MacGyver Reboot Update #86

Filming for Season 4 will start in 4 days. Let’s hope we get some good BtS material to tie us over until we finally get to see the episodes.

Season 4 Logo (via MacGyver Writers)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The main cast was pretty busy in recent weeks; finishing up old projects and preparing for another 5 months of filming:

  • Lucas Till enjoyed a well-deserved holiday with friends and celebrated July 4 with family
  • Justin Hires finished his Stand-Up comedy show tour. A photo of him during one of his shows even made it into an article by The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Tristin Mays attended several fundraising events and did some talk show appearances for the RuJohn Foundation in Jamaica
  • Besides working out, Levy Tran has been taking shooting lessons to prepare for Season 4. She just finished her road trip across the States.
  • Like last year, David Dastmalchian auctioned off a visit to the MacGyver set for a good cause. It was sold for 17’000 USD. The set-visit last year was auctioned off for 12’000 USD, so that’s pretty cool.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution and is supposed to be released in Korea this month.
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year. There’s no filming dates yet.

Costume Designer Sarah Downer had revealed on June 18 that she had started on costume prepping. After that, it stayed quiet on social media for a while, despite the production office already being open since June 3rd.

Justin Hires at The Comedy Store (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Of course, there’s still been a lot of preparation going on behind the scenes. As Steven Serna stated, the grips are already in full preparation mode. On Tuesday, both Justin and Levy had been on the studio lot for fittings.

On June 25, Peter Lenkov revealed part of the production logo for Season 4. He also uploaded a few throwback photos (e.g. of him and Lucas at the Monte Carlo Television Festival back in 2017). Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Episode 3×08) or BtS video (e.g. of Episode 3×19) pops up. Meredith Eaton shared a photo of her with Lucas.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued writing science notes about the MacHacks; adding a blog post for Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) and for Episode 2×13 (CO2 sensor + Tree Branch).

Meeting up with friends (via Meredith Eaton)

Ratings prediction for Season 4 (encore)
TV show ratings tend to drop each year. On average, every non-rookie CBS Fall show lost about 17.61% in demo ratings and 12.94% in audience numbers in the 2018/19 TV season. When looking at the renewed action and crime shows only, the loss was even higher (about 18.77% in demo ratings and 15.29% in audience numbers).

The ratings loss for MacGyver was actually a bit lower than the average (with a loss of 15.79% in demo and 11.01% in audience numbers compared to Season 2). If the Reboot would have been allowed to air in the same timeslot this Fall, Season 4 could have ended up with an average demo-rating of 0.59 and a live-audience of 5.43 million viewers. That’s… not really great. But how will the ratings for the other CBS shows look like; especially the Friday shows?

Lucas Till enjoying a vacation in Alaska (via Jason Trost)

In case you’re interested in some CBS Friday predictions:

  • If Hawaii Five-0 has the same ratings drop as it did this season, it will end up with an average demo of 0.62 (-18.9%) and 6.27 million live-viewers (-13.05%) per episode.
  • If Blue Bloods has the same ratings drop as it did this season, it will end up with an average demo of 0.69 (-13.09%) and 7.83 million live-viewers (-7.15%) per episode.

Both shows still have good DVR ratings and do very well internationally, so they will probably get renewed for another season. They could still go on for more seasons if one the lead actors quits.

Tristin Mays doing interviews (via RuJohn Foujndation)

There’s no losses for Magnum PI yet. Because of the timeslot move, it’s a bit difficult to predict how the ratings will do. Let’s say it will drop the same amount as all the other renewed action- and crime-shows did this year. It would end up with an average demo of 0.72 (-18.77%) and 5.08 million live-viewers (-15.29%) per episode. Let’s be generous and say the timeslot actually helps the show and the loss will only be 10%. That way, it would end up with an average demo of 0.80 and 5.40 million live-viewers per episode.

While a demo of 0.8 for Magnum would be acceptable, the audience numbers aren’t good enough for a show in its 2nd season. It’s even lower than what MacGyver could have gotten this season if it stayed a Fall show. It will be interesting to see how much the time slot switch will influence the Friday ratings. It’s very likely that while the move will help to keep the ratings-loss marginal for Magnum PI, it’s going to accelerate the ratings drop for both H50 and BB.

