Looking Back at Season 3 (I) – 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 12 Official Stills for an episode – another time only 5 or none. Sometimes all of them look very similar, sometimes the main cast seems missing.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

 

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For the Premiere of Season 3, we got 6 Official Stills. Taken together, they feature all the agents on the main mission.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

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

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in nice colors, so nothing downright disappointing. A few more Stills for the Season Premiere would have been nice, but we got at least one more than back for the Season 2 Premiere.

 

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Jace Downs)
For the second episode of Season 3, we got 8 Stills of the people involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Definitely the “Dalton’s Heroes” shot.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty looking people at an airport. While that’s not bad per se, it isn’t the most exciting scene to sell an action-adventure show – especially not an episode featuring an A storyline with military guys and firefights.

 

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Jace Downs/Annette Brown)
The third episode delivered the Official Stills in two servings. The first bunch consisted of 6 Stills. Later, they added 8 more that showed a bit more action.

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac in the midst of a MacGyverism, of course. It’s nice to see the “youngsters” together on a mission for once.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 14 Stills of good-looking people could be worse, but it would have been nice to see a teaser photo of the B storyline with Jack and Billy Colton.

 

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Guy D’Alema)
We got 10 Stills for this episode,. All of them feature Mac and Riley on the road with the guest-star.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyver looking all competent can never be wrong.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in color-coordinated clothes on a color-coordinated outdoor set. For me, not disappointing at all.

 

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (CBS)
Apparently, they had no extra Still Photographer on set for the Halloween Episode. I’ve always wondered why the Still photos looked so different in quality and why the colors looked washed out. I’m assuming they took screenshots while editing.

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Riley and Bozer trying to look all innocent. Even without knowing anything about the B storyline, you know they’re anything but innocent.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s a Halloween Episode and no Still Photographer and no scary costumes. Though there IS at least a kid in costume and he’s cute.

 

(More coming soon.)

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MacGyver Reboot Update #67

Episode 3×02 premieres today! While Cast and Crew work on Episode 3×09, the famous social media game “Where’s George?” is going into another round.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About the Season 3 Premiere
CBS took its sweet time to start promoting Season 3. A day before Premiere Day, they finally released 3 Sneak Peek videos. On Friday, ET Online added another, Exclusive Sneak Peek of Mac and Oversight parachuting through crossfire. A few hours later, CBS released an additional Sneak Peek as well, making it 5 Sneak Peeks in total.

Some of the stunt and guest actors started posting “old” photos and videos from the filming process done back in July; e.g. Richie Stephens or Matthew Albright. Sibongile Mlambo uploaded a photo of her character’s different costumes.

BtS photo of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Carl A Nespoli)

According to aerial stunt coordinator Carl Anthony Nespoli on Facebook, the parachuting scenes have been done for real. Yan Dron and Troy Hartman did the main jumps; also lighting the canopy on fire. I hope we see more of this as a Season 3 Featurette soon.

Sadly, the ratings weren’t as high as I hoped. Episode 3×01 attracted 5.77 million viewers and got a 0.7 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. It’s the episode with the lowest audience numbers so far, but it got a better demo than the Season 2 Finale. (For comparison: Episode 2×01 premiered with 6.69 / 0.8 and Episode 2×23 ended the Season with 6.10 / 0.6.)

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

It also holds up pretty well against some of the other CBS action dramas that got a lot more promo in recent weeks and have a lot more ad-value simply due being a non-Friday-show. For comparison: Magnum PI is at 7.08 millions / 1.05 demo (Monday) after airing two episodes so far, SEAL Team at 5.02 / 0.8 (Wednesday, 1 episode) and SWAT at 4.95 / 0.75 (Thursday, 2 episodes).

What you need to know about Episode 3×02
The episode airing tonight is titled “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”; written by Brian Durkin and directed by Duane Clark. In case you missed the Synopsis:

When Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack’s old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op.

For this episode, Reign Edwards as Leanna is listed in the recurring cast. To be honest, I don’t know anyone of the guest cast.

BtS photo of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Han Soto)

On September 27, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had uploaded a short video; stating that one of his favorite artists will provide a song in the Episode. (The scene is MacGyver and Jack talking with Mac apologizing while fetching a few beers in MacGyver’s kitchen; later being joined by Matty.) As Kristin Diable revealed, the song hasn’t been released so far, marking this episodes as its world premiere.

CBS had uploaded some Sneak Peeks onto their YouTube account. Sadly, they put up the Sneak Peeks for last week’s episode 3×01 again. They have released 4 Sneak Peeks in total, but as I’m typing this post, they still haven’t corrected their error 16 hours later. Bit of a pity that of all the CBS shows it seems to be MacGyver that gets either a wonky form of promo or no promo at all.

Episode 3×02: Bozer+ Booze + Back to School (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×03 to 3×07
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the important information for the next weeks:

  • 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (October 12)
    Directed by Tessa Blake; following the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover on a college campus. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (as Billy Colton).
  • 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (October 19)
    Directed by Peter Weller, this episode has Riley and Mac driving a tanker filled with liquid oxygen through a war-torn region to deliver it to a children’s hospital. For the first Official Still released on Monday, you can check the Press Release here.
  • 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (October 26)
    Halloween Episode, directed by Eagle Egilsson.
  • 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (November 2)
    Directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by David Dastmalchian (Murdoc) and Brady Bond (Cassian).
  • 3×07: tba (November 9)
  • 3×08: tba (November 16)

It looks like the fans get at least 8 weeks of uninterrupted fun. There might be no episode on November 23rd, though (due to Thanksgiving).

BtS photo of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Easton Harper)

Working on Episodes 3×08 and 3×09
On September 24, production started on Episode 3×08, directed by Lily Mariye (Emergency Room). They filmed in “Paris” and in “Afghanistan”, joined by Emerson Brooks (as Mac’s EOD friend Charlie Robinson) and Holland Roden (known for her work in the TV-Show Teen Wolf).

