Looking Back at Season 2 (VI) – The Official Stills (Part 4)

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.

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

 

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.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via SpoilerTV)

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.

Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (via SpoilerTV)

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.

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

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.

Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via SpoilerTV)

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.

Episode 2×20: Skyscraper – Power (via Seat42F)

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.

 

(More coming soon.)2

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You can google it (Part 1): Cast, Characters and Locations

It’s been a year now since I’ve started blogging about the MacGyver Reboot on this WordPress blog. Most people land here via Twitter, but some also by using search engines. The top 3 list of search terms is pretty unspectacular:

  1. dashboardonfire
  2. dashboard on fire wordpress
  3. george eads

Some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons. According to WordPress, search engines like Google have been encrypting the vast majority of search terms since 2013. Therefore, WordPress often can’t specify which search terms were used by visitors who found this blog using a search engine. That’s why the majority on my list – almost 2000 by now – are Unknown search terms.

Excerpt of the search engine statistics (retrieved May 20, 2018)

Still, there’s a couple of search terms I want to comment on and throw in some additional education – and maybe help the unknown searching beings in finding an answer. I’m not sure people found exactly the answer they were looking for on here, though. So feel free to comment if I missed something.

Let me say this before we start, though: I’ve never seen so many different ways how you can write “MacGyver” before.

 

macgyver cast
Yes, I write a lot about the MacGyver Cast. If you’re looking for the cast of a specific episode, you might be luckier if you head over to the official reboot page on IMDb.

Not only can you check for the entire cast and crew for the whole series (circled red at the bottom) or for every episode using the Episode Guide (circled left), but you can also rate the episodes and check which episodes are the highest rated. In case you’re interested: The highest-rated one at the moment is Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack ).

macgyver fanfiction
First, let me explain: FanFiction (FF) is when fans take either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work (whether it be a novel, TV show, a movie) and write their own story based on it. Easy example: The infamous Fifty Shades of Grey movie series is based on books by the same name that were initially Twilight FanFiction. If you write a story about what would have happened if famous wizard Harry Potter had been sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, that’s FanFiction.

Yes, there’s MacGyver FanFiction as well. Not as much as for other fandoms, but the Reboot fandom is still growing and new stories are published or updated every day. If you’re looking for Original MacGyver FanFiction, you can hit the MacGyverOnline forum. For Reboot FF, I usually check on either Archive Of Our Own (AO3) or FanFiction.net. Many authors post on both archives and some use Tumblr or WattPad.

BtS photo of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Many stories are so-called Episode Tags, meaning these are scenes we didn’t get to watch in an episode (e.g. what happened after MacGyver was shot in the Pilot Episode or a specific scene told using Jack’s or Thornton’s point of view).

what did sheryl lee ralph get paid for the macgyver episode
I have no clue what actors get paid in general, so I don’t know anything about TV show salaries either. Apparently, it was enough, otherwise she wouldn’t have come back for Season 2.

what episode of macgyver does jack use his sniper rifle who loves you baby
You’re referring to the Pilot Episode (1×01: The Rising). In a flashback to their military days, we see Jack sniping at bad guys while Mac is defusing a bomb. The scene was set up to be a nod to Peter Lenkov’s other show Hawaii Five-0 since Jack has history with H50 main character Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O’Loughlin). In a deleted shot of the episode, you can see the word ALOHA stenciled on Jack’s rifle.

Deleted Shot of Episode 1×01: The Rising. Photo by Guy D’Alema (via TVLine)

The scene caused some controversy; especially with fans of the Original Show. If anyone’s interested about the reasons, I wrote a blog post about it.

macgyver cast 2018 who plays willy mardi
I have no clue who Willy Mardi is, but he sounds interesting. Unless you were looking for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair), I can’t really help out here.

macgyver justine hires cries during agent test
In the first half of Season 2, Bozer (played by Justin Hires) goes to “spy school”. In Episode 2×09 (CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil), Bozer has to pass an interrogation test at the training center which needs him to confront a painful childhood memory. Justin got many compliments on the scene by fans, but also by cast and crew – though he stated on Instagram that this was the most difficult scene he’s filmed so far for the show.

