Looking Back at Season 3 (IV) – The Official Stills (Part 4)

It’s promotion time for the Fall shows on CBS. Not for MacGyver, sadly. So let’s finish another blog post to help easing the pain of having to wait for Season 4, no?

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.)

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can read the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit here. Part 3 (Episodes 3×11 to 3×15) is to be found here.

 

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For Episode 3×16, we got 9 Official Stills by Still Photographer Guy D’Alema. They all feature Riley, Bozer and/or Desi in the lab with Sparky. Later, CBS added 4 screenshots of Mac and Desi out on the main mission as additional Stills.

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: It might be a rather blurry screenshot, but I still prefer Mac out in the wild over a lab photo. Sorry, Guy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I still think it’s an interesting choice to get the Still Photographer to a certain location on the day the main character isn’t there. Especially since for this episode, not much happens in the lab. Maybe there had been a schedule change.

 

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Jace Downs)
For Episode 3×17, we got 13 Stills of the team either in the lab or on the main mission. Besides in one photo, there’s not much action going on.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people standing around and looking dangerous.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not much to choose from besides pretty people standing around and looking pretty. I guess it could be worse.

 

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + HIT (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×18 delivered 19 Official Stills; 18 of them featuring one or more members of Team Phoenix staring down Murdoc.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac and MacDaddy confronting Murdoc. With James seemingly holding MacGyver back or trying to protect him, the Still allows speculations into different directions.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 18 Stills of Team Phoenix staring down Murdoc. They could have at least provided one with Murdoc’s nemesis Helman. I mean, it’s Michael Des Barres, everyone. And with all the BtS photos and the trailer, it wasn’t a secret anymore that MDB would be guest-starring in this episode.

 

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Jace Downs)
We got 8 Stills for this episode; all of them of Mac and/or Desi on the main mission.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Desi in a tense conversation. This might get interesting.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: I think the episode would have provided better opportunities at Stills. But the Still Photographer is scheduled for a specific timeslot and has to take photos of what he can. I felt some of the BtS photos were more interesting, though.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #80

The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21. Luckily, we still have 4 more episodes to enjoy on TV.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

(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 3×18
Since CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 and because of the March Madness break, fans had to wait for a long time for this episode. On March 29, CBS released a 10-second-preview for Episode 3×18. Contrary to the Official Stills, we finally got an official glimpse of Michael Des Barres’ guest spot as Helman.

MDB had continued to post a few BtS photos every now and then. He uploaded a BtS photo with David Dastmalchian‘s Murdoc on March 31st. David uploaded a photo of him with Lucas Till and with his stunt double on April 2nd. Again, CBS didn’t bother with Sneak Peeks. At least, they posted a few BtS photos.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Michael Des Barres)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

Episode 3×18 had an audience of 5.570 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6; marking it as the episode with the lowest ratings of Season 3 so far. In the +3 Days Ratings, it added 1.374 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 6.947 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 (+48%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via MacGyverCBS)

On April 7, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He also added blog posts for the MacGyverisms in Episodes 2×01 (DIY or DIE), 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) and 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.214 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to the 24 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 21 in demo and at rank 14 in audience numbers. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 14% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 10% in live audience numbers.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows. Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.89 demo-rating. They’ve been already confirmed for a 2nd season a while ago.

There still hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed. SEAL Team is at 5.241 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.79 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 21% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; losing quite a bit in the ratings departement lately. SWAT is at 5.337 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

BtS photo of editing Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

All you need to know about Episode 3×19
Episode 3×19 is titled “Friends + Enemies + Border”, written by Justin Lisson and directed by Andi Armaganian. There are guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. The first Official Still had been released on March 22 with more Stills added on March 28. Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode.

Again, the teaser is only 10 seconds long. There haven’t been any Sneak Peeks released yet.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×20 to 3×22
The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10. Including today, we have 4 more episodes to enjoy. Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes:

  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer. The Press Release was posted on April 8.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

That’s a Wrap… or not.
The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. The Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew was celebrated on March 24. Apparently, there still hasn’t been one in LA like for Seasons 1 and 2.

Episode 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (Official Still via CBS)

They continued filming some inserts and additional footage; closing the office on March 28. Interestingly, they had another Casting Call for a photo double for Justin Hires. Tristin May’s photo double Jordan has also been on set again. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is still editing since Tristin did ADR in the studio for Episode 3×20 yesterday, so post-production is continuing for a few more weeks.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As Lucas Till revealed in a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set for the upcoming episodes.

