyverCBS)

Story Editor Teresa Huang joined a zoom interview for LockDownCon last week; talking about TV Show writing and editing with a group of 4 other writers (e.g. Nancy Kiu who had worked on MacGyver for the first three seasons). She revealed that it was a bit intimidating to come onto a show that’s already so established, despite having watched all episodes.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS plans for the show to return in Fall, in its previous timeslot (Fridays, 8pm), but here’s no filming date announced yet. Due to the pandemic, all networks had to implement guidelines and safety protocols – but all the planning only helps so much in a global pandemic.

New hairstyle for Riley? (via Tristin Mays)

It initially looked like they opted for a filming start in July, but considering the daily cases rising again in most states and in Georgia as well, that doesn’t seem very likely. The first CBS primetime show listed with a production date (for August) was comedy rookie B Positive (that’s most likely filmed on stage in the Paramount lot). At the moment, it looks like shows being filmed in Vancouver and Hawaii will be the first crime shows to return to work; e.g. Magnum PI (that eyes an August start as well) or the CW shows.

Considering that Lucas Till just left for a cross-country trip of presumably 4 weeks, filming for MacGyver probably won’t start very soon. September seems a much better estimate to me at the moment.

Official Poster for “Son of the South” (via Clear Horizon Entertainment)

For once, CBS did some in-between promo; releasing an article with Lucas sharing a few of the most brilliant MacHacks. Not surprisingly, 3 of the 5 mentioned episodes are from the most recent Season 4 – but sadly not from the episodes we haven’t seen yet.

For the moment, there’s more reruns of Season 3 and Season 4 episodes to enjoy. There’s episodes pushed and swapped and cancelled every few days, so this schedule might already be faulty by tomorrow:

  • Friday, July 10 (8pm): Mason + Cable + Choices (3×22)
  • Friday, July 17 (8pm): Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (4×02)
  • Saturday, July 25 (8pm): Lidar + Rogues + Duty (3×16)

Sadly, they’re bringing back “The Greatest At-Home Videos” for another month, starting July 24. So once again, the pre-scheduled reruns have been dropped.  Of course, there’s many more Fridays until Fall Season, so we might get more Season 4 reruns in August and September.

BtS photo of Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (via Lucas Till)

Season 3 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 3×19 (Friends + Enemies + Border) on June 12 had 3.810 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 3×20 (No Go + High Voltage + Rescue) on June 19 (at 9pm for once) got 3.140 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 0.3. Last Saturday, the rerun of Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) garnered 1.824 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.2.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
With the pandemic and the lockdowns in many US cities, cast and crew mostly stayed home in the last few months. Therefore, there’s not many sightings and news about upcoming projects. For Lucas Till, a first poster plus new Stills for his upcoming movie “Son of the South” have surfaced. IMDb lists the release date as September 16. As mentioned above, he’s just started a trip across the country with his brother Nick, roommate Mike and some friends.

Season 3 DVD Release Teaser Photo (via Amazon Germany)

Last week, Tristin Mays did a podcast interview with Brandon Thomas. She talks about the day she auditioned for MacGyver and reveals that she actually had been thinking to quit acting for good after the 3 auditions she did that day (which was also her birthday). She’s also got a completely new hairstyle. It will be interesting to see if she’ll keep it for Season 5 or not.

Justin Hires’ script for Half Baked 2 was selected to receive a tax credit allocated by the California Film Commission. According to the state tax credit, production needs to begin within the next 180 days (in Los Angeles). I’m not sure in what form Justin is involved in the production besides writing the script and what that will mean for MacGyver; especially in case they can’t start production on the movie within this time limit. Considering he just experienced the personal loss of his older brother dying a few days ago, his priorities for work projects might shift for a while.

MacGyver around the World
ICYMI: The Season 4 Premiere in the UK (on Sky) was postponed several times. Last time I checked, they tweeted it’ll start at the end of July.

Sat. 1 Season 4 Preview Screenshot

The German-speaking Premiere of Season 4 will be on Swiss Channel 3+, just a few days before airing on German channel Sat.1 as well. On June 25, Sat.1 released the first trailer; consisting of scenes taken from the first four episodes. The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×01: Tödlicher Torpedo (literal translation: Deadly Torpedo; original title: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix)
  • 4×02: Projekt Quirk (Project Quirk; Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed)
  • 4×03: Steuerlos am Himmel (Rudderless in the Sky; Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck)
  • 4×04: Wettlauf mit der Zeit (Race against Time; Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin)

Like last year, German-speaking countries get the Season 3 DVD after the Season 4 Premiere – what a missed opportunity for new viewers to catch up.

Japanese Season 3 DVD Cover (Part 1, via Anemo)

Here’s the upcoming DVD release dates for Season 3:

  • July 15 (Australia, New Zealand)
  • July 16 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • August 26 (France)
  • September 2 (Japan, Part 1)
  • October 9 (Japan, Part 2)

MacGyver Reboot Update #113

Production for Season 5 has officially begun! The writers are back in their (virtual) office; working on the scripts.

Virtual Writers Room (via MacGyver Writers)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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.)

 

About Episode and Script Numbers
On June 11, the MacGyverWriters Twitter account changed their profile photo and their header. The next day, they tweeted that they’re back in the (virtual) office and working on scripts for Season 5. Pretty exciting, huh.

Because the writers had added a photo to their tweet; indicating that they’re working on Episode 501, some fans got worried that the episodes already filmed for Season 4 will be scrapped. I can’t imagine that to happen since CBS doesn’t have the luxury to dismiss ready-to-air-episodes at the moment. With the numbers of daily new cases flaring up in California and NY having been hit the hardest by the pandemic, it’s unlikely that all TV shows will be able to resume filming as planned.

According to Variety, CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful halted production just a day after resuming filming. At this point, CBS is lucky if they get all their crime shows to reach just 13 episodes.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Also, note that there’s a difference between the episode number that states the order of episodes being aired on TV and the production number of the script that states the order of the episodes being filmed. Episodes are not always filmed in the same order as they’re aired; e.g. because a guest star or a location isn’t available otherwise. This can be a bit confusing.

For example, they first filmed Episode 10×07 for Season 10 of Hawaii Five-0. Filming for H50 was often out of order due to some cast members having a reduced schedule or in this case because several scenes of 10×07 were filmed on location in LA. As you can see on The Futon Critic (that lists the production number rather then the episode number), the airing order of the episodes was 1002 (as Episode 10×01), 1003 (as 10×02), 1004 (as 10×03), 1006 (as 10×04), 1005 (as 10×05), 1007 (as 10×06), 1001 (as 10×07) and so on.

