MacGyver Reboot Update #144

Only one episode left for Season 5. Tonight, there’s a rerun of the Season 5 Premiere Episode.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Mike Torino)

(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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About Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins); written by Teresa Huang & Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson. CBS released 12 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Fernando Decillis/CBS via KsiteTV)

Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires, Guest Star Chase Brown (Young Bozer) or Guest Star Wendy Raquel Robinson.

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting (or at least tried to). Writers Teresa Huang and Josh Brown provided little tidbits; e.g. that Papa Bozer’s name Milt(on) was an Easter Egg for the Original Show, that Russ had been on an op in Johannesburg or that Levy Tran as Desi fought her own stunt double Danya Bateman in one scene.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Chase Brown)

The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. Chase Brown (Young Bozer) with Auntie Pamela (Sherry Richards) and with Mama Bozer (Wendy Raquel Robinson). Sherry Richards also posted several photos; e.g with Chase Brown and Cali Reef (Young MacGyver) or with Ernie Hudson.

On April 19, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

Before the episode aired, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of several Season 2 episodes. There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 2100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Wendy Raquel Robinson)

During the episode, there were about 2500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 3000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. Note that these numbers were achieved despite Twitter being broken completely for about 20 minutes (starting about 5 minutes after 8pm) and still acting up for many fans for several hours. For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 109 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 492.

To recap: Episode 5×13 had 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47. Episode 5×14 got 4.329 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48. This is the episode with the third-lowest live-audience numbers this season – but overall, most fans seemed to like it.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.

Compared to last year, the Reboot lost about 22% in live-audience numbers and 24% in demo. While that seems a lot, it barely lost in viewers and demo in Season 4. Also, several other CBS crime/drama shows lost about the same amount in ratings this TV season.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Tonight is a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). Next week will be the premiere of the Season 5 Finale aka Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on April 13. In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, we don’t have any promo for the episode yet. Yesterday, they released another Season 5 BtS interview video; this time talking about dire situations and how MacGyver would get out of them with certain items on hand.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Day Ramphal)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale. It didn’t take long for the fans to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement. Here’s some of the achievements so far:

  • a petition to renew the show for another season (reaching the mark of 15’000 signatures on April 16); hitting 19’000 signatures today
  • sending in more than 300’000 paperclips to the CBS Studios in LA and NY
  • writing dozens of e-mails and letters to CBS executives
  • contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series
  • setting up an official website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads)

There were several online articles by news outlets; e.g. ET Canada and Forbes, CNN, ScreenRant, CBS17 or PopCulture. Also, there’s a GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research in the name of MacGyver fans.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

While the cast and crew are still under contract, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts; liking or sharing posts that carry the hashtag “SaveMacGyver”.

Other MacGyver-related News
There were more Watch Parties over the week. On the Watch Party on April 17, there were about 500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.

Season 4 DVD Cover Preview (via Seat42F)

Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • The Season 4 DVD Release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
  • The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in two categories: “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The cinematic release date for New Zealand and Australia is May 6.
  • The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).

MacGyver Reboot Update #143

Only two more episodes left for Season 5. Tonight, we’re going back to Mission City; meeting Mama and Papa Bozer!

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (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.)

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About Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer); written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge. We got 13 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

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

Last week, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires or Meredith Eaton. Because the cast wasn’t busy filming for once, they had more time to post Instagram Stories and to tweet.

Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till, Henry Ian Cusick, Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires joined the live-tweeting. Writer Alessia provided little insights on how the episode came to be; also revealing that the Picture Car Team had to build two cars from scratch, starting three months before filming started.

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

The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. by Rat Wrangler Jamie Stimach, by MacGyverCBS or Tari Segal. On Sunday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode, while Alessia continued to tweet little tidbits about the episode.

There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 5100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. In fact, the hashtag #SaveMacGyver never fell below 400 estimated tweets per hour during the 24 hours before the episode aired.

For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 156 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 2200.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

To recap: Episode 5×12 had 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in the important demo category. Episode 5×13 got more viewers, but a slightly lower demo; reaching 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47.

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via MacGyverCBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. In case you need a reminder, here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). Also, we should see Young Bozer and Young MacGyver in a flashback sequence. Both flashback scenes with a young MacGyver for Season 4 had been cut, so I really hope one day we’ll get to watch those, too.

CBS released 12 Official Stills on April 8 and 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Fernando Decillis/CBS via Seat42F)

Writer Teresa Huang tweeted on April 14 that the episode will introduce a non-binary character named Sara (played by Emerson Paige); member of Riley’s hacker collective. She also revealed that the scenes of hacker Brooklyn (Harlan Drum) had been cut from last week’s episode.

