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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For both episodes, CBS didn’t release any Sneak Peeks. Fans felt cheated on, especially because Hawaii Five-0 got 4 Sneak Peeks for Episode 9×04 two weeks ago and 3 in total for 9×05 last week while Blue Bloods got 3 clips for each episode. Also, they took their sweet time to upload the clips from Episode 3×05 onto YouTube. Usually, they’re up just after the episode aired. This time, we had to wait until Tuesday.
While the demo ratings aren’t as good as CBS likes them, the Reboot still holds up pretty well against some of the other CBS action dramas; especially in audience numbers. For comparison: Magnum PI is at 6.21 millions / 0.92 demo (Monday) after airing six episodes so far, SEAL Team at 5.32 / 0.82 (Wednesday, 5 episodes) and SWAT at 5.23 / 0.72 (Thursday, 5 episodes).
What you need to know about Episode 3×06
The episode airing tonight is titled “Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc”, directed by Stephen Herek.
In case you missed the Synopsis:
Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) abducts MacGyver’s girlfriend, Nasha (Sibongile Mlambo), to force Mac to help him rescue his son, Cassian (Brady Bond), from a kidnapper. Also, a dangerous individual from Murdoc’s personal life shows up, giving Mac a glimpse into the villain’s past
They released 13 Official Stills in total – all of them featuring MacGyver, Murdoc, Cassian and Sarah Sokolovic as Amber. Yesterday, David Dastmalchian tweeted a funny GIF of Murdoc pushing MacGyver on an office chair.
Again, no special promo by CBS as I’m typing up this blog post – contrary to Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0 that both got Sneak Peeks yesterday; H50 another exclusive clip via TV Line today. So far, Executive Producer and Showrunner Peter Lenkov stayed quiet as well. In fact, besides a re-post of Lucas Till, he hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related on Instagram since October 5.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×07 to 3×11 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:
3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (November 9)
Guest appearances by Joy Sunday and Ric Reitz. Check out the Official Stills and the Press Release here.
3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (November 16)
Directed by Lily Mariye. Guest appearances by Holland Roden, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson) and Sean C. Michael (as the Ghost). Check out the Press Release here.
3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (November 30)
Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton).
3×10: tba (December 7)
Partially filmed in a prison location. Otherwise top secret, apparently.
3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (tbd)
Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias and Doug Savant.
As predicted, there’s no episode on November 23 due to Thanksgiving and Black Friday. They will air Holiday Specials at 8pm, followed by an episode of Magnum and a rerun of Hawaii Five-0. Initially, they have planned to air MacGyver reruns (we don’t know yet which episodes) on December 21 and 28. At the moment, the rerun on December 21 has been scrapped, along with the episode premiere on December 14. This means that Episode 3×11 – which was planned as the Christmas Episode being the Mid-season-Finale – will probably air AFTER Christmas (unless they can swap two episodes).
The episode title (Mac + Fallout + Jack) – revealed by Justin Hires – sure sounds ominous. I smell a cliffhanger-y plot twist. Fans might not mind that they don’t have to wait after a cliffhanger, but it will be a bit unusual to see a Christmas Episode in January. (It’s worth noting that the premiere for H50 has been scrapped as well while they got to keep the rerun on December 21.)
Working on Episodes 3×10 and 3×11
Again, there were almost no BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew rely mainly on temporary videos now – but every now and then, someone feels like teasing the fans a bit.
In recent weeks, they filmed an upscale event at a mansion and put Lucas Till in a Hazmat Suit. They also filmed in and around a pretty creepy prison set and decorated several streets to look like Christmas time; presumably for filming the Midseason Finale Episode.
As Meredith Eaton revealed, Matty is taking out the big guns now. It’s not clear yet if she just wanted a photo of a prop gun or if Matty will be part of a storyline involving handling deadly weapons. She looks a lot more friendly on the photo with Tristin Mays. Bozer will be wearing a tux again in an upcoming episode and seems to have taken part in a “planking competition“.
On October 26, Lucas Till uploaded a short story that has him looking as if MacGyver did get into a fist fight again. According to Steven Serna, they had filmed a car crash scene that day, so maybe Mac had been involved in that – it would fit the Instagram Story that Lucas had uploaded on Halloween; showing him with bruises while sitting in the car. There are (fake) glass splinters on his clothes and in the reflection, it looks like the side-window is smashed.
The 2nd unit had to work on Saturday last week, while it seemed like the main cast had the day off.
On October 30, the crew did the “dress like a co-worker” day again before fully embracing Halloween and showing up again in costume on the next day. They filmed some sort of ballroom gala scene where Meredith Eaton got to dress up while Reign Edwards, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires were delegated to staff; serving food and drinks.
Tristin and Reign later donned little black dresses while Justin looked like he was playing a designer. We can assume this will be another undercover mission. Interestingly, there were no sightings of Lucas Till or George Eads in the last 2 days.
While having a grueling schedule, they also get nice surprises every now and then. As Lucas Till revealed, one of the owners of a house location invited Cast and Crew to taste MacGyver cookies.
Cast, Crew and Character News A photo by Carlos Bernard, director of Episode 3×11, revealed Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever as guest-stars. Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Jimmy Gonzalez, for Shani Atias and for Sarah Al-Sherri.
