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 (II) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

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. Generally, Season 4 has been good regarding promo, but it was a bit of a nuisance to compile all the Stills unmarked and in HD quality.

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

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 4×01 to 4×04), you can find the post here. For now, I’m keeping up the rhythm of writing bi-weekly Update posts, so these posts looking about the Official Stills will be peppered in between.

 

Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (Still Photographer: Mark Hill)
For this episode, we got 14 “real” Official Stills on the CBS press site; all of them featuring the main mission during the soccer game. Later, they added 6 screenshots featuring scenes inside the Phoenix Foundation (War Room, lab, interrogation room).

Getty Images has 10 (but watermarked) Stills taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill while SpoilerTV released 8. Service Note: If you want them for your collection, KsiteTV is the only site that has all 20 Stills (including the screenshots) available with no watermarks.

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

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Bozer. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the two working together in a field mission. Thinking about it, this might actually be the only “real” Official Still of Season 4 that features both of them.

BONUS STILL: MacGyver undercover as a paparazzo? I totally believe it. Give Lucas a movie role as photographer, paparazzo or photo journalist, please.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in front of rich colors, so nothing major to complain about. A BtS group photo of the main mission cast would have been nice, though. Or one of the casino scene that was featured in the previews.

 

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (Jace Downs)
For Episode 4×06, we got 13 Stills on the press site; all of them featuring the main mission. They later added 4 screenshots of Matty being interrogated. 8 watermarked Stills are available via Getty Images while 5 are on What2Vue.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via What2Vue)

MY FAVORITE: The one person on the right is very happy. The one on the left isn’t.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing to complain here since Stills during the filming of the field missions are usually more interesting than ones from War Rooms and Interrogation Rooms.

 

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (Mark Hill)
Episode 4×07 delivered 13 Official Stills; all of them featuring our heroes in the episode title – although one of them is actually a BtS photo of Lucas Till with the guest stars. Collecting them was a bit of a hassle: 10 of them are up on Getty Images; with KsiteTV having 8 unmarked Stills and SpoilerTV having 5. To get your hands on all of them, you had to also check the Twitter and Instagram feeds of the official MacGyverCBS accounts.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via KsiteTV)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people having a nice time for once.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Riley and Aubrey have pivotal roles in this episode, yet Riley is only in one Still from behind with Aubrey already pushed out of focus; sealing his characters fate. Also, no Still for the MacRiley fans.

 

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (Nathan Bolster)
We got 16 Stills for this episode. Half of them feature Mac, James and Mason traipsing through the woods while the other half have the trio together with guest star Jeri Ryan within one of the hideouts for Codex. Getty Images has 15 Stills up, while SpoilerTV has 11 of them. Thankfully, KsiteTV has all 16. Later, CBS added 2 screenshots of Matty in the War Room, once alone and once with Team Phoenix.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via KsiteTV)

MY FAVORITE: A wild Mac appears in the woods. I really like the lights and the coloring.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing to be disappointed about. I do wonder though if Meredith Eaton’s agent calls CBS every time after new Stills have been released since they keep adding screenshots of scenes with Matty as an afterthought. In fact, both Bozer and Matty barely got any Stills this season so I’m already curious about Season 5 and if that’s going to change.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #105

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production for the season. Sadly, MacGyver was cut short in the middle of filming Episode 4×20.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

(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 4×05
Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) aired on March 6. It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Duane Clark (who also directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). For promo, CBS had released 14 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks; later adding 6 more Stills and a few BtS photos.

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

Episode 4×05 attracted 5.648 million live-viewers and got a 0.6 demo rating in the important demo group (aged 18-49 years). In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.3 million viewers (+23%), reaching 6.95 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 in total when including DVR ratings. Generally, the episode was well-received on social media.

We got some more BtS photos after the episode had aired; e.g. of the costumes of the guest stars by Sarah Downer. On March 10, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post about the MacHacks in this episode.

About Episode 4×06
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Right + Wrong + Both + Neither”.  It was written by Andrew Klein and directed by Roderick Davis (who also directed Episode 3×18).

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the first Official Still on February 21. In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills; all of MacGyver, Riley, Desi and Russ on the mission to save Russ’ ex. Eight watermarked Stills are available on Getty Images. On March 10, CBS posted an unmarked Still of Desi via Twitter. They released 2 Sneak Peeks by Wednesday, added 4 screenshots as new Stills on Thursday and uploaded some BtS photos on Friday.

Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.26 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.10 million viewers with a demo of 0.9 in total (+36%) when including DVR ratings. Due to the pandemic and people staying home, we can expect the ratings to rise a bit higher than they usually do around Spring time.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via CBS)

When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total) at the moment, the Reboot is at Rank 15 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.683), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season.

On March 17, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×07
As every year, MacGyver fans were prepared to endure a short break for March Madness. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the sports event has been cancelled and the schedule for MacGyver has been adjusted. Tonight will be a rerun of Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via CBS)

Episode 4×07 is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey” and will air a week earlier than initially scheduled, so on March 27. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends’ “day jobs” from her new boyfriend, Aubrey (Leonardo Nam).

