MacGyver Reboot Update #133

A new episode airs tonight – the second “new” episode filmed for Season 5. Also, we got a lot of promo for once!

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

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

 

About Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO). It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core; filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) last year. They released 17 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (Nathan Bolster/CBS via KsiteTV)

Sadly, we didn’t get much more BtS material during and afterwards; not even by the official CBS accounts. On Monday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms; e.g. the giant electromagnet or the flash bang.

To recap: Episode 5×04 had 5.173 million live-viewers and a 0.59 demo rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. It’s the episode with the highest ratings so far. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 0.22 in demo (+37.92%) and 1.210 million viewers (+23.37%); reaching a total of 6.39 million viewers and 0.81 in demo.

Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Although having a smaller audience, it did better in demo than Magnum PI for once. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 in total), it places Rank 10 in average demo and Rank 12 in average live-viewers per episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Several of the writers and producers joined the live-tweeting, but none of the main cast this time. With about 793 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide.

Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media; with many fans praising writer Jim Adler and asking if guest star Nick E. Tarabay (Tibor, a Croatian version of Jack) will come back for another episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance) airing tonight is the second episode that has been filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher. The director is Andrew Ahn, who has worked with showrunner Monica Macer before on another TV show.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. Here’s the synopsis:

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

CBS already revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist. Last week, we got 10 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. You can find 4 tagged ones on Getty Images and 5 untagged Stills on What2Vue.

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while on set of Episode 5×06 (via Lucas Till)

For once, they were early with the Sneak Peeks; releasing two of them on Tuesday morning and an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line in the evening. Understandably, fans were a bit confused due to the episode dealing with two different timelines.

Yesterday, we got yet another Sneak Peek that shows the chaos that is quarantining with Mac, Riley and Bozer in Mac’s house. They later uploaded two more videos to the official YouTube account. I think these may have been a mistake, because they spoil the ending (go watch at your own risk!) and were probably intended to being released as clips after the episode aired and not as Sneak Peeks.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) will air in two weeks (on February 5). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, who have been on the writing team for several years now. Filmed with production number MAC417 almost a year ago, it was directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via SpoilerTV)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on January 19; alongside the confirmation that we will see another guest appearance by Aly Michalka as Frankie. Here’s the synopsis:

The secret experimental cancer treatment Mac’s developing with a friend is discovered when culprits ransack their lab, kidnap Mac’s partner and plan to use the research to create a powerful new nerve agent.

Yesterday, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. Since there is a rerun scheduled for next week, we might have to wait a bit longer for a promo trailer for this episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick. TV Line released a scoop article before the Press Release came out yesterday.

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Herb Williams)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • (MAC505): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes yet, nor if they’re still on time with the filming schedule. Depending on the episode order, they still need to film about 5 more episodes.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Christopher Foster)

Working on Episode MAC504 and beyond
It looks like last week, they worked on finishing up the episode with production number MAC420 – the episode that was in the middle of filming when production was shut down on March 13 last year. We got an exceptional amount of BtS material; e.g. by Lucas Till, by Tristin Mays and also by different crew members.

On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode. There was no material the next day, so I’m not sure if they had Friday off or not. Filming continued on Monday (January 18), but there was only a handful of BtS photos and stories and nothing at all for Tuesday.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Set Photographer Danielle Korman visited the stages on Wednesay. The same night, guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta; filming her first scenes yesterday.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Extra Kevin Kedgley posted a few BtS photos of him as a cop on set of Episode 5×04. He had played a police officer in the scene that ended on the cutting room floor.

Yesterday, Levy Tran and François Chau (who guest starred on both OG MacGyver and Reboot Episode 1×19) attended a panel for The Song Collective, a series of free virtual discussions to celebrate Vietnamese creatives.

Levy Tran attending a panel for The Song Collective (via Teresa Huang)

Levy revealed that the casting agency had actually been looking for a hispanic actor when she auditioned for the role. After she booked the part, they re-wrote the character and implemented Levy’s Vietnamese roots into Desi.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South will be available on demand and in selected theaters February 5.

 

MacGyver Reboot Update #132

A new episode airs tonight – the one that fans have been looking for for almost a year, but are dreading at the same time.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via CBS)

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

 

About Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller; filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason). They released 9 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new/old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Corey Jung (with Ben Wang), by Gloria Tsai or by the official MacGyverCBS account.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Corey Jung)

Corey Jung added a few more BtS photos and videos the next day. On January 12, Matthew Albright uploaded a BtS video of the window stunt. Tech Consultant Rhett Allain typed up a blog post about the MacGyverisms; adding several videos.

Episode 5×04 had 5.173 million live-viewers and a 0.6 demo rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. This episode had the best ratings of all Season 5 episodes so far. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 in total), it places Rank 12 in average demo and Rank 13 in average live-viewers per episode.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via CBS)

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting, but again none of the main cast besides Henry Ian Cusick. With about 380 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend; unlike #BlueBloods with about 2300 tweets per hour (trending Ranks 13 and 14 US-wide for about two hours). For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 84 tweets per hour.

Overall, the episode was well-received on social media. A lot of fans liked Ben Wang’s first ever TV appearence as Eli; asking if he will come back in a recurring role. It’s also the best-rated episode on IMDb at the moment.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

What you need to know about Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO); the episode many fans have been waiting for. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core (who already directed Episodes 2×02, 2×22 and 4×11).

This episode was filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) back in January and February last year. As mentioned last week, the title of this episode has been a topic often talked about within the fandom since the revelation of the script title page and the emergence of BtS photos of a military funeral and a wake in Mac’s home.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Henry Ian Cusick)

After being very patient, we finally got the Press Release and a First Still on January 11. Here’s the synopsis:

Using a cryptic postcard as their only clue, Mac and the team must solve a fallen friend’s final case and bring him justice.

Many fans still secretly hoped for a guest appearance by George Eads until the guest stars were revealed in the Press Release. CBS later released 17 Official Stills. All but two feature Mac, Desi and Russ outside; presumably chasing someone down an alley. You can find 14 tagged Stills on Getty Images and all untagged Stills on Seat42F.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Till)

We only got the two Sneak Peeks last night; again fuelling the discussions among fans about Jack’s potential demise. As mentioned before, Lucas Till’s stepmom Lavonda Till had visited the set to watch Lucas’ dad John Mark Till filming some scenes as a background actor. She had uploaded several photos onto Facebook before she deleted the photos and locked her profile (due to fans commenting on the post).

It must have been a very special day (although both Lavonda and John already have been on set of the Lake Como scene for a guest appearance in the Pilot).

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Kelita Deeter Miller)

We got some more BtS material this week; e.g. by Kelita Deeter Miller or by Henry Ian Cusick.

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
While information about Episode 5×05 has been scarce, they were quick with promotion for the “Quarantine Episode” that airs next week. This is the second episode that has been filmed for Season 5.

After a first spoiler-teaser via TVLine on December 29, we got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. A day later, CBS revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist. Yesterday, we got 10 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Danielle Korman)

Some fans have been disappointed that the Official Stills didn’t show the trio doing mundane things in quarantine, but the trio plus Desi out and about tackling bad guys. We’ve only seen about a handful of BtS photos for this episode, so everyone’s very curious.

Keep in mind that due to the pandemic, it’s possible that Still Photographers (like Danielle Korman for this episode) will usually come on set when they film scenes either outside or in big, airy spaces. They might later add some screenshots as Stills. Also, as with the other “new” episode 5×03, we might get some exclusive extra material next week.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Lucas Till)

Here’s the synopsis:

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (January 15)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
    Presumed guest appearance by Aly Michalka (Frankie)

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via CBS)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

Due to the recent Covid-19 surge, most of the LA productions extended their Holiday Hiatus. We don’t know if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) had been affected as well and/or if they’re still on time with the filming schedule.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Steven Serna)

Working on Episode MAC504 and beyond
Filming for the episode with production number 504 started last Friday. At least that’s what I thought until Lucas Till posted several Insta Stories on January 11. It looks like they’re working on finishing up the episode with production number MAC420 that was in the middle of filming when production was shut down on March 13 last year.

