MacGyver Reboot Update #115

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

Roadtrip Day 12 (via Mike Milligan)

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

 

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

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

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

Roadtrip Day 13 (via Mike Milligan)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cadillac Ranch (via Tristin Mays)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the other upcoming DVD release dates:

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #114

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

Roadtrip Day 1 (via Mike Milligan)

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

 

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

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

BtS photo of Season 4/5 (via MacGyverCBS)

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

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

New hairstyle for Riley? (via Tristin Mays)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season 3 DVD Release Teaser Photo (via Amazon Germany)

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

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

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

Sat. 1 Season 4 Preview Screenshot

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

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

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #113

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

Virtual Writers Room (via MacGyver Writers)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season 3 DVD Release Teaser Photo (via Amazon Germany)

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

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

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

French Season 3 DVD Cover (via fnac)

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

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #112

The Reboot has been renewed for Season 5. So far, there’s not much to report on.

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

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

 

All you need to know about Season 5
On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall Schedule in a virtual Upfronts presentation. MacGyver will return with the other Fall shows, in its usual timeslot (Fridays, 8pm). There is no premiere date yet because “Fall” can mean any date between the end of September and November. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season (which isn’t much):

  • The rest of the episodes already filmed for Season 4 will be used for Season 5.
  • There is no further information yet about the number of episodes being ordered.
  • According to Justin Hires, there’s no filming date yet.
  • Teresa Huang revealed on May 8 that she joined the crew as Story Editor.
  • According to an Instagram post by Rain Management (that was later edited), Jim Adler joins the show as Co-Executive Producer while Monica Macer joins as Co-Showrunner.
  • There’s no new key art nor a new production SAK logo yet.

Some unfinished movies and TV shows (mostly outside the US) have resumed filming, but most of the blockbuster projects won’t go back into production before September.

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

How the pandemic could affect Season 5
This week, Hollywood submitted a COVID-19 Reopening Plan from studios, unions and producers to the NY and CA governors; with CBS Studios being a participant. They’re very similar to the Georgia safety measures released in May and might lead to changes not only in production, but also in storylines, guest stars, settings and locations.

Depending on the current protocols, it won’t be as easy to fly in guest stars and/or directors from abroad (e.g. if they worked on another project just before). The guidelines recommend to reduce the number of Extras and of scenes being filmed in public locations (since those are not as easily controlled).

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

While not specifically adressed in the Georgia guidelines, they might reduce the number of fighting scenes and/or intimate scenes, because if one of the main cast gets sick or needs to be in quarantine, production would need to go on hiatus for at least 10 days – unless they can rewrite the script and “eliminate” the character from the episode, which is unlikely.

The pandemic might also reduce the numbers of episodes ordered for TV shows in general – not just because of delayed filming for some shows, but mainly because the safety measures include a lot of protective gear (e.g. masks) being used while sharing of crew equipment as well as costumes should be eliminated.

The guidelines also ask for periodic and regular temperature checks and testing plus enforced physical distancing between both cast and crew (e.g. by limiting the number of passengers in transportation vehicles to two). This will not just increase the cost of production and post-production, but might also slow it down.

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

What’s going to happen now?
I’m assuming that a virtual writers rooms is already in progress and that CBS is planning safety protocols for their TV shows getting ready to film. Yet, all the planning only helps so much in a pandemic; not to forget that the guidelines were set up before the protests (and the potential surge in corona cases).

For now, it’s all a waiting game. We did get some new material from the recently aired episodes; e.g. via Levy Tran’s IMDb page. CBS also released another segment of the Main Cast Zoom Call; e.g. talking about being locked in a room with Murdoc, Helman and Mason and if they’d rather film a steamy scene or a stunt scene.

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

At the moment, there’s reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for most Fridays; with occasional reruns on Saturdays. Here’s the current schedule:

  • Friday, June 5: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (3×17)
  • Friday, June 12: Friends + Enemies + Border (3×19)
  • Friday, June 19: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (3×20)
  • Saturday, June 27: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (3×21)
  • Friday, July 3: tba

So far, there’s no information about a Summer show airing Fridays in our favorite timeslot, but some networks (e.g. CW) have bought Canadian productions to air new material between reruns.

BtS photo of Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (via CBS)

Season 3 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 3×18 on March 20 generated a live-audience of 5.34 million viewers with a demo of 0.7, which was unusually high (probably due to the pandemic). The rerun of Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on Friday, May 22 got 4.31 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4.

A day later, the rerun of Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) had 1.79 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.1. These audience numbers weren’t all that great, but Saturday ratings are rarely impressive, and the amount of live-viewers was still higher than for 2 out of the 3 other broadcast networks.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via David Dastmalchian)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
In recent years, we used to have some events in May and June to look forward to; e.g. the Monte Carlo Television Festival (2017), the Corus Entertainment Upfronts in Toronto (2017 and 2019) or the voting for the Teen Choice Awards. This year, there’s not much to report on. With the pandemic and the lockdowns in many US cities, cast and crew mostly stayed home in the last few months.

Therefore, there’s not many sightings and news about upcoming projects. Justin Hires currently releases a new song every Monday and just finished the script for a movie. For Lucas Till, a few new/old BtS photos plus two unofficial Stills for his upcoming movie “Son of the South” have surfaced. He’s also been protesting in the streets of Atlanta and using his social media accounts to speak up about human rights – very fitting, considering the movie is about the Civil Rights Movement.

