Looking Back at Season 1 (X) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

There weren’t many Official Stills of Season 1 that immediately sparked my interest, but it’s fun to look over them again, now that it’s been many months since I’ve seen the episodes for the first time.

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

Episode 1×06: Wrench (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema, Jace Downs)
We got 11 Official Stills for this episode via SpoilerTV and two more via Getty Images. Most of them feature the cast standing around, looking critically at something. There’s a touch of CSI.

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: That’s very easy: The one with Mac and Alfred Pena’s daughter Annabelle; curtesy of Still Photographer Guy D’Alema. It looks very heartfelt and genuine. This was also the first Still that actually reminded me of Original MacGyver.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Still no SAK, although it plays a crucial part in one of the MacGyverisms.

Episode 1xo7: Can Opener (Guy D’Alema, Jace Downs)
For this episode, we got 9 Stills via SpoilerTV and 3 more via Getty Images. All but 2 of them feature MacGyver in orange prison garb. Again, no Still of Bozer. But there’s also no Still of Thornton.

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via Getty Images)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyver being interrogated by El Noche. There’s a sense of danger here. And I like the lighting.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not that much. We see MacGyver in prison and Jack as a cop and want to know what’s going on. Also, the Original Show had an episode with MacGyver and Jack in prison as well.

Episode 1xo8: Corkscrew (D’Alema, Jace Downs)
The 8th episode gave us 7 Stills via SpoilerTV. Sadly, they’re all from the same scene: The one with Murdoc chasing MacGyver across a junk yard.

Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with MacGyver in the junk yard *lol*.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 6 Stills of MacGyver and 1 of Murdoc. I don’t really mind it that much, but for a TV show that relies so heavily on the team aspect, it’s a bit weird to imply this episode is MacGyver only. Since there was a press release about David Dastmalchian’s casting as Murdoc, his appearance wasn’t a suprise either. (Still no SAK.)

Episode 1xo9: Chisel
The episode granted us 17 Stills via SpoilerTV. Several of them feature Bozer while Riley and Thornton only appear as a side-note. The majority of them show MacGyverisms, which makes it pretty exciting.

Episode 1×09: Chisel (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I have some difficulties choosing a favorite, actually. I like this one because of the unusual perspective.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills are of a different quality. They’re kind of… milky? I can’t really explain it. There’s also no Still Photographer listed yet on IMDb; maybe they didn’t have one? So many MacGyverisms to show, yet still no SAK.

Episode 1×10: Pliers
We only got 6 Official Stills via SpoilerTV for this episode. They all feature MacGyver teaching or doing science stuff. It feels very Original MacGyver to me and made me forget that “Team Phoenix” won’t be far away.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Not much to choose from – it’s either Mac teaching in front of the class or teaching Valerie. But that’s fine. It’s nice to see Mac with a kid being interested in science; especially a young girl. Reminds us a bit of the Ugly-Duckling-Episode, right?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: So much science, but still no SAK. Also, I don’t really understand why they never have additional Stills with guest stars. Yes, John Heard doesn’t have that much screentime  in this episode but his name and work is well-known. Why not use it for Promo?

 

(More coming soon.)

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MacGyver Reboot Update #35

Filming continues on Season 2. According to the BtS pictures and videos, we’ll get to see a lot of exciting locations and props this season!

Episode 2×03: Mustang + Paper Clips (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started four weeks ago. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew over the first few weeks, it wasn’t nearly as much as for Season 1. During the last week, the rate of pictures and videos being uploaded has picked up, though. It looks like we’ll get a lot of new and interesting locations next Season – and some exciting vehicles as well!

According to Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, there will also be more paperclip art.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

In a talk show interview done back at Corus Upfronts in Toronto in June, Lucas Till talks about his Dad MacGyvering, about producing and financing his own movies in the past and about maybe directing an episode of the Reboot this season. I certainly wouldn’t mind!

It feels like they have invested more time on the Season Premiere Episode than they do on “normal” episodes. Also, because they use a lot of different locations and because we don’t know much about the storylines yet, it’s sometimes difficult to attribute the pictures to the right episode – but this only adds to the excitement and curiosity expressed by the fans.

Fun on Set
It’s nice to see that cast and crew are still having a lot of fun despite the long hours and the weekends they’re on set. Justin Hires posts many Instagram videos with cast and crew goofing around. Maybe it’s because of all the puppies on set that everyone’s so happy? Besides Production Office Dog Clover and Wardrobe Protection Dog Maggie, there’s another cutie on set (Einstein) who loves to pose for pictures as much as to take naps.