Script Title Page for Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Sarah Downer)

It didn’t happen as often on MacGyver, but it happened three times so far (as you can also see on the photos of the script title pages):

  • Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) has production number 202 (and vice versa) because Episode 2×03 was filmed before Episode 2×02.
  • Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) has production number 322 (and vice versa) because Episode 3×21 was filmed last in Season 3.
  • Episode 4×02 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed) has production number 401 (and vice versa) because they filmed Episode 4×02 as the first episode.

Therefore, we only know that they filmed 414 in January after the hiatus – but we don’t know yet if it was ever supposed to be aired as 4×14 or not. Similarly, the photo tweeted by the writers only shows the episode that will be filmed first this season, so script/production number 501. We don’t know yet if this will be a newly written episode or a script that was initially written as 420 or 421 last season. Due to the guidelines and safety protocols for the pandemic (see further down), they probably had to rewrite both scripts.

Script Title Page for Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via Tristin Mays)

All you need to know about Season 5
Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season (or rather, what we don’t know yet):

  • CBS plans for the show to return in Fall, in the previous timeslot (Fridays, 8pm).
  • There is no further information yet about the number of episodes being ordered.
  • There’s no filming date yet.
  • There is no premiere date yet.
  • Teresa Huang joined the crew as Story Editor.
  • There’s no new key art nor a new production SAK logo yet.

It’s always been very quiet in June regarding production, but it feels worse this year with no additional events. We did get a BtS video of a deleted scene filmed for Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch), though.

Skype interview with The Morning Show (Screenshot via Global News)

In a Skype interview with The Morning Show for Global News (Canada) on June 17, Lucas Till confirmed that Monica Macer joined the show as showrunner. He revealed that he was surprised when reading the script for the Season 4 Finale and that we will see more of Mac’s vulnerability and hopefully more character development in Season 5.

How the pandemic could affect Season 5
ICYMI: Hollywood submitted a COVID-19 Reopening Plan from studios, unions and producers to the NY and CA governors; with CBS Studios being a participant. They’re very similar to the Georgia safety measures and might lead to changes not only in production, but also in storylines, guest stars, settings and locations. (Note that the guidelines might change again now that California just implemented a mandatory mask rule.)

A new/old Lucas sighting in May (via Dana Till)

For example, the various guidelines implemented so far recommend to…

  • implement periodic and regular temperature checks and testing
  • enforce physical distancing between cast (e.g. filming scenes with more distance between the actors; actors staying in their trailers until they’re actually needed on set)
  • enforce physical distancing between crew (e.g. with implementing virtual writers rooms and virtual casting sessions)
  • limit hair and makeup services for actors
  • scrap open buffets for meals and coffee breaks
  • reduce the number of fighting scenes and/or intimate scenes
  • reduce the number of Extras
  • reduce the number of scenes being filmed in public locations
  • wear masks if cast and/or crew can’t keep their distance
  • eliminate sharing of crew equipment

Sadly, the pandemic might also reduce the numbers of episodes ordered for TV shows in general – not just because of delayed filming for some shows, but mainly because the safety measures and guidelines will not just increase the cost of production and post-production, but might also slow it down.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

It’s possible they’ll build new indoor sets (e.g. offices for Matty or Russ) so they can film in smaller groups or do stand-alone-scenes (e.g. Matty advising over the phone instead of with the entire team in the War Room).

Regarding storylines, we can assume that Season 5 will have less action scenes and less intimate scenes. If they introduced any new love interests at the end of Season 4, they might simply disappear (but it’s not like we haven’t experienced this before). They might also return to episodes with parallel missions; introducing B and C storylines to ensure smaller mission teams. That’s a pity in my opinion, but I guess reduced and limited work for cast and crew with lesser episodes is better than no work and no episodes at all.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS installed guidelines and safety protocols for the TV shows getting ready to film. Yet, all the planning only helps so much in a global pandemic – see the case of The Bold and the Beautiful above. For now, it’s still a waiting game with CBS findind out via trial and error what works and what doesn’t. Since they’re following the usual timeline as they have in previous seasons, they still seem to opt for a filming start in July.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via Noor Anna Maher)

There’s still reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for most Fridays; with occasional reruns on Saturdays. Here’s the current schedule:

  • Friday, June 19 (9pm): No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (3×20)
  • Saturday, June 27 (8pm): Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (3×21)
  • Friday, July 3 (8pm): Mason + Cable + Choices (3×22)
  • Friday, July 10 (8pm): tba
  • Friday, July 17 (8pm): tba
  • Friday, July 24 (8pm): tba
  • Saturday, July 25 (8pm): tba
  • Friday, July 31 (8pm): tba

It’s safe to assume that they will also schedule reruns of Season 4; just in time to end with the Season 4 Finale before Season 5 is supposed to start.

Season 3 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on Friday, May 22 got 4.31 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. A day later, the rerun of Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) had 1.79 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.1.

Season 3 DVD Release Teaser Photo (via Amazon Germany)

The rerun of Episode 3×17 (Seeds + Permafrost + Feather) on June 5 had 3.835 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4; once again winning the 8pm timeslot in viewer numbers. Last Friday, the rerun of Episode 3×19 (Friends + Enemies + Border) had 3.810 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3.

Other MacGyver News
The title sequence for Season 4 was nominated for the AICP Post Awards in the Category “Graphic Design & Animation”. The event was supposed to be held online on June 10 before it was postponed to June 17. Sadly, another project won in this category.

The Season 4 Premiere in the UK (on Sky) was initially set for May 31, then postponed to June 7, and then to June 14. Last time I checked, they tweeted it’ll start at the end of July.

French Season 3 DVD Cover (via fnac)

There’s finally DVD release dates for Season 3 in several countries:

  • July 15 (Australia, New Zealand)
  • July 16 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • August 26 (France)
  • September 2 (Japan, Part 1)
  • October 9 (Japan, Part 2)

Besides Japan, all versions have the same cover and contain bonus material (Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes), so there’s a good chance that fans living in the US will be able to watch it as soon as the international fans get their hands on it.

MacGyver Reboot Update #100

Filming for the rest of the Season 4 episodes is ongoing and we have already some BtS photos and videos taken on set to enjoy. Also, we finally got promo news; including a trailer!

BtS photo of Season 4 (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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Storyline and Promo News
We’re getting closer: Season 4 will premiere in 3 weeks! That’s still a bit of a wait. Good thing: We already got some exciting promo material! On January 7, they released a red logo with black writing; promising that we will find out what this means in exactly a month. Of course, the photo had everyone guessing about it being the new logo for the Phoenix Foundation, for HIT or another bad organization; starting chatter on social media and having the fandom all excited.

