MacGyver Reboot Update #141

No daily BtS material now that principal filming for Season 5 has wrapped. On the other hand, we get three episodes in a row before the next break.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via SpoilerTV)

(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 5×11 (MAC505)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games); written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton. We got 6 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

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

The people involved in the making of the show were just as excited as the fans; posting on social media and giving us new BtS photos. We got new material for Episode 5×11 (e.g. by MacGyverCBS or CBS, by Tristin Mays (with Lucas Till and Director David Straiton) or by Meredith Eaton), but also of other episodes (more about those photos further down).

There was a new Sneak Peek of the introduction of Alexandra Grey as Parker. She talked about her recurring role in a video interview with Rich Girl Network TV.

Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. We got new BtS photos while the episode aired (e.g. by writer Teresa Huang) and little tidbits about the making.

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

Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS material; e.g. of the mural or of the transformation to the Phoenix War Room. On March 29, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

With about 3600 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide due to the big hashtag competition (e.g. #Smackdown). But it had a lot more tweets than #BlueBloods with about 795 tweets per hour (interestingly trending on Rank 6 US-wide) and #MagnumPI with about 117 tweets per hour.

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

To recap: Episode 5×10 had 4.496 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.45 in the important group of 18 to 49-year-olds. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 1.273 million viewers (+28.29%) and 0.23 (+51.11%) in demo; reaching a total of 5.773 million viewers (Rank 31) and a demo of 0.68 (Rank 48).

Episode 5×11 had 4.311 million live-viewers and a 0.44 demo rating. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (23 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna). It was written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via SpoilerTV)

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 18; adding 15 Stills in total on March 25. You can find 8 tagged Stills on Getty Images and 6 untagged Stills on SpoilerTV.

In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

Mac, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding, Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.

Guest Star Camilla Arfwedson posted a new/old BtS photo taken in the make-up trailer while she was getting her hair styled. CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks on Wednesday, followed by another 2 Sneak Peeks on YouTube yesterday. Today, CBS posted a new BtS photo in the “Notes for Nerds” Newsletter. We also got a short video interview with Levy Tran for the TV Insider.

Levy Tran for TV Insider

The Reboot got quite a bit of love in the past days with several mentions on the official CBS Television Studios social media accounts. Today, the MacGyverCBS account posted a new on-set video interview with the main cast talking about the strenghts of Team Phoenix.

What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer). It was written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge.

Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 25. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss-in-hiding, Mac must lean on Desi when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands. Also, Mac and Desi move in together and Riley reveals the truth about her secret team of hackers to Russ.

On March 30, CBS released 13 Official Stills. On the same day, Guest Star Victoria Ric shared a BtS photo with Lucas Till and Guest Star Peter Allas while Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a BtS photo with Levy Tran.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. 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), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

Anne Renton on set of Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Three Monkeys Cafe)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (April 16)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown.
    Guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mama and Papa Bozer.
    You can find the Press Release and a first Official Still here.
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (April 30)
    Presumably written by Monica Macer, presumably directed by David Straiton

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30. The Season Finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will air on May 7 and May 14.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

That’s a Wrap
We got quite a few fun photos while the cast worked on the Season Finale Episode MAC509 during the last few weeks. For example, there was the BtS photo of the cast in undercover gear or the BtS photo of Team Phoenix having a pajama party.

Principal filming wrapped on March 23. Most of the LA-based crew members already left Atlanta a day later and returned home. Tristin Mays left yesterday.

To recap: Justin uploaded a video of him saying goodbye to the cast and crew on set after he had wrapped a scene with Levy Tran; also praising Monica Macer as showrunner. A few hours later, Tristin Mays posted a video of her and Lucas Till singing a musical rendition; announcing having wrapped as well.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

As mentioned last week, crew members keep posting new BtS photos; e.g. Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey (for Levy Tran) and Kevin Marshall Pinkney (for Justin Hires) or Jordan Heir (for Tristin Mays). Day Ramphal also posted several BtS photos with the main cast. Alessia Costantini tweeted another group photo of the cast in the blue and black striped PJs.

Last Friday, Levy Tran posted both a video compilation of dozens of BtS photos and video snippets plus a few photos while saying thank you to Showrunner Monica Macer to let the crew members shine this season with giving them new opportunities to show off their skills. On March 29, she posted a new photo of Desi and Bozer; taken while filming the Season Finale.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related News
Last week, some of the crew members attended panels for WonderConAtHome; also talking about MacGyver. On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. You can watch it here. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”. You can find it here.

