MacGyver Reboot Update #83

Although the show got renewed for another Season, fans are pretty bummed: Season 4 was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. That means we have to wait until next year for the Season 4 Premiere.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via What2Vue)

(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!)

 

About the Season Finale (Episode 3×22)
Although it was the Season Finale, CBS didn’t provide any additional promo for this episode. They did release three Sneak Peeks, though. Thankfully, the Official Stills were posted on SpoilerTV this time.

Since the episode has been filmed a while ago, I couldn’t find any of the guest stars uploading BtS photos. They mostly posted some screenshots of their scenes. Since the cast and crew is either on holiday or working on other projects now, there was hardly any live-tweeting and posting. At least the official CBS account posted several interesting BtS photos on Instagram.

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

On May 12, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He later added a blog post for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) and for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) as well; intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus.

Let’s take a look at the ratings for the last few episodes. To freshen up your memory: Episode 3×21 had 5.326 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6, making it the episode with the lowest ratings this season. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.511 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 6.840 million viewers with a demo of 0.93 (+50%).

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

Episode 3×22 fared a bit better: It 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%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Episode 3×14 airing on February 1st had the highest audience number.

Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers. As in Seasons 1 and 2, the ratings peaked around midseason before dropping again.

MacGyver Audience Numbers Overview (graph by DashboardOnFire)

Back in September 2018, the Hollywood Reporter predicted that while the 18-49 race may be tighter this season, CBS should easily lead its target demo of adults (between 25 and 54) and the total viewer count again. They stated: CBS didn’t do anything to its MacGyver/Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods lineup, for good reason: It works. Of course, the pediction turned out to be true with CBS winning Friday night in ratings and/or audience numbers over 30 times.

Compared to the 27 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019-Season, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers.

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

The other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers as MacGyver have also been renewed. Let’s compare how well they faired: 

  • SEAL Team finished Season 2 at 5.027 million live-viewers (Rank 23) and a demo of 0.76 (Rank 19) on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 25% in both demo ratings and audience numbers.
  • SWAT ended their 2nd season at 5.302 million live-viewers (Rank 21) with a demo of 0.78 (Rank 17) per episode. It lost about 17% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last season.
  • Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 15) with a 0.89 demo-rating (Rank 8).
  • Bull ended at 6.708 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 11) with a 0.75 demo-rating (Rank 21) . It lost about 37% in both demo ratings and audience numbers, which makes it the CBS shows with the biggest loss this season.

As you can see, the audience numbers for these shows aren’t all that great. To be fair, they do a lot better in DVR and have better demo ratings than MacGyver, but that’s probably not the main reason why out of all these shows, it was MacGyver that had been moved to midseason (more about that further down).

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

There is an interesting snippet in a recent interview Executive Producer Peter Lenkov gave to Matt Carter a day before the Season Finale of Hawaii Five-0:

Matt Carter: I know the show wasn’t renewed until recently, but you probably felt good about coming back at the time the finale was coming together, right?

Peter Lenkov: I always feel good because the show has been strong for a long time, but you never know. Everything changes. Sometimes shows don’t come back for other reasons that have nothing to do with the ratings or the quality.

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. The info for both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed came right on Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s birthday. Understandably, the fans were elated.

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

Sadly, the happy parade got ruined not even a week later. On May 15, CBS announced the new Fall Season schedule ahead of the Upfronts presentation – and the Reboot was absent. MacGyver got demoted from a Fall show; being benched to mid-season. Its Friday timeslot will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, which in turn had to make room for Magnum PI at 9pm.

CBS wasnt’ forthcoming with more information since the Upfronts are all about the Fall schedule. It will probably take months until we get an inkling about the premiere date and until we know for sure in what timeslot the Reboot might end up in.

There’s several possibilities: The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a rookie show that didn’t get a full season order or of a show that ended their last season on a short run, so probably in January 2020. It 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. That would mean we might have to wait until April or even May next year.

Temporary Key Art on social media (via CBS)

Of course, waiting for an entire year for new episodes is kind of torture if you’re a fan. Also, there’s the risk of people forgetting about the show since like last year (and unlike almost all other CBS shows), there’s no reruns planned. (The 8pm Friday timeslot will be filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island”.)

But, there’s no point in wasting too much energy on being disappointed or angry. 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.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information yet about the recurring cast or about the exact production dates. Justin Hires recently did a radio interview before one of his stand-up comedy shows and said that they will film from July until December.

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

On Monday, they changed the Facebook header on the official account. Nothing dramatic – just exchanging the “Fridays 8/7c” sign with the one for CBS All Access. There’s no key art yet for Season 4 and it might be months until we get to see any. Unlike for the other seasons, they also didn’t provide a new production SAK logo.