Official Still for “Son of the South” (via Austin Prince)

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: The title sequence for Season 4 is nominated for the AICP Post Awards in the Category “Graphic Design & Animation”. The event will be held online on June 10. We have some other MacGyver-related news as well:

  • With 7.5 million viewers per episode according to Nielsen ratings, the Reboot made Rank 32 on the list of most-watched TV shows in the US in the 2019/20 season.
  • No prestigious award, but the Reboot was the most popular show on SpoilerTV in May.
  • The Season 4 Premiere in the UK (on Sky) was postponed to June 7, then to June 14.
  • The Season 3 DVD in German-speaking countries will be released on July 16 – and there will be bonus material!

MacGyver Reboot Update #111

The Reboot has been renewed for Season 5 – and we will already get to watch new episodes in Fall, hopefully!

Schedule Announcement for Season 5 (via CBS)

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

 

All you need to know about Season 5
On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall Schedule in a virtual Upfronts presentation with a pleasant surprise for MacGyver fans: Contrary to some other networks, CBS plays it safe for advertizers with little changes in their schedule; going for stability. Also, the Reboot – who had been benched to midseason last year – will return with the other Fall shows, in its old timeslot (Fridays, 8pm).

CBS Schedule Overview for 2020/21 (via CBS)

Note that “Fall” can mean anything between end of September and November at the moment. As reported by Variety, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl didn’t rule out the possibility that there might be changes if some shows fail to restart production in Summer. Therefore, he stayed rather vague in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

There’s a lot we don’t know. We are certainly hopeful we can get into production this summer and we are hopeful that these shows will premiere in the fall. I don’t anticipate a traditional Premiere Week where 90 percent of our shows start the third week of September; I think that’s highly unlikely. At the same point, we are hopeful these shows will premiere at some point this fall. (…) The fall will not look like a traditional fall but that doesn’t mean we can’t have shows there. 

(Kelly Kahl via Hollywood Reporter, May 19)

Thankfully, MacGyver is rather safe with already having 6 “leftover” episodes in the can and therefore it doesn’t require to start filming in July. With Magnum PI being filmed in Hawaii, they could still start airing in Fall on their own, even if Blue Bloods (that films in NY) might be delayed.

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

Of course, we’re all interested in the amount of episodes we’ll get for this season. There is no further information yet if the episodes filmed for Season 4 are part of the Season 5 episode order or not (e.g. if we get 6 already filmed + 13 new episodes or 13 episodes in total or a full season of 22 episodes in total). According to Kelly Kahl, he aims for full seasons:

(…) we may find that they simply run out of time and for some shows, it might mean 20 vs. 22, depending on when they start. Our hope is for full seasons of all of these shows. We’ve spoken to them and all understand there may be limitations to what can be accomplished this season.

(Kelly Kahl via Hollywood Reporter, May 19)

Guess all we can do for now is wait and see. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season (which isn’t much):

  • The rest of the episodes already filmed for Season 4 will be used for Season 5 (see further down for more information).
  • According to Justin Hires, there’s no filming date yet.
  • Teresa Huang revealed on May 8 that she joined the crew as Story Editor.
  • According to an Instagram post by Rain Management (that was later edited), Jim Adler joins the show as Co-Executive Producer while Monica Macer joins as Co-Showrunner.

What’s going to happen now?
May and June are usually the months when scripts get written, edited and approved. The writers plus Showrunner Peter Lenkov are pretty quiet, so there might already be virtual writers rooms going on in the background.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Levy Tran)

Since production was shut down in the middle of Episode 4×20, it’s possible that the scripts for these last few episodes will get re-written a bit or shuffled to later in the season (depending on what story-arc they have planned for Season 5 overall).

There’s no key art nor a new production SAK logo yet for Season 5, but they might exchange the headers on the official social media accounts soon. For the schedule announcement, they used an Official Still of Episode 4×08. We can only hope that we get some more promo or BtS photos during hiatus. With 6 episodes already filmed, they’d have already enough material for Stills, posters and even a teaser trailer – but from past experience, CBS was never keen on putting out material too early; especially without a definite premiere date.

We did get some new material from the recently aired episodes; e.g. via Levy Tran’s IMDb page. Also, they released two more segments of the Main Cast Zoom Call; e.g. talking about how they’ve been handling the lockdown due to the pandemic and who would have most likely joined Codex.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via David Dastmalchian)

Starting today, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for most Fridays; with additional reruns on two Saturdays so far. Despite Press Releases, CBS keeps cancelling some of the planned reruns (e.g. 3×16 on May 29) for other broadcasts. Here’s the current schedule for the upcoming reruns:

  • Friday, May 22: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (3×15)
  • Saturday, May 23: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (3×06)
  • Friday, June 5: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (3×17)
  • Friday, June 12: Friends + Enemies + Border (3×19)
  • Friday, June 19: tba
  • Saturday, June 20: tba
  • Friday, July 3: tba

As mentioned before, it’s rather unusual for CBS to air reruns of older seasons. And even though the ratings of these reruns won’t matter as much, maybe talking about it on social media is not a bad idea. Also, some attention to these episodes might give us more reruns and some never-seen-before BtS material?

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via What 2 Vue)

Also, this is a good way for new fans to catch up on some backstory stuff. Episode 3×15 is the introduction of Levy Tran as Desi, while Episode 3×06 has Mac’s ex-girlfriend Nasha (Sibongile Mlambo), Jack Dalton (George Eads) and Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) – who could all make another appearance in an upcoming episode, theoretically.

About the Season 4 Ratings
To recap: Episode 4×13 generated a live-audience of 5.766 million viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.39 million viewers (+24%), reaching 7.16 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.94 (+52%) when including DVR ratings.

The Reboot ended Season 4 with 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).