To recap: Last week, Hussein Agamiri uploaded an Instagram Story with the crew set up for filming before a narrow, but high square with a green screen on top. This Monday, Lucas posted videos of him climbing up a fake mountain (or rather, hanging on ropes while getting instructions for another take). He’s wearing the same clothes as back for Episode MAC420. It’s not clear yet if they’re finishing up what was left or if they resorted to re-film the entire episode.

Episode MAC420: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (via Robert Maxfield)

Tristin Mays also posted Insta Stories from set and inside her trailer; admiring the boots and jacket she got to wear for filming. Grip Steven Serna provided a BtS photo to show us the “fly swatters” installed on the set. During the next days, they continued filming on outside locations and inside the warehouse they have been filming in and around several times before.

It was a nice surprise but also rather strange that after weeks of “radio silence”, they chose to post so much BtS material again. But I’m not going to complain; who knows when this lucky streak is over. Generally, they seem more secretive about the newly filmed episodes than the “old” ones.

On set of Season 5 (via Tristin Mays)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Surprisingly, we finally got a new Casting Call – the only one since November 12: Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Guards (preferably with tactical experience).

We got some prop BtS photos for Episode 5×02 as well; e.g. of the laser cutter, of the toxin vial or options for Desi’s burglar gear bag. Guest Star Mei Ritchart (Young Desi) also added a few new BtS photos for the same episode this week.

ICYMI: The trailer for Lucas’ upcoming movie Son of the South got officially released on YouTube last week. Both Movie Coverage and Movie Trailers Source as two of the accounts with the most followers have over 110’000 views so far.

Son of the South Twitter Header

It looks like Vertical Entertainment took over from Clear Horizon Entertainment to start on the promotion. On January 13, they created new accounts for Twitter and Instagram (though the old ones are still up) plus one for Facebook; presenting a new poster for the US. The movie will be available on demand and in selected theaters February 5.

So far, I haven’t heard anything about upcoming promo appearances. In a non-pandemic year, this movie would have probably hit the Film Festival circuit for several months. Sadly, we can’t expect many interviews and certainly no red carpet events, but we know from BtS material that they had done some interviews on set during filming days.

MacGyver Reboot Update #131

After two weeks of reruns, we get new episodes for three consecutive weeks; starting today!

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via CBS)

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

 

What you need to know about Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller. This episode was filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason) back in February and March last year.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

We got the Press Release and a first Official Still on December 21. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis again:

Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

This episode sees the return of Guest Star Peter Weller as Elliot Mason. Interestingly, this is also the first and only credit for guest star Ben Wang (who plays new recruitment candidate Eli).

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Dollar Tan)

CBS released 9 Official Stills on January 4; all about MacGyver and Desi getting into trouble again. You can find 7 tagged Stills on Getty Images and 8 untagged Stills on Seat42F. A day later, we got 3 Sneak Peeks; one of them the scene of MacGyver meeting Desi’s family. As expected, it’s not going too well.

There was barely any BtS material when they filmed the episode, so I hoped for more material coming in by the cast and the guest stars, but it wasn’t much. Co-Showrunner John Rogers (who had taken over from Terry Matalas for the back nine) gave us some insights via Twitter, though.

John Rogers about Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Twitter)

He revealed this to be his favorite episode and stated that he didn’t get to talk to Lucas Till very often, but that he is a “very fine Number One” (on the Call Sheet), and he would work with him anytime.

What you need to know about Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Next Friday is the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO); the episode many fans have been waiting for. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core, who already directed Episodes 2×02, 2×22 and 4×11.

Script Title Page of Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Anabelle Acosta)

This episode was filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) back in January and February last year. It has been a topic often talked about within the fandom since the revelation of the script title page by Anabelle Acosta (who guest-starred in Episode 5×01).

Of course, fans discussed the possibility of “Jack” being another work tool and not a person, but George Eads’ former stunt double Reece Fleetwood being seen on set of Season 4 had fuelled the fire. Note that Fleetwood is credited on IMDb for this episode as stunt actor and not as stunt double. He’s also credited for Episodes 4×06 and 5×02.

Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

Lucas Till’s stepmom had visited the set with her kids and revealed a few days later that Lucas’ dad has a guest role in it. Initially, she had stated on Facebook that we should look out for Episode 4×14 before she deleted the photos and locked her profile (after fans had flocked her page and started commenting on the post).

These photos were the reasons for the hubbubb about this episode, because it shows what looks like a military funeral scene with other BtS photos of what looks like a wake at Mac’s house. Sadly, we haven’t gotten a Press Release yet, so keep your eyes peeled for a trailer after tonight’s episode ends. It looks like the speculations will continue at least until the Press Release or the first Official Stills. (Note that this is the only CBS show with no Press Release and/or a First Still for next week.)

Episode MAC416: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
While information about Episode 5×05 has been scarce, they already started the promotion for the “Quarantine Episode”; airing on January 22.

After a first spoiler-teaser via TVLine on December 29, we got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. A day later, CBS revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist.

I get that the “new team” prefers advertizing the newly-filmed episodes, but it’s a bit disapppointing that they still keep the lid on BtS material for upcoming episodes in general. Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov might not post anymore about the show, but there should be a ton of BtS material sitting on these CBS servers. Also, it would help to get the fans excited for the newly-filmed episodes as well (since we’ll still have to wait until February or longer for these “new” episodes to air).

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via CBS)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (January 15)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn.

Remember that episode titles and episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via CBS)

We don’t know yet if all filmed episodes will be aired (e.g. episode MAC420 that was still in the middle of being filmed when production shut down). For now, I sorted the other episodes by production number:

  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
    Presumed guest appearance by Aly Michalka (Frankie)
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

Note that due to the recent Covid-19 surge, most of the LA productions have agreed to extend their Holiday Hiatus. Several talk shows went back to film on make-shift studios in the homes garages of the hosts. It’s not clear yet if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) has been affected as well.

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

Season 4 Reruns
To recap: The rerun of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) on December 25 brought 3.108 million live-viewers with a 0.3 demo rating. A week later, the rerun of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey) got 3.056 million live-viewers; also with a 0.3 demo rating.

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

Working on Episode MAC504
To recap: Writer Teresa Huang had posted on December 11 that she’s remotely prepping her episode that will be filming in January (presumably MAC504).

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Gloria Tsai)

According to a post by Steven Serna, they were supposted to resume work on Wednesday, but I haven’t seen any indication that they started filming until today. Hussein Agamiri uploaded an Instagram Story with the crew set up for filming before a narrow, but high square – maybe an elevator shaft? – with a green screen on top.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls since November 12. I’m assuming they either switched casting agencies or stopped having open Casting Calls for unknown reasons (since Central Casting Georgia still has dozens of Casting Calls for “The Resident” every week).

MacGyver Season 5 Swag (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: The Reboot was on Rank 15 for the list of most popular shows of 2020 on SpoilerTV. TAlso, the poll about Episode 5×03 made Rank 4 on the list of most popular “What Did You Think Of” polls last year. The Press Release for Episode made Rank 22 of the most popular articles in December on SpoilerTV.

Mama Till showed us the the MacGyver swag she got for Christmas; e.g. three different masks. One of them has a clever logo of the Phoenix defeating Codex.

Additionally, the trailer for Lucas’ upcoming movie Son of the South got officially released on YouTube with dozens of different accounts posting it. Movie Trailers Source as the account with the most followers got about 47’000 views so far. So far, there has been nothing by the official US distributor (Clear Horizon Entertainment) or the official movie accounts. Let’s hope we get an official release date soon.

The Best of the Best (IV) – Top 5 Blog Posts in 2020

Maybe you joined the fandom recently? So you might enjoy to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot?

Hereby, I present you my Top 5 Blog Posts 2020 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of last year. Maybe this post will make you curious to check out the full post in case you missed it back when I had originally posted it?

