MacGyver Reboot Update #120

There’s still no filming date for Season 5. But we got the title for the episode written as production number 501!

Script title page for Episode 501 (via Justin Hires)

(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
Despite the delay of Fall Season, some networks already released posters or teaser tweets about their upcoming shows. Sadly, CBS doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to promote any of their shows yet. Maybe they’re still waiting a bit to set definite premiere dates, unlike some other networks that already have premiere dates set in place and are moving them up and down depending how filming is going.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Lucas Till)

We did get some exciting news though, delivered by Justin Hires. On Wednesday, he uploaded the script title page for the episode written as production number 501. It’s titled “Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog”; indicating that David Dastmalchian will make another guest appearance as our favorite villain Murdoc (he was introduced as “Suspect 218” in Episode 1×08).

Several writers (e.g. Cindy Appel) and producers (e.g. Terry Matalas) moved on to other productions. At the moment, we don’t know exactly who’s on the writing and producing team. Back in July, Jim Adler tweeted that he was fired by Lenkov. Therefore, it’s very likely that this was one of the scripts with production number 421 or 422 that has been updated to fit better into new showrunner Monica Macer’s vision for Season 5.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Justin Hires; posted in April 2020)

It will be interesting to see how they will handle the difference in appearance between the seasons. Considering that Russ had his leg broken in the Season 4 Finale and has probably been out of commission for a few months, it’s very likely that they will add another, but smaller time jump for the start of Season 5.

Upcoming Episodes Overview
This overview I put together is probably not fully accurate. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • production number 414 / presumably aired as 5×01: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 415 / 5×02: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 416 / 5×03: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 417 / 5×04: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 418 / 5×05: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 419 / 5×06: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 420 / 5×07: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 501 / 5x??: Telescope + S-218 + Amplifier + Frenemies + Fog
    Written by Jim Adler and Stephanie Hicks

Note that the episode titles and their order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Sadly, they wiped the IMDb listings after the announcement that 4×13 would be the season finale, so I can’t access all the information about the guest stars anymore. It’s possible that the episodes initially filmed for Season 4 will be re-named and/or re-ordered for Season 5.

What’s going to happen now?
Several scripted CBS crime/drama shows have successfully started filming: SWAT, NCIS: LA, NCIS, Magnum PI (September 16), NCIS: New Orleans (September 21) and All Rise (September 23). The official accounts and cast members are not very forthcoming with posting BtS material. Therefore, it’s difficult to say if they are able to move along in the same tempo as before the pandemic or if production is going slower than usual.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Sarah Downer)

Most of the other crime/drama shows have already been greenlit for production: Bull (September 25), Blood and Treasure (September), SEAL Team (September), Evil (September), FBI (October 6), FBI: Most Wanted (October 6), Rookie Clarice (October), Rookie CSI: Vegas (October) and Veteran Blue Bloods (tba).

The writers keep teasing us without saying too much. This Monday, they tweeted a GIF of a bear and a cabin in the woods. We did get a new BtS goodie for Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World), posted by Sarah Downer.

BtS photo of Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via Lucas Till)

Season 4 Rerun Ratings
To recap: The rerun of Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) beat the rerun of Blue Bloods in audience numbers, reaching 2.764 million live-viewers with a demo rating of 0.3. The rerun of Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) won over Blue Bloods in both audience numbers and demo ratings; entertaining 2.918 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.4. The rerun of Episode 4×10 (Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac) got 2.711 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.3, again reaching more live-viewers than Blue Bloods.

Starting tonight, there will be at least 5 more episodes of “The Greatest AtHome Videos” in our favorite timeslot; followed by “Undercover Boss” starting October 2. In between, there’s also episodes of “Big Brother”. If CBS plans on airing MacGyver and Magnum PI together, they won’t start before November 6.

Tristin Mays for Melted Fit (via MeltedFit Website)

What are Cast and Crew up to?
There were several hints that Tristin Mays filmed a project in Colorado, but so far there’s no information on what she’s been working on. A few weeks ago, Justin Hires released his first podcast episode while both Lucas Till and Levy Tran pretty much disappeared from social media.