MacGyver Audience Numbers Overview (graph by DashboardOnFire)

Comparing the average ratings to last season, Season 4 lost about 4.84% in demo and only 0.43% in live-audience numbers; which is the lowest demo-loss compared to last year within all scripted CBS shows (26 in total). Not bad for a show that got benched to midseason, huh.

Upcoming Episodes Overview
The infos for the upcoming episodes were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 4×14 / 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×19 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s also possible that they will re-name the episodes to fit them for Season 5. As long as there’s no further notice, I will use the initially intended episode number and title of the episode when referring to them in this blog.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Levy Tran)

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: Here’s the overview of all the blog posts for the MacGyverisms in Season 4 by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain. We have some other MacGyver-related news as well:

  • There’s finally a release date for the Season 3 DVD in German-speaking countries (July 16) and there will be bonus material, yay! (Deleted Scenes for 8 episodes plus a Gag Reel)
  • Season 4 will premiere in the UK on May 31 (Sky)
  • The title sequence for Season 4 is nominated for the AICP Post Awards in the Category “Graphic Design & Animation”. The event will be held online on June 10.

In recent years, we used to have some events in June to look forward to; e.g. the Corus Entertainment Upfronts in Toronto or the start of the voting for the Teen Choice Awards.

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

There might be a digital Upfronts presentation by Corus this year, but the event in Toronto itself (that Lucas has attended twice so far) has been cancelled. The voting for the Teen Choice Awards might still happen. The show won one of the famous surfboards last year, so it would be nice if it entered the race again this year and could add another one to the collection.

MacGyver Reboot Update #110

Thankfully, the Reboot has already been renewed for Season 5. It might still be a long wait until we get to watch new episodes together.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (by Nathan Bolster/CBS)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Seasons 4 and 5 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 4×13
The episode airing last Friday is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”. It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard. The episode went through several “identity changes”: Initially written as a Season Finale (and maybe even Series Finale), it was filmed as a Midseason Finale, then aired as the Season Finale.

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

Compared to the Season 3 Finale, we got quite a bit of promo this time around:

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about two hours; reaching Rank 37 and generating an estimated 1001 tweets per hour before dropping again.

Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation of Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via Joel)

To recap: Episode 4×12 had a live-audience of 5.889 million viewers with a demo of 0.63. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.34 million viewers (+23%), reaching 7.23 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.92 (+45%) when including DVR ratings.

Episode 4×13 generated a live-audience of 5.766 million viewers with a demo of 0.6. These ratings would have been alright in a “normal” (aka non-pandemic) year as well. In fact, they had almost the same ratings (5.47 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6) for the Season 3 Finale on May 10 a year ago.

On May 14, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms. The episode also made it into SpoilerTV‘s “Quote of the Week” post.

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

Upcoming Episodes Overview
The infos for the upcoming episodes were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 4×14 / 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (script credit date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×19 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (script credit date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s actually very likely that they will re-name all the episodes to fit them for Season 5; so adding another “ingredient” if they keep the tradition of how episodes are named.

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

At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 22 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). Here’s the upcoming reruns scheduled so far:

  • Friday, May 22: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (3×15)
  • Saturday, May 23: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (3×06)
  • Friday, May 29: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (3×16)
  • Friday, June 5: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (3×17)
  • Friday, June 12: tba

As mentioned before, it’s rather unusual for CBS to air reruns of older seasons, and we didn’t get reruns during last Summer hiatus. So maybe tweeting and talking about it on social media in general might give us some never-seen-before BtS material? Episode 3×15 is the first appearance of Levy Tran as Desi, while Episode 3×06 has both Jack Dalton (George Eads) and Murdoc (David Dastmalchian). What’s not to like?

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via Justin Hires)

What’s going to happen now?
On May 6, CBS renewed the MacGyver Reboot for another season. The rest of the episodes filmed for Season 4 will be used for Season 5, but there is no further information if the filmed episodes are counted into the new episode order or not (e.g. if we get 6 already filmed + 13 new episodes or 13 episodes in total or even a full season of 22 episodes in total). While a full season would be great, there’s a high possibility of networks handing out short season orders for all their shows this year, with potential back-up orders later.

Some media outlets suspect filming for TV shows to start around October with a premiere in January 2021. In fact, both FOX and CW already announced their new “Fall” Season to start in midseason instead, so January and February next year. Some networks have also been buying international TV shows for Fall to avoid having to air too many reruns; e.g. NBC with Canadian Medical Drama “Transplant”.

BtS photo of Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (via CBS)

My assumption is that CBS keeps more reruns scheduled for now; extending Sunday Movie Night and filling up the Summer and Fall schedule with Game and Reality Shows that have already been filmed (e.g. The Amazing Race) or with shows that had been produced initially for CBS All Access. Hopefully, we’ll get more news at the Upfronts on May 19.

MacGyver might premiere in January as well, so de facto as a “Fall Show” alongside Magnum (since Hawaii looks good considering active Corona cases and filming might start on time) and maybe Blue Bloods (though less likely since it’s filmed in NY). With 6 episodes already produced, CBS could still decide to air MacGyver in Fall (in case other planned projects fall through), but I doubt they would want to air new episodes of a single scripted show in between a ton of reruns.

Teresa Huang revealed on May 8 in a short announcement video on Twitter that she joined the crew as Story Editor. Despite delayed filming, the Writer’s Room probably is already preparing for meetings and thinking about new scripts.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via Carolyn Davis Gillett)

You might not remember since it’s been a while, but there were two young actors listed as a young MacGyver in two different episodes on IMDb. Sadly, we never got to see their performances. On May 7, Carolyn Davis Gillett provided several BtS photos of her son Mason who had filmed a flashback scene with the brown leather jacket that was cut; presumably for Episode 4×03.

