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

I’ve always been a bit puzzled about the release of the Official Stills. Maybe that’s just how it works with TV shows in general, but: Sometimes we get 20 Official Stills for an episode – another time only 3. Or worse – none. Sometimes we would get several, but all of them looking very similar.

I’m still not sure who actually chooses them – according to Set Photographer Guy D’Alema, it’s not the photographer himself. So either the director of photography, the director of the episode or the producers? Or someone higher up at CBS who’s responsible for TV show promo in general? No clue.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via SpoilerTV)

In Season 1, there weren’t many in the bunch that actually sparked my interest, but it was fun to look over them months after the episodes had aired.

As with Season 1, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each Episode of Season 2; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

One thing I have noticed: While for Season 1, there had sometimes been 2 or even 3 Still Photographers, it’s usually only one person now (mostly Guy D’Alema who works on a bunch of other TV shows as well at the moment).

 

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
We got 5 Official Stills via SpoilerTV. Three of them feature MacGyver, one Jack all on his own and one has Mac and Jack in trouble.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Seat42F)

MY FAVORITE: Probably the one with Mac and Jack in trouble. We’ve seen BtS pictures of the scene before and I was curious what this was all about.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: We already knew about Isabel Lucas being a new regular cast member, but there was no Official Still of her (or the other cast members). Funny thing though that the person grabbing Jack’s leg IS actually Isabel as Samantha Cage.

 

Episode 2xo2: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (Guy D’Alema)
For the second episode of Season 2, we got 4 Stills via SpoilerTV. Interestingly, they are all about the same scene with Tristin Mays as Riley; but one Still features a guy that isn’t all that important in the end.

Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Not much to choose from, huh? I guess the one with Riley on the computer *heh*.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: As mentioned above, all of  the Stills advertize the same scene. The episode is clearly centered around Riley, but I always think it’s weird when the protagonist that lends the show its name isn’t seen anywhere. Also, given the episode title, I had actually expected that the Muscle Car (a Mustang in this case) being featured.

 

Episode 2xo3: Roulette Wheel + Wire (Still Photographer not listed)
The third episode delivered 10 Official Stills via SpoilerTV. Besides Matty, everyone of Team Phoenix is in more than one of the pictures, which is nice.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel +Wire (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac always talks about Bozer being his best friend – but since he joined Team Phoenix, Lucas Till and Justin Hires didn’t have many scenes together. Although this scene features the entire field team, it’s nice to have two Stills with just the two of them – I think that might actually be the first time since the Pilot Episode.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing, really. The cast is very pretty to look at; the women all dolled up and the men all sharp dressed. In a Still that was added later on, there’s even a SAK featured. Isn’t that great? It’s actually my runner-up choice, so it needed to be shown as well (right at the beginning of this blog post).

 

Episode 2xo4: X-Ray + Penny (Guy D’Alema)
We got only 3 Stills via SpoilerTV. All of them feature the scene with Mac and Murdoc.

Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via SpoilerTV)

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

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: There’s the promise of Mac!Whump; so for me, not disappointing at all. There was even a BtS video after Entertainment Tonight had visited the set when this episode was being filmed.

 

Episode 2xo5: Skull + Electromagnet (Guy D’Alema)
The Halloween Episode brought 9 Official Stills via SpoilerTV plus additional versions of the group photo with everyone besides Matty dressed up in their Halloween costume.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (Official Still via Seat42F)

MY FAVORITE: It’s either “Jungle” or “Costumes”, so probably the group photo with everyone trying to look scary.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: For the costumes being featured in so many pictures, it was a bit disappointing we didn’t get to see them properly in the episode itself. But when it comes to the Official Stills, everything’s fine. Maybe a Still with the villain would have been a nice addition.

 

(More coming soon.)

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MacGyver Reboot Update #42

Everything’s different on Halloween. Tonight, the newest Episode of MacGyver airs an hour later than usual; making way for the Michael Jackson Halloween Special with characters voiced by Lucas Till and George Eads.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (Official Still via Seat42F)

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

 

Work, work, work
Looking at the upcoming schedule, episodes are airing weekly up until at least mid-November, so filming goes on without too many days off, as well. Cast and Crew weren’t seen outside very often, but Mike Martinez revealed on October 18 that they had done more water tank work.

Every now and then the cast keeps posting pictures of different episodes – Meredith Eaton provided several with her co-stars (e.g. with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till).

BtS of Season 2 (via Meredith Eaton)

George Eads was on a roll and posted more pictures than ever; e.g. an old BtS picture of him with the Aston Martin in Episode 1×17 (Ruler), in a stare-down with Matty or of him with the crew, looking all dangerous. Justin Hires keeps uploading short videos from set and BtS pictures of aired episodes, but he also posted a picture of the upcoming Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) or of Bozer posing with Matty.

Isabel Lucas doesn’t post much, but shared a picture of her on the hood of a car. Justin reminded us that Sparky is part of Team Phoenix as well. Tristin shared a video of her driving a Sanitation Truck.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via Carlos Bernard)

Despite all the work, the crew still has fun on set – e.g. by working in their pyjamas, creating graffiti together on their breaks or playing puppy with the slate.

So this is Christmas…
Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) is the Christmas Episode, directed by Carlos Bernard. While we don’t know anything about the story yet, it brought us some hilarious BtS pictures – mainly of Mac & Jack wearing Christmas-appropriate costumes.

George Eads was the first to post pictures of him wearing a Rudolph costume. It didn’t take long for Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, Director Carlos Bernard and Lucas Till to join in. Lenkov also posted a picture of a train powered Record Player – definitely something you would find in MacGyver’s home.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via George Eads)

Interestingly, David Dastmalchian has been on set again recently. He posed for a Snapchat video with Justin Hires, looking all nice and normal. It’s most likely that Murdoc makes an appearance either in the Christmas Episode or in Episode 2×12 as the Midseason Finale.

Official Stills and Press Releases
On October 11, TV Guide Magazine had revealed the first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) with the cast dressed up to fit The Wizard of Oz. We had already gotten to read the Press Release on October 9 and several Official Stills on October 17.

