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.)
If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 2×01 to 2×05), you can find the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 2×06 to 2×10), you go there. Part 3 (Episodes 2×11 to 2×15) can be found here.
Starting with Episode 2×15, Still Photographer Annette Brown did most of the Still-photographing for the rest of the season. Interestingly, Matty hasn’t been featured in any of the Stills since Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). She will only come back in two Official Stills for the Season 2 Finale. Bozer shares the same fate: After Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch), he’s only featured in Stills for 2×16 and the Season 2 Finale.
Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
Due to the Olympics, this episode premiered after a month-long hiatus. For once, CBS cranked up the promo and delivered more Official Stills than usual – 12 in total. Even the guest-stars got to be in several of the photos.
MY FAVORITE: The group doing some kind of grape-crushing-contest. This looks like they seriously had fun filming this episode.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: So many Stills to choose from! It would have been nice to have some photos from other scenes in there (e.g. of the Opening Gambit), but I don’t really mind. Pretty people all dolled up, what’s not to like about that? Although it’s still weird for me to see Mac drinking alcohol.
Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (Still Photographer: Annette Brown)
For this episode, we got 7 Stills via SpoilerTV. All of them feature Mac, Jack and Riley on their mission near Chernobyl.
MY FAVORITE: Mac, Jack and Riley trying to get information of a guy that’s not that willing to talk, leading to Jack sacrificing some of his most beloved possessions.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing, really. It’s also nice to see Mac wearing a different color for once. Looks good on him.
Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (Still Photographer: Annette Brown)
For Episode 2×18, SpoilerTV delivered 12 Official Stills again – after a 2-week-premiere-break due to March Madness Basketball. It looks like additional promo is the one positive thing about having a short hiatus every now and then.
MY FAVORITE: Having the Colton’s back is fine, but it’s definitely nice to have an Official Still of Mac only while doing some MacGyvering.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Colton’s are fun and I hope to see them again next season, but I wasn’t so fond of the Stills with them in it. Not sure why.
Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (Still Photographer: Annette Brown)
We got 10 Stills for this Episode. Amy Smart coming back as Dawn even got to be in several of them. As always, the whole team is completely color-coordinated.
MY FAVORITE: Mac, Riley, Dawn and Jack on their mission.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s nothing new, but the Stills are not that exciting – despite the team getting arrested in most of them. I preferred Guy D’Alema’s style of taking Stills, but he went on to work on other projects.
FUN NOTE: Amy Smart’s character Dawn in casual clothing reminds me of Mac’s “bad” ex-girlfriend (Nikki Carpenter).
Episode 2×20: Skyscraper – Power (Still Photographer unknown)
For this episode, there were 2 small pics with the Press Releases – but we didn’t get any full Official Stills or Sneak Peeks until 2 hours before the Premiere. At last, Seat42F provided some last-minute Stills.
MY FAVORITE: There’s some action going on! And who’s that kid in the middle? That definitely looks like it could have been an episode of the Original Show.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills came in so late, they didn’t even make it to SpoilerTV. What’s up with that? It’s possible many fans never got to see them. Some of them look rather like screenshots, and there’s not even a Still Photographer credited. Maybe they were screenshots and only added as an afterthought. Also, while they don’t have the SpoilerTV logo on them, they are of a lesser quality size.
While there’s no new episode to premiere until March 30, cast and crew are filming the Final Episode of Season 2.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Mini-Hiatus on TV For the second time, fans have to endure a mini-hiatus: Because of the Winter Olympics, there was no premiere for 4 weeks. Due to March Madness, there won’t be a new episode until March 30.
At least my short Updates Hiatus is over for now – though I didn’t really had the time to sort through all the Reboot news yet and frankly, I’m not sure I will manage to catch up anytime soon *sigh*.
Alas, I’ll try to put the most important news regarding production on this post so I can go on with “business as usual” in my next post.
What’s happening at the moment?
A few months ago, CBS had ordered an additional episode for Season 2. As it is, cast and crew have been working on Episode 2×23 this week – and therefore on the Season 2 Finale.
Crew Member Brandon Smith mentioned on Wednesday that there are only 3 days left. Indeed, the most recent Casting Calls for Extras are dated for tomorrow, so it looks like main production will wrap this weekend.
They have been filming at the Georgia International Horse Park this week. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is busy filming the pilot episode of the Magnum Reboot in Hawaii, but he uploaded a blurry picture of Lucas Till riding a horse with the simple description “Marlboro Mac Man”. I’ve been wondering if we ever get to see Lucas on a Horse. Years ago, Miley Cyrus had stated in an interview for Hannah Montana that despite Lucas learning to ride specifically for the movie, he had done better than her who has been riding for years. Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson filmed several scenes with horses for the show and seemed always very comfortable around (or on) them, so this is a nice nod.
