MacGyver Reboot Update #134

A new episode airs tonight – another one of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s also happy to see Frankie again?

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance). During the premiere, writer Stephanie Hicks tweeted that it had been very cathartic to write out their frustrations and fears surrounding quarantine and that she had been in the middle of re-planning her wedding when writing the script.

CBS released 10 Official Stills and a whopping number of 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand – plus the two clips that should have been uploaded after the episode aired (that they deleted half a day later after realizing their mistake).

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (CBS via TV Insider)

The exclusive Sneak Peek article provided by TV Insider included a short interview with Henry Ian Cusick. He talked a bit about the sword-fighting scene:

(…) Because of COVID, it just takes up a lot more time [to shoot]. You’re testing and cleaning and resetting and everything just takes a lot of time with filming. They wrote it and the director said, “We’re going to cut it because it’s just going to take up too much.” We kind of fought for it and I’m so glad that that sword fight was back in. It just makes it a little bit more sexy, and Camilla’s character is aristocratic so it brings that element to it.

(via TV Insider)

We got a few BtS videos by Stephanie Hicks when the episode aired. Extra Brandon Bell stated on Facebook that he had fun working with he cast. On January 24, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms. A day later, Joshua Romeo posted a BtS video of the escalator stunt in the mall.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

To recap: Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Episode 5×06 had similar, but slightly better ratings with 4.994 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.57 in the group of 18-49 year olds. In the Live +3 Days Ratings, it added 0.982 million viewers (+19.66%) and 0.186 in demo (+32.90%); reaching a total of 5.976 million viewers and 0.75 in demo.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (21 in total at the moment), it places Rank 13 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 11 in average demo.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via What2Vue)

Several of the writers plus Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. According to Henry Ian Cusick, he was still filming when the episode aired. With about 2200 estimated tweets per hour, it still wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but it was a lot more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 300 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 819). Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×04
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin). It was nice to see that the writers joined in on the live-tweeting; even posting new BtS material (e.g. a closer look at the egg drop apparatus or the bomb, renderings for scenes and a video of the prop crew testing the “plank walk”).

Closer look at the egg drop apparatus used in Episode 4×04 (via MacGyver Writers)

The episode had 3.552 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, which is the highest live-audience number for all Season 4 reruns so far.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by David Straiton; filmed with production number MAC417 in February last year.

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on January 19; alongside the confirmation that we will see another guest appearance by Aly Michalka as Frankie.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

The secret experimental cancer treatment Mac’s developing with a friend is discovered when culprits ransack their lab, kidnap Mac’s partner and plan to use the research to create a powerful new nerve agent.

On January 21, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. 11 tagged Stills are up on Getty Images; 16 untagged Stills are available on What2Vue. For once, we didn’t have to wait long for the Sneak Peeks since CBS was nice enough to release four of them by Monday already.

What you need to know about Episode 5×08 (MAC418)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Yangzom Brauen (who already directed Episode 4×10). This is the episode filmed with production number MAC418 (SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini) back in February last yar.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Jorge Garcia)

We got the Press Release on January 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and team rush to help when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain (Robert Patrick), and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Also, Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega (“Hawaii Five-0’s” Jorge Garcia) to infiltrate a Codex cell.

On Tuesday, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site; all of them featuring MacGyver and Desi during a shoot-out and meeting some Hazmat Guys. No untagged Stills have been released yet, but the episode got a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Daniel O’Callaghan)

Season 5 Overview
Here’s an overview of the upcoming Season 5 episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West, by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

There is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) scheduled for February 26.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number:

  • 5×10 (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. There have been filming restrictions in California and LA recently, so it’s safe to assume that the schedule for the LA Unit (where Meredith Eaton has been filming) was affected as well.

A little birdie told me that one of the upcoming episodes is titled “barn find + oil slick + la punzonatura + lab rats + tachometer”. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), I can’t yet determine the definite episode number, though.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jamie Stimach)

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode with production number MAC504. Guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta on January 20, filming her first scenes for the episode with production number MAC505 the day after.

During the premiere of Episode 5×06, the writers had revealed that Russ Taylors love interest Sofia will return. Filming resumed January 25 with Camilla Arfwedson posting a photo from inside her trailer. They had white lab rats in a maze on set on January 27. The next day, they filmed inside the Phoenix Jet.