Dogs on Set (via Lucas Till, Brittany Lathan, Cornell Willis, Isabel Lucas, Roxanne Paul)

Apparently, the crew also hands out trophies. According to Brittany Lathan, crew member Hailey Porch already won the first trophy of the season (in the category “you’re the worst”). This could be a story worth hearing about.

Filming the Casino Episode
Episode 2×02 (Roulette Wheel) is the infamous Casino Episode. We did get some BtS pictures and BtS videos that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – but we never got a good overview of the whole set (which was set up at the Biltmore Ballrooms).

Interestingly, in every picture of Tristin Mays for this episode we can’t clearly see what she’s wearing – as if the cast was hiding her on purpose.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

Both Lucas Till and Justin Hires posted pictures of themselves with a yellow Lamborghini. It looks like Bozer (who’s wearing an overall) is pretending to be a mechanic. Several crew members posed in front of the car as well (e.g. Robert Ratner or Brandon Smith), although many of the crew have recently worked on the sets of The Fate of the Furious and Baby Driver (and therefore get to see fast cars up close quite often). In a post by Lamborghini Allstar, it’s hinted at that this will be an “Overseas Russian Scene”.

Where’s a casino, there’s also money. So while Bozer is probably taking care of the Lamborghini, Mac and Jack might be invading the vault. It’s not clear yet if the BtS picture by Lucas Till (that seems to take place in a cave) has anything to do with this. It reminds me of the pilot episode of the Original Show and has a certain Indiana-Jones-vibe to it. I like it.

The same week, Peter Lenkov posted a BtS picture of Mac and Jack in the hospital, both wearing hospital gowns. I hope this is part of an episode and not just a short sequence of an opening gambit. Since it looks like Jack somehow hurt his butt while MacGyver looks guilty as hell, this might be a funny scene – especially since Justin was nice enough to post a short BtS video for us to learn what George Eads is wearing under said hospital gown…

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

Other posts last week consisted of BtS pictures by Justin Hires of the team in the War Room (both most likely from Episode 2×01), a picture of a smiling Lucas Till with Boom Operator Robert Maxfield or a glimpse at the hotel lobby or the props (e.g. a “throne“).

Filming at the Arcade
Meredith Eaton posted a BtS picture of her and Justin on July 31st. It probably fits another BtS picture by Justin Hires that shows the team sitting around the fire pit with Matty looking through a photo album.

This Monday, Patrick Kral posted an interesting picture from inside the studio. It looks like another “Antarctica”-Set. Hopefully not more scenes of MacGyver dropping biological weapons into ice crevices. (Or bad guys getting the bio-weapon out of that crevice.)

On August 1st, we got a BtS picture of an Arcade Set. As Peter Lenkov revealed, there’s a mascot involved. Lucas additionally uploaded a video sequence that shows him playing an arcade game against Justin, Tristin and Meredith’s husband Brian. Justin posted another picture of Bozer at the Arcade Set just a few hours ago.

Arcade Set (via Peter Lenkov)

On the same day, they also shot some night scenes in a library. Lucas Till willingly posed for more fan pictures with Extras and with people working in the building. Meanwhile, the 2nd unit filmed in warehouses that made it necessary to wear masks again.

Mustangs and Airplanes
The people involved in the show sure like their cars – especially classic cars. As Tristin Mays revealed in an Instagram Live Story, Episode 2×03 might be called “Mustang + Paper Clips”. (It’s currently titled “Muscle Cars + Paper Clips” on IMDb.) The episode is directed by Ericson Core (Point Break). On August 3rd, Patrick Kral posted a slightly spoilery BtS picture that involves a Mustang and probably MacGyver with Agent Carmen, trying to save someone’s life.

Let’s hope the Mustang survives because rebooted MacGyver is notorious for taking cars apart – and while I’m in general not a big fan of cars, I really like this one. A few hours later, Lucas uploaded a BtS picture of him sitting in the Mustang; confirming that the BtS pictures were from the set of MacGyver although they have been filmed on the Walking-Dead-Set. Camera Operator Anthony Kountz granted a closer look at the car just a few hours ago.

Around the Fire Pit (via Justin Hires)

The cast has also been filming on an Airplane Set this week. There is a Green Screen involved that will probably be necessary for a tropical location. I’m assuming the skeleton sitting in an airplane (posted by several crew members from various angles and distances) belongs to the museum and not to the Reboot Set. (Although: Skeletons, Russians and airplanes remind me of a certain episode of the Original Show.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
As with Season 1, the Extras have probably been advised to keep quiet for now. There were only a few tweets or posts that revealed people being part of an episode; e.g. Daisy Pareja (as Mrs. Diaz in 2×01), Jeff Glover (who’s also been in two episodes of Season 1), Gabrielle LaFaye or JP Valenti who revealed being on set with Karolina Wydra (Quantico, Twin Peaks).