What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Next week, there will be a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). On April 30 is the premiere of Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.

Episode 5×15: Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (Nathan Bolster/CBS via TV Insider)

We got the Press Release and 9 Official Stills on Tuesday. Here’s the synopsis:

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, we don’t have much information about the episode. I’m not sure if we can hope for some extra promotion (e.g. interviews). It’s a pity that there wasn’t much extra promotion during the season; considering they had a new showrunner.

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

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled. It didn’t take long for the fans to get over the stages of shock and denial and to reach anger; starting to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement.

The petition to renew the show for another season got more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours; reaching 6000 by Sunday and doubling within two days; hitting 12’000 on Monday. While the numbers have slowed down somewhat, it has not stopped; hitting the 15’000 mark today.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

Also, about 290’000 paperclips have been sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY so far while fans started writing e-mails and letters.

There’s a lack of entertainment news due to the pandemic this Spring with movie relases pushed back and Fashion and Award Shows being streamed online. But it’s also due to fans reaching out to news outlets that the #SaveMacGyver Movement has started to make the news on the weekend.

By Sunday, the movement made it to articles by ET Canada and Forbes. During the week, other outlets picked the subject up; e.g. CNN, ScreenRant or PopCulture.

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

Within a week, fans set up a website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads).

According to this Facebook post, the stage location will be available for filming again starting June 1st, meaning that they will have to tear down the stages and sets and clean out the offices within the next few weeks (if a new production wants to start moving in by that date).

While the cast and crew are still under contract and can’t speak out openly, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts and would love continuing to work on the show.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. 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”.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The French Trailer (for the distributor in Canada) can be watched here.
  • The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).

MacGyver Reboot Update #142

Sadly, MacGyver got cancelled. But there’s three more episodes left. Tonight, we’re going to Italy – there will be lots of cars and pasta!

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

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About Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna); written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

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

We got 15 Official Stills and 5 Sneak Peeks beforehand plus a short video interview with Levy Tran for TV Insider.

Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. Combined with the fans, there were about 800 estimated tweets per hour.

Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS photos. We also got some BtS photos by director Ann Renton and Guest Star Aneesha Joshi. On Wednesday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

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

To recap: Episode 5×11 had 4.311 million live-viewers and a 0.44 rating in the important demo group. Episode 5×12 did slightly better with 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in demo.

Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 14 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Tonight 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 ShowbizJunkies)

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 25; with CBS releasing 13 Stills in total on March 30. In case you need a reminder, 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.

A few weeks ago, Fabio Massimo Bonini had posted a new BtS photo with Levy Tran.

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

With the news of the show getting cancelled, the upcoming episode got a bit neclected. Even Getty Images hadn’t bothered to upload some Stills until Thursday.

Yesterday, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. On his Facebook post, he revealed that production requested for him to wait with posting after the episode aired (or to get clearance before posting).

What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.

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

We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). CBS just released 12 Official Stills yesterday, so they’re not available in HD quality yet.

Episode 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (via Christine Swanson)

That’s a wrap – for the Reboot
Principal filming has wrapped on March 23. The LA-based crew has already returned home. Tristin Mays recently posted an Instagram story while doing ADR for tonight’s Episode 5×13; so the post-production for the rest of the episodes is probably still ongoing and could count for the lack of Sneak Peeks so far.

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30; airing an episode titled “Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal”. Sadly, we got to learn on April 7 that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled without an additional last season.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Jordan Heir)

Deadline was the first to break the news, with other outlets (e.g. Hollywood Reporter, Variety or The Wrap) following suit. Like most fans and all the ratings prediction sites, I was pretty suprised.

It didn’t take long for the fans starting to tweet in a frenzy; talking about their feelings and saying thank you to cast and crew. There’s also a petition going on (getting more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours) to save the show and paperclips being sent to the CBS Studios in LA.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

Some of the cast and the current writing team immediately posted their goodbyes and said Thank You; e.g. Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Justin Hires or Henry Ian Cusick. A day later, Levy Tran posted a goodbye video. Tristin Mays also tweeted yesterday.

A lot of the crew posted about missing the show; uploading new/old BtS photos and talking about some of their treasured memories; e.g. grip Steven Serna, Dan Emo (via Insta Stories) or Stand-Ins Kevin Marshall Pinkney and Amanda Mazonkey.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Other MacGyver-related News
Not much interesting stuff going on when your favorite show just got cancelled, huh. But here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America.
  • Also on March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. 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”.
  • Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. I haven’t seen any mentions if there are any bonus materials.

It’s a bit ironic that CBS re-opened the MacGyver merch store just a few months before the show got cancelled. Since the store for Hawaii Five-0 is still up, I expect them to do the same for this show.