In other news, Lucas recently started filming a new movie in Montgomery, Alabama. Both his brother Nick and friend Michael Aaron Millegan visited him on set. Lucas cut his hair for the role, meaning MacGyver will have shorter hair next season.

BtS photo of Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (via CBS)

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 started Season 3 on March 16. They changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing two episodes of Season 3 and then one or two episodes of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers still don’t appreciate the new timeslot and the ratings keep falling. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers. Episodes 3×05 and 3×06 on March 30 got 1.62 million and 1.34 million viewers.

In an old interview just released, Lucas Till talked about filming the 3rd season, the differences of filming Seasons 1 and 2 and being able to spend more time with his family.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

Best of TV Awards and other MacGyver-related Promo
In an interview for Episode 3×18, Matt Carter talked with Michael Des Barres about music and MDBs role as Helman in the Reboot.

The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Here are the final relevant results relevant:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 3)
  • Best Action or Drama Actress (Meredith Eaton, Rank 6; Tristin Mays, Rank 7)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor (Lucas Till, Rank 4; George Eads, Rank 12)
  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #79

No new episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. At least we had some promo goodies to enjoy while waiting. The main cast wrapped Season 3 on March 21.

Lucas Till, Alex O’Loughlin and Jay Hernandez at PaleyFest LA (via Getty Images)

(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 3×17
To recap: In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS had opted to pre-empt Episode 3×17 for an interview with R. Kelly instead; making the fans wait for another week. Sadly, there weren’t any Sneak Peeks for this episode to make up for all the disappointment, but cast, crew and guest stars promoted the episode to their followers on social media.

Let’s take a look at the ratings. To recap: Episode 3×16 back in February had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. The Rerun for Episode 3×06 on March 1st got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

In some regions, the Friday-Lineup on March 15 was pre-empted for basketball. All the CBS shows suffered quite a bit and the MacGyver Reboot got the lowest ratings of this season so far: Episode 3×17 had 5.623 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.655 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.295 million viewers with a demo of 0.98 (+54%).

On March 18, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode.

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.252 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience. That’s not all that great, but it could be worse. Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 13% in demo and about 0.61 million viewers or roughly 9% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via MacGyverCBS)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows; especially at the two other shows on the bubble that haven’t been renewed yet. Magnum PI is at 6.016 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.90 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; since the show is concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. They are already confirmed for a 2nd season and don’t have to worry about the finale rating so much.

SEAL Team is at 5.393 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.82 on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 19% in both demo ratings and audience numbers. These losses might grow since SEAL Team airs in a new timeslot after a 4-weeks-hiatus; ending the season on May 22.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16. It lost about 16% in demo ratings and 9% in audience numbers compared to last year.

There hasn’t been any official news yet about MacGyver, SEAL Team or SWAT being renewed, although most prediction sites are still confident about MacGyver getting another season. The three shows are probably in the same budget range (with SEAL Team being the most expensive) and both SEAL and SWAT have some well-beloved and long-term TV stars as main leads, but it’s possible that CBS might axe one of them. Since MacGyver only needs aone more season for syndication, it’s probably safe for now. The same goes for Bull, but the show lost roughly 35% in both demo and audience and got some very bad press this year, so MacGyver seems the safer option to renew.

All you need to know about Episode 3×18
Episode 3×18 is titled “Murdoc + Helman + Hit”, written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff and directed by Roderick Davis. There are guest appearances by Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The first Official Still had been released on February 28 with 18 more Stills added on March 6. Sadly, none of them featured MDB. Here’s the synopsis:

When Nicholas Helman (Michael Des Barres) resurfaces to carry out a killing spree, the Phoenix is forced to get help from the one person who knows him best… his protégé, Murdoc.

Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×19 to 3×22
The break for March Madness basketball is almost over. Due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19, the Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via CBS)

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the remaining episodes for this season:

  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Written by Justin Lisson, directed by Andi Armaganian. Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh. CBS revealed the synopsis and a first Official Still on March 22. They released 7 more Stills on March 28.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Maja Vrvilo. Guest appearance by Emerson Brooks.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross and Brendan Hines.

Working on the Season Finale
On March 14, cast and crew continued filming action scenes in an underground parking garage. Both Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton and Lance Gross as Billy Colton filmed scenes on a different location.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sarah Downer)

On March 18. they started with the last week of filming. Some crew members wrapped earlier than others, and some posted photos with thank you‘s during the last few days. Costume Designer Sarah Downer posted nice photos of her with Lucas Till and with Meredith Eaton.