BtS photo of Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (via Justin Hires)

As mentioned before, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings in general. This is how the CBS rookie Spring and Summer shows have been doing this year:

  • The Red Line ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode and was cancelled.
  • After 9 episodes, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 4.98 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.55 on average. The show has been pulled off schedule temporarily; replacing it with reruns of Magnum PI. The break didn’t do it any good; dropping half a million live-viewers when it came back this week. There’s 3 more episodes to go, but since the show has already been cancelled, the ratings might drop even lower.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 8 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.24 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48 per episode. Interestingly, it’s been renewed for a 2nd season. That gives us hope for MacGyver since it should be able to beat these ratings and is already a well-known franchise internationally.

Season 4 Logo (via Peter Lenkov)

All you need to know about Season 4
There’s still no midseason premiere date yet, but here’s an overview of what we know so far:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) replaced Craig O’Neill as Co-Showrunner
  • Season 4 will have 13 episodes for now
  • filming starts July 8 in Georgia and is expected to wrap in November (unless they add more episodes to film)
  • as expected, Levy Tran has been promoted to Series Regular
  • According to TV Line, there was a new regular role to be cast; specifically the character “of a former Army guy, trained in psy-ops, who has parlayed his particular set of skills into a successful career as the owner of an elite military contractor”. As Deadline revealed on June 28, the role has been appointed to LOST alum Henry Ian Cusick.

Henry Ian Cusick will play Russ, a lead opposite Lucas Till’s MacGyver. Russ is handsome and quick-witted Oxford-educated ex-military who is a master manipulator and salesman — skilled in propaganda and lie detection with an extremely high emotional intelligence. A very wealthy man, he’s used to getting his way and not beyond enjoying the spoils of war: expensive suits, fast cars, private jets, house in Monte Carlo.

Henry Ian Cusick (via IMDb)

There’s no further information if he’s friend or foe. The news flooded social media very fast; even ending up as one of the top posts on SpoilerTV last week. Judging by the info of all the news sites, he sounds like a mixture of the characters of Jack Dalton and Samantha Cage. Some fans are worried that him being another regular might push both Riley and Desi a bit into the background.

The first Casting Calls came out on Tuesday. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bar and Coffee Patrons and for a Featured Bartender.

Costume Fitting Break (via Sarah Downer)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Although they start filming in just 4 days, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. Many have speculated about a start in January 2020. But the only potential one-hour-timeslots for MacGyver to start in January are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). Additionally, there are also 3 other crime shows needing a one-hour-slot during midseason: Tommy, FBI: Most Wanted and the last season of Criminal Minds. So it’s going to be a tight schedule if they still insist on all the mini-breaks and reruns during the season.

CBS might have already planned on where and when to fit which show into the ongoing schedule, but it all hinges on how well the rookie shows will do. As you can guess, a 10pm slot for the show would be pretty bad. And if both All Rise and Evil get a back-up order for a full season, there’s only Sundays 10pm left in January; meaning the show might have to wait until Spring for a free 8pm or 9pm slot.

Lucas and Nick Till celebrating July 4th with Family (via Erin Quinn)

MacGyver in Germany
German-speaking fans finally got a premiere date for Season 3 on German channel Sat.1 (July 23rd). As expected, they will air two episodes every Tuesday. Pity that the Season 2 DVD isn’t out before mid-August *sigh*.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×01: 50 Millionen Diamanten (50 Million Diamonds, Improvise)
  • 3×02: Daltons Helden (Dalton’s Heroes, Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship)
  • 3×03: Zurück aufs College (Back to School, Bozer + Booze + Back To School)
  • 3×04: Atemnot (Respiratory Distress, Guts + Fuel + Hope)

Additionally, Germany had another MacGyver-related event last week: Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson visited Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart; attending two panels, posing for photos and writing countless of autographs.

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: Both the Reboot and Lucas Till have been nominated in the 1st wave of nominees for the Teen Choice Awards. Voting for the 1st wave was open until June 25; voting for the 2nd wave of nominees starts on July 8. The Awards will take place on August 11.

