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.

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 #109

Great news for MacGyver Fans: The Reboot has officially been renewed for Season 5! Sadly, the rest of the Season 4 episodes won’t air anytime soon.

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines related to the Season 4 midseason finale 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 Season 5
Most important news first: On May 6, CBS renewed 23 shows for another season, the MacGyver Reboot being one of them. There’s no further information about the number of episodes being ordered or if the premiere will be alongside the other “Fall” shows or later for midseason.

Regarding the rest of the Season 4 episodes, TV Line already reported on Wednesday that the remaining episodes will be integrated into Season 5. In fact, Episode 4×13 has been officially announced as the season finale. Also, keep in mind that with the ongoing uncertainty when production will start, CBS might give all their scripted drama/crime shows an order for 13 episodes only for now.

Screenshot of the Renewal Announcement (via CBS)

According to Variety, ViacomCBS plans to unveil their Fall programming lineup of the CBS Television Network on May 19. Even though they might not be able to reveal their full schedule, we might get some more information (e.g. if MacGyver continues to be a midseason show or not).

About Episode 4×12
The episode airing last week is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Geoff Shotz. We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16, with 10 Stills on the press site, 8 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks for promo.

We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via the official CBS account. Lucas Till also confirmed that this would be the first part of a two-parter finale.

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

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 27 and generating an estimated 1062 tweets per hour before dropping again.

To recap: Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.30 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.50 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.92 (+38%) when including DVR ratings.

Episode 4×12 generated a live-audience of 5.889 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. That’s not as good as I hoped, but the ratings would be alright in a “normal” year, considering the season. In fact, they had about the same ratings last May for Season 3.

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

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot is currently at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 15 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.702) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season (which probably helped in getting renewed).

On May 5, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms. In other news, the reboot made Rank 2 in SpoilerTVs “Most Popular Shows” in April. The popularity score for this ranking is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes and Tweets; which might have helped in the reboot getting its own SpoilerTV Twitter Account.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing tonight is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”.  It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episodes 2×11 and 3×11). Despite technically being the midseason finale, it is handled as the Season 4 Finale.

ICYMI: We got a first teaser via TV Guide Magazine on April 20; reposted on TV Insider yesterday. The Press Release with the First Official Still came out on April 23. Here’s the synopsis:

With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. Also, the team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.

CBS uploaded 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding lots of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by set photographer Nathan Bolster. We got 5 untagged Stills on May 4 via What2Vue or SpoilerTV and 9 tagged Stills via Getty Images.

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

On May 5, CBS tweeted a Sneak Peek with “Big Bad” Leland (Tobin Bell). We got 3 more Sneak Peeks on May 6 with an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line. We got some nice BtS photos, too; e.g. via Peter Lenkov (as Instagram Stories) or via Justin Hires.

On May 4, Tristin Mays revealed a screenshot of a Zoom call meeting of the cast in one of her Instagram Stories. CBS provided us with some little promo snippets from this meeting a few days later; e.g. with the cast saying hello or describing the Season Finale in one word.

On May 7, Lucas Till did a short Zoom interview for Good Day Sacramento (probably recorded before the renewal) and another one for channel CBS46 with Astrid Martinez. He revealed that people don’t recognize him now that he’s wearing a mask when going out in public.

Lucas Till for Good Day Sacramento (via CBS)

Upcoming Episodes Overview
The infos for the upcoming episodes were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (press releases) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (script credit date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (script credit date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (script credit date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
  • 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (script credit date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note that the episode titles and even the episode order is not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. It’s possible that one of the episodes might be dropped, re-edited or shuffled around. I also expect Episode 4×20 to be re-filmed since continuity would be a bit difficult with filming resuming half a year later. They could even implement yet another, smaller time-jump to avoid any continuity issues within the sesason.

MacGyver Cast Zoom Meeting (via Tristin Mays)

What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 22 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). The schedules are still changing a lot at the moment; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks.

My assumption is that CBS keeps more reruns scheduled for Summer. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they could still air some new episodes earlier than expected. It is more likely though that filming will start later than usual. Some media outlets suspect October, with the shows having their premiere in January 2021. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via AJC)

As stated above, there’s also a high possibility of networks only handing out short season orders for now, with back-up orders later. At the moment, some states are faring a lot better in terms of active corona cases (e.g. Hawaii) than others (e.g. NY) and there might be different safety protocols for some regions. Therefore, not all productions might be able to deliver the same amount of episodes than they would without the pandemic.