All Fun and Games in a BtS of Episode 2×09: CD-ROM + Hoagie Foil (via Justin Hires)

FunFact: The memory is a nod to the Original Show (Episode 4×02: Blood Brothers) since a similar childhood drama involving a gun happened to Original MacGyver and his friends. The storyline of the episode is all about MacGyver returning to his hometown to find himself haunted by the memories of that fatal shooting accident.

what did the trampoline w ballons have to do w the beginning of mcguver
The scene you’re talking about is not only a nod to the animated movie UP, but also part of the so-called Opening Gambit for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle). The Opening Gambits were implemented in the Original Show and usually written and directed by another crew than the rest of the episode. They were longer than in the Reboot, so you had a mini MacGyver adventure within the episode that usually had no ties to the main storyline. Because of the high production costs and time issues, they dropped these kind of opening sequences pretty soon. Some of them have become pretty iconic, though and feature some of the most favorite MacGyverisms of the Original Show.

BtS picture of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Steven Serna)

what episode of macgyver season 2 does jack wear chaps
The chaps make an appearance in the Opening Gambit of Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane). Crew member Kate Roberson posted a funny BtS video on Instagram; revealing what these chaps looked up close. As you can see, nobody had to freeze their buttocks off.

macgyver was tied up
Oh yes. That happens quite often, both in the Original Show and in the Reboot. Not that often in the Reboot, though since sometimes it’s Jack that gets tied up. Thinking about it without any kind of research, I can refer to Episodes 1×07 (Can Opener) and 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) where Mac is the one getting tied up to a chair.

 

BtS Instagram Live Story video screenshots of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Kate Roberson)

was latest macgyver episode filmed in purrto rico
This person is referring to Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water), written by MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff. Though the episode is set in Puerto Rico, the cast filmed in Atlanta and Georgia Area. It is possible that the crew produced some recent aerial shots of Puerto Rico via drone, but it’s also possible they bought already existing material for the landscape sequences. As far as I know, the only time the main cast actually travelled to another country to film scenes was for Episode 1×18 (Flashlight), the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0. It was only Lucas Till and George Eads filming in Hawaii, though – the rest of the scenes were filmed in Atlanta as well.

For Season 2, the crew and the stunt doubles for Lucas and George travelled to Cuba to film the Opening Gambit of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE). The scenes involving Lucas and George themselves were also filmed in Atlanta, in front of blue and green screens. A TV show simply doesn’t have the budget to do all the oversea travelling required for filming on location. To save money, many TV shows set in California are either filmed in Vancouver or in Atlanta.

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

what do i watch first hawaii 5 o bulletproof or macgyver flashlight?
Good question. Since the episode titles for Hawaii Five-0 are in Hawaiian, it wasn’t that easy to find out which episode this visitor was looking for. In fact, I still don’t know: Despite Wikipedia helping out by providing the English titles, I couldn’t find an episode named “Bulletproof”. In general, I’ll advise watching the episodes in the same order as they premiered on American TV. In this case, that means first MacGyver and then H50 plus following the airdates, so 1×17 (Ruler), 7×18 (Handle with Care), 1×18 (Flashlight), 7×19 (Exodus), 1×19 (Compass) and so on. I’ve watched the whole first Season of MacGyver before starting Season 7 of H50 (without having seen Seasons 2 to 6, actually) and although both shows are set in the same Universe, I was fine (besides probably missing some Easter Eggs).

MacGyver Reboot Update #52

While cast and crew wrapped up filming last month, we still have 5 more episodes to enjoy – including the Season 2 Finale on May 4.

BtS of Season 2 (via Christian Weld)

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

 

What’s happening at the moment?
Cast and Crew wrapped up main production on March 24. The next day, the Atlanta crew and some cast members celebrated the Wrap Party at Club Rí Rá in Atlanta. Interestingly, of the main cast only Lucas Till and Justin Hires were present this year. Contrary to last year, there’s only a handful of pictures to find. Must have been a small and “secret” affair – or people were too tired to celebrate after filming for about 189 days within roughly 8 months.

Wrap Party Atlanta (via Alaina L. Lewis)

Alaina Lewis – soon-to-be-wife of Kevin Marshall Pinkney, Justin Hires’ Stand-In – posted a nice picture with Lucas; joking that he took it pretty well when she told him she will be off the market soon.

Only hours after the first pictures of the Wrap Party popped up on Social Media, Tristin Mays posted pictures and videos revealing her being back in LA. She visited the Paramount Studio lot as well – it’s not clear yet what for (ADR sessions or contract discussions?)