Lucas’ movie Son of the South was set for a premiere on September 16. With no trailer or reviews being released beforehand, it was no surprise when the premiere date got taken off IMDb again. There’s no new release date yet and also no information if Lucas and/or some of his co-stars will be involved in any promo.

BtS photo of Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via James Callis)

MacGyver in Germany
To Recap: Episode 4×08 (Father + Son + Father + Matriarch) had 1.17 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.1%. Until a few weeks ago, there was an episode of Reef Break sandwiched between MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0. Its ratings dragged down both shows airing before and after, so German channel Sat.1 unceremoniously pulled Reef Break off the primetime schedule; replacing it with a second episode of MacGyver.

Apparently, it paid off: Episode 4×09 (Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis) had 1.24 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%. Episode 4×10 (Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac) got 1.32 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.9%. Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds) had 1.25 million live-viewers with a market-share of 4.4%, followed by Episode 4×12 (Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire) with 1.22 million live-viewers and a market-share of 4.6%.

BtS photo of Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via CBS)

There’s only one episode left: The Season 4 midseason finale-turned finale 4×13 with the German title “Apokalypse” (Save + The + Dam + World). A week later, they’ll start airing new episodes of NCIS and Bull.

Other MacGyver News
ICYMI: Prince of Cats Literary Productions announced that they will release the first of at least three OG MacGyver novels in October. The first book is titled “MacGyver: Meltdown”, written by Original MacGyver Creator Lee David Zlotoff and Eric Kelley.

There are a few fan-voting “contests” going on pretty soon. Voting for the People Choice Awards will start on October 1. The Canadagraphs Awards should also announce their categories and nominees by next week. There’s no news about the Teen Choice Awards yet (that usually takes place in August). A 2nd surfboard trophy would be nice, don’t you think? I’ll keep you posted.

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 (III) – The Official Stills (Part 3)

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 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via KsiteTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 4×01 to 4×04), you can find it here. For Part 2 (Episodes 4×05 to 4×08), you can go there.

 

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (Still Photographer: Mark Hill)
For this episode, we got 10 “real” Official Stills on the CBS press site; all of them featuring the main mission team in the control room of a power plant. Interestingly, Getty Images has actually 11 (but watermarked) Stills taken by Still Photographer Mark Hill while SpoilerTV released 5 and KsiteTV released 10.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

MY FAVORITE: The one with MacGyver. It’s an important scene for character development.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: While this episode has a big impact on MacGyver and his mental health; it’s actually a Riley background story episode. Yet, Riley didn’t get her own Still. She’s just part of the group staring at a computer screen.

 

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (Mark Hill)
For Episode 4×10, we got 9 Stills on the press site; all of them featuring the main mission. Only 4 watermarked Stills are available via Getty Images while 5 are on SpoilerTV. You can find them all on KsiteTV.

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with MacGyver and Tesla. Sadly, also the only one that has Mac in it.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: This is my favorite episode of the season and there’s only one Still of MacGyver (that’s not even up on Getty Images). And no other Still of the guest stars? It’s the craziest episode so far in the Reboot and they didn’t do anything with it promo-wise. I guess they didn’t want to spoiler too much with the Stills, but it was already stated in the press release that it will be a “dreamland” episode and that Mac will meet his mother.

 

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (Erika Doss)
Episode 4×11 delivered 12 Official Stills; all of them featuring our lead hero and the Merchant in a fake Chinese prison. 6 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images; with What2Vue having 7 and KsiteTV having all of them in unmarked glory.

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Who doesn’t like a dirtied up Mac sitting in a prison cell? Who cares if it’s fake, right?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Everything is so dark and dirty and depressing in here… also, all the Stills are in the same setting, so some fans might find this a bit boring.

 

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (Mark Hill)
We got 11 Official Stills for this episode. About half of them feature Mac on a run and meeting Auntie Gwen and her friends in the woods. The others have Mac and Riley with Shiva at another Codex hideout with Gwen and the Codex head of security. Getty Images has 8 Stills up, while SpoilerTV has 6 of them and KsiteTV has 10.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Jeri Ryan News)

MY FAVORITE: MacRiley and Auntie.

