MacGyver Reboot Update #157

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Levy Tran has arrived in Europe to start filming an action movie.

Lucas Till in Atlanta, September 2021 (via Stefano Smith)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till had been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South, but some interviews are just being released now. Watch a 20-minute-interview done in Berlin here.

After his return to the US, Lucas sort of disappeared again. We did get a new sighting in Atlanta on September 25, thanks to Stefano Smith (who had been a set medic on MacGyver for several seasons). On Wednesday, he visited a football game (of the team that is coached by his cousin Bryan).

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Frederic Lebourg)

Levy Tran has been cast in Expendables 4. We don’t know yet how big her part will be, but the Expendables franchise is a big international success and might get her cast in other action-heavy movie roles. She already arrived in London; posting several photos of visiting the British Museum and doing some sightseeing.

ICYMI: Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Otherwise, there’s no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows; e.g. in Hollywood. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
For MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity. Well done, everyone!

On September 23, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show.

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

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Fall Season on CBS started on September 20. So far, 15 shows have premiered. Since last Friday, MacGyver‘s previous time slot is occupied by SWAT.

Lets take a look at the average ratings of the Friday Line-Up. Why is this of interest for us? Simply put: A network cares about money. The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS; even in hindsight. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

Of course, they only aired one episode each so far, but the Friday schedule on CBS has a tendency to achieve stable ratings over the season so there won’t be many ups and downs over the next few months.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has moved from Wednesdays 10pm to make room for the revival of CSI: Vegas. The show premiered with a demo of 0.42 in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.859 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Last year, SWAT premiered in November with a demo of 0.44 and only 2.75 million live-viewers. Its fate will depend on the co-producing network. But considering it had an average of 3 million live-viewers per episode last season and therefore a whopping gain of 53% in audience with the premiere this season, it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up if the show manages to keep these numbers steady.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low; reaching a demo of 0.39 (-25% compared to last year) and a live-audience of 5.226 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number.

Till Family Outing (via Richmond Raiders)

Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.45 (-15%) and a live-audience of 6.297 million viewers. Like lasth year, it does meh for demo, but good in audience numbers.

Verdict: The live-audience loss compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

The live-viewers numbers probably aren’t as important anymore since it’s still bringing in a lot of money.

Other MacGyver-related News
The Reboot is in syndication now; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).

Son of the South won an audience award (Prix du public long métrage) at the “Festival International du Film de Fiction Historique” in Toulouse, France. The DVD was released last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the DVD contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

Son of the South DVD Cover for German-speaking regions (via DVD Cover)

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot; mainly about the Unaired Pilot.

The Houston premiere for the second production of the MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • It looks like the cinematic release of Son of the South in France has been pushed to March 16 next year.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #156

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Tristin Mays has been filming a project that has her dressed like a pirate.

New round of billboards (via Maria)

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

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till has been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. He attended the German premiere in Berlin plus the screening and Q&A in Munich. On September 8, he attended the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). They did a photoshoot plus interviews on the next day. One interview with Lucas and co-star Sharonne Lanier has been uploaded on YouTube last weekend.

Lucas Till doing press for Son of the South (via Son of the South on FB)

As far as I know, there are no other events planned in Europe. According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read the rest these interviews.

Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing; serving beer mugs and sailing a ship. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it. Maybe a short movie? There are several of Tristin’s friends attached that have worked on short movies and parodies before.

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville

Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot. He states that he had already set his mind on doing Magnum PI next and that CBS called him to look at the Unaired Pilot and give his opinion about it because they were worried about sending it to then-CEO Les Moonves for approval.

He states that CBS gave him the option of firing the entire cast if he wanted, but that he kept Lucas Till and George Eads because he saw the potential big-brother-little-brother dynamic that had worked so well on Hawaii Five-0. (Though it also sounds a bit like he kept Lucas based on his potential looks, the way he mentions his long hair several times.)

Lucas Till on set of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via stunt double Peter Wallack)

He says that he didn’t think the pilot was bad writing, but that it didn’t feel like MacGyver. And that he got the series (aka a 13 episode order) greenlit based on him putting together a 5-minute sizzle reel of what he show could be like; stating that this was “sort of insane”.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con were up until yesterday. The panels had covered a lot of interesting topics. I don’t know if they will later be uploaded somewhere else.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Since September 9, there was a new set of digital billboards out (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon); running until September 17.