Lucas Till on set of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via Micahveli Shakur)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Seasons 1 and 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

I have done a few of these before. If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017 (all about “deleted” scenes in the pilot script), you can check it out here. If you missed the post about the Top 5 Blog Posts in 2018, you can check it out there. The one for 2019 can be found here. Though I have to admit if you’ve already read the one from last year, there’s not much news for you.

 

Rank 5 (612 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (I) – The Unaired Pilot: Origins

In this blog post, I wrote about the origins of the Unaired Reboot Pilot. There’s mentions of another Unaired Pilot (Young MacGyver with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki in the lead role; playing MacGyver’s nephew Clay), a script that wasn’t used, a (heavily revised) script that was used for a pilot that never aired and the reboot of the Reboot… As you can see, there’s been a lot going on with this project.

Unaired Pilot Character Description for Lincoln (via SpoilerTV)

Rebooting a Pilot is not unusual for Pilot Season. The character descriptions alone might be worthy of their own blog post. Too bad we might never get to watch this pilot that shall not be named… but I think they had made the right decision to change, switch and tweak things (even though I’m not all okay with what they did with it).

ICYMI: A few months ago, they re-added the Unaired Pilot as “Episode 0” on IMDb. I’m curious if it gets deleted again or not.

 

Rank 4 (634 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (IV) – The Unaired Pilot: BtS photos Part 2

I had amassed quite a bit of material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot over time which led to several blog posts. In this one, I took another opportunity to present some of the BtS photos – for example Lucas Till and George Eads during a costume fitting as MacGyver and Lincoln (before he became Jack Dalton).

Lucas Till and George Eads as MacGyver and Lincoln (via Eileen Cox Baker)

It’s not easy to find more BtS material online. Part of the problem is that they had wiped the original entry on IMDb and that some social media accounts of cast and crew members (e.g. assistants) went private.

I’m not sure what the policy is about posting BtS material of unaired projects, but people seem to be pretty hesitant – and so many years later, it’s too much work to scroll through 4 years of posts on their social media accounts.

 

Rank 3 (790 Hits): Looking Back at Season Zero (II) – The Unaired Pilot: Promo

It wasn’t much, but the Unaired Pilot had gotten some promo material: Three Official Stills, a trailer and social media headers. That’s what I wrote about in this post.

Because CBS decided to reboot the Reboot with a different main cast and a different showrunner, they declared the promotional material to “promo non grata” right after the Upfronts in May 2016. The same day, they erased all their former tweets, posts and previously released promo material for the discarded pilot from their social media accounts.

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

Well, it’s the internet after all, so they couldn’t erase it completely. Some media outlets still use the old logo and the old stills. What once was posted online, has a tendency to come back. I still hope that some day, we’ll see more of it – without having to go search for it for as many hours as I did back then when I still had the patience.

 

Rank 2 (909 Hits): You can google it (Part 2): About Samantha/Olivia Cage

A lot of readers find my blog by using search engines. I wrote a couple of blog posts about what search terms led to people click on one of my blog posts. Interestingly, a lot of those clicks were due to Isabel Lucas and her character of Samantha Cage (formerly known as Olivia Cage) who was introduced in Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE).

Isabel Lucas on set of Episode 3×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Robert Maxfield)

Cage was an underdeveloped character that divided the fandom. Yet, even many of the viewers who didn’t like her too much were rather disappointed when and how she got written out of the show in the middle of Season 2; mainly since all of the “secrets” surrounding her character sort of vanished as well and were never resolved.

Some of her traits were incorporated into the character of Desi Nguyen (who had her first appearence in Episode 3×15), but people still occasionally ask about Samantha Cage on social media.

I haven’t written yet a review about Cage, but if you want to know more about her and what people actually typed into Google only to find my blog, you can find the post here.

 

Rank 1 (1229 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (I) – The Hair (Part 1)

The “Winner” of 2020 is the same post that was on Rank 1 in 2018 and 2019 as well. When people talk about Original MacGyver, they often mention his glorious hair. There was a lot of “hair drama” surrounding the Reboot. So in this blog post – my first non-update-blog-post back in 2017, actually – I wrote about MacGyver’s hair. And apparently people keep googling for it; finding my blog post.

Lucas Till in June and July 2016

I’ve been planning to write Part 2 (and probably even 3) since forever, but that still might take a while. Real Life responsibilities, a ton of Reboot Update Posts last year and other stuff, you know.

 

Runner-up posts to give you the Top Ten at the end of 2020:

MacGyver Reboot Update #130

After two weeks of reruns, we’ll finally get new episodes starting next week! Meanwhile, Film and TV productions in LA are going into a prolonged Holiday Hiatus.

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

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

 

About Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma); the first episode filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Jim Adler and directed by David Straiton. They released 18 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new/old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Tristin Mays, by Stephanie Hicks, by Justin Hires or by the official MacGyverCBS account.

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

As expected, Matty appeared on screen only since Meredith Eaton is filming on the LA Unit. With so many Riley-fans and MacRiley-fans being disappointed, the Writers appeased them by tweeting that there will be more MacRiley content coming and that Riley’s hacker-persona Artemis37 will make a return in an upcoming episode.

A few days later, we got new BtS photos by Guest Star Carmen Alexis (who played an FBI Agent). Tech Consultant Rhett Allain typed up a blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Episode 5×03 had 4.724 million live-viewers and a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 so far), it places Rank 12 in average demo and Rank 13 in average audience numbers per episode.

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

At the moment, the average CBS Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • MacGyver (8pm): 0.51 in demo (-23.43% compared to last season), 4.802 million live-viewers (-21.03%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.51 demo (-20.87%), 5.552 million live-viewers (-16.71%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.50 demo (-22.92%), 6.401 million live-viewers (-16.71%)

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting, but interestingly none of the main cast besides Henry Ian Cusick. With about 845 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. But it did better than #BlueBloods with about 757 tweets per hour and #MagnumPI with about 389 tweets per hour.

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

Overall, the episode was not as well-received on social media as the former Season 5 episodes. But it got people talking a lot (with some discussions still ongoing). About a week later, Carmen Alexis also posted a video-log and more BtS photos on Instagram; revealing that she initially had more scenes (that apparently got cut).

What you need to know about Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller, who already directed Episodes 2×20 and 4×03. This episode was filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason) back in March.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Henry Ian Cusick)

We got the Press Release and a first Official Still on December 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

This episode sees the return of Guest Star Peter Weller as Elliot Mason. For a refresher on Mason, you can find his character bio page here. Both Guest Stars Corey Jung and Dollar Tan praised Peter Weller’s work ethic as actor and as director.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Corey Jung)

In generally, there wasn’t much BtS material available when the episode was being filmed and so far, we didn’t get any new BtS material since then. I remember them filming scenes at a science fair and what looks like a car accident. There was no BtS material at all of meeting Desi’s parents. In fact, I remember Levy posting an Insta Story on March 5; stating that she had a week off filming.

The preview will hopefully be released tonight. Additionally, it’s the only CBS crime show besides NCIS LA that didn’t get any more Official Stills released yet. It’s a pity they treat the show as an afterthought; considering this episode was filmed about 10 months ago already.

Season 5 Overview
In his interview with Parade, Lucas Till talked about Season 5 being a “Frankenstein Season”, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Considering that some of these episodes were filmed almost a year ago, I keep wondering how the cast keeps track of the storyline.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via What2Vue)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core

Remember that episode titles and episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Lavonda Till)

For now, I sorted the other upcoming episodes by production number:

  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

There’s still no official word on the episode number. With the 2-month-delay to start filming, it’s very likely that Season 5 will also have only 13 episodes. Most of the LA productions have agreed to extend their Holiday Hiatus. It’s not clear yet if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) will be affected. While Magnum PI is more or less safe, there might be a prolonged hiatus for Blue Bloods (that films in NY). They already scheduled a rerun in two weeks while there will be new episodes for the other Friday shows.