A month ago, we got some exclusive spoilers by Moviehole about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) and about two new recurring female characters for Season 2. There’s still no official cast announcement yet, but looking back at all the social media posts so far, I’m assuming that Karolina Wydra will play Olivia Cage while Isabel Lucas will play intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Her fans have expected it for a while now – on July 25, they got confirmation that Tracy Spiridakos has been promoted to series regular on Chicago PD. This probably means we won’t see Nikki Carpenter for a while.

It never made much sense to me that Nikki was never mentioned after Episode 12 (Screwdriver). They made it look like her and Mac intended to see each other again – plus she wanted to take down the Organization, so she should have been involved in every episode that dealt with the Organization; but especially in the Season Finale. I wonder if they’ll address it if she doesn’t come back this season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras, e.g. for Security Guards, Photo Doubles, a “core group” as a recurring role, Armed GuardsHigh End and Standard Vehicles, a Mascot, real Nurses, Hospital Staff and Doctors, Parents, for Kitchen Staff, Wait Staff and Patrons, for Upscale Patrons, Mediterranean looking Men for a Photo Shoot, Lab Techs, male Medics, a Scary Man, male Agents, Hulking Men and for Cafe Patrons, Vendors and a Chalk Street Artist. They’re also looking for European Cars (years 2005 to 2017) right now.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (Amiah Miller with John Heard)

Reruns
There is no rerun today. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) with the late John Heard (who sadly passed away two weeks ago). Amiah Miller (who had played Valerie) posted some new BtS pictures with her and John on set on July 23.

The rerun of Episode 1×06 (Wrench) on July 28 managed to get 3.89 million live viewers (with 0.5 in the important demo group of 19-49 year-old viewers) which is even a bit better than the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) two weeks earlier.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Episode 12 on July 25 earned 840’000 live viewers with a market share of 9.3% within the important demo group of 14-49 years (which is a market share of 5.7% in total viewers, meaning 1.7 million viewers older than age 3). The following episode even managed 970’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.1% in demo). For comparison: The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 8.8% in demo.

On July 31, Episode 14 had 870’000 live viewers with a market share of 10.3% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.8% in total viewers, meaning 1.82 million). Episode 15 earned 900’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.4% in demo). The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had its highest market share so far with 9.5% in demo.

MacGyver in Germany – Skipping Episodes
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episodes 11 (Scissors), 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass) yet. The reasons are still unclear because the episodes have already been dubbed into German. Sat.1 claims “program-planning reasons”. The fact that they’re skipping random episodes instead of the last 3 indicates that this hasn’t been planned in advance, though. The fact that Rush Hour was pushed to midnight after only 3 aired episodes and Hawaii Five-0 took its place at 22.15 pm (and therefore premiered months sooner than initially planned) might have messed things up in their schedule.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Austria
If you missed any of the German-dubbed episodes that aired so far, you’re lucky: Austrian channel ORF1 starts the show on Saturday, September 2nd (7.10pm). It will be interesting to see if ORF1 has its own licence and will air the three “missing” episodes before Germany.

MacGyver Reboot Update #16

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on November 11, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Cast and crew are busy working on more episodes until they get to enjoy a break over Christmas. Also, our favorite villain will come back in today’s episode!

Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

So this is Christmas…
As I mentioned last time, we don’t see much current material anymore from the main cast. Lucas Till posted some pictures of MacGyver doing bad, bad things like stealing money and holding guns. He also shared some new stills and BtS-pictures of Episode 7. Justin Hires posted a nice picture of the male trio.

We also got a throwback to Episode 2 (Metal Saw): SkyDroneCinema just posted a video today of Jack and MacGyver chasing “Julio”.

It looks like they’re filming a Christmas Episode at the moment. First, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted paperclip art snow flakes on November 8. The next day, he shared a picture of Christmas Stockings. Looks like Jack has been a naughty boy!

Lucas Till was also seen on set wearing a pretty warm coat. So far no skis, (fake) snow or hockey sticks, though. I tend to forget that MacGyver is not filming in Vancouver anymore. (It’s also Original MacGyver’s fault that I used to think it snows regularly in California *ahem*.)

via Peter Lenkov

FlyWorx did some more drone work at the end of October. Cornell Willis, “cartier_vision2“, Shannon Helliker and James Grabowski posted several location pictures. Crew and Extras are still very careful not to post any spoilers, though.