Plague Doctor Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Lucas Till)

On January 24 and 27, Christopher Jon Duddy uploaded a few photos while location scouting (the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and an abandoned church). Note that back in the promo videos for Season 4, there was a bleeped out spoiler video teasing us about people dying and someone getting married. Filming inside the church continued on January 29. We got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun, so I’m already curious what the episode is about.

Filming resumed very early on Monday morning (February 1st), with crew members posting the first Instagram photos at 3.30am. The crew set up at Sweetwater Creek State Park; filming scenes with bad guys on trucks and a stunt person on a bike. Both Lucas Till and Tristin Mays were seen on set; freezing with temperatures of 35°F. According to First Assistant Director Esther Elise Johnson, it was the last day of filming for MAC505.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

Filming on February 2nd took place at the Hindu Tempel of Atlanta and continued at the same location for two days; including a night shoot. Camilla Arfwedson posted a photo of her on set today; and it looks like her character Sofia is dressed perfectly for a gala event; matching Lucas Till wearing the Pilot Episode suit yesterday. So, who’s getting married?

Judging by clothes and hairstyles plus the change in filming days and the long hours lately, I’ve been wondering if they’ve been filming episodes in parallel. It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes; with filming of MAC505 taking a lot longer than the earlier episodes they filmed so far this year. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming 505 and 506 in parallel and maybe even scenes for 507 already.

Filming at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (via David Allen)

But judging by BtS material, cast and crew are still enjoying themselves. After several months, Justin Hires uploaded another BtS photo of Bozer inside Phoenix. Tristin Mays uploaded two longer videos this week; one of them showing how she transforms herself into Riley Davis in the early morning (including doing her own hair and make-up plus getting a nasal swab) and another one featuring the Junebug Challenge Dance Off.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
The writers already teased us about it, but TV Line confirmed that we will see Riley’s hacker persona back in an upcoming episode; exploring an opportunity to groom young female hackers in similar situations as Riley in the Pilot Episode.

Official Still for Son of the South (via Vertical Entertainment)

Starting todady, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. Lucas did several short interviews together with Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, ScreenRant or BackstageOL) on the weekend to promote the premiere. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and of VOD and Digital Platforms (with a direct link).

Reviews are ranging from scathing to praising (e.g. Variety) and everything in between (e.g. Chicago Sun Time). The IMDb-Rating has plummeted from 7.9 this morning to a 4.4 as I’m writing up this blog post, but it’s still early (with only 106 votes) and it actually holds a median of 9.5. (Note: the median is the value separating the higher half from the lower half; meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 9.5 and higher).

Lucas Till doing interviews for Son of the South (Screenshot via AM FM Magazine)

According to IssueWire, the movie has qualified for an Official Oscars submission and is “in consideration”. There’s a dozen of award circuit nominations announced within the next few months, so lets hope Son of the South gets some love by the industry.

For German speaking fans: There’s a German distributor (Busch Media Group), but no release date for German-speaking regions yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #117

Everything seems quiet. Cast and Crew are waiting for the green light to start filming for Season 5.

BtS photos of Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Sarah Downer)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 5 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

All you need to know about Season 5
The MacGyverWriters have been back in the (virtual) office since June 12. They are quite active on Twitter; liking and sharing posts. They also tease us a lot – but so far, they haven’t revealed anything significant about the upcoming season. In fact, there’s barely any news about Season 5 for now – but behind the scenes, they must be preparing as much as they can so they’re ready to start filming when they get the green light.

According to this Facebook post, they are in the process of scouting potential filming locations; e.g. at the New Covenant Church. It’s probably weird to scout locations when you’re not sure in what season and weather condition you’ll start filming, tough. It’s possible that they’ll have a very different climate that they had initially planned for when writing the scripts.

Tristin Mays for Paradise Earth Survival

ICYMI: On July 20, an article by Vanity Fair revealed the extent of the toxicity and abuse surounding cast and crew when working on a show run by Peter Lenkov. Since the article came out, they added an audio version (with a runtime of 37 minutes). The author of the article also got promoted as contributing editor on Vanity Fair, which hints at the success (and also the truthfulness) of this well-investigated article.