Besides Leonardo Nam, there will be guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver), Devon Sawa (as Donovan) and the comedians Impractical Jokers who have worked with Tristin Mays before.

On March 18, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site; 12 of them featuring the double date of Mac, Desi, Riley and Aubrey in a restaurant plus one BtS photo of Lucas Till with the comedic guest stars. They should release a preview tonight after the rerun of Episode 3×18.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Writer Stephanie Hicks posted a blurry BtS photo of her with Lucas Till and Sparky in the War Room. We didn’t get many BtS photos for this episode during filming, but in an interview with ET Online back in February, Lucas Till said that this will be a hilarious episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing on April 3 is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who has a whopping 84 directing credits and also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via CBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 1. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS hasn’t uploaded any more Stills yet, but we probably won’t have to wait long.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other 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 (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (April 10)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez. You can find the Press Release with the first Still here.
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    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)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×18, they filmed in and around an abandoned hospital to be set in Slovania with guest stars Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick and a fight scene in the kitchen. For Episode 4×19, they filmed scenes in a parking lot and in the woods for several days with rain pouring down.

Working on Episode 4×19
Generally, we haven’t seen much BtS material of this episode. Maybe director Peter Weller prefers it that way and advised the cast and crew not to reveal too much. Or he simply bribed them with Gelato (as seen on Instagram stories on March 9) to wait with posting until the episode has wrapped.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Corey Jung)

Guest Star Gloria Tsai posted several BtS photos; e.g. with the actors playing her husband and her kid. The kid actor Corey Jung also uploaded photos; e.g. with set mom Gloria Tsai and Peter Weller or with Meredith Eaton.

Working on Episode 4×20
As revealed in an Instagram Story by Evan Marsh, Episode 4×20 is titled “Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt”. It was written by Executive Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who already directed Episode 1×19). On March 10, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton and Henry Ian Cusick filmed some scenes in the War Room. Justin and Meredith did an Instagram Live Story together, but couldn’t reveal anything about ongoing storylines.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The next day, they filmed scenes with Lucas Till inside the Phoenix jet and with Stand-Ins Jordan Heir, Amanda Mazonkey and Matthew Albright outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scenes in what looks like a hazardous containment area.

On March 12, they moved production to Stone Mountain Park; filming on seemingly abandoned train tracks in the muddy woods and in front of Stone Mountain. There was a burning car, Lucas doing stunts to get away from the bad guys and Tristin Mays and Levy Tran driving a military vehicle.

The next day, filming continued outside. They had real horses and goats on set, but Levy got to ride the “fake” horse as well. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted – and isn’t it ironic that it happened on a Friday, the 13th.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Andres Velasco)

Early Wrap on Season 4
Due to the pandemic, almost all movie and TV productions have already shut down. While it first looked like MacGyver gets to finish at least the episode and wrap up filming on Wednesday this week (according to crew member Dan Emo), production was halted on March 13 after filming for the day had wrapped.

After Episode 4×06 had finished its premiere on TV, Lucas Till posted a video on Instagram, announcing together with Levy Tran that Season 4 has wrapped unexpectedly; thanking all fans and the crew for their support. The next day, more crew members posted farewell messages and saying thanks for having a great season (e.g. Easton Harper, Jessica Sanchez, Jaric Czepiel, Todd Amateau, Christopher Jon Duddy, Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey and Katelyn).

Screenshot of the Wrap-Up-Message by Lucas Till and Levy Tran (via Lucas Till)

Cast and crew didn’t get to wrap properly and tell everyone goodbye, but some of the prop people and set decorators have been back to the stage location on Monday to wrap up tools and clean out the trailers, grab personal things, to hand out perishable food brought in by catering and to cover up the sets and closing down. Interestingly, some of the crew were back by Tuesday to film more inserts and the Stand-Ins (e.g. Matthew Albright) on Wednesday, but we don’t know for which episode. They probably try to do post-production for as many episodes as possible.

According to a call sheet by Evan Marsh (posted as Insta Story), production for Episode 4×20 was on Day 5 out of 8 when production (or at least principal filming) was halted. Therefore, it’s possible that this episode can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not any time soon.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via CBS)

So, what’s going to happen now? There are several possibilities.

  • Worst case scenario: The show is cancelled. They air the finished episodes and we might be stuck with a cliffhanger and unresolved storylines.
  • Good case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the finished episodes. Once the hiatus due to the pandemic is over, they film new episodes for another season. The unproduced episodes of Season 4 will be either dropped or the scripts are re-written and used for the next season. For Season 5, we get the order for 13 episodes with a premiere in midseason.
  • Best case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the initially 13 episodes with the midseason finale. Meanwhile, they film the rest of the unproduced episodes as soon as possible and start filming for Season 5 with a full season order. They will air the remaining 9 episodes either after a short break on TV (interluded with reruns) or as a Fall show.