BONUS STILL: MacGyver in the woods. It’s seems like such a simple photo, but it isn’t. Also, I like the colors.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing to be disappointed about. There’s MacRiley and the guest stars and some Stills taken while filming an important scene.

 

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (Nathan Bolster)
We got a set of whopping 34 Stills in total for this episode. Fittingly, 13 of them are “real” Stills while the rest consists of screenshots. The “real” Stills have the mission team out in the woods. Getty Images has 9 Stills up, while SpoilerTV has only 5 of them. Thankfully, KsiteTV saves the day again by having them all up on their site.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (by Nathan Bolster/CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Desi’s expression is exactly how I feel about the writers deconstructing the character of Desi in Season 4 (from kick-ass Phoenix agent to moody ex-girlfriend-now-again-girlfriend who complains about everything and doesn’t trust MacGyver).

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Stills taken out there in the woods are always nice, so nothing to complain about the “real” Stills. It’s also nice to provide Stills with the guest stars. I’m not too fond of adding too many screenshots of the same scene, though. The lighting isn’t getting any better just because you add five screenshots instead of one or two.

MacGyver Reboot Update #107

Many Fall TV shows have already run out of new episodes to air due to production shut down early. Although the production of MacGyver was cut off in the middle of filming Episode 4×20, we still have a few more weeks with premieres ahead of us.

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via SpoilerTV)

(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 4×08
The episode airing on April 3rd is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. In total, CBS uploaded 16 Official Stills onto their press site. 15 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images, 11 untagged Stills are available via SpoilerTV.

BtS photo of Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Lucas Till)

We got some BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via Meredith Eaton (with guest star David Keith), via Lucas Till (with Tate Donovan and Peter Weller) or via the official CBS Instagram Account. Lucas posted several photos with fun captions as Instagram Stories. There also was a short interview with Jeri Ryan about her character on TV Insider.

In other news (though not episode-related), Lucas took part in the “LA Students most in Need” fundraiser for LA students and their families who are struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We got more BtS photos and videos during and after the episode; e.g. via writer Andrew Klein, via costumer Sarah Downer or by Courtland Fuller (who had doubled stunt scenes for Peter Weller). We also got a closer look at some of the props; e.g. the magnetic bomb dropping onto the car.

BtS photo of Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Lucas Till)

Back in February, Lucas Till did several interviews for the premiere of Season 4. It’s interesting to re-read them again now and recognize the snippets he talked about; e.g. the fight scene between Mac and Desi:

Interviewer: What are some of the hardest things you have to do on set physically?
LT: Oh, wait around [laughs], that’s the only thing I hate doing. I never thought I would say that, I used to love waiting around. To answer your question in a real way, I think the most sore I’ve ever been is, me and Desi had an MMA fight, like a sparring match and I’ve never been that sore on set or ever. I mean I was destroyed, it was like my first day of jiu jitsu all over again, I was in a lot of pain. That’s probably the most taxing thing to do, we had to do 6-hour sparring. You’re acting like you’re sparring, but you’re doing it for 6 hours instead of 15 minutes. It tends to hurt.
(via CBS San Francisco, February 5)

There were quite a lot of people live-tweeting while the episode aired. The Hashtag #MacGyver trended for 2 hours US-wide; reaching Rank 32 and generating an estimated 2700 tweets per hour. The episode also made SpoilerTVs “Quotes of the Week“.

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

To recap: Episode 4×07 had generated a live-audience of 6.720 million viewers with a demo of 0.8. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.34 million viewers (+20%), reaching 8.06 million viewers in total with a demo of 1.11 (+38%) when including DVR ratings.

Episode 4×08 aired just before the Series Finale of Hawaii Five-0 and set a new ratings high; reaching 7.073 million live-viewers with a a demo of 0.8. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.35 million viewers (+19%), making 8.42 million viewers in total with a demo of 1.05 (+37%) when including DVR ratings.

On April 7, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

About Episode 4×09
The episode airing last Friday is titled “Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis”. It was written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta and directed by Mike Martinez (who also directed Episodes 2×14 and 3×09). We got the Press Release with the first Still on March 19.

CBS later released 9 additional Official Stills on their press site. 11 watermarked Stills are available on Getty Images. SpoilerTV and What2Vue provided 5 of them; unmarked and in HD quality. On April 9, they released 4 Sneak Peeks.