Yesterday, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show. It was fun going through my vault, reminiscing about a time when CBS still had money for decent promo *ahem*.

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

Season 1 Premiere Billboard in LA (via Byron Nickleberry)

What’s going to happen now?
The first Fall shows on CBS premiered on September 20. Starting October 1, MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT – which should have made room for reality competition show The Activist on October 22. After a lot of backlash, The Activist was pulled (without giving a new premiere date). The show will be retooled as a documentary.

Initially, it had been planned for SWAT to take over the slot of SEAL Team as soon as ST has been moved to Paramount Plus. For now, it looks like SWAT will stay on Fridays 8pm until further notice.

Maybe CBS tries a “wait and see” approach. As mentioned before, they sit on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Also, CSI Vegas is supposed to be a limited series of 10 episodes, but that might change if it turns out to be a ratings hit. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

New/Old photo of Lucas Till in July 2021 (via Jako Fuchs)

Apparently, the Reboot has been good enough for syndication; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process. You can rewatch it here.

Lee David Zlotoff has announced the second production of the MacGyver The Musical; this time in Houston (Texas). The premiere is in February next year. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Henry Ian Cusick for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick was at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • The DVD of Son of the South with Lucas Till is released today in German-speaking regions.
  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #155

The panels for the virtual MacGyver Convention are still available to watch! Also, Lucas Till is promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe.

Lucas Till at the Son of the South Screening in Munich (via Busch Media Group)

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

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Lucas Till is on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South. On August 25, he attended the German premiere in Berlin alongside fellow actress Nicole Ansari-Cox and director Barry Alexander Brown. Four days later, he joined Barry and Nicole for the screening and a Q&A in München.

The movie had its French Premiere on September 8 at the Deauville Film Festival (Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville). Lucas attended the event in France alongside fellow actors Sharonne Lanier, Matt William Knowles and director Barry Brown. Matt and Barry attended screenings of other films as well.

Lucas Till with Skyler Samuels at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville)

They did the usual “festival press cycle” (meaning a photoshoot plus interviews) on the next day. There was another screening yesterday afternoon, but I don’t think the cast attended.

While the “big” festival activities with the A-List stars are mostly happening in Venice right now, Deauville still attracts a crowd of photographers and journalists for the European market. As far as I know, there are no other events planned in France (or Europe). According to AlloCiné, the cinematic premiere in France has been pushed to December 1st. Therefore, it might be a while until we get to hear, see and/or read these interviews.

Lucas Till and Sharonne Lanier doing press for Son of the South (via Verane Pick Brown)

Justin Hires has packed up his “Atlanta crib” last week, so he’s apparently not planning on working on another Atlanta project in the near future. The film Levy Tran was working on has wrapped filming on September 2. Otherwise, there haven’t been any official news about new projects for the cast. I’m still hoping on one of them popping up as a guest star on one of the upcoming Fall shows.

On September 8, Monica Macer joined WeScreenplay for “Cocktails & Conversation”, a podcast talking about the industry and the writing process.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The panels for the MacGyver Con, a virtual event by the fans, went live on August 28. The panels were pre-recorded, and you can watch them until September 23.

Kate Bond for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

Here’s the full guest/panel list:

The panels cover a lot of interesting topics. Tristin Mays talked about what it was like to film scenes with Billy Baldwin as Riley Davis’ biological father.

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

Henry Ian Cusick revealed that due to covid circumstances and shutdowns, some of his lines in scripts were given to Tristin while he was in quarantine. Another time, he had to speak some of the lines that had been initially intended for Meredith Eaton. Kate Bond talked about where she could have seen her character going in the show if she hadn’t been written out.

For the Writer’s Panel, some of the writers are wearing the striped pajamas that were handed out by Bozer on the Season 5 Finale Episode. For additional info about the MacGyver Convention, check here.

Emerson Brooks for the MacGyver Con (via SaveMacGyverHQ)

The official SaveMacGyver website also gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. Yesterday, the team announced that there’s a new set of digital billboards out there (nearby headquarters of streaming sites like Netflix); running until September 17.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins) got 0.9 million live-viewers, followed by Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal) with 0.84 million live-viewers. Both episodes had a market-share of 3.5%.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Tristin Mays)

On average, a Season 5 episode had a German audience of about 0.83 million live-viewers, which is quite a bit lower than the 1.30 million viewers for Season 4. As mentioned before, the lack of promotion by the network this year certainly didn’t help.