Teaser-Logo for Season 4 (via CBS)

On January 10, we finally got a “real” Season 4 preview. In the 30-seconds-trailer, there’s already a lot of material packed in. In a quick pace, we see MacGyver transfer from one airplane into another, saving Riley from an out-of-control-missile (hopefully defunct) tumbling down the stairs, and the team sneaking into a party being all-dressed-up while undercover. Judging by the BtS material we’ve seen in Summer, they took scenes from the first four episodes.

According to an exclusive preview via TV Line, Season 4 will pick up 18 months after the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances. Apparently, everyone in former Team Phoenix has turned to run-of-the-mill day jobs (e.g. MacGyver to a teaching position). That “ordinary” existence is put on hold when Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick), an eccentric billionaire with a shady past, comes to them for help stopping an imminent attack. Realizing they must get back in the game without the resources of Phoenix, the reassembled team is put on the trail of a centuries-old apocalyptic conspiracy that is determined to save humanity from itself.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Preview (via TV Line)

Yesterday, we got the Press Release and a First Still for the Season Premiere Episode via SpoilerTV. The Still wasn’t all that exciting (MacGyver and Russ in the car), but CBS later uploaded 25 more Stills onto their press site which was a pleasant surprise. The synopsis doesn’t reveal too much yet and reads as follows:

Ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley, Bozer, Matty and Desi to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

If CBS follows their Fall promo schedule for midseason shows, there should be another trailer and some video clips about a week before the Premiere. There have been hints about a photoshoot and some interviews, not to forget Lucas Till attending the Corus Upfronts in Toronto back in June, so there should be more promo stuff coming soon.

In other news, Production Design Company Keith Neely had uploaded several Season 4 photos onto their website a few weeks ago. While tweeting about the photos didn’t have any consequences, other accounts re-posting the photos onto Instagram while tagging the official Keith Neely Production account soon led to the photos being deleted. Let’s hope they’ll upload the photos again onto the website once they’re allowed to.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

Season 4 Episode Overview
There’s still not a lot of info listed on IMDb (cast and crew), on TraktTV or similar sites (episode titles) and on The Futon Critic (airdates). Below, there’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes with the most important infos we have so far. Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. The episode filmed as 4×02 is actually the first one to premiere; meaning that “temporary” Executive Producer Terry Matalas had the honor of writing the Season 4 Opener.

  • 4×01 (filmed as 4×02): Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 7)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×02 (filmed as 4×01): Red Cell (+ Quantum) + Cold + Committed (February 14)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 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
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian

Working on Episode 4×14
Filming for Episode 4×14 started on Monday, January 6. Justin Hires provided us with a few Instagram Short Stories right on the first day on set; showing us his “syndication smile” in between filming some scenes with Meredith Eaton in the War Room.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

Within the first few days, we got several additional goodies; e.g. BtS photos by Henry Ian Cusick, by Meredith Eaton and by Lucas Till. So far, there weren’t many BtS photos by guest stars and extras, but Drew Lamkins (who might have a small part as a bad guy) posted a selfie with Lucas on January 9. Tristin Mays had quickly deleted her Instagram Stories hinting at a photoshoot being underway, but Justin confirmed in another video that there are new promo portraits coming soon. Cast and Crew already had their first nightshoot last Friday while filming at the Governor’s mansion. During the early morning hours, we got a video by Lucas showing us how “boring” the filming process is.

Working on Episode 4×15 and beyond
On January 14, Justin Hires revealed the title for Episode 4×15 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness) and that he still needed to learn his lines; despite the early morning hours. The episode is directed by Avi Youabian (who also directed Episode 3×14). Filming presumably started yesterday with Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton setting up for some more War Room scenes. Additionally, they filmed some wire-work scenes with stunt doubles.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Preview (via TV Line)

Interestingly, Justin also filmed the “empty-looking” fire place set; stating that he misses filming scenes in MacGyvers house and the “gold old days”. Maybe the set hasn’t been “unpacked” since the Christmas hiatus, but it definitely looked deserted. Indeed, Justin has been filming mostly on the War Room set this season and hasn’t been spotted on location very often.

Crew, Cast and Character News
I had expected a steady stream of Casting Calls right after the hiatus, but there hasn’t been much “traffic” yet. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for some more Ballet Girls, for Auction BGs and for a Female Fit Model. They’ve also been looking for a Photo-Double for Zach Hanner and for a Stand-In for Richard Garner. Also, Tristin May’s boyfriend Jessie T Usher has a guest-role as “Vincent” in the current episode.

Interestingly, Executive Producer Terry Matalas just got assigned as showrunner for Season 2 of “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matalas has been pulled off the Reboot. It’s not clear yet if that means that Matalas is out completely for the back-order of the 9 episodes they’re still filming or if he’s staying involved as a producer (maybe in name only). To be honest, I’m not sure yet another EP change is a good thing. So far, we haven’t officially heard about the show getting a new co-showrunner (although on the script title page for Episode 4×15, there’s a new name been added onto the producers list).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Season 4 Storyline Predictions
The show being pushed to midseason, the personnel changes in the team of producers and writers plus the late back-order for more episodes might have several consequences. In my last blog post, I wrote an extensive section about these circumstances and how they might influence the season. Here’s a short overview – now including some revisions due to all the new information we got in the last few weeks:

  • (At least) Two Main Storylines: Since the story-arc was initially written for 13 episodes, I always expected the season to be cut into two main storylines after the back-up order for 9 more episodes.

Now that Season 4 will start with a time-jump of 18 months since Episode 3×22 and the fact that EP Terry Matalas has been pulled off the show, it’s possible that there will be even 3 main storylines. The first half of the 13 initially ordered episodes might deal with the fallout and flashbacks of why Team Phoenix was disbanded. With writers and producers initially not knowing if the show gets some more episodes ordered or not, Team Phoenix is probably back to business after a few episodes – especially when considering how much BtS material we got of the cast filming in the War Room.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Preview (via TV Line)

EP Matalas wrote the Season Premiere Episode and probably set the tone for the 13 episodes. Now that he’s already gone, they might have taken up yet another story-arc and maybe even introduce another new villain for the rest of the season.

  • No Holiday-Related Episodes: There probably won’t be any holiday-related episodes. Being pushed to midseason, any premiere date between January and April was a possibility. They probably avoided having to air a Halloween- or Christmas-related episode in Spring or Summer.

That said, by using a time-jump we still might be able to get some short holiday-related scenes in flashbacks.