On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America. Sponsoring Bob and Pamela Zellner, he also donated the rest of the money that was needed for them to reach their goal of 10’000 USD.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

Here’s a short overview of other “news”:

  • ICYMI: The MacGyver Foundation announced the debut of an animated web series to acknowledge the one-year mark of the pandemic. You can watch the five-episode series here.
  • Son of the South was set to be released in France on March 10. Since cinemas are closed, the date was pushed to September 8. The DVD and BluRay release in the US is still listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season. While the odds are looking good for a renewal, we might still have to wait for a while to get the news.

MacGyver Reboot Update #140

After a long break, we finally get to enjoy a new episode tonight. Also, principal filming for Season 5 has wrapped.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Tristin Mays)

(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.)

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What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
We finally get a new episode tonight, yay! Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games) was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton; featuring the introduction of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker.

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

This episode had initially been scheduled to air on March 12. In case you need a refresher (probably not), here’s the synopsis:

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

CBS realeased 5 Official Stills on March 4; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. You can find them on Seat42F.

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

On March 19, we got a new BtS photo by CBS plus a first Sneak Peek which is a direct continuation of the ending of Episode 5×10.

On March 23, we got a new Still, another BtS photo plus an Exclusive Sneak Peek via TV Line which shows MacGyver and Riley discussing the Black Lives Matter protests. According to a tweet by writer Teresa Huang, this episode will kick off a new story arc.

What you need to know about Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna). It was written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via CBS)

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

Mac, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding, Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.

On March 19, Aneesha Joshi posted a few BtS photos while doing ADR for the episode. We got 15 Official Stills via CBS yesterday.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. 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), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (April 9)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge. You can find the Press Release with the first Official Still here.
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (April 30)
    Presumably written by Monica Macer, presumably directed by David Straiton

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30. The Season Finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will air on May 7 and May 14.

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Episode 5×13: Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (via CBS)

Working on Episode MAC509 and beyond
To Recap: We got a several new BtS photos of Monica Macer on set of the LA Unit. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Unit continued filming on the “Italian Episode” (presumably MAC507) all week. Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a new BtS photo with Lucas Till. It looks like MacGyver will be wearing the tachometer mentioned in the episode title.

On March 12, Lucas dressed up as an Assassin’s Creed character for Costume Friday.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

On March 18, we got a new BtS photo of Justin Hires on set (possibly as Bozer being undercover). A day later, we got another photo via Fabio Massimo Bonini; this time with both Lucas Till and Levy Tran. (Alessia Costantini revealed later that the red car featured in Episode 5×13 is a Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada.)

Last Friday, it seemed like they wanted to make it up to us for not getting a new episode. We got a new BtS photo of Meredith Eaton on set plus the Atlanta Cast filming a scene for what looks like a July 4 celebration; posted by Tristin Mays. Justin Hires also tweeted a photo of the cast in undercover gear.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

The cast continued filming well into the night. For the first time in months, Justin Hires shared an Instagram Live Story from set; revealing a concert stage on the location presenting as a Military Appreciation Celebration. The Spiderman fandom was also in a hubbubb after a BtS photo of the location made the rounds on social media; showing a person in a Spiderman costume. (With the newest Spiderman movie filming nearby, it was easy to mistake one set for the other.)

For Costume Friday, several crew members dressed up as their colleague Esther Elise Johnson. It wasn’t until the next day until we realized why we hadn’t noticed Lucas at all.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Conner Kocks)

On Monday, filming continued on Arabian Mountain. Justin Hires posted a BtS photo of Team Phoenix having a pajama party in Mac’s bedroom.

We also got a new BtS photo of Episode 5×09 by CBS.

That’s a Wrap
On March 18, Alexandra Grey had tweeted that she just wrapped for the season. Several crew members hinted at March 24 being the last day of shooting.

On March 23, several crew members posted about this being the last day of filming for the season. Justin uploaded a video of him saying goodbye to the cast and crew on set after he had wrapped a scene with Levy Tran; also praising Monica Macer as showrunner. A few hours later, Tristin Mays posted a video of her and Lucas Till singing a musical rendition; announcing having wrapped as well.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Cast and crew members kept posting more BtS photos during the next few days; e.g. Stand-In Amanda Mazonkey, Esther Elise Johnson or Derrick Owens. Day Ramphal also posted several BtS photos with the main cast.