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

MacGyver in France and Germany
The ratings have been dropping again after Episode 3×15, but the decline last Saturday could be due to the Eurovision Song Contest airing at the same time.

Even the reruns must draw enough audience since they dedicate overall 4 hours of screentime to the Reboot; filled with either one or two episodes of Season 3, followed by one or two episodes of Season 2 and one episode of Season 1.

Cover-Preview for the French Season 2 DVD (via CeDe Switzerland)

ICYMI: According to CeDe Switzerland, the French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. The German DVD for Season 2 has a relase date of July 11. Both covers are an old version of the Season 2 promo poster with Jack in front of Mac.

Looking Back at Season 3 (I) – The Official Stills (Part 1)

I’ve always been a bit puzzled about the release of the Official Stills. Maybe that’s just how it works with TV shows in general, but: Sometimes we get 12 Official Stills for an episode – another time only 5 or none. Sometimes all of them look very similar, sometimes the main cast seems missing.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

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 3×01: Improvise (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For the Premiere of Season 3, we got 6 Official Stills. Taken together, they feature all the agents on the main mission.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Jack, of course.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in nice colors, so nothing downright disappointing. A few more Stills for the Season Premiere would have been nice, but we got at least one more than back for the Season 2 Premiere.

 

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Jace Downs)
For the second episode of Season 3, we got 8 Stills of the people involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Definitely the “Dalton’s Heroes” shot.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty looking people at an airport. While that’s not bad per se, it isn’t the most exciting scene to sell an action-adventure show – especially not an episode featuring an A storyline with military guys and firefights.

 

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Jace Downs/Annette Brown)
The third episode delivered the Official Stills in two servings. The first bunch consisted of 6 Stills. Later, they added 8 more that showed a bit more action.

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac in the midst of a MacGyverism, of course. It’s nice to see the “youngsters” together on a mission for once.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 14 Stills of good-looking people could be worse, but it would have been nice to see a teaser photo of the B storyline with Jack and Billy Colton.

 

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Guy D’Alema)
We got 10 Stills for this episode,. All of them feature Mac and Riley on the road with the guest-star.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyver looking all competent can never be wrong.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in color-coordinated clothes on a color-coordinated outdoor set. For me, not disappointing at all.

 

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (CBS)
Apparently, they had no extra Still Photographer on set for the Halloween Episode. I’ve always wondered why the Still photos looked so different in quality and why the colors looked washed out. I’m assuming they took screenshots while editing.

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Riley and Bozer trying to look all innocent. Even without knowing anything about the B storyline, you know they’re anything but innocent.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s a Halloween Episode and no Still Photographer and no scary costumes. Though there IS at least a kid in costume and he’s cute.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #82

It’s Season Finale Friday! You can enjoy it without any worries, since the show just got renewed for another Season!

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episodes 3×20 and 3×21
As for almost the entire season, the teasers were only 10 seconds long. Both episodes got Sneak Peeks – but as so often, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods got their Sneak Peeks almost two days earlier than MacGyver did. Also, the Official Stills for the last two episodes were never posted on SpoilerTV.

Some of the guest stars uploaded a few new BtS photos for Episode 3×20; e.g. Eileen Faxas. Lucas Till had also offered a new BtS photo. Justin Hires’ Bozer stunt double Tim R. McAdams uploaded BtS photos and videos of one of the stunts on Wednesday.

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

On April 28, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his usual blog post with science notes about the so-called MacHacks in this episode.

For Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum), ET Online posted an interview with Meredith Eaton talking about her character in the last two episodes and an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek of Matty meeting up with Ethan (Brendan Hines).

It’s worth noting that the article had been edited shortly after posting, although it’s not stated in the article itself. For once, they’ve edited Meredith’s age, but they’ve also edited the part with Meredith talking about the “sparking relationship” between Matty and Oversight.

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

It’s not clear if there was a misunderstanding or if they just spoilered the Season Finale since Episode 3×21 has been written and filmed as Episode 3×22 originally. They must have switched the airing order during post-production. So it’s possible this interview has been done a while ago, while still thinking Episode 3×21 would be the last one of this season.

Very few of the guest stars uploaded a few new BtS photos for Episode 3×21; e.g. Zane Stephens. Meredith Eaton uploaded a BtS photo of her during post-production with her doing ADR. The official CBS account posted a few of the Official Stills on their social media accounts.

For her “heartbreak scene” in Episode 3×21, Tristin Mays got an honorable mention as “Performer of the Week” by TV Line. MacGyver’s quips about burning stuff to get Riley laughing also made it for TV Line‘s “Quote of the Week“. On the same day, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post with science notes about the MacHacks.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via What2Vue)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To freshen up your memory: Episode 3×19 caught the attention of 6.075 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. All three CBS shows had a demo of 0.7, winning both the demo and the audience numbers timeslot for Friday. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.444 million viewers (+24%), reaching a total of 7.523 million viewers with a demo of 1.02 (+45%).