  • Changes in recurring guest-stars: It’s possible that some of the recurring guest stars aren’t available for the production of the rest of the episodes – or that their characters have already been written out in the first half of the season. I expected this to be the case for Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) or Peter Weller (as Mason) who have only been sighted once on set so far, but also for actors who haven’t been sighted on set yet like Reign Edwards (as Leanna) or Lance Gross (as Billy Colton). There’s also the possibility of bringing back a guest star despite the storyline for this character being “finished” in the first half of the season or in a previous season.

The decision to have 4×01 starting with such a long time-jump only fuels this prediction because the writers (and producers) now can change the history of the characters and the relationships between them however they please; getting a “blank slate” to start anew without having to show us how it happened.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

FIrst example is the relationship between MacGyver and Desi. The last few episodes hinted at a beginning romance between these two characters. If they decided to go on with it, we might see Mac and Desi in an already established relationship; living together in Mac’s house. It’s an easy (and also lazy) way to skip over the usual building of romance and trust between two characters. Instead of “wasting” screentime on the two going on dates and kissing for the first time for several episodes; being unsure if dating a co-worker is the right decision by the middle of the season and discussing if they should move in together by the end of the season, they can get right into the main storyline without having to deal with all this “romantic stuff”; robbing the “MacDesi” fans of experiencing the slow burn and dance-around-each-other-part that many TV shows love to deliver.

Likewise, if they came to the decision to have another romantic interest for MacGyver instead, they can just tell us they dated and broke off or that the first date never led to anything more. In fact, they can add whatever romantic history between any of the characters without having to show us the beginning (or the potential ending and the characters dealing with it) since it all happened off-screen – only to bring it back later when it suits them to add tension.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Preview (via TV Line)

It also means that the writers don’t have to deal at all with characters played by actors that aren’t available this season. lnstead of trying to find explanations for Leanna’s absence, they can just tell us that Leanna and Bozer broke it off a long time ago. That also means that they can introduce new characters (e.g. a new girlfriend for Bozer) whenever they want or bring back characters without coming back to their storyline happening last season (e.g. Murdoc or Helman who might have broken out of prison months ago). Also, the time-jump is a very handy tool to “deal” with the absence of Jack Dalton. They could have someone mention Jack being retired at some farm in Texas; happily married and/or with kids.

  • Fluctuation in Quality: The back-order for the additional episodes to make it a full season was rather late. I doubt it’s easy to provide 9 more scripts as quickly as possible so the crew can start on location scouting and preparing sets and costumes. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect the second half of the season to be of a bit lower quality with a rushed feel to it and unnecessary plot twists to fit in a second story-arc.

Considering that co-showrunner Terry Matalas has probably already been pulled off for the rest of the season, I don’t just expect a difference in quality, but also in tone and style and the choice of guest-stars since Matalas brought a lot of people he had already worked with during the show 12 Monkeys.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Preview (via TV Line)

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Voting still open
The Reboot is competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs.

Reminder: In Round 1, you can vote as many times as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add a new entry nominee into the “other” box at the bottom of the category. Your choice will be added as soon as several votes have come in. These are the categories to keep an eye on in Round 1:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads, Tate Donovan, Reign Edwards)
  • Favorite Show
  • Best Guest Actor/Actress (David Dastmalchian, Michael Des Barres; closed)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for Episode 3×13, closed)
  • Best Episode (Episodes 3×11, 3×13, 3×22; closed)
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer; closed)
  • Best Writing (closed)
  • Best Stunts (closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)

Season 3 DVD and other merchandise
The Season 3 DVD was released on January 14. If you haven’t done so, you can order it via Amazon US at a great price (it’s still on sale with 50% off).

Season 3 DVD Back Cover (via Bob’s Movie Review)

Sadly, there was no information about the contents to be found. It wasn’t before January 9 that we even got a glimpse of the back cover. So of course, we already suspected that the Season 3 DVD would turn out to be the same “naked” version as the one for Season 1, and we were right. The US version of the Season 3 DVD doesn’t contain any Extras or special features.

Although expected, this is a big disappointment; considering CBS put Extras on all their recent DVDs and Season 3 had been aired as a Fall show with decent ratings last year. There’s no information yet about the DVD release overseas, so we can only hope that the international distributors will be kinder than Lionsgate.

MacGyver Reboot Update #99

A filming hiatus over the holidays doesn’t mean that the production is completely on hold. Apparently, some of the cast have already been doing interviews for the upcoming promo.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

(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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Premiere and Promo News
We’re getting closer: Season 4 will premiere next month! As you remember, CBS had released a short midseason/winter preview of their new and returning shows with a few new scenes of the Reboot. The scenes seem to be taken from the Premiere Episode 4×01 (Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed; also listed on some sites with the title Red Cell + Cold + Committed).

At the moment, CBS is mainly promoting the shows returning (like tonight’s crossover between Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0) or the shows starting soon (like Criminal Minds or rookie show FBI: Most Wanted). I’m assuming they might start promoting rookie Tommy before promoting the Reboot, but with the two shows starting only a day apart, we might get some combined promo spots. A Press Release and a first Offical Still might arrive next week hopefully.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Drew Whitehouse)

According to Jay Bobbin, he recently did an upcoming interview with Lucas Till. We also should get a Press Release and a First Still soon. They didn’t do any special promo for new regular characters since Meredith Eaton joined back in Season 1, so I’m not sure if we can expect some special promo or interviews with Henry Ian Cusick.

Season 4 Episode Overview
There’s still not enough info listed on IMDb (cast and crew), on TraktTV or similar sites (episode titles) and on The Futon Critic (airdates). Below, there’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes with the most important infos we have so far. Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (February 7)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 14)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 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
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard

Principal filming for Episode 4×13 wrapped around November 23. The back-order for the additional 9 episodes to make it a full season was rather late. This might be one of the reasons why production wrapped up rather early (last year, they had finished with 15 episodes).

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

Of course, the main cast enjoying a break doesn’t mean that the production is completely on hold. Stunt and second teams filmed some more stunt scenes and inserts on November 26. During Christmas hiatus, scripts were being written, locations scouted and guest stars and background actors hired. As Set Decorator Nicole LeBlanc stated on December 26, her hiatus was already over. Justin Hires is also back in Atlanta. Judging by the current Casting Calls (see below), filming should resume next week.

Other Cast and Character News
Some information for Henry Ian Cusick and his character Russ Taylor has been added two weeks ago on CBS Press Express. The CBS All Access site hasn’t been updated yet.