They shot scenes in the War Room and at MacGyver’s house, but also more action scenes involving guns, fight clubs and car chases and both Justin Hires and Levy Tran getting banged up a bit in the process.

They kept filming until late at night on March 20; cast and crew posting quite a bit on social media. Justin Hires was on a plane towards Washington for his Stand-Up Comedy Gig after only 4 hours of sleep. He uploaded some new photos and videos; e.g. a nice group photo of him with Tate Donovan, Levy Tran and Lucas Till.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Justin Hires)

The last day of filming for the main cast occurred on March 21. Levy Tran wrote a heartfelt thank you note on a video post to all the people involved in making a TV show and to the fans. She flew back on the same plane as Meredith Eaton and Lance Gross; Levy and Meredith posting Insta Stories of each other filmed from opposite sides on the plane.

Some of the second team and the crew continued filming on March 22 while other crew members posted photos of their wrapping gifts and scenes shot before (e.g. the Fight Club Scene).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Lance Gross)

That’s a Wrap
Costume Designer Sarah Downer confirmed last Sunday that the Wrap Party for the Atlanta Crew would be on March 24. Apparently, none of the cast made the effort to fly back to Atlanta for it. Jeff Downer stood in for the producers.

The crew posted some photos; e.g. Sarah Downer with Lucas’ brother Nick Till who had worked in props and also as personal assistant this season. She also uploaded a photo of her with Triston Dye who stands in for Lucas at fittings.

Because the party was on a Sunday and some had to be on set again the next day or to clean up the offices and trailers, most photos and videos got posted on Monday instead. Also, there wasn’t as much material as for the other two season wrap parties in Atlanta. Some crew members took the opportunity to post some more thank you notes with BtS set photos taken during the last few weeks of filming (e.g. the Elevator Scene).

Season 3 Wrap Party in Atlanta (via Sarah Downer)

Initially, the LA Wrap Party was supposed to be on March 22 (according to Peter Lenkov). It looks like it’s been rescheduled, but so far we have no further information.

It seems like they continued filming some inserts and additional footage until yesterday. According to Insta Stories, the offices for Season 3 in Atlanta closed definitely on March 28.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. As Lucas Till revealed in an interview, Peter Weller will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode – and his character role would be possible to get expanded. So far, there’s no more information on this; e.g. if it’s another rebooted character taken from the Original Show.

BtS photo of Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (via Justin Hires)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras for the final episode of the season; specifically for Guards and Agents, Russian Guards, a CIA Agent, 40 Background Actors as Handsome Club Goers, a Bouncer, for Paris Cooks, Pedestrians, for Upscale European Cars and for a Male with an European Car.

MacGyver in France
French channel M6 premiered the first two episodes of Season 3 on March 16. Interestingly, they had changed the timeslot from Fridays (Seasons 1 and 2) to Saturdays; airing an episode of S2 afterwards.

Sadly, the viewers didn’t really appreciate the new timeslot. Episodes 3×01 and 3×02 garnered 1.81 and 1.56 million live-viewers. Episodes 3×03 and 3×04 on March 23 had 1.70 and 1.47 million viewers, which is the lowest number of the show in France so far.

PaleyFest LA
Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton attended the panel for the three CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA. The event was moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight).

Cast members of MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum at PaleyFest LA (via Paley Center)

For once, it was photo galore on social media. Everyone posted photos – photo agencies, official CBS accounts, Paley-Center-related accounts, stars and fans. A few panel snippets:

  • Lucas Till doesn’t really use cue cards to remember all that scientific jargon. His mom is a chemist and sends him audio messages of the correct pronounciations instead.
  • Peter Lenkov is still trying to put a crossover episode of all three shows together. The big difficulty is logistics.
  • Tristin Mays called Lucas a “real-life-MacGyver” and being super-smart.

By Monday, the blue carpet video interviews also started coming in. As Lucas Till revealed to Red Carpet Report, he sometimes sleeps in his character’s bed on stage when he’s tired. Also, he told ET Canada that his entire family watches the episodes and the relatives text him afterwards about it.

Tristin Mays and Lucas Till at PaleyFest LA (via Dolby Theatre)

Other MacGyver-related Promo
Lucas Till did a radio interview with the Canadian Todd Shapiro Show. He talked about the grueling work schedule and revealed that “Robocop” Peter Weller (who also directed Episode 3×04) will have a guest-part in an upcoming episode.