Since the episode will air after the animated Michael Jackson Halloween Special (with Lucas Till and George Eads voicing characters; playing father and son), they take up the time slot of Hawaii Five-0 at 9pm. Of course, H50 fans are not happy – especially since the show has already shared BtS pictures of the traditional Halloween Episode.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Seat42F)

On October 23, CBS released the Press Release for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). There are no Official Stills yet, but fans of the Original Show might think the storyline reads a bit familiar because Mac and Team will travel to Nigeria to “stop a massive oil well fire”. This is an episode we got many BtS pictures of – mainly because of the Extras.

According to SpoilerTV, Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) will be aired on November 10. Episode 2×08 is titled “Packing Peanuts + Fire”; airing on November 17.

As Justin Hires revealed in a recent Instagram Live Story Video, his character Bozer will have an exciting story arc through Episodes 8 to 10. We don’t know much about it yet besides Reign Edwards playing his potential love interest. We have seen pictures of them holding hands during filming, so we’ll see how this turns out. It looks like Reign has finished filming in Atlanta, so this might be another unhappy love story for Mac’s roommate.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (Screenshot of Sneak Peek 2)

Previews and Sneak Peeks
For Episode 2×03 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), we got a trailer, Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks.

ET had visited the set while Lucas Till was working on Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny). In the video, Lucas is crawling out of a manhole and stumbling alongside a traffic-heavy road. Last Friday, we were finally able to watch the episode this scene belongs to.

Sadly, while we had a trailer and Official Stills (all of MacGyver and Murdoc), there were no Sneak Peeks before Episode 2×04 aired. Luckily, the cast sweetened the days before and after the Premiere with some more BtS pictures. David Dastmalchian posted one of him and Lucas. Justin Hires posted several; e.g. of Bozer and Riley or of Bozer doing more detective work. Director Bethany Rooney provided a BtS picture of Dastmalchian working in front of a green screen and of Lucas wearing the headgear-camera during MacGyver’s stint in Murdoc’s lair.

BtS of Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via Bethany Rooney)

As already mentioned above, TV Guide Magazine had revealed the first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) on October 11. Four days later, TV Insider uploaded the picture online, sharing the little information box below the picture for everyone to read:

Gadgets wizard Mac (Lucas Till) and his special-ops team play undead versions of the beloved Wizard of Oz characters to entertain—or terrify?—trick-or-treating kids in the hit series’ special Halloween episode. “The cast was excited to dress up, but Justin Hires was plucking loose hairs out of his eyeballs all day!” costar Meredith Eaton recalls. “His costume was so hairy.” Sadly, the gang’s holiday plans are interrupted. Executive producer Peter Lenkov teases: “They’ll head into the Bermuda Triangle to retrieve the vice president’s son, whose plane disappeared.” Now that’s scary!

(TV Guide Magazine, October 2017)

We also got some BtS picture in advance; e.g. of Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum posing with Isabel Lucas or of Isaiah Stratton with Jeananne Goossen.

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks. One has Mac, Jack and Riley playing a prank on Bozer. Another one is the mission briefing in the War Room. The third one by TV Line shows Mac taking a phone call in the Bermuda Triangle.

Behind the Set
On October 26, CBS Watch! Magazine posted pictures of Justin Hires giving a “tour of typical MacGyver moments”. The short article helds 14 BtS Set pictures of Justin with various cast members.

Lucas Till and Justin Hires on Set of Season 2 (via CBS Watch! Magazine)

Some are of next week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). We also get a glimpse of presumably Jack Dalton’s “homebase”. We saw BtS pictures of the cast doing a photoshoot on this set a while ago. It’s not yet clear if those were done for another photoshoot and if they also did interviews for more promo that day.

Season 2 and Reruns Ratings
While the recent ratings haven’t been stellar or overwhelming, it’s interesting how stable they are: Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) managed 6.74 million live viewers with a rating of 0.8 in the 18-49 demo; winning the 8pm time slot.

Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) reached 6.77 million live viewers, also with a rating of 0.8 in demo; again winning the time slot for total viewers numbers.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel +Wire (via SpoilerTV)

On average, Season 2 pulled in 6.65 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.8. As expected, that’s less than for Season 1 (7.73 million live viewers per episode with a demo of 1.08), yet the show didn’t lose as many viewers as other Non-Friday-Shows. Compared to another Reboot, Lethal Weapon already lost 1.5 million live viewers since last season. Other CBS shows like Scorpion lost almost 2 million live viewers per episode.

The Rerun of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) on Saturday, October 14 generated 2.6 million live viewers with a demo of 0.4. That’s only half of the viewers that reruns usually generate on Fridays, but it was also in competition with sports programming.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Although Isabel Lucas has the third spot in the opening title credits, there’s still no picture of her and no information about her on the official show website. Considering that she’d joined the team as a regular, that seems a bit unfair; even if they decide to write her off within the Season (which probably won’t happen).

Emerson Brooks (who played Charlie Robinson in Episode 1×06: Wrench) was back on set yesterday. He posted a picture with Tristin Mays and Justin Hires today and was in some of Justin Hires’ recent videos. There have been Casting Calls for Bomb Squads recently, so it’s safe to assume that “The Ghost” will be back.

BtS of Season 2 (via Emerson Brooks)

Interestingly, Zoe Addison Smith (who had played Annabella Pena in the same episode), will be back for next week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). We don’t know yet if there’s a longer story-arc about MacGyver’s EOD teacher and commanding officer Pena or not.

Someone had asked Anthony Starke (who played the “Bad Teacher” Fletcher in last week’s Episode 2×04) if he will be back. Anthony answered he doesn’t know, so apparently Fletcher didn’t make it into Murdoc’s collective after all.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, recurring Techs and Agents, Lab Techs, Fit Models (male and female), Bad Guys, Police, Desk Sergeants and Detectives, a hispanic Woman and kids for a Photo Shoot, female Agents, Policemen, CopsLAPD, Bomb Squad, a Suspicious Man, FBI Agents and Office Patrons. They’ve also been looking for a Caucasian Man with darker hair for a Photo Shoot and for men with real military or tactical training.