ICYMI: A few weeks ago, Central Casting Georgia had the first casting calls for Extras in 2020. They’ve been looking for ballet kids age 9 or 10 and are still searching for background actors during an Auction Scene.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Peter Lenkov; posted back in July)

Season 4 Storyline Predictions
The show being pushed to midseason, the personnel changes in the team of producers and writers plus the late back-order for more episodes might have several consequences. Here’s my thoughts about these circumstances and how they might influence the season:

  • Two Main Storylines: Since the story-arc was initially written for 13 episodes, I expect the season to be cut into two main storylines; similar to Season 1.

Unlike Season 1 tough, there probably won’t be a severe cliffhanger since the writers and producers had to consider the possibility of the show not coming back and/or not getting any additional episodes.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Levy Tran; posted back in July)

If there’s now the intention to have a plot twist in the middle of the season, they could maybe switch the episode order before March Madness to ensure the viewers coming back after the short hiatus.

  • No Holiday-Related Episodes: Production started before having a premiere date and a time-slot. So contrary to the other seasons, there probably won’t be any holiday-related episodes.

Being pushed to midseason, any premiere date between January and April was a possibility. The Reboot could have even ended up as a Summer show, so they probably avoided having to air a Halloween- or Christmas-related episode in Spring or Summer. That most likely also means no mention of Valentine’s Day (despite Episode 4×02 airing on February 14) and no references to the current storylines of the other Lenkov-shows (at least for the first half of the season).

Screenshot compilation of a BtS video of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Tristin Mays)

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that they will air some of the “wintery” episodes in Spring or early Summer. We might even see some snowfall (like in Episode 2×15), but they might explain it with the mission being set outside the US.

  • Changes in recurring guest-stars: Some recurring guest-stars we expected to see might not show up while other guest-stars will.

It’s possible that some of the recurring guest stars aren’t available for the production of the rest of the episodes; occupied with another project they took on while thinking filming for Season 4 will be finished by November – or worse, their characters having been written out with the intention of finishing at least one of the minor storylines in case the show gets cancelled. This could be the case for Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) or Peter Weller (as Mason) who have only been sighted once on set so far.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Justin Hires; posted back in July)

On the other hand, they have now more time and opportunity to get some new/old guest stars; maybe also recurring ones we haven’t seen on set yet (e.g. Reign Edwards as Leanna, Michael Des Barres as Helman or anyone of the Colton family).

There’s also the possibility of bringing back a guest star despite the storyline for this character being “finished” in the first half of the season or in a previous season. Considering they got note in November to push out 9 more episodes with filming resuming in January, they might have been a bit short on elaborated ideas for new characters; hence reaching out to guest-stars with already established characters instead.

  • Fluctuation in Quality: The second half of the season might be of “lower quality”.

As mentioned above, the back-order for the additional 9 episodes to make it a full season was rather late. They might have had to re-negotiate some contracts. Also, the majority of the writers in the current script-writing team are rather young and in-experienced. I assume that even established writers might have some difficulties coughing up 9 more scripts as quickly as possible.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via L. Marie Richardson; posted back in July)

They might not just bring back already fleshed-out characters, but they also might have ordered scripts from new or former writers or even taken up old script ideas that didn’t get made in earlier seasons. I could be wrong (and I hope I am), but I expect the second half of the season to be of a bit lower quality with a rushed feel to it and unnecessary plot twists to fit in a second story-arc.

The current CBS Friday Ratings
There was a Christmas hiatus for all CBS crime and drama shows. The Friday hiatus ends today with the Crossover between Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. At the moment, the average Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • Hawaii Five-0 (8pm): 0.69 in demo (-10.74% compared to last season), 6.89 million live-viewers (-4.40%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.61 demo (-31.56%), 6.32 million live-viewers (+5.45%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.62 demo (-21.56%), 7.47 million live-viewers (-11.41%)

As mentioned before, the Friday ratings have been good this season – so good, that Friday is currently the second-best rated weekday on CBS after Tuesday. The average demo-loss of the CBS crime-shows this season so far is about 16%. As you can see, H50 has been doing exceptionally well this season (despite the new timeslot), while Magnum lost almost twice as much in demo ratings (which might be one of the reason it’s going to be benched to make room for MacGyver).

Advertizing for Season 1 reruns on German TV.

Good thing to know: A timeslot around midseason on a Friday means that the expectations aren’t as high as for shows with a Fall premiere date. Ideally, MacGyver should make the same numbers as the other Friday shows, meaning a demo above 0.6 and a live-audience of at least 6.3 million viewers. The better the ratings compared to the other CBS crime-shows, the better the chances for a syndication deal (which is necessary for the show to get renewed).

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Voting still open
It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Reminder: In Round 1, you can vote as many times as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add a new entry nominee into the “other” box at the bottom of the category. Your choice will be added as soon as several votes have come in. These are the categories to keep an eye on in Round 1:

  • Best Director (Brad Turner for Episode 3×13)
  • Best Episode (Episodes 3×11, 3×13, 3×22)
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer)
  • Best Writing (closed)
  • Best Stunts (closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)

Season 3 DVD and other merchandise
The Season 3 DVD will be released on January 14. It’s been finally added to Amazon US for pre-ordering and is currently on sale (50% off). There’s a cover preview, but still no information if there will be any Extras available. The low price at the moment has me worried a bit that they didn’t include any Extras for the US version.

Season 3 DVD Cover Preview (via Nothing But Geek)

The official CBS store for the show still hasn’t been back up yet. They had been late for the Fall shows as well (not opening them before October or November), so we can only hope someone finds the time to update it soon.

MacGyver Reboot Update #98

The main cast enjoying a break doesn’t mean that the production is completely on hold. During Christmas hiatus, scripts are still being written, locations scouted and background actors hired.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

(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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Premiere and Promo News
As you all know by now, Season 4 will premiere in less than 50 days (on Friday, February 7 at 8pm).

There’s still no additional promo yet. CBS had released a short midseason/winter preview of their new and returning shows with a few new scenes of the Reboot. At the moment, they’re promoting the shows returning or premiereing in January like Criminal Minds or rookie show FBI: Most Wanted. There’s not much promo yet for the rookie show Tommy that will premiere in February.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Therefore, I don’t expect a Press Release and a First Still before January. Sadly, neither showrunner Peter Lenkov nor the producers are very forthcoming with new material. At least Justin Hires keeps posting old BtS photos, even though we’ve already seen most of them.

Season 4 Episode Overview
There’s still not too much info listed on IMDb, but there are some preliminary airdates up on The Futon Critic. Let’s revisit the upcoming episodes with the most important infos we have so far:

  • 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (February 7)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 14)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba) (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba) (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 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
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard

The production “wrapped” on the same day as they would have if they had been done with the season after the initially ordered 13 episodes. Some of the crew and stunt team continued filming stunts and inserts for a few more days.

