The Best of the Best (II) – Top 5 Blog Posts in 2018

We still have to wait for about two months for the start of Season 4 and the production is currently on hiatus until January. Also, maybe you joined the fandom only recently? So you might enjoy or have finally some time to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot.

Hereby, I present you my Top 5 Blog Posts 2018 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of last year. And I added a few photos in between so it’s all the more fun for you – and maybe a way to get you to check out the full original post in case you missed it back then?

Official Still of the Unaired Pilot (via CBS)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 1 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017, you can check it out here. The top posts in 2017 were all posts about “deleted” scenes in the pilot script. The top posts for 2018 are a bit more varied, thankfully.

 

Rank 5 (221 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (VI) – The Promo (Part 3: The TCA Portraits)

In this blog post, I wrote about the main cast plus Executive Producers Peter Lenkov and James Wan attending the TCA Summer Press Tour Event back in August 2016.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Hollyrood Reporter)

Before the panel, the main cast took part in a photoshoot for the so-called Summer Studio Portraits. Pretty people posing for pretty photos – what else do you need?

Still wish we had gotten a group photo, though *sigh*.

 

Rank 4 (233 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XIX) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 5)

Funny coincidence: This blog post was already on Rank 4 for the top posts in 2017.

The rebooted Pilot Script for the MacGyver Reboot was written by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. In this blog post, I wrote about two scenes written into the pilot script that we didn’t get to see in the episode that aired on TV.

One is a conversation between Mac and Jack about Nikki while racing the (stolen) handyman van to the airport. The other one is an excerpt about the missile prop with Team Phoenix sitting around Mac’s firepit.

 

Rank 3 (270 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (I) – The Unaired Pilot: Origins

In this blog post, I wrote about the origins of the Unaired Reboot Pilot. There’s mentions of another unaired pilot (Young MacGyver with Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki), a script that wasn’t used, a script that was used for a pilot that never aired and the reboot of the Reboot….

Unaired Pilot Character Description for Angus MacGyver (via SpoilerTV)

Sounds confusing, but is state of the art for pilot season and pretty interesting. The character descriptions alone are worthy of a blog post. Too bad we probably will never get to see this pilot that never aired…

 

Rank 2 (328 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (II) – The Unaired Pilot: Promo

The aforementioned Unaired Pilot I just wrote about actually got some promo material as well. This is what I wrote about in this post.

Because CBS decided to reboot the Reboot with a different main cast team and a different showrunner, they declared the promo material to “promo non grata” and erased all their former tweets, posts and previously released Official Stills for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts.

Promo Poster at the LA TV Screenings (via Peter Lenkov)

Well, not they couldn’t erase it completely. Some media outlets still use the old logo and the old stills. What once was posted online, has a tendency to come back again. I really hope that some day, we’ll see more of it.

 

Rank 1 (351 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (I) – The Hair (Part 1)

When people talk about Original MacGyver, they often mention his glorious hair. There was a lot of “hair drama” surrounding the Reboot as well. So in this blog post – my first non-update-blog-post back in 2017, actually – I write about MacGyver’s hair. And it was the top post of 2018.

Lucas Till in June and July 2016

Funny thing: At the moment, it’s still the top post of this blog (with almost 700 hits). Maybe I finally find the time to write Part 2 of this “hairy” topic….

 

Runner-up posts to give you the Top Ten of 2018:

Looking Back at Season 3 (V) – The Official Stills (Part 5)

It’s been 6 weeks for the Fall shows on CBS. Not for MacGyver, sadly. So let’s (finally!) finish another blog post to help easing the pain of having to wait for Season 4, no?

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know.)

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via Getty Images)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can read the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit there. Part 3 (Episodes 3×11 to 3×15) is to be found here. And there you can read Part 4 (Episodes 3×16 to 3×19).

 

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For Episode 3×20, we got 11 Official Stills by Still Photographer Jace Downs. Most of them are not all that interesting, but there is a nice team shot that already has been used for a lot of Season 4 fan art.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: The walking team shot one, of course.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. Four Stills of the cast sitting in a car just aren’t all that good for getting people interested in the episode beforehand.

 

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (Erik Voake)
For Episode 3×21, we got 11 photos. Sadly, the Official Stills were never released on SpoilerTV in good quality. Some of the Stills aren’t even available anyhwere but on Getty Images.

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via MacGyverCBS)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people doing obscure things. A longer scene with Desi and Oversight could have been very interesting – considering she’s now taking over the role of Jack (who Oversight kind of chose to be put together with Mac to watch his back while he didn’t with Desi).

