Looking Back at Season 3 (III) – The Official Stills (Part 3)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit here.

 

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For Episode 3×11, we got 11 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission – or rather the memory of a main mission – with Mac and Jack.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: To me, Guy D’Alema is the best of the bunch of Still Photographers they have been using for Official Stills. My favorite Still of this episode is the perfect example – he chooses interesting angles. Even when he takes photos of the same scene, they don’t all look the same.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded an additional Still of the B-storyline with Riley, Leanna and Bozer, though. Or of the current storyline of Mac and Jack being held prisoner.

 

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Richard DuCree)
For Episode 3×12, we got 13 Stills of the team involved in the main mission. For once, the photos featured the team in different constellations.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Bozer, Mac and Riley. We didn’t get many Stills of the “core” team this season. The cast appears usually in pairs or alone in the Still photos; not as a group.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not having a Still with Jack to choose from is always disappointing.

 

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Guy D’Alema)
Episode 3×13 delivered 9 Official Stills; all of them featuring MacGyver and the main mission.

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via CBS Press Express)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac doing some MacGyvering. What else do you need?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s nice to see Mac doing his thing out in the wild, so nothing disappointing here.

 

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Guy D’Alema)
We got 9 Stills for this episode; all of them of the main cast.

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacRiley! As a runner-up, we have Mac and Jack contemplating food at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in pretty clothes looking pretty. But it’s the last episode with Jack *sniff*. And there’s not even a group photo of them all dolled up.

 

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 12 Official Stills. The new recurring cast member got 2 Stills all for herself and the guest star is in several of them as well.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people looking fierce.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: No close-up Still of the canine guest star. He’s cute and deserves to have his own portrait.

 

(More coming soon.)

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The Best of the Best (I) – Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017

I’ve been blogging about the MacGyver Reboot since May 2017. That’s already two years. Thank you for visiting and reading and coming back!

I regularly present statistics about the Reboot; mainly ratings and audience numbers. But I never really presented any info about the blog itself – a habit I actually implemented a long time ago on my first blog in German.

So I present you the Top 5 Blog Posts 2017 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of 2017. And I added a few photos in between so it’s all the more fun for you – and maybe a way to get you to check out the full original post in case you missed it back then? 😉

Since we have to wait quite a bit for the start of Season 4, you might finally find the time to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot…

BtS picture on set of Episode 1×01: The Rising (via Chris Payne Gilbert)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 1 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

The top posts in 2017 were all posts about scenes in the pilot script that didn’t make it into the episode. Interestingly, all posts had similar traffic numbers.

To refresh your mind: The rebooted Pilot Script for the MacGyver Reboot was written by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. An earlier version of the script – the Revised Network Draft (June 20, 2016) – has been available online since October 2016. I wrote several blog posts about “Deleted Scenes” aka scenes that didn’t make it into the Pilot Episode version that was aired on television.

 

Rank 5 (53 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVII) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes Part 3 (Baywatch With Tanks)

This blog post is dedicated to a Deleted Scene that was actually partially filmed. A member in the MacGyverOnline forums had labelled the spectacle (with gun-wielding Bikini Babes, Ninjas and a tank) as “Baywatch with Tanks” after BtS photos had been posted on social media, leaving us all confused and asking ourselves what this was about.

BtS picture on set of Episode 1×01: The Rising (via Tiko Pavoni)

If you’re lucky enough to have gotten a DVD copy of Season 1 that actually contains Extras, you can watch the filmed scene there. If you want to know more what the scene is about and how it was written in the script, you can read my blog post.

 

Rank 4 (57 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XIX) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 5)

In this blog post, I wrote about two different scenes in the pilot script. One is a conversation between Mac and Jack about Nikki while racing the (stolen) handyman van to the airport. The other one is an excerpt about the missile prop with Team Phoenix sitting around Mac’s firepit.

 

Rank 3 (59 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVI) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 2)

In this blog post, I wrote about two different scenes in the pilot script. One scene got dropped, the other one was reshot and used in the Season 1 Finale instead.

BtS of 1×01: The Rising (via Peter Lenkov)

Both scenes go together, though. The first scene is Mac and Jack in the helicopter with Mac being afraid he’s going to barf due to Jack’s “helicoptering” and digging through the med kit for a vial of Morphine. The second one is Mac in Siberia, dropping a vial into the glacier.

I was actually a bit disappointed about the way the scene in Siberia was re-written – to know why, you can read my blog post.