We got more BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. of Riley’s “hacker gang” via Holly Deveaux, of Riley’s apartement by Production Designer Keith Neely, by guest star Ramon De Ocampo, via background actor Riley Windham, by guest star Mike Buckholtz or via costumer Sarah Downer.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via What2Vue)

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 33 (one rank above #magnumpi) and generating an estimated 715 tweets per hour.

Episode 4×09 had a live-audience of 6.383 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.22 million viewers (+19%), reaching 7.61 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.94 (+34%).

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 16 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.704) for scripted CBS shows, but it still has very low losses for demo and audience when compared to last season; turning out to be very stable in ratings (which CBS usually appreciates).

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

On April 14, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his blog entry about the MacHacks used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×10
The episode airing tonight is titled “Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein (who also wrote Episodes 3×04, 3×15, 3×20 and 4×03) and directed by Yangzom Brauen (who also directed the upcoming Episode 4×18). We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 7, with 8 additional Stills on the press site. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac is put into a dream state to help him recall key evidence found in Nikola Tesla’s secret lab that could stop Codex’s deadly plot, he encounters Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison… and his mother.

This episode has a pretty big list of guest stars; e.g. Scottie Thompson as Ellen (aka Mama MacGyver). Also, Matt Mercurio will be back as Officer Donnie Sandoz, the bully from MacGyver’s childhood we met in Episode 1×10 (Pliers).

Episode 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (via SpoilerTV)

In a bit disappointing news for such a special episode, only 4 watermarked Stills were uploaded onto Getty Images while SpoilerTV has 5 Stills in total (unmarked, but a slightly different selection than the one on Getty). But we got 3 Sneak Peeks on Wednesday and an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek via TV Line yesterday, which was a nice surprise.

What you need to know about Episode 4×11
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds”, based on a story by Stephanie Hicks with a teleplay written by Cindy Appel and Andrew Karlsruher. It was directed by Ericson Core (who also directed Episodes 2×02 and 2×22). We got the Press Release with the First Official Stills on April 9. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac is placed inside a fake prison cell with a top Codex operative, The Merchant (guest star James Callis), in order to gain his trust and get intel on their next move.

Contrary to Episode 4×10, the guest cast list is much smaller and the amount of Official Stills a lot higher. In total, CBS uploaded 12 Stills for this episode onto their press site.

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via CBS)

Season 4 Episode and Schedule Overview
Here’s a short recap about the rest of 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 (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.

  • 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Geoff Shotz. Guest appearance by Jeri Ryan. We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16. Interesting News for MacRiley Shippers: According to Matt’s Inside Line, Bozer will notice Riley having romantic feelings for MacGyver.
  • 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

CBS has several “holes” to fill with most of the Fall Show Seasons shortened and the Spring and Summer programming cancelled and/or adjusted. Hopefully, we’ll get to enjoy more reruns in the coming months. They dropped the rerun of Episode 3×16 they had initially planned for April 18 (Saturday), but CBS scheduled a rerun for May 2nd (Saturday), only to reschedule it to May 23rd (Saturday).

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

So far, the schedule for Season 4 doesn’t go beyond Episode 4×14. It’s not clear yet when the rest of the episodes will air. It’s still possible that they’ll air the midseason finale aka Episode 4×13 alongside the season finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods; concluding the season for now and holding back the rest of the episodes until needed (to fill either the Summer or the Fall schedule).

At the moment, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is in the process of finalizing the mixing for Episode 4×15. Good news for Bozer fans: Justin Hires assured fans this week that Bozer will have more scenes in the upcoming episodes.