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not much to choose from. Only one Still with the main character – and it’s watermarked. To be honest, I don’t really like this episode that much and I think the BtS photos are way more interesting. It had originally been intended to be the Season Finale and I’m really glad they didn’t go with it.

 

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Jace Downs)
The Season Finale delivered 12 Official Stills. Weirdly, CBS later deleted 4 of them from their official press release page before SpoilerTV got a hand on them. As with Episode 3×21, these Stills are only available via Getty Images and therefore watermarked.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via TV Insider)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac doing his thing while the others don’t really know what’s going on.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: With the press release, it wasn’t a secret anymore that Peter Weller would be guest-starring as the big bad in this episode. A Still with him would have been nice. Also, for a Season Finale, the Stills aren’t all that exciting – but the same can be said about the finale episodes for the previous seasons. On the other hand, they had released the first Still for the Season 2 Finale as a First Look Still of Oversight via TV Line. Nothing like that this time.

MacGyver Reboot Update #92

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

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

 

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

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

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Leonardo Nam)

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

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

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

Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Lucas Till)

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

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

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

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

Header for the “About” section on CBS All Access

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Sarah Downer)

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

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

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

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

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Murray)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

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

Looking Back at Season 3 (IV) – The Official Stills (Part 4)

It’s promotion time for the Fall shows on CBS. Not for MacGyver, sadly. So let’s finish another blog post to help easing the pain of having to wait for Season 4, no?

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know.)

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can read the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit here. Part 3 (Episodes 3×11 to 3×15) is to be found here.

 

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For Episode 3×16, we got 9 Official Stills by Still Photographer Guy D’Alema. They all feature Riley, Bozer and/or Desi in the lab with Sparky. Later, CBS added 4 screenshots of Mac and Desi out on the main mission as additional Stills.

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: It might be a rather blurry screenshot, but I still prefer Mac out in the wild over a lab photo. Sorry, Guy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I still think it’s an interesting choice to get the Still Photographer to a certain location on the day the main character isn’t there. Especially since for this episode, not much happens in the lab. Maybe there had been a schedule change.

 

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Jace Downs)
For Episode 3×17, we got 13 Stills of the team either in the lab or on the main mission. Besides in one photo, there’s not much action going on.

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

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people standing around and looking dangerous.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not much to choose from besides pretty people standing around and looking pretty. I guess it could be worse.

 

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + HIT (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×18 delivered 19 Official Stills; 18 of them featuring one or more members of Team Phoenix staring down Murdoc.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac and MacDaddy confronting Murdoc. With James seemingly holding MacGyver back or trying to protect him, the Still allows speculations into different directions.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 18 Stills of Team Phoenix staring down Murdoc. They could have at least provided one with Murdoc’s nemesis Helman. I mean, it’s Michael Des Barres, everyone. And with all the BtS photos and the trailer, it wasn’t a secret anymore that MDB would be guest-starring in this episode.

 

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Jace Downs)
We got 8 Stills for this episode; all of them of Mac and/or Desi on the main mission.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Desi in a tense conversation. This might get interesting.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: I think the episode would have provided better opportunities at Stills. But the Still Photographer is scheduled for a specific timeslot and has to take photos of what he can. I felt some of the BtS photos were more interesting, though.

 

(More coming soon.)

Looking Back at Season 3 (III) – The Official Stills (Part 3)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit here.

 

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For Episode 3×11, we got 11 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission – or rather the memory of a main mission – with Mac and Jack.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: To me, Guy D’Alema is the best of the bunch of Still Photographers they have been using for Official Stills. My favorite Still of this episode is the perfect example – he chooses interesting angles. Even when he takes photos of the same scene, they don’t all look the same.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded an additional Still of the B-storyline with Riley, Leanna and Bozer, though. Or of the current storyline of Mac and Jack being held prisoner.

 

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Richard DuCree)
For Episode 3×12, we got 13 Stills of the team involved in the main mission. For once, the photos featured the team in different constellations.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Bozer, Mac and Riley. We didn’t get many Stills of the “core” team this season. The cast appears usually in pairs or alone in the Still photos; not as a group.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not having a Still with Jack to choose from is always disappointing.

 

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Guy D’Alema)
Episode 3×13 delivered 9 Official Stills; all of them featuring MacGyver and the main mission.

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via CBS Press Express)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac doing some MacGyvering. What else do you need?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s nice to see Mac doing his thing out in the wild, so nothing disappointing here.