What’s going to happen now?
Several CBS shows were listed with production dates for August and September. On August 5, Deadline reported that SWAT successfully finished their first day of filming for the new season. Although Magnum PI was supposed to start filming in August as well, Hawaii just went into another 3-week-lockdown. Interestingly, most shows with an official filming start date listed are not produced in-house, but are co-studio productions – which hints at other studios wanting to go ahead faster than CBS.

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Joanne Sanders)

According to an article by Deadline just released yesterday, the shows of the NCIS franchise are planning to start in September while the FBI franchise is going for October.

While MacGyver has the advantage of having some finished “leftover” episodes from Season 4, we haven’t seen any official promo yet. CBS is probably still figuring out what to air in Fall. While some networks relied on buying Canadian TV productions and delaying their Fall Season to January next year, others like CBS relied on being able to air new episodes of their own shows in the next few months. At the moment, it’s not looking good.

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Digital Ignition)

We did get some new/old material in recent weeks; e.g. a few BtS photos from filming Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) with a nice group photo intitially posted by Joanne Sanders back in February. Sarah Downer took pity on the fans suffering from a lack of new content and posted a BtS photo collage of Lucas Till in his Halloween costume for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet).

While browsing the IMDb crew list, I also managed to find some new/old concept renderings and props illustrations and set photos of Season 4. On this Phoenix Offices plan, you can see that both Russ and Matty are supposed to have offices. Maybe we’ll finally get to see them in Season 5.

Tristin Mays and Sergeant for Melted Fit (posted in May)

Here’s the upcoming reruns schedule:

  • Friday, August 21: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (4×05)
  • Friday, August 28: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (4×06)
  • Friday, September 4: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (4×08)
  • Friday, September 11: tba
  • Friday, September 18: tba

What are Cast and Crew up to?
A few weeks ago, Levy Tran was looking at new apartments in Atlanta. According to her realtor, Levy is a proud homeowner now. Justin Hires is back in the studio; producing his third mixtape. Tristin Mays has been helping advertizing both her brother’s and her sister in law’s webstores. Lucas Till took a short hiatus from his road trip across the country to do some ADR for his upcoming movie Son of the South. Since the days leading up to his 30th birthday, there hasn’t been any new photos or videos about his whereabouts or how he spent his big day.

Levy Tran as a homeowner (via Jeannie Morgan)

Story Editor Teresa Huang attended a screenwriter panel for WeScreenplay. She revelead that she attended MIT and got a degree in chemistry, so it will be interesting to see if the show turns a bit more scientific over time.

Sad news for Leanna fans: According to this article, Reign Edwards will head back to her former job at CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, so more appearances on MacGyver seem rather unlikely. Interestingly, the post has been deleted.

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) did very well in Germany with 1.53 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.8%. Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) is set in Germany. As expected, there were quite a few comments about it on social media (especially due to the episode being set in Karlsruhe, but using footage of Heidelberg). The episode had 1.42 million live-viewers and a market-share of 5.4%.

Lucas Till in the studio for “Son of the South” (via Abbey West Recording)

On contrary, Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) got the smallest audience for this season; reaching 1.25 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.9%. In my opinion, this is not very surprising since the TV channel has been gearing up for their new season of Promi Big Brother; completely neglecting to promote MacGyver on their social media accounts since Episode 4×02.

The lack of promo combined with hot weather and the possibility to watch the new episodes a week beforehand on their own media library seems a weird strategy to me; especially when considering that the first few episodes of Season 4 had very good ratings.

BtS photo of “Son of the South” (via Onye Eme-Akwari)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 4×06: Deal mit dem Teufel (literal translation: Deal with the Devil; Right + Wrong + Both + Neither)
  • 4×07: Mörderisches Date (Murderous Date; Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey)
  • 4×08: Akte 47 (File 47; Father + Son + Father + Matriarch)
  • 4×09: Kernschmelze (Meltdown; Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis)
  • 4×10: Shiva (Shiva; Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac)
  • 4×11: tba

Looking Back at Season 4 (I) – The Official Stills (Part 1)

Promo-wise, Season 4 was very good to MacGyver fans. Besides interviews and featurettes for the premiere, we got all the episode titles in advance and a new photoshoot in the middle of the season. Also, there were more Official Stills than for previous seasons and a preview plus several Sneak Peeks for every episode.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

As with the previous seasons, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 4; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

 

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (Still Photographer: Mark Hill)
For the Premiere of Season 4, we got 26 Official Stills on the press site. A lot of them were actually screenshots. Getty Images has 8 (but watermarked) Stills taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill while What2Vue released 20.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Desi. There’s an urgency in Mac handling the shovel, while Desi seems unsure but wanting to help.