Episode 3×20 managed 5.541 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.465 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.009 million viewers with a demo of 0.86 (+49%).

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

Episode 3×21 had 5.326 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6, making it the episode with the lowest ratings this season. There weren’t that many tweets sent out, but fans seemed to appreciate the episode on social media; especially the hugging scene between Mac and Riley.

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.137 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Compared to the 26 scripted shows on CBS at the moment, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers.

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

All the other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers as MacGyver have been renewed as well, so let’s compare them again: 

  • Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating.
  • SEAL Team is at 5.056 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.76 on average. The show will have one more episode to go. Compared to last year, they lost about 24% in both demo ratings and audience numbers.
  • SWAT is at 5.284 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.78 and has one more episode to go. It lost about 18% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last season.
  • Former CBS darling Bull is at 6.686 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.75 demo-rating. It lost about 37% in both demo ratings and audience numbers, which is one of the reasons why several outlets had speculated it might get cancelled, despite being only one season shy of syndication.

All you need to know about Episode 3×22
The Season Finale is titled “Mason + Cable + Choices”. The episode was written by Jim Adler and directed by Maja Vrvilo. There are guest appearances by Peter Weller and Emerson Brooks.

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

The Press Release with the first Official Still was posted on April 18, with more Stills added on May 6. For once, they also landed on SpoilerTV afterwards. Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver faces off with a cunning new adversary whose carefully crafted plans put Mac at the epicenter of an impossible choice: save the life of a friend, or save the lives of hundreds of innocents. Also, Mac receives new information that will drive a wedge between him and his father.

In her interview with ET Online, Meredith Eaton said that the episode is one of the most exciting episodes they’ve ever shot, stating that guest-star Peter Weller’s character “wreaks havoc on all of us, putting Mac and all of us in danger.” She also revealed that Season 3 will end in a cliffhanger.

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

Yesterday, CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks. So far, they didn’t do much in additional Season Finale promo, which is a bit of a pity, but not that unusual for CBS this year. They did give us a few new BtS photos though, e.g. a snapshot with Levy Tran and Tristin Mays.

That’s a Wrap… or not.
Post-production continued for quite a while this season. Justin Hires finished his ADR for the last episode on April 24; Meredith Eaton on April 29.

The LA Wrap Party was held last on April 20, together with Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. Sadly, none of the regular cast of MacGyver attended the event. Both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres had posted a photo of themselves with Henry Winkler. Peter Lenkov had posted a handful of Instagram Stories with David, Michael, Levy Tran and the MacGyver Cake.

MacGyver Cake at the LA Wrap Party (via Hubert Rose Jr)

All you need to know about Season 4
Fans were getting impatient and worried, but yesterday CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. The info for both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed came right on Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s birthday.

Interestingly, Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner. There’s no further information yet if that means the show will go a bit into a different creative direction. Levy Tran is expected to being promoted to Series Regular, but there hasn’t been any official news about the cast so far.

The schedule should be announced next Wednesday at the CBS Upfronts. With all 3 Friday shows being renewed, the Reboot will probably keep the same timeslot.

Season 4 announcement on social media (via CBS)

MacGyver in France
The ratings for the episodes aired in April and May so far were more or less stable, with Episode 3×14 getting the lowest and Episode 3×15 getting the best audience numbers of Season 3 so far.

Interestingly, they stopped airing two episodes of the new season followed by one episode of Season 2; airing one episode of Season 3, followed by two episodes of Season 2 instead.

As stated on the website of CeDe Switzerland, the French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 17.

MacGyver in Germany and other MacGyver News
The German DVD for Season 2 has a relase date of July 11 on Amazon. Interestingly, the preview cover has the same “old” promo poster like the French version. They changed it for the US and UK DVD release, so it’s not sure yet what definitive cover German-speaking and other European countries will get.

Cover-Preview for the Season 2 German DVD (via Amazon Germany)

It was safe to assume the Free-TV-Premiere for Season 3 will be July as well like last year (since the Season 1 DVD had been released just a week before the Premiere of the 2nd season). It’s not official yet, but German TV magazine Hörzu states that the Premiere of the “new season” will be on July 9 this year. (It’s stated after the Season 2 airdate in the US and doesn’t specifically mention Season 3. It could be a typo for the year since Season 2 premiered on July 9 last year.)

Contrary to the other two seasons, the 3rd season will air on Tuesdays anyway since German TV channel Sat.1 recently switched their Crime-Mondays to Crime-Tuesdays. It’s difficult to predict if this will have any influence on the ratings.