This really would have fit nicely with the scene where Mac tries on the jacket in front of the mirror at Goodwill; so I guess this was supposed to be the “Opening Gambit” for a bookending. They probably cut it for time which isn’t all that unusual, but sadly reduces the importance of the scene at the end of the episode.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via Mason Gillett)

Fun Fact: For the Official Press Release of Episode 4×03, there was another young actor (Sawyer D. Jones) listed, credited as “Little Boy Mac”. Let’s hope we get to see these deleted scenes someday.

Season 3 DVD Release in Germany
ICYMI: There’s finally a release date for the Season 3 DVD in German-speaking countries (July 16).

Against my expectations, they also provided some info about the bonus material: The German version will include at least 8 Deleted Scenes (for Episodes 3×01, 3×02, 3×03, 3×11, 3×13, 3×18, 3×20, 3×22) and a Gag Reel.

Considering the bonus material is about 15 minutes long maybe (since there’s no Featurettes or interviews or Making Ofs like for the previous seasons), it’s even more baffling why they didn’t bother to include it in the US version.

MacGyver Reboot Update #109

Great news for MacGyver Fans: The Reboot has officially been renewed for Season 5! Sadly, the rest of the Season 4 episodes won’t air anytime soon.

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

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

 

About Season 5
Most important news first: On May 6, CBS renewed 23 shows for another season, the MacGyver Reboot being one of them. There’s no further information about the number of episodes being ordered or if the premiere will be alongside the other “Fall” shows or later for midseason.

Regarding the rest of the Season 4 episodes, TV Line already reported on Wednesday that the remaining episodes will be integrated into Season 5. In fact, Episode 4×13 has been officially announced as the season finale. Also, keep in mind that with the ongoing uncertainty when production will start, CBS might give all their scripted drama/crime shows an order for 13 episodes only for now.

Screenshot of the Renewal Announcement (via CBS)

According to Variety, ViacomCBS plans to unveil their Fall programming lineup of the CBS Television Network on May 19. Even though they might not be able to reveal their full schedule, we might get some more information (e.g. if MacGyver continues to be a midseason show or not).

About Episode 4×12
The episode airing last week is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Geoff Shotz. We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16, with 10 Stills on the press site, 8 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks for promo.

We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via the official CBS account. Lucas Till also confirmed that this would be the first part of a two-parter finale.

BtS photo of Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via CBS)

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 27 and generating an estimated 1062 tweets per hour before dropping again.

To recap: Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.30 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.50 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.92 (+38%) when including DVR ratings.

Episode 4×12 generated a live-audience of 5.889 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. That’s not as good as I hoped, but the ratings would be alright in a “normal” year, considering the season. In fact, they had about the same ratings last May for Season 3.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via KsiteTV)

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot is currently at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 15 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.702) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season (which probably helped in getting renewed).

On May 5, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms. In other news, the reboot made Rank 2 in SpoilerTVs “Most Popular Shows” in April. The popularity score for this ranking is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes and Tweets; which might have helped in the reboot getting its own SpoilerTV Twitter Account.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing tonight is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”.  It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episodes 2×11 and 3×11). Despite technically being the midseason finale, it is handled as the Season 4 Finale.

ICYMI: We got a first teaser via TV Guide Magazine on April 20; reposted on TV Insider yesterday. The Press Release with the First Official Still came out on April 23. Here’s the synopsis:

With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. Also, the team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.

CBS uploaded 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding lots of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by set photographer Nathan Bolster. We got 5 untagged Stills on May 4 via What2Vue or SpoilerTV and 9 tagged Stills via Getty Images.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (by Nathan Bolster/CBS via Getty Images)

On May 5, CBS tweeted a Sneak Peek with “Big Bad” Leland (Tobin Bell). We got 3 more Sneak Peeks on May 6 with an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line. We got some nice BtS photos, too; e.g. via Peter Lenkov (as Instagram Stories) or via Justin Hires.

On May 4, Tristin Mays revealed a screenshot of a Zoom call meeting of the cast in one of her Instagram Stories. CBS provided us with some little promo snippets from this meeting a few days later; e.g. with the cast saying hello or describing the Season Finale in one word.

On May 7, Lucas Till did a short Zoom interview for Good Day Sacramento (probably recorded before the renewal) and another one for channel CBS46 with Astrid Martinez. He revealed that people don’t recognize him now that he’s wearing a mask when going out in public.

Lucas Till for Good Day Sacramento (via CBS)

Upcoming Episodes Overview
The infos for the upcoming episodes were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (script credit date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
  • 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (script credit date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note that the episode titles and even the episode order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s possible that one of the episodes might be dropped, re-edited or shuffled around. I also expect Episode 4×20 to be re-filmed since continuity would be a bit difficult with filming resuming half a year later. They could even implement yet another, smaller time-jump to avoid any continuity issues within the sesason.

MacGyver Cast Zoom Meeting (via Tristin Mays)

What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 22 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). The schedules are still changing a lot at the moment; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks.

My assumption is that CBS keeps more reruns scheduled for Summer. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they could still air some new episodes earlier than expected. It is more likely though that filming will start later than usual. Some media outlets suspect October, with the shows having their premiere in January 2021. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via AJC)

As stated above, there’s also a high possibility of networks only handing out short season orders for now, with back-up orders later. At the moment, some states are faring a lot better in terms of active corona cases (e.g. Hawaii) than others (e.g. NY) and there might be different safety protocols for some regions. Therefore, not all productions might be able to deliver the same amount of episodes than they would without the pandemic.