BONUS STILL: The one with Mac and Russ on top of the post was the first Official Still we got for Season 4. Part of our introduction into the new season we waited so long for.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: A few more Stills instead of screenshots for the Season Premiere would have been nice, but we got like 6 Stills for the Season 3 Premiere back then, so no reason to keep complaining.

 

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (Guy D’Alema/Mark Hill)
It’s rather unusual to have 2 Still Photographers on set, but this was the first episode they filmed for Season 4, so they probably wanted to catch the excitement during the first days of filming.

For Episode 4×02, we got 15 Stills on the press site. 14 are available via Getty Images while 11 are on What2Vue. Interestingly, they later added 3 screenshots of Meredith Eaton as Matty.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: It’s art, no? Also, the only Still not available on Getty Images, probably because it was used for a First Look preview in the TV Guide magazine.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty looking people in various locations. Nothing to complain here.

 

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (Mark Hill)
The third episode only delivered 9 Official Stills (which is still more than we got on average for previous seasons). SpoilerTV granted us 8 unmarked Stills. Surprisingly, none of them are available on Getty Images.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac in a plane. We all know how he feels about heights, right?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The young guest star has a pivotal role on the episode. He would have deserved to be in one of the Stills without having his face half-hidden behind Desi.

 

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (Mark Hill)
We got 12 Stills for this episode. Most of them feature Mac and/or Riley on the mission in Germany, with Desi joining them in 2 of the Stills. Getty Images has 7 Stills up, while What2Vue has 6 of them. Interestingly, KsiteTV has 19 since they added the photos and screenshots posted on the official social media accounts the day the episode aired.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via What2Vue)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyverisms are hard work.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: So much MacRiley. Not disappointing at all.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #104

Two more episodes to enjoy before the short March Madness break. Meanwhile, there’s not many episodes left for filming.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 4×03
Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) aired on February 21. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Lily Mariye (who also directed Episode 3×08). For promo, CBS had released 9 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks.

Episode 4×03 attracted 5.830 million live-viewers and got a 0.6 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. The demo is lower than for Episode 4×02, but the same as for Hawaii Five-0 airing right after and maybe a result of Blue Bloods at 10pm being a rerun.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.40 million viewers (+24%), reaching 7.23 million viewers with a demo of 0.88 in total when including DVR ratings. The live-tweeting of the hashtag #MacGyver won them Rank 35 US-wide. Generally, the episode seemed to be well-received on social media besides some viewers claiming it was too unrealistic.

On February 24, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his weekly blog post about the MacHacks in this episode. The next day, guest star Christopher Convery uploaded a few BtS photos with Lucas Till and Justin Hires and with Henry Ian Cusick.

As revealed by an Instagram video by Levy Tran, Lucas and Levy watched the episode together with Levy’s dog Carlos – who is now Lucas’ security to fend off all the fangirls.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via Christoph Convery)

About Episode 4×04
The episode airing last week is titled “Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin”. It was written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Eagle Egilsson (who already directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

CBS first uploaded 12 Official Stills; mostly of Mac and Riley working on securing the bomb. You can find 6 of them untagged on What 2 Vue, and 7 of the Stills in HD quality (but watermarked) on Getty Images. On February 27, they added 6 more photos onto their press site. Some of them were posted on social media; e.g. one of Bozer and Russ in the Phoenix lab by Justin Hires or one of Riley by Tristin Mays. They also released 5 Sneak Peeks that day; the first of Lucas speaking German.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via Showbiz Junkies)

We got a few new BtS photos as well; e.g. by Matthew Albright, by Haley Porch or by Christopher Jon Duddy. A member of the props departement posted photos of the fake bomb prop and of the acetone capsule. On March 2nd, CBS added some more BtS photos of Lucas and Tristin.