Also, Greenlight Hollywood has just released a second MacGyver collectible: Jack Dalton’s 67 Pontiac GTO convertible. Check out the photos and description here.

MacGyver Collectible (via Greenlight Hollywood)

It’s still months until we get to see new episodes, so here’s what we know so far about other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24
  • The German DVD for Season 2 will be released on August 15
  • The “Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” will be released on September 17

According to an article from June 3, CBS has announced new licensees for its TV properties. MacGyver is one of them, doing collaborations with “Just Funky” and “Skybrand”. I’m assuming it will be similar items that CBS usually has in their shop for other shows (e.g. mugs, mousepads or beanies), so most likely nothing too exciting unless they add standees like for H50. It’s worth noting that almost all crime shows shops for CBS are down at the moment. They’re probably already in the process of updating the shop pages, so new articles might be available soon.

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Looking Back at Season 3 (II) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

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.)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via David Dastmalchian)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For now, I’m keeping up the rhythm of writing bi-weekly Update posts, so these posts looking back at the Official Stills will be peppered in between.

 

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For Epsisode 3×06, we got 13 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission with Mac and Murdoc, but we also got the guest-stars in several of the Stills.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Murdoc, of course. This already teases a similar storyline like in the Original Show. And there is a fun BtS video by David Dastmalchian from filming this scene; a screenshot shown at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded one of the B-storyline with Jack and Bozer. Maybe even one of Nasha?

 

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Annette Brown)
For the seventh episode of Season 3, we got 7 Stills of the team involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: For the first two seasons, it was rare for the show to actually feature the guest-star in several of the Official Stills, so I chose one of them.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills look a bit different in quality. Also, all of them show pretty people looking confused. Overall, it’s not very exciting for teasing an episode.

 

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Cagacombs + Le Fantome (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×08 delivered 13 Official Stills, consisting of 10 “normal” Stills and 3 additional Screenshots.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: All these pretty people in fancy clothing. And in some of the Stills, they’re even happy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Jack is missing.

 

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Jace Downs)
We got 10 Stills for this episode. Eight them feature Mac, Jack and a dog in the Opening Gambit.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Jack in a cage. And with Jack holding a bone, this setting already screams for an interesting storyline. Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit.

OW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: As I said: Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit. Also interesting they chose to show so many Stills from a scene that isn’t even five minutes long.

 

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 10 Official Stills. For once, the guest-star got a Still all by himself.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I’ts Matty and Mac and they look good.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The guest-star got a Still all by himself. Too bad I can’t stand the character… I’d rather had some more with Jack or with Riley. Or a Team Phoenix Photo.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #71

For tonight’s Episode 3×09, we will get some more quality time with Mac and Jack. Enjoy it while it lasts: It’s been confirmed that George Eads will leave the show this season.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

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

 

About Episode 3×08
Shortly before the episode aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episode back in September and October; e.g. Emerson Brooks of Charlie having a rough day. Costume Designer Sarah Downer uploaded photos of Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton all dolled up and of Lucas Till in a tux.

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain wrote a blog post about the MacHacks again – e.g. about Methanol Fire or about the Comeback Can, providing some videos to enjoy as well.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) premiered on November 9 and reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0 and beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest live-audience number this season and a seven-month-high in total viewers. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.503 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.936 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+49%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) on November 16 got 6.203 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. Again, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers and won the 8pm time-slot. Including the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.60 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.805 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+52%).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.032 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.

Because of Thanksgiving break, many shows have been on hold or aired reruns. So the numbers didn’t change much, and when comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is still at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. Most prediction sites have the show as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed” – mainly because it needs another season to reach the 88 episodes in total that is warranted for syndication.

Of course, with Criminal Minds not getting a back-order and inofficially being cancelled, the Reboot just lost another competitor similar in demo rating. Also, we have to see if George Eads exiting the show (see further below for more info) will affects the ratings. Generally, lower ratings will make it harder to get a valuable syndication deal that ensures CBS in its decision to renew it.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Tristin Mays)

What you need to know about Episode 3×09
The episode airing tonight is titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez (who also directed Episode 2×14: Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). In case you missed the Synopsis:

When a vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, MacGvyer and team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic.