 

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Guy D’Alema)
We got 9 Stills for this episode; all of them of the main cast.

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacRiley! As a runner-up, we have Mac and Jack contemplating food at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in pretty clothes looking pretty. But it’s the last episode with Jack *sniff*. And there’s not even a group photo of them all dolled up.

 

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 12 Official Stills. The new recurring cast member got 2 Stills all for herself and the guest star is in several of them as well.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people looking fierce.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: No close-up Still of the canine guest star. He’s cute and deserves to have his own portrait.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #84

What a bummer: Although renewed for another Season, the show was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. Filming will start in July like last year, though.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via CBS Studios International)

(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!)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The Season 3 Finale aired on May 10. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime while others worked on different projects. Lucas Till wrapped his movie Son of the South a few weeks ago. He “disappeared” for two weeks – only to pop up at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto (more about that further down).

Tristin Mays at the IFS screening for “Breate” (via Troy Curvey)

The rest of the main cast was pretty busy in recent months as well:

  • Justin Hires dropped the first single for his upcoming album. He has a new website and filmed a music video this week.
  • Tristin Mays’ short “Breathe” was screened at IFS (Independent Filmmakers Showcase) in LA last month. She already won in the category “Best Actress” at “FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood” back in March and reviews are good, but there’s no official release date yet.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution.
  • Levy Tran went back to her old job and spent time with her family. She is busy packing this week – probably preparing to come back to Atlanta for Season 4.
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year. It’s not clear yet if Reign is still part of the project (we all remember the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot), but if she is, that means we might probably have to say goodbye to Leanna for good.

Reboot-related, it’s gotten pretty quiet on social media before the Corus Upfronts. Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Justin Hires or of Lucas Till in Episode 2×01) pops up.

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

Isabel DeLaCruz briefly talked about working on Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) in a podcast. Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued uploading blog posts with science notes about the MacHacks. He’s intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus; adding blog posts for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck), for Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) and for Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire).

About the Season 3 Ratings (Encore)
Let’s revisit the ratings. To freshen up your memory: The Season Finale had 5.472 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.588 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.063 million viewers and a demo of 0.93 (+44%).

The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Comparing to Season 2, the show lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers.

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

Compared to the 26 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019 Season, the Reboot made rank 22 in demo and rank 13 in audience numbers. Compared to the Summer shows on CBS at the moment, it would be at rank 2 in demo and first in audience, but we can’t assume the Reboot will be able to keep its current ratings when airing midseason.

Overall, CBS lost quite a bit in the demo ratings. This happened to the other networks as well – but compared to the ratings 7 years ago, it lost the most; experience an average demo drop of more than 65%.

Ratings prediction for Season 4
Usually, a new season of an ongoing Fall show continues in ratings in September the way it ended its last season. Then, it hopefully rises up and peaks around Christmas before dropping again – which did indeed happen for Season 3. Predicting the Season 4 ratings is pretty much impossible at this moment, though – since we don’t know yet in what timeslot the show will end up in and if it will air as a Winter, Spring or Summer show. Sadly, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings in general.

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

For comparison: The first season of Salvation (another project Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was involved in) in 2016 had a demo rating of 0.52 and 3.53 million viewers per episode. The second season managed a demo of 0.33 and 2.67 million viewers before it was cancelled in 2017. Before Code Black was moved to midseason, it had quite decent ratings: its demo was at 0.93. After being shoved to midseason for Season 3 in 2018, it ended on a demo rating of 0.7 (and 5.66 million live-viewers) and was cancelled.

CBS has several mediocre-rated shows on TV this Fall, so they’re tolerating shows to drop lower in ratings than they used to a few years ago. But it’s difficult to say what CBS will expect ratings-wise for MacGyver and what it will be willing to tolerate before cancelling it. Whatever timeslot the Reboot ends up in, the ratings will surely drop lower than they would have otherwise.

Justin Hires at West Palm Beach Improv (via Ulysses Burdenii)

It’s worth noting that both rookie Spring shows this year on CBS failed – they haven’t been renewed yet and didn’t get a back-order, so they’re essentially cancelled. After 8 episodes so far, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 5.10 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57 on average. The Red Line (Sundays 8pm) ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 4 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.94 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.56. It could stabilize because it has a great lead-in with NCIS and FBI.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Candids Toronto)

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. Sadly, the celebration got ruined not even a week later: The show won’t come back this year since it was being shoved to mid-season. Its Friday Fall timeslot at 8pm will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, since Magnum PI will be airing on Fridays at 9pm.

