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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on November 25, 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.
While the reboot is taking a break and airing reruns, cast and crew are working on the mid-season finale. Also, Amy Acker and Tracy Spiridakos are back on set!
(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will definitely get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)
Working towards Christmas Break
As I mentioned before, we don’t see much exclusive stuff anymore from the main cast. They’re busy bees to wrap up the initially ordered episodes before Christmas Break. As Tristin Mays revealed on Twitter, they’re often still filming while the new episodes air and don’t get to see the premiere.
Justin Hires’ Stand-In Kevin Marshall Pinkney posted a picture of him sitting in a 60’s Volkswagon while working on Episode 12. Guess we just got to see Bozer’s car? Interesting choice!
On November 14, Just Jared shared paparazzi pictures of Lucas on set. As several crew members (e.g. Cornell Willis or Kait C.) revealed, they were filming in a church on November 21. Thanks to Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni, we got a glimpse at MacGyver’s “back yard”.
On November 11, Lucas’ Mom had visited the set. She shared some pictures on social media. While filming outside on November 14, the set got visited by an elementary class. Learning about TV production directly from cast and crew on set is sure more interesting and memorable than regular class!
Premieres of Episodes 8 and 9
As expected, Episode 8 (Corkscrew, 7.65 million) got better ratings than the previous episode – although they weren’t as high as I expected (it was the return of beloved Murdoc, after all). Overall, New Murdoc’s first appearance was well received on Twitter and even got praise by Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres.
The most recent Episode 9 (Chisel, 8.12 million) made the third-highest ratings of this season.
SpoilerTV provided us with a press release for Episode 10 (Pliers – although thanks to the Phoenix Foundation Podcast, that episode will always be “Pilers” to me). Episode 10 will air on December 9 because the show is taking a break and CBS airs reruns on Fridays instead. Tonight, they will show Episode 3 (Awl).
Looking at the surprisingly high ratings from last week, I’m not sure if it’s a wise decision having a break of 3 weeks, now with so many people stating on social media that the episodes are getting better and that they finally started to like the show.
Interviews, Articles and other Promo
On November 16, CBS uploaded some more BtS-pictures; mainly from Episode 7 (Can Opener). They also provided a Survival Guide for Thanksgiving. The CBS Watch! Magazine provided another picture of their photoshoot with Lucas and George for #ManCrushMonday.
ET Online visited Lucas Till in his Hometown. We got to meet his mom, his younger brother and a high school friend. In an interview with TVLine, Lucas talked about Nikki, Murdoc and his favorite MacGyverism.
The soundbites aren’t new, but in an interview with TV Insider posted on November 25, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov affirmed that he’s still planning on a crossover with Hawaii Five-O.
In case you wondered what had happened to the huge Wall Painting on Hotel Figueroa in LA that was made back in the first promo wave: It got painted over with an ad for Apple’s iPhone.
Cast, Crew and Character News Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for men who are trained with guns, for business men and women who own expensive luggage, for wedding guests, groomsmen and bridesmaids and for hispanic looking males with upscale wedding guest style attire.
The masks of the Asian General and George Washington were made by Larry Torro. He provided a picture of the president’s mask from Episode 8 on Instagram. I think the masks look very good and I really hope we’ll see more of them, now that Bozer has joined the team.
Amy Acker recently revealed at a convention in Asia that she will be back on the show. On November 18, Peter Lenkov posted footage of a scene of Amy’s character Sarah with Jack; confirming that she’s already been filming her scenes. On the same day, Tracy Spiridakos posted a picture on Instagram that confirmed she was also back on set.
Interestingly, Preston James Hillier (who’s played Amy’s boyfriend / fiancé Jeff on Episode 2) also tweeted on that day; saying that he enjoyed to work with Lucas and George again. What’s even more interesting is a comment on that tweet that was later removed (after I pointed out to this person that this tweet might be a spoiler – you’ve been warned!).
The deleted tweet complimented Preston and made a statement about being a proud mother of the groom. We already know that there will be a wedding scene in this season and that they’ve been filming in a church; so I’ll predict that Jack will get his heart broken in the mid-season finale (for now, Preston is listed for Episode 12 on IMDb).
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!
(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!)
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*.)
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 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.
Entertainment Weeklybrought 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.
On November 2, Peter Lenkov shared an article by TVGuidefor 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.
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.
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!
(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.
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).
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).
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).
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…
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.
Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on September 16, 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 a week until the Premiere! Filming continues while the promo cycle is in full swing with interviews, new promo pics, talk show visits, screenings, press days on set, preview clips and ringing the New York Stock Exchange Bell. It’s become impossible to keep track of everything!