About that Season 1 DVD release
After waiting for so long, US-fans were finally able to get their hands onto the DVD of Season 1. They did get a nice carton-cover and a surprisingly generous price reduction – but sadly, there’s no DVD Extras at all and the menu looks different as well; using simply the Official Poster as background.
It’s understandable that many fans complained about it on social media because the Extras (specifically the Gag-Reel) were the main reason for fans to order the DVD in the first place. For now, the DVD adds no more value than buying it as a digital version. It might be a bargain for an occasional viewer that missed a few episodes and/or can’t get it via CBS All Access or iTunes – but for a fan, this is very disappointing and puzzling; considering the Extras are included in the versions available in other countries, not to mention that other countries (e.g. UK or Australia) got the DVD weeks or even months earlier than the US-fans.
Funny thing – or is it rather irony? – during the last few weeks, some cast and crew members did BtS interviews for the Season 2 DVD. For once, the Costume Departement with Sarah Downer did an interview about the Halloween Costumes in Episode 2×05. A few weeks earlier, both David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres had met up again on the Paramount Studio lot in LA for an interview with David Naylor.
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
On March 2, Meredith Eaton took over the official social media accounts for some promo in advance of Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony). She did a short interview with Sarah Downer at the Costume Departement and let her cast members answer some fan questions before she answered some questions as well. You can still find the interviews up on Instagram.
Justin Hires revealed that the interrogation scene between Bozer and Leanna had been the hardest scene to film so far. Tristin Mays stated that the Satellite Camera Balloon (Episode 1×09) is her favorite “MacHack” so far while George Eads said that Lucas Till is the funniest person on set. Lucas thinks Jill being the coolest character on set while Meredith wants Christopher Walken or Josh Duhamel guest-starring in an episode.
According to TV Times, the title for Episode 2×20 is “Skyscraper – Power”. Unless it’s a typo, this is the first title with a minus instead of a plus so far. Additionally, we already have some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings. Episode 2×22 is titled “UFO + Area 51”. Now that sounds interesting!
There’s still no official press release yet, but there has been talk weeks ago about MacGyver already being renewed for a 3rd season. While I have no doubt that CBS will eventually renew the show, I’m not sure how trusty these “insiders” are.
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.86 with 7.04 million live-viewers per episode. Overall, ratings are falling and the averages are lower than the ratings for Season 1, but what I stated in my last Update still helds up: The Reboot didn’t loose as many viewers compared to last season as other current CBS-Shows (e.g. Scorpion) or as other 2016-rookie-shows (e.g. Lethal Weapon on FOX). It also still has better viewer numbers than the current 2017-rookie-shows on CBS (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT).
Nevertheless, fans have been speculating if the long breaks between episodes might hurt the ratings even further. Ratings tend to fall nearing Summer anyway, and the show ends its Season five weeks later than last year (the Season 1 Finale aired on Good Friday, April 14).
Cast and Character News While Samantha Cage has been listed on every Official Press Release delivered via SpoilerTV, Isabel Lucas has not been in another episode so far. Interestingly, Isabel was back in LA by Wednesday. It’s not clear yet if she will be heading over to Atlanta for the Season Finale or if she has been on set recently.
In next week’s Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), we will encounter the Coltons again. Should be a fun Episode. Soap Opera star Joel Rush takes part in this Episode as well.
Diogo Morgado will play Mac’s friend Carlos in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water). He posted a picture of him holding lots and lots of money. Ransom money? Maybe a hint at him being involved with the bad guys?
Some of the Casting Calls were looking for Stand-Ins for Billy Baldwin and for Lance Gross. So it looks like Elwood and Billy Colton might be back for the Season Finale. Some talk between Riley’s father and her boyfriend? That sure will go down well *lol*.
MacGyver in Europe
The German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×19 (Compass) managed to pull in a live audience of 98’000 people; Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) reached 110’000 live viewers.
Sadly, I don’t have the ratings for Episode 1×21 (Cigar Cutter), but on average, every Reboot Episode had about 83’000 live viewers in Austria.
In fact, the Reboot seems to do well in all the German-speaking countries. Austrian channel ORF1, German channel Sat.1 and Swiss channel 3+ are re-airing the first Season at the moment. There’s no German-speaking premiere date for Season 2 yet, but it might happen around June as with Season 1 last year.
Some episodes that are being re-aired on ORF1 at the moment actually get better numbers than when they premiered in September 2017:
Episode 1×01 (The Rising): 88’000 live viewers
Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw): 102’000 live viewers (premiere: 81’ooo)
Episode 1×03 (Awl): 86’000 live viewers (premiere: 51’ooo)
I’m not sure if the high numbers have to do with the fact the premiere happened when it was still pretty warm outside or if it has to do with the programme that precedes the episodes this time around; namely winter sports events like skiing that usually garner a lot of attention in Austria.
France grants the Reboot 3 hours every week; airing two episodes of Season 2 followed by an episode of Season 1 on Wednesdays. Italy just started re-airing Season 1 this week.