The cast posted a ton of Instagram Live Stories; making up for lost time and promoting the Season 3 Premiere. On Friday, they’ve filmed scenes for a Foundation Dinner with Military Vets; some of them sitting in a wheelchair. The cast got to wear tuxes and dresses.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

On Monday, production continued in Atlanta. As revealed by dozens of Instagram Short Stories, the filming was a “smelly” adventure. The crew had to MacGyver their own nose-plugs  with tissues or ear-plugs to keep the smell away.

On Wednesday, Lucas Till gave a shout-out to the wardrobe crew; announcing it was going to be a “dirty day”. On the photo uploaded by Justin Hires, his clothes looked still clean, though. Holland Roden posted a photo of herself in a pretty black dress, indicating she might be part of that Foundation Dinner scene.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Yesterday, Justin Hires uploaded a photo of Mac, Bozer, Charlie and Riley around Mac’s fireplace. Because Jack is missing in the photo with everyone looking pensive and because George Eads hasn’t been seen on set for Episode 3×08 yet, fans keep asking the cast, the writers and the producers if George has left the show. Indeed, Peter Lenkov promised to make sure we’ll get to see more photos with Jack in it.

With showing us the script title page, Tristin Mays revealed on Wednesday that Episode 3×09 is titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez. Sounds dangerous. PAPR could be a Powered, Air-Purifying Respirator, so the perfect tool for a MacGyverism.

BtS photo of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Matthew Albright)

Lance Gross was back on set as Billy Colton yesterday and early morning today; uploading a few BtS videos as Short Stories on Instagram.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards wrapped the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand and arrived back in LA a few days ago. Theoretically, it’s possible for her character Leanna Martin to be back on the show by Episode 3×09, but we don’t have any further information yet.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for a bald actor and for some of the main actors. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Diner Patron, Background Actors for an European Airport, for Police and for Guards. Overall, not many Casting Calls lately.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via CBS)

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:

  • The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot was released in the US on September 18, and there’s even loads of bonus material on it this time!
  • Season 1 of Original MacGyver is still set to be released on BluRay on October 30. CBS even started doing promo for it.
  • Original MacGyver fans keep posting about both the MacGyver Funko Pop and the Escape Room Board Game; appreciating to finally have some “Mac Swag” after all these years.

MacGyver in Germany
To recap: Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) managed 1.79 million live-viewers, followed by the Season Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) with 1.68 million live-viewers. Both episodes got a demo-rating of 7.4.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Overall, Season 2 had about 1.73 milllion live-viewers on average per episode and a demo-rating of 8.62. This is less than Season 1 reached (1.79 million live-viewers, demo 10.0), but enough to make the network happy. Also, the demo-ratings were better than Season 2 of Lethal Weapon airing in the same time-slot just before and better than SEAL Team episodes airing on the same day at 10pm.

The Original S1 BluRay is listed now on Amazon for preordering (release date: November 8). Weirdly, they put an FSK16 rating (16 years and older) on it – although the initial release on DVD is FSK12. Guess MacGyver in HD is too much to handle for some people *lol*.

MacGyver Reboot Update #66

Tonight’s the Night – it’s the Season 3 Premiere! After months of waiting, fans finally get to find out about the consequences of MacGyver quitting Phoenix in the Season 2 Finale.

Screenshot of Episode 3×01: Improvise (Sneak Peek 1 via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What you need to know about the Season 3 Premiere
CBS took its sweet time to start promoting Season 3. Last Friday, we finally got a Season 3 Premiere Teaser Trailer; posted on Instagram just before the rerun of the Season 2 Finale. Considering all the other CBS shows got previews weeks ago and Sneak Peeks days ago, it’s no wonder fans had started complaining about the lack of promo so shortly before the start of the new Season.

Official Season 3 Poster (via SpoilerTV)

Yet, CBS still left it upon the cast, the crew and the fans to promote the upcoming Season and the DVD release of Season 2. There was no promo for the DVD at all. They aired a slightly longer preview after the rerun of Episode 2×23, but it wasn’t posted on the other social media sites until Monday. On the same day, they released the Official Season 3 poster – it’s the one of MacGyver hanging upside down; safety pin ready while Jack angry-stares into the void. It’s sure memorable and fun, but again feels overly photoshopped to me.

In case you missed the Press Release and the Official Stills for tonight’s Episode 3×01 (Improvise), here’s the synopsis:

Three months after quitting the Phoenix Foundation and moving to Nigeria, Mac puts aside his differences with his father and returns when he hears Jack is the target of a murderous dictator he double-crossed.

Screenshot of Episode 3×01: Improvise (Sneak Peek via ET Online)

Yesterday, CBS finally released 3 Sneak Peek videos. One is of MacGyver and Oversight on a plane, the second one of Bozer and Leanna undercover in military uniforms with Riley helping out from home. The third one is of Oversight arriving in Nigeria in a helicopter, telling Mac that Jack is in trouble and needs help.

Today, ET Online added an another, Exclusive Sneak Peek of Mac and Oversight parachuting through crossfire. Since they’re listing real aerial stunt coordinators on IMDb, it’s possible the stunt people did a real jump for the footage. Maybe we’ll get to know more in upcoming interviews or BtS material.

Nearing the Season Premiere, some of the guest and background actors started posting “old” photos from the filming process done back in July; e.g. Richie Stephens with Lucas Till and with Justin Hires.

BtS photo of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Richie Stephens)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×02 to 3×06
It’s easy to loose track about the production process and what’s been going on since July. So let’s do a short recap about the episodes we can look forward to:

  • 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (airdate October 5)
    Directed by Duane Clark; centering around Jack and his old Delta Buddies. For Official Stills, see here.
  • 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (October 12)
    Directed by Tessa Blake; following the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover on a college campus.
  • 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (October 19)
    Directed by Peter Weller.
  • 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (October 26)
    Halloween Episode, directed by Eagle Egilsson.
  • 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (November 2)
    Directed by Stephen Herek.

 

BtS photo of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Richie Stephens)

Working on Episode 3×07
For Episode 3×07, production filmed in “Ghana”. Locations were a banka street market and a restaurant. They also filmed several days on a set dressed as a junk yard, a location set up as a car accident scene and nearby a lake. After making friends with snakes, filming continued in the War Room on September 21.