The episode has a guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton), so we might get conclusion about Billy’s job offer to Riley come work with the Coltons and/or about their relationship. It also marks the temporarily return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna), so there might be some insight to her relationship with Bozer as well. It’s possible that one of those relationships will end tonight.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

On November 11, CBS released 11 Official Stills. Most of them show Mac and Jack sitting in a cage. Looks like a fun Opening Gambit before the episode will tackle darker undertones with the main mission and the potential relationship drama surrounding Riley and Bozer. On November 21, the fans got a nice surprise when CBS already released the preview as an early Thanksgiving gift.

Sadly, they didn’t release any Sneak Peeks yet. From BtS photos, we know that Bozer will join Mac and Jack on the main mission to contain the virus. Considering that George Eads is leaving soon, you’d think CBS would promote the episode to show the Jack Dalton fans that George is still on and to ensure they will keep watching once he’s gone.

BtS photo of Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (via Christopher Duddy)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×10 to 3×15
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:

  • 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
    Written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by David Straiton. Guest appearance by Brendan Hines as Ethan Reigns, Matty’s husband. You can find the Press Release and the Official Stills here. Peter Lenkov added a little snippet from a TV magazine that reveals a bit more about the episode.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (January 11, 2019)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever. Peter Lenkov posted a shot taken while editing, featuring Mac and Jack in suits.
  • 3×12: tba (January 18)
    Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.
  • 3×13: tba (February 1)
    Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn.
  • 3×14: tba (February 15)
    Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez.
  • 3×15 tba (February 22)

 

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The originally planned Midseason Finale Episode 3×11 will air on January 11. In between, there will be two reruns; airing on December 28 and January 4. The little breaks in January and February are probably happening due to Celebrity Big Brother – but fans should consider themselves lucky because SEAL Team is being shelved by CBS for 3 months after their Midseason Finale (in favor of Amazing Race).

Working on Episodes 3×12, 3×13 and 3×14
On November 6, production started on Episode 3×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia. They also had two kid actors on set for this episode. Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody plus their agencies posted some nice photos with the cast.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Samuel Moody)

Despite freezing temperatures, they started filming in the woods and around some sort of rock-climbing area for Episode 3×13 on November 15. Tristin Mays played with Spiders while Justin Hires was confronted with a frozen left butt cheek. They had some sunny days later on, thankfully. As Justin revealed, the episode is directed by Brad Turner.

Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew mainly relied on temporary videos without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

We did get a handful of nice photos, though. After more than a month of staying quiet, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov finally uploaded another BtS photo out of the editing room; featuring Mac and Jack. Justin Hires posted a new photo of the team in Episode 3×10, of him and Tristin Mays in the woods and several BtS photos of himself in Episode 3×11. Lucas Till posted a photo of MacGyver playing with fire.

I’m assuming they started filming for Episode 3×14 this week. They were filming wedding scenes yesterday with Tristin, Justin and Meredith Eaton dressed up – but they also had bad guys and lots of weapons on set.

BtS Instagram Short Story Screenshot Compilation of Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (via Justin Hires)

About George Eads leaving the Reboot
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Eads’ exit; followed by various articles by other TV news outlets like TV Line or SpoilerTV. The news flooded Twitter and other social media for two days; also making waves in Europe (particularly in France, but also in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany).

Fans had been speculating for a while if George Eads was set to leave; especially after he had deleted his Instagram account around the same time he was last seen on set in mid-October. The last BtS photo of George I have in my stash is a photo posted by Carlos Bernard (director of Episode 3×11), uploaded on October 31.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

For now, we don’t know for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. As ET Online stated on Monday, Eads was currently on set filming his last episode, which would be either Episode 3×13 or 3×14. Deadline seems to have more information:

While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.

Some people took the opportunity to post old BtS photos with George; inofficially applying to take over for the role of Jack Dalton.