What’s going to happen now?
CBS continues airing a mix of reality shows on Fridays; dropping the Magnum PI reruns on Saturdays in favor of SWAT reruns.

The first Fall shows will start airing in about two weeks. The trailers had been released yesterday. MacGyver‘s Friday slot will be occupied by SWAT which will make room for The Activist on October 22, a Global Citizen competition series that will run for 5 weeks.

Lucas Till with Mama Till before leaving for Europe (via Diana Brady Till)

There has been quite the backlash after the announcement; with statements that activism shouldn’t be a competition that falls on being popular on social media and the like. Of course, the SWAT and Magnum PI fans aren’t happy either (either dreading the potential hiatus or the dropping ratings).

As always, the schedule could still change midseason. CBS sits on two returning shows that haven’t found a timeslot yet: Amazing Race and Blood + Treasure. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the other Friday shows will fare in ratings this year.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

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

  • Ed Asner has died at the age of 91. The legendary actor had a part in Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power).
  • Henry Ian Cusick is set to appear at the Dream It Convention on September 19.
  • There have been hints of the OG show being released as a full BluRay set in November, but there’s no official news yet.
  • The OG show plus the Reboot are currently airing on 6 different German-speaking TV channels in three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

Looking Back at Season Zero (IX) – The Official Stills

Every time I dig through my stash of photos, I come across material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

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Unofficial Still of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about the Unaired Pilot storylines. For daily news and to discuss, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

Don’t worry, there’s more to come. Problem is that the days never seem to have enough hours…

Official Still of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (Ron P. Jaffe/CBS, via NY Times)

Rebooting the Reboot
A short recap for fans who recently joined the fandom: The Unaired Pilot was filmed in April and May of 2016; based on a script written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by David Von Ancken. Production wrapped two weeks before the CBS Upfronts – the press event for networks to present their TV schedules and rookie shows.

On the 13th of May, Variety confirmed that the Reboot had been ordered to Series by CBS. The Hollywood Reporter stated that the script might be tossed out and that the secondary cast members were unlikely to return. Deadline added that newly-appointed Showrunner Peter Lenkov would write a new script with the general premise of the series remaining the same; confirming that the supporting cast was not coming back.

Lucas Till in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

The Promo that disappeared
Just a few days before the CBS Upfronts, we got the first Official Still of Lucas Till and George Eads via NY Times; probably taken during a scene set in MacGyver’s home lab. It’s interesting to note that this photo was used for several articles for the premiere and sometimes still finds its way into online articles.

On May 18, CBS released two new Official Stills. One shows MacGyver doing a MacGyverism. The other one is also available on IMDb and has MacGyver in the lobby of the Kresson Building (presumably the “lair” of the bad guys). If you’re interested: The Kresson Building is not a stage set, but a real building with an impressive lobby; located on 5551 Katella Avenue in Cypress, California.

Official Still of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (Ron P. Jaffe/CBS)

At the Upfronts, the networks traditionally release art work and teaser trailers or featurettes to attract the potential audience and international buyers. According to Deadline, a 20-minute-cut-down of the pilot episode had sparked a lot of interest. Nonetheless, CBS declared the trailer to “promo non grata” and erased all their former tweets, posts and Official Stills concerning promo for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts within a few days.

While the Official Stills are still used in newer articles, the pilot so far has never surfaced. Nevertheless, it has an IMDb-rating of 9.6 stars.

Lucas Till and George Eads in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

Hunting for Treasure
It’s still difficult to find material regarding the Unaired Pilot. I never got my hands on the final script used for filming, and the IMDb page had been wiped (it’s been re-added last year, but is still missing a lot of information regarding cast and crew). Many of the social media accounts have been locked private, closed down for good or deleted old photos.

Back in July 2018, when picking up the research for some more Unaired Pilot stuff to add to new blog posts during hiatus, I stumbled over the first “official” set photos, curtesy of Production Designer John Mott on his website.

Mac’s Home; built on Location (via John Mott)

One is of MacGyver’s home, built on location. We can see Mac’s friend and roommate Hunter (Joshua Boone), MacGyver and Mickey (Addison Timlin), plus an unknown character on the left. Sadly, that’s the only photo of this set; which looks very interesting.