Stand-In Mikey Leo granted us a look at the “second team” while Extra Aimee Carrero assures us she’s acting “totally normally” in her scene.

Brian Durkin (who wrote Episode 6) shared visualizations and early drawings of an old school bomb defusal technique called “tape and line”. According to his statements on Twitter, he had many conversations with real bomb defusal technicians while doing research for the script.

Premieres of Episodes 6 and 7
I assumed ratings would rise some more for the Halloween Episode, but I’m not up to date with sport events (especially not sporty events abroad) and didn’t take into account that the world series would have an effect. So, it’s no surprise that ratings for Episode 6 (Wrench, 7.27 million) have been lower than expected (which is a shame because I actually think this episode was the best so far). Nonetheless: The Hashtag #MacGyver has been trending again – as it has for every episode premiere this season.

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via Raul Colon)

The script writers were live tweeting on November 4 for Episode 7 – this time together with the writers on Hawaii Five-0 who celebrated the release of Episode 150.

Episode 7 (Can Opener, 7.59 million) got better ratings and the numbers might rise again for Episode 8: I assume that many people will tune in for the return of Murdoc – maybe even people that have abandoned the show after the pilot or the first few episodes.

Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and press releases for Episode 8 (Corkscrew) and 9 (Chisel). Episode 9 will be directed by Brad Tanenbaum (CSI: Las Vegas) who shared a picture of himself on set on October 29. Episode 10 is called “Pliers” and directed by Lee Rose.

Episode 1×09: Chisel (via SpoilerTV)

Sneak Peeks and Previews
We got several sneak and previews for Episode 7; e.g. by Yahoo or by ET Online. Stunt Extra Raul Colon shared a few BtS-pictures of his Laundry-Room-Fight with MacGyver.

Entertainment Weekly brought an exclusive clip of Episode 8, where Bozer meets Murdoc. It fits the short video clip that Peter Lenkov posted a few days earlier with Team MacGyver all dressed up for a mission in an Art Gallery.

Interviews and Articles
CBS Watch! Magazine revealed on October 28 that there will be a feature article including a photoshoot with Lucas Till and George Eads in January.

via CBS Watch! Magazine

On November 2, Peter Lenkov shared an article by TVGuide for Episode 7. TVLine did an interview with David Dastmalchian about his take on Murdoc.

TVInsider spoke with Lucas Till and George Eads. Lucas revealed that he hasn’t reached out to Richard Dean Anderson yet and that he’s a little afraid of what RDA would have to say about the show and his take on the iconic character.

The NY Post did interviews with Lucas and Peter Lenkov. Lenkov revealed that the show will see “a major change” early next year at the Phoenix Foundation: “Fans will probably figure it out because a lot of Easter eggs have been planted.”

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for middle school students, for motorized scooters or for Asian men and women with military and gun training experience.

via Arnold Hernandez

It seems like Arnold Hernandez met the guy who is responsible for the paper clip art. Hernandez put Lee Folds to the test and got a paperclip guitar in return. That’s pretty awesome and I really hope we will get some BtS-material or an article about these little props some day.

We already know that both Murdoc and Nikki (Tracy Spiridakos) will show up on Episode 8. On November 4, Justin Hires confirmed our suspicions that he will join Team MacGyver. According to a tweet by Vinnie Jones, he also might come back to “kick some asses”. Looks like someone still holds a grudge.

MacGyver Reboot Update #15

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on October 28, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Seems there might be more updates to write than I had planned since the reboot has been picked up for a full season of 22 episodes!

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Getting ready for more episodes
Cast and crew are still busy bees; producing more episodes than the 13 that they had initially planned to film: On October 17, we got the news that CBS has ordered a full season of 22 episodes.

While I’m not all that happy how the reboot is handling the characters and storylines, I think the full-season pick-up order is a good thing: Now we have the chance that the writers and producers listen to us to make the necessary changes for the rest of the season. We might have the chance to get a reboot that rightfully deserves its title. Also, the show will be picked up in other countries so that many more people get a chance to discover MacGyver – hopefully also the original show and therefore the talented RDA and his creation of a very likeable and humble hero, an awesome theme and some great TV show music along the way.

Working on Episodes 6, 7, 8 and 9
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared some tidbits on Instagram; e.g. a look at Episode 5 (Toothpick), Friday Night Editing (probably of Episode 6: Wrench) a First Look at Episode 7 (Can Opener) and Jack and MacGyver climbing a wall.