BtS photo of Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via Adam Clements)

Fans are mourning, especially because it doesn’t seem like Jack Dalton can be written out in a way that does the character justice. Some already started writing fanfictions how they would have written him out if they had any say in it. Others started suggesting which guest stars could be hired to help MacGyver on missions and ease some of Lucas Till’s work load. The ideas are very veried; from Isabel Lucas’ character of Samantha Cage to Diogo Morgado, Mac’s friend in Puerto Rico we got to meet in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
So far, Reign Edwards hasn’t been on set since November 4 for Episode 3×11. I’m not sure if and when she will be back or if her project that she filmed a pilot for in New Zealand got picked up. Interestingly, she’s been wearing her hair curly in the last few days – the same way she had it styled for that pilot.

So at the moment, it doesn’t look like Leanna will take over for Jack. It is kinda ironic that both female field agents that were set up to take some workload off George Eads didn’t work out in the end.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Roberto Sanchez). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Real Photographer, a Real Videographer, for Formal Guests to portray Hispanic looks, a Hispanic female Kid (age 6-8 years) and a Priest. Doesn’t that sound like an upcoming wedding scene to you?

My assumption was confirmed with them explicitly looking for Wedding Guests, Wedding Servers and a Wedding Bartender as well. The filming for these scenes will continue next week. Though with the casting calls for Masked Men and Tough Bad Guys, that could mean the wedding will get crashed…

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season.

It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is still eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the following categories:

  • Best Stunts
  • Best Youth Actor/Actress
  • Best Couple
  • Best Director

For now, you can still vote as many times as you want and choose as many boxes to tick as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add it into the “other” box (they will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – usually takes a day or two).

There will be several rounds with new categories added over time, so check in regularly.

MacGyver Reboot Update #70

Cast and Crew are battling harsh conditions this week while filming outside. For tonight’s Episode 3×08, they got to dress up for a Gala Dinner that’s taking place in a warm and comfy ball room, at least.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (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 Episodes 3×06 and 3×07
Shortly before the episodes aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episodes back in September; e.g. David Dastmalchian for Episode 3×06 (with Lucas Till), Sibongile Mlambo for 3×06 (with David Dastmalchian) or Jimmy Akingbola for 3×07 (with Justin Hires, with Tristin Mays and with Joy Sunday).

Since Episode 3×03, CBS hadn’t released any Sneak Peeks. Fans felt cheated on, especially because Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods got several Sneak Peeks for every episode. So it was a nice surprise when for Episode 3×07, they released 3 Sneak Peeks on November 8.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via David Dastmalchian)

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain added blog posts about the MacHacks again – e.g. about the use of muriatic acid to eat through cement in Episode 3×06 or about the Microwave Gun in 3×07. He was also interviewed for a CBS news channel segment. (Funny note: He’s never met the cast or the crew. CBS should invite this man to visit the set soon!)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap:  With the World Series being on at the same time, the demo-rating for Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) dropped to a 0.6. It still managed a live-viewers audience of 5.894 millions. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.66 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 7.553 million viewers and a demo of 1.01 (+58%) when including the DVR numbers.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) made 6.063 milllion live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.8 in the important demo-group of 18-49-year-olds. This episode has the second-highest audience number and the highest (un-rounded) demo of Season 3 so far. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.41 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.475 million viewers and a demo of 1.09 (+40%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0, but more interestingly, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest audience number this season.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.008 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.

For comparison with other CBS crime shows in the same range: Peter Lenkov’s rookie show Magnum PI is at 6.001 millions / 0.88 demo (Monday) after airing 7 episodes so far, despite getting a lot more promo than other CBS shows. It just got an extra premiere-slot on Sunday, January 20 – directly after the AFC Championship Game. This could work in their favor; affecting the episode averages for the season. SEAL Team is on average at 5.34 million live-viewers / 0.83 in demo (Wednesday, 7 episodes) and SWAT at 5.22 / 0.71 (Thursday, 7 episodes).

When comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. While that doesn’t read so great, all prediction sites have the show predicted as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed”. Its famous brand name with franchise and syndication potential sure makes it a likely candidate to get another season.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 3×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome”, written by Brian Durkin and directed by Lily Mariye. In case you missed the Synopsis:

MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of “The Ghost,” a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

The episode has guest appearances by Holland Roden, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson) and Sean C. Michael (as the Ghost). It looks like George Eads might be absent in this episode since I haven’t seen him in any of the BtS or promo material.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

On November 8, they released 13 Official Stills. Most pf them show Team Phoenix (sans Jack and Leanna) at a Gala Dinner, all dolled up and/or in sharp suits. They also released 2 Sneak Peeks yesterday. The first one has Mac and Riley talking about Nasha before Mac meets Holland Rodan’s character Eileen at a veteran gala. The second one has Mac, Riley, Bozer plus Charlie and Eileen out in the field with Matty assisting in the War Room back at Phoenix.

Emerson Brooks uploaded a BtS photo showing Charlie on a stretcher; confirming that the episode will take place in Paris. Executive Producer and Showrunner Peter Lenkov remains quiet. In fact, besides a re-post of Lucas Till, he still hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related on Instagram since October 5.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via Sibongile Mlambo)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×09 to 3×12
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:

  • 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (November 30)
    Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton) and return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna). Check out the Press Release and the Official Stills here.
  • 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
    Partially filmed in a prison location. Otherwise still top secret, apparently.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever.
  • 3×12: tba (tbd)
    Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.

There’s no episode on November 23, but we’ll get a rerun on December 28. Episode 3×11 – which was originally planned as the Christmas Episode being the Midseason-Finale – will presumably air in January.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Carlos Bernard)

Working on Episodes 3×11 and 3×12
Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew still mainly rely on temporary videos now without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about. Luckily, every now and then, someone feels like teasing the fans a bit. They filmed a car crash and another ballroom gala scene. Shani Atias had uploaded quite a few BtS photos and Insta Stories. Director Carlos Bernard uploaded a nice team photo while taking a break after filming in the War Room.

On November 6, production started on Episode 2×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving, in a hangar (and possibly inside an airplane) and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia – while also working on a set that looks like Fort Knox. This week, the constant and cold rain led do some re-scheduling so they could film inside instead. They also had some kid actors on set during the last few days: Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody posted some nice photos with the cast.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Izabella Dzmitryieu)

The weather didn’t change for the better though – so yesterday, they had to film in the woods; despite freezing temperatures, wind and rain. Even the cameras got to wear a raincoat. Today, they were lucky with blue skies and the sun peeking through the foliage every now and then.

It’s possible they’re already working on Episode 3×13. My count might be a day or two off – but according to my files, they reached Day 100 of filming for Season 3.

Today, ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September of Season 3). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season (sadly, it’s not really a surprise anymore since we’re already seven episodes in).

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Justin Hires)

Erik Kerr uploaded several videos of different episodes, e.g. of filming the attack on the truck with Riley driving (in Episode 3×04) or the fighting scene between Amber and Murdoc in Episode 3×06. (Funny note: The Stunt Double for Sarah Sokolovic was Kandis Hargrave, wife of Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave. Between takes, she was nursing their son.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Greg Corbett, Faran Tahir, David Chin and Alex Livinalli. Additionally, they had Casting Calls for Photo Doubles, a Hand Double for Meredith Eaton and for a Stand-In with red hair.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for African American Techs and Agents, for Bad Guys, for Russian Guards and Russian Security, Tactical Men, Gala Guests, Russian Police, Russian Valets, Upscale Cars, Police, Male Fit Models, for Pedestrians with Cars, a Featured Pilot and Tactical Teams.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: Season 1 of Original MacGyver was released on BluRay on October 30. Might be a nice Christmas gift *wink*. There’s no information yet about a possible release date for Season 2.

It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the category “Best TV Show” and for the characters in the category “Favorite TV Character” plus for the category “Best Non-Human Character or Prop” (I’ll say the robot or the SAK are the most likely candidates here).

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

For now, you can vote as many times as you want. The show is not available to choose from the list, but you can add it into the “other” box. So add your favorites in there and vote as many times as you want as long as the categories stay open. If it’s like last year, there will be several rounds with new categories added over time.