The other Still is of MacGyver being kept hostage in an underground lab. Considering the parts of the storyboard I’ve seen, I’m assuming that the villain is holding a bio-weapon.

Secret Lab; built on Location (via John Mott)

The Unofficial Official Stills
Last year, Set Designer John Mott uploaded 6 additional “Unofficial” Stills. One shows MacGyver locked in a cell. Judging by the handful of BtS photos and the teaser trailer, this is our hero during his years as a POW. While parts of the set might have been on stage, some of the scenes were filmed in the “Batman Cave” aka the Bronson Canyon near Griffith Park in LA.

Another one has Mac and Jack (sorry, Lincoln) sitting in a restaurant. I wasn’t able to find out the location, but fun fact: MacGyver is doing some “Fork Art” that is probably a thing that Lucas likes doing (as seen in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew or in a video taken during downtime between promo events in Monte Carlo back in 2017).

Lucas Till and George Eads in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

The other Stills via John Mott look like screenshots also seen in the Teaser Trailer. One scene is taken of Lincoln and Mac infiltrating a lab, the other one during MacGyver’s escape from the cave in Afghanistan. A third one has MacGyver in front of the press, probably talking about his rescue.

The scene was shot in a hangar, and we have seen a few BtS photos by Extras.

Unofficial Still of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

While Still Photographer Ron P. Jaffe does have a website with Stills of his work (e.g. CBS shows Code Black or NCIS), he hasn’t uploaded any Stills of the Unaired Pilot. But who knows. Maybe one day, someone else working on this pilot stumbles over some photos sitting on a computer or phone and posts them on the internet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #148

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

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

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 6 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Billboard in Atlanta (via Samantha Hart)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season 4 DVD Cover for Australia (via JB Hifi)

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

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #147

No MacGyver at the CBS Upfronts. Meanwhile, the fans continue fighting for Season 6.

Digital Billboard in Los Angeles (via SaveMacGyver)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About the Season 5 Ratings
To recap: Season 4 had an average of 6.081 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.67. Episode 4×08 airing on April 3 had the highest audience number (of 7.073 million life-viewers), Episode 4×07 airing on March 27 had the biggest demo (of 0.80).

On average, every Season 5 episode had an audience of 4.740 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.51. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers and demo per episode.

Audience Numbers Overview (graph by DashboardOnFire)

Episode 5×04 airing on January 8 had both the highest audience number (of 5.173 million live-viewers) and the highest demo (of 0.59).

Comparing the average ratings to last season, Season 5 lost about 22% in live-audience numbers and about 24% in demo. Comparing the average audience numbers with the other CBS crime/drama shows, only cancelled shows All Rise and NCIS: New Orleans had a bigger loss (minus 26.6% resp. 23.3%).

So when looking at the audience numbers only, the ratings weren’t stellar for CBS. But when comparing demo losses, MacGyver lost less in demo than NCIS, SEAL Team or SWAT (about minus 27%).

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

On May 7, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of episodes 3×22 and 4×01. At their peak, there were about 408 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1044 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: #MagnumPI (Season Finale) got 206 estimated tweets per hour, #BlueBloods had 587.

On May 14, there was a Watch Party of episodes 4×02 and 4×03. There were about 261 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 721 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: The two-hour Season Finale of #BlueBloods had about 2300 estimated tweets per hour.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via KsiteTV)

About the Season 6 Storylines
Before the Season 5 Finale, Matt Mitovich had interviewed Showrunner Monica Macer for TV Line; talking about potential storylines for Season 6 if the show hadn’t been cancelled. A few days later, TV Line added another article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby.

Juicy reveals bring clicks for websites. On May 15, Mitovich posted yet another article; this time elaborating on what would have led to the first kiss between Mac and Riley.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Justin Hires)

What’s going to happen now?
Sadly, CBS doesn’t air reruns of cancelled shows, so all the pre-scheduled reruns have been “cancelled” as well. As predicted, the replacements haven’t been doing to well; dragging down the ratings of the Friday line-up.

On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall schedule. Our favorite slot goes to SWAT for a handful of episodes. SWAT will then move to Sundays 10pm to replace SEAL Team, which will be then moved to CBS’ streaming canal Paramount+ (former CBS All Access). Depending on how many reruns they put in between, that might most likely happen for midseason. For now, CBS hasn’t announced yet which unscripted / reality show will take over the Friday 8pm slot.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

In my opinion, moving SWAT twice is a weird choice. Whatever will replace SWAT and no matter if SWAT does better than in its previous timeslot, I think the rest of the Friday line-up will suffer in ratings. But a Fall schedule isn’t set in stone. If SWAT does exceptionally well, they might keep it on Fridays 8pm. Or they might decide to pair Magnum PI with NCIS: Hawaii after all.