Episode 1×06: Wrench (via Emerson Brooks)

Episode 6 will reveal some more of MacGyver’s bomb defusal days. Emerson Brooks revealed that wearing a bomb defusal suit in a bright-lit studio in summer for 13 hours isn’t very fun. On October 21, he posted an additional picture of him doing voice-over work. Episode 7 will be set in prison. Many extras have posted prison set pictures during the last few weeks.

Cornell Willis shared a picture of another interesting looking set. Don Mosley revealed that some scenes in an upcoming episode will feature an US Embassy. Lucky Harmon will play an extremist on Episode 9. On October 27, cast and crew were seen filming in Piedmont Park.

According to Stand-In Briana Lamb, fall has come to the MacGyver set. She also posted a BtS picture of the battered rubber duckies that are usually seen in very well condition in MacGyver’s home. I’m still not sure if the duckies are an hommage to MacGyver or to Richard Dean Anderson (who is known to have a special bond with rubber duckies).

Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via Brian Durkin)

We got another example of the script writer’s way of visualization; this time on Episode 5. It’s good to know that you don’t need artistic skills on top of writing skills to write a script; so maybe there’s still hope for me (ahem).

And as Lucas Till revealed: If you’re working hard on set, you deserve a Twitter Break every now and then. (Although, maybe he’s just hiding from the Girl Scouts that visited the set recently.)

Premieres of Episodes 4 and 5
We don’t see much BtS-material anymore from the main cast members. Mostly, they retweet or post stills or trailers for the upcoming episodes. George Eads’ official accounts are still disabled – I guess he wasn’t that fond of social media to begin with, but rather “pressured” into signing up for promotional reasons. Both Lucas Till and Tristin Mays shared a picture of themselves with Elya Baskin, though – he’s the first guest star of the original show and appeared on Episode 4 (Wire Cutter).

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via Lucas Till)

Battlecat Stunts shared a short video and a picture of Episode 5. It’s quite impressive how smooth the “bad guys” drop from a rig onto a narrow train roof. Good thing I’m not a stuntwoman doing stuff like this on a daily basis; because this looks scary.

Ratings had been dropping since the premiere of the Pilot until Episode 4 (Wire Cutter, 7.44 million), but went up again for Episode 5 (Toothpick, 7.95 million). Overall, the ratings hold up for the preferred demographic group. Also, the Hashtag #MacGyver is still trending on Twitter every time an episode airs for the first time.

The previews for Episode 6 seem very action-driven and “Wrench” is the precursor of the well-advertized Halloween Episode of Hawaii 5-0, so it’s possible the ratings will rise some more this Friday.

Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and press releases for Episode 6 (Wrench) and 7 (Can Opener). Both episodes are directed by Alec Smight who has worked with George Eads before (on CSI: Las Vegas).

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via SpoilerTV)

Sneak Peeks and Previews
We got several sneak peeks and previews of Episode 5.

The official preview for Episode 6 (that will be deleted like all the other previews on the official YT-Account, sigh) does make me curious, though. There seems to be potential for a storyline that might not be finished in a single episode, for an insight into Mac’s psyche and for a Murdoc-like villain. CBS also provided a sneak peek of one of the explosive stunts.

TVLine shared an exclusive clip of Mac trying to defuse a bomb in Episode 6. This clip needs a huge spoiler alert warning, though and it’s not the first time I wonder why CBS decides to hand out an entire MacGyverism scene.

Since it’s only a few days until Halloween, CBS wants to help us finding an appropriate costume – but you sure don’t have to be MacGyver to come up with this idea on your own…

via Briana Lamb

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for US Embassy Personnel, for a photo double and a hand double and for a mother with a 2 or 3-year-old daughter.

Rhett Allain is the Technical Consultant for the reboot. He published an article on October 16, explaining how and why the body-bag-freefall-stunt in Episode 3 (Awl) would work.

I don’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this, but another well-known character name of the original show will pop up in today’s Episode 6: Charlie Robinson from “Countdown” (Season 1), this time played by Emerson Brooks.

MacGyver Reboot Update #14

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on October 14, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Episodes 2 and 3 generated a lot of buzz on social media although ratings have dropped since the premiere of the pilot episode. The first guest star from the original show will make an appearance on Episode 4 and New Murdoc has been cast!

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working on Episodes 5, 6 and 7
Cast and crew are busy bees and don’t have much time to post on social media anymore.

On October 4, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov provided a sneak peek of the editing process on Episode 5 and a first look at Episode 6. He also revealed that one episode they’re currently working on has MacGyver and Wilt on a camping trip.

Stand-In Briana Lamb shared pictures of her while rehearsing with George Eads. George’s Stand-In Mikey Leo informed us that they had a snake wrangler on set on October 6.