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

On Tuesday, TV Line posted some scoop about an upcoming episode (presumably the one with production number 502):

What can you tease about MacGyver‘s quarantine episode that’s coming up this season?  –Amel
If you loved seeing Henry Ian Cusick’s Desmond romance Penny on Lost, just wait until you see him “stuck” in quarantine with Sofia Walker (played by Camilla Arfwedson). I mean, there’s sword play, fierce drumming, rocking out…. All told, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer, and more complicated, turn when they then quarantine together. Meanwhile, Mac, Bozer and Riley witness from their own bubble — and then try to stop — a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house.

(via TV Line, December 29)

Season 4 Reruns
Last week, we got a rerun of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix). It brought 3.108 million live-viewers and got a 0.3 demo rating, which is better than the average Season 4 ratings so far.

Tonight, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

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

Working on Episode MAC503 and beyond
Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 started on December 7. To Recap: They filmed in Downtown Atlanta and in Marietta Square dressed as Mexico. Otherwise, it was rather quiet regarding BtS material.

On December 18, Steven Serna posted that they just wrapped for 2020. Yet Alessia Costantini still seemed to be scouting locations on December 21. A day later, Joe Pantoliano posted a photo of himself on set with Tristin Mays and David Dastmalchian, so it looks like his character Eric Andrews (aka General Ma from Episode 5×03) will be back for another guest appearence.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Joe Pantoliano)

Writer Teresa Huang posted on December 11 that she’s remotely prepping her episode that will be filming in January (presumably MAC504). So far, there’s no information about on what day filming will resume.

Other MacGyver-related News 
December usually means lots of Best-Of-Lists. On SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot was on Rank 15 for the list of most popular shows of 2020. The Popularity Score is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook and Tweet Likes. Also, the poll about Episode 5×03 made Rank 4 on the list of most popular “What Did You Think Of” polls.

MacGyver Reboot Update #129

There’s only one new episode tonight before the Reboot (and my blog posts) go into Christmas Hiatus. It’s the first episode filmed under the new showrunner, so everyone is really curious.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (Tom Griscom/CBS via Seat42F)

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

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
Season 5 premiered two weeks ago. Most of the promo material was released and aired before the Premiere, but some stuff was kept to air before last week’s Episode 5×02. The biggest surprise was a video via ET Online about the Mays Family Road Trip: Back in July, Tristin Mays and her family plus the two family pets (Bird Pine and Dog Sergeant) travelled from LA to Atlanta.

Mays Family Road Trip (Screenshot via ET Online)

Because filming for Season 5 was delayed for another 2 months after arriving, Tristin had enough time to film a holiday TV movie (The Christmas Sitters) in Colorado. The movie premiered last Sunday on ionTV.

There hasn’t been any new interviews so far with Showrunner Monica Macer, despite the first episode filmed under her supervision airing tonight.

ICYMI: Tech Consultant Rhett Allain switched blogs. You can find his blog post about the MacGyverisms (aka MacHacks) used in Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) here and the ones used in Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) here.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Meredith Eaton)

About Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice); initially filmed with production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. They released 16 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Guest Stars Eden Harper or Mei Ritchart (Young Desi). Lucas Till also had some time to post on social media; using the Stills to tell a story.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Eden Harper)

A day later, Sarah Downer posted a compilation of guest star Sebastian Roche in costume plus one of Lucas and Levy in their auction costumes.

Episode 5×02 attracted 4.785 million live-viewers and got a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 so far), it places Rank 13 in both average demo and audience numbers per episode.

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting again. With about 745 estimated tweets per hour on average, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. In comparison, #BlueBloods trended on Rank 11 US-wide with about 2900 tweets per hour, while #MagnumPI reached 269 tweets per hour. Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

ADR for Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

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

  • MacGyver (8pm): 0.50 in demo (-25.37% compared to last season), 4.842 million live-viewers (-20.38%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.50 demo (-23.08%), 5.591 million live-viewers (-16.13%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.50 demo (-23.08%), 6.410 million live-viewers (-16.59%)

What you need to know about Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma). This is the first episode that was filmed for Season 5.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (Tom Griscom/CBS via Seat42F)

We got the Press Release on December 10. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous psychopath, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

As mentioned last week, the storyline deviates from the exclusive Fall Preview for TV Guide Magazine – because they had announced that David Dastmalchian would return as Murdoc. As it is, the storyline has been re-written by using the character of Eric Andrews (played by Joe Pantoliano). This episode also sees the return of Guest Stars Tobin Bell (Leland) and Zach McGowan (Roman). For a refresher on Leland, you can find his character bio page here.

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

On December 14, we got an exclusive First Look provided by TV Line with 3 Official Stills featuring Riley and MacGyver on what looks like a picnic date. Of course, the MacRiley fans were full of joy; reposting the photos on social media like crazy, but also speculating if this might be a dream sequence, a flashback or an undercover mission. 5 Official Stills were later uploaded on SpoilerTV. You can find 13 Stills (in smaller quality) on Seat42F. Two days later, we got 3 Sneak Peeks.

We got a few new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories in the last few days; e.g. by Christopher Jon Duddy. Guest Star Carmen Alexa (who plays an FBI Agent) uploaded an ADR Session video and several BtS photos of herself in the ADR studio. Even Justin Hires found the time to post new BtS photos today.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Season 5 Overview
In his recent interview with Parade, Lucas Till talked about Season 5 being a “Frankenstein Season”, and he wasn’t exaggerating: The next premiere after the holidays will be the episode that has been filmed with production number MAC419. Considering that these episodes were filmed almost a year ago, I keep wondering how the cast keeps track of the storyline. Judging by the episode title, we should see the return of Mason (played by Peter Weller). However: Unlike the other Friday shows, it didn’t get a Press Release yet.

As mentioned last week, animal wrangler Jamie stated on Instagram that her episode (MAC417) would be scrapped. For now, there’s no official statement if there are episodes being dropped or not. Let’s hope we get to watch them all (if not on TV, then at least on DVD).

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

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Peter Lenkov)

For now, I sorted the other upcoming episodes by production number:

  • (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearance by David Dastmalchian
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

During Christmas Break, we’ll get reruns of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) and of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Lucas Till)

Working on Episode MAC503 and beyond
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 started on December 7. To Recap: David Dastmalchian arrived in Atlanta on December 8, but there has been no confirmation so far that he will be part of the episode. Last Friday, we got an Insta Story of Henry Ian Cusick with Lucas Till (who’s dressed in medieval knight armour).

BtS photo of Season 5 (via E Rickelle)

On Saturday, filming continued for 2nd Unit. They filmed in Downtown Atlanta and in Marietta Square dressed as Mexico; also with a stuntman on a motorbike (that said “policia”). Otherwise, it’s still rather quiet regarding BtS material. Monica Macer tweeted a photo in front of a mannequin wearing MacGyvered scuba gear.

Two days ago, David Dastmalchian posted a selfie; revealing that his blue hair is gone and stating that he’s an alien. Interestingly, Hussein Agamiri posted a Story the same day from set; showing a construction that looks a bit like an UFO.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls since November 12. It’s still difficult to find out who’s on the crew at the moment and they don’t post much from set anymore. Levy Tran’s Instagram account is back up, but she’s not posting anything, either at the moment.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Lucas Till)

If you missed the premiere of Tristin Mays’ movie The Christmas Sitter on ionTV, you can catch the reruns on December 20 and 25. MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff did an interview with SciFi4Me; talking about TV and his first novel (MacGyver: Meltdown). If you still need an idea for a (belated) Christmas Gift, it can be ordered here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #128

While we finally get to enjoy our weekly episodes, cast and crew are busy filming – so busy, that they don’t have much time to post on social media.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via CBS/SpoilerTV)

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

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
Season 5 premiered last Friday. Here’s a recap of the promo material:

  • Previews and Teaser Trailers: We got a Season Preview Trailer and a shortened TV spot version. GlobalTV (Canada) also put a Season Teaser Trailer out, using scenes from Season 4. Today, CBS released a new combo trailer (with Magnum PI) that got the “Grindhouse” treatment.
  • Character Teasers and Posters: There were several teaser videos announcing countdowns: Russ (2 Weeks left), Desi (1 Week), Matty (5 Days), Bozer (3 Days), Riley (2 Days) and MacGyver (Tomorrow). While they posted the videos on Instagram, they posted a screenshot photo on Facebook. They also added character posters (by using old Stills from Season 4).
  • Sneak Peeks: We got 3 Sneak Peeks and the Opening Scene as an exlusive clip by ET Online.