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

  • The petition to renew the show for another season hit the mark of 27’000 signatures on May 7. It lost about 3000 signatures (due to the website eliminating signatures that hadn’t verified their email address). It’s currently back at about 26’000 signatures as I’m writing this post.
  • A big package of 1 million paperclips have been sent to CBS Studios recently; meaning that fans sent them so far about 1.4 million paperclips.
  • Fans keep sending e-mails and writing letters to CBS executives and calling the CBS offices; also contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series.
  • Some more online articles by news outlets have been published; e.g. by Phoenix New Times about the Phoenix billboard.
  • The GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. billboards, one million paperclips or online ads) is still up; standing at 7750 USD.
  • The 5 digital billboards in Los Angeles, New York (Time Square), Phoenix and Atlanta will stay up until end of May.
  • The GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research is still up; standing at 1770 USD.

The official website is still being updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news and learning about the movment and how to help.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Justin Hires)

Several cast members of CBS shows have acknowledged the movement on social media; e.g. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: LA) or Michael Cudlitz (Clarice); encouraging fans to not give up.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
In recent years, we used to have some events in June to look forward to; e.g. the Corus Entertainment Upfronts in Toronto. The pandemic put a damper on all events last year. In theory, Season 5 would have a chance to be nominated for award shows (e.g. the Teen Choice Awards), but the pandemic might be a hindrance for this year as well.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

Henry Ian Cusick has a movie coming out soon; a project he filmed in Hawaii before they started filming for Season 5. Interestingly, former Showrunner Peter Lenkov is attached as producer.

Tate Donovan’s pilot for FOX didn’t get picked up, so James MacGyver would be available for another season (hint, hint).

Other MacGyver-related News
A few weeks ago, CBS added more merch items of the Original Show in their MacGyver store. They have now 52 items in total.

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

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

  • In the UK, Season 5 will premiere on May 30 on Sky One.
  • The Season 4 DVD release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
  • There’s no release date yet for the Season 5 DVD.
  • The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in three categories: “Best Action or Drama Actor” (Lucas Till), “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“. Tristin Mays won Rank 1 as “Best Action or Drama Actor Actress“.

MacGyver Reboot Update #146

No rerun of MacGyver tonight. Meanwhile, the fans continue fighting for Season 6.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Justin Hires)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About the Premiere of Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Last week was the premiere of Season 5 Finale Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal), directed by David Straiton. We got 9 Official Stills and 6 Sneak Peeks in total; including two Exclusive Sneak Peeks: One by TV Line (Casino Sting) and one by TV Insider (Recovery Plot).

There was also an interview with Alexandra Grey (Parker) for Forbes. AXN Asia promoted the episode with a post about tried and tested MacHacks.

International Season 5 Finale Promo (via AXN Asia)

A few hours in advance, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of several episodes. At their peak, there were about 319 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 631 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

Before and during the episode aired, we got a lot of new/old BtS material; by the main cast (e.g. Meredith Eaton or by Justin Hires), by Showrunner Monica Macer or by the crew (e.g. Tari Segal).

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Tari Segal)

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till and Henry Ian Cusick joined the live-tweeting.

During the premiere, there were about 5200 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 6100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 149 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 2900.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via KsiteTV)

Matt Mitovich had interviewed Showrunner Monica Macer for TV Line; talking about potential storylines for Season 6 if the show hadn’t been cancelled. In an interview with Reel 360, Lucas Till talked about filming during a pandemic and revealed that he had auditioned 4 times for the role.

There were a few more articles later; e.g. by Just Jared or an episode recap by Deadline. On Sunday, TV Line added an article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby. Yesterday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his blog entry about the MacGyverisms.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

To recap: Episode 5×14 two weeks ago got 4.329 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48. Episode 5×15 had 4.479 live-million viewers with a demo of 0.45.

On average, a Season 5 episode had an audience of 4.740 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.51. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 (together with NCIS: New Orleans) in average demo.

