MacGyver Reboot Update #137

No new episode tonight. But hey, better a rerun than no episode, right? Especially if we already know the next one has so much potential to become a fan favorite.

Lucas Till and George Eads in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via John Mott)

(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 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt). CBS released 17 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got a new BtS photo of Lucas Till before the episode aired. Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted more BtS material; e.g. a screenshot of the storyboard or a video of building the mine shaft. The next day, we got several BtS photos by Tristin Mays’ Stand-In Jordan Heir and a short video clip of the window stunt by Courtney Chen (stunt double for Levy Tran).

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

Remember that this was the “Frankenstein” episode; partially filmed almost a year apart. Danny Davila revealed that the script has been adjusted during the filming break; adding the mine shaft mainly that Lucas didn’t have to film cliff scenes for two days out in freezing temperatures. Additionally, you can find some scenes done by Storyboard Artist Jasmine Alexia here.

On February 23, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Storyboard Excerpt for Episode 5×09 (via Jasmine Alexia)

To recap: Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far. Episode 5×09 had 4.958 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57; beating Magnum PI in the demo-group of 18-49-year-olds.

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Jordan Heir)

Several of the writers plus Showrunner Monica Macer had joined the live-tweeting. With about 578 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide. We had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 184 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 34 only due to the episode being a repeat). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). Next week, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). It was written by the two Andrews (Andrew Karlsruher and Andrew Klein) and directed by Michael Martinez.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via Joe Pantoliano)

CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. ICYMI, here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

We got 16 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. The Stills haven been released in HD quality yet, but we should get a preview tonight (after the rerun of 4×11).

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
On March 12 is the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games). It was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

After Episode 5×11, there’s a break due to March Madness. We should get Episode 5×12 on March 26.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by a little birdie and the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

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

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): presumably titled Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

We don’t know if they’re still on time with the schedule. As far as we know, filming is planned to be wrapped next month.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. I didn’t see any new BtS material between February 9 and February 21 (besides location scouting).

Production for Episode 5×08 supposedly started around February 18. They filmed at a construction factory which houses a Transformer and at the cabin near the lake (seen in Episode 4×08). Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. For Dress-Up-Friday, Lucas appeared in a Watchmen costume today.

Tristin Mays on set of Season 5

Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that the photo of Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt was taken during a fitting for the show; stating that we would see two kilt outfits.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
We got several Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia in the last few weeks. They’ve been looking for a 9-year-old blonde boy to play a young Mac (presumably for the Mission City Episode 5×14), for a female with some form of arm or hand prosthesis (who looks as though they might be an ex soldier), for Physical Therapists, for High End Security Guards , for Scientists and Lab Techs (who look like they work for a very high end pharmaceutical company), for City Pedestrians, for Male Loading Dock Workers, for Italian Police Officers and for Forensic Techs.

Tristin Mays for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 19, TVLine revealed that Bozer’s parents have been cast, also revealing parts of the storyline for Episode 5×14:

(…) Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson will guest-star as the aforementioned Milton and Lauretta Bozer, parents of Justin Hires’ Wilt. In the episode, Mac and Desi go with Bozer back home when his mother’s best friend dies in a tragic accident. But soon after arriving there, they realize that the woman’s death may have been murder, and the city’s contaminated water supply holds the key to finding the killer.

(via TVLine)

ICYMI: Deadline confirmed on February 18 that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. Starting with Episode 5×11, she will play Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer.

Lucas Till for Gula Tech Adventures (Screenshot)

On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released an video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton. They talked about cyber security, about Tristin pulling a Riley and finding the boys hacking her social media accounts and how modern technology helped filming during the pandemic.

ICYMI: The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened” on February 21; adding new merch items available to order. Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.

New Reboot Merch available (via CBS)

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters and was put onto the list of 366 movies eligible for a Best Picture Nomination for the Academy Awards (aka Oscars). Check the official website for a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

MacGyver Reboot Update #136

A new episode airs tonight – the last of the “old” episodes. It’s some sort of a Frankenstein episode; partially filmed about a year ago for Season 4.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (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 5×08 (MAC418)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×08 (SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini). CBS released 16 Official Stills and 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand. There was also an interview with Henry Ian Cusick for Parade Magazine.

We got some new BtS photos before and while the episode aired; e.g. by guest star Jordan Trovillion, by Henry Ian Cusick (with co-star Jorge Garcia) or director Yangzom Brauen.

Episode 5×08: SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini (via Henry Ian Cusick)

On February 13, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyver Science. We got some additional BtS photos later; e.g. by Guest Star Sunny Mabrey with Jorge Garcia or by Daniel O’Callaghan with Levy Tran.

To recap: Episode 5×07 had 5.163 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.52 in the group of 18-49 year olds. Episode 5×08 got an audience of 4.728 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.50; making it the episode with the lowest audience numbers this season so far.