Lucas Till, Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez at Paley Fest LA (via TV Guide)

Tech Consultant Rhett Allain did a short video interview with WGNO; talking about the Reboot and why it’s so fun.

ICYMI: In the newest issue of TV Guide, you can find an interview done at Paley Fest LA with the three lead actors of Peter Lenkov’s Reboots; talking about their characters and the shows.

The MacGyver Manual recently added new photos to the release date of September 17, 2019. The book has 208 pages, focusing on the reboot series with “shout outs” to the original. It’s written and edited by Ian Cannon with the help of Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and contains illustrations and images by Juan Calle.

MacGyver Reboot Update #81

We still have 3 more episodes to enjoy on TV for this season. Interestingly, the order of the last two episodes has been switched.

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episode 3×19
CBS didn’t bother with additional promo to the 10-second-teaser until Friday. To make up for it, they posted two Sneak Peeks and a few BtS photos. Noor Anna Maher posted many BtS photos the days after; e.g. with Lucas Till, with Levy Tran, with the director or with the stunt coordinators. Director Andi Armaganian uploaded a BtS photo with Lucas.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via Andi Armaganian)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×18 had an audience of 5.570 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6; marking it as the episode with the lowest ratings of Season 3 so far. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added 1.736 million viewers (+31%), reaching a total of 7.309 million viewers with a demo of 0.96 (+63%).

Episode 3×19 caught the attention of 6.075 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. All three CBS shows had a demo of 0.7, winning both the demo and the audience numbers timeslot for Friday. In the +7 Ratings, the episode added 1.444 million viewers (+24%), reaching a total of 7.523 million viewers with a demo of 1.02 (+45%)

On April 15, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his usual blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode.

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

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.207 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to the 25 scripted shows on CBS at the moment, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 14% in demo and roughly 10% in live audience numbers.

As every week, let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers. Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

SEAL Team is at 5.134 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.78 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 23% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. SWAT is at 5.324 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last year.

There still hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed, leading to the fans asking the CBS studios and producers daily about any renewal news.

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

All you need to know about Episode 3×20
Episode 3×20 is titled “No Go + High Voltage + Rescue”, written by Rob Pearlstein and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Eagle Egilsson. The Press Release was posted on April 8 with more Official Stills added on April 15. Here’s the synopsis:

When two American tourists go missing while doing a “No-Go Scavenger Hunt” through some of the world’s most dangerous countries, the Phoenix team goes undercover as backpackers to find them and bring them home alive.

Again, the teaser is only 10 seconds long. Sadly, SpoilerTV never bothered to upload the Official Stills. Thankfully, Showbizjunkie posted 4 of the additional Stills on their website – not in the usual HD quality, but without any watermarks.

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

As always, MacGyver fans had to wait longer for their Sneak Peeks than fans of Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods. To make up for it, CBS released 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday. For once, they didn’t spoil too much of the storyline.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×21 and 3×22
Including today, we have 3 more episodes to enjoy before the Season 3 finale on May 10. Let’s do a short recap of all the information for the two last episodes:

  • 3×21 (filmed as 3×22): Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 3)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.
  • 3×22 (filmed as 3×21): Mason + Cable + Choices (May 10)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearances by Peter Weller and Emerson Brooks.

The Press Release and a first Official Still for each episode was posted on April 18. As you can see, they switched the episodes around. Either, they adjusted to the availability of some of the guest stars, or they decided that Episode 21 would make a better Season Finale.

Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (Official Still via CBS)

That’s a Wrap… or not.
Post-production continued in the last few weeks. They filmed some inserts and additional footage; followed by editing and doing ADR (e.g. for Tristin Mays and Lance Gross). Justin Hires finished his ADR for the last episode on April 24.

The Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew was celebrated on March 24. Apparently, the LA Wrap Party was held last Saturday, together with Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. Sadly, none of the regular cast of MacGyver attended the event. Both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres posted a photo of themselves with Henry Winkler. Peter Lenkov posted a handful of Instagram Stories with David, Michael, Levy Tran and the MacGyver Cake.

Every now and then, the cast posts a few new photos of upcoming episodes; e.g. Meredith Eaton (with Tate Donovan).

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

Other Cast and Character News
As Lucas Till revealed in a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show a while back, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. On April 16, TV Line posted an exclusive article about Peter Weller playing MacGyver’s “evil twin” in the season finale. His character will be a villain named Mason. As Executive Producer Peter Lenkov told TV Line:

Ultimately, all roads are going to lead to Peter Weller being this Big Bad who — and I think it was [series lead] Lucas [Till] who came up with this — is basically a bad MacGyver. He’s someone who has the same head as MacGyver, the same skills, but he uses it for nefarious purposes.

ICYMI: Lucas Till recently started filming a new movie in Montgomery, Alabama. A few BtS photos have been posted by the official Instagram account or by cast and crew members.