MacGyver in Latin America
The Reboot starts airing in several Latin American countries this month. There were screenings recently – and in contrast to the US, distributor Universal Channel was quite inventive for these events. The press kits contained goodies like hats, licorice dynamite and even SAKs.

Screening in Argentina (via María Gabriela Losino)

Depending on the venue, journalists gathered to conquer “MacGyverland” (Terra Mágica, Colombia) or had to disarm bombs (Argentina), solve puzzles, crack open a safe or to step over laser lights without getting “harmed”. There were fake missiles, confetti bombs and fighting stunt men. Must have been a fun event for journalists and reviewers to attend.

The show aired the first two episodes for its premiere and managed to trend on Twitter in Venezuela. (If you remember: Episode 1×02 is set in Venezuela.)

MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×05 (Toothpick) and 1×06 (Wrench) managed 78’000 resp. 71’000 viewers. Episodes 1×07 (Can Opener) and 1×08 (Corkscrew) garnered 69’000 resp. 73’000 viewers.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via Lucas Till)

Since German channel Sat.1 skipped 3 episodes in total, the German-speaking TV-Premiere of  the Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors) – titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California) – will happen in Austria on November 11.

MacGyver Reboot Update #41

Who said Friday 13th is an unlucky day? A new episode airs tonight, so many people consider this as a win. While promo has quieted down a bit, cast and crew are busy filming more episodes.

Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via SpoilerTV)

(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 Premiere Promo
There wasn’t much promo until Premiere Day. It was kind of a special date because back in 1985, the Original Show also premiered on September 29.

On September 21, the official Instagram Account by CBS had asked the fans to ask questions. There were over 370 comments when I was writing my last update two weeks ago, but it was only Meredith Eaton who had answered some of them via Instagram Live Videos shortly before the Premiere. Seems like CBS forgot about the rest.

George Eads and Lucas Till doing Promo for Season 2

George Eads and Lucas Till did many video interviews for the local TV channels. They mentioned doing about 20 of these interviews, so it’s no wonder they seemed oddly hyperactive in some of them; probably suffering from lack of sleep. Talking about upcoming car chases with News Channel 5, Lucas joked that he doesn’t know why they keep letting George drive.

In the segment for CBS Denver, they revealed that Murdoc will assemble several bad guys, so we might get to see more familiar sounding character names this season. In the interview with CBS Baltimore, Lucas admitted that he didn’t let himself have that much fun on Season 1 because he took it much more seriously.

In an interview with Philly Today, Lucas Till revealed his favorite upcoming premise of Season 2 he has filmed so far:

I used Jack’s heart to keep a heart alive. It’s like a heart in a box pump that keeps hearts alive instead of transporting live organs on ice and it all ends up not being able to work and I use Jack’s heart to keep the heart pumping alive so we can get it into someone else.

(Lucas Till for Philly Today, September 29)

George Eads in Episode 2×07: Duct Tape + Jack (via Peter Lenkov)

We can assume Lucas refers to Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) – which means that “Jack” in the episode title is indeed Jack Dalton and not just another tool out of the tool box.

Radio TV Talk visited the set for another interview while George Eads and Lucas Till were filming some car chases. Lucas revealed that he had spent the off season doing a lot of yoga because he was feeling plenty of soreness and fatigue from the very physical workload of Season 1:

I”m a lot better with my preparation. I had problems with my knees. But I’m all good now. Yoga really works. I’m on my feet 14 hours a day. It’s a beast.

(Lucas Till for Radio TV Talk, September 29)

Tristin Mays with Einstein (via Einstein’s Set Life)

In an interview with CBS Local, George Eads revealed that he didn’t sleep much last year due to putting so much pressure on himself; partially because he had worked with CBS for so many years (on CSI: Las Vegas) and wanted to do a good job. He also talked about how he and Lucas make the bromance work:

Me and Lucas are just good friends. It starts with respect. When you spend as much time as we do on the set with one another, he knows how hard it is for me, and I know how difficult the show can be for him. We try to pick each other up, bring each other a protein shake, or take a break if one of us needs one. There’s been times when I’ve been missing my daughter so bad that I’ll be in an emotional state, and Lucas will hold up production until we can talk it out and maybe even cry it out in the trailer. I confide in him as a close friend, and I think he’s done the same for me. I’ve gotten to know his mom and dad and his brothers. When you spend a lot of time working, you cross your fingers that you’re gonna like each other, and we’ve just been lucky when it comes to that. And the more our friendship evolves, the more our characters do too.

(George Eads for CBS Local, September 29)

Stills and Press Releases
On October 3, SpoilerTV presented us Press Releases and Stills for Episodes 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) plus 2×04 (X-Ray and Penny). In Episode 2×04, we’ll encounter David Dastmalchian as Murdoc again and will meet Michael O’Keefe as Harry MacGyver.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via SpoilerTV)

On October 9, we got the Press Release of the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Since the episode will air after the animated Michael Jackson Halloween Special (with Lucas Till and George Eads voicing characters), they will take the time slot of Hawaii Five-0 at 9pm. H50 also filmed a Halloween Episode, but apparently they’ll have to wait.

Previews and Sneak Peeks
On Premiere Day, SpoilerTV had released three Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE).

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Nelson)

I had been wondering about the lack of promo for the second episode and them deleting the preview that had already aired after Episode 2×01. As it turned out, CBS had changed the episode order for several shows (probably due to recent events in Las Vegas). They uploaded a generic preview we’ve already seen for last season. Sadly, there were no additional Stills or Clips besides the four Stills of Riley in the bad guys’ lair.

For Episode 2×03 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), they re-uploaded the preview we’ve already seen, but with a slightly different background music. Additionally, we got 3 Sneak Peeks today. One has Mac and Jack stuck in an Ice Cave, trying to turn a snow mobile into a radio. This might turn out as the Opening Gambit and reveals another tidbit about MacGyver Senior’s watch he left behind. Another one has Team Phoenix trying to overcome several obstacles in their Casino Heist. The third clip has Riley and Mac pretending to be a couple who needs some help with their handcuffs shenanigans gone wrong.