The posts by crew and extras revealed that the heavy schedule was starting to take its toll – after almost 60 days into production, many complained about being tired; posting photos of their colleagues taking a nap whenever and wherever possible during breaks. Of course, the heat in Atlanta didn’t help.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Luckily, they actually got the weekend off for once. Justin Hires continued to post a few BtS photos from set – e.g. of Bozer under a car (or rather, a truck) for once or of him with Lucas Till and Joy Sunday, listening to the director’s explanations.

Working on Episode 3×08
On Monday, production started on Episode 3×08, directed by Lily Mariye (Emergency Room). They filmed in “Paris” and did scenes with costumes including a tac vest; revealing that Mac’s EOD friend Charlie will be in this episode. We don’t know yet for sure if “The Ghost” will be back as well, but it seems reasonable since he never got caught.

On Wednesday, the cast started posting new BtS photos. Meredith Eaton uploaded a photo of her with Lucas Till. Lucas posted one of MacGyver waiting for security in Chechnya and one of him standing next to a Stunt Double and a Stand-In; pointing out that he was the one wearing a vest.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

Yesterday, they filmed scenes with Lucas in MacGyver’s EOD soldier gear, so it looks like they’re doing another episode with flashbacks to Mac’s and Charlie’s time in the Army – so maybe we finally get to know how they first heard about and started chasing The Ghost?

The cast posted a ton of Instagram Live Stories; making up for lost time and promoting the Season 3 Premiere. Tristin made the cast do a funny catwalk routine (sadly, George Eads was not on set yesterday to join in on the fun). Justin Hires finally got a Stand-In that looks like him. He also provided some photos of older episodes; e.g. of his favorite Episode 3×03.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

Today, they’re filming a scene for a Foundation Dinner with Military Vets; some of them sitting in a wheelchair. Again, the cast has to wear tuxes and dresses for an episode, which they don’t seem to mind after running around in tac gear and uniforms out in the rain yesterday.

Just a few hours before, Lucas posted another BtS video of him getting dressed in that weird prisoner jumpsuit diver costume.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards started filming the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand, so it’s not clear if and when her character Leanna Martin will be back on the show. For now, Episode 3×03 will be most likely her last appearance. Sibongile Mlambo had been in Atlanta again recently, and since she’s listed on Episode 3×06 on IMDb together with David Dastmalchian and Brady Bond (as Cassian), I’m assuming she might not be back again, either.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires joked about Joy Sunday playing Bozer’s sister, but since he also jokes about MacGyver (or everyone) dying in the episode they’re filming at the moment, I’m not sure if this is true or not. What we know is that Emerson Brooks (who plays Charlie Robinson) plus Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) were on set this week.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Emerson Brooks and Holland Roden and a Photo Double for Sarah Sokolovic. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for European Background Actors, a female Stand-In with red hair, Female Techs, an Attractive Male for a Photoshoot, a Caucasian Male to portray a Dead Soldier, for someone to portray a Politician in a Photoshoot, for Female Military, for Bartenders and Wait Staff, people attending a Foundation Dinner, for someone with access to a wheelchair to use as a prop, for Police and for Military Vets.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Rerun Ratings
There was a rerun of the Season 2 Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) in the usual timeslot last Friday – the only rerun during hiatus, in fact.

The episode pulled in 3.71 million live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.4. This is not as much as the reruns of Season 1 garnered last year, but fits in with other reruns on Fridays – especially when considering that this was the only rerun and there was no promo surrounding it.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:

  • The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot was released in the US on September 18, and there’s even bonus material on it this time!
  • Season 1 of Original MacGyver is still set to be released on BluRay on October 30.
  • Original MacGyver fans keep posting about both the MacGyver Funko Pop and the Escape Room Board Game

 

BtS Instagram Screenshot of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Other countries had been gearing up for the Season 3 premiere as well. Since they didn’t have any material of Season 3 yet, they resorted to old material. AXN Asia used Season 2 footage for their teaser trailer; adding the Official Poster in an an altered, pink color design.

MacGyver in Germany
To recap: Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power) had reached 1.8 milllion live-viewers in total (3 years and older), while Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) had 1.71 million live-viewers. Both episodes garnered a demo-rating of 8.6 in the targeted age-group (14-49 years old).

Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) managed 1.79 million live-viewers, followed by the Season Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) with 1.68 million live-viewers. Both episodes got a demo-rating of 7.4.

Screenshot of Episode 3×01: Improvise (Sneak Peek 3 via CBS)

Overall, Season 2 had about 1.73 milllion live-viewers on average per episode and a demo-rating of 8.62. This is less than Season 1 reached (1.79 million live-viewers, demo 10.0), but enough to make the network happy. Also, the demo-ratings were better than Season 2 of Lethal Weapon airing in the same time-slot just before and better than SEAL Team episodes airing on the same day at 10pm.

After airing the Season 2 Finale last Monday, Sat.1 started airing reruns of S1 (Monday night, around 1am). I’m confident that they will also air Season 3 next Summer.

MacGyver Reboot Update #65

There’s still a serious and concerning lack of promo… but on the other hand, only 7 days left until the Season 3 Premiere!

BtS Photo of Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What you need to know about the Season 3 Premiere
It’s gotten pretty quiet during the last few weeks. There was almost no BtS stuff to find for a while as if the production had gone undercover, and fans started complaining about the lack of promo so shortly before the Season Premiere. Sadly, CBS left it upon the cast, the crew and the fans to promote the upcoming Season 3 and the DVD release of Season 2 on social media.

We do have Press Releases for the first three episodes, though. On August 23, we got the Synopsis plus 6 Official Stills for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) via SpoilerTV.

Season 3 preview by TV Guide (via Peter Lenkov)

On September 11, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a snippet from TV Guide that left us a few hints about the upcoming season. Other sites had Fall TV previews as well; e.g. E!Online or Entertainment Weekly.

News about Episodes 3×02 to 3×05
Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) was directed by Duane Clark. CBS released a first Official Still along with the Press Release on September 13. As expected, it centers around Jack and his old Delta Buddies. On September 17, SpoilerTV added 7 more Stills. The photos were all taken when Lucas Till and George Eads filmed at an airport, so the other Team Phoenix members are absent.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via CBS)

Justin Hires’ favorite Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) was directed by Tessa Blake and follows the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover on a college campus. Justin upladed more photos from the episode; showing us the “weekend whip“. Yesterday, CBS revealed the Synopsis along with a first Official Still.