For the Moment, I’m assuming they will have another Wrap Party in LA – one that Executive Producer Peter Lenkov (who’s just wrapped filming for the Magnum PI Pilot in Hawaii) and some of the guest-stars will attend as well. Maybe a combined one, together with people working on Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum?

BtS picture of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Tristin Mays)

It’s a Wrap. Or not?
Although main production had wrapped on March 24, some of the Casting Calls for Stand-Ins had been dated for March 27 and 28. Additionally, some Crew members revealed on Instagram that they were still shooting inserts at the end of the week.

During the last few weeks, the cast posted several group pictures. Some have started working on other projects together, so it’s not clear if they will be back in Summer if the show gets renewed.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Justin Hires)

While it’s a wrap on the filming process, there’s still post-production stuff to do – ADR, editing, composing music and more. It’s possible that since Peter Lenkov has to finish the Magnum Pilot in time before the Upfronts in May, there might be other people involved with editing the final episodes for the Reboot.

Official Stills, Press Releases and other Promo
On March 26, we got 9 additional Stills for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle). They all feature the same scene where it looks like Mac and Team get arrested once again. The preview features presumably the Opening Gambit with Mac, Jack and Riley doing their own version of the animated movie UP! In the Sneak Peek released on April 5, we got educated about “dirty money” – and a new section of “shippers” was born on social media (shipping MacGyver with Jill, one of the Phoenix Techs).

Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via SpoilerTV)

The title for Episode 2×20 is “Skyscraper – Power”. So far, this is the only title with a minus instead of a plus.

Additionally, we got some more scoop on Episode 2×21: It’s set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico where Mac and Team help Mac’s old friend Carlos re-building his home. Because that’s not adventure enough, there will be kidnappings. CBS released the synopsis yesterday, revealing that the kidnapping of Mac will happen in the bank Carlos works at. Fun Fact: This episode was written by MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff (who also wrote Episode 1×19: Compass).

Episode 2×22 is titled “UFO + Area 51”. The still untitled Episode 2×23 as the Season Finale will air on May 4.

BtS picture of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Steven Serna)

There was some “other” promo as well: CBS Watch! Magazine published a mini-interview of Tristin Mays talking about the 7 things that make her smile. On March 5, Meredith Eaton was on the talk show “The Talk” and revealed in this little clip that tonight’s episode is a big one for her character. Apparently, Matty will go back to her old stomping ground (the CIA) and put herself in danger; meaning Meredith got to do some stunt work of her own.

There’s still no official news about MacGyver being renewed for a 3rd season. Last year, there was a “mass-announcement” for renewed CBS-shows at the end of March, so fans are getting impatient to know the fate of their favorite shows.

Season 2 Ratings
To freshen up your memory: Between the recent premiere breaks, Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) got a 0.8 demo-rating with an audience of 6.93 million live viewers. Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) had less viewers (6.61 million), but managed a higher demo-rating of 0.9.

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

Episode 2×18 managed 6.43 million live viewers with a demo rating of 0.8 – which is a bit disappointing, but not too bad for a Holiday Weekend. Ratings tend to fall in Spring and Summer and the show ends its Season roughly three weeks later than last year (the Season 1 Finale aired on Good Friday, April 14), but fans have been speculating if the long breaks between episodes might have had an additional negative effect on the ratings.

So far, Season 2 had an average demo-rating of 0.86 with 7.01 million live-viewers per episode. The averages per episode are lower than for Season 1, but it still has better viewer numbers than the two current 2017-rookie-shows on CBS (e.g. SEAL Team or SWAT). Interestingly, both of these shows already got renewed, so it should be a no-brainer that MacGyver (and the whole Friday night line-up) will be renewed as well.

BtS picture of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Jordan Heir)

Cast and Character News and Speculations
In tonight’s Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), Amy Smart will return as Dawn. Edward Asner will guest-star in next week’s Episode 2×20, alongside Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot). Diogo Morgado will play Mac’s friend Carlos in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water). According to TV Insider, Kamar de los Reyes will have a part in this episode as well; namely as a police officer trying to negotiate after Mac was taken hostage by robbers in a bank.

As always, Extras were needed as well during the last few weeks of filming. Some of the Casting Calls were looking for Stand-Ins for Billy Baldwin (Elwood, Riley’s father) and for Lance Gross (Billy Colton). Reign Edwards (Leanna, Bozer’s girlfriend) has been seen on set as well. So double date for Riley/Billy and Bozer/Leanna? A “heart-to-heart” between Elwood and Billy? Lots of possibilities for drama here.