On May 5, John Rogers confirmed he had only been brought in for the back-order episodes of Season 4 to replace co-showrunner Terry Matalas – and that he wouldn’t be back for the next season. Therefore, I assumed that Season 5 will get yet another co-showrunner.

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

Interestingly, an Instagram post by Rain Management announced Jim Adler joining the show as Co-Executive Producer and Monica Macer joining as Co-Showrunner. There might be still a news embargo until the Upfronts since the post was edited before I could take a screenshot. (Rookie mistake: They forgot to edit the hashtags; so the names are still there *ahem*.)

The Upfronts are usually focused on the rookie shows, but since Pilot Season was basically cancelled and there’s no footage to show (because only one CBS pilot has actually been filmed), they could make use of MacGyver having material for 6 upcoming episodes already in the can. They might announce some cast and crew personnel changes on May 19, along with a new logo and some footage. Or they might not. It’s CBS, after all, so let’s hope for the best.

Cover Preview for the S3 German DVD (via JPC)

Season 3 DVD Release in Germany
Additional good news for German-speaking MacGyver fans: There’s finally a release date for the Season 3 DVD (July 16).

There’s no infos about extras yet – and we probably won’t have any news anytime soon. For the German release of the Season 2 DVDs, they never added any infos on the websites about the content until the DVDs were already out. Let’s hope we’ll have a pleasant surprise, considering the US versions of S1 and S3 were released without any extras (contrary to the European versions).

 

MacGyver Reboot Update #108

As expected, CBS will continue to air weekly episodes of MacGyver – but no new episodes after the midseason finale (Episode 4×13). There will be a hiatus instead, with weekly reruns of Season 3. There’s no further information yet when the rest of the Season 4 episodes will air.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via Jeri Ryan News)

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

 

About Episode 4×10
The episode airing on April 17 is titled “Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Yangzom Brauen. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 7, with 8 additional Stills on the press site. There’s 4 watermarked Stills on Getty Images while SpoilerTV has 5 Stills in total (unmarked, but a slightly different selection than the one on Getty).

We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via Meredith Eaton (with Lucas Till and Justin Hires) or via Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas. As it’s almost tradition now, Lucas posted several photos with fun captions as Instagram Stories.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Meredith Eaton)

We got more BtS photos and videos during and after the episode; e.g. via hair stylist Maria, by the props departement (e.g. of the Tesla coil) or via guest stars John Ales (Tesla) and Tom Thon (Edison).

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 30 and generating an estimated 872 tweets per hour.

On April 21, Lucas Till appeared on CBS’ “The Talk” that is currently aired as a video-conference in the interviewers’ homes (instead of in the studio with a live-audience); talking about how they filmed the scenes with Mac’s Doppelgänger (aka Evil!Mac). He praised Matthew Albright’s attitude and that he learns all of Lucas’ lines (although Stand-Ins normally don’t do that).

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via John Ales)

On April 23, ET Canada released a Skype interview with Lucas that was taken the day before this episode aired. They talked about the emotional scenes of Episode 4×08; with Lucas revealing they have filmed the sequence for about 4 hours and that it was a conscious desicion to make MacGyver more vulnerable this season. He also teased us about the next few episodes; stating that we’ll see a lot of friction between all the characters.

To recap: Episode 4×09 had a live-audience of 6.38 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. Episode 4×10 generated a live-audience of 6.439 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.51 million viewers (+23%), reaching 7.95 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.99 (+45%; one of the biggest demo gains this season) when including DVR ratings.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Maria)

The episode also made it into SpoilerTVs “Quotes of the Week“. On April 22, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

About Episode 4×11
The episode airing last Friday is titled “Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds”, based on a story by Stephanie Hicks with a teleplay written by Cindy Appel and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by Ericson Core. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 9.

CBS later released 11 additional Official Stills on their press site. On April 22, we got 6 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks by CBS; with an additional Sneak Peek the next day.

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via What2Vue)

We got quite a few BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. by Meredith Eaton, via James Callis (Clive/The Merchant), by Leon Ngo, via Ming Lo or by Tang Shazam Nguyen. Several writers and also cast members joined in on the live-tweeting (or at least watched the episode and responded to comments afterwards). US-wide, the Hashtag #MacGyver generated an estimated 695 tweets per hour.

Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.07 million viewers (+17%), reaching 7.27 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.88 (+32%).

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via Meredith Eaton)

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 15 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.707) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season and even a small gain in audience numbers. It’s very stable in ratings, which CBS  appreciates (even using the term “stability” as a tag line when reporting ratings).

Clive and the wee bucket made it into TV Line’sQuotes of the Week“. On April 28, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his blog entry about the MacHacks used in the episode.

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via James Callis)

What you need to know about Episode 4×12
The episode airing tonight is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler (who also wrote Episodes 3×05, 3×11, 3×22 and 4×02) and directed by Geoff Shotz.

We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16. Here’s the synopsis:

The Phoenix team is forever altered when MacGyver’s Aunt Gwen (Jeri Ryan) gets into his head about family and connection and convinces Mac and Riley to join Codex. Also, Matty and Russ take their concerns about Codex to the White House.

On April 21, CBS added 10 more photos to their press site. A day later, 8 watermarked Stills were uploaded on Getty Images. Some unmarked Stills can be found via Jeri Ryan News or on SpoilerTV. On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks; all of them having to do with loyalty and trust.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing next Friday is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”.  It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episodes 2×11 and 3×11).

The episode has been intially written as a potential season or even series finale (since they didn’t have a back-order before November). Despite being a midseason finale by all means, it is handled as the “provisional” season finale; now that the TV Season is basically over due to the pandemic.