At the moment, I’m expecting an outcome between the good and the best case scenario. Right now, the networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows. Some of them might be pushed to next year or scrapped. CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. The reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama shows (e.g. Blood and Treasure).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Depending on how disastrous Pilot Season ends and how soon they can continue filming for their “old” shows currently on hold, they don’t have enough new episodes to fill the Fall schedule with, either. Therefore, there’s a good possibility that they air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a Hispanic Marine, for Caucasian or Hispanic Mercs and for a Male Agent. They also had a Casting Call for a Photo Double for Marcus DeAnda this week. I’m not sure yet if they’re trying to finish up on Episode 4×20 or if they’re simply filming more inserts to finish post production on earlier episodes.

Wrap-Up-Message by Showrunner Peter Lenkov

Best of TV Awards: Round 2 Results
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1. Here’s the results for Round 2 that are available so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31, Reign Edwards: Rank 27)
  • Best Guest Actor (David Dastmalchian: Rank 33, Michael Des Barres: Rank 38)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13: Rank 34)
  • Best Episode (3×11: Rank 39, 3×13: Rank 41, 3×22: Rank 44)
  • Best Writing (Rank 9)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 7)
  • Favorite Character (Mac: Rank 5, Riley: Rank 15, Jack: Rank 27, Bozer: Rank 29)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 22)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 2)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 5)

Voting for Round 3 started on Sunday. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection (e.g. 2 selections for “Favorite Character”).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Michael Minnich)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

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 #91

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS keeps promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Trailers and Featurettes.

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(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.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 2 weeks left until the premiere of the CBS Fall Friday Shows. They’re all getting the enhanced promo treatment now; with Trailers and Featurettes. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information. We probably have to wait for the first official press releases, and that might take a while.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21; with the cast doing a Casino sequence and several days of filming in Boulevard Crossing Park, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and on Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via Jade Albany)

According to IMDb, the title for the episode directed by Duane Clark is “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan”. On Tuesday, Jade Albany uploaded a new BtS photo of her with Levy Tran and dog Carlos.

Working on Episode 4×06
Filming for Episode 4×05 was wrapped up on August 31; cast and crew ready for Labor Day Weekend and DragonCon in Atlanta.

Some of the cast started filming for Episode 4×06 on September 3. Justin Hires had the day off; doing an Instagram Live Story with Lucas Till popping in for a few minutes. As they revealed, this episode provides some background story for Henry Ian Cusicks character and is directed by Roderick Davis (who already directed Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The next few days, the fans were treated to lots of BtS photos and Instagram Stories by the cast, the crew and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, who had flown to Atlanta and visited the production on set. They filmed in the War Room, in a car on stage, on the Phoenix Jet (which champagne being served) and in the woods.

Lucas had to work on Saturday, September 7 as well; doing stunt work with the Hargrave brothers. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton weren’t on set much for this episode, but they kept posting older BtS photos and videos nonetheless, e.g. of Bozer all dressed up, handling (or rather not-handling) potentially explosive things or working on Sparky. Meredith uploaded an old BtS photo of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) of her with the make-up applied after Matty got into a car “accident”.

BtS photo of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Meredith Eaton)

This week, they filmed both on stage and on location, e.g. in the Phoenix Interrogation Room or on sets dressed up as hospitals or as upscale restaurants.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
ICYMI: Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. Reign Edwards as Leanna on the other hand might be out for good. Reign filmed a pilot for a new TV show in Auckland last year and revealed on September 3 that she is back in New Zealand. There’s no information yet about how many episodes “The Wilds” will have, but I reckon she will be busy until at least the rest of the year while MacGyver will wrap up at the end of November.

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. The most interesting guest apparence might the the one by a young actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. Also, a lot of the upcoming guest stars have worked with Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas before. Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far; raising suspsicion that the unexptected fall-out between Mac and MacSenior in the Season 3 Finale was a last-minute addition because Tate was not available this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Tristin Mays)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members and Hostages, for Rebels, Workers, for Nurses and Townspeople, for Servers and Upscale Restaurant Patrons and for a Kitchen Staff. They also had Casting Calls for Guards, Photo Doubles (e.g. for Brian Quinn) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rob Giumarra and David Shae).

In other news, they changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access with another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, the show had lost a bit of steam after the episodes are now followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 instead of by Celebrity Big Brother, but then the ratings started rising again. Like in Season 2, the second episode tends to have a bigger audience than the first.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) on September 3 had an audience of 1.53 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. The following Episode 3×14 (Father + Bride + Betrayal) managed 1.65 million live-viewers. Despite “only” an average demo of 7.4, this episode had the highest audience number of the current season so far.

Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on September 10 had 1.52 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.1 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) got 1.58 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 8.1.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (literal translation: Death in the Safe, original title: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing Season 2 on August 31. They air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. As expected, the ratings weren’t as good as when they aired Season 1 on Saturdays 7pm back in 2017.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On average, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×01 (DYI or DIE) managed 33’000 viewers, Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) only 22’000. Apparently, people have now caught on about the show being on air again after a break of almost two years. Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The official voting window for the People’s Choice Awards opened on September 4. Sadly, neither the show nor the actors got any nominations.

The release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still for September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it! Maybe the book will be published in another language for international fans as well if it gets a large number of sales in English.

Henry Ian Cusick is set for several convention appearances this winter. If we’re lucky, he will talk a bit about his upcoming role in the reboot.