Michael Des Barres joined the “Forum Celebrity Podcast”; talking about music, film and TV and also about his roles as Murdoc and Helman in both the Original and rebooted MacGyver series. He’s looking forward to Episode 3×18; promoting it better than CBS so far.

Episode 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor (David Dastmalchian, Rank 6; Tate Donovan, Rank 19)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond, Rank 5)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres, Rank 17)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart, Rank 23)
  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Rank 6; Jack Dalton, Rank 27)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)

MacGyver Reboot Update #78

Tonight, we finally get the episode that should have aired last week. Then, no episodes until April 5 because of March Madness. Meanwhile, cast and crew are still busy filming the last episode of Season 3.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Sarah Downer)

(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!)

 

The rescheduling of Episode 3×17
Episode 3×17 should have aired last Friday. In some sort of last-minute-rescheduling, CBS opted to preempt the episode for an interview with R. Kelly instead.

Sadly, neither the producers nor the writers were aware early of the schedule change and the official, pre-scheduled tweet about the episode airing plus the automatically scheduled tweets by SpoilerTV just added to the confusion. Until the last minute, many fans and even the guest-stars didn’t know about the episode not airing; promoting the show and prompting the fans to watch. Understandably, fans were pretty upset and vocal about it.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

To top it all, CBS hadn’t deleted the other pre-scheduled posts either; starting to promote Episode 3×18 early on instead of 3×17. Also, no Sneak Peeks yet to make up for all this mess. There hasn’t been much promo for the premiere tonight. Sigh.

About the Season 3 Ratings
It’s been a while since the last new episode, so to recap: Episode 3×16 had reached 6.574 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.53 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.108 million viewers with a demo of 1.06 (+36%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (via Chad Michael Collins)

The Rerun for Episode 3×06 got 4.387 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. For a rerun, that’s not bad numbers. It even had a higher audience number than Hawaii Five-0 (I can’t remember if this has ever happened, actually). For comparison: The reruns of Season 1 had an average of 4.22 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.58.

There was no new episode since February 22, so the MacGyver Reboot still has an average of 6.291 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.73. Compared to the 23 scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is still at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Magnum PI is at 6.032 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.91 demo-rating at the moment. There is only one episode left to air; so concluding the first season with Episode 1×20 on April 1st. SEAL Team is still at 5.545 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.84 on average. Since they’ve been on a 4-weeks-hiatus, they won’t end the season before May 22. SWAT is at 5.373 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.79, ending the season on May 16.

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×17
Tonight’s Episode 3×17 is titled “Seeds + Permafrost + Feather”, written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen and directed by Alexandra La Roche.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The Press Release with the first Official Still came out on February 15 with more Stills added on March 5. Because it’s been a while, here’s the synopsis again:

MacGyver and team are asked to solve a locked-door mystery when a man working inside a remote, ultra-secure international seed vault disappears.

There’s guest appearances by Carsten Norgaard and Carlos Leal. Under the Recurring Cast, there’s Reign Edwards, Levy Tran and Tate Donovan listed.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×18 to 3×22
After tonight’s episode, there will be a break due to March Madness basketball. On March 11, CBS released the airdates for all their show’s season finales. The Season 3 Finale of MacGyver will air on May 10 because there is another short break in between due to the “I love Lucy” special airing on April 19.

Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for remaining episodes:

  • 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit (April 5)
    Written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff, directed by Roderick Davis. Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres, Andre Reed and David Dastmalchian. The first Official Still was released on February 28 with more Stills added on March 6 (sadly, none of them featureing MDB). Channel CBS46 had been on set for that episode; doing on-set interviews with the cast. Hopefully, they will release more material for the occasion.
  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 12)
    Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh.
  • 3×20: No Go + High Voltage + Rescue (April 26)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson. Guest appearances by Andrew Brodeur and Emily Marie Palmer.
  • 3×21: tba (May 3)
    Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
  • 3×22: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (May 10)
    Written by Nancy Kiu and Lindsey Allen, directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Lance Gross,  Emerson Brooks and Brendan Hines.

Working on Episodes 3×21 and 3×22
It’s gotten difficult to determine what filming days were used for which episode. On February 25, they filmed scenes involving power lines and climbing a tower. The next days, they filmed scenes at Fulton County airport and at Turner Field, also using a living rat on the Turner Field set.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Lucas Till initiated Mustache March; sharing the diversity of the mustached crew on Instagram Live Stories. They also filmed scenes with the black chopper again.