Episode 3×04 was directed by Peter Weller, but there’s still no title or an entry on IMDb. I was concerned that the episode gets dropped due to the accident that happened during production, but it looks like they were back at filming a few extra scenes or inserts on September 16.

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via CBS Press Express)

The Halloween Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) is set in Mexico and was directed by Eagle Egilsson. Cast and Crew filmed scenes for a “Day of the Dead” Festival for several days.

Working on Episode 3×06
After Labor Day weekend, Cast and Crew continued working on Episode 3×06. They filmed at an airport and in the streets of Atlanta. The Casting Calls imply that one of the locations is a bank in Bogota, Colombia.

On September 11, Meredith Eaton uploaded a new photo of Matty with MacGyver and Murdoc – in the interrogation room at Phoenix. Looks like Murdoc got caught again – or he let himself get caught, who knows. Meredith also revealed that Matty wears bracelets handcrafted by Lucas’ mother Dana Till.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Justin uploaded a photo of Bozer with a gun on his right and arm candy (George Eads aka Jack Dalton) on his left.

According to SpoilerTV, the episode is titled “Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc” and as Allen Theosky Rowe revealed, it is directed by Stephen Herek. Rowe posted a photo with his villainy friends in a car and labelled an earlier photo with “The Cleaner”. Sounds like an interesting enemy for Murdoc and/or the Phoenix Team.

Working on Episode 3×07
On September 12, production turned the streets of Atlanta into Ghana; filming in front of a bank again and recreating a street market. On the next day, they set up shop at a restaurant.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

Steven Serna posted photos of a truck in front of green screens. The Stand-Ins suffered in “Hotlanta”; encountering bugs and butterflies while waiting under the canopy.

Justin Hires posted several photos of himself with cars – Bozer sitting on a car, Bozer sitting on the same car in a different position or Bozer leaning on a car. He also uploaded many Instagram Live Stories featuring the Stand-Ins; joking about his own Stand-In (Kevin Marshall Pinkney) looking nothing like him; contrary to Lucas’ Stand-In (Matthew Albright).

Meredith Eaton posted a photo of her with Lucas and George in the War Room. Peter Lenkov finally had found some time to post another team photo during a short break from filming in a junk yard.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

They also filmed what looked like a car accident and nearby a lake. Cast and Crew were enamored with the location; posting lots and lots of photos of the lake or the blue sky with the fluffy white clouds. Meanwhile, Lucas Till made new friends of the animal kind. While this is reminiscent of the Original Show, I doubt the snake is part of the storyline – they regularly have a snake wrangler on set when filming in “grassy” and “foresty” locations. Interestingly, Justin Hires didn’t seem so fond of the snakes in the bucket.

This morning, the crew started filming in the War Room location; for once safe from the hot weather they filmed in all week. The posts by crew and extras reveal that the heavy schedule is starting to take its toll – after almost 60 days into production, many complain about being tired and post photos of their colleagues taking a nap whenever and wherever possible during breaks.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Cast, Crew and Character News
In case you missed it: The Press Release for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) lists 4 official recurring characters for Season 3: Kate Bond (as Jill), Reign Edwards (Leanna), Tate Donovan (Oversight) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc). Looking at the Press Releases for single episodes, both Episodes 3×02 and 3×03 only list Reign Edwards as recurring, though.

Reign started filming the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand, so it’s not clear if and when she will be back on the show. For now, Episode 3×03 will be most likely her last appearance. Sibongile Mlambo had been in Atlanta again recently, and since she’s listed on Episode 3×06 on IMDb together with David Dastmalchian and Brady Bond (as Cassian), I’m assuming she might not be back again, either.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Allen Theosky Rowe)

Justin Hires joked about Joy Sunday playing Bozer’s sister, but since he also jokes about MacGyver (or everyone) dying in the episode they’re filming at the moment, I’m not sure if this is true or not.

Central Casting Georgia had Casting Calls for a Stand-In for Sarah Sokolovic, a Stand-In for Ric Reitz and a Photo Double for David Dastmalchian. As for every episode, they’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Ghana Patrons (with or without Japanese brand cars), for Ghana Men with tactical experience, for Upscale Business people, Fancy Background Actors, European Background Actors and for Techs and Agents.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:

  • The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot was released in the US on September 18, and there’s even bonus material on it this time! Sadly, CBS didn’t do any promo for it.
  • There will be a rerun of the Season 2 Finale today (Episode 2×23: MacGyver + MacGyver)
  • Season 1 of Original MacGyver will be released on BluRay on October 30. (There still no info if there’s any Extras or Special Features.)
  • Original MacGyver fans post a lot on social media about both the MacGyver Funko Pop and the Escape Room Board Game
  • Executive Producer and Writer David Slack revealed that one of the CBS Executives had wanted MacGyver to carry a gun. Apparently, they had to fight to prevent that because they knew it would betray the core of the character.

As mentioned before, there was a severe accident on set on August 20; ending with Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist being injured and hospitalized. Latest news was that he’s doing better, but we haven’t heard anything further about Sundquist’s condition or the pending investigation.

Season 3 International Promo (via FOX España)

Other countries are gearing up for the Season 3 premiere as well. Since they don’t have any material of Season 3 yet, they resorted to old material. Fox España used “new” international poster photoshoot material of Season 1; with MacGyver and Jack both tied up plus MacGyver hanging upside down. AXN Asia used Season 2 footage for their teaser trailer; adding the same poster in a pink color scheme instead.

MacGyver in Germany
The ratings in Germany are still pretty stable. They had been dropping slightly, but then started to rise again. I’m already curious how well the Season Finale will do.

To recap: Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) garnered 1.62 million live-viewers in total (3 years and older) and a rating of 7.6 in the targeted age-group (14-49 years old).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane) had 1.86 million live viewers with a demo of 8.4, followed by Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) with 1.92 million live viewers (marking the second-highest audience for Season 2 so far) and a demo of 9.3.