What’s going to happen now?
Due to the pandemic, movie and TV productions have been shut down worldwide. Production for MacGyver was halted on March 13, in the middle of filming Episode 4×20. Networks usually reveal their Fall schedule on the Upfronts in May. The fate of all shows being cancelled or renewed is usually announced beforehand, but at least until the day before the Upfronts. The Upfronts for this year were basically cancelled, but like last year, CBS is still keeping a tight lid on news.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via SpoilerTV)

Even though it’s a safe assumption for MacGyver being renewed, they might not be able to release any news yet. Networks are not able to film pilots for their rookie shows and it’s almost impossible to predict when filming will start, meaning they can’t finalize the Fall Schedule any time soon. Some of the rookies filmed and/or planned for Pilot Season might be pushed to next year or even scrapped; meaning that shows with decent ratings may have a better chance than ever getting renewed, especially when they’re owned by the network (like MacGyver). Sadly, it’s not so clear yet with shows “on the bubble” (due to lower ratings or with high production costs); especially if they’re co-owned by different networks or with production set in New York (the area affected the most by the pandemic).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

These months are usually when contracts are being renewed, and it’s difficult to make contracts with no start date for filming (since they won’t keep actors and producers in limbo; paying them money while waiting around for the project to finally start production) and/or the danger of having to re-locate the entire production.

The main/regular cast of MacGyver might have already been locked in contract for more seasons if they got a syndication deal. If there’s no contract yet, it’s possible that we won’t see all of the cast members back on set: At the moment, it’s doubtful filming can start in July and they might have already contracts in place for other projects that were supposed to film during hiatus and were postponed to Summer or Fall.

BtS photo of Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Ramon De Ocampo)

As far as I know, Lucas Till is not attached to any other projects at the moment, so I’m assuming that as soon as filming gets the green light, production will resume in Atlanta and Georgia area – with the risk of some cast members or recurring guest stars not being available and some changes within the teams of writing, producing and crew.

Best of TV Awards: Voting in Round 3
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 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round.

Voting for the Final Round is almost done. You can find the voting page here. For the last few categories, you can only vote once.

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

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

  • Best Action or Drama Program
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Meredith Eaton)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

MacGyver Reboot Update #106

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production a few weeks ago; some of them already running out of new episodes to air. Luckily, we still have a few episodes of MacGyver to enjoy.

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

(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 3×18
Because of March Madness being cancelled, CBS decided to air reruns of their current shows. Interestingly, they decided on a rerun of MacGyver Episode 3×18 that had premiered back in April 2019. (Usually, CBS only airs reruns of the current season. ) Due to people following the advice of staying in during the pandemic, the rerun ratings for the Friday line-up did better than the premieres of other shows.

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

The rerun of 3×18 garnered 5.344 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. This is the third-best rerun audience numbers the show ever had (after reruns for Episode 1×08 and the Pilot). For comparison: The last rerun had been a repeat of Episode 3×06 back in March 2019, with an audience of 4.39 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.4.

About Episode 4×07
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. 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.

In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site. 10 of the Stills are available (watermarked) on Getty Images, while SpoilerTV uploaded 5 of them in good and untagged quality. On March 25, CBS released 6(!) Sneak Peeks; all of them either of Mac and Desi preparing for or already at the location of the double-date with Riley and Aubrey.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Stephanie Hicks)

One upside of the pandemic is people having more time to post BtS photos before the episode; e.g. via Stephanie Hicks, Haley Porch or guest star Angela Zhou. We got some more BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. via Sarah Downer, David Shae, John J Shim or Alexander Leaty. On Sunday, we got some interesting photos giving us a closer look at the props: The chocolate bar that Mac utilized to make an explosive timer, the periscope Mac used to “spy” into the kitchen or the chemotherapy bag used on the IV for James.

Note: The chemotherapy drug name on the bag is fake (for obvious reasons), but there is an antibody drug with a similar name that is used to treat e.g. non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis. In general, the drug destroys both normal and malignant B cells (with a specific marker on their surfaces) and is therefore used to treat diseases which are characterized by having too many B cells, overactive B cells or dysfunctional B cells.

As far as I know, they never revealed in Episode 3×17 what sort of cancer James is suffering from; only that it’s Stage 4 (which usually means metastatic and/or treatable for symptoms, but not curable). It’s not clear though if this is an indication on James’ disease or if the prop designer simply chose a drug with a name they liked.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via smac props)

There were a lot of people live-tweeting while the episode aired. The Hashtag #MacGyver trended for 3 hours US-wide; reaching Rank 29 and generating an estimated 3000 tweets per hour. The episode also made TV Line‘s “Quotes of the Week“.