Crew members also posted stories of various wrap gifts during the week; e.g. flasks or sports jackets. Due to covid restrictions, I doubt there will be a normal wrap party. In fact, most of the LA-based crew members already left Atlanta and returned home.

Cast and Crew News
We got a few more casting calls in recent weeks. Central Casting Georgia had been looking for an African American background actress, for a female Event Goer and for Lab Techs.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related News
Tomorrow, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain will attend a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”.

Also tomorrow, Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America. If you want to join or donate, you can find all important info here.

The MacGyver Foundation announced the debut of an animated web series to acknowledge the one-year mark of the pandemic. You can watch the five-episode series here.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

As a reminder, here’s a short overview of older “news”:

  • Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. The DVD and BluRay release is listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season. While the odds are looking good for a renewal, we might still have to wait for a while to get the news. I expect CBS to order the NCIS spin-off and to renew NCIS and NCIS LA first before they announce the fate of the Friday shows and the rest of the crime shows.

MacGyver Reboot Update #139

Sadly, no new episode for another two weeks. As announced in a press release on Tuesday, the episode was dropped in favour of a rebroadcast of last week’s Sunday Special.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (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 5×10 (MAC503)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×10 (Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower). CBS released 16 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks. Otherwise, we didn’t get any new material before the episode aired.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via Seat42F)

Afterwards, Alessia Costantini and Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS material; e.g. of the “earthquake ball” or of the printing machine they used for the Mexico street signs. On March 7, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain released his blog post about the MacGyverisms.

To recap: Episode 5×09 had an audience of 4.958 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57. Episode 5×10 was significantly lower in demo; getting 4.496 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.45 in the important group of 18 to 49-year-olds. Compared to the other scripted CBS shows (23 in total), it places Rank 14 in average live-viewers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

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

They were filming while the episode aired, so none of the cast members had joined the live-tweeting. With about 721 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide. But like on most Fridays, we had more tweets than for #MagnumPI (about 365 estimated tweets per hour) or for #BlueBloods (about 448). Sadly, the amount of tweets never reflects in the ratings. Overall, the episode was well-received on social media, but generated a lot of F-bombs on Twitter.

What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
The premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games) was pushed to March 26. This episode was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton; featuring the introduction of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker.

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

We got the Press Release with the first Official Still on February 18. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

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

CBS realeased 5 Official Stills on March 4; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. You can find them on Seat42F. We got a new BtS photo of this episode by Malcom Hornes.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. 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), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS. Next Friday, there’s no new episode either due to March Madness.

  • 5×12 (MAC506): Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (April 2)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton

As far as we know, they started filming the Season Finale Episode last week, so they will probably wrap up the season in about two weeks.

Working on Episode MAC509 and beyond
To Recap: Production for Episode 5×08 continued until February 4. We got a BtS photo of Bozer with his parents. Bozer’s “father” Ernie Hudson tweeted an additional group photo. Filming continued on March 1; including scenes with Levy Tran and Lucas Till in construction workers gear.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Monica Macer)

On March 8, we got a new BtS photo of Monica Macer on set of the LA Unit. She added a BtS photo with Meredith Eaton and older photos of her with Tristin Mays and with Levy Tran for International Women’s Day.

The next day, Macer added another BtS photo with Meredith; spending her birthday on set. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Unit continued filming on the “Italian Episode” (presumably MAC507) all week. Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a video village photo of him sitting in the red sports car that we’ve seen in several Instagram Stories in the last few weeks. Some people living nearby or coming across the area posted photos of the sports cars and the Italian Police Car used for the episode or got to visit video village.

Monica Macer on set of Season 5 (via CBS TV Studios)

As seen on Instagram stories by cast and crew, they got to enjoy a bit of sunshine and warmer temperatures yesterday.

Today, CBS TV Studios posted a photo of Monica Macer on set; celebrating “Female Filmmaker Friday” for Women’s History Month.

Cast and Crew News
There have been no public casting calls this week, but Namita Joshi revealed that her daughter Aneesha will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode. I assume she takes part in the Indian Wedding in Episode 5×12.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Aneesha Joshi)

Here’s a short overview of recent cast news you might have missed:

  • Fabio Massimo Bonini will play an Italian thug named Franco Scuro.
  • According to the Brevard Talent Group, their client Tom Nowicki (The Blind Side) booked a recurring guest role while Bill Kelly booked a single guest spot.
  • Victoria Ric (Divided We Fall) booked a guest spot (presumably for the Season Finale).