Episode 4×04 had 5.565 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.6. When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 15 for both average demo and audience numbers. No, those are not stellar ratings, but its demo is only slightly below the CBS average demo (of 0.679) and still doing better than 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this year. Also, it only lost about 8% in demo compared to last season, which is the second-lowest demo loss of all current CBS shows.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via KsiteTV)

The episode sparked a lot of fan talk about pro and contra “MacRiley” and about the upcoming episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey) that Lucas Till talked about an interview with ET Online back in February:

“Episode seven is a date night episode and it’s hilarious,” Till promises, adding that that particular hour falls just before “things start to take a darker turn… and we do stuff we’ve never done on this show before. I can’t tell you what that is because there are a lot of surprises.”

(via ET Online)

On March 1st, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in this episode.

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via What2Vue)

ICYMI: Last Friday, CBS announced that Hawaii Five-0 will air not just their Season 10 Finale on April 3, but the Series Finale with the last two episodes. This was rather surprising, considering the ratings were very stable, elevating all the other Friday shows. In recent years, last seasons for veteran shows were usually announced with a last renewal (also called “renanceling”), so even the prediction sites (e.g. The TV Grim Reaper or The TV Ratings Guide) were taken by surprise.

It’s not clear yet what this means for MacGyver. There’s hope that if the show gets renewed, it will have its premiere again in Fall as a lead-in for Magnum PI. On the other hand, the ratings for all other Friday shows profited from H50 and I’m not sure they will be able to hold up. It’s possible that one of the Friday shows will be put into a different timeslot or even cancelled to make room for a rookie show.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Furthermore, I’ve had this nagging feeling for a while that they might hold back on the remaining nine episodes after the midseason finale in May. Now that H50 is ending, they probably won’t air reruns during Summer, meaning that the ratings for MacGyver will plummet even more if it’s running until July or even August. Additionally, there’s a writer’s strike looming. In that case, they might need the rest of the MacGyver episodes as fillers; holding onto them until the Fall. Whatever happens, we should know by the Upfronts on May 13 when the networks will present their Fall schedules.

What you need to know about Episode 4×05
The episode airing tonight is titled “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan“. It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Duane Clark (who already directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 13. Here’s the synopsis:

In an attempt to find the main players in the Codex and cut off their match-fixing funding, Desi goes undercover to infiltrate a soccer team and find the corrupt player working with the shadow organization.

In total, CBS uploaded 14 Official Stills onto their press site. You can find 10 of the Stills in HD quality (but watermarked) on Getty Images. There’s 8 of them untagged on both SpoilerTV or on What2Vue. Monday, CBS used one unmarked Still of Desi in soccer gear for Twitter.

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via CBS)

What you need to know about Episode 4×06
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Right + Wrong + Both + Neither”. It was written by Andrew Klein and directed by Roderick Davis (who also directed Episode 3×18). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 21. Here’s the synopsis:

When Russ’ first love, Emilia (Amanda Schull), is kidnapped by the same rebels he fought during his private military contract days, he takes the Phoenix team to a small, impoverished town to rescue her and rid the town of the rebels for good.

On March 3, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills; all of them by Jace Downs and featuring Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in the field. 8 of them are available on Getty Images.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (Photo by Jace Downs/CBS via Getty Images)

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    (tba)
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Peter Weller

A little recap since my last blog post: Some scenes for Episode 4×17 were supposed to be in San Diego, but the second/stunt team had to work during heavy snowfall. They filmed on sets dressed as a laboratory and with different lab animals; e.g. snakes. For Episode 4×18, Lucas Till got to ride “in the belly of the airport beast”. Guest star Jorge Garcia (from Hawaii Five-0) will resume his role as Jerry Ortega and filmed scenes with the cast in the War Room before production moved to the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Working on Episode 4×18
On February 21, Anthony Kountz revealed another guest star on set: Robert Patrick (Terminator, Scorpion). He had worked with Lucas Till before (in Walk the Line; back in 2005). While attending the Monte Carlo Film Festival in 2017 together, Lucas had posted a throw-back-BtS-photo of the movie; mentioning that whe would love to work on another project together.