BtS picture of Episode 2×23 (via Tristin Mays)

In an interview back in January, Peter Lenkov had promised we’re going to meet MacGyver’s father by the end of the Season. Because there are no news about the Season Finale yet, I combed through the Casting Calls again last week. A Casting Call for a Stand-In hinted at Joshua Childs having a part. Funny thing: Joshua had a smaller part in Hannah Montana (the movie that made Lucas Till famous). Age- and look-wise, he would be a pretty good fit for MacGyver senior, but of course he could just play a “regular” bad guy.

One of the last Casting Calls was for a Stand-In for Arye Gross. He has Jewish roots – his character could have a connection to the concentration camp prisoner in the picture on the file Mac received in the package from his father.

(Author’s Note: As it turns out by April 10, both Joshua Childs and Arye Gross are in the Press Release for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51). Since Arye Gross’ Stand-In Casting Call was set for the last few days of filming, it’s possible they had done some additional inserts.)

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

MacGyver in German
The Reboot still seems to do well enough in all the German-speaking countries: Austrian channel ORF1, German channel Sat.1 and Swiss channel 3+ are all re-airing the first Season at the moment. Some of the episodes that are being re-aired in Austria actually get better audience numbers than when they premiered in Autumn 2017.

On April 15, German channel Sat.1 will air Episode 1×11 (Scissors). This will be the actual premiere of this episode on German FreeTV since they had skipped 3 episodes when airing Season 1 on primetime last year.

There’s still no news about the German-speaking premiere of Season 2. At least we know that Scalamedia is already in the process of dubbing the new episodes.

MacGyver Reboot Update #51

While there’s no new episode to premiere until March 30, cast and crew are filming the Final Episode of Season 2.

A short break on set of the Season 2 Finale (via Justin Hires)

(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.

Filming the Season 2 Finale (via Steven Serna)

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.

Lucas Till on set of Episode 2×21: Wind + Water (via Cristi Lyn)

 

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.

David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres (via David Naylor)

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.

Tristin Mays answering Fan Questions (via CBS)

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.

Three days after the Press Release, we got 13 Official Stills for Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane). On the same day, CBS granted us the Press release and a First Still for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle).

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

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!

On March 22, CBS announced that Episode 2×23 as the Season Finale will air on May 4.

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.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via SpoilerTV)

Season 2 Ratings
To freshen up your memory: Before the Olympics Hiatus, Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) had managed a 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers. Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) had an audience of 7.27 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group of 14 to 49-year-olds.

Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) got a 0.8 demo-rating with an audience of 6.93 million live viewers. Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) had less viewers (6.61 million), but managed a higher demo-rating of 0.9.

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).

Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (via SpoilerTV)

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.

In Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), Amy Smart returns as Dawn. As Peter Lenkov revealed on February 8, Edward Asner has been filming scenes with George Eads. He might be part of Episode 2×20, alongside Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot).

Elisha Henig and George Eads in a BtS picture of Episode 2×20

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?

As always, Extras were needed as well during the last four weeks. To name a few, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Lab Techs, Hispanic Customers, Asian Pedestrians, a Man playing Guitar, for people with older-looking bikes, Hispanic Patrons, Baddies, a Tac Team, Hispanic Patrons, EMT and SWAT people and a female Agent in her 30s. They’ve also been looking for an Asian couple, a maid, a bartender and for people with a Toyota Camry.

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*.

 

Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via SpoilerTV)

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.

 

George Eads and Lucas Till on set of Episode 2×23 (via Mark Emery Moore)

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.

BtS picture of Episode 2×21: Wind + Water (via Justin Hires)

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.

MacGyver Reboot Update #50

While there’s no new episode to premiere until March, cast and crew continue working on the last few episodes of Season 2.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (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!)

 

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.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

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.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

For a few days, production had been filming at Pullman Rail Yard again before they set up at Dekalb Airport. Mark Emery Moore uploaded a video he labelled as a “typical Steadicam shot”. It’s Riley, Mac and Jack (complaining a lot) on a mission. Apparently, the gunfire scenes had startled the people living in the area. Looks like something had gone wrong with noticing the residents beforehand.