But what I always like best about promo days, are the interviews.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for The Talk

And while the Morning Shows interviews where as short as ever, we did get some news about the upcoming season.

  • Live-Interviews: Last week, Lucas Till did several live-interviews via Zoom; e.g. for Good Day Sacramento, for local stations CBS 58 (Milwaukee), for CBS LA and for CBS 8 (San Diego). Yesterday, we got another short one by CBS 46 (Atlanta).
  • Interviews: Lucas also did an interview with Matt Weiss for CBS 62 (Detroit) and a longer interview with Parade. Last Friday, he did an appearance on The Talk; alongside Magnum PI lead actor Jay Hernandez.

According to the Parade interview, new Showrunner Monica Macer managed to go back through the previous seasons and find story points that were left without a resolution.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Anabelle Acosta)

Also, there will be a lot of standalone storylines that deal with individual characters and their backstories or their current stories – something that fans have waited for quite some time now.

About Episode 5×01 (MAC415)
Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) was initially filmed with production number 415. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Avi Youabian. They released 16 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new and old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Guest Stars Jean Brassard, Anabelle Acosta, Jessie T Usher or Eugenie Bondurant and a lot more by the director. Afterwards, we got a closer look at the props (e.g. the ventilator and the air bottles).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Episode 5×01 attracted 4.898 million live-viewers and got a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. While this doesn’t seem like much, the loss compared to last season is about the same as for the other Friday shows. Compared to all other CBS scripted shows airing episodes so far, it places Rank 13 in average demo and Rank 12 for average audience numbers per episode, so about the same as last season. Programming Insider doesn’t report the DVR-Ratings anymore, so I don’t know how much they gained in the Live +3 and +7 days ratings.

Some of the CBS Fall Shows that premiered in November are already on Christmas hiatus. We’ll see if that is a hindrance for the Friday Ratings (due to people not tuning in; thinking it’s going to be reruns as well).

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

The fans live-tweeted a lot, but with about 660 estimated tweets per hour on average, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. (In comparison, #BlueBloods trended on Rank 4 US-wide with about 4900 tweets per hour, while #MagnumPI reached 266 tweets per hour.) Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Tonight is the release of Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice). This is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Taylor’s former protégé is killed while preventing a bio-weapon from falling into the wrong hands, Mac and the team must find the weapon so Desi can pull off the ultimate heist before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.

The Preview can be found here. CBS released 16 Official Stills. On Getty Images, you can find 6 (tagged) Stills while SpoilerTV has 6 untagged Stills (but a different variety). The untagged versions of all Stills were just uploaded here a few hours ago.

On Set of Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Justin Hires)

On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks. As suspected, this episode will reveal more about Desi’s backstory and probably hint at the relationship status between her and MacGyver.

What you need to know about Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma). We just got the Press Release yesterday, but no First Look Stills yet. It’s possible there will be some exclusive promo since this is the first episode shot with a new showrunner at the helm. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous psychopath, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

We’ll get a few familiar faces back as guest stars; e.g. Tobin Bell as Leland or Zach McGowan as Roman (both last seen in the Season 4 Finale). If you need a refresher on Leland, you can find his character bio page here. There’s a nice BtS photo by guest star Joe Pantoliano with Lucas Till and Levy Tran inside a car; posted back in November.

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

Today, Joe went live on Instagram; praising the covid safety protocols on set. I hope we will get some more BtS material soon since there isn’t much from when they were actually filming.

It’s interesting to note that back in October, Monica Macer talked to TV Guide for their Fall Preview; stating that Codex is still a threat. Yet, the storyline was quite different:

In the MacGyver Season 5 opener, Codex kidnaps Phoenix owner Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) for one main reason: a prisoner exchange. So it’s assassin Murdoc (David Dastmalchian), held by Phoenix, for Taylor.

(TV Guide Fall Preview, via TV Insider)

I’ve been wondering why we never got to see David Dastmalchian on set and had assumed that they filmed out of order. (It later turned out that David had been up in Vancouver to film on another TV show.)

TV Guide Magazine Fall Preview (via PattiAnn Prinzivalli)

Instead of going the obvious route, they chose to take on the effort to rewrite the episode (initially titled “Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog; as seen on the script title page photo by Justin Hires). It would be nice to get some more information or even an interview about this, since filming out of order isn’t unusual and shouldn’t be more difficult despite filming during a pandemic.

Production during a Pandemic: The Time Jump (encore)
According to Episode 5×01, Season 5 picks up 10 months and a pandemic after the Season 4 Finale events. While they did have to deal with the pandemic sooner or later this season and I’m actually glad that they chose to do a post-pandemic world (like NCIS LA or Magnum), I do have some issues with putting the pandemic in as an afterthought into the “leftover” episodes.

Meredith Eaton on set of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

Are we really to believe they shut down a secret agency due to a pandemic? Even though they’re not a government agency anymore since Season 4, I doubt they just closed down shop. Still using the cover of a think tank, they’d still be on the front lines (and MacGyver probably busy working on some new, extra-safe facemask prototype). Also, some minor storylines don’t make as much sense with such a long break (e.g. Russ and Desi still having trust issues 10 months later, but only now adressing it).

I think they should have aired the 6 finished Season 4 episodes first and scrap or re-shoot the unfinished one; then adding a time jump there if needed. Maybe new showrunner Monica Macer didn’t have the patience to make good of what Peter Lenkov left her to work with in the last few episodes? Maybe they deemed some non-Codex-storylines too problematic?

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Christopher Foster)

Maybe this was the “safer” way; considering they don’t know how many episodes they will manage to shoot this season? (With cases rising again world-wide, it’s more and more likely there will be the immediate threat of another shutdown looming after the holidays.)

It’s also worth noting that animal wrangler Jamie stated last week on Instagram that her episode (MAC417) would be scrapped. To be honest, I still can’t imagine that CBS would be willing to scrap the rest of the episodes in these unsure times with potential shutdowns. It could maybe happen for one of the episodes – but judging by the BtS material, I can’t really think of a reason why it should be exactly this episode; especially since this would have featured the return of Frankie (first seen on Episode 1×19: Compass).

BtS photo of MAC417: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (via Jamie)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×02 (MAC414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (tba for 2021)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s difficult to predict where the new episodes will be filed in between.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for CBS San Diego

For now, the order of the other upcoming episodes is just an assumption; so I sorted them by production number:

  • (filmed with production number MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba

We still don’t know yet how many episodes we’ll get. According to SpoilerTV, production dates are November to March.

Script title page for Episode 501 (via Justin Hires)

During Christmas Break, we’ll get reruns of Episodes 4×01 (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) and 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

Working on Episode MAC502
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number MAC502 started on November 23. According to the writers, the episode was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher and is directed by Andrew Ahn. After Thanksgiving Break, we got a BtS photo of Meredith Eaton with Alessia Costantini (presumably back in LA). Thursday and Friday, they filmed a stunt scene with a garbage truck out in the rain; in front of a big green screen. Henry Ian Cusick posted an Insta story from set while sitting in a car; joined by Levy, Tristin and Lucas.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Steven Serna)

Apparently, we also got the first official “set accident”: In an Instagram Story, Tristin stated that she broke her toe the other day. According to a tweet by Monica Macer, the episode was wrapped shortly before the premiere of Season 5, so that the main cast was able to live-tweet and watch with the fans. The next day, we got a BtS photo of Lucas Till with a guest star.