On Februar 24, filming resumed in and around an abandoned hospital to be set in Slovania. After uploading a new BtS photo with guest star Jorge Garcia; Justin Hires confirmed that Bozer will be getting around on a crutch for the episode. Justin later added more BtS photos; e.g. with Jorge and Henry Ian Cusick in the Phoenix lab.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Despite the long hours, they still have a lot of fun on set during filming – proven by another dance/music video uploaded by Tristin Mays on February 25. On February 27, they filmed a fight scene taking place in a restaurant kitchen. The next day, Lucas and Levy worked until after 10pm; joining some crew members watching the premiere of Episode 4×04 on their phones and Lucas live-tweeting in between scenes.

Working on Episode 4×19 and beyond
There’s not many more episodes left to film. As Todd Amateau revealed on February 25, he was already scouting for locations while getting “close to the end”. On March 2nd and 3rd, filming took place on a parking lot with rain pouring down. Meredith Eaton and Henry Ian Cusick had to endure the cold weather on both days, entertaining themselves with uploading a few BtS photos. Although he wasn’t needed on set on Wednesday, Lucas was still working in he studio; doing ADR for an older episode.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

Generally, we haven’t seen as much BtS material this week; mainly because Justin and Tristin haven’t been on set this week and Levy just stated she’s having the week off, but maybe also due to them having to film during heavy rain on three consecutive days. They also had a nightshoot on Thursday.

Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted an Instagram Story of Levy Tran and Lucas Till posing with Peter Weller – it’s not clear yet if he’s back as Mason, as the director of the episode (or both).

Cast and Character News
ICYMI: As revealed by TV Insider, there’s another recurring character showing up this season: Jery Ryan has been cast as Gwendolyn Hayes – MacGyver’s aunt! As mentioned above, other guest stars are Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick.

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via SpoilerTV)

In other news, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bus Patrons, for Sous Chefs and Line Cooks, for Parents in between their 40’s or 50’s, for Police, for Shoppers with cars, for Tech Scouts, for Students, for Ice Cream Shop Patrons and Teens and for male Police Officers.

They’ve also been looking for CIA Agents, for a female Tech, for a Photo Double for Jeri Ryan, for a Stand-In for Preston Baker and for a Stand-In for Michael Paul Chan (who is already known to OG fans for appearing the episode “The Wish Child” in 1986).

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via CBS)

Best of TV Awards: Round 2 Voting still ongoing
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs and already won in ALL the categories in Round 1. Voting for Round 2 started about a month ago. You can find the voting page here.

Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from. These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till, Justin Hires, Tristin Mays, Meredith Eaton)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads, Tate Donovan, Reign Edwards; closed)
  • Best Guest Actor (David Dastmalchian, Michael Des Barres; closed)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13; closed)
  • Best Episode (3×13, 3×22 and 3×11; closed)
  • Best Writing (closed)
  • Best Stunts (closed)
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer; closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)

MacGyver Reboot Update #103

While we finally get to enjoy our weekly episodes, cast and crew are nearing the ending of filming. Only about 4 episodes left to shoot – and there’s casting info for a new, recurring character!

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You WILL get heavily 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About the Season 4 Premiere Promo
Season 4 premiered two weeks ago. Contrary to Season 3, we got a lot of exciting promo material beforehand. To recap:

  • Interviews: We got a few not-so-new interviews; done with Lucas Till at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June 2019. We got a lot of new interviews with Lucas (e.g. with Parade Magazine) and with Henry Ian Cusick (e.g. on the Emmy website).
  • Photos: We got new portraits and group photos taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill.
  • Episode Titles: CBS released all the title ingredients for the initially ordered 13 episodes.
  • Previews and Sneak Peeks: We got an extended preview, a Sneak Peek of rebooted Team Phoenix’ first mission plus the Opening Scene, including the introduction of Russ Taylor.
  • New Opening Title Sequence: CBS presented us the Opening Title Sequence for Season 4 a day before the episode aired.
  • Spoiler Alert and BtS Previews: CBS released a spoiler-filled video with the cast and a BtS Preview Video.

Interestingly, CBS kept handing us more promo afterward; e.g. the Agent Profile for Russ Taylor. We also got a new interview with Tristin Mays for Starry Constellation Magazine last Friday. She talked about her character; revealing that we will get to see a flashback episode and getting to know more about Riley’s past.

