Christmas Hiatus is finally over. Cast and crew started filming again today. We’ve already glimpsed a familiar face and we’ll get to enjoy a new and intense episode tonight!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Working on Episode 3×15
Filming for Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) had started on December 10. They had a real dog (named Seven) on set, alongside a stuffed Stand-In lovingly carried around by the crew.
The 2nd Unit worked on Sunday (December 16) as well; probably to make sure they could finish the episode and leave for Christmas Hiatus on time. They filmed a fire stunt with dog Seven and had a car crashing through a garage door on the next day.
According to Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he had planned to visit Atlanta on December 17, but we never saw any proof that he had actually been there. Justin Hires was already back in LA, but kept uploading BtS photos; e.g of him and George Eads while filming Episode 3×14 – the same episode that director Avi Youabian was editing on that day at the Paramount Studios.
On December 19, they had a little Wrap Party with Special Guest Grinch (aka Co-Executive Producer Jeff Downer). Of the main cast, it looks like it was only Lucas Till and Tristin Mays attending. Lucas was still in costume; posing for photos with Mike Martinez.
After wrapping up, cast and crew enjoyed the filming hiatus; spending time with family or enjoying a short holiday. Justin Hires postes some new BtS photos, as did Meredith Eaton via Instagram Short Stories. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet during the hiatus.
Technical Consultant Rhett Allain wrote several more science notes blog posts about the MacHacks used in Season 1: One for Episode 1×07 (Can Opener), one for Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew) and one for Episode 1×09 (Chisel); adding videos with it as well.
All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×11
Episode 3×11 is titled “Mac + Fallout + Jack”, written by Jim Adler and directed by Carlos Bernard (who also directed Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen). Here’s the Synopsis:
Mac and Jack hit the road for a weekend of relaxation in Las Vegas, but their mini-vacation is cut short when someone from their past abducts them and locks them in a concrete room. Also, Matty tasks Riley, Bozer and Leanna with stealing a diamond encoded with terrorist intel from a princess (Shani Atias) in Milan.
On December 18. CBS released 11 Official Stills in total. They all feature the A-storyline with Mac and Jack. On December 29, the preview was uploaded on YouTube. It’s quite dark and feels like an hommage to James Wan’s horror thriller “SAW”, so it sparked a lot of discussions among fans.
Yesterday, they uploaded a different preview onto Instagram, that is a bit less dark but not less menacing or threatening, confirming speculations by fans that the kidnapping will happen via car crash.
Back in December, Erik Kerr had posted a BtS photo of the prop rockets. Yesterday, director Carlos Bernard re-posted the BtS photo of George Eads and Lucas Till with Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever. Otherwise, we almost have no BtS photos of the A-storyline with Mac and Jack.
Justin Hires provided some more BtS photos of the B-storyline that involves him, guest-star Shani Atias and a lot of other pretty actresses in what looks like a modelling setting. As Jonathan Horne revealed, he will play a designer named Marco.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×12 to 3×16
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes since it’s been quite a while since they filmed them. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:
- 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (January 11)
Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan. For the synopsis and the Official Stills, you can check up here.
- 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (January 18)
Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn plus Brendan Hines as Matty’s Ex-Husband Ethan Reigns. See here for the Press Release and the Official Stills.
- 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (February 1)
Directed by Avi Youabian. Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez. Possibly George Ead’s last episode this season.
- 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (February 15)
Directed by Gabriel Beristain. Guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and dog Seven.
- 3×16: tba (February 22). Filming for this episode started today.
Apparently, CBS has already prepared for promo without George Eads when they introduced a new social media header this week.
The photo was taken during the promo shoot for the official promo posters before the premiere of Season 1, back in August 2016. Interestingly, the original photo showed a bomb having been strapped onto MacGyver’s chest. The bomb is now hidden after digitally adding more ropes.
Working on Episode 3×16
Filming for this episode started today. Madeline Grayson already uploaded an Instagram Live Story early in the morning out of the costume-design-slash-prop-room, working on what looks like syringes. As Tristin Mays revealed, Billy Baldwin (as Riley’s dad) is back on set at this moment, presumably filming in the appartement that is used as Riley’s living place.
Other Cast, Crew and Character News
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce it; with Deadline revealing that his character won’t be killed off for the possibility for him to return as a guest star.
So far, we don’t have any further information how Jack Dalton will be written out. After the preview for Episode 3×11 had been released, fans worried that Mac would have to kill Jack in order to save himself. But don’t be afraid: According to the Press Release revealed yesterday, Jack is also part of the B-storyline in Episode 3×13. George Eads was last seen on set for Episode 3×14, so this will probably be his last appearence.
As it is, Justin Hires had posted a BtS photo on December 18, showing Jack and Bozer with Jack wearing a Military camo jacket. It’s possible that Jack will be called back into the Armed Forces – if it’s voluntarily or not remains to be seen.
Since IMDb still isn’t up to date, it’s difficult to find out about guest stars in episodes that didn’t have a Press Release yet. Before the Holiday Hiatus, Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Ashlee Heath and for a bald, African American man). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Phoenix Guard, Soldiers, an African American Military Man and Caucasian Agents.
Other MacGyver-related News
On December 21, The Blast exclusively revealed that CBS is being sued by 2 parties because of the Reboot, claiming that they’re entitled to payments based on a deal dating from the original series. If you’re interested, you can read the full complaint by one suing party on here.
Briana Lamb – Stand-In in Season 1 (e.g. for Sandrine Holt, Amy Acker and others) – let herself being interviewed for a podcast episode, released on December 31st. At 1h 12min, she talks a few minutes about the experience of working on “MacGyver” and Lucas Till’s Pokemon obsession. She also talks about work as a Stand-In in general (she’s worked in over 50 productions) and the long gruelling hours the actors have to endure; most of them being overworked and missing their family.
Mid-December, George Satsidis had added an excerpt of his recent interview with Lucas Till. Lucas talked about MacGyver being a dream role and how he filmed the “drone stunt” seen in Episode 3×10. Yesterday, GlobalNews Canada also uploaded a written interview, probably taken on that same press day. Lucas describes the Wine Bottle Rockets (in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew) as one of the most outlandish creation that MacGyver has made so far and how they only have a few minutes to prepare for the fight scenes.
Reminder: The Reboot was eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Voting for Round 1 has closed and results will be announced soon. Voting for Round 2 will start January 7. I don’t know if all categories get another round or not, but I’m sure that at least some of the cast and crew made it for another round.