Episode 3×04 premieres today and we also already got a glimpse at Episodes 3×05, 3×06 and 3×07! Sadly, still no Sneak Peeks for tonight’s episode.
(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 Episodes 3×02 and 3×03
Shortly before the episodes aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episodes back in July and August; e.g. Jesse C. Boyd with Team Delta, Jessejames Locorriere with Team Phoenix at College or Tessa Blake (director of Episode 3×03) with Meredith Eaton and with George Eads.
For Episode 3×03, CBS added more Stills on October 9; making it 14 Stills in total. Interestingly, they were all photos of the Team Phoenix College Kids, so no Jack or Matty at all. Maybe they wanted to make up for the delay on the Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×02, so they added more Stills and uploaded the 3 Sneak Peeks earlier than usual.
While the ratings aren’t as good as for H50 or BB, the Reboot still holds up pretty well against some of the other CBS action dramas. For comparison: Magnum PI is at 6.48 millions / 0.98 demo (Monday) after airing four episodes so far, SEAL Team at 5.29 / 0.83 (Wednesday, 3 episodes) and SWAT at 5.18 / 0.73 (Thursday, 4 episodes).
What you need to know about Episode 3×04
The episode airing tonight is titled “Guts + Fuel + Hope”. It’s the first episode written by Rob Pearlstein (who had previously worked on Scorpion) and was directed by Peter Weller. In case you missed the Synopsis:
MacGyver and Riley, with the help of Vasil (C. Thomas Howell), a distraught father, must find a way to drive a tanker filled with liquid oxygen through a region occupied by rebels and deliver it to a children’s hospital before they run out. Also, Riley helps MacGyver decide whether or not to allow his father back into his life.
For this episode, Tate Donovan as Oversight is listed in the recurring cast. They added additional Stills on October 9, but even though they uploaded several Sneak Peeks for both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods yesterday, there are still no Sneak Peeks for MacGyver as I’m finishing up this blog post.
At least Tristin Mays was nice enough to upload a little BtS video of her doing an action scene; driving the truck and fending off bad guys at the same time.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov has been quiet regarding MacGyver as well (in fact, his last Instagram post related to the MacGyver Reboot is from October 5, so 2 weeks ago while there was no shortage of postings for Magnum and H50).
Maybe there are mixed feelings regarding this episode since there’s still an ongoing investigation of the accident with Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist, but since they’ve decided to finish and air the episode, it should also get proper promotion.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×05 to 3×09 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:
3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (October 26) Halloween Episode, directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as Oversight) and Sibongile Mlambo (Nasha). They added Official Stills on Tuesday. You can check them out here.
3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (November 2)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Sibongile Mlambo (Nasha), David Dastmalchian (Murdoc) and Brady Bond (Cassian). See the Press Release here.
3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (November 9)
Guest appearance by Joy Sunday.
3×08: tba (November 16)
Guest appearances by Holland Roden and Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson).
3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (tbd)
Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton).
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).
Working on Episodes 3×09 and 3×10
On October 4, production had started on Episode 3×09. It’s titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez. Lance Gross was back on set as Billy Colton; uploading a few BtS videos as Short Stories on Instagram.
There’s almost no BtS photos being uploaded now; but mainly temporary videos. They filmed an upscale event at a mansion and put Lucas Till in a Hazmat Suit. Though not listed in the credits so far, Lucas’ brother Nick was on set as well. They also filmed several days inside the War Room Set or outside. Last night, they filmed stunt scenes on a prison set and there should be another overnight shoot today. They’ve also decorated some streets to look like it’s already Christmas time.
Peter Lenkov promised to post more photos of George Eads, but so far he hasn’t delivered. Since George had deleted his Instagram account recently and hasn’t been seen on set very often in the last few weeks, fans still keep asking about him. Justin Hires was nice enough to make sure to include him in his recent Snapchat videos.
Cast, Crew and Character News Reign Edwards wrapped the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand. Just a few days after arriving back in LA, she was on set again to film scenes for Episode 3×09.
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Amaris Merlin and for Sendhil Ramamurthy. Additionally, they had several Calls for Photo Doubles and for Small European Cars. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Lab Techs, Scientists, Guards, European Police, Hazmat Men, a Phoenix Driver, for people attending an Upscale Event, Airport Security, or for Prison Inmates and for Prison Guards.
Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:
Tomorrow (8pm), there will be a rerun of the Michael Jackson Halloween Special on CBS with the voices of Lucas Till and George Eads.
Season 1 of Original MacGyver is still set to be released on BluRay on October 30. CBS even started doing promo for it, although we still have no information if there will be Extras or not.
While Cast and Crew work 15-hours-days and more, they still find some time for other projects. Tristin Mays did a photoshoot last month. She will be on the cover of the Fall Issue for NYSFE Magazine, released on October 27. According to online posts, there should also be an interview where she talks about the MacGyver Reboot. You can pre-order the magazine here.
MacGyver in Germany On average, every Season 2 episode had about 1.73 milllion live-viewers and a demo-rating of 8.62. This is less than Season 1 (1.79 million live-viewers, demo 10.0), but enough to make the network happy. Also, they still air reruns of Season 1 on Monday night.