On May 5, John Rogers confirmed he had only been brought in for the back-order episodes of Season 4 to replace co-showrunner Terry Matalas – and that he wouldn’t be back for the next season. Therefore, I assumed that Season 5 will get yet another co-showrunner.

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

Interestingly, an Instagram post by Rain Management announced Jim Adler joining the show as Co-Executive Producer and Monica Macer joining as Co-Showrunner. There might be still a news embargo until the Upfronts since the post was edited before I could take a screenshot. (Rookie mistake: They forgot to edit the hashtags; so the names are still there *ahem*.)

The Upfronts are usually focused on the rookie shows, but since Pilot Season was basically cancelled and there’s no footage to show (because only one CBS pilot has actually been filmed), they could make use of MacGyver having material for 6 upcoming episodes already in the can. They might announce some cast and crew personnel changes on May 19, along with a new logo and some footage. Or they might not. It’s CBS, after all, so let’s hope for the best.

Cover Preview for the S3 German DVD (via JPC)

Season 3 DVD Release in Germany
Additional good news for German-speaking MacGyver fans: There’s finally a release date for the Season 3 DVD (July 16).

There’s no infos about extras yet – and we probably won’t have any news anytime soon. For the German release of the Season 2 DVDs, they never added any infos on the websites about the content until the DVDs were already out. Let’s hope we’ll have a pleasant surprise, considering the US versions of S1 and S3 were released without any extras (contrary to the European versions).

 

MacGyver Reboot Update #108

As expected, CBS will continue to air weekly episodes of MacGyver – but no new episodes after the midseason finale (Episode 4×13). There will be a hiatus instead, with weekly reruns of Season 3. There’s no further information yet when the rest of the Season 4 episodes will air.

Episode 4×12: Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire (via Jeri Ryan News)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines related to the Season 4 mid-season finale 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 4×10
The episode airing on April 17 is titled “Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac”. It was written by Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Yangzom Brauen. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 7, with 8 additional Stills on the press site. There’s 4 watermarked Stills on Getty Images while SpoilerTV has 5 Stills in total (unmarked, but a slightly different selection than the one on Getty).

We got some more BtS photos before the episode aired; e.g. via Meredith Eaton (with Lucas Till and Justin Hires) or via Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas. As it’s almost tradition now, Lucas posted several photos with fun captions as Instagram Stories.

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

We got more BtS photos and videos during and after the episode; e.g. via hair stylist Maria, by the props departement (e.g. of the Tesla coil) or via guest stars John Ales (Tesla) and Tom Thon (Edison).

The Hashtag #MacGyver trended US-wide for about an hour; reaching Rank 30 and generating an estimated 872 tweets per hour.

On April 21, Lucas Till appeared on CBS’ “The Talk” that is currently aired as a video-conference in the interviewers’ homes (instead of in the studio with a live-audience); talking about how they filmed the scenes with Mac’s Doppelgänger (aka Evil!Mac). He praised Matthew Albright’s attitude and that he learns all of Lucas’ lines (although Stand-Ins normally don’t do that).

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

On April 23, ET Canada released a Skype interview with Lucas that was taken the day before this episode aired. They talked about the emotional scenes of Episode 4×08; with Lucas revealing they have filmed the sequence for about 4 hours and that it was a conscious desicion to make MacGyver more vulnerable this season. He also teased us about the next few episodes; stating that we’ll see a lot of friction between all the characters.

To recap: Episode 4×09 had a live-audience of 6.38 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. Episode 4×10 generated a live-audience of 6.439 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.51 million viewers (+23%), reaching 7.95 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.99 (+45%; one of the biggest demo gains this season) when including DVR ratings.

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

The episode also made it into SpoilerTVs “Quotes of the Week“. On April 22, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

About Episode 4×11
The episode airing last 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. We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on April 9.

CBS later released 11 additional Official Stills on their press site. On April 22, we got 6 watermarked Stills on Getty Images plus 3 Sneak Peeks by CBS; with an additional Sneak Peek the next day.

Episode 4×11: Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds (via What2Vue)

We got quite a few BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. by Meredith Eaton, via James Callis (Clive/The Merchant), by Leon Ngo, via Ming Lo or by Tang Shazam Nguyen. Several writers and also cast members joined in on the live-tweeting (or at least watched the episode and responded to comments afterwards). US-wide, the Hashtag #MacGyver generated an estimated 695 tweets per hour.