The clips are interesting, but I find it odd that they’ve chosen to show an entire Opening Gambit again.

Other Promo and BtS Stuff
ET visited the set and did a short interview with Lucas Till who was working on Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).

Screenshot of ET’s set visit of Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny)

In the video, Lucas is seen crawling out of a manhole and stumbling alongside a traffic-heavy road. The segment was rather short, but we also got to see his Stunt Double Mike Wilson.

Since the Premiere, many took the opportunity to post new BtS pictures of Episode 2×01; e.g. Danny Boushebel (posing with Isabel Lucas) or Ricky Russert who shows in a video why it takes over 3 hours to get him a beard worthy of a long-term prisoner.

On October 11, we got a first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) via TV Guide Magazine. As suspected, the cast will dress up in an impersonation of The Wizard of Oz.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via TV Guide Magazine)

Working on Episodes 2×09 and 2×10
The main unit had been filming outside a lot on some interesting looking sets; e.g. on an obstacle course and at Atlanta Water Works. Director Bobby Roth posed for pictures with George Eads, Isabel Lucas or Tristin Mays while director Stacey Black started post production on Episode 2×08.

Justin shared more BtS pictures of Bozer and various team members of Team Phoenix in the War Room. Judging by recent BtS pictures and videos from set, his character will undergo some physical training and find a new love interest.

BtS of Season 2 (via Justin Hires)

Grip Thomas Doolittle and Boom Operator Robert Maxfield shared some pictures while filming more car scenes. Cast and Crew also continued posing for pictures with set dog Einstein. If there are no dogs available to play with, there’s also Lego sets. Today, Tristin Mays uploaded a video of Lucas building a Lego NinjaGo pirate ship.

Meanwhile, Peter Lenkov was busy editing. He didn’t share many pictures and videos, but quite a few Instagram Live Stories of the editing process. We will see Jack and Riley in trouble, Bozer sneaking around houses in the dark and another stare-off between MacGyver and Murdoc.

Before the premiere of Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) on October 6, cast and crew shared some more BtS material. It seems like Lucas was especially fond of the Mustang that played an important part in this episode. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of the Arcade scene; George Eads on of Mac and Jack sitting in a car.

Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via Lucas Till)

Season 2 Ratings
Season 1 had an average rating of 1.08 in the important demo group (18 to 49-year-olds) and about 7.7 million live viewers per episode.

The Season 1 Finale had a rating of 0.9 and about 6.6 million live viewers. Rating pages like The Grim Reaper claim that Season Premieres nowadays usually reach the same ratings as the last Season Finale. This seems to be true for the Reboot: Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) managed 6.7 million live viewers with a rating of 0.8 in demo; winning the 8pm time slot.

Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via SpoilerTV)

Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) reached 6.4 million live viewers, also with a rating of 0.8 in demo and winning the time slot for total viewers numbers.

Cast and Character News
Although Isabel Lucas got the third spot in the opening title credits, there was no official press release about her joining the Season 2 cast.

In TV Guide Magazine (released online on TV Insider), Lucas Till and George Eads talked a bit what Season 2 will bring. George stated that we will meet Riley’s dad (which was recently mentioned by Executive Director Peter Lenkov on Instagram as well). There has been some speculation that Roger Floyd would play Riley’s father, but as it turns out, it’s actually Billy Baldwin. As we can see in BtS pictures, there might be some fists and black eyes.

BtS of Season 2 (via Billy Baldwin)

As seen in Instagram Videos by Peter Lenkov and through various Instagram Live Stories and pictures, we will also meet Bozer’s new love interest, played by Reign Edwards.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov again said that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson won’t play Mac’s father because it would be too obvious. He also teased that “it’s not who you think it is” which probably means that MacGyver Senior has already been cast since we will meet him at the end of the season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, SWAT People, for Arcade Employees, Upscale Restaurant Patrons and Hostesses, Goons, Bartenders and Waitresses, Rural Country Vehicles, Trainees, College Students and for Techs and Agents.

Crew and Director News
On September 27, Tawnia Canell McKiernan had revealed that she’s packing to leave for Atlanta to direct Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship). Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) will be directed by Carlos Bernard who just came back from Hawaii after directing an episode on Hawaii Five-0.

George Eads with Einstein (via Einstein’s Set Life)

Season 1 Reruns and DVD News
There will be a rerun of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) tomorrow Saturday (October 14, 8pm). There is still no US-release date for the Season 1 DVD although fans keep asking about it.

MacGyver in Austria
While Episode 1×04 (Wire Cutter) reached 56’000 viewers, Episodes 1×05 (Toothpick) and 1×06 (Wrench) managed 78’000 resp. 71’000 viewers.

Contrary to German channel Sat.1, Austria won’t skip episodes. Therefore, the German-speaking TV-Premiere of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) – titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California) – will happen in Austria on November 11.

MacGyver Reboot Update #40

It’s Season 2 Premiere Day! Between filming and posting BtS pictures, the cast is also busy doing promo.

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

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

 

Season 2 News and Promo
Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot premieres today. It is kind of a special date because back in 1985, the Original Show also premiered on September 29.

There wasn’t much promo until yesterday; especially compared to other CBS shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0). Also, as I’m writing up this blog post earlier than usual, there’s still no press release about Isabel Lucas joining the cast and no press releases or stills for other episodes but the Season Premiere. But we have new interviews and Sneak Peeks; so let’s take a look at these.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via Isabel Lucas)

In TV Guide Magazine (released in print on September 16), Lucas Till and George Eads talked a bit what Season 2 will bring. As Lucas revealed, we will be in Cuba and Turkey, in catacombs and underwater (judging from Stills and Previews, this all might happen in the Season Premiere Episode tonight). They also let us know that Murdoc will be involved in the first four episodes in some capacity and that Murdoc’s son also figures into the storyline. George stated that we will meet Riley’s dad (which was recently mentioned by Executive Director Peter Lenkov on Instagram as well).