Lucas Till with a fan at LAX (via David Bautista)

Now, the cast and most of the crew is on a 6-week-hiatus; not coming back to set before January. Of course, the writers are still busy finishing up the additional 9 scripts, which means there’s locations to be scouted and guest stars and extras to be cast. According to SpoilerTV, filming will continue until April.

Besides Justin Hires, none of the main cast are very active on social media. While most of them enjoyed some free time with friends and family, some have started on new projects already: Henry Ian Cusick started working on another movie. Justin dropped another song and a music video a few weeks ago and is penned to write a script for a comedy. Lucas Till was sighted at LAX, but we don’t know if his prolonged stay in LA was work-related or not.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Guy D’Alema)

Other Cast and Character News
Henry Ian Cusick’s bio has been added to the cast bio page on CBS Press Express. Underneath the first character photo, they revealed what might be the title for Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed. They deleted the section about Jack Dalton and exchanged it with some info about Ian’s character in the “About” section:

(…) and Russ Taylor, the quick-witted, Oxford-educated, ex-military skilled in propaganda and lie detection, who shakes things up by challenging the way MacGyver and the team are used to doing things.

Last week, Central Casting Georgia put out the first casting calls for Extras next year. They’ve been looking for ballet kids age 9 or 10 and for background actors during an Auction scene.

Promo Photo for Episode 4×01: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed

Unfortunately, the IMDb episode list still doesn’t go farther than seven episodes in total; with the cast lists still mostly incomplete.

Season 4 Ratings Predictions
MacGyver got a full season order and a premiere date for February 7 in their old timeslot of Fridays 8pm. So what ratings can we expect this season? What ratings are necessary for the show to get renewed?

I know, I’ve been talking about ratings a lot in my last blog posts and if you’re not interested in numbers, that’s not fun for you. Of course, you can skip this section, but fact is: TV shows need good ratings to get renewed – or a good syndication deal. For years, CBS shows that made it to Season 4 rarely got cancelled before a serious drop in ratings. The cancellation of Scorpion surprised everyone and might be a sign that times have changed in the wake of streaming services and dropping live-viewer numbers every year.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

We’ve already reached Christmas hiatus for most CBS shows. At the moment, the average Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • Hawaii Five-0 (8pm): 0.68 in demo (-11.22% compared to last season), 6.89 million live-viewers (-4.40%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.61 demo (-31.56%), 6.32 million live-viewers (+5.45%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.62 demo (-21.56%), 7.47 million live-viewers (-11.41%)

Interestingly, the Friday ratings have been so good lately that Friday is the second-best rated weekday on CBS after Tuesday. Not bad, considering Fridays used to be where networks pushed their failing shows to slowly fade out before cancelling them.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

While MacGyver wasn’t cancelled and in the end got a back-order for a full season, it was still demoted to midseason with only a half-season order initially. Regardless of premiere date and episode count, it still has to “compete” against the other CBS crime shows to survive or at least being able to keep up to enhance its chances for a syndication deal. Good thing: A timeslot around midseason on a Friday means that the expectations aren’t as high as they would have been for a Fall premiere. Ideally, it should make the same numbers as the other Friday shows, meaning a demo above 0.6 and a live-audience of at least 6.3 million viewers.

Problem is that there are too many potential Friday shows. But with H50 and Blue Bloods being so stable in the line-up, it’s not very likely for them to being put somewhere else on the schedule or being cancelled. In the end, it might actually come down to MacGyver vs. Magnum with the chance of only one of these two shows (that have been replacing each other) surviving.

Advertizing for Season 1 reruns on German TV.

About the H50xMagnum Crossover
The crossover of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI will air on January 3. Sadly, MacGyver won’t be part of it.

Overall, it seems like a mixture of bad luck and bad planning. Yes, the logistics were always a bit problematic, but it would have worked out. Sure, it would have been easier with MacGyver staying a Fall show. But the show has been on hiatus for several weeks now while H50 and Magnum are still filming. And even if they had been done after filming the initially odered 13 episodes, they could have sent only one or two of the main cast for appearances on both other shows. Now, they finally got a back-order for a full season, and the crossover has already been filmed. What a pity since they might not get the chance ever again.

Interestingly, Henry Ian Cusick asked on an Instagram post by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov when the crossover of H50 and Magnum with MacGyver is coming, and Lenkov added “soon” plus an emoji of crossed fingers. For now, there’s no indication though that there will be anything more than another Easter Egg in the crossover.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov; posted back in July)

Best of TV Awards: Voting has started
It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is eligible for the yearly “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. For now, you can vote as many times as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add a new entry nominee into the “other” box at the bottom of the category. Your choice will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – don’t fret, it usually takes a day or two. So add your favorites in there and vote as many times as you want as long as the categories stay open. If it’s like last year, there will be several rounds with new categories added over time.

At the moment, you can vote for the categories “Best Couple” and “Best Non-Human Character or Prop”. For the couple category, the rule states that characters must be either married, dating or shared intimate romantic exchange sometime in 2019, so only “real” couples in an episode with a 2019 airdate are eligible. For the reboot, that means Episode 3×11 and later (e.g. Bozer and Leanna). For the Prop category, you can vote for Sparky.

Season 3 DVD Cover Preview (via Nothing But Geek)

The Season 3 DVD and other merchandize
According to several websites, the Season 3 DVD will be released on January 14. There’s alredy a cover preview, but no information yet if there will be any Extras available.

Sadly, the official CBS store for the show still hasn’t been back up yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #97

MacGyver fans, rejoice again! We have a premiere date for Season 4 AND a DVD release date for Season 3!

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Alison)

(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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Premiere and Promo News
ICYMI: Season 4 will premiere on February 7 next year – in the “old” timeslot of Fridays, 8pm. Lucas Till made the announcement together with Executive Producer Henry Winkler who had visited the set that day.

All the MacGyverCBS social media accounts got a new header for the occasion. Otherwise, there’s not much promo yet. CBS had released a short midseason/winter preview of their new and returning shows with a few new scenes of the Reboot as well; featuring Mac, Desi and Russ.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

I expect a Press Release and a First Still in January the latest. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait as long for a trailer as for Season 3 (which didn’t drop until a week before the Fall premiere). Sadly, neither showrunner Peter Lenkov nor the producers are very forthcoming with new material.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Only 60 plus a few days left until the Premiere of Season 4. There’s still not too much info listed on IMDb, but there are already some preliminary airdates up on The Futon Critic. Let’s revisit the upcoming episodes with the most important infos so far:

  • 4×01: (title tba) (February 7)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 14)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba) (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba) (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 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
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard

To recap my last blog post: For Episode 4×12, they filmed scenes in the War Room, at Foxhall Resort, in a set dressed as a court room in Stockbridge City Hall and driving scenes both on stage and on location; involving a fake baby. For Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World), they set up at a dam near Eatonton, next to Lake Oconee.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via City of Stockbridge Government)

If you have some TV experience, you know there is a possibililty that the court room scenes actually belong to the midseason finale episode with Mac being held accounted for the things he had to do to actually save the world. It’s possible they did some rewrites to the episode once they got the back-up order for 9 more episodes, so the episode might actually end in a cliffhanger.