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

What’s going to happen now?
There were some reruns scheduled in the usual time slot before CBS pulled them off the schedule. In non-pandemic years, the MacGyver timeslot was often occupied with a reality show over Summer; but filming for non-scripted shows might still be delayed.

CBS doesn’t air reruns of cancelled shows, so I don’t expect to see them on the schedule again (unless the show gets renewed or revived).

For tonight, they will be airing a repeat of a show that just premiered on Wednesday (just before the Magnum PI Season Finale). Next week will be a Gayle King Special before the 2-hour-long Season Finale of Blue Bloods.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
Here’s an update for the achievements of the #SaveMacGyver Movement:

  • the petition to renew the show for another season hit the mark of 25’000 signatures on May 4; standing at about 26’900 signatures as I’m writing this post
  • more than 360’000 paperclips have been sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY
  • fans wrote a ton of e-mails and letters to CBS executives and called the CBS offices; also contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series
  • there’s an official website plus an Instagram account
  • several online articles by news outlets; e.g. by ET Canada, Forbes, CNN, or CBS17
  • a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. billboards, one million paperclips or online ads)
  • digital billboards in LA (2), New York (Time Square), Phoenix and Atlanta
  • a GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research

The fans put together a video with messages for the cast and crew and continue to tweet and re-tweet to keep the hashtags alive.

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

Some cast members of other CBS shows have acknowledged the movement on social media; e.g. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: LA) or Michael Cudlitz (Clarice); encouraging fans to not give up.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Casts and Crew kept posting BtS photos and Goodbye- and Thank-You-Posts on Social Media last week. Some also didn’t hold back on criticism; e.g. Lucas Till’s Stand-In Matthew Albright who revealed that it had been CBS to push for the love triangle and the teenage drama; in his opinion losing viewers in the process and killing the show.

As mentioned last week, Brad William Henke (Jonah Walsh in Episode 2×23) refused to sign the petition; stating that CBS had told him they were going to bring his character back in Season 3 for five episodes – and then nothing happened.

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

On April 28, Meredith Eaton did an episode for Justin Hires’ “Urban Legendz Podcast”; available as a Patreon Exclusive. Levy Tran shared a Stunt Reel video of her favorite Stunt Scenes plus a Photo Dump video of all her seasons.

The writers are still active on social media as well. Alessia Costantini teased the fans that they had already decided about what would be MacGyver’s last paperclip art.

Other MacGyver-related News
The MacGyver Reboot made Rank 3 on SpoilerTV’s most popular shows for April. Last week, CBS added more merch items of the Original Show in their MacGyver store. They have now 52 items in total.

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #145

The Season 5 Finale airs tonight. Meanwhile, the fans keep fighting for Season 6.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Levy Tran)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About the Rerun of Episode 5×01 (MAC415)
Last week was the rerun of Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness). Before the episode aired, we got some new/old BtS material; e.g. by Meredith Eaton.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Meredith Eaton)

A few hours in advance, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of several episodes. At their peak, there were about 349 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 705 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

During the rerun, there were about 617 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1105 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 40 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 35.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

To recap: The last rerun (Episode 4×11 on February 26) had 3.356 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.34. The rerun of Episode 5×01 got 3.158 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.30.

There are some more reruns scheduled for now, but CBS isn’t known for keeping shows on the rotation when they’re already cancelled. In non-pandemic years, the timeslot was often occupied with a reality show over Summer; but filming for non-scripted shows might still be delayed.

BtS Photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

If an already existing show takes over the timeslot in Fall, they might put reruns of that show there. In my opinion, most lower-rated CBS crime/drama shows (e.g. SWAT) aren’t really made for Fridays 8pm or don’t really fit with the current line-up at 9pm and 10pm. It’s possible that they will push Magnum PI to 8pm; serving as a lead-in for a new show (e.g. NCIS: Hawaii). The Fall schedule should be revealed at the Upfronts next May.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Tonight is the premiere of the Season 5 Finale aka Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on April 13 plus a preview after the rerun last Friday. In case you need a refresher (though I doubt it), here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

On April 22, they released another Season 5 BtS interview video; this time talking about dire situations. We got 4 Sneak Peeks on Wednesday plus two additional Sneak Peeks yesterday: One by TV Line (Casino Sting) and one by TV Insider (Recovery Plot). According to the band “The Phoenix Foundation”, the episode will feature their song “Eventually”; taken from the album “Buffalo” (2015).

