While the fans continue fighting for Season 6, German fans are waiting for the Season 5 Premiere next week.
What’s going to happen now?
Starting next week, CBS airs the two reality shows Secret Celebrity Renovation (8pm) and Love Island (9pm); replaced by Greatest AtHome Videos (9pm) in August. It’s safe to say that there won’t be more MacGyver reruns.
While most Fall shows on the networks have already cast their leads, it’s still possible for former cast members of MacGyver to turn up as guest stars – though probably not on CBS.
What are Cast and Crew up to?
Justin Hires has been doing podcast episodes with Meredith Eaton (uploaded on April 27), Henry Winkler (June 10), Tristin Mays (June 23), Wendy Raquel Robinson (who played Bozer’s mom, June 25) and Lucas Till (June 30) for his Patreon account; talking about their careers and what’s next. Here’s a few highlights from the episodes I’ve seen so far:
Meredith Eaton has been trying to get her own TV show made for about a year now. She wants to write a book and act in more movies. They also revealed that the scene of Bozer wiping off his fingers on Mattys shoulder in Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) was improvised and that they couldn’t stop laughing.
Tristin Mays has been taking ballet lessons again since January (for a Flashdance series that is still in development). She also had some auditions and screentests, but doesn’t have a project lined up right now. Tristin wants to direct (preferably until the end of the year), to create her own production company and a band (playing electric guitar). Currently, she’s writing a cookbook.
In a recent Instagram post, Tristin mentioned in the comments that she will be back in Atlanta in about two weeks. Would be nice if she could meet up with some of the cast and crew.
Justin Hires has been getting offers for auditions, but mostly for the “black best friend” – which he doesn’t feel the need to audition for (since casting directors could simply watch an episode of MacGyver for that). He hasn’t said who will be next on the podcast, but he hinted at wanting to get Tate Donovan on an episode.
ICYMI: Lucas Till got cast in “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” Pilot at FX; playing a CIA Agent. They filmed for 15 days; finishing on June 12. There’s no news yet if the show has been ordered to series or not. In his podcast with Justin Hires (recorded in Baltimore), he revealed that he did a chemistry read for the pilot, and didn’t have to audition for it in the traditional way.
Lucas stated that he wants to do more producing (and finally directing) and that he really wants to play a bad guy. He also revealed that after having no private life for about 5 years, he finally got back into the dating world.
While the project has been listed on Levy Tran’s IMDb page since 2018, it’s been officially announced on Wednesday that Levy will be the lead actress in “The Silk Road”; a film slated to be filmed next year. Although the story is set in parts of Berlin, Tokyo and Paris, it’s not clear yet if Levy will get to travel to all these locations.
The trivia on IMDb states that the Japan segment has been filmed years ago (with the page also including some photo material), so it’s not clear if this was a flashback sequence anyway or if the project was stopped for unknown reasons and these scenes will all be reshot.
Levy has been working on her martial arts skills; the videos indicating that she is still in Atlanta. In a recent Instagram post, she revealed that she has been suffering from depression for about half a year and that re-finding martial arts has helped her a lot.
MacGyver in Germany
On July 8, Season 5 will premiere on German Channel Sat.1. They will air two episodes back to back, starting at 8.15pm. The upcoming German Episode Titles:
- 5×01: Refugium für die Unterwelt (literal translation: Refuge for the Underworld; original title: Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness)
- 5×02: Viro-486 (Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice)
- 5×03: General Ma (Eclipse + Usmc-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma)
- 5×04: Gefährliche Erinnerungen (Dangerous Memories; Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason)
- 5×05: tba
While the Season 4 episodes had been paired with Hawaii Five-0, the Season 5 episodes will be followed by FBI: Most Wanted.
On Tuesday, they uploaded the first Season 5 Teaser Trailer (which is the dubbed version of the original teaser trailer, but with different music) onto their website.
Like last year, German-speaking countries get the Season 4 DVD after the Season 5 Premiere – what a missed opportunity for new viewers to catch up.
A Year Post-Lenkov
It’s been almost a year since Showrunner Peter Lenkov was fired by CBS. After laying low mostly, he recently did a podcast interview for Dom’s Den; hosted by his friend Domenick Lombardozzi (who had roles in both MacGyver and Magnum PI).
While Lenkov took the time to go to therapy to better understand himself and what went wrong, and also admitting on being a tough boss and that he could have done things better – that’s pretty much it. Stating in a half-sentence that he rewrote scripts because he didn’t have enough patience might sound trivial, but it’s not for the writers who suffered through this.
He revealed that he reached out to apologize via Lucas’ manager, but also stated that Lucas heard the body-shaming through a third person which is “what kills him the most”. The talk went pretty fast into the trajectory of how he and his family dealt with the “trauma” he went through – which is not surprising, considering the other podcast attendants were either friends or friends of the host.
The #SaveMacGyver Movement
The #SaveMacGyver Movement is still going strong; e.g. with a worldwide Blood Drive. The second edition of digital billboards is up; with billboards in LA, Baltimore, Phoenix and St. Louis. Also, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff will be addressing the #SaveMacGyver movement today in a special announcement.
The official website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news. In the meantime, fans have been creative with designing Season 6 posters, trailers, t-shirts and postcards. A lot of postcards. For “Operation Postcard”, fans from 12 different countries sent over 2000 postcards to CBS.
Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:
- In Italy, Season 5 premiered on June 24 on Ray4.
- Lucas Till’s movie “Son of the South” will premiere on August 5 in Germany. The DVD-Release is already set for September 24 (with the only bonus material being a trailer show).
- Former crew member Chantel Marie posted a few throwbacks about Justin Hires’ hairline.
- In June, the Reboot made Rank 15 for the “Most Popular Shows and Articles” list on SpoilerTV.
Here’s the DVD release dates for MacGyver Season 4 outside the US:
- July 7 (Australia, New Zealand)
- August 4 (Japan)
- August 19 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)