Some of the crew have already wrapped up for the season (e.g. Danielle Korman, Christopher Jon Duddy).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Billy Matt Thompson)

Other MacGyver-related News
On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain will take part at a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”.

ICYMI, here’s a short overview of recent news:

  • In February, the MacGyver Reboot made Rank 14 on the list of most popular shows on SpoilerTV; one rank lower than in January.
  • Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America on March 27. If you want to join, you can find all important info here.
  • Lucas’ movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. The DVD and BluRay release is listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season.

MacGyver Reboot Update #138

New episode tonight, yay! There’s a lot of excitement since this one has a lot of potential to become a fan favorite this season.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via ShowbizJunkies)

(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.)

 

What you need to know about Episode 5×10 (MAC503)
Tonight is 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. We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on February 16.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

In case you need a refresher, 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 on February 25; all of them featuring the guest stars alongside Mac, Riley and Desi. You can find 14 tagged Stills on Getty Images. Yesterday, they added 3 Sneak Peeks while TV Insider provided an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek today.

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

Justin Hires hinted at him being on set tonight, so we don’t know yet if any cast members will join in on the live-tweeting.

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

In this episode, we’ll see the first appearance of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker. CBS realeased 5 Official Stills yesterday; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. Sadly, they’re not available in good quality yet.

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

After this episode, there’s a break due to March Madness; followed by a rerun of Episode 4×03 (Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck) on March 26.

About the Rerun of Episode 4×11
Last Friday, we got a rerun of Episode 4×11 (Psy-Op + Cell + Merchant + Birds). It had 3.356 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.34, which is the third-highest audience number of all Season 4 Reruns so far. Contrary to the rerun of Episode 4×04, I didn’t see any writers joining in on the live-tweeting or posting new BtS material.

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

After the rerun of Episode 4×03, they might start with Reruns of Season 5 episodes unless they put a Summer Show on the Friday 8pm schedule. CBS has two drama shows left without a premiere date yet (Evil and Blood + Treasure), but they’ve never aired on Fridays so far.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes 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).

Script Title Page of Episode 5×13 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×12 (MAC506): Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (April 2)
    Directed by Anne Renton, presumed guest appearance by Camilla Arfwedson
  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (tbd)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (tbd)

They seem to be a bit behind with the schedule. As far as we know, they started filming the Season Finale Episode today, so they will probably wrap up the season in about two or three weeks.

Working on Episode MAC508 and beyond
To Recap: Production for Episode 5×08 started around February 18. In the last few weeks, they filmed at a construction factory and at the cabin near the lake. Tristin Mays showed us her outfit as Artemis37. Sarah Downer confirmed in a tweet that we’ll get to see Henry Ian Cusick in a kilt.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Ernie Hudson)

On February 26, Justin Hires posted a BtS photo with “his” parents. Bozer’s “father” Ernie Hudson tweeted an additional group photo two days later. Filming continued on March 1, but we didn’t get much BtS material this week. On March 2nd, Levy Tran posted an Instagram Story of her and Lucas Till dancing outside in construction workers gear.

Yesterday, Tristin posted a BtS video of the crew cleaning up after filming inside a church. This is probably footage from an earlier episode; maybe even the one airing tonight (judging by her hairstyle). Guest Star Fabio Massimo Bonini revealed that he will play an Italian thug named Franco Scuro.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

For Costume Fridays, Lucas dressed up as a gold digger.

Cast, Crew and other MacGyver-related News
On March 3, the Brevard Talent Group posted congratulations to Tom Nowicki for booking a recurring guest role. We don’t have any information yet which character he will be playing or in what capacity. There were no casting calls last week.

In February, the MacGyver Reboot made Rank 14 on the list of most popular shows on SpoilerTV; one rank lower than in January.

Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America on March 27. If you want to join, you can find all important info here.

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

ICYMI, here’s a short overview of recent news:

  • On February 24, Gula Tech Adventures released a video interview with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and director/producer David Straiton recarding cyber security.
  • The official CBS Store for the Reboot has finally been “re-opened”.
  • Production Designer John Mott posted new/old Stills of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot; filmed back in April 2016.
  • Lucas’ movie Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. On Amazon US, the DVD and BluRay are listed with a release date of April 6.

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.