Digital Billboard in Phoenix, Arizona (via Jamie Andrews)

On April 29, we also got a new interview with Alexandra Grey (Parker) for Forbes. Alexandra was surprised by the wide praise she received from fans, but also disappointed about the cancellation since she “heard some stuff for next season”.

Today, Matt Mitovich from TV Line just hinted that fans would want to visit the site after the episode; getting to know more about storylines for Season 6 if the show had been renewed.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
Here’s an update for the achievements of the #SaveMacGyver Movement:

  • a petition to renew the show for another season (reaching the mark of 20’000 signatures on April 25); hitting 22’100 signatures as I’m writing this post
  • more than 360’000 paperclips being sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY
  • writing a ton of e-mails and letters to CBS executives
  • contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series
  • setting up an official website plus an Instagram account
  • several online articles by news outlets; e.g. by ET Canada, Forbes, CNN, ScreenRant, CBS17 or PopCulture
  • setting up a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. billboards, one million paperclips or online ads)
  • buying digital billboards in LA (2), New York (Time Square), Phoenix and Atlanta
  • setting up a GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research

While the cast and crew were still under contract, they gave subtle hints that they appreciated our efforts. It seems their contracts are up now and they’re not so subtle anymore.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

On April 26, Henry Ian Cusick shared the petition on Twitter. Yesterday, Levy Tran posted a nice video edit of the MacGyver character reactions to the cancellation news.

In an interesting plot twist, Brad William Henke (Jonah Walsh in Episode 2×23) refused to sign the petition; stating that “they told me they were going to bring me back the next season for five episodes and then they just ghosted me”. Fans had always wondered why the character had never been brought back. With his tweet, Brad just revealed that they had indeed set up an entire Walsh storyline – only to drop it later for unknown reasons.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (via Elliott Boswell)

Other MacGyver-related News
There were several more Watch Parties over the week. On the Watch Party on April 24, there were about 175 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 537 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. There will be another Watch Party tonight before the episode airs.

Meredith Eaton kept posting BtS photos of all seasons as Instagram Stories. On April 28, she did an episode for Justin Hires’ “Urban Legendz Podcast”; available as a Patreon Exclusive.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Day Ramphal)

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

  • The Season 4 DVD release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
  • There’s no release date yet for the Season 5 DVD.
  • The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in two categories: “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“.
  • The cinematic release date for Son of the South in New Zealand and Australia is May 20. The release for France has been pushed to September 8, although it might be moved again with cinemas opening next month.

MacGyver Reboot Update #144

Only one episode left for Season 5. Tonight, there’s a rerun of the Season 5 Premiere Episode.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Mike Torino)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins); written by Teresa Huang & Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson. CBS released 12 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Fernando Decillis/CBS via KsiteTV)

Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires, Guest Star Chase Brown (Young Bozer) or Guest Star Wendy Raquel Robinson.

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting (or at least tried to). Writers Teresa Huang and Josh Brown provided little tidbits; e.g. that Papa Bozer’s name Milt(on) was an Easter Egg for the Original Show, that Russ had been on an op in Johannesburg or that Levy Tran as Desi fought her own stunt double Danya Bateman in one scene.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Chase Brown)

The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. Chase Brown (Young Bozer) with Auntie Pamela (Sherry Richards) and with Mama Bozer (Wendy Raquel Robinson). Sherry Richards also posted several photos; e.g with Chase Brown and Cali Reef (Young MacGyver) or with Ernie Hudson.

On April 19, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

Before the episode aired, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of several Season 2 episodes. There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 2100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Wendy Raquel Robinson)

During the episode, there were about 2500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 3000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. Note that these numbers were achieved despite Twitter being broken completely for about 20 minutes (starting about 5 minutes after 8pm) and still acting up for many fans for several hours. For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 109 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 492.

To recap: Episode 5×13 had 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47. Episode 5×14 got 4.329 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48. This is the episode with the third-lowest live-audience numbers this season – but overall, most fans seemed to like it.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.