This interview was additionally released online on TV Insider yesterday. Sadly, there were no new promo pictures accompanying the article.

BtS of George Eads doing Season 2 promo (via Karyn Greer)

There are some recent interviews released by Canadian outlets. Most of these were probably taken at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June – before filming for Season 2 had even started. That’s why Lucas talks about Season 1 and 2 in general, but doesn’t give any specific news.

You can listen to Lucas doing an audio interview with CFox here. He talks a bit about the high expectations he faced for Season 1. In a written interview with Canada.com, Lucas revealed he’s doing a lot of yoga because “action scenes can also wreak havoc on a guy”.

On September 21, the official Instagram Account asked the fans to leave their questions below. So far, there are over 370 comments, but there was no announcement if and how these questions will be answered.

We can expect some more promo and appearances today. Meredith Eaton was in the studio to film a segment for KCAL9 News. You can watch the interview here. She said that she’s having the time of her life and that her role is the highlight of her career.

Lucas Till doing Interviews on Set (via Natasha Lee)

George and Lucas were seen on set doing interviews. They will probably air today. Justin Hires will host Atlanta Plugged In tonight.

Episode 2×01 Promo
On Wednesday, Peter Lenkov released another short Cuba-Sequence and how Jack utilizes his head as a weapon. Ouch.

Yesterday, SpoilerTV released three Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE). In the first clip, new character Samantha Cage saves Mac and Jack from the bad guys. The other clip plays in Cuba. Mac and Jack are in a bit of trouble (what else is new *lol*), but as soon as they’re out of trouble, it turns out they’re actually on a quest to find Murdoc.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (Sneak Peek Screenshot)

The third clip sees Bozer getting released from hospital after rehab. Looks like not that much time has passed since the Season 1 Finale Episode. We have to assume Mac and Jack didn’t have a lead on Mac’s dad that was deemed worth following any longer or they returned as soon as they got notice about Murdoc breaking out of prison.

Producer’s Praise
After praising Justin Hires on his drama acting chops last week and praising George Eads on his take for Jack Dalton, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov continued honoring the rest of the cast members in different Instagram posts. Besides praising Lucas, Tristin and Meredith, he also revealed some little trivia on each post.

Why walk when you can drive?
The main unit has been filming outside a lot and on some interesting looking sets; e.g. an obstacle course. They also like to use cars, mopeds and other vehicles as props. Jack’s GTO will be back as well.

George Eads and Lucas Till both posted pictures of the same scene where finally, Mac gets to drive while Jack has to sit in the back. Lucas also posted one with George and Isabel inside a car (the same car already seen for a “stunt scene” via Boom Operator Robert Maxfield).

BtS of Season 2 (via George Eads)

The cast and crew members upload BtS pictures almost daily now, adding to the excitement of the fans.

Justin shared more BtS pictures of Bozer and various team members of Team Phoenix in the War Room – one of Bozer with Matty and Riley, one of the whole team and one with Jack being shocked about something he sees on the screen. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of Matty with Bozer and dear old Robot in the lab.

Cast and Character News
Although the main cast welcomed Isabel Lucas two weeks ago, there’s still no official press release about her joining the Season 2 cast. Like Season 1 with Meredith Eaton, it’s possible she doesn’t have an opening title credit in the first episode of her appearance.

BtS of Season 2 (via Roger Floyd)

We know we’ll get to meet Riley’s dad. We don’t know who will play the role, but there has been some speculation it might be Roger Floyd who had posted some funny BtS pictures this week.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, Nurses, Techs and Agents and for Security. They also made several casting calls for Fit Students.

Crew and Director News
On Sunday, director Bobby Roth was busy scouting the Porsche museum for the show. Stacey Black, the director of Episode 2×08, finished filming her scenes on September 27.

BtS of Episode 2×08 (via Stacey Black)

Bobby Roth posted a picture with Tristin Mays in the afternoon; indicating that filming for Episode 2×09 has already started. On the same day, Tawnia Canell McKiernan had revealed that she’s packing to leave for Atlanta, so she will most likely direct Episode 2×10. Last Season, she had directed the episode with the Coltons (1×16: Hook).

Rerun Ratings
There was a rerun of the Season 1 Finale (Cigar Cutter) last Friday. While the ratings for Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) back on September 2 hadn’t been that overwhelming, the Season 1 Finale won its time slot again and reached about 4.2 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.5 in the important demo group of 14-49 year-olds).

Overall, all rerun episodes managed to reach 4.2 million live viewers on average (with a 0.6 rating in demo). Not bad. Some similar shows don’t even reach as many people during their premiere.

Season 1 DVD News
The Season 1 DVD has already been released in some countries (e.g. Australia, UK) two weeks ago. Many fans have been asking about a US-release on the official social media accounts, but so far no one ever bothered to answer or to even acknowledge the questions. It seems like there is no release date yet which is a bit curious since the newest Seasons of many other CBS-Shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods) have been released recently. Apparently, CBS is still banking on people getting a pass for CBS All Access, their streaming account.

Season 1 DVD (UK version)

MacGyver in Austria
So far, I haven’t seen any promo on TV or on social media, but the show seems to do well enough in Austria. While Episode 1×03 (Awl) two weeks ago only managed 51’000 viewers on average, Episode 1×04 (Wire Cutter) reached 56’000.

MacGyver Reboot Update #36

Filming for Season 2 started about six weeks ago. The Season 2 Premiere will be in six weeks. I guess that means Halftime! Also, puppies have been taking over the set!

BtS of Season 2 (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 about six weeks ago. During the last few days, the rate of pictures and videos being uploaded has flared up again. It’s so much I can’t even put it all into this Update, but it looks like we’ll get a car accident, explosions, a Halloween Episode, a plane crash and Mac crawling through tunnels!

I had hoped for a bigger budget for this season and I think CBS believed in the success of the Reboot; giving them the means to step up the quality of the production.

Cast and Crew are filming in many different locations. Because we still don’t know much about the storylines yet, it’s sometimes difficult to attribute the pictures to the right episode. According to the Casting Calls, we will join “Team Phoenix” to Paris and other interesting locations.