Extras Paul Trujillo and Terence Goffer shared pictures of working on a prison set while writer John Turman showed us Jack Dalton’s car. A very nice vintage car. I hope they don’t take it apart again… but I guess when MacGyver and Bad Guys are involved, you never know.

Of course, there’s also work to be done behind the set. Lucas Till shared the fun of doing voice-over on Episode 3 (Awl). Just before the episode premiered on October 7, he posted several BtS-pictures on his Twitter-Account; e.g. of MacGyver and Wilt working on Wilt’s movie.

via Nancy Kiu

Nancy Kiu revealed how the writers visualize escape sequences (presumably for Episode 2).

Keith Power shared sound-bite-videos on Instagram; e.g. of playing and recording drums or a variation of the Phoenix Foundation Theme. I think this theme sounds great and I’m a bit miffed that I don’t remember it at all in any of the episodes that have aired so far – probably because I’m not happy with the reboot’s music or the sound overall since the score and huge portions of dialogue constantly drown within the too-loud-soundtrack-songs.

Premiere of Episodes 2 and 3
While almost 11 million people had been watching the pilot episode on September 23, the ratings have been dropping for Episode 2 (Metal Saw, 9.1 million) and Episode 3 (Awl, 8.1 million). The ratings are still strong overall, though and the Hashtag #MacGyver trended on Twitter both times the episodes premiered.

via Brandon Willer

The writers kept live-tweeting and providing some more pictures; e.g. a closer look of the photo on Jack’s Driver’s License or the Pizza Box from Zlotoff’s Pizzeria.

Let the Promo continue: Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and/or press releases for Episode 4 (Wire Cutter) and 5 (Toothpick). They also revealed the title for Episode 8: Corkscrew.

Additionally, we got another still of the Russian Bomb for Episode 4. On October 5, CBS posted more BtS-Photos on their website.

According to IMDb, Episode 10 will be directed by Lee Rose (Grimm, Code Black). She will be the first female director so far – not just for the reboot, but for any MacGyver episode (if I remember correctly).

Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via SpoilerTV)

Let the Promo continue: Sneak Peeks and Previews
Peter Lenkov provided us with several short videos; e.g. of MacGyver and Jack trying to stop a runaway train (Episode 5), Thornton getting Riley field-ready or Jack singing Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push it” (Episode 4). The whole sequence of Jack showing off his karaoke skills can be found on TVLine.

CBS uploaded how-to-videos on YouTube; e.g. “How To Make An Electromagnet” or “How To See In The Dark“. The official MacGyver YouTube-Account is still a mystery to me, though: CBS keeps uploading Preview- and Sneak-Peeks-Videos – only to delete them a few hours later and maybe re-upload them (or not). I’m no marketing or promo expert, but I don’t think that’s how you do it. I guess they don’t really care about hits and people sharing the official video-links…

Let the Promo continue: Interviews
ET Online takes a look into the “Bromance” between MacGyver and Jack. Yahoo spoke to guest star Amy Acker while Collider did another interview with Lucas; talking about the challenges of filming an action show. Parade did an interview with George; the Military Times had a talk with Lucas and his father John.

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via Omelete)

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made a casting call for art patrons who “look like a million bucks” and for caucasian females in their 20s or 30s.

The first guest star from the original show will make an appearance on Episode 4 (Wire Cutter): Elya Baskin, who played political Russian prisoner “Demetri” (A Prisoner of Consience, Season 1) and defector Yuri Demetri aka “Biff” (Soft Touch, Season 2).

On October 11, Entertainment Weekly shared the news that David Dastmalchian (12 Monkeys, The Dark Knight) has been cast as Murdoc for at least one appearance. It will be interesting to see how David tackles this iconic role.

via Peter Lenkov

Sightings
It seems the cast is not tired yet of seeing each other off-set. Lucas and George watched some Georgia Tech Football on October 1, while Tristin Mays revealed on October 6 that she had joined George, Lucas and Tracy Spiridakos at a Baseball Game.

MacGyver Reboot Update #13

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on September 30, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

The Premiere of the MacGyver Reboot generated negative comments and reviews, but also great ratings and heavy traffic on social media. It also inspired people to create fan art.

via Briana Lamb

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any too revealing pictures, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working on four Episodes
While promo continues and reviews and ratings are piling up, cast and crew are filming episodes 6 and 7 while working behind the scenes for episodes 4 and 5.

The filming crew has been shooting lots of interior scenes – which is why we didn’t get many pictures from bypassers this week. Or we did get pictures, but there wasn’t much to see.

