MacGyver Reboot Update #135

A new episode airs tonight – the second-last of the “old” episodes filmed for Season 4. Who’s ready for a mini-crossover?

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Seat42F)

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

 

About Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got new BtS photos and videos before and while the episode aired; e.g. a group photo and several videos of Lucas getting to know Victor the Bull Snake (by guest star Aly Michalka aka Frankie) plus many BtS photos and videos while filming in the “snake lab” (via snake handler Blake Welch who brought Mimosa to set).

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Aly Michalka)

Writer Josh Brown tweeted snake facts, a BtS photo of the screen test with Victor and some insights to the episode; e.g. the backstory they wrote up for Frankie (and what she’s been up to in the last 4 years). Stunt Double Alex Hill revealed that it hadn’t just been archive footage, but that they did milk venom from a few timber rattlesnakes for the necessary shot.

On February 8, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

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

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Blake Welch)

Episode 5×07 did a bit better; reaching an audience of 5.163 million live-viewers. While the demo was lower with 0.52, it was slightly better than the demo for both Magnum PI and Blue Bloods. Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (22 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer joined the live-tweeting. With about 664 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide, but we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 209 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 215). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

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

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (Nathan Bolster/CBS via Getty Images)

We got the Press Release on January 21 plus a little snippet in the current issue of TV Guide Magazine about a week later. ICYMI, Here’s the synopsis:

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

On February 2, we got 16 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. 10 of them are tagged, but available on Getty Images. You can find all untagged Stills on Seat42F.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Yangzom Brauen)

On February 9, they released an exclusive Sneak Peek on Entertainment Weekly; followed by two Sneak Peeks via the CBS Press Site. The next day, we got another exclusive Sneak Peek via TV Insider; followed by another Sneak Peek via the official YouTube account.

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). It was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year since they were in the middle of filming when they were shut down due to the pandemic. They finished filming the remaining scenes last month. We don’t know if they took the opportunity to add script revisions.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Justin Hires)

We got a Press Release on February 8. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and the team are unable to prevent Department of Defense intel from falling into Codex’s hands, Mac must scale a vertical cliff using only gear he can cobble together himself to prevent the info’s transmission.

Sadly, we didn’t get any Official Stills with the Press Release yet.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Dan Olexiewicz)

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

  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 5×09 (MAC420/504): Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (February 19)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • 5×10 (MAC503): Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (March 5)
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano

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

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

Remember that episode titles and their order are not definite until an official Press Release. I sorted the upcoming, newly filmed episodes by production number. Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place (more about that further down), it’s very likely that there are several mistakes and errors:

  • 5×11 (MAC505): tba
    Written by Josh Brown, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×12 (MAC506): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer
  • 5×14 (MAC508): tba
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes or if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming was planned to be wrapped by March, but that could still change.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via Aly Michalka)

Working on Episode MAC505 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. For now, I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Phoenix Jet, Sweetwater Creek State Park, a church and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and a few lab rats on set. We also got to see Lucas Till as the plague doctor and Levy Tran dressed as a nun.

Adding a new Friday routine (to make up for Tie Friday, maybe?), Lucas continued dressing up last week (this time as the Mandalorian). It seems that as soon as Sarah Downer has left (for a well-deserved rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy), they already lost partial control of the costume departement.

The Mandalorian Shenanigans during a break of filming for Season 5 (via Marina Coria)

They had another night shoot at the Hindu Temple on February 5; the BtS material hinting at filming an Indian Wedding scene with dancing. Filming on Monday (February 8) started once again very early; with crew posting the first photos around 3am. They set up a scene involving a helicopter and green screen. The next day, Showrunner Monica Macer posted a photo of her on set with Meredith Eaton (presumably back in LA).

Posts for Wednesday hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day on set; with some of the crew members visiting the High Art Museum in Atlanta. It’s not clear yet if having the day off was a planned or unplanned event. For all I know, there’s no BtS material for either Wednesday nor Thursday.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Tailor Made Grip & Rigging)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Last Friday, we got a new Casting Call via Central Casting Georgia for Non-American Cars. Additionally, Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode.

This week, CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show will be renewed.

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official movie website, you can find a list of theatres and VOD and Digital Platforms. Last week, Lucas did several short interviews together with co-star Lex Scott Davis (e.g. for AM FM Magazine, EurWeb or BackstageOL).

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

Reviews are varied. The weighted IMDb-Rating plummeted from 7.9 down to a 4.3 just a day after the release, but is back up to 5.0; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 8 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 8 and higher).

MacGyver Reboot Update #134

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(via TV Insider)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

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

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

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

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

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jamie Stimach)

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

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

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

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

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

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Robert Maxfield)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Reboot Update #133

A new episode airs tonight – the second “new” episode filmed for Season 5. Also, we got a lot of promo for once!