A week later, Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power) reached 1.8 milllion live-viewers, while Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) had 1.71 million live-viewers. Both episodes garnered a demo-rating of 8.6.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×22: Area 51 (UFO + Area 51)
2×23: Das Wiedersehen (literally translated: The Reunion, MacGyver + MacGyver)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Andrew Moore)

After airing the Season 2 Finale, Sat.1 will start airing reruns of S1 (Monday night, around 1am). Weirdly, they’ll skip the first two episodes, but I guess at least some reruns are better than nothing, right?

On August 11, German Channel RTL Nitro started airing Original MacGyver again; two episodes each on Saturday and Sunday mornings with reruns of the same episodes in the afternoons. Sadly, I don’t have any access to the ratings. Since the Original Show is rated FSK12 (meaning 12 years and older) here, they cut some scenes that were deemed too violent. (FSK12 movies/shows in Germany are only allowed to air uncut after 8pm while FSK16 is only allowed uncut after 10pm.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #63

Filming for Season 3 started six weeks ago. We have lots of BtS photos and videos, news about Original MacGyver on BluRay and the Press Release plus Official Stills for the Season 3 Premiere Episode!

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

News about Episode 3×01
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a first teaser for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) on August 4; revealing MacGyver’s new love interest. He later deleted the post, but of course it’s already been re-tweeted and re-posted on Tumblr and Instagram many times. On August 13, he posted another short video of Lucas and George; tagging it with “Dynamic Duo“.

I predicted that if the promo schedule follows the one for Season 2 last year, we should get a first Official Still for the Season 3 Premiere in about a week. Luckily, CBS delivered earlier than expected: Yesterday, we got the Press Release plus several Official Stills via SpoilerTV.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Interestingly, the Press Release lists also David Dastmalchian as Murdoc under the recurring cast. We already knew he will show up quickly in 3×01, but now it looks like he will have several appearances this season as a recurring charater; despite David’s heavy schedule with being attached to so many other projects.

News about Episode 3×02
In total, filming for Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) took about 9 days on various sets. It looks like we will see Jack undercover and meeting up with his former Delta Force Team.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Tristin Mays)

On August 16, Peter Lenkov uploaded a short video out of the editing room, featuring Mac and Jack with Team Delta on a chopper. He soon deleted that clip, probably because it was a tad spoilery. He also uploaded a few Instagram Live Stories during the editing process; showing Tristin Mays and Reign Edwards all dolled up in little, colorful dresses, probably undercover at some cocktail party.

News about Episode 3×03
On August 10, cast and crew finished Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School), directed by Tessa Blake. According to BtS photos and Instagram Live Stories, Team Phoenix goes undercover at a College, with all the typical elements of College-themed movies (e.g. getting into trouble with Campus Security, playing Beer Pong and attending a Frat Party.

BtS of Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via Justin Hires)

Justin Hires stated the episode was a lot of fun to film and provided several BtS photos (e.g. of him posing with Lucas and Tristin or of Bozer being pensive or running from danger). Both Meredith Eaton and George Eads haven’t been seen on set for this and the next episode much, but Peter Lenkov assured some worrying fans that George is still on the show.

In case you missed it: Two weeks ago, Justin Hires did a Live Video on Instagram, inviting Lucas to join in. They talked about the upcoming season; giving up some interesting details.

BtS photo of Episode 3×04 (via Guy D’Alema)

Working on Episode 3×04 (and possibly 3×05)
Since they started filming Episode 3×04 on a Friday (August 10), Cornell Willis kept up with the tradition of “Tie Friday”. We still don’t have a title for it, but it’s directed by “Robocop” Peter Weller.

On August 13, Lenkov returned to Atlanta to visit the set, posting several photos and short videos. That day, they set up a big crane to film a scene involving what looks like a supertruck. On August 15, they filmed outside of a gas station. Tristin Mays joined in on the fun, posting her first Instagram photo from set since they started filming this season. A few days later, they put the truck into the studio in front of a green screen to film fighting scenes on top of it.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

During the filming of Episode 3×03, the Costume Designers teased the fans with Instagram Short Stories of what looked like them creating a body cast. Fans kept speculating if this was part of some College prank or something more serious. On August 20, Lucas Till uploaded a photo that looks like he’s wearing the body cast over prison garb. Some fans actually worried about him being hurt or overheating in costume.

In another photo uploaded yesterday, Lucas stated that he utilized the suit to be a “Deep Air Diver” (DAD). I’m already curious what this MacGyverism will exactly be.

It looks like they’re already on filming Episode 3×05. This might turn out being a bit scarier than usual since they will film scenes with Hispanic and Mexican actors celebrating the “Day of the Dead” Festival today.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Meredith Eaton uploaded a nice photo and some Instagram Short Stories on August 21 when filming with Justin Hires in the War Room at Phoenix. Yesterday, they started filming at another interesting-looking real estate location, with the crew being attacked by mosquitoes. In the photo uploaded by Justin this morning, you can see Halloween decorations in the background.

Cast, Crew and Character News
The Press Release for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) lists 4 official recurring characters for Season 3: Kate Bond (as Jill), Reign Edwards (Leanna), Tate Donovan (Oversight) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc).

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

As we already know, Lance Gross as Billy Colton aka Riley’s boyfriend will appear in Episode 3×03. So far, none of the other characters of the Colton family have been seen on set. Tate Donovan wasn’t seen either, but Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Photo Doubles for Tate for August 16 and August 21. Also, Sibongile Mlambo is in Atlanta right now, though we don’t know if it’s for the Reboot or for another one of her many projects.

As always, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras as well; e.g. for Hospital Kids, Diner Patrons, Rebel Drivers, Hispanic actors pretending to celebrate the Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico (some with their faces already painted when coming on set), for Parents and for Trick or Treaters, indicating that they’re filming the Halloween Episode. They’ve also had Casting Calls for Caucasian Bad Guys, a female Tech, a female Agent and for Stand-Ins for C. Thomas Howell (ET, The Amazing Spider-Man) and for Adela Tirado (Drive, General Hospital).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

Season 2, Original MacGyver and other MacGyver-related News
According to The Futon Critic, the only scheduled rerun in September is indeed the Season 2 Finale; airing just a week before the Season 3 Premiere on September 28.