An Instagram picture by James Grabowski revealed information for Episode 7 – it’s titled “Can Opener” and will be directed by Omar Madha (Scorpion, Grimm). According to IMDb, the still untitled Episode 6 is directed by Alec Smight (CSI: Las Vegas).

We also got some more information about the jobs being done behind the scenes; e.g. by Picturemill while creating the opening sequence or by Kevin Marshal Pinkney (Stand-In for Justin Hires). Aina Dumlao revealed on September 29 that she’s doing post work (probably ADR) back in California for Episode 4. Briana Lamb, Stand-In for Sandrine Holt, started “MacGyverMonday” to teach us some more about her stand-in work.

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared another editing picture; this time from Episode 5. He also treated us with pictures and clips from Episode 4.

CBS shared an interesting BtS-Video with Prop Master Kate Guanci.

Lucas Till revealed the secrets of his MacGyver Diet. Thanks to a video he posted on September 30, we finally know how they do “dirty work” – I mean, how they dirty up clothes for TV shows.

Premiere of the Pilot Episode
Despite the many negative and critical reviews of the pilot episode beforehand, people sure were curious to check it out for themselves. Almost 11 million people had been watching the premiere; making it Friday’s most watched show. Another 5.4 million had been tuning in for the rerun on Sunday.

The premiere was also a 4-minute-long topic on the Late Late Show with James Corden (extra Spoiler Alert!), practically overshadowing the presidential debate.

The script writers had been live tweeting through the event and will continue to do so for further episodes.

Let the Promo continue: Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and/or press releases for Episode 2 (Metal Saw), Episode 3 (Awl) and Episode 4 (Wire Cutter). The stills and press releases don’t reveal too much, but they sparked interest. It seems the reboot will continue to resemble first season storylines of the original show.

Let the Promo continue: Sneak Peeks and Previews
We got several previews and sneak peeks for Episode 2 – the official preview that aired after the pilot episode, one by TVLine, one by The Wrap and another one by MSN. I guess the last one has the scene where George Eads accidentally got punched for real (as had been revealed during promo cycle).

Someone at CBS had been a little over-excited and uploaded the first preview for Episode 3 on the official YouTube-Account on September 29. The video was deleted only hours later, but not before some fans had already seen and shared it.

Let the Promo continue: Interviews
During the days before the premiere, several interviews had been posted online. An interesting interview by Slash Film had Peter Lenkov and Pilot Episode Director James Wan talk about the new theme song. Most modern TV shows don’t have opening sequences anymore and Lenkov revealed that they practically had to fight for an opening sequence and a theme.

CBS had posted a short Q&A with James Wan. Wan spoke some more to Collider about directing the pilot episode while Lenkov praised the chemistry between Lucas and George in an interview with The Wrap.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made a casting call for guards and inmates. Artist LeShae Nash posted pictures of the interior set and the fire pit in MacGyver’s home she’s been working at.

Another old aquaintance from the original show will make his appearance on Episode 6: Charlie Robinson from Episode 1×14 (Countdown). Emerson Brooks tweeted a first picture of him on September 28, wearing a bomb defusal suit.

Girls Rock Science
Will Riley Davis do more than just hacking in later episodes? Tristin Mays visited the “Girls Rock Science” weekend at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center. Besides learning more about water pollution at the exhibits, she also posed for fan pictures.

MacGyver Reboot Update #12

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on September 23, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Only hours until the Premiere! Filming continues while the reviews for the Pilot Episode are piling up. And we got the new Opening Title Sequence to go along with the new Opening Theme!

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any too revealing pictures, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided; especially on the links to the reviews!)

Working on Episodes 2, 5 and 6 (I think)
I kind of lost sight of what episodes the crew is working on right now – there’s so much going on! While the promo continued at full speed, we didn’t get that many pictures as in the weeks before. Some showed a new set or set equipment like this fog horn.

On September 17, the crew set up at the Pullman Rail Yard, probably to film more scenes for Episode 5. They also shot more train scenes back at the Southeastern Railway Museum. On September 20, the crew worked in Downtown Atlanta, masquerading the city as New York. The fleet included NY Police Cars and Taxis. Meanwhile, G-Rod did some ADR (automated dialogue replacement) for Episode 2.

Chris Payne Gilbert shared a nice pic of George Eads preparing his lines. Lucas Till posted an interesting picture of himself “wreaking havoc”. MacGyver shooting an automated weapon? *gasp*. Lucas was quick to add that New MacGyver still doesn’t use guns. My guess is this is a BtS from the Pilot Episode where we get to see bikini-clad women shooting Ninjas off a tank. (You will know soon why that is.) On the same day, Lucas shared a picture of his bomb-defusal suit – and he wasn’t the only one following the dresscode.