Working on Episode MAC503
Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 presumably started on Monday. David Dastmalchian posted an Insta Story of him on Tuesday; revealing that he just arrived in Atlanta. It would be nice if he gets to film another episode after his storyline for MAC501 fell through, but there has been no confirmation so far.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Yesterday, Monica Macer tweeted a photo taken inside of a church while scouting locations. Today, we got an Insta Story of Henry Ian Cusick; posing with Lucas Till who’s dressed like a medieval knight (sword and all). I’m already looking forward to what this is all about.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls. At this point, it might be possible that they switched casting agencies.

ICYMI: If you still need an idea for a Christmas Gift, the first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown) was released on November 27. Both the book and the kindle version can be ordered here. Last week, we finally got a first Trailer for Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South by the Australian distributor.

Don’t forget that Tristin Mays’ movie The Christmas Sitter premieres on Sunday on ionTV. You can check out the trailer here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #127

We finally reached another important Friday this year – the Premiere of Season 5!

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jessie T Usher)

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

 

About the Season 5 Premiere Promo
There hasn’t been as much promo as for Season 4 – until today. Here’s an overview of what we got as promo for Season 5:

While they had used material from the first four episodes for the Season 4 Preview, they mostly used material from Episode 5×02 this time. Also, many fans weren’t too happy that the promo focused a lot on Desi, but not on the long-time-regulars like Bozer and Matty. Not to mention that it was too short anyway.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

GlobalTV (Canada) also put a Season Teaser Trailer out on November 26. It only used scenes from Season 4, but focused on MacGyver instead which in my opinion worked better.

  • Character Teasers: Later, there were several teaser videos of the characters announcing countdowns. We got a teaser of Russ Taylor (2 Weeks left), a teaser of Desi (1 Week), one of Matty (5 Days), one of Bozer (3 Days), one of Riley (2 Days) and one of MacGyver (Tomorrow).

It was nice to get a few additional teasers with material from the “real” Season 5. Besides Russ, they all looked way too serious though.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

While they posted the videos on Instagram, they often posted a screenshot photo on Facebook.

  • Character Posters: We got a character poster of Russ (put together with a shot from Episode 4×01), of Desi (Episode 4×07), of Matty, (taken from the portrait photoshoot they did during Season 4), of Bozer, of Riley and… none of MacGyver (at least not when writing up this post).

To me, these character posters weren’t all that interesting since they were put together with material used more than half a year ago.

  • Sneak Peeks: On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and the Opening Scene as an exlusive clip by ET Online. They chose a variety of clips featuring all the regular characters.

Back when I still thought they would air the “leftover” episodes of Season 4 first, I speculated in several blog posts that they might add another time jump for easier transition.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for Good Day Sacramento

As ET Online reveals with the Opening Scene, we will indeed get another time jump – just not how I expected it. More about that further down.

  • On-Set-Interviews: Yesterday, Lucas Till did a short Zoom Call Interview on Good Day Sacramento. He was also part in the CBS Friday-Line-Up Preview; revealing that we will see even more depth of character this season. Today, local station CBS58 (Milwaukee) aired another interview; with Lucas stating that MacGyver fans are the best. There was also a short segment for CBS LA where he talked about the covid safety protocols a bit.

For the interview with CBS58, Lucas revealed that brother Nick is still his assistant; driving him to set every day and taking a daily covid test like the rest of the cast and crew.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for The Talk

Of course, the live-video quality over Zoom Calls is not the same that we’re used to, but it’s nice that they still get a promo cycle on so many local TV stations.

  • Off-Set-Interviews: Lucas Till had an interview with Matt Weiss for CBS62 (Detroit); stating that Season 5 is the best season he ever had. He also did a longer interview with Parade that was released today. A few hours ago, Lucas did an appearance on The Talk; alongside Magnum PI lead actor Jay Hernandez.

They touched again upon a potential crossover between the two shows; with Lucas repeating that he’d really like to drive that Ferrari.

All you need to know about Episode 5×01 (MAC415)
Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) airing tonight is the “leftover” episode that was initially filmed with production number 415. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Avi Youabian. We got 16 Official Stills in total and 4 Sneak Peeks.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

If you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis for the Season Premiere:

Mac and the team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals to find a woman with vital information on Codex. However, their target has a new secret identity, including a completely new face.

Lucas Till talked about the episode in his promo interviews; mentioning that it is a nod to John Wick and that he had a lot of fun filming it.

Guest Star Jean Brassard posted several new BtS photos; e.g. one photo with director Avi Youabian and one with co-star Jessie T Usher. He added some old BtS photos as well, but added statements about the actors he worked with. Jessie also posted old and new BtS photos; e.g. a group photo with Tristin Mays, Lucas Till and Henry Ian Cusick.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Director Avi Youabian posted a BtS photo of Levy Tran waiting all suited up, one of Lucas on screen, and a new/old one with Lucas, Meredith, Justin and Ian in the War Room.

Today, he added more BtS photos of Tristin with Jessie plus a few great ones of Levy in front of the bullet-riddled car; alongside a bunch of new/old Instagram Story photos.

Guest Star Eugenie Bondurant also added a few BtS photos via Instagram. Meanwhile, CBS mostly re-posted material seen before. Hopefully, we’ll see some additional BtS stuff while the episode airs. It’s nice to see everyone getting excited about watching an episode filmed almost a year ago.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

What you need to know about Episode 5×02 (MAC414)
Next week, we’ll get Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice). This is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414. It was written by Peter Lenkov and Andrew Klein and directed by Duane Clark. Here’s the synopsis:

When Taylor’s former protégé is killed while preventing a bio-weapon from falling into the wrong hands, Mac and the team must find the weapon so Desi can pull off the ultimate heist before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.

CBS released 16 Official Stills. On Getty Images, you can find 6 (tagged) Stills since the untagged Stills apparently still haven’t been released yet.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via CBS/Getty Images)

Production during a Pandemic: The LA Unit
The producers decided to slide the newly-filmed episodes between the old ones. As mentioned in my latest blog post, one reason could be that some of the main or recurring cast members can sit out for an episode without making it too obvious. I also mentioned to note that even after two weeks of production, we still didn’t know if Meredith Eaton has been back on set.

On December 1, CBS posted a BtS photo of Meredith holding the slate for the episode with production number 501; dated for November 30. Interestingly, the slate says “LA Unit”; confirming that Meredith stayed back in LA. Considering that filming for Episode 501 in Atlanta finished on November 20, I’m assuming that director David Straiton finished up in Atlanta first before travelling back to LA to direct Meredith’s scenes.

Meredith Eaton on set of Episode 501 (via MacGyverCBS)

We will see if they cut the scenes together (by re-building a duplicate of the War Room and some clever editing) or if they have Matty call in via screen. It’s worth noting that they could have gone the easy way and written Matty temporarily out if they had aired the “leftover” episodes first. They could have let her film a few scenes now to explain her absence for the rest of the season (e.g. prolonged mission-absence or beaurocracy stuff in Washington) or simply explain her absence as narration.

Production during a Pandemic: The Time Jump
According to the Opening Scene clip by ET Online, 10 months and a pandemic have passed since the Season 4 Finale events. As I wrote in my Update Posts No. 101 and No. 102 back in January and February, time jumps are not a rarity in TV-Show-Land. With a time jump, the writers and producers usually get a “blank slate” to change and shape the show into whatever they wanted from the beginning.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

It’s possible that with the depart of co-showrunner Terry Matalas, now-ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov put in a short time jump of one or two months to get things “back on track” the way he wanted. But I doubt he had planned for such a big one.

The switch of showrunners in the middle of a season is difficult enough, but adding a season cut short, 6 months in between filming plus the pandemic is not easy to handle. Granted, since Episode 5×01 is set in Zurich anyway, the climate back then isn’t as different as it is now. And with the leftover episodes in between, they couldn’t do such an extensive time jump as for Season 4. But they might use the time jump to set up upcoming storylines in advance that haven’t been thought about when writing the “leftover” scripts a year ago.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

For example, they might use the new episodes to pretend that the pandemic is almost over. Therefore, they don’t have to explain when people aren’t wearing masks in the old episodes. (Depending on where the mission is set, the pandemic might already be over in the country of the week.) Otherwise, they are again able to tweak the history of the characters and the relationships between them to get where new showrunner Monica Macer wants. They can just tell us it happened off-screen with a few flashbacks and we have to accept it.