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

Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total at the moment), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 13 in average demo. (Note that recently cancelled NCIS: New Orleans is at Rank 15 for both categories.)

Several of the writers, Showrunner Monica Macer and Lucas Till had joined the live-tweeting. With about 618 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 189 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 523). Overall, the episode was well-received on social media.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Justin Hires)

What you need to know about Episode 5×09 (MAC420/504)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×09 (Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt); written by Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who also directed Episode 1×19: Compass).

This episode was partially filmed with production number MAC420 last year. They were in the middle of filming when being shut down due to the pandemic on March 13. They finished shooting the remaining scenes this January. Since it got a new production number (MAC504), it’s possible they added some script revisions.

It will be interesting to try guessing which scenes have been filmed pre- or post-pandemic hiatus.

Episode 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via What2Vue)

We got a Press Release on February 8. In case you need a refresher, 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.

We got 8 Official Stills last Friday, all of them featuring MacGyver on and inside a rock formation. They added an additional batch of 9 Stills yesterday; featuring MacGyver, Riley and Desi. You can find all 8 untagged Stills from the first batch on Seat42F.

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

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Next week, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). On March 5, we’ll get the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). CBS posted the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16. Here’s the synopsis:

While on a mission to hunt down a Codex lead, Mac and the team discover Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) hacked their comms and has recorded them for months. Now, Mac and the team must stop Murdoc, who is working with Andrews (Joe Pantoliano), as they plot to kill thousands and reveal each Phoenix member’s most-guarded secrets.

Fans were elated to hear about Murdoc finally coming back after waiting longer than intended – remember the disappointment of Murdoc having been written out of Episode 5×03 (MAC501); presumably due to pandemic-related issues?

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (via CBS)

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

  • 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)
    Written by Andrew Karlsruher & Andrew Klein, directed by Michael Martinez
    Guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • 5×11 (MAC505): C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (March 12)
    Written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang, directed by David Straiton. You can find the Press Release here.

I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes without an official press release yet by production number.

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

Because the filming schedule seems to be all over the place, it’s very likely that there are some mistakes in my overview:

  • 5×12 (MAC506): presumably titled Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (tbd)
    Presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): presumably titled Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
  • 5×14 (MAC508): presumably titled H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
  • 5×15 (MAC509): tba

We don’t know 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 5×09: Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt (via Andres Velasco)

Working on Episode MAC506 and beyond
To Recap: It’s been harder to follow what’s going on behind the scenes. I’m assuming they have been filming MAC505 to 507 in parallel. Filming locations in the last few weeks included the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to film an Indian wedding. As guest stars, we had Alexandra Grey, Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia) and Chris Lindsay.

Filming on February 8 involved a helicopter and green screen. Posts on February 10 hinted at cast and crew having a “dark” day. In fact, I haven’t seen any new BtS material since February 9 (although some of the crew posted photos from earlier filming days). Although there has been no official news about production being shut down or put on hiatus, this might have been the case.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Elliott Boswell)

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On Tuesday, we got two new Casting Calls via Central Casting Georgia: One for a 9-year-old blonde boy that resembles one of the actors and one for a person with some form of a prosthesis (e.g. arm, hand, leg or foot).

Beth Stein Agency congratulated their client Melanie Minichino for booking a guest spot in an upcoming episode. Also, Deadline confirmed my suspicion that Alexandra Grey will have a recurring role. According to the article, she plays Parker, a transgender female Phoenix engineer providing critical assistance to Team Phoenix. Her episodes will start airing on March 12 (meaning Episode 5×11).

Alexandra Grey on MacGyver (CBS via Deadline)

I noticed that the MacGyver Writers Twitter Account started following OG Murdoc Michael Des Barres just a few weeks ago, so it’s possible there might be something in the works as well.

ICYMI: CBS announced that they will hold a virtual Upfronts event on May 19. We should know before that date if the show is renewed for another season or cancelled. Although NCIS: New Orleans was just cancelled despite having similar ratings, MacGyver has the advantage of not being as expensive yet as the veteran shows. Of course, there’s also the possibility of the Reboot being pushed to midseason again despite getting renewed to make room for one of the new shows in development (e.g. CSI: Vegas or NCIS: Hawaii).

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

Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. On the official website, you can find a list of theatres and digital platforms. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

The weighted IMDb-Rating is back up to 5.3; holding an arithmetic mean of 6.7 and a median of 7 (meaning that 50% of the voters rated the movie 7 and higher). On Rotten Tomatoes, the Audience Score is at 88% (despite the Tomatometer being at 45%). If you liked the movie, leave a review. A little positive buzz around the lead actor on MacGyver can’t hurt; especially when waiting on a Season 6 renewal.