About MacGyver’s grandfather
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a very interesting picture on August 9. It’s a shot of Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) and shows “Young Mac and grandfather”, the grandfather fiddling with an SAK. Funny thing: We can’t see the grandfather’s face.

This led to speculations if we would ever get to see his face in the episode or not. If it’s told from Young MacGyver’s point of view, I think it’s actually possible we won’t; at least not for now.

Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via Peter Lenkov)

It’s interesting to note that the actor does remind people of Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson. Lenkov had hinted that he wanted RDA to play the grandfather – but we already know that RDA had declined when they approached him over a year ago. I’m curious if Lenkov left a “backdoor” open by witholding the viewers from seeing the grandfather’s face – just in case RDA reconsiders his opinion one day.

On a recent event appearance (London Comic Con, I think), RDA said that he had an acting project in the pipeline, but that it was too early to talk about it. People have been speculating for a while now if he will come back as Jeff Webber on General Hospital or as MacGyver’s father or grandfather in the Reboot. We’ll see. I’m down with anything that RDA appears in because I think he’s not really done with acting yet.

Otherwise, Peter Lenkov has been oddly quiet. He posted a few videos of him editing Hawaii Five-0 and a picture of Meredith Eaton as Matty.

Someone will get hurt (Mac!Whump)
On August 8, Lucas Till uploaded a picture of MacGyver that FanFiction Writers would probably label as “Mac!Whump”.

FunFact: Whump is a term to describe “physical and/or mental abuse laid on a character in a story” and is often used by Stargate FanFiction authors.

The Original Show was basically a Whump!Fest. I doubt a real-life MacGyver would have made it for seven years without suffering from permanent brain damage and extensive injuries requiring skin grafts. (If you want to refresh your memory, you can visit Nicholas Sweedo’s Shot Chart or the Injuries-Thread on MacGyver Online.)

The Reboot is rather tame compared to the Original,  so I’m curious what this scene will be. (If you want to refresh your memory about the Reboot!Whump in Season 1, you can visit an overview here.)

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver getting whumped with no consequences was actually the reason why RDA wanted to give his Stargate-Character Jack O’Neill a permanent scar. This is an excerpt of an interview from 2003 (via RDAs Official Website):

From: CAZASIMPSON (Caron)
I have a question that’s been bugging me for a while. How did you get that scar across your eyebrow?

Richard Dean Anderson:
It’s part of what we established in the character.  […]  It was one of those elements of movies and television that has always driven me crazy. Like MacGyver, for instance, if we showed him naked at any point, he would be nothing but one big scar, because he was always getting cut or ripped or shot or whatever, beat up, bruised, and yet by the end of the series, he didn’t have a mark on him. It was one of those things. So, I can’t remember the episode, but I got hit in the eye or slugged or something, and we established a big bandage and the whole thing, and I told Jan [Newman, make-up artist], you know, this would leave a mark. Let’s run with this. Let’s keep it in there as part of what defines O’Neill.

Lucas’ picture hints at Mac!Whump, but bears a strikingly similarity to the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×12 (Screwdriver) where Jack was the one getting whumped; being interrogated by a terrorist while under the influence of a truth serum.

BtS of Season 2 (via Meredith Eaton)

On Lucas’ birthday (August 10), Meredith Eaton posted posted a short video of Matty pushing the wheelchair MacGyver is sitting in. This fits the hospital scene picture that Lenkov had posted on July 31st. George Eads took advantage of the wheelchair during filming breaks as well (seen in an Instagram Live Story video by Justin Hires).

Someone will get hurt (Jack!Whump)
There was a sighting of George Eads on set this weekend. They filmed a scene involving an overturned military vehicle and a “big boom”. It’s safe to say that Jack will get whumped in this episode.

Key Grip Steven Serna and his grip co-workers (e.g. Cam Everson) posted several pictures and Instagram Live Stories of the filming process. At one point, the filming had to take a break due to a demonstration regarding recent events in Charlottesville. A few days later, they filmed additional scenes in the studio.

The crew had quite some fun with the Jack Dummy.

BtS of Season 2 (via Brandon Smith)

They also had a dummy that could be the one for Lucas, so maybe both heroes will get whumped. I don’t think this action sequence is related to the hospital scene, though.

Halloween, Underground Tunnels and Plane Crashes
Lucas Till shared on August 17 how he deals with the heat in Atlanta. It sure helped that Henry Winkler had sponsored an Ice Cream Truck for Cast and Crew. How cool is that? It might be Summer in Atlanta, but as Justin Hires revealed, they just started filming the Halloween Episode.

There have been Casting Calls for pilots. They filmed some more scenes at an airport this week, and apparently the crew cracked the pilot center window of an airplane (presumably an old C-141) by accident while filming a plane crash. Well, I guess it’s better to have broken windows than broken bones on set. (There have been accidents on movie sets in recent weeks that didn’t end well.)

According to Justin Hires and other BtS pictures by Anne-Marie, Cast and Crew are filming in the “Jungle” today. It’s possible this location is related to the plane crash.

On August 10, Lucas Till posted a BtS picture of MacGyver standing in front of an elevator shaft. Considering he’s wearing a suit, it’s probably related to the Casino Episode (2×02: Roulette Wheel). Lucas shared another picture on August 15 that shows him wearing an insane head piece: He’s wearing a camera to film scenes from MacGyver’s point of view.

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

I suspect this will be used to film in a narrow space. On the same day, there were pictures of the set with the crew standing around an open manhole. If you’ve seen one of the Original MacGyver Movies, you know what can happen when MacGyver goes underground…

On August 11, Justin Hires shared a BtS picture of Bozer, warning all criminals not to underestimate “Team Phoenix”. He posted another BtS picture of Bozer wearing the same shirt, standing in front of Jack’s car.

Jack’s car will get whumped, too. There were BtS pictures on August that revealed the car will be involved in an accident in an upcoming episode. Jack will be devastated.