Brian Dennehy and Lucas Till on set of Son of the South (via Son of the South Movie)

 

Back in March, Lucas had attended the Paley Fest LA alongside Peter Lenkov and the two lead actors of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. In the newest issue of TV Guide, you can find an interview with the three leads; talking about their characters and the shows.

MacGyver in France
The ratings are more or less stable now. Episodes 3×05 and 3×06 on March 30 got 1.62 million and 1.34 million viewers. Episodes 3×07 and 3×08 a week later had 1.69 and 1.54 million viewers. Episodes 3×09 and 3×10 on April 13 made 1.59 and 1.53 million viewers; followed by Episodes 3×11 and 3×12 on April 20 with 1.65 and 1.61 million viewers.

MacGyver Manual
The MacGyver Manual/Handbook, the book project that has been in the works for the last couple of years, has now added new photos to the release date of September 17, 2019.

MacGyver Manual title page (via Amazon)

The updated version still has 208 pages, but appears to focus on the reboot series now, with “shout outs” to the original. It’s written by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and contains high quality illustrations and images along with the explanations of the science behind the MacGyverisms.

MacGyver Reboot Update #80

The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21. Luckily, we still have 4 more episodes to enjoy on TV.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episode 3×18
Since CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 and because of the March Madness break, fans had to wait for a long time for this episode. On March 29, CBS released a 10-second-preview for Episode 3×18. Contrary to the Official Stills, we finally got an official glimpse of Michael Des Barres’ guest spot as Helman.

MDB had continued to post a few BtS photos every now and then. He uploaded a BtS photo with David Dastmalchian‘s Murdoc on March 31st. David uploaded a photo of him with Lucas Till and with his stunt double on April 2nd. Again, CBS didn’t bother with Sneak Peeks. At least, they posted a few BtS photos.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Michael Des Barres)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

Episode 3×18 had an audience of 5.570 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6; marking it as the episode with the lowest ratings of Season 3 so far. In the +3 Days Ratings, it added 1.374 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 6.947 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 (+48%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

On April 7, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He also added blog posts for the MacGyverisms in Episodes 2×01 (DIY or DIE), 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) and 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.214 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to the 24 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 21 in demo and at rank 14 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 14% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 10% in live audience numbers.

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

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows. Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating. They’ve been already confirmed for a 2nd season a while ago.

There still hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed. SEAL Team is at 5.241 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.79 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 21% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; losing quite a bit in the ratings departement lately. SWAT is at 5.337 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

BtS photo of editing Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

All you need to know about Episode 3×19
Episode 3×19 is titled “Friends + Enemies + Border”, written by Justin Lisson and directed by Andi Armaganian. There are guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. The first Official Still had been released on March 22 with more Stills added on March 28. Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode.

Again, the teaser is only 10 seconds long. There haven’t been any Sneak Peeks released yet.

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

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×20 to 3×22
The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10. Including today, we have 4 more episodes to enjoy. Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes:

  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer. The Press Release was posted on April 8.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

That’s a Wrap… or not.
The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. The Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew was celebrated on March 24. Apparently, there still hasn’t been one in LA like for Seasons 1 and 2.

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

They continued filming some inserts and additional footage; closing the office on March 28. Interestingly, they had another Casting Call for a photo double for Justin Hires. Tristin May’s photo double Jordan has also been on set again. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is still editing since Tristin did ADR in the studio for Episode 3×20 yesterday, so post-production is continuing for a few more weeks.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As Lucas Till revealed in a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set for the upcoming episodes.

In other news, Lucas recently started filming a new movie in Montgomery, Alabama. Both his brother Nick and friend Michael Aaron Millegan visited him on set. Lucas cut his hair for the role, meaning MacGyver will have shorter hair next season.

BtS photo of Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via CBS)

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 started Season 3 on March 16. They changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing two episodes of Season 3 and then one or two episodes of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers still don’t appreciate the new timeslot and the ratings keep falling. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers. Episodes 3×05 and 3×06 on March 30 got 1.62 million and 1.34 million viewers.

In an old interview just released, Lucas Till talked about filming the 3rd season, the differences of filming Seasons 1 and 2 and being able to spend more time with his family.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

Best of TV Awards and other MacGyver-related Promo
In an interview for Episode 3×18, Matt Carter talked with Michael Des Barres about music and MDBs role as Helman in the Reboot.

The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Here are the final relevant results relevant:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 3)
  • Best Action or Drama Actress (Meredith Eaton, Rank 6; Tristin Mays, Rank 7)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor (Lucas Till, Rank 4; George Eads, Rank 12)
  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #79

No new episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. At least we had some promo goodies to enjoy while waiting. The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21.