They built a lot of dolly tracks last week for scenes filmed outside and in the woods. Moore uploaded another “walk and talk” video; showing the skills of the camera and boom operator guys walking backwards at impressive speed without loosing focus. On Tuesday, they moved to another already well-known location: The Marriott Marquis Hotel.

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.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (CBS Preview Screenshot)

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 5, we got the first scoop for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony). A few days later, SpoilerTV delivered the Press Release while Matt Carter included a first Official Still. A week later, SpoilerTV added 11 more Stills.

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.

Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via Matt Carter)

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?

Season 2 and Rerun Ratings
Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) had managed a 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers. Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) had an audience of 7.27 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group of 14 to 49-year-olds.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Michael Des Barres)

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.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

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.

Episode 2×17: Bear Trap + Mob Boss (via Matt Carter)

In Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), we will meet up with the Coltons again. Soap Opera star Joel Rush will be probably take part in this Episode as well. American football running back Latavius Murray has been on set, too – but it’s not clear yet if he was just visiting or not. As Peter Lenkov revealed on February 8, Edward Asner has been filming at the airport location with George Eads. Asner has 375 acting credits on IMDb, which is pretty stunning. Elisha Henig (Mr. Robot) should have a part in Episode 2×20 or 2×21. He posed for a picture with George Eads and showed some impressive guitar skills.

As always, Extras were needed as well. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Armed Men with Caucasian or Russian looks, for Asian Business People, Agents, Sunday Cars, a Gunman and for Asian Patrons with Cars. They’ve also been looking for Stand-Ins, a Dead Man, and Bad Guys.

George Eads and Edward Asner on set of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

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.

MacGyver Reboot Update #49

Filming for Season 2 continues, often even on the weekends. Tonight, Michael Des Barres will guest-star in Episode 2×15!

BtS of Michael Des Barres in Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

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

 

Cowboys, Mexico and more Wedding Dresses
Since they continued filming in January after Christmas Hiatus, there aren’t that many new BtS pictures provided by the main cast anymore. Both Lucas Till and George Eads go for weeks without posting anything at all, while Justin continues uploading BtS pictures of (the still untitled) Episode 2×16.

Of course, this led to speculations by fans what’s going on. On the one hand, they often work on the weekends as well – they’re just too busy to post. On the other hand, they’re working on Episodes 2×19 and 2×20 at the moment which means they’ll soon start gearing up for the Season Finale. If they have actually planned on revealing Mac’s father (like Lenkov promised in an early Season 2 interview), they might keep up the secrecy for a while longer.

BtS picture of Jack Dalton in Season 2 (via George Eads)

One “secret” has already been hinted at by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov: We will see George Eads in chaps. According to his Instagram Live Story, this will be part of a scene with Matty and Jack – and as crew member Kate Roberson revealed, that’s probably the story how Matty got to see Jack’s butt for the first time (as mentioned in Episode 2×03).

Besides Jack in chaps, we will definitely see other interesting clothes for undercover missions this Season. Justin Hires posted another picture of Riley in a wedding dress; posing with her “husband” Bozer. Even if the wedding won’t be real, it looks like they had at least giant lobster for their “work-slash-honeymoon” meal. We’ve seen many BtS pictures of Episode 2×16 so far, but also of the Coltons-Episode (2×18: Riley + Airplane). Interestingly, there aren’t many infos on Episode 2×17 – it doesn’t even haven an entry on IMDb yet.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Steven Serna)

For a few days, they filmed scenes in “Mexico”. It’s not clear yet if this is tied to the Cowboy Jack scene, but there had been horses and mules on set as well. As Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe promised, there will be some interesting stunts soon.

Two days ago, they filmed what looked like a sequence of the animated movie “Up”. Several crew members shared pictures and videos of the colorful balloons that seem to be tied to a trampoline. For once, the sun was shining. Today, they’re filming at Pullman Rail Yard again – and as Tristin Mays reveals in her Instagram Live Story, it’s very cold. Last week, we’ve seen how the crew deals with ice and sleet on the streets for outside filming.

Yesterday, Lucas posted some Instagram Live Stories, showing lots of money hiding behind the set walls. This week, Justin Hires also posted Live Stories that featured duffle bags filled with money – very fitting for the title of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle).

BtS video screenshots of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Lucas Till)

Cast and Crew posted some older pictures as well; e.g. Boom Operator Robert Maxfield of Riley in her Halloween costume or of Isabel Lucas in the water tank while filming the Halloween Episode (2×05: Skull + Electromagnet).

Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
On January 12, CBS officially announced via TV Insider that Michael Des Barres will guest-star in tonight’s Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Four days later, we got the official Press Release, revealing that MDB will actually play Nicholas Helman, Murdoc’s mentor. On January 25, they released a handful of Official Stills.

There were no Official Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) and the Previews kept being very short for the last few episodes. The Preview for 2×15 is also only 10 seconds long, but there is an additional “long” version of a Preview Trailer. Today, we got 3 Sneak Peeks in total, but interestingly none with Michael Des Barres.

Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Seat42F)

MDB has been hyping up his fans for tonight’s episode for days, now. Yesterday, he did some promo on Yahoo! Entertainment: During a very interesting, 40-minutes-long interview, he talked about the Reboot cast and the filming experience, about his craziest scene for the Original Show and about many other things.

A Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) is scheduled to air on Saturday, February 10. It has been re-scheduled twice so far, so we’ll see if it works out this time. A Rerun of the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE) is scheduled for the following week, so Saturday, February 17.

Reruns might actually be the only thing fans get to watch after tonight: For the rest of the February Fridays at 8pm, there’s Celebrity Big Brother scheduled; meaning Episode 2×16 won’t air until March 2nd. This is apparently standard procedure during the Olympics: There won’t be any new episodes for most current TV shows so it doesn’t hurt the ratings. Sure, one could argue that non-regular viewers might lose interest on the show or forget to tune in when it comes back. On the other hand, this also means that the cast might get to enjoy one or two free weekends again while editors and post-production have more time to do their final touches.

BtS picture of Episode 2×16 (via Justin Hires)

There is a small consolation prize for fans, though: Season 2 will definitely get an additional episode, so a total of 23 episodes. The information has been up on the CBSSI show page for several weeks, but it wasn’t until Wednesday we got confirmation via SpoilerTV.

Apparently, SpoilerTV also got 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.

Season 2 Ratings
Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) had reached a new record for Season 2: 8.14 million live viewers with a rating of 1.0 in demo. The Reboot hadn’t reached more than 8 million live viewers since Episode 1×15, so I was curious about the numbers for the next episode.

Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) didn’t quite match 2×13 – but it kept the 1.0 demo-rating while reaching an audience of 7.68 million live viewers.

BtS picture of Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via Michael Des Barres)

Cast and Character News
Besides Michael Des Barres, tonight’s guest-stars for Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs) are Michael Michele as Riley’s mother Diane, Murdoc’s son Cassian (played by Brady Bond) and Anthony Starke (the teacher “hired” by Murdoc in Episode 2×04).

Reign Edwards will return as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (in Episode 2×16), helping with an undercover mission by posing as MacGyver’s wife.

In Episode 2×18 – called “Riley + Airplane” – we will meet up with the Coltons again. It’s a nice surprise that they managed to get all actors from the last Colton-Episode (1×16: Hook) back on set. All of the actors – Jermaine Rivers (Frank Colton), Lance Gross (Billy Colton), Javicia Leslie (Jesse Colton) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) –  uploaded several pictures and videos on social media for the fans to enjoy.

BtS picture of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Jermaine Rivers)

Soap Opera star Joel Rush has been filming on January 19 and will be probably part of the Coltons-Episode. American football running back Latavius Murray has been on set as well – but it’s not clear yet if he was just visiting or actually working.

Extras are important, too – and the Casting Calls often give insights on the upcoming locations the episodes will be set in. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Mexico Kids and Mexico Patrons, for a family of a mother and two children who portray Caucasian in family photos, Stand-Ins, Female Techs, good-looking agents or CIA Office Workers. They’ve also been looking for more Techs, Bad Guys who are comfortable wearing a Hazmat Mask, a male Drug Store ClerkNurses, Asian Business People, Police and Peru Pedestrians.

How to deal with Ice: MacGyver Style (via Thomas Doolittle)

MacGyver in Austria
Austrian channel ORF1 finally managed to air the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook). It managed to pull in a live audience of 123’000 people; setting the audience-record so far. Episode 1×17 (Ruler) garnered 81’000 viewers, which is actually not that bad, either.

MacGyver Reboot Update #48

Unless production is halted due to heavy snowfall every now and then, filming continues as planned on Season 2. Also, we finally got the confirmation about Michael Des Barres guest-starring in Episode 2×15!