Episode 4×11 had a live-audience of 6.192 million viewers with a demo of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.07 million viewers (+17%), reaching 7.27 million viewers in total with a demo of 0.88 (+32%).

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

When compared to the other CBS shows (26 in total), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for average demo and at Rank 15 for audience numbers. The current average demo for MacGyver is below the average demo (of 0.707) for scripted CBS shows, but it has the lowest demo loss compared to last season and even a small gain in audience numbers. It’s very stable in ratings, which CBS  appreciates (even using the term “stability” as a tag line when reporting ratings).

Clive and the wee bucket made it into TV Line’sQuotes of the Week“. On April 28, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his blog entry about the MacHacks used in the episode.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×12
The episode airing tonight is titled “Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire”. It was written by Jim Adler (who also wrote Episodes 3×05, 3×11, 3×22 and 4×02) and directed by Geoff Shotz.

We got the Press Release and the first Still on April 16. Here’s the synopsis:

The Phoenix team is forever altered when MacGyver’s Aunt Gwen (Jeri Ryan) gets into his head about family and connection and convinces Mac and Riley to join Codex. Also, Matty and Russ take their concerns about Codex to the White House.

On April 21, CBS added 10 more photos to their press site. A day later, 8 watermarked Stills were uploaded on Getty Images. Some unmarked Stills can be found via Jeri Ryan News or on SpoilerTV. On Wednesday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks; all of them having to do with loyalty and trust.

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

What you need to know about Episode 4×13
The episode airing next Friday is titled “4×13: Save + The + Dam + World”.  It was written by Cindy Appel (with a story by Terry Matalas) and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episodes 2×11 and 3×11).

The episode has been intially written as a potential season or even series finale (since they didn’t have a back-order before November). Despite being a midseason finale by all means, it is handled as the “provisional” season finale; now that the TV Season is basically over due to the pandemic.

We got a first teaser via TV Guide Magazine on April 20; with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov revealing that we will get a flashback to learn about how MacGyver got the name Angus.

Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via CBS)

The Press Release with the First Official Still came out on April 23. Here’s the synopsis:

With Mac and Riley undercover with Codex, hoping to stop the organization from within, their mission is interrupted when Russ, Desi and the Phoenix team move to prevent Codex from detonating a weapon of mass destruction, with Mac and Riley caught in the crosshairs. Also, the team discovers Russ’ real reason for purchasing the Phoenix Foundation.

CBS uploaded a whopping set of 34 Official Stills onto their website; adding a bunch of “screenshots” to the “real” stills taken by a set photographer. Judging by the BtS photos and stills, it looks like the midseason finale is actually a two-parter.

Season 4: Upcoming Episodes Overview
The “missing” script titles have been entered into the website for the Writers Guild of America West. Without the episode number, it’s a bit more difficult to sort them into the right order, but I tried to put the missing script titles into the structure of infos I already had by using the credit date.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

The additional 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 the episode titles and any available airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS; so I might have to adjust and tweak this list more than once in my upcoming blog posts.

  • 4×14: Thief + Painting + Viro-486 + Justice (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Andrew Klein
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (Credit Date: 02/20/2020)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage (Credit Date: 03/04/2020)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini (Credit Date: 03/12/2020)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen.
  • 4×19: Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason (Credit Date: 03/20/2020)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

Note: The title for the half-filmed Episode 4×20 wasn’t entered into the Writers Guild Website.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

We also got some new BtS photos for these upcoming episodes; e.g. one by Justin Hires (of either 4×14 or 4×16) that shows almost all of our favorite characters in military funeral attire.

What’s going to happen now?
At the moment, there’s weekly reruns of Season 3 episodes scheduled for Fridays; starting May 15 with an additional rerun on May 23rd (Saturday). There’s no news yet when the rest of Season 4 will air. The schedules are changing a lot; so expect some more changes within the next few weeks. My assumption is that CBS keeps reruns also for June, awaiting on more information to plan ahead for the production schedule. If they can resume filming in Summer for most of their Fall shows, they might air the rest of Season 4 as a Summer filler. If filming is on hold until Fall or even later, they might hold the episodes back further and air them as a Fall replacement.

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

As mentioned before, networks usually reveal their Fall schedule on the Upfronts in May; with the fate of all shows announced beforehand. Some networks (e.g. NBC) did schedule a digital event in place of their original Upfronts date; so it’s possible that they will announce their renewals, but not a definite Fall schedule yet. (So far, there’s no word yet on a digital Upfronts event by CBS.)

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

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

Here are the results for the finals (aka Round 3):

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)