Lucas Till, Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez at PaleyFest LA (via Getty Images)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episode 3×17
To recap: In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 for an interview with R. Kelly instead; making the fans wait for another week. Sadly, there weren’t any Sneak Peeks for this episode to make up for all the disappointment, but cast, crew and guest stars promoted the episode to their followers on social media.

Let’s take a look at the ratings. To recap: Episode 3×16 back in February had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. The Rerun for Episode 3×06 on March 1st got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4.

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

In some regions, the Friday-Lineup on March 15 was pre-empted for basketball. All the CBS shows suffered quite a bit and the MacGyver Reboot got the lowest ratings of this season so far: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

On March 18, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode.

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.252 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience. That’s not all that great, but it could be worse. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 13% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 9% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via MacGyverCBS)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows; especially at the two other shows on the bubble that haven’t been renewed yet. Magnum PI is at 6.016 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.90 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; since the show is concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. They are already confirmed for a 2nd season and don’t have to worry about the finale rating so much.

SEAL Team is at 5.393 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.82 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 19% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. These losses might grow since SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; ending the season on May 22.

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

SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

There hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed, although most prediction sites are still confident about MacGyver getting another season. The three shows are probably in the same budget range (with SEAL Team being the most expensive) and both SEAL and SWAT have some well-beloved and long-term TV stars as main leads, but it’s possible that CBS might axe one of them. Since MacGyver only needs aone more season for syndication, it’s probably safe for now. The same goes for Bull, but the show lost roughly 35% in both demo and audience and got some very bad press this year, so MacGyver seems the safer option to renew.

All you need to know about Episode 3×18
Episode 3×18 is titled “Murdoc + Helman + Hit”, written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff and directed by Roderick Davis. There are guest appearances by Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian.

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

The first Official Still had been released on February 28 with 18 more Stills added on March 6. Sadly, none of them featured MDB. Here’s the synopsis:

When Nicholas Helman (Michael Des Barres) resurfaces to carry out a killing spree, the Phoenix is forced to get help from the one person who knows him best… his protégé, Murdoc.

Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×19 to 3×22
The break for March Madness basketball is almost over. Due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19, the Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10.

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

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes for this season:

  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Written by Justin Lisson, directed by Andi Armaganian. Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. CBS revealed the synopsis and a first Official Still on March 22. They released 7 more Stills on March 28.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

Working on the Season Finale
On March 14, cast and crew continued filming action scenes in an underground parking garage. Both Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton and Lance Gross as Billy Colton filmed scenes on a different location.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

On March 18. they started with the last week of filming. Some crew members wrapped earlier than others, and some posted photos with thank you‘s during the last few days. Costume Designer Sarah Downer posted nice photos of her with Lucas Till and with Meredith Eaton.

They shot scenes in the War Room and at MacGyver’s house, but also more action scenes involving guns, fight clubs and car chases and both Justin Hires and Levy Tran getting banged up a bit in the process.

They kept filming until late at night on March 20; cast and crew posting quite a bit on social media. Justin Hires was on a plane towards Washington for his Stand-Up Comedy Gig after only 4 hours of sleep. He uploaded some new photos and videos; e.g. a nice group photo of him with Tate Donovan, Levy Tran and Lucas Till.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Justin Hires)

The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. Levy Tran wrote a heartfelt thank you note on a video post to all the people involved in making a TV show and to the fans. She flew back on the same plane as Meredith Eaton and Lance Gross; Levy and Meredith posting Insta Stories of each other filmed from opposite sides on the plane.

Some of the second team and the crew continued filming on March 22 while other crew members posted photos of their wrapping gifts and scenes shot before (e.g. the Fight Club Scene).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Lance Gross)

That’s a Wrap
Costume Designer Sarah Downer confirmed last Sunday that the Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew would be on March 24. Apparently, none of the cast made the effort to fly back to Atlanta for it. Jeff Downer stood in for the producers.

The crew posted some photos; e.g. Sarah Downer with Lucas’ brother Nick Till who had worked in props and also as personal assistant this season. She also uploaded a photo of her with Triston Dye who stands in for Lucas at fittings.

Because the party was on a Sunday and some had to be on set again the next day or to clean up the offices and trailers, most photos and videos got posted on Monday instead. Also, there wasn’t as much material as for the other two season wrap parties in Atlanta. Some crew members took the opportunity to post some more thank you notes with BtS set photos taken during the last few weeks of filming (e.g. the Elevator Scene).

Season 3 Wrap Party in Atlanta (via Sarah Downer)

Initially, the LA Wrap Party was supposed to be on March 22 (according to Peter Lenkov). It looks like it’s been rescheduled, but so far we have no further information.