Agent Profile for Russ Taylor (via CBS)

About Episode 4×01
Season 4 picks up 18 months after the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances; having to take on non-government jobs. The season premiere episode airing on February 7 is titled “Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix”. It was written by (former) Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas and directed by David Straiton – and Lucas Till is now listed as a producer, too!

CBS had uploaded 26 Official Stills onto their press site. Sadly, not all of them are available in HD quality, but most of them are up on SpoilerTV. We also got several Sneak Peeks for the episode plus a few new BtS photos. Because of the push to midseason and this episode being filmed as the second one (instead of the first), a few co-stars had missed their appearance on Llive-TV. Some of the co-stars and the crew members uploaded BtS photos and videos afterwards; e.g. Toshiji Takeshima or Matthew Albright.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via CBS)

Episode 4×01 attracted 5.935 million live-viewers and got a 0.7 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. While the ratings didn’t win the night, they were better than both the Season 3 Premiere and the Season 3 Finale. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.4 million viewers, reaching 7.4 million viewers. When looking at the Live +7 days ratings, it gained 1.55 million viewers (+26%), making 7.49 million viewers with a demo of 0.94 in total when including DVR ratings.

The twitter-trend-competition was high that night (due to a politics-related event on TV), but the fans live-tweeted enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to reach Rank 30 US-wide. The episode also made it into SpoilerTVs “Quote of the Week“.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

On February 9, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain continued with his blog posts about the MacGyverisms used in the show and uploaded a post about the MacHacks in this episode.

About Episode 4×02
The episode airing last week is titled “Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed”. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had also directed Episode 3×17).

CBS had uploaded 15 Official Stills onto their press site. 14 of them are available on Getty Images; 11 of them are smaller, but untagged up on What 2 Vue. Lucas Till added some funny captions and uploaded them as Instagram Stories last week. We also got 4 Sneak Peeks.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via Parade Magazine)

Episode 4×02 had 5.772 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. The ratings are almost the same as the ones for Episode 3×02 back in September 2018. When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total), the Reboot is currently at Rank 15 for demo and at Rank 14 for audience numbers.

That might not sound like stellar ratings, but it’s still slightly above the CBS average demo (of 0.686) and doing better than 5 of the 7 Rookie shows this year. Also, it only lost 4% in demo compared to last season, which is the lowest demo loss of all current CBS shows.

Again, the episode made it into SpoilerTV‘s “Quote of the Week” compilation. On February 17, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in this episode.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 4×03
The episode airing tonight is titled “Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Lily Mariye (who already directed Episode 3×08). Here’s the synopsis:

MacGyver and the team board a plane that’s mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.

Among the guest cast, Sawyer D. Jones is listed as “Little Boy Mac”, so we should get another flashback sequence – maybe one that has to do with Mac’s fear of heights?

CBS had uploaded 9 Official Stills beforehand and 2 Sneak Peeks yesterday with an additional Sneak Peek (focusing on Mac and Desi) today. You can find all the promo material here.

Episode 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (via SpoilerTV)

What you need to know about Episode 4×04
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin”. It was written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Eagle Egilsson (who already directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

The storyline is set in Germany. We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 13. Here’s the synopsis:

As MacGyver works quickly to rescue survivors from a collapsed building in Germany, he discovers a new safety threat – a 1,000-pound undetonated bomb from World War II hidden beneath the rubble.

This sounds very much like an OG episode and I’m pretty excited. Also, Lucas Till had revealed in an interview for the premiere episode that he will speak a few lines of German this season. Among the guest cast, there’s also a German actor listed (Hauke Bahr).

Episode 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (via SpoilerTV)

In total, CBS uploaded 12 Official Stills; mostly of Mac and Riley working on securing the bomb.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). On May 22, there’s an episode of reality show “Love Island” listed, so there might be a short break after the midseason finale on May 15.

Just remember: Episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Duane Clark. You can find the Press Release with the first Official Still here.
  • 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    (tba)
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearance by Jorge Garcia

A little recap since my last blog post: Filming for Episode 4×16 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) started around January 24. The episode was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core. The cast set up at Fulton County Airport, at East Point Wagon Works, at the Arcade and in Downtown Atlanta.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lavonda Till)

The most interesting part was Lucas’ dad filming his guest appearance. Apparently, he’s part of the scene with MacGyver waiting in uniform to attend the arrival of a casket in an airport hangar (as seen on photos uploaded by Lucas’ stepmom Lavonda Till). Although it’s all pretend, Papa Till sure looks proud of Lucas in uniform.