BtS of Michael Des Barres in Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via David Dastmalchian)

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

 

Russia, Bikes and Wedding Dresses
After Christmas Hiatus, filming was officially resumed on January 5, presumably for Episode 2×17. Lucas Till’s Stand-In Matthew Albright had revealed how many layers he’s wearing at the moment because of the cold. They’ve been filming in “Russia” until last week. The Location was an old warehouse with actors milling around in white hazmat suits à la “Back to the Future”. Tristin Mays donned one of these suits as well; stealing a truck with “plutonium”.

BtS of Season 2 (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin recently revealed on social media that she’s been taking motorcycle lessons. On January 7, she posted a short video of her riding a motorcycle. She didn’t think it looked as cool as she wanted it to be, but Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe and other crew members complimented her; stating that she “kicked ass” (despite not wearing a helmet).

A day later, Tristin posted a BtS video of her and Reign Edwards dancing around in Wedding Dresses; presumably for Episode 2×16. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov topped that post on Tuesday, January 16: In the Instagram Story he uploaded while editing, Mac and Leanna are posing for wedding pictures; gazing lovingly into each others eyes. Yesterday, Justin Hires posted a photo of Bozer and Riley posing for their own set of wedding pictures.

BtS video screenshots of Episode 2×16 (via Peter Lenkov)

A few days ago, production continued at the Delta Flight Museum – with a “Mini-Hiatus” on Wednesday due to heavy snowfall.

In general, cast and crew battled the cold all week. Maybe that’s what led to the “atomic sneeze“? Although it’s cold, the cast was excited that the show is back on production and on air. It’s not quite clear if they’re just so busy or if they’re trying to keep the lid on recent sets, but there aren’t that many BtS pictures since they started filming again. They do provide older BtS pictures, though – especially on Fridays. Meredith Eaton posted some BtS pictures from Episode 2×13: One is her, Tristin and Lucas posing with the little monkey from the Opening Gambit; another one is her with Ashley Tisdale.

It seems like 2×16 is one of Justin’s favorites, since all recent pictures he has been posting were made while filming this episode. One BtS picture features Mac, Leanna, Bozer and Riley in their “honeymoon/spy-op-suite“. Another shows Bozer and Riley taking up Yoga Lessons. Yesterday, he uploaded a picture of Mac and Bozer flashing their wedding rings.

Episode 2×14: Mardi Gras Beads + Chair (via SpoilerTV)

Official Stills, Press Releases and Sneak Peeks
After 4 Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack), we only got a single one for Episode 2×13 – but cast and crew provided lots of new BtS pictures (e.g. of Meredith Eaton with Ashley Tisdale) while Lenkov teased that Mac “loses it tonight”.

A Rerun of Episode 1×17 (Ruler) had been scheduled for December 29 last year. CBS then re-scheduled the rerun for Friday, January 26. A look at the TV programme reveals that the rerun has been dropped off the schedule again; airing a Bruno Mars concert instead. At the moment, the episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, February 10.

On January 17, we got additional Stills for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). Peter Lenkov also provided some sneak peeks via Instagram Live Stories – one of the Opening Gambit (in what looks like a “flying toilet box”) and some more with scenes between Jack and his “wife” (played by Amy Smart). Sadly, there were no Official Sneak Peeks.

Michael Des Barres in Episode 2×15
We had already put together enough pieces to know about it, but it wasn’t until January 12 that CBS officially announced via TV Insider that Michael Des Barres will guest-star in Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Besides giving us a first Still, they also revealed that MDB will play a mentor of rebooted Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) and that apparently, Murdoc doesn’t like that his mentor decides to retire and plans on killing him.

Episode 2×15: Murdoc + Handcuffs (via TV Insider)

Both Michael (MDB) and David posted some great BtS pictures on social media, stating that it had been immensely fun and educating to film this episode.

On January 16, we got the official Press Release, revealing that MDB will actually play a character named Nicholas Helman. In case the name sounds familiar: it’s another nod the the Original Show. Nicholas Helman was the Chairman of the Board for the Homicide International Trust (HIT), a criminal group who contracted assassins all over the world. Helman himself was a first rate assassin who had trained OG Murdoc in the “art” of killing.

Interestingly, the scoop by TV Insider must have been wrong, because the Press Release states that Helman is the one trying to get rid of Murdoc, not the other way around.