For now, I expect some adjustements to the relationship between MacGyver and Desi and to the living situation in Mac’s house. I guess we’ll know soon if Riley moved out or not. (With so much promo material out today, I can’t cover it all, but will probably adress it in next week’s post.)

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×01 (filmed with production number MAC415):
    Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (December 4)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 5×02 (MAC414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (MAC501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (tba for 2021)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s difficult to predict where the new episodes will be filed in between.

Lucas Till in a Zoom Call Interview for CBS LA

For now, the order of the other upcoming episodes is just an assumption; so I sorted them by production number:

  • (filmed with production number MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

We still don’t know yet how many episodes we’ll get. According to SpoilerTV, production dates are November to March.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

Working on Episode 502
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

Filming for the episode with production number 502 started on November 23. According to the MacGyver Writers, the episode was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher and is directed by Andrew Ahn. Due to Thanksgiving, cast and crew got to enjoy a long weekend in the middle of production.

On December 1, we got a BtS photo of Meredith Eaton with Alessia Costantini (presumably back in LA). With Atlanta getting snowfall, Meredith sure has the better weather conditions for filming at the moment. There was no new BtS material from set until today, when Tristin posted a few Instagram stories. As Lucas told CBS LA, they filmed a stunt scene with a garbage truck. Ian also just posted a story from set while sitting in a car; joined by Levy, Tristin and Lucas.

Lucas Till in an Interview for CBS Baltimore

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
There have been no new (public) Casting Calls.

The first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown) was released on November 27. Both the book and the kindle version can be ordered here.

On Tuesday, we finally got a first Trailer for Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South. It’s by the Australian distributor Heritage Films, so I hope that the US distributor also will release a trailer soon. There’s a release date for March 21 in France, but depending on the pandemic, the movie might not be released in theatres.

MacGyver Reboot Update #126

One week left until the Premiere of Season 5!

Season 5 Teaser Trailer Screenshot (via TV Promos)

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

 

Season 5 Promo News
There hasn’t been as much promo as back for Season 4, sadly. But better late than never: We finally got the first Season Preview Trailer on November 20. With all the main cast posting about it, the video earned about 80’000 views in 48 hours. They also posted a very short teaser of Russ Taylor announcing that it will be “Wine-O’Clock” in two weeks.

On November 23, they added a character poster of Russ (put together with a shot from Episode 4×01), followed by a character poster of Desi (taken from Episode 4×07). Levy looked great in this episode, but I still don’t understand why they keep recycling old material when they have 6 unaired episodes to choose from. For the Thanksgiving Post, they used a photo from Episode 4×02.

Season 5 Promo (via MacGyverCBS)

Amazon US has added Season 5 onto their Prime Video page. In the Season description, it seems they’re just listing the plots of the first two episodes since those are the only ones with press releases yet. They’ve also added a bonus content video called “Russ Taylor: Looking Good While Looking Out For MacGyver”, which was put together with material from Season 4 and might show up on the extras of the Season 4 DVD.

GlobalTV (Canada) also put a Season Teaser Trailer out. While they only used scenes from Season 4, they focused on the main character instead.

What you need to know about Episode 5×01
Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Avi Youabian. We got 16 Official Stills in total via KsiteTV, 5 of them taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill. Keep in mind that this is the “leftover” episode that was initially filmed with production number 415.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and the team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals to find a woman with vital information on Codex. However, their target has a new secret identity, including a completely new face.

Guest Star Jean Brassard posted a new BtS photo with director Avi Youabian, revealing that the director came to have lunch on set on the first day so they could get to know each other better.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jean Brassard)

What you need to know about Episode 5×02
On November 19, we got the press release for Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) via SpoilerTV. This is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414.

Here’s the synopsis:

When Taylor’s former protégé is killed while preventing a bio-weapon from falling into the wrong hands, Mac and the team must find the weapon so Desi can pull off the ultimate heist before it’s sold to a terrorist cell.

CBS released 16 Official Stills on November 24. Most of them feature a night shoot scene that we saw some BtS videos from. On Getty Images, you can find 6 (tagged) Stills taken by Still Photographer Nathan Bolster. The rest seem to be screenshots.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via MacGyverCBS)

Production during a Pandemic (encore)
As it turns out, they decided to slide the newly-filmed episodes between the old ones. There might be several reasons for that, probably to diffuse the lines between old and new. With alternating old and new episodes, they can…

  • implement the vision of the new showrunner and writing team without alienating the long-time-viewers too much.
  • hide the fact that the new episodes probably got a budget cut due to covid safety protocols leading to higher expenses (e.g. less stunt scenes).
  • have main cast members sit out for an episode without making it too obvious (note that it’s still not clear if Meredith Eaton has been back on set yet).

With new Showrunner Monica Macer bringing in new people she worked with before, the style and look of the show might slightly change. By the time they run out of the leftover episodes, we already got used to it.

BtS photo of Episode 502 (via MacGyver Writers)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×01 (filmed with production number 415):
    Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (December 4)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 5×02 (414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tba for 2021)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×05 (417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×06 (418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×07 (419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5x?? (420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5x?? (502): (tba)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5x?? (503): Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. For now, this order is just an assumption.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 502
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number.)

To recap: Filming for the episode with production number 501 started on November 11 and finished on November 20. It took them 8 days to film – which is well within pre-covid production time.

Filming for the episode with production number 502 started on November 23. I had assumed that they will start on the episode that was deemed the Season Opener by TV Guide Magazine, but according to a tweet by the MacGyver Writers, Episode 502 was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher. On Wednesday, they also revealed that it is directed by Andrew Ahn (who has worked on the show Gentefied with Showrunner Monica Macer).

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while on set of Season 5 (via Lucas Till)

We got our first Instagram Live Story by Lucas Till for this Season; showing us Mac’s room and the photos of “magicians movie stars” on his wall. Costume Designer Sarah Downer also posted a Story of her cute face shield at work.

On Wednesday, Justin Hires showed off his many layers, stating that he didn’t gain any weight. It’s nice to see them getting bundled up when filming in the cold outside. Due to Thanksgiving, I expect the cast and crew to enjoy a long weekend and to resume filming next week.

In an interview with re:imagine/ATL a few weeks ago, Tristin Mays had talked about filming a TV show during the pandemic. She confirmed that due to the long break, most of the former crew members started working on other projects and that there are a lot of new people on the show. All in all, the discrepancy of amount of BtS material is staggering when compared to Season 4. It might be a combination of having a complete new crew and more safety protocols, but there might also be an additional factor we don’t know about.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via CBS/Getty Images)

Cast and Crew News
There have been no Casting Calls at all since November 16. Either they “recycle” the Extras for every episode to reduce the variety of people that turn up on set every day, or they get handpicked and contacted directly via the casting agency. So far, I haven’t heard anything about them switching agencies, but that’s also a possibility.

On Wednesday, the MacGyver Writers revealed that Tari Segal joined as new Director of Photography. She has formerly worked as DP on the CBS shows FBI and FBI: Most Wanted. On the resume sheet on her website, there’s also a new producer for MacGyver listed: Wileen Dragovan, who also worked with Monica Macer on Gentefied.

Footage from filming Episode 501 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Season 4 Reruns
To recap: The rerun of Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) on November 13 brought 2.70 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3. A week later, the rerun of the Season 4 Finale (Save + The + Dam + World) got 2.923 million live-viewers, also with a demo of 0.3.

As mentioned before, these rerun ratings are better than what SWAT achieved for some of their “normal” episode premieres so far. Compared to last year, SWAT lost about 34% in demo and 33% in audience numbers. It will be interesting to see what size of ratings drops CBS will tolerate this year due to the pandemic. (The longer the pandemic, the better the chances of MacGyver getting renewed for another season since it’s too risky and expensive now to get pilots for potential rookies filmed and being ready for pilot season.)