It’s a wrap – sort of
Surprisingly, the production “wrapped” on the same day as they would have if they had been done after 13 episodes. There was even a hiatus cake in the office of the costume departement. Beforehand, they had an early Christmas hiatus lunch with the cast and crew getting their wrap gift (of a set chair) as an early Christmas gift.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Carlos Bernard)

Some of the crew and stunt team continued filming stunts and inserts for a few more days; e.g. a car chase scene. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew members flew back home to visit their family. Right now, the cast and most of the crew is on a 6-week-hiatus; not coming back to set before January. According to SpoilerTV, filming will continue until April.

Besides Justin, none of the main cast seems to be very active on social media; enjoying their days off or working on new projects. Lucas spent Thanksgiving at his mom’s place with his brother Nick. Since then, he’s only been sighted twice; the last time yesterday in LA. Henry Ian Cusick is working on another movie project at the moment. Apparently, Levy Tran’s dog Carl is staying with a few dog buddies for a couple months. It’s possible that Levy is travelling out of country; for either work or for holidays. So far, she hasn’t resurfaced on social media at all.

Other Cast and Character News
ICYMI: There was a huge spoiler about Scottie Thompson’s character name on the call sheet for Episode 4×13 – probably the reason why TV Line had refused to reveal it in their spoiler article last month. (And also the reason why I haven’t posted it on Twitter yet.)

Screenshot of a BtS video of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Taylor Gardner)

So far, Central Casting Georgia hasn’t put out any casting calls for Extras since the production hiatus started. Additionally, the IMDb episode list still doesn’t go farther than Episode 4×06; with most of the cast lists barely filled.

MacGyver in Germany
In Austria, every Season 2 episode had about 37’000 live viewers (which is less than half the average for Season 1). There’s no information yet if they’ll also air Season 3.

On November 23, German Free-TV channel Kabel 1 started airing two reruns of Season 1 every Saturday; replacing reruns of Hawaii Five-0.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Steven Serna)

Season 4 predictions
MacGyver got a full season order and a premiere date for February 7 in their old timeslot of Fridays 8pm. So what can we expect this season? Let’s take another look at the predictions; getting more defined the more information we get.

  • Friday Schedule: The press release had announced that MacGyver will finish in Spring. That’s a bit difficult with a full season of 22 episodes, especially if they have a 3-week-hiatus again for March Madness and are in production until April 2020. After MacGyver concludes, Magnum PI should resume on Fridays.

Prediction: According to The Futon Critic, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods will air their Season Finales on March 13 and March 20 (the day MacGyver will air Episodes 4×06 and 4×07). That doesn’t seem very likely, though. If they get another order of 25 episodes and the same amount of breaks in between like in recent years, H50 won’t be done until mid-May anyway.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via City of Stockbridge Government)

Instead of putting in all those little breaks and airing reruns of H50 at 9pm, they could air two episodes of MacGyver a week or bring back Magnum PI at 9pm instead of 8pm. The upcoming Friday schedule in Spring and Summer might depend on how good Magnum does ratings-wise before they take it off schedule and what the ratings of MacGyver will look like.

  • Ratings: Most Fall start up in ratings on the same level they ended in Spring; reaching their peak around midseason. The same holds true for the current shows of the Friday line-up.

Prediction: The Season 3 Finale Episode had a demo of 0.65 and a live-audience of 5.472 million viewers. Season 4 starts at midseason, so it will probably start lower than it would have in Fall (around a 0.6 demo and an audience of 5 million live-viewers if we’re lucky), not peaking as high and dropping faster; especially after both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are done with their seasons.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

That doesn’t sound very positive, but a timeslot around midseason on a Friday also means that the expectations aren’t as high as they would have been for a Fall premiere. Nonetheless, the Friday ratings are so good lately that Friday is the second-best rated weekday on CBS after Tuesday. Not bad, considering Fridays used to be where shows were pushed to slowly fade out before they get cancelled.

Both H50 and BB are remarkable stable in ratings and their reruns have usually higher audiences than some other shows airing a new episode (about 4-5 million live-viewers), so they sure won’t hurt the ratings for MacGyver.

  • Crossover Potential: They already finished filming the crossover between Magnum and H50 that will air on January 3.

For now, it doesn’t seem very likely that the Reboot will get a crossover at all this season. The best chance would be with another midseason crime show, but none of the midseason rookies (FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy) are being filmed in Atlanta and Criminal Minds has already wrapped months ago.

  • Story-Arc: If you remember: The back-order for the additional 9 episodes was rather late. Some of the crew had already stated on social media a few months ago that they will move on to other jobs in December or January (e.g. Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave).

Prediction: Since the story-arc was initially written for 13 episodes, I expect the season to be cut into two main storylines; similar to Season 1. It’s possible that some of the crew and the recurring guest stars aren’t available anymore for the production of the rest of the episodes.

Lucas Till at the Upscale Sports Lounge 3rd Base Grand Opening (via Getty Images)

On the other hand, they have now more time and opportunity to get some new/old guest stars; maybe also recurring ones we haven’t seen on set yet (e.g. Reign Edwards as Leanna, Michael Des Barres as Helman, Lance Gross as Billy Colton or Billy Baldwin as Elwood).

  • Season 3 DVD and other merchandize: According to several websites, the Season 3 DVD will be released on January 14. There’s no information yet if there will be any Extras available.

The official CBS store for the show still hasn’t been back up yet. Considering they’ve been offering reduced prices for several times since Fall TV season started and Christmas is nearing soon, it’s still a bit questionable to me why they haven’t “opened” it again yet.

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.

MacGyver Reboot Update #87

Filming for Season 4 has started. We already got some good BtS material to tie us over until we finally get to see the episodes.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Justin Hires)

(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
Filming started on Monday, July 8. For now, Season 4 will have 13 episodes with filming expected to wrap in November (unless CBS orders more episodes).