Working on Episode 4×17
Despite Season Premiere Day, cast and crew worked until late that evening. The second/stunt team worked on stunts on Saturday despite rather heavy snowfall, although the scene was supposed to be set in San Diego.

On February 12, they filmed both inside and outside, but we didn’t get to see much BtS material. Aly Michalka (Frankie) uploaded a photo of herself in a lab coat as an Instagram Short Story. Considering there’s another BtS Insta Story of the same day of a bloody handprint on a glass door and casting calls for a CSI Forensics Team, we can only hope Frankie didn’t have to fake her death again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Cornell Willis)

They next day, they had more snakes on set; this time in a laboratory setting instead of a pet store a few weeks ago. Cornell Willis took the chance to face his fears by getting up and close with a snake. They also had some fake snakes there; so it’s possible that some of the animals will “escape” on screen.

Working on Episode 4×18 and beyond
Production for Episode 4×18 started around February 13. Work continued outside on Valentine’s Day; at least with nice and sunny weather for once. The cast continued to upload photos and stories to remind us of the premiere for Episode 4×02. Meredith Eaton uploaded a nice photo with Henry Ian Cusick while Lucas Till showed us how difficult it is to concentrate on set when the stunt team makes so much noise during their fight scenes. He also revealed that he finally got to ride the “ride in the belly of the airport beast”. Could this be a nod to another OG episode?

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

Cast and crew got to enjoy a long weekend due to a public holiday. Filming continued on Tuesday, February 18 with a familiar face in the War Room: Jorge Garcia (from Hawaii Five-0) will resume his role as Jerry Ortega; guest-starring in an upcoming episode (either 4×18 or 4×19; depending if they’re still filming in order).

The next day, production moved to the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Justin Hires and the rest of the cast got to dress up again. We didn’t get to see much BtS material in the last few days, but they sure wear a lot of sharp suits this season!

Jeri Ryan in Season 4 (via TV Insider)

Cast and Character News
Yesterday, we got some big casting news: There’s another recurring character showing up this season! As revealed by TV Insider, Jery Ryan has been cast as Gwendolyn Hayes – who is related to MacGyver!

Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead. Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.

(Peter Lenkov for TV Insider)

Talk about creepy stalkers *ahem*. The article says that the character will first appear in the March 27 episode. There’s no episode listed for March 27, though (due to March Madness). But she will probably appear in Episode 4×08; at the moment set for April 10.

In other news, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Photographers and a Forensic Team, for Men in Suits, for Background Actors with Cars, for two Armed Cauciasian Men, for Upscale Restaurant Patrons, for a Hostess and a Server, for a male Chef, for Pregnant Caucasian Women who appear 6 months or more pregnant and for Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Jorge Garcia)

They’ve also been looking for more Nurses , even more Nurses, Orderlies and Patients and for a Stand-In for Danny Le Boyer. As mentioned above, Jorge Garcia will have a guest appearance (presumably in Episode 4×18).

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Results
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs – and already won in ALL the categories in Round 1! Well done, fans! Here are the results:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress: Lucas Till/Tristin Mays (Rank 1), Justin Hires/Meredith Eaton (Rank 2)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress: Tate Donovan/Reign Edwards (Rank 1), George Eads (Rank 2)
  • Best Guest Actor/Actress: David Dastmalchian (Rank 1), Michael Des Barres (Rank 2)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Director: Brad Turner for Episode 3×13 (Rank 1)
  • Best Episode: 3×13 (Rank 1), 3×22 (Rank 2), 3×11 (Rank 4)
  • Favorite Character: Mac (Rank 1), Jack (Rank 2), Riley (Rank 3), Bozer (Rank 4)
  • Best Writing (Rank 1)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 1)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 1)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 1)

Voting for Round 2 has already started a few weeks ago. You can find the voting page here. Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (via What 2 Vue)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13)
  • Best Episode (3×13, 3×22 and 3×11)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Jack, Riley, Bozer; closed)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; closed)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; closed)