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

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

 

About Episode 5×05 (MAC416)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×05 (Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO). It was written by Jim Adler and directed by Ericson Core; filmed with production number MAC416 (Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO) last year. They released 17 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (Nathan Bolster/CBS via KsiteTV)

Sadly, we didn’t get much more BtS material during and afterwards; not even by the official CBS accounts. On Monday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms; e.g. the giant electromagnet or the flash bang.

To recap: Episode 5×04 had 5.173 million live-viewers and a 0.59 demo rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. It’s the episode with the highest ratings so far. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 0.22 in demo (+37.92%) and 1.210 million viewers (+23.37%); reaching a total of 6.39 million viewers and 0.81 in demo.

Episode 5×05 made 4.989 million live-viewers with a 0.55 in demo. Although having a smaller audience, it did better in demo than Magnum PI for once. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 in total), it places Rank 10 in average demo and Rank 12 in average live-viewers per episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Several of the writers and producers joined the live-tweeting, but none of the main cast this time. With about 793 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide.

Overall, the episode was very well-received on social media; with many fans praising writer Jim Adler and asking if guest star Nick E. Tarabay (Tibor, a Croatian version of Jack) will come back for another episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×06 (MAC502)
Episode 5×06 (Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance) airing tonight is the second episode that has been filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher. The director is Andrew Ahn, who has worked with showrunner Monica Macer before on another TV show.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the First Official Still on January 4. Here’s the synopsis:

During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.

CBS already revealed in their Notes for Nerds Newsletter that MacGyver will write a song dedicated to his favorite immunologist. Last week, we got 10 Official Stills via the CBS Press Site. You can find 4 tagged ones on Getty Images and 5 untagged Stills on What2Vue.

BtS Instagram Story Screenshot Compilation while on set of Episode 5×06 (via Lucas Till)

For once, they were early with the Sneak Peeks; releasing two of them on Tuesday morning and an additional, exclusive Sneak Peek provided by TV Line in the evening. Understandably, fans were a bit confused due to the episode dealing with two different timelines.

Yesterday, we got yet another Sneak Peek that shows the chaos that is quarantining with Mac, Riley and Bozer in Mac’s house. They later uploaded two more videos to the official YouTube account. I think these may have been a mistake, because they spoil the ending (go watch at your own risk!) and were probably intended to being released as clips after the episode aired and not as Sneak Peeks.

What you need to know about Episode 5×07 (MAC417)
Episode 5×07 (Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage) will air in two weeks (on February 5). It was written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, who have been on the writing team for several years now. Filmed with production number MAC417 almost a year ago, it was directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×07: Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (via SpoilerTV)

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

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

Yesterday, CBS relased 17 Stills on their press site. Since there is a rerun scheduled for next week, we might have to wait a bit longer for a promo trailer for this episode.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Henry Ian Cusick)

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

  • 5×06 (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (January 22)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • 5×07 (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage (February 5)
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • 5×08 (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (February 12)
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
    Guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick. TV Line released a scoop article before the Press Release came out yesterday.

There is a rerun of Episode 4×04 (Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin) scheduled for January 29.

Episode 5×05: Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO (via Herb Williams)

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

  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang
  • (MAC505): tba

We don’t know much about these episodes yet, nor if they’re still on time with the filming schedule. Depending on the episode order, they still need to film about 5 more episodes.

Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Christopher Foster)

Working on Episode MAC504 and beyond
It looks like last week, they worked on finishing up the episode with production number MAC420 – the episode that was in the middle of filming when production was shut down on March 13 last year. We got an exceptional amount of BtS material; e.g. by Lucas Till, by Tristin Mays and also by different crew members.

On January 14, Esther Elise Johnson posted that they had wrapped the episode. There was no material the next day, so I’m not sure if they had Friday off or not. Filming continued on Monday (January 18), but there was only a handful of BtS photos and stories and nothing at all for Tuesday.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Set Photographer Danielle Korman visited the stages on Wednesay. The same night, guest star Alexandra Grey arrived in Atlanta; filming her first scenes yesterday.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
Extra Kevin Kedgley posted a few BtS photos of him as a cop on set of Episode 5×04. He had played a police officer in the scene that ended on the cutting room floor.

Yesterday, Levy Tran and François Chau (who guest starred on both OG MacGyver and Reboot Episode 1×19) attended a panel for The Song Collective, a series of free virtual discussions to celebrate Vietnamese creatives.

Levy Tran attending a panel for The Song Collective (via Teresa Huang)

Levy revealed that the casting agency had actually been looking for a hispanic actor when she auditioned for the role. After she booked the part, they re-wrote the character and implemented Levy’s Vietnamese roots into Desi.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s upcoming movie Son of the South will be available on demand and in selected theaters February 5.