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Ashley Ryan Carlton)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far:

At the moment, information about cast and crew is still scarce on IMDb, but that will hopefully change soon. They seem more careful this season not to reveal any script title pages or storylines. Also, with a few personnel changes, I’m still in the process to find the new crew people working on the Reboot.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Kjaay)

In other news, both the stunt doubles for the main characters in Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI have been seen filming scenes together in Hawaii last week. It’s not clear yet if they’re doing a “full” crossover this season. But even if they are, MacGyver probably won’t be part of it – despite Lenkov and the rest of the cast talking about a crossover of all Lenkov-shows back at Paley Fest LA in March this year.

Working on Episodes 4×01 and 4×02
Filming for Episode 4×01 started on Monday, July 8. As expected, we didn’t have to wait for long for the first BtS material: Justin Hires showed us his new trailer first thing in the morning, followed by several Instagram short stories. The cast filmed scenes in the Phoenix lab and in the War Room. Henry Ian Cusick, who plays the new regular character of Russ Taylor, posted a group photo on Twitter.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Levy Tran uploaded Part 2 of “Who Stole the Bran Muffin?” via Instagram Short Stories. According to Still Photographer Guy D’Alema, it’s certainly not necessary for cast and crew to steal any food from each other since there is a lot of sweets available on the crafty table.

Guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier teased us with a glimpse of the Episode Title Page by hiding all the important info on it. While the title still remained a secret, Guy D’Alema revealed that the episode is directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had already directed Episode 3×17). We did get a title for Episode 4×02 though: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×02 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

On July 11, Justin Hires posted another group photo taken in the War Room. They filmed scenes in Tac Gear that day. While Levy and Lucas posted Insta stories, Peter Lenkov uploaded a photo of Lucas, Levy and Ian filming, followed by a few more photos (e.g. of Mac and Russ dragging Desi away or of Mac and Russ sitting in the War Room) soon after. As it later turned out, they had their first night shoot for the season thad day.

On July 12, Lucas Till posted a BtS photo of what looks like Mac and Desi trying to steal a computer chip. Several of the cast uploaded Insta stories, while Meredith Eaton posted a photo of her with Justin. For once, we even got a clear group photo of all the current regulars which hasn’t happened since the filming of the Season 2 Finale.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Lucas Till)

On July 15, filming continued on the Arcade set with the “Pizza Paradise” we’ve already seen in several episodes. Both Tristin and Lucas uploaded several Insta stories of them having fun during the breaks. Interestingly, Lucas’ Stand-In Matthew was still sporting Mac’s long hair from Season 3. He just cut it yesterday, so it’s not clear if they filmed a flashback scene or if it hadn’t been relevant until now.

The next day, the crew set up inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Lucas Till uploaded many Insta stories, joking about storming Area 51 and revealing the set do be dressed as Cheyenne Mountain. He also might have to crawl through some poisonous gas in this episode.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Levy Tran)

Wednesday and yesterday, they filmed scenes in the War Room and in MacGyver’s house. Levy Tran posted a photo of herself with her stunt double Danya Bateman who has a copy of Levy’s tattoos on her chest and her arms.

It seems the long days have already caught up with some of the crew and cast that loves to post stories of their co-workers taking a nap on set. According to director Lily Mariye, she started pre-production on the Reboot today, presumably for Episode 4×03.

In other News, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued writing science notes about the MacHacks; adding a blog post for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) and for Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) replaced Craig O’Neill as Co-Showrunner. They also added two new female writers to the team while former writer Nancy Kiu started working on CW’s Batwoman.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Meredith Eaton)

Levy Tran has been promoted to Series Regular. Henry Ian Cusick will play the new regular character of Russ Taylor, a wealthy Oxford-educated ex-military who is a master manipulator and salesman — skilled in propaganda and lie detection with an extremely high emotional intelligence. Interestingly, he hasn’t been sighted that often. For now, it’s unclear how much screentime “Russ” will have or if Ian is just keeping out of the Instagram spotlight.

Most of the Stand-Ins are back as well. Interestingly, former Stand-In of George Eads (Michael Doggett) has been on set, too (seen in an Insta story by friend Matthew Albright). It’s possible he’s standing in for Ian which would be kinda ironic.

According to TV Line, Emmanuelle Vaugier is set to guest-star as Major Frost, a general’s assistant who appears dutiful but may in fact be committed to a nefarious cause.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Guy D’Alema)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bar and Coffee Patrons (with or without car), for a Featured Bartender, for Military People, for Asian, Middle Eastern and Caucasian Bad Guys and for a Featured Soldier being unconscious and in his undergarments only.

They also had Casting Calls for Arcade Players, for Film Festival Patrons, for Guards, a Mariachi Band, for Students with Bikes and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Levy Tran, Todd Stashwick or for Jean Elie).

MacGyver in Switzerland and Germany
The 3rd Season is starting in Germany on July 23rd. German channel Sat.1 will air two episodes every Tuesday, followed by a new episode of Lethal Weapon. As expected, Swiss channel 3+ just started airing the episodes on short notice this Wednesday, trying to lure in the Swiss viewers. They will also air reruns of Season 2 in between.

Pity that the Season 2 DVD isn’t out before mid-August. Also, Sat.1 has been struggling with ratings on Tuesdays since they changed Crime Mondays to Crime Tuesdays. Both Whiskey Cavalier and Lethal Weapon haven’t been doing as well as expected.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Peter Lenkov)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×01: 50 Millionen Diamanten (literal translation: 50 Million Diamonds, original title: Improvise)
  • 3×02: Daltons Helden (Dalton’s Heroes, Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship)
  • 3×03: Zurück aufs College (Back to School, Bozer + Booze + Back To School)
  • 3×04: Atemnot (Respiratory Distress, Guts + Fuel + Hope)
  • 3×05: Tag der Toten (Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family)
  • 3×06: Murdocs Rosenkrieg (Murdoc’s War of Roses, Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc)
  • 3×07: Mattys Geheimnis (Matty’s Secret, Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly)

There have been TV adverts so far, but otherwise there’s not much promo going on. Even the official website by Sat.1 still seems to be in the process of being updated. Before, they still had “Patricia Thornton” listed as a regular character.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: Greenlight Hollywood released a second MacGyver collectible: Jack Dalton’s 67 Pontiac GTO convertible. Check out the photos and description here.

Here’s a recap of the other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • July 24: Season 2 DVD released in France
  • August 11: Teen Choice Awards (nominations in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor)
  • August 15: Season 2 DVD released in German-speaking regions
  • September 17: book release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”

According to an article from June 3, CBS has announced new licensees for its TV properties; MacGyver being one of them. Almost all crime shows shops for CBS are still down at the moment, so they might be already in the process of updating the shop pages with new fan articles.