So far, there’s no reruns planned for MacGyver either during the hiatus. The 8pm Friday timeslot is filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island” at the moment. Starting August 9, they will run Hawaii Five-0 reruns at 8pm, followed by Magnum reruns at 9pm and Blue Bloods reruns at 10pm; testing the new schedule for Fall Season. The same is happening on Wednesday, with CBS foregoing reruns of SEAL Team to air reruns of SWAT instead.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner besides Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
  • As Peter Lenkov stated, they will start filming in July as usual, so in about 4 weeks.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now; filming from July to December. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information about returning cast and crew. There’s also no Casting Calls out yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

BtS photo of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Robert Maxfield)

They might start filming soon, but if we’re unlucky, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. There’s several possibilities:

  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie show or any other show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. This is the most likely option. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. Bad thing: Options are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or even Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary) – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings since MacGyver has all the charactericstics of being an 8pm show. Shows often drop heavily in ratings when being shoved to a later timeslot (see Scorpion or Bull). Also, Sundays is considered the “Death Slot” on CBS (contrary to Fridays on other networks).
  • The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale. Good thing: It could get an 8pm slot and even air on Fridays again. Bad thing: That would still mean we would have to wait until April or even May next year – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings either since this would essentially make it a Summer show. (With only having 13 episodes, it wouldn’t need to start airing before June to be done in time for the new Fall shows to start in September.)
  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a crime show that got pulled early. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. It could even end up on Friday again. Bad thing: Who wants to take over the timeslot of a show that failed spectacularly or got pulled because of a scandal? Also, this doesn’t happen very often; especially not with shows that made it further than the first season.

At the moment, it’s too early to speculate about it too much. Some rookie shows generated more buzz than others, but it’s still difficult to determine which show will be successful with a back-order and which might end after half a season; being replaced by MacGyver.

Lucas Till having fun at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Lucas Till)

The Corus Upfronts and other MacGyver Promo
Like back in 2017, Lucas Till promoted the upcoming season at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto for GlobalTV. It was a pleasant surprise to see BtS photos of interviews and of him posing with fans pop up on social media on Monday. So far, there haven’t been any interviews released yet.

Apparently, the MacGyver Manual got a new cover and title once again: It’s now called “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”. The release date stays the same (September 17) and it still has 208 pages, but it contains now 155 MacHacks instead of 153.

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

MacGyver in France
After keeping stable and peaking at Episode 3×14, the ratings in France have been dropping since Episode 3×15.

As you can see, the numbers for the Season finale were a bit disastrous, but that’s probably because of an important European Soccer Game on another channel airing at the same time.

The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. There’s still no further information about the extras.

Looking Back at Season 3 (II) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via David Dastmalchian)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For now, I’m keeping up the rhythm of writing bi-weekly Update posts, so these posts looking back at the Official Stills will be peppered in between.

 

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For Epsisode 3×06, we got 13 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission with Mac and Murdoc, but we also got the guest-stars in several of the Stills.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Murdoc, of course. This already teases a similar storyline like in the Original Show. And there is a fun BtS video by David Dastmalchian from filming this scene; a screenshot shown at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded one of the B-storyline with Jack and Bozer. Maybe even one of Nasha?

 

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Annette Brown)
For the seventh episode of Season 3, we got 7 Stills of the team involved in the main mission.

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

MY FAVORITE: For the first two seasons, it was rare for the show to actually feature the guest-star in several of the Official Stills, so I chose one of them.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills look a bit different in quality. Also, all of them show pretty people looking confused. Overall, it’s not very exciting for teasing an episode.

 

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Cagacombs + Le Fantome (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×08 delivered 13 Official Stills, consisting of 10 “normal” Stills and 3 additional Screenshots.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: All these pretty people in fancy clothing. And in some of the Stills, they’re even happy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Jack is missing.

 

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Jace Downs)
We got 10 Stills for this episode. Eight them feature Mac, Jack and a dog in the Opening Gambit.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Jack in a cage. And with Jack holding a bone, this setting already screams for an interesting storyline. Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit.

OW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: As I said: Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit. Also interesting they chose to show so many Stills from a scene that isn’t even five minutes long.

 

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 10 Official Stills. For once, the guest-star got a Still all by himself.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I’ts Matty and Mac and they look good.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The guest-star got a Still all by himself. Too bad I can’t stand the character… I’d rather had some more with Jack or with Riley. Or a Team Phoenix Photo.

 

(More coming soon.)