Season 1 of Original MacGyver will be released on BluRay on October 30. There still isn’t any news yet if this BluRay will have any Extras or Special Features or if they have already planned a release date for Season 2. Amazon US states that the BluRay will be dubbed in French and German (with English, French and German subtitles available).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

As you probably read online, there was a severe accident on set this Monday. Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist was injured during a stunt that involved transferring from one vehicle to another. Apparently, he was conscious after the accident, but was put in a medically induced coma because of a head injury. Latest news was that he’s doing better (though still unconscious) and that the accident is being investigated.

Production hasn’t been stopped – but at the moment, I can’t even speculate what impact this might have. There might be changes in safety protocols, filming and/or broadcasting schedule, in scripts and maybe personnel changes within the stunt crew. Since it happened during filming with the 2nd unit (presumably for Episode 3×04), none of the main actors were on set. At the moment, cast and crew keep mum about it, probably advised to do so as long as the investigation is going on.

Lucas Till had uploaded a photo on Wednesday that shows him doing a stunt fall on a roof, but later deleted the photo once the news articles about the accident started flooding the news pages and social media.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany
The ratings for Season 2 in Germany are pretty steady now. Some episodes actually do better than their counterparts of Season 1 a year ago. Also, the second episode on 9.15pm does usually better than the one on 8.15pm. Interestingly, there are barely any tweets using #MacGyver or writing about the show when the episodes air; meaning that the audience is actually watching instead of tweeting about it.

To recap: Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) had a live-audience of 1.72 million viewers in total (3 years and older) and a demo of 9.5.

The next week, Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) also reached 1.72 million live-viewers (with a demo of 8.0), followed by Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) with a whopping 1.93 million live-viewers and a demo of 9.7. So far, Episode 2×11 had the highest number of live-viewers (880’000) in the demo-group of 14-49-year-olds as well as the highest number of live-viewers in total.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) on August 20 reached an audience of 1.66 million live-viewers (with a demo of 9.2), while Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) scored with the second-highest number of live-viewers (1.87 millions) and with the best demo of Season 2 (10.2) so far.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×14: Feuer und Flamme (literally translated: Fire and Flame, Mardi Gras Beads + Chair)
2×15: Gefährliche zweite Chancen (Dangerous second Chances, Murdoc + Handcuffs)
2×16: Flitterwochen (Honeymoon, Hammock + Balcony)
2×17: Atomarer Ausflug (Atomic Excursion, Bear Trap + Mob Boss)
2×18: Angriff in der Luft (Attack in the Air, Riley + Airplane)
2×19: Fälschungen und Lügner (Fakes and Liars, Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle)
2×20: Entführung im Wolkenkratzer (Kidnapping in a Skyscraper, Skyscraper – Power)
2×21: Ein Freund in Not (A Friend in Need, Wind + Water)
2×22: Area 51 (UFO + Area 51)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

On August 11, German Channel RTL Nitro started airing Original MacGyver again; showing two episodes each on Saturday and Sunday mornings with reruns of the same episodes in the afternoons. This is the 6th run of the show since 2014 on this channel, confirming that they still get enough ratings for a show premiereing more than 30 years ago. Pretty cool, huh.

MacGyver Reboot Update #62

Filming for Season 3 has started four weeks ago. We have lots of BtS photos, BtS videos and news about Original MacGyver on BluRay!

BtS of Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via Justin Hires)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Working on Episode 3×01
The main cast started filming on Monday, July 9. Justin Hires is already excited for the Premiere, reminding us that the “countdown” continues. Interestingly, the cast and crew mostly post Instagram Short stories now instead of photos, meaning that it’s very easy to miss some of the news.

The Season 3 Premiere Episode is being edited at the moment. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted the first teaser on August 4; revealing MacGyver’s new love interest (and confirming my suspicions who it will be). Sadly, he later deleted the post. It’s not clear if he suddenly felt it was too spoilery or if there had been some derogatory comments. Mostly, people were surprised about Mac sporting a full beard.

Screenshots of Peter Lenkov’s Teaser Video for Episode 3×01: Improvise (via TheHemingwayGoldfish on Tumblr)

Due to Lucas Till’s birthday today, Lenkov posted another photo of this episode; a screenshot fresh out of the editing room. Costume Designer Sarah Downer posted a few photos and a video to show how they made the Nigerian village background actors’ costumes look authentic.

It might be a while until we see some Official Stills, though. Last year, the Stills for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) were revealed on August 31, along with the Press Release. The first Teaser Trailer aired on September 8.

Based on the BtS photos and spoilers we’ve seen so far, I put together a short overview how the storyline of this episode might go in my opinion – before we get the first Press Release that will give us more information and “ruin” some of the fun of guessing the plot. You can check it out on Tumblr or in the MacGyverOnline Forums.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Working on Episode 3×02
In total, filming for Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) took about 9 days on various sets. Last week, they finished the episode on outside locations; doing stunt scenes involving gun shots, explosions and hostages. It looks like we will see Jack undercover and meeting up with his former Delta Force Team.

Lucas’ brother Nick was on set for this episode as well, and of course George and big brother Lucas found time to make fun of him falling asleep during a particularly hot day.

George Eads and Lucas Till on set of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Nick Till)

Both George Eads and Matt Skollar posted some more BtS photos of the same scene that Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had uploaded a video of a few days earlier.

They also filmed scenes on a set either dressed up as a toy store. Meredith Eaton shared a nice BtS photo of Matty in the Phoenix Jet.

Working on Episode 3×03
On July 31, cast and crew started working on Episode 3×03, directed by Tessa Blake. As Justin Hires revealed, the title is “Bozer + Booze + Back to School”, written by Nancy Kiu. According to BtS photos and Justin’s Instagram Live Stories, Team Phoenix goes undercover at a College, gets into trouble with Campus Security and plays some Beer Pong in preparation. Also, Lance Gross as Billy Colton is part of this episode.

BtS of Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via Justin Hires)

Cast and crew have been filming at Emory University on August 3rd. Some students (e.g. Christy Mayfield), but also some of the extras (e.g. Jamal Moore who already worked on Episode 2×06) posted photos or Instagram Live Stories. Justin Hires provided several group photos of Team Phoenix on Campus or videos; e.g. of the three “Lucases” they had on set that day. They also filmed a night scene on the same date with George Eads doing some running though narrow streets.