(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 Episodes 4 and 5 (and maybe 6)
Filming continued for Episodes 4 and 5. On September 7, the crew set up at Atlanta City Hall; the atrium masquerading as a train station in Frankfurt, Germany. Several Extras and even the catering crew posted pictures from the set and from behind the scenes.
The next day, production moved locations to film scenes on actual trains. Rigging Key Grip Thomas Browne and Location Scout Gonzo Rey granted us a look at their interesting work environment. According to StandIn Mikey Leo, the scenes were shot at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Over the next few days, Extras and crew members shared pictures. Nick Burrell revealed what the crew likes to snack on during a break. Mikey and Briana Lamb taught us some more about StandIn work.
Director Bobby Roth gave us an inkling how demanding shooting an episode can be. On September 15, he tweeted that Episode 5 has been wrapped with over 500 camera setups in 8 days.
It is possible that production on Episode 6 already started since Justin Hires just posted another live video on Facebook. During the 7-minute-video, Justin shows us the entire set of New MacGyver’s home; including the contents of his fridge. Right at the beginning, he mentions that they’re shooting the Halloween Episode right now.
Let the Promo continue: Stills and Sneak Peeks
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted more pictures of the main characters last week; e.g. of MacGyver, Jack, Patricia and Riley. George Eads also started posting pictures regularly (although his account seems to be disabled right now); like one of a scene he did with Vinnie Jones.
We also got more promotional photos for the Pilot Episode on September 14 via SpoilerTV. One day later, they revealed 3 sneak peek clips. The first one shows the scene with MacGyver jumping off a helicopter (that Jack is flying) onto a driving military truck; trying to save the world. The second clip is the scene that was shot at “Lake Como” in Italy (and includes Nikki Carpenter) while the third one deals with MacGyver and Jack meeting up with Riley Davis in prison to recruit her for a mission.
Let the Promo continue: New York, New York
On September 8, the main trio travelled to New York for promo. Peter Lenkov posted several pictures of George Eads and Lucas Till behind the scenes or meeting the fans.
After the Iowa State Fair, CBS also promoted the reboot at the Indiana State Fair. The airing of the MacGyver segment on “Big Brother” garnered quite some attention on social media. Apparently, the winner received “a trip for two to the set (…) for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of all the action” – although many still complain on social media that the competition was rigged.
Let the Promo continue: Preview Trailers and BtS-Videos
On September 5, TV Promo 360 released another “inofficial” video with a few new scenes. CBS shared a 360°-BtS-Video with an interesting soundtrack. Is this the new theme song we’re hearing? I’m not really a fan of modernized well-known songs, but I could actually accept this. The use of this soundtrack is a bit puzzling though because someone at the MacGyverOnline Forums pointed out to me recently that this one is quite old.
On September 14, CBS released a BtS-Video of a photo shoot with Lucas and George; including the scene with Lucas hanging from the ceiling on a parachute for the official poster. I’m still no fan of the poster, but it looks like shooting it was lots of fun!
Let the Promo continue: Screening for the Georgia National Guard
On September 11, the pilot was shown at a special screening event for the members of the Georgia National Guard and their families at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Lucas Till grew up on the base and attended the Q&A with his father, along with other cast members. They took their time to pose for photos and answer questions. You can see official pictures of the event here.
Cast and Character News Central Casting Georgia has made more casting calls; e.g. for caucasian people who have an upscale business attire wardrobe or for men and women to fill spots for FBI, Firefighters, Cops, Bomb Technicians, Soldiers and other Army Personnel. Sounds like lots of action in the next episodes!
In his Facebook Video, Justin Hires revealed some interesting tidbits. We finally know that MacGyver’s home is located in California with a direct view onto the Observatory from the Original Pilot Episode. Also, New MacGyver likes to surf. According to the TVLine-Review of the Pilot Episode and this video from the Press Day on set, Justin’s character Wilt doesn’t know about MacGyver’s true occupation which will lead to some funny situations.
In an Interview with Suzanne Lawler, Tristin Mays revealed that Jack Dalton is her character Riley’s Ex-Stepdad and that they have a love-hate-relationship. I guess we can expect some family drama history being revealed and the possibility of Riley’s mom showing up in a later episode.
On September 15, we got more information on Episode 2 with Amy Acker. We already knew about the synopsis, but the episode called “Metal Saw” was directed by Jerry Levine (Hawaii Five-0, Elementary).