Script Writer Brian Durkin sent greetings from the Writer’s Office and revealed what bike he’s riding at the moment.

On September 22, Aina Dumlao shared the news that she’s back on set – watching MacGyver episodes in her trailer. There’s worse homework than watching original MacGyver, right?

Let the Promo continue: Sneak Peeks and Refreshers
Promo is still hitting the state fairs – recently in Oklahoma. But the main promo consists of previews and sneak peek videos.

CBS distributed many videos to various outlets this week. To list a few: We got to see a BtS-Video of the stunt work with Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe. One video let us “get to know the stars” a bit better while ET Canada shared another Featurette with short interviews on set.

CBS also helped us to freshen up our knowledge about MacGyver’s 7 Notorious Tools (as if we wouldn’t remember) and to decide which episodes of classic MacGyver to watch before the premiere – the cast and crew’s favorites, of course: “Trumbo’s World” (Lucas), “The Heist” (Tristin Mays) and “Partners” (James Wan).

Let the Promo continue: Theme and Title Opening Sequence
On September 18, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov revealed that the Orchestra was scoring the pilot plus recording the new theme. He even provided little videos to listen in. How exciting!

On September 20, Yahoo! posted an amazing fake title opening sequence they had edited together for fun. It’s actually a recreation of the original title sequence that many people mistook as the real deal. Only hours later, Entertainment Weekly posted the official new title sequence – and squashed the excitement of many fans.

I’m glad the reboot gets a “real” opening sequence (and not just the title for five seconds like other modern TV shows). I love that they kept the focus on MacGyver’s hands instead of the character’s faces. I kinda like the music although it sure isn’t as memorable as the original. But this opening is not as much fun as it could have been – especially not if you compare it to Yahoo’s fan-made title sequence *sigh*.

Let the Promo continue: Reviews and Interviews
Several reviews of the Pilot Episode have made the rounds now and they keep coming in. Some are quite harsh; e.g. the reviews by Variety or The Hollywood Reporter. Others are more “meh” about it; e.g. Collider or USA Today. I liked the review by Your Entertainment Corner – it is critical, but fair and rather points out the strong and weak points instead of just bashing on it. Another very nice one is the review by Cinemablend which comments some more on the characters and the performances.

On September 21, Eric Goldman shared an interview with James Wan about the reboot in general and shooting the pilot. Peter Lenkov talked with TV Guide about how to keep the spirit of the original. Front Row Features posted an interview with Lucas and George.

As Justin Hires reveals, press days and doing interview rounds for TV is hard work, but can also be very fun and practical. With the help of journalists at Yahoo and TV Guide, the cast managed to escape one of the famous Escape Rooms. Of course they did; it’s MacGyver!

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made more casting calls; e.g. for onlookers of a crime scene, for people to work in flashback scenes to the 1970’s, for a SWAT guy and for downscale and dented neighborhood cars.

On September 17, Peter Lenkov granted us a first look at Penny Parker. Justin Hires posted a new picture of his character Wilt with MacGyver. While sharing his Favorite Classic MacGyver Moment, James Wan confirmed that Murdoc will be a character in the reboot.

India Batson shared the news that her scene as Tiffany was cut from the pilot episode. Seems like some of the bikini-babes didn’t fulfill their Shooting-Ninjas-off-Tanks-quota. Hopefully, there’s DVD extras for people who were looking forward to see her.

On September 22, SpoilerTV revealed the press release for Episode 3 (“Awl”): Team MacGyver will travel to Malaysia to extract a terrorist groups’ money man who holds key intel to an impending attack.

What is my opinion on this?
As I stated in my very first blog post about the reboot, I’m not a fan of reboots or remakes in general and I don’t like that many of the shows on TV right now. This so-called reimagination sure has its flaws and problems. Some of them because the reboot is set in modern times, others because of the creation and background stories of certain characters. I’m also not very fond of the Team MacGyver concept because it’s the typical team formula you get to see on television all the time.

Of course, it’s not that easy to satisfy fans of the old show. Yet I do think this reboot can be fun if you don’t compare it too much to the original and to the iconic character that Richard Dean Anderson created over the course of 7 seasons. It’s a good thing that a new generation will also get to see a hero like MacGyver, even if he’s different.

Also, with the buzz going on on social media (Forbes states that along with “This is Us”, MacGyver gets the most buzz of all the fall tv premieres), it’s nice to see that so many people are fans of the old show. The reboot will inspire people to check out the original, regardless if they liked the new version or not.