While there’s no new episode to premiere until March, cast and crew continue working on the last few episodes of Season 2.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Mini-Hiatus on TV It feels like production is on a mini-hiatus right now: Because of the Winter Olympics, there’s no premiere for 4 weeks. Instead of new episodes for their TV shows, CBS airs Celebrity Big Brother and reruns for the rest of February. Therefore, Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) will have its premiere on March 2nd.
I assumed this means that the cast might get to enjoy free weekends again while editors and post-production have more time to do their final touches – but that’s not what’s happening. In fact, cast and cew are still hard at work, spending Friday nights and Saturdays on set as well.
There is a small consolation prize for fans, though: SpoilerTV confirmed recently that CBS ordered an additional episode, so Season 2 will have a total of 23 episodes. And it’s only 10 days until US-fans can get their hands on the DVD of Season 1.
Airplanes, Hotels and the Robocop connection
Lucas Till has more or less disappeared when it comes to his social media accounts. The most recent of Lucas’ posts on Instagram happened two weeks ago – on the night the last episode aired. George has made 5 posts in total since then. Today, he thanked Peter Weller for directing Episode 2×20. Besides playing Robocop, Peter Weller has directed several episodes of TV-Shows – including Justin Hires in Rush Hour and several episodes of Hawaii Five-0.
While Tristin Mays and Justin Hires got to enjoy an early wrap on February 6, Justin is the only one still posting MacGyver-related stuff several times a week.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is busy plotting the budget for the pilot episode of the Magnum Reboot. He rarely posts any editing videos anymore – it’s not clear if he just doesn’t have the time for posts or if someone else is doing most the editing now.
Today, they’re filming in a middle of a flight path and the crew is not happy. As Evan Marsh stated in an Instagram Live Story, they have a plane overhead every 4 minutes. Fun! Boom Operator Robert Maxfield posted a video (with sound, of course) to show us what they have to deal with.
Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
A Rerun of the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE) is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, February 17.
On February 14, Broadway World released the first scoop on Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss), with Matt Carter again revealing the first Official Still. While the title for Episode 2×20 is still unknown, we already have some scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, there’s one of Mac’s old friends named Carlos, and there will be at least two kidnappings.
In a New/Old interview with Channel Guide Mag, Lucas Till talked about an unpleasant moment from the season 2 opener and revealed that last Summer, Spanish Airport Security had asked for selfies.
There’s no official press release yet, but there’s talk about MacGyver already being renewed for a 3rd season. While I have no doubt that CBS will eventually renew the show, I’m not sure how trusty these “insiders” are. If it’s true, they might officially announce it when the show comes back on March 2nd to remind non-regular viewers that it’s worth to tune in again since the show will go on for another year?
During the premiere, both Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian had joined the writer’s team in their office; live-tweeting while the episode aired. All the writers including Peter Lenkov joined in posting pictures of themselves in the writer’s room and new BtS pictures made while filming the episode. A few hours before, Tech Consultant and Physics teacher Rhett Allain had done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.
So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.87 with 7.08 million live-viewers per episode. This is less than Season 1 made, but the Reboot didn’t loose as many viewers compared to last season as other current CBS-Shows (e.g. Scorpion) or 2016-rookie-shows (Lethal Weapon on FOX). It has also better ratings than the 2017-rookie-shows (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT) on CBS.
The Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) aired on a Saturday. Reruns on Saturdays generally get lower ratings than Reruns on Fridays, yet despite the time-slot-competition of the Olympics, the episode managed a live-audience of 2.52 million people.
Cast and Character News On March 2nd, Reign Edwards returns as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (in Episode 2×16). Reign hasn’t been listed for more episodes yet and just snagged a movie-role for CBS for a movie set to release in October, so it’s not sure if we’ll see her anytime soon.
While Samantha Cage is still listed on the Official Press Releases delivered via SpoilerTV, Isabel Lucas has not left Australia yet; taking part as a juror for an Australian Film Festival last week. There’s only 3 episodes left to film for this Season, so it’s possible that Cage won’t come back for the Season Finale despite some fans asking about her every time an episode airs.
MacGyver in Austria
The German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook) managed to pull in a live audience of 123’000 people; setting the audience-record so far. The following episodes did also pretty well, reaching more viewers every week.
Episode 1×17 (Ruler): 81’000 live viewers
Episode 1×18 (Flashlight): 90’000 live viewers
Episode 1×19 (Compass): 98’000 live viewers
These numbers might seem small, but Austria isn’t a big country. In fact, Austrian channel ORF1 will re-air the first Season; beginning the week after the Austrian Premiere of the Season 1 Finale. With Switzerland, a third German-speaking country started airing Season 1 today. Starting March 4, German channel Sat.1 will repeat Season 1 on Saturdays. Looks like despite the negative reviews of the Pilot Episode, the Reboot has found a decent audience in German-speaking countries.