On March 11, Lance Gross revealed that he was on a plane back to Atlanta; his hand over the script title page. All his secrecy was unnecessary, though since Costume Designer Sarah Downer revealed the title for the Season Finale Episode to us just a few hours later: “Treason + Heartbreak + Gum”.

Emerson Brooks posted a photo of Charlie in trouble; sitting in what looks like either a cell or a glass cage. Levy Tran, Lucas Till and Justin Hires filmed on a fake elevator set on March 11 and 12. Brendan Hines uploaded a video of him in the make-up trailer getting the neck tattoo for his character Ethan. Meredith Eaton posted some stories before filming in an underground parking garage on March 13.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Emerson Brooks)

On Wednesday, CBS surprised the fans by tweeting a photo for tonight’s episode of MacGyver and Desi – and it looks like they just got busted while sharing the bed. MacRiley fans were not happy, although there is some indication that this might have been another undercover op similar to the ruse used by MacGyver and Riley in Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire). The guy busting in on them is most likely Maurice P Kerry who had posted photos of him with both Lucas and Levy before; Lucas wearing a bathrobe.

Yesterday, they continued filming action scenes in the underground parking garage. The storyboard photo by Mike Torino, but also the scene preparation with toy cars by stunt coordinator Daniel Hargrave a few days earlier indicate that there might be some big action involving car chases and fighting.

Episode 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (via MacGyverCBS)

Levy Tran shared stories on set, also revealing her leg being black and blue due to the recent stunt work. Sheryl Lee Ralph aka Mama Colton has also been around yesterday. Lance Gross filmed a scene wearing a sharp suit – Instagram Stories by the stand-ins indicate that it will be most likely a dinner date with Billy and Riley. We don’t know yet how many members of the Colton family will show up, but there seem to be quite a lot of characters in the Season 3 Finale.

This week, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in Episode 1×19 (Compass) and in Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Mike Torino)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran joined the cast as recurring character, but she has been on set for every episode since 3×15 so far, so CBS will surely bump her to a regular if the show gets another season. It also appears that Tate Donovan has been part of most of the episodes being filmed lately, so it’s possible he might be part of a Season Finale plot twist or cliffhanger.

As mentioned above, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson), Lance Gross (as Billy Colton), Sheryl Lee Ralph (as Mama Colton) and Brendan Hines (as Matty’s ex-husband Ethan) have been on set recently. There’s no indication yet if Billy and Ethan are part of the “Hearbreak” or the “Treason” in the episode title of 3×22.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Maurice P Kerry)

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras recently; revealing that we might get to travel to Paris and to Russia.

In the last two weeks, they’ve been looking for a female Nurse, female Spectators, a male Coroner, for a Tactical Team, Agents and Techs, for Police, Firemen and Paramedics, Russian Guards, Bodyguards, Business People, Europe Wait Staff, for Beautiful Club Goers, for Handsome Club Goers, Business Patrons and Street Patrons, Diner Patrons, for Women Servers, Upscale Europe Restaurant Patrons, Paris Wait Staff, an African American female model for a photoshoot, male Security Officers, for Middle Eastern, Caucasian or Hispanic Security Guards and for Maintenance Workers.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Levy Tran)

Other MacGyver-related News
French MacGyver fans are lucky since channel M6 will start airing Season 3 tomorrow at 9pm.

In case you missed it: The confirmed guests for the MacGyver panel on March 23 at the Paley-Fest LA so far are Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton. Justin Hires has a stand-up comedy gig in Washington that day and won’t be able to attend. Tickets are still available for the event moderated by Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight)!

Matt Carter talked with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov about the Reboot in an interview posted on March 7. He also teased an upcoming interview with Michael Des Barres in April (presumably on April 5 before the premiere of Episode 3×18).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Sheryl Lee Ralph)

Best of TV Awards
The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It had won several categories in Round 1 (e.g. Best Stunts, Best Writing, Kate Bond as Best Recurring Actress) and made it into most of the categories for the Finals. Here are the results so far:

  • Best Writing (Rank 5)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 4)
    Only three votes more and the Reboot would have placed Rank 3.
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver Rank 6, Jack Dalton Rank 27)
    Again, Ranks 4 to 7 are only one or two votes apart, so our lead hero could have placed 4th with only three votes more.
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 4)
    It placed better than many fan favorites dominating the awards for years and ranks 2, 3 and 4 are only a few votes apart. Only five votes more and the Reboot would have placed 2nd in this category.

Maybe some more votes by fans might get the Reboot to win in some of the categories next year *hint hint*.