We got a first teaser via TV Guide Magazine on April 20; with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov revealing that we will get a flashback to learn about how MacGyver got the name Angus.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via CBS)

The Press Release with the First Official Still came out on April 23. Here’s the synopsis:

With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. Also, the team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.

CBS uploaded a whopping set of 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding a bunch of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by a set photographer. Judging by the BtS photos and stills, it looks like the midseason finale is actually a two-parter.

Season 4: Upcoming Episodes Overview
The “missing” script titles have been entered into the website for the Writers Guild of America West. Without the episode number, it’s a bit more difficult to sort them into the right order, but I tried to put the missing script titles into the structure of infos I already had by using the credit date.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

The additional infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that the episode titles and any available airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS; so I might have to adjust and tweak this list more than once in my upcoming blog posts.

  • 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (Credit Date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
  • 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (Credit Date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note: The title for the half-filmed Episode 4×20 wasn’t entered into the Writers Guild Website.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

We also got some new BtS photos for these upcoming episodes; e.g. one by Justin Hires (of either 4×14 or 4×16) that shows almost all of our favorite characters in military funeral attire.

What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 15 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). There’s no news yet when the rest of Season 4 will air. The schedules are changing a lot; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks. My assumption is that CBS keeps reruns also for June, awaiting on more information to plan ahead for the production schedule. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they might air the rest of Season 4 as a Summer filler. If filming is on hold until Fall or even later, they might hold the episodes back further and air them as a Fall replacement.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Terry Matalas)

As mentioned before, networks usually reveal their Fall schedule on the Upfronts in May; with the fate of all shows announced beforehand. Some networks (e.g. NBC) did schedule a digital event in place of their original Upfronts date; so it’s possible that they will announce their renewals, but not a definite Fall schedule yet. (So far, there’s no word yet on a digital Upfronts event by CBS.)

Best of TV Awards: Final Results
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Jessica Sanchez)

Here are the results for the finals (aka Round 3):

MacGyver Reboot Update #106

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production a few weeks ago; some of them already running out of new episodes to air. Luckily, we still have a few episodes of MacGyver to enjoy.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

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

 

About Episode 3×18
Because of March Madness being cancelled, CBS decided to air reruns of their current shows. Interestingly, they decided on a rerun of MacGyver Episode 3×18 that had premiered back in April 2019. (Usually, CBS only airs reruns of the current season. ) Due to people following the advice of staying in during the pandemic, the rerun ratings for the Friday line-up did better than the premieres of other shows.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

The rerun of 3×18 garnered 5.344 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. This is the third-best rerun audience numbers the show ever had (after reruns for Episode 1×08 and the Pilot). For comparison: The last rerun had been a repeat of Episode 3×06 back in March 2019, with an audience of 4.39 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.4.

About Episode 4×07
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17.

In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site. 10 of the Stills are available (watermarked) on Getty Images, while SpoilerTV uploaded 5 of them in good and untagged quality. On March 25, CBS released 6(!) Sneak Peeks; all of them either of Mac and Desi preparing for or already at the location of the double-date with Riley and Aubrey.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Stephanie Hicks)

One upside of the pandemic is people having more time to post BtS photos before the episode; e.g. via Stephanie Hicks, Haley Porch or guest star Angela Zhou. We got some more BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. via Sarah Downer, David Shae, John J Shim or Alexander Leaty. On Sunday, we got some interesting photos giving us a closer look at the props: The chocolate bar that Mac utilized to make an explosive timer, the periscope Mac used to “spy” into the kitchen or the chemotherapy bag used on the IV for James.

Note: The chemotherapy drug name on the bag is fake (for obvious reasons), but there is an antibody drug with a similar name that is used to treat e.g. non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis. In general, the drug destroys both normal and malignant B cells (with a specific marker on their surfaces) and is therefore used to treat diseases which are characterized by having too many B cells, overactive B cells or dysfunctional B cells.

As far as I know, they never revealed in Episode 3×17 what sort of cancer James is suffering from; only that it’s Stage 4 (which usually means metastatic and/or treatable for symptoms, but not curable). It’s not clear though if this is an indication on James’ disease or if the prop designer simply chose a drug with a name they liked.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via smac props)

There were a lot of people live-tweeting while the episode aired. The Hashtag #MacGyver trended for 3 hours US-wide; reaching Rank 29 and generating an estimated 3000 tweets per hour. The episode also made TV Line‘s “Quotes of the Week“.

To recap: Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.46 million viewers (+25%), reaching 7.303 million viewers with a demo of 0.95 in total (+43%) when including DVR ratings. Episode 4×07 had the best ratings of this season so far; generating a live-audience of 6.720 million viewers with a demo of 0.8.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via KsiteTV)

When compared to the other CBS shows (24 in total) after the final ratings were published (this Monday), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.691), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season. Also, it has the lowest demo-loss of all shows when compared to last season. Despite being “demoted” to a midseason show, it has very stable ratings overall, which might put the show at risk for staying a midseason show, but also elevates its chances of being renewed.

On March 31, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS uploaded 16 Official Stills onto their website on March 21; half of them of MacGyver with James and Mason kept prisoner by “Evil Auntie” Gwendolyn with the other half of Mac, James and Mason creeping through the woods. 15 of them are up on Getty Images (watermarked), 11 untagged Stills are available via SpoilerTV.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

Guest Star Jeri Ryan was featured in TV Guide Magazine as “Pick of the Week” with a short interview about her story-arc. The teaser interview and 12 Stills in total were also posted on TV Insider.

“Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead,” executive producer Peter Lenkov teased. “Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.”

“[Gwen] reminds him of his mother, and her ideals and science have merit to them. But the way she goes about it goes against everything Mac thinks and is,” he added. “Gwen’s new relationship with Mac will pit his desire for family, his faith in science, and his loyalties to his friends against each other and will make our hero rethink everything. Because of her, we will see Mac like we’ve never seen him before.”

(via TV Insider)

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and also a few more BtS photos (e.g. via Christopher Jon Duddy). Guest star Amber Skye Noyes is listed for several episodes on IMDb, so she’s probably part of the Codex story-arc for the first half of the season.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

What you need to know about Episode 4×09
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis”. It was written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta and directed by Mike Martinez (who also directed Episodes 2×14 and 3×09). We got the Press Release with the first Still on March 19. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago.

As revealed in the Press Release, Tate Donovan returns as Oversight. Considering he’s announced specifically, this might be his last appearance.

On March 28, they released 9 additional Stills; all of Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in a computer room staring at screens. Adding an additional photo, 11 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images.

More Reruns, yay
CBS has several “holes” to fill in their schedule with so many sports events, reality TV shows and other programming cancelled. That means that we probably will get to enjoy more reruns in the coming weeks. For April 18 (Saturday), CBS will air a rerun of Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) before reruns of Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×20, they filmed scenes in the War Room, inside the Phoenix jet and outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scene in Stone Mountain Park and on real and fake horses. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted on Friday, March 13th.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Leon Ngo)

Early Wrap on Season 4 – What’s going to happen now?
Due to the pandemic, movie and TV productions have been shut down worldwide. For MacGyver, production was halted on March 13, on Day 5 out of 8 of filming for Episode 4×20. Some of the prop people, set decorators and Stand-Ins have been back to the stage location the next week to shoot inserts (probably to finish post-production for as many episodes as possible) and to wrap up the trailers and the stage locations. As revealed by an Instagram Story by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he’s still working on finishing Episode 4×14. So although we will get a bunch of more episodes, it’s still possible that Episode 4×20 can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not anytime soon.

We don’t know yet what’s going to happen with the episodes that weren’t filmed. If the show is renewed, they could either film the episodes as intended and use them for Season 5, or they could rewrite the scripts or drop the episodes completely.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Initially, we would know about the fate of the CBS shows a day before the Upfronts in May. Right now, networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows and they can’t finalize the Fall Schedule yet. Some of the rookies filmed and/or planned for Pilot Season might be pushed to next year or scrapped.

CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. Some reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama Blood and Treasure. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption for MacGyver being renewed. They might air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed. That way, it wouldn’t matter if filming for Season 5 starts on time in July or not.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Best of TV Awards: Voting in Round 3
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round. Here’s the rest of the results for Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 5)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till: Rank 10, Justin Hires: Rank 23; Tristin Mays: Rank 14, Meredith Eaton: Rank 17)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31; Reign Edwards: Rank 27)

Voting for the Final Round started a few weeks ago. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

MacGyver Reboot Update #105

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production for the season. Sadly, MacGyver was cut short in the middle of filming Episode 4×20.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

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

 

About Episode 4×05
Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) aired on March 6. It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Duane Clark (who also directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). For promo, CBS had released 14 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks; later adding 6 more Stills and a few BtS photos.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via CBS)

Episode 4×05 attracted 5.648 million live-viewers and got a 0.6 demo rating in the important demo group (aged 18-49 years). In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.3 million viewers (+23%), reaching 6.95 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 in total when including DVR ratings. Generally, the episode was well-received on social media.

We got some more BtS photos after the episode had aired; e.g. of the costumes of the guest stars by Sarah Downer. On March 10, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post about the MacHacks in this episode.

About Episode 4×06
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Right + Wrong + Both + Neither”.  It was written by Andrew Klein and directed by Roderick Davis (who also directed Episode 3×18).

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the first Official Still on February 21. In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills; all of MacGyver, Riley, Desi and Russ on the mission to save Russ’ ex. Eight watermarked Stills are available on Getty Images. On March 10, CBS posted an unmarked Still of Desi via Twitter. They released 2 Sneak Peeks by Wednesday, added 4 screenshots as new Stills on Thursday and uploaded some BtS photos on Friday.

Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.26 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.10 million viewers with a demo of 0.9 in total (+36%) when including DVR ratings. Due to the pandemic and people staying home, we can expect the ratings to rise a bit higher than they usually do around Spring time.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via CBS)

When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total) at the moment, the Reboot is at Rank 15 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.683), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season.

On March 17, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×07
As every year, MacGyver fans were prepared to endure a short break for March Madness. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the sports event has been cancelled and the schedule for MacGyver has been adjusted. Tonight will be a rerun of Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via CBS)

Episode 4×07 is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey” and will air a week earlier than initially scheduled, so on March 27. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends’ “day jobs” from her new boyfriend, Aubrey (Leonardo Nam).

Besides Leonardo Nam, there will be guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver), Devon Sawa (as Donovan) and the comedians Impractical Jokers who have worked with Tristin Mays before.

On March 18, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site; 12 of them featuring the double date of Mac, Desi, Riley and Aubrey in a restaurant plus one BtS photo of Lucas Till with the comedic guest stars. They should release a preview tonight after the rerun of Episode 3×18.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Writer Stephanie Hicks posted a blurry BtS photo of her with Lucas Till and Sparky in the War Room. We didn’t get many BtS photos for this episode during filming, but in an interview with ET Online back in February, Lucas Till said that this will be a hilarious episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing on April 3 is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who has a whopping 84 directing credits and also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via CBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 1. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS hasn’t uploaded any more Stills yet, but we probably won’t have to wait long.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (April 10)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez. You can find the Press Release with the first Still here.
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×18, they filmed in and around an abandoned hospital to be set in Slovania with guest stars Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick and a fight scene in the kitchen. For Episode 4×19, they filmed scenes in a parking lot and in the woods for several days with rain pouring down.