Meanwhile, the Costume Designers teased the fans with Instagram Short Stories of what looks like them creating a body cast. We’ll see if this is part of some kind of College prank or something more serious.

BtS of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via George Eads)

On Monday, they filmed a scene on a roof; Wednesday was another night shoot with scenes of a Frat Party (DJ and Beer included) at Madea House. Yesterday, Justin Hires revealed that they were finishing the episode that day, meaning it took 8 days to film the third episode of this season. After battling wind and heavy rain in the morning, they set up at a mansion with an indoor pool – only to get delayed in the afternoon again due to heavy rain and lightning.

While waiting for another night shoot, Justin Hires did a Live Video on Instagram, later inviting Lucas to join in. They talked about the upcoming season; giving up some interesting details.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Han Soto)

Cast, Crew and Character News
As we already know, Lance Gross as Billy Colton aka Riley’s boyfriend will appear in Episode 3×03. So far, neither Tate Donovan nor any other characters of the Colton family have been seen on set. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins for Ilia Volok and Donald Watkins.

As always, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras as well; e.g. for a male Security Guard, for Office Workers, for a DJ (with his own equipment), College Students with bikes, skates or a scooter, College Dorm Girls, College Party Students and for “College Bros”. They’ve also had Casting Calls for a Hospital Scene with Doctors, Nurses, Grandparents, Moms, Dads and Kids plus the obligatory Casting Calls for Techs, Agents, Stand-Ins and Photo Doubles.

BtS of Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via Justin Hires)

Season 2 News
According to The Futon Critic, CBS has dropped one of the initially 2 scheduled reruns in September. As of today, there’s only one rerun left on September 21, a week before the Season 3 Premiere. There’s still no further information about what episode they will air, so I’m assuming it will be the Season 2 Finale.

Furthermore, Season 2 just had its premiere in Japan on August 8.

Original MacGyver News
We got notice on Monday that Original MacGyver Season 1 will actually be released on BluRay on October 30. Sadly, they changed the logo font; matching it with the DVD Complete Collection Box. There isn’t any news yet if this BluRay will also have any Extras or Special Features.

Cover Art for Original MacGyver Season 1 on BluRay (via CBS)

MacGyver in Germany
After the Season 2 premiere in Germany with rather disappointing ratings, the ratings improved and are pretty steady now. Some episodes actually did better than their counterparts of Season 1 a year ago. Also, the second episode on 9.15pm does better than the one on 8.15pm. 

To recap: Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) reached 1.65 million live-viewers in total (all viewers older than 3 years) with a demo-rating of 8.9 while Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) snagged 1.83 milllion live-viewers in (with the same demo).

Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Peter Lenkov)

Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) had an audience of 1.66 million live-viewers with a demo of 9.8. Instead of a second Season-2-Episode, they aired an episode out of Season 1 they had initially skipped over last year. Episode 1×19 (Compass) garnered a bit of a lower demo (7.5), but more viewers (1.75 million) in total.

Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) reached 1.58 million live viewers (with a demo of 8.4), followed by Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) having a live-audience of 1.72 million viewers in total and a demo of 9.5. So far, Episode 2×09 had the highest number of live-viewers (760’000) in the demo-group of 14-49-year-olds.

BtS screenshots via Instagram of Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (via Justin Hires, Jordan Lee)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×10: Verloren im Eis (literally translated: Lost in Ice; War Room + Ship)
2×11: Unter Mordverdacht (Under Suspicion of Murder; Bullet + Pen)
2×12: Wiedersehen mit einem Geist (Reunion with a Ghost; Mac + Jack)
2×13: Angriffsziel: Pentagon (Target: Pentagon, CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch)
2×14: Feuer und Flamme (Fire and Flame, Mardi Gras Beads + Chair)
2×15: Gefährliche zweite Chancen (Dangerous second Chances, Murdoc + Handcuffs)
2×16: Flitterwochen (Honeymoon, Hammock + Balcony)
2×17: Atomarer Ausflug (Atomic Excursion, Bear Trap + Mob Boss)
2×18: Angriff in der Luft (Attack in the Air, Riley + Airplane)

In other news, German Channel RTL Nitro will start airing Original MacGyver again, starting tomorrow with the Pilot Episode and Episode 1×02.

MacGyver Reboot Update #61

Filming for Season 3 has started. We have a Premiere Release Date, an Episode Order Number and lots of BtS photos and videos!

BtS photo of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 3 News
The Premiere Date has been set for September 28. We also know that CBS has ordered a Full Season Order of 22 episodes.

The main cast started filming on Monday, July 9. In the beginning, it was mostly Justin Hires and the Stand-Ins that provided us with BtS material. By now, others of the main cast and some of the crew and guest-stars posted some photos or videos as well.

BtS of Episode 3×01: Improvise (via George Eads)

As every year, cast and crew are suffering in the Summer Heat – or get shut down due to rain storms and lightning. According to some crew members, they logged about 80 hours on the first week; working on the weekend as well.

Working on Episode 3×01
Episode (3×01: Improvise) is directed by Stephen Herek. SpoilerTV has released some very spoilery snippets for the Season 3 Premiere, so read at your own risk.

Meredith Eaton shared a photo of Matty being back in “Boss Business” while Justin Hires’ character Bozer donned a Russian military uniform and a black suit. Instead of posting a photo for 3×01, Lucas Till shared a BtS photo of the Season 2 Finale, making a Harry Potter time-turner reference.

BtS of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Justin Hires)

In total, the filming took about 9 days on various sets. Cast and crew have been filming in “Nigeria” again; bringing back some of the actors that have been on set of Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). Hakeem Kae-kazim posted a short video of the set; revealing that he had worked with Sibongile Mlambo before.

Peter Lenkov posted a video of Lucas Till doing a stunt on a motorbike. The same scene of the stunt double on the bike was filmed by crew member Brandon Smith; using a different angle. George Eads had also posted a BtS photo of him on a bike; so this might have been a scene of them chasing the bad guys. They also filmed scenes at an airport set and in a “Russian” restaurant. They also had a helicopter on set for a few days, with Tate Donovan sharing temporary videos taken inside while flying as a passenger. Filming continued on Saturdays. Seems like there’s a lot going on in the Season Premiere.