There might be a little whump for Riley as well: Brittney Joy caught the crew filming in front of her appartement in Downtown Atlanta on August 5. She posted several videos of the process; filmed directly from above through the window. At one point, it looks likey Tristin Mays’ character Riley gets stuffed into the trunk of a car.

Dogs on Set
Besides Production Office Dog Clover (6 months) and Wardrobe Protection Dog Maggie, there’s Einstein. He’s everybody’s darling and has his own Instagram page with over 100 followers after just a week. Also, he’s Clover’s Cousin!

Einstein on the MacGyver Reboot Set

I wouldn’t mind if they involved one of the dogs in the production. The Original show had many storylines involving animals, and so far we haven’t seen any of that besides in the Crossover Episode (where Bozer rescues the little dog).

Cast and Character News
As with Season 1, the Extras have apparently been advised to keep quiet for now. There were only a few posts that revealed people being part of an episode; e.g. Carl Kenndy, Tev Lanier, Tyrus SmashDanny Boushebel (Episode 2×01) or Meagan.

About six weeks ago, we got some exclusive spoilers by Moviehole about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) and about the two new recurring female characters. There are still no official cast announcements or press releases yet.

Since Isabel Lucas still seems to be filming with the main cast while Karolina Wydra isn’t on set anymore, I’m assuming that Karolina will play Olivia Cage while Isabel plays intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. We got another glimpse of Carmen by a picture via George Eads. Isabel Lucas herself posted an Instagram Live Story picture that has her dressed with a gun holder like Jack.

There is a chance that Karolina’s character Cage will be a recurring villain. Also, it’s interesting to note that she had apparently dyed her hair blonde just before filming started. She dyed it back to brunette this week.

BtS of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras, e.g. for Stand-Ins, Techs and Agents, Doctors and Nurses, Photo Doubles for featured roles, Men and Women (to portray Europeans) with their own bikes, for small European type cars, LA Café Patrons, Middle Eastern Soldiers, for kids ages 10-11 for a fun Halloween Scene and for Men with Military or Tactical Experience.

There was also a Casting Call named “Paris”, looking for European Patrons and cars. Another interesting Casting Call was made on August 6, when Central Casting Georgia was looking for five Stand-Ins. They provided pictures what the Stand-Ins should look like. One of these was for Kate Bond (who played Phoenix Tech Lil Morgan in Episodes 1×20 and 1×21), one for a boy and another one for a certain person we all should recognize.

Casting Call for Stand-In (via Central Casting Georgia)

This is pretty exciting, I’ll say. David Dastmalchian being in Atlanta last week wasn’t a secret, but I assumed he wouldn’t have time for doing anything else than filming for the new Antman movie.

Reruns
There is no rerun today. On September 1st, you can catch a rerun of Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher).

The rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) on August 11 managed to get 3.75 million live viewers (with 0.5 in the important demo group of 19-49 year-old viewers) and won the 8pm time-slot again.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot aired in Germany on Mondays, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Despite predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show earned good ratings. The two episodes this week (that also marked the Season Finale) earned the lowest ratings so far, though.

Episode 17 on August 7 earned 770’000 live viewers with a market share of 9.4% within the important demo group of 14-49 years (which is a market share of 6.3% in total viewers, meaning 1.7 million viewers older than age 3). The Crossover Episode even managed 940’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.5% in demo). The Crossover also helped the following episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) with ratings, reaching a market share of 10.8% in demo. (This was first time since April that H50 reached the desired market share of more than 10%.)

BtS of Season 2 (via LJ Gregg)

On August 14, Episode 20 had 620’000 live viewers with a market share of 7.6% in its demo group (which is a market share of 5.3% in total viewers, meaning 1.42 million). The Season Finale (1×21) only earned 700’000 live viewers (with a market share of 5.6% in demo). On one hand, there was a soccer game going on at the same time. On the other hand, Sat.1 neglected their promo duties, constantly promoting “Promi Big Brother” (the equivalent of Celebrity Big Brother). The only tweet and post about the final episodes was made just 30 minutes before the episode aired.

MacGyver in Germany – Skipping Episodes
It’s a bit sad that Germany skipped 3 Episodes in total (Episodes 11, 16 and 19). Sat.1 claims “program-planning reasons” due to the premiere dates for new episodes of NCIS and Bull. They promise to air the remaining episodes next year with Season 2, but the consequence of witholding these episodes means that they’re also not available on streaming platforms yet. It’s also not clear to me what this might mean for the DVD release.

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 #34

Filming has started on Season 2. In other news, the show has been nominated for an Emmy!

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Peter Lenkov)

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

 

Emmy Nomination for Season 1
An Emmy Award (or simply Emmy) is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award aka Oscar (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Back in June, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had posted a compilation of the stunts in Season 1 as an Emmy Reel onto his Facebook page. A few weeks later, it was confirmed that CBS had handed in the Reboot for consideration. To be honest: Because there were 179 other TV shows in competition as well, I didn’t get my hopes up.

Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination (via Craig O’Neill)

But as it turned out, the show has indeed been nominated for an Emmy – in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”. The ceremony will be held on September 17. Let’s hope for a win!

Fun Fact: While the original show has been sadly overlooked for awards in general, it did get nominated for four Emmy’s over the years – for Episodes 2×20: Friends (Outstanding Makeup for a Series), 4×14: Gold Rush and 5×18: The Lost Amadeus (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) and for Episode 7×07: Good Knight MacGyver Part 1 (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series).

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew, it’s not nearly as much as for Season 1. To be fair, we were spoilt last year when the pilot episode was being filmed; especially by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Filming Episodes 2×01 and 2×02
Meredith Eaton joined the cast on July 7. She was “introduced” by Justin Hires in an Instagram video in which he revealed that unlike Meredith and Tristin Mays, he can’t stand coconut water. Justin posted a BtS picture on July 11, revealing that not everyone of the cast listens to the director when he’s giving directions. He also posted another video that day which showed him and Tristin strapped into chairs; joking that they had him sitting in a booster seat. Because people kept asking about Lucas’ whereabouts, Justin made sure to include the lead character in his next video.