It seems like they continued filming some inserts and additional footage until yesterday. According to Insta Stories, the offices for Season 3 in Atlanta closed definitely on March 28.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. As Lucas Till revealed in an interview, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode – and his character role would be possible to get expanded. So far, there’s no more information on this; e.g. if it’s another rebooted character taken from the Original Show.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Justin Hires)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras for the final episode of the season; specifically for Guards and Agents, Russian Guards, a CIA Agent, 40 Background Actors as Handsome Club Goers, a Bouncer, for Paris Cooks, Pedestrians, for Upscale European Cars and for a Male with an European Car.

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 premiered the first two episodes of Season 3 on March 16. Interestingly, they had changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing an episode of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers didn’t really appreciate the new timeslot. Episodes 3×01 and 3×02 garnered 1.81 and 1.56 million live-viewers. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers, which is the lowest number of the show in France so far.

PaleyFest LA
Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton attended the panel for the three CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA. The event was moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight).

Cast members of MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum at PaleyFest LA (via Paley Center)

For once, it was photo galore on social media. Everyone posted photos – photo agencies, official CBS accounts, Paley-Center-related accounts, stars and fans. A few panel snippets:

  • Lucas Till doesn’t really use cue cards to remember all that scientific jargon. His mom is a chemist and sends him audio messages of the correct pronounciations instead.
  • Peter Lenkov is still trying to put a crossover episode of all three shows together. The big difficulty is logistics.
  • Tristin Mays called Lucas a “real-life-MacGyver” and being super-smart.

By Monday, the blue carpet video interviews also started coming in. As Lucas Till revealed to Red Carpet Report, he sometimes sleeps in his character’s bed on stage when he’s tired. Also, he told ET Canada that his entire family watches the episodes and the relatives text him afterwards about it.

Tristin Mays and Lucas Till at PaleyFest LA (via Dolby Theatre)

Other MacGyver-related Promo
Lucas Till did a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show. He talked about the grueling work schedule and revealed that “Robocop” Peter Weller (who also directed Episode 3×04) will have a guest-part in an upcoming episode.

Michael Des Barres joined the “Forum Celebrity Podcast”; talking about music, film and TV and also about his roles as Murdoc and Helman in both the Original and rebooted MacGyver series. He’s looking forward to Episode 3×18; promoting it better than CBS so far.

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

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #78

Tonight, we finally get the episode that should have aired last week. Then, no episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. Meanwhile, cast and crew are still busy filming the last episode of Season 3.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Sarah Downer)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

The rescheduling of Episode 3×17
Episode 3×17 should have aired last Friday. In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS opted to preempt the episode for an interview with R. Kelly instead.

Sadly, neither the producers nor the writers were aware early of the schedule change and the official, pre-scheduled tweet about the episode airing plus the automatically scheduled tweets by SpoilerTV just added to the confusion. Until the last minute, many fans and even the guest-stars didn’t know about the episode not airing; promoting the show and prompting the fans to watch. Understandably, fans were pretty upset and vocal about it.

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

To top it all, CBS hadn’t deleted the other pre-scheduled posts either; starting to promote Episode 3×18 early on instead of 3×17. Also, no Sneak Peeks yet to make up for all this mess. There hasn’t been much promo for the premiere tonight. Sigh.

About the Season 3 Ratings
It’s been a while since the last new episode, so to recap: Episode 3×16 had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.53 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.108 million viewers with a demo of 1.06 (+36%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (via Chad Michael Collins)

The Rerun for Episode 3×06 got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. For a rerun, that’s not bad numbers. It even had a higher audience number than Hawaii Five-0 (I can’t remember if this has ever happened, actually). For comparison: The reruns of Season 1 had an average of 4.22 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.58.

There was no new episode since February 22, so the MacGyver Reboot still has an average of 6.291 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.73. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience.

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

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Magnum PI is at 6.032 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.91 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; so concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. SEAL Team is still at 5.545 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.84 on average. Since they’ve been on a 4-weeks-hiatus, they won’t end the season before May 22. SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16.

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×17
Tonight’s Episode 3×17 is titled “Seeds + Permafrost + Feather”, written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen and directed by Alexandra La Roche.

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

The Press Release with the first Official Still came out on February 15 with more Stills added on March 5. Because it’s been a while, here’s the synopsis again:

MacGyver and team are asked to solve a locked-door mystery when a man working inside a remote, ultra-secure international seed vault disappears.

There’s guest appearances by Carsten Norgaard and Carlos Leal. Under the Recurring Cast, there’s Reign Edwards, Levy Tran and Tate Donovan listed.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×18 to 3×22
After tonight’s episode, there will be a break due to March Madness basketball. On March 11, CBS released the airdates for all their show’s season finales. The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10 because there is another short break in between due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19.