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Jean Brassard)

Tonight airs a special line-up (e.g. with “Frosty the Snowman” at 8pm), but CBS already scheduled more reruns on December 25 and on January 1st.

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: On November 12, we got a first look at the cover of the upcoming first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown). Both the book and the kindle version have been released today. You can order them here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #125

Less than two weeks left until the Premiere of Season 5!

Team Phoenix back on set (via MacGyverCBS)

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

 

Season 5 Promo News
By now, you all should have heard the news: Season 5 will premiere on Friday, December 4! All the MacGyverCBS social media accounts got a new header and profile photo for the occasion.

Downside of being back as a “Fall” show: There’s a lot more competition within your network. While MacGyver got sort of “punished” when being pushed to midseason for Season 4, they still got a lot more promo for both the Premiere and the Season Finale than back for Seasons 2 and 3. After all, there were only two midseason shows having a premiere in February this year.

The Countdown has started (via MacGyverCBS)

On November 17, the official MacGyverCBS account started tweeting short videos; e.g. Justin Hires talking about what makes Bozer tick and that he’s excited to meet Bozer’s parents this season. On Friday, they posted a very short teaser of Russ announcing that the show will premiere in two weeks.

Tristin Mays did a 40-minute-interview with re:imagine/ATL, talking about what’s different when filming a TV show during a pandemic, about her dog Sergeant and about her work experiences as an actress. She confirmed my suspicions that due to the long break, most of the former crew members started looking for work elsewhere and that there are a lot of new people on the show – which might be another explanation for the lack of BtS material.

Current MacGyverCBS Facebook Profile Photo (via CBS)

Otherwise, there’s not much promo yet. Even the order of the episodes is a bit difficult to predict at the moment (more about that further down). But we finally got the first Season Preview Trailer on Friday; which contains mostly scenes from the first two “leftover” episodes. While many fans lamented the lack of Bozer or Matty, the video excited the fans no less; earning more than 46’000 views (and counting) in less than 24 hours. Since it hasn’t been uploaded on an official CBS channel yet, the cast members have reposted the video by TV Promos (who were the first to upload it).

What you need to know about Episode 5×01
On November 9, we got the synopsis and the First Official Still for Episode 5×01 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness) via SpoilerTV. Keep in mind that this is the “leftover” episode that was initially filmed with production number 415 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness) back in January.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (Mark Hill/CBS via KsiteTV)

Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and the team infiltrate a glamorous hotel used as an international hideout for criminals to find a woman with vital information on Codex. However, their target has a new secret identity, including a completely new face.

We got 16 Official Stills in total via KsiteTV. There are only 5 of them on Getty Images; confirming that most of the other photos are screenshots and were not taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill.

Episode 5×02: Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (via Lucas Till)

What you need to know about Episode 5×02
On November 19, we got the synopsis and two Stills for Episode 5×02 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice) via SpoilerTV. Keep in mind that this is the “leftover” episode that was filmed first when production restarted in January; using production number 414 (Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice). I hope we get a bunch of Official Stills soon.

Production during a Pandemic
I speculated in my latest blogpost that they might slide the newly-filmed episodes between the old ones. This turned out to be true; confirming that this is why they kept the hairstyles so similar to Season 4.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

I’ve always been curious about the transition between the seasons since they don’t have a clean break. Maybe they couldn’t or didn’t want to build directly upon Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov’s storylines before being able to go into the direction they wanted. Or they didn’t want to add an “artificial” cut (e.g. in the form of another time-jump). Maybe they’re trying to “defuse” the previous storyline a bit before venturing into new territory.

While this might make the showrunner transition a bit easier for the viewers, it creates a new problem with episodes switching in between non-covid and covid-related storylines and environments. There might be masked background actors in one episode and none in the next – but after all, stranger things have happened on TV and we might have to cut them some slack. It’s difficult (and sort of crazy) enough to keep filming during a pandemic while case numbers are still rising.

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while filming Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Avi Youabian)

There might also be another reason for mixing old and new episodes: The higher costs when producing a TV show during a pandemic. Back in Spring, I speculated about the episode orders being potentially shorter due to safety protocols leading to higher expenses. We already know that CBS has ordered shorter seasons this year; e.g. 16 episodes each for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods. It’s worth noting that according to an article by Deadline, implementing COVID safety protocols adds up to half a million dollars to the budget per episode for a drama/crime show.

Maybe sliding in new episodes in between old ones is also a way to cover up for the new episodes being produced with lower budgets spent on stunts, for example. It’s possible that the new episodes have less action scenes (which are the main reason for high costs when producing action and crime shows) and will focus more on character development. That way, it’s less obvious with a better balance.

Justin Hires and Lucas Till joking around on set of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×01 (filmed with production number 415):
    Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (December 4)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 5×02 (414): Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice (December 11)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein, directed by Duane Clark
  • 5×03 (501): Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + MA (December 18)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×04 (416): Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tba)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 5×05 (417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×06 (418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×07 (419): Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5x?? (420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5x?? (502): Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

Remember that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while filming Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Hussein Agamiri)

Working on Episode 501
(Note: Since we don’t know the order of the episodes yet, I will continue to refer to the to-be-filmed-episodes by their production number. It might be a bit confusing, but this seems to be the best option for now.)

Filming for the episode with production number 501 started on November 11. It’s directed by David Straiton, who has already directed several episodes for the show. During the first few days, we got several BtS photos with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick on set. They had a Porsche and several planes as their “co-stars”.

On Friday, November 13, we got a quick message by Justin and Tristin plus a group photo via CBS. In the afternoon, filming continued outside. Tristin uploaded a video (filmed by Lucas) that looks like Riley is having a picnic event in a park.

BtS photo of Episode 501 (via Tristin Mays)

On November 17, Tristin posted a photo of her in front of a jet. The next day, she was very happy to find another tiny door (that are hidden in and around Atlanta). We didn’t get much more BtS stuff material. Justin was nice enough to deliver us a short BtS video of him with Lucas; talking about Justin’s assistant that recently reached internet fame.

On November 20, new Showrunner Monica Macer tweeted that Episode 501 is “in the can”. It took them 8 days to film the episode – which is well within pre-covid production time.

Working on Episode 502 and beyond
On November 16, Monica Macer tweeted a photo to show us what socially distanced location scouting looks like. We can assume that production on Episode 502 will start on Monday. There have been no casting calls at all since my last blog post, but they will probably film the episode that was deemed the Season Opener by TV Guide Magazine.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

According to a recent Instagram post, David Dastmalchian has been visiting Vancouver. Let’s hope he finds his way to Atlanta soon to resume the role of our favorite villain.

As mentioned last week, posts on social media confirmed that some former crew members won’t work on Season 5 (e.g. Haley Porch or Levy’s stand-in Amanda Mazonkey), and Lucas’ usual Stand-In Matthew Albright also stated in an Instagram post that he’s currently not working on the show.

Episode 5×01: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Season 4 Reruns
The rerun of Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) on November 13 brought 2.70 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, which is about the same as other CBS reruns. This Friday, the rerun of the Season 4 Finale (Save + The + Dam + World) got 2.803 million live-viewers in the preliminary ratings; also with a demo of 0.3.

It’s worth noting that these rerun ratings are better than what SWAT achieved for their “normal” episode premieres in the last two weeks. Compared to last year, SWAT lost about 36% in demo and 38% in audience numbers. CBS might decide to pull the show off schedule or drop it somewhere else, but I think the Friday Line-Up will be safe from any big schedule shake-ups.

On November 27, CBS has a special line-up (e.g. with “Frosty the Snowman” at 8pm), but we should get more reruns on December 25 and on January 1st.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Hussein Agamiri)

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: On November 12, we got a first look at the cover of the upcoming first MacGyver Novel (MacGyver: Meltdown) that should be released end of November. You can find more information here.

So far, there’s no information about a release date of the Season 4 DVD. Sadly, it doesn’t look like it will come out before the Season 5 Premiere.