To recap: Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.46 million viewers (+25%), reaching 7.303 million viewers with a demo of 0.95 in total (+43%) when including DVR ratings. Episode 4×07 had the best ratings of this season so far; generating a live-audience of 6.720 million viewers with a demo of 0.8.

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

When compared to the other CBS shows (24 in total) after the final ratings were published (this Monday), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.691), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season. Also, it has the lowest demo-loss of all shows when compared to last season. Despite being “demoted” to a midseason show, it has very stable ratings overall, which might put the show at risk for staying a midseason show, but also elevates its chances of being renewed.

On March 31, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

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

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

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. 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 uploaded 16 Official Stills onto their website on March 21; half of them of MacGyver with James and Mason kept prisoner by “Evil Auntie” Gwendolyn with the other half of Mac, James and Mason creeping through the woods. 15 of them are up on Getty Images (watermarked), 11 untagged Stills are available via SpoilerTV.

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

Guest Star Jeri Ryan was featured in TV Guide Magazine as “Pick of the Week” with a short interview about her story-arc. The teaser interview and 12 Stills in total were also posted on TV Insider.

“Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead,” executive producer Peter Lenkov teased. “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.”

“[Gwen] reminds him of his mother, and her ideals and science have merit to them. But the way she goes about it goes against everything Mac thinks and is,” he added. “Gwen’s new relationship with Mac will pit his desire for family, his faith in science, and his loyalties to his friends against each other and will make our hero rethink everything. Because of her, we will see Mac like we’ve never seen him before.”

(via TV Insider)

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and also a few more BtS photos (e.g. via Christopher Jon Duddy). Guest star Amber Skye Noyes is listed for several episodes on IMDb, so she’s probably part of the Codex story-arc for the first half of the season.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

What you need to know about Episode 4×09
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis”. It was written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta and directed by Mike Martinez (who also directed Episodes 2×14 and 3×09). We got the Press Release with the first Still on March 19. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago.

As revealed in the Press Release, Tate Donovan returns as Oversight. Considering he’s announced specifically, this might be his last appearance.

On March 28, they released 9 additional Stills; all of Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in a computer room staring at screens. Adding an additional photo, 11 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images.

More Reruns, yay
CBS has several “holes” to fill in their schedule with so many sports events, reality TV shows and other programming cancelled. That means that we probably will get to enjoy more reruns in the coming weeks. For April 18 (Saturday), CBS will air a rerun of Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) before reruns of Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

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.

  • 4×10: 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 4×20, they filmed scenes in the War Room, inside the Phoenix jet and outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scene in Stone Mountain Park and on real and fake horses. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted on Friday, March 13th.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Leon Ngo)

Early Wrap on Season 4 – What’s going to happen now?
Due to the pandemic, movie and TV productions have been shut down worldwide. For MacGyver, production was halted on March 13, on Day 5 out of 8 of filming for Episode 4×20. Some of the prop people, set decorators and Stand-Ins have been back to the stage location the next week to shoot inserts (probably to finish post-production for as many episodes as possible) and to wrap up the trailers and the stage locations. As revealed by an Instagram Story by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he’s still working on finishing Episode 4×14. So although we will get a bunch of more episodes, it’s still possible that Episode 4×20 can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not anytime soon.

We don’t know yet what’s going to happen with the episodes that weren’t filmed. If the show is renewed, they could either film the episodes as intended and use them for Season 5, or they could rewrite the scripts or drop the episodes completely.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Initially, we would know about the fate of the CBS shows a day before the Upfronts in May. Right now, networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows and they can’t finalize the Fall Schedule yet. Some of the rookies filmed and/or planned for Pilot Season 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. Some reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama Blood and Treasure. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption for MacGyver being renewed. They might air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed. That way, it wouldn’t matter if filming for Season 5 starts on time in July or not.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Best of TV Awards: Voting in Round 3
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 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round. Here’s the rest of the results for Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 5)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till: Rank 10, Justin Hires: Rank 23; Tristin Mays: Rank 14, Meredith Eaton: Rank 17)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31; Reign Edwards: Rank 27)

Voting for the Final Round started a few weeks ago. 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.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

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

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)