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

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for remaining episodes:

  • 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (April 5)
    Written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff, directed by Roderick Davis. Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres, Andre Reed and David Dastmalchian. The first Official Still was released on February 28 with more Stills added on March 6 (sadly, none of them featureing MDB). Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.
  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross,  Emerson Brooks and Brendan Hines.

Working on Episodes 3×21 and 3×22
It’s gotten difficult to determine what filming days were used for which episode. On February 25, they filmed scenes involving power lines and climbing a tower. The next days, they filmed scenes at Fulton County airport and at Turner Field, also using a living rat on the Turner Field set.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Lucas Till initiated Mustache March; sharing the diversity of the mustached crew on Instagram Live Stories. They also filmed scenes with the black chopper again.

On March 11, Lance Gross revealed that he was on a plane back to Atlanta; his hand over the script title page. All his secrecy was unnecessary, though since Costume Designer Sarah Downer revealed the title for the Season Finale Episode to us just a few hours later: “Treason + Heartbreak + Gum”.

Emerson Brooks posted a photo of Charlie in trouble; sitting in what looks like either a cell or a glass cage. Levy Tran, Lucas Till and Justin Hires filmed on a fake elevator set on March 11 and 12. Brendan Hines uploaded a video of him in the make-up trailer getting the neck tattoo for his character Ethan. Meredith Eaton posted some stories before filming in an underground parking garage on March 13.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Emerson Brooks)

On Wednesday, CBS surprised the fans by tweeting a photo for tonight’s episode of MacGyver and Desi – and it looks like they just got busted while sharing the bed. MacRiley fans were not happy, although there is some indication that this might have been another undercover op similar to the ruse used by MacGyver and Riley in Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire). The guy busting in on them is most likely Maurice P Kerry who had posted photos of him with both Lucas and Levy before; Lucas wearing a bathrobe.

Yesterday, they continued filming action scenes in the underground parking garage. The storyboard photo by Mike Torino, but also the scene preparation with toy cars by stunt coordinator Daniel Hargrave a few days earlier indicate that there might be some big action involving car chases and fighting.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (via MacGyverCBS)

Levy Tran shared stories on set, also revealing her leg being black and blue due to the recent stunt work. Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton has also been around yesterday. Lance Gross filmed a scene wearing a sharp suit – Instagram Stories by the stand-ins indicate that it will be most likely a dinner date with Billy and Riley. We don’t know yet how many members of the Colton family will show up, but there seem to be quite a lot of characters in the Season 3 Finale.

This week, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in Episode 1×19 (Compass) and in Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Mike Torino)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran joined the cast as recurring character, but she has been on set for every episode since 3×15 so far, so CBS will surely bump her to a regular if the show gets another season. It also appears that Tate Donovan has been part of most of the episodes being filmed lately, so it’s possible he might be part of a Season Finale plot twist or cliffhanger.

As mentioned above, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. There’s no indication yet if Billy and Ethan are part of the “Hearbreak” or the “Treason” in the episode title of 3×22.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Maurice P Kerry)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras recently; revealing that we might get to travel to Paris and to Russia.

In the last two weeks, they’ve been looking for a female Nurse, female Spectators, a male Coroner, for a Tactical Team, Agents and Techs, for Police, Firemen and Paramedics, Russian Guards, Bodyguards, Business People, Europe Wait Staff, for Beautiful Club Goers, for Handsome Club Goers, Business Patrons and Street Patrons, Diner Patrons, for Women Servers, Upscale Europe Restaurant Patrons, Paris Wait Staff, an African American female model for a photoshoot, male Security Officers, for Middle Eastern, Caucasian or Hispanic Security Guards and for Maintenance Workers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Levy Tran)

Other MacGyver-related News
French MacGyver fans are lucky since channel M6 will start airing Season 3 tomorrow at 9pm.

In case you missed it: The confirmed guests for the MacGyver panel on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA so far are Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton. Justin Hires has a stand-up comedy gig in Washington that day and won’t be able to attend. Tickets are still available for the event moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight)!

Matt Carter talked with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov about the Reboot in an interview posted on March 7. He also teased an upcoming interview with Michael Des Barres in April (presumably on April 5 before the premiere of Episode 3×18).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had won several categories in Round 1 (e.g. Best Stunts, Best Writing, Kate Bond as Best Recurring Actress) and made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
    Only three votes more and the Reboot would have placed Rank 3.
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver Rank 6, Jack Dalton Rank 27)
    Again, Ranks 4 to 7 are only one or two votes apart, so our lead hero could have placed 4th with only three votes more.
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)
    It placed better than many fan favorites dominating the awards for years and ranks 2, 3 and 4 are only a few votes apart. Only five votes more and the Reboot would have placed 2nd in this category.

Maybe some more votes by fans might get the Reboot to win in some of the categories next year *hint hint*.