BtS photo of Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (via Lucas Till)

Working on Episode 3×02
On July 19, cast and crew started working on Episode 3×02, directed by Ericson Core. As Justin Hires revealed, the title is “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”, written by Brian Durkin.

The Episode looks pretty exciting. Cast and crew have been filming at an airport, also using some nice vintage cars as props, been traipsing trough the woods and apparently, MacGyver makes “Bangalore Torpedoes“. Lucas Till also filmed a stunt of his character jumping out of an airplane; joking this was an audition tape for the new Deadpool movie. His Stand-In Matthew Albright complained in an Instagram Live Story that his actor gets to do all the cool stuff while he’s uploading videos of himself playing whith his hair.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

George Eads posted some photos as well, showing Jack in tac gear, in an Aloha shirt and carrying the big guns. He seems to need the big guns, according to the two videos Peter Lenkov posted on July 26. One has Jack Dalton dealing with some kind of hostage situation. The scene might be filming over several days. Some of the guest cast posted a few photos on social media; e.g. Josh Stamberg with George. Han Soto uploaded a Live Story of Lucas Till in slow motion that looks like an audition tape for a shampoo commercial; tagging it with “long hair, don’t care”.

It’s nice to see the cast and crew having fun, despite the heavy work schedule.

Lucas Till on set of Season 3 (via Han Soto)

On July 25, Justin Hires posted another photo of Team Phoenix in what looks like “funeral attire”. A few days before that, he had uploaded a video to reassure fans that George was still on the show. Though now, some fans are worried abut James MacGyver already being killed off (especially since Tate Donovan hasn’t been sighted on set this week).

Cast, Crew and Character News
As the MacGyver Writers revealed, a new writer has joined their team: Jim Adler, who has written some episodes for Castle and Vegas.

Casting Calls for regular Stand-Ins by Central Casting Georgia confirmed that Reign Edwards (as Leanna) and Tate Donovan (as MacGyver Senior) will have recurring or regular appearances this season. They have also been looking for Stand-Ins for Josh Stamberg (The Time Machine, Pacific Rim 2, Drop Dead Diva), for Han Soto (Preacher, Ender’s Game) and for Johnny Land (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who mostly worked in the Art Departement for several movies and TV shows. For Episode 3×02, they had a Casting Call for Photo Doubles for Owen Harn (Gotham, Devious Maids) and for Matt Skollar (Sex and the City, Law and Order) as well.

George Eads on set of Season 3 (via Josh Stamberg)

Of course, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras also; e.g. for a Pilot, for Airport StaffHollywood Party Guests, Waitresses and Bartenders, for Politicians, Moms and Dads with cars, for Teachers, Mafia Men with European Looks, for Hispanic Outdoor Market Shoppers and Caucasian Hostages. They’ve also had Casting Calls for Techs, Agents, Stand-Ins, a female Lab Tech, for Contractors and for Party Guests with Upscale Cars.

During hiatus, some of the cast members have been busy, and we can finally see and hear some more about these projects. As Justin Hires revealed, he just landed his first feature as a Hip Hop Artist. Tristin Mays has been filming for a short movie with the working title “Breathe”; written and directed by Devon Deshaun Stewart. Her character Charlotte wears some pretty impressive make-up as a victim of violence.

Tristin Mays in “Breathe” (2018, via IMDb)

Season 2 News
According to The Futon Critic, CBS has planned 2 reruns in September, right before the Season 3 Premiere. There’s still no further information about what episodes they will air. I’m assuming it will be the Season 2 Finale the week before Season 3 starts.

For once, fans in the US are lucky, since they don’t have to wait until February again and get the Season 2 DVD on September 18, ten days before the Season 3 premiere. Let’s hope the DVD Special Features are included this time.

Furthermore, Season 2 will be aired in Japan starting August 8 on Wednesdays (10pm).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany
Sadly, the ratings for the first two episodes of Season 2 on German TV weren’t too overwhelming and not as good as the ones for Season 1; most likely inflated due to the sunny, hot weather plus the ongoing Soccer Championship and the premiere of some reality show on another channel. Nevertheless, the numbers increased for the following episodes; surpassing recent episodes of Lethal Weapon or Hawaii Five-0 in the same timeslot on Mondays earlier this year.

To recap: Episodes 2×01 (DIY Or DIE) and 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) had reached about 1.61 million live-viewers each, with a rating of about 6.7 in the demo-group (14-49 years old). 

Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) managed 1.66 million live-viewers with a 9.6 in demo while Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) had a demo of 8.7, but reached 1.81 million live-viewers in total. With these audience numbers, the episodes actually did better than their counterparts (Episodes 1×03 and 1×04) a year ago.

Promo for the German Premiere of Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via Sat. 1)

Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) reached 1.65 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.9 while Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) snagged 1.83 milllion live-viewers in (with the same demo). It’s clear that the episodes on 9pm do a lot better in Summer than the ones on 8pm. Sadly, I have no information about DVR numbers or how many people watch the episodes on the website (they are available for free a week after airing).

The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×07: Herz und Helden (literally translated: Heart and Heroes; Duct Tape + Jack)
2×08: Der Turm der blauen Pferde (The Tower of Blue Horses; Packing Peanuts + Fire)
2×09: Die Regeln des Spiels (The Rules of the Game; CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil)
2×10: Verloren im Eis (Lost in Ice; War Room + Ship)
2×11: Unter Mordverdacht (Under Suspicion of Murder; Bullet + Pen)

Lucas Till and George Eads on Set of Season 3 (via George Eads)

Interestingly, they will air the skipped Episode 1×19 (Compass) after 2×07 next Monday.

MacGyver in Austria
Due to the soccer championship and Formula 1, the weekly episode on Austrian TV turned into a monthly episode. People might have forgotten the show still airs, but interestingly, the numbers are not too bad. For July, the two Season 1 episodes that aired (1×14 and 1×15) still reached 63’000 live-viewers each; despite being reruns.