Working on Episode 4×19
Generally, we haven’t seen much BtS material of this episode. Maybe director Peter Weller prefers it that way and advised the cast and crew not to reveal too much. Or he simply bribed them with Gelato (as seen on Instagram stories on March 9) to wait with posting until the episode has wrapped.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Corey Jung)

Guest Star Gloria Tsai posted several BtS photos; e.g. with the actors playing her husband and her kid. The kid actor Corey Jung also uploaded photos; e.g. with set mom Gloria Tsai and Peter Weller or with Meredith Eaton.

Working on Episode 4×20
As revealed in an Instagram Story by Evan Marsh, Episode 4×20 is titled “Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt”. It was written by Executive Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who already directed Episode 1×19). On March 10, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton and Henry Ian Cusick filmed some scenes in the War Room. Justin and Meredith did an Instagram Live Story together, but couldn’t reveal anything about ongoing storylines.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The next day, they filmed scenes with Lucas Till inside the Phoenix jet and with Stand-Ins Jordan Heir, Amanda Mazonkey and Matthew Albright outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scenes in what looks like a hazardous containment area.

On March 12, they moved production to Stone Mountain Park; filming on seemingly abandoned train tracks in the muddy woods and in front of Stone Mountain. There was a burning car, Lucas doing stunts to get away from the bad guys and Tristin Mays and Levy Tran driving a military vehicle.

The next day, filming continued outside. They had real horses and goats on set, but Levy got to ride the “fake” horse as well. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted – and isn’t it ironic that it happened on a Friday, the 13th.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Andres Velasco)

Early Wrap on Season 4
Due to the pandemic, almost all movie and TV productions have already shut down. While it first looked like MacGyver gets to finish at least the episode and wrap up filming on Wednesday this week (according to crew member Dan Emo), production was halted on March 13 after filming for the day had wrapped.

After Episode 4×06 had finished its premiere on TV, Lucas Till posted a video on Instagram, announcing together with Levy Tran that Season 4 has wrapped unexpectedly; thanking all fans and the crew for their support. The next day, more crew members posted farewell messages and saying thanks for having a great season (e.g. Easton Harper, Jessica Sanchez, Jaric Czepiel, Todd Amateau, Christopher Jon Duddy, Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey and Katelyn).

Screenshot of the Wrap-Up-Message by Lucas Till and Levy Tran (via Lucas Till)

Cast and crew didn’t get to wrap properly and tell everyone goodbye, but some of the prop people and set decorators have been back to the stage location on Monday to wrap up tools and clean out the trailers, grab personal things, to hand out perishable food brought in by catering and to cover up the sets and closing down. Interestingly, some of the crew were back by Tuesday to film more inserts and the Stand-Ins (e.g. Matthew Albright) on Wednesday, but we don’t know for which episode. They probably try to do post-production for as many episodes as possible.

According to a call sheet by Evan Marsh (posted as Insta Story), production for Episode 4×20 was on Day 5 out of 8 when production (or at least principal filming) was halted. Therefore, it’s possible that this episode can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not any time soon.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via CBS)

So, what’s going to happen now? There are several possibilities.

  • Worst case scenario: The show is cancelled. They air the finished episodes and we might be stuck with a cliffhanger and unresolved storylines.
  • Good case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the finished episodes. Once the hiatus due to the pandemic is over, they film new episodes for another season. The unproduced episodes of Season 4 will be either dropped or the scripts are re-written and used for the next season. For Season 5, we get the order for 13 episodes with a premiere in midseason.
  • Best case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the initially 13 episodes with the midseason finale. Meanwhile, they film the rest of the unproduced episodes as soon as possible and start filming for Season 5 with a full season order. They will air the remaining 9 episodes either after a short break on TV (interluded with reruns) or as a Fall show.

At the moment, I’m expecting an outcome between the good and the best case scenario. Right now, the networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows. Some of them might be pushed to next year or scrapped. CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. The reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama shows (e.g. Blood and Treasure).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Depending on how disastrous Pilot Season ends and how soon they can continue filming for their “old” shows currently on hold, they don’t have enough new episodes to fill the Fall schedule with, either. Therefore, there’s a good possibility that they air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a Hispanic Marine, for Caucasian or Hispanic Mercs and for a Male Agent. They also had a Casting Call for a Photo Double for Marcus DeAnda this week. I’m not sure yet if they’re trying to finish up on Episode 4×20 or if they’re simply filming more inserts to finish post production on earlier episodes.

Wrap-Up-Message by Showrunner Peter Lenkov

Best of TV Awards: Round 2 Results
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1. Here’s the results for Round 2 that are available so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31, Reign Edwards: Rank 27)
  • Best Guest Actor (David Dastmalchian: Rank 33, Michael Des Barres: Rank 38)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13: Rank 34)
  • Best Episode (3×11: Rank 39, 3×13: Rank 41, 3×22: Rank 44)
  • Best Writing (Rank 9)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 7)
  • Favorite Character (Mac: Rank 5, Riley: Rank 15, Jack: Rank 27, Bozer: Rank 29)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 22)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 2)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 5)

Voting for Round 3 started on Sunday. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection (e.g. 2 selections for “Favorite Character”).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Michael Minnich)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)