George Eads suffering in HOTlanta (via Lucas Till)

Justin Hires had already mentioned Atlanta being “hot as hell” in one of his first videos when they had just started filming. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of herself with Cornell Willis on July 15, hinting at HOTlanta once again. Lucas Till revealed on July 20 how George Eads deals with the heat when they’re filming outside.

On July 16 and 17, Justin posted a picture of him with Tristin preparing their next scene and another one of him on the “War Room” set with Meredith and Lucas. They also shot some scenes at Gwinnett Airport. It’s the same location where they’ve already filmed scenes in Season 1 involving a jet. It’s possible that the scene Justin filmed with Tristin is taking place in a cockpit.

Besides human visitors (in the form of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe’s kids), they had also visitors – or rather background actors – of the animal kind. Who doesn’t like baby goats?

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

Filming the Casino Episode
It looks like Episode 2×02 will be the Casino Episode we have been promised. According to IMDb (which isn’t always accurate), the episode is titled “Roulette Wheel”. Although cast and crew had posted several pictures of the location (Hyatt Regency) from either outside or through a window, we never got to see the set itself.

We did get some BtS pictures that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – mainly because both Lucas as MacGyver and Justin as Bozer are wearing suits while Tristin – seen in another one of Justin’s BtS videos – has sleek hair (like she did in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew). She seems to be wearing a golden dress that matches the color of Bozer’s suit.

On July 19, Peter Lenkov posted a fun picture of “James Blonde” to let us guess what MacGyverism might be used in this episode.

Visitors on set (via Jeff Wolfe)

Cast, Crew and Character News
We got some exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) by Moviehole a while ago, yet we still don’t know who will play the new recurring characters Olivia Cage and intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. What we do know is that Marco Sanchez plays the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a Navy Seal (played by Ricky Russert). Young Diaz had been kidnapped by terrorists two years ago, so it’s safe to assume that “Team Phoenix” will stage a rescue mission in the season premiere.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras again, e.g. for hispanic and caucasian looking photo doubles, “smart and sharp looking” Techs and Agents, models, kids between 8 and 12, Stand-Ins, Phoenix Agent Drivers in black suits, Mediterrian-looking Rebels and for Bazaar Patrons. The second casting call for Female Bazaar Patrons promises to be a fun scene, so that’s something to look forward to.

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

The most interesting casting calls were probably those for “tough looking” Eastern European Mafia Guards, for Upscale International Hotel Guests and for specific extras for the Casino Episode (Cocktail Waitresses, Bartenders, High Roller Card Players and Security Guards).

Fun Fact: It seems that at least one family member of Lucas Till is working on Season 2 while at least one friend of the Till family has been working on Season 1. Atlanta and Georgia are deemed as the “New Hollywood”; so it makes sense that some family members and friends of the Till family are involved in the movie business as well. Still, it would be interesting to know if it’s actually Lucas’ career that made them consider working in film even before the rise of “ATLwood”.

Reruns
There is no rerun today since Big Brother is taking up your favorite Friday spot on CBS. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench). After another short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) on August 11.

The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings, although the number of viewers is getting a bit lower every week and the show doesn’t always earn the top spot in its time slot anymore. The rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising) on July 7 had 4.05 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in the demo group of 14-49 years). Considering this was at least the 3rd airing of the Pilot since its premiere, that’s not bad. A week later, the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) managed to get 3.81 million live viewers (with 0.5 in demo).

Overall, the reruns have made an average of 4.25 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.6 in demo) per episode so far.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

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 7 on July 10 earned 800’000 live viewers with a market share of 9% within demo (which is a market share of 6% in total viewers, meaning 1.71 million). The following episode fared better ratings with 870’000 live viewers (with a market share of 9.5% in demo). For comparison: The single episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 7.5% (which is not as high as in earlier seasons).

On July 14, the reboot earned the second highest ratings since its German premiere – despite having a lot of competition in its time slot and many people catching up on Game of Thrones that evening. Episode 9 had 1.03 million live viewers with a market share of 12.4% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.6% in total viewers, meaning 1.81 million). Episode 10 earned 1.02 million live viewers (with a market share of 11.5% in demo).

With these numbers, MacGyver made rank 3 and 4 in prime time – being beaten by a soccer game and episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It’s also possible the numbers influenced the ratings of Hawaii Five-0 which managed a market share of a surprising 9.2%.

Screenshot of the German Opening Title Sequence

MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episode 11 (Scissors) next week. It’s possible that they don’t believe in aring a Christmas Episode in summer time. The episode has been dubbed into German; being titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California). Weirdly, they also won’t air Episodes 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass). Neglecting Episode 16 feels like a big faux-pas to me, considering the whole episode is an Easter Egg for fans of the original show.

We’ll see if they will air Episode 11 as a Christmas Special this year or if the German-speaking premiere will happen on DVD.

The upcoming German episode titles:
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)
1×17 (Ruler): Tickende Bombe (Ticking Bomb)
1×18 (Flashlight): Ärger im Paradies (Trouble in Paradise)
1×20 (Hole Puncher): Der Architekt (The Architect)
1×21 (Cigar Cutter): Der Fluch von Kairo (The Curse of Cairo)

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

What are cast and crew up to?
While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii  to attend the annual celebration by cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 before starting Season 8. Lenkov was already back in Atlanta on July 9. He had an exciting week ahead with the premiere of his other show Salvation on July 12. He’s in San Diego right now and will probably attend the panel for Salvation at Comic Con on Saturday.

Lucas Till and George Eads have already another project lined up together: They will voice characters in a Michael-Jackson-themed Halloween-Special that will air on CBS.

On July 12, Holly Dowling had uploaded an audio-interview she had done with her brother David Dastmalchian (who plays our most favorite villain in the show). For 48 minutes, David talks about his struggle with mental health, addiction and self-medication in the past. It’s a great interview and thankfully, David is able to celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. You can listen to it here via Soundcloud or subscribe to Holly’s podcast on iTunes.