Compared to last year, the Reboot lost about 22% in live-audience numbers and 24% in demo. While that seems a lot, it barely lost in viewers and demo in Season 4. Also, several other CBS crime/drama shows lost about the same amount in ratings this TV season.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Tonight is a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). Next week will be the premiere of the Season 5 Finale aka Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on April 13. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, we don’t have any promo for the episode yet. Yesterday, they released another Season 5 BtS interview video; this time talking about dire situations and how MacGyver would get out of them with certain items on hand.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Day Ramphal)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale. It didn’t take long for the fans to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement. Here’s some of the achievements so far:

  • a petition to renew the show for another season (reaching the mark of 15’000 signatures on April 16); hitting 19’000 signatures today
  • sending in more than 300’000 paperclips to the CBS Studios in LA and NY
  • writing dozens of e-mails and letters to CBS executives
  • contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series
  • setting up an official website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads)

There were several online articles by news outlets; e.g. ET Canada and Forbes, CNN, ScreenRant, CBS17 or PopCulture. Also, there’s a GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research in the name of MacGyver fans.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

While the cast and crew are still under contract, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts; liking or sharing posts that carry the hashtag “SaveMacGyver”.

Other MacGyver-related News
There were more Watch Parties over the week. On the Watch Party on April 17, there were about 500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

Season 4 DVD Cover Preview (via Seat42F)

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

  • The Season 4 DVD Release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
  • The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in two categories: “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The cinematic release date for New Zealand and Australia is May 6.
  • The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).

MacGyver Reboot Update #143

Only two more episodes left for Season 5. Tonight, we’re going back to Mission City; meeting Mama and Papa Bozer!

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via ShowbizJunkies)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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About Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer); written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge. We got 13 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Peter Allas)

Last week, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires or Meredith Eaton. Because the cast wasn’t busy filming for once, they had more time to post Instagram Stories and to tweet.

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till, Henry Ian Cusick, Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires joined the live-tweeting. Writer Alessia provided little insights on how the episode came to be; also revealing that the Picture Car Team had to build two cars from scratch, starting three months before filming started.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Justin Hires)

The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. by Rat Wrangler Jamie Stimach, by MacGyverCBS or Tari Segal. On Sunday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode, while Alessia continued to tweet little tidbits about the episode.

There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 5100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. In fact, the hashtag #SaveMacGyver never fell below 400 estimated tweets per hour during the 24 hours before the episode aired.

For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 156 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 2200.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

To recap: Episode 5×12 had 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in the important demo category. Episode 5×13 got more viewers, but a slightly lower demo; reaching 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47.

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via MacGyverCBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. In case you need a reminder, here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). Also, we should see Young Bozer and Young MacGyver in a flashback sequence. Both flashback scenes with a young MacGyver for Season 4 had been cut, so I really hope one day we’ll get to watch those, too.

CBS released 12 Official Stills on April 8 and 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Fernando Decillis/CBS via Seat42F)

Writer Teresa Huang tweeted on April 14 that the episode will introduce a non-binary character named Sara (played by Emerson Paige); member of Riley’s hacker collective. She also revealed that the scenes of hacker Brooklyn (Harlan Drum) had been cut from last week’s episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Next week, there will be a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). On April 30 is the premiere of Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on Tuesday. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, we don’t have much information about the episode. I’m not sure if we can hope for some extra promotion (e.g. interviews). It’s a pity that there wasn’t much extra promotion during the season; considering they had a new showrunner.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via MacGyverCBS)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled. It didn’t take long for the fans to get over the stages of shock and denial and to reach anger; starting to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement.

The petition to renew the show for another season got more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours; reaching 6000 by Sunday and doubling within two days; hitting 12’000 on Monday. While the numbers have slowed down somewhat, it has not stopped; hitting the 15’000 mark today.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

Also, about 290’000 paperclips have been sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY so far while fans started writing e-mails and letters.

There’s a lack of entertainment news due to the pandemic this Spring with movie relases pushed back and Fashion and Award Shows being streamed online. But it’s also due to fans reaching out to news outlets that the #SaveMacGyver Movement has started to make the news on the weekend.

By Sunday, the movement made it to articles by ET Canada and Forbes. During the week, other outlets picked the subject up; e.g. CNN, ScreenRant or PopCulture.

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

Within a week, fans set up a website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads).

According to this Facebook post, the stage location will be available for filming again starting June 1st, meaning that they will have to tear down the stages and sets and clean out the offices within the next few weeks (if a new production wants to start moving in by that date).

While the cast and crew are still under contract and can’t speak out openly, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts and would love continuing to work on the show.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

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

  • On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The French Trailer (for the distributor in Canada) can be watched here.
  • The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).