BtS of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Jermaine Rivers)

Season 2 Ratings
Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) had managed 7.83 million live viewers with a rating of 0.9 in the important demo group (14-49 years old). That’s almost a million live viewers more than for Episode 2×11.

Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) reached a new record for Season 2: 8.14 million live viewers with a rating of 1.0 in demo. The Reboot hasn’t reached more than 8 million live viewers since Episode 1×15, so I’m already curious what will happen ratings-wise for the next few episodes.

Interestingly, #Blindspot had trended on Twitter above #MacGyver. It had also generated more traffic on voting sites asking what people will be watching tonight. Apparently, higher social media traffic doesn’t automatically generate higher audience numbers.

BtS of Episode 2×13: CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch (via Meredith Eaton)

It might be a while until we hear about a potential Season 3 renewal. Fact is, CBS wins every week with their Friday Evening Line-Up. Unless someone of the main cast drops out, it seems like a no-brainer that all Friday shows (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods) will be renewed for another Season. Interesting fact: The Season-2-Order had initially been for 22 episodes. But I recently noticed that the CBS Studios International website lists Season 2 with 23 episodes now. Other shows like Hawaii Five-O, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans already got an extended order for 24 episodes last November. Looking at recent ratings, it makes sense that CBS wants to bank on the Reboot’s ratings success as well. It’s just a bit strange that there was no official news about it so far.

Cast and Character News
Tonight’s guest-stars for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) are Garrett Morris as the proprietor of “Willy’s House of Voodoo” and Amy Smart as Jack’s “wife”.

BtS of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane  (via Jermaine Rivers)

Riley’s mother Diane (played by Michael Michele), Murdoc’s son Cassian (Brady Bond) and Anthony Starke (the teacher “hired” by Murdoc in Episode 2×04) will be back in Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs). Reign Edwards returns as Bozer’s love interest Leanna (presumably in Episode 2×16), helping with an undercover mission by posing as MacGyver’s wife.

Peter Lenkov had revealed in an “inside scoop” via TV Line on January 2nd that Riley will take up a relationship with one of the Colton brothers. Jermaine Rivers (Frank Colton) had hinted that he might be the lucky one, but deleted his comment afterwards. Both of the Colton Brothers are attached to other shows filming in Atlanta, but since Jermaine’s The Gifted (FOX) has already wrapped its first Season while Lance Gross (Billy Colton) is still filming for Star, there were speculations that Billy might be absent this time.

Javicia Leslie (Jesse Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mama Colton) and Jermaine started filming this week; already uploading some BtS pictures and videos. As Jermaine Rivers revealed, Episode 2×18 will be called “Riley + Airplane”. A few days later, Lance Gross joined the crew; therefore completing the Colton Family. Sadly, there were no sightings of a rebooted version of Frog Dog.

BtS video screenshot of Episode 2×18: Riley + Airplane (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Extras are important, too.  Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Guys in Hazmat Masks, Skater Boys, more Bad Guys, a Photo Double for Michael Des Barres and High End Vehicles. For this week, they’ve been looking for airplane passengers and a Flight Attendant, for Weightlifters, Stand-Ins, for people appearing as homeless and for Extras filming a mansion scene: Caterers, Waiters, Valets, a Big Guard, Security and Mansion Guests.

MacGyver in France
Two weeks ago, Episodes 1 to 3 premiered on French channel M6. The Pilot Episode had reached 4.11 Million live viewers and won second place on French TV that Friday.

Episodes 4, 5 and 6 premiered last week. As with the premiere of the Pilot Episode, new French articles with short interviews have been posted online, but they’ve all been done back in Monte Carlo last summer. While we’ve heard the soundbites before, Téléstar posted a new picture of George Eads that had been done in the official CBS portraits series.

George Eads as Jack Dalton (via TéléStar)

On the day of the premiere, the Hashtag #MacGyver had started trending even before the Pilot Episode had begun and kept trending for almost 10 hours in France. It also trended for episodes 4 to 6; although not for as many hours.

MacGyver in Austria
Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass) had managed to pull in 73’000 viewers. Because the episodes weren’t aired regularly anymore due to the interfering Winter Sports Events, it’s gotten a bit more difficult for viewers to catch the show. After several reschedulings, ORF1 finally managed to air the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×16 (Hook).

Apparently, the preceding Sports Event helped with the ratings, because 2×16 brought in a whopping 123’000; setting the audience-record so far.