 

Rank 2 (60 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XV) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 1)

In the first of my blog posts about the Pilot Script, I wrote about three different scenes. One is about Lake Como, one about Mac running up Griffith Park and some dropped voice-over lines about his relationship with Nikki, and the last is about Mac in the shower.

Eh. Not a shower scene in the way you thought; sorry *lol*. For more information, you can check out the post…

 

Rank 1 (66 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVIII) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 4)

In this blog post, I wrote about four different scenes in the pilot script. One is about Mac and Jack heading to DXS, another one about meeting Riley, and one about tinfoil and bikini babes we didn’t get to see.

The last one is about chasing Kendrick and an extended MacGyverism that was dropped, but later used in Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler).

Episode 1×01: The Rising (via SpoilerTV)

 

Runner-up posts to give you the Top Ten of 2017:

Looking Back at Season 3 (II) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via David Dastmalchian)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For now, I’m keeping up the rhythm of writing bi-weekly Update posts, so these posts looking back at the Official Stills will be peppered in between.

 

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For Epsisode 3×06, we got 13 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission with Mac and Murdoc, but we also got the guest-stars in several of the Stills.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Murdoc, of course. This already teases a similar storyline like in the Original Show. And there is a fun BtS video by David Dastmalchian from filming this scene; a screenshot shown at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded one of the B-storyline with Jack and Bozer. Maybe even one of Nasha?

 

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Annette Brown)
For the seventh episode of Season 3, we got 7 Stills of the team involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: For the first two seasons, it was rare for the show to actually feature the guest-star in several of the Official Stills, so I chose one of them.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills look a bit different in quality. Also, all of them show pretty people looking confused. Overall, it’s not very exciting for teasing an episode.

 

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Cagacombs + Le Fantome (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×08 delivered 13 Official Stills, consisting of 10 “normal” Stills and 3 additional Screenshots.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: All these pretty people in fancy clothing. And in some of the Stills, they’re even happy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Jack is missing.

 

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Jace Downs)
We got 10 Stills for this episode. Eight them feature Mac, Jack and a dog in the Opening Gambit.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Jack in a cage. And with Jack holding a bone, this setting already screams for an interesting storyline. Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit.

OW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: As I said: Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit. Also interesting they chose to show so many Stills from a scene that isn’t even five minutes long.

 

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 10 Official Stills. For once, the guest-star got a Still all by himself.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I’ts Matty and Mac and they look good.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The guest-star got a Still all by himself. Too bad I can’t stand the character… I’d rather had some more with Jack or with Riley. Or a Team Phoenix Photo.

 

(More coming soon.)

Looking Back at Season 3 (I) – The Official Stills (Part 1)

I’ve always been a bit puzzled about the release of the Official Stills. Maybe that’s just how it works with TV shows in general, but: Sometimes we get 12 Official Stills for an episode – another time only 5 or none. Sometimes all of them look very similar, sometimes the main cast seems missing.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

 

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For the Premiere of Season 3, we got 6 Official Stills. Taken together, they feature all the agents on the main mission.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Jack, of course.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in nice colors, so nothing downright disappointing. A few more Stills for the Season Premiere would have been nice, but we got at least one more than back for the Season 2 Premiere.

 

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Jace Downs)
For the second episode of Season 3, we got 8 Stills of the people involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Definitely the “Dalton’s Heroes” shot.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty looking people at an airport. While that’s not bad per se, it isn’t the most exciting scene to sell an action-adventure show – especially not an episode featuring an A storyline with military guys and firefights.

 

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Jace Downs/Annette Brown)
The third episode delivered the Official Stills in two servings. The first bunch consisted of 6 Stills. Later, they added 8 more that showed a bit more action.

Episode 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac in the midst of a MacGyverism, of course. It’s nice to see the “youngsters” together on a mission for once.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: 14 Stills of good-looking people could be worse, but it would have been nice to see a teaser photo of the B storyline with Jack and Billy Colton.

 

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Guy D’Alema)
We got 10 Stills for this episode,. All of them feature Mac and Riley on the road with the guest-star.

Episode 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacGyver looking all competent can never be wrong.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in color-coordinated clothes on a color-coordinated outdoor set. For me, not disappointing at all.

 

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (CBS)
Apparently, they had no extra Still Photographer on set for the Halloween Episode. I’ve always wondered why the Still photos looked so different in quality and why the colors looked washed out. I’m assuming they took screenshots while editing.

Episode 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Riley and Bozer trying to look all innocent. Even without knowing anything about the B storyline, you know they’re anything but innocent.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s a Halloween Episode and no Still Photographer and no scary costumes. Though there IS at least a kid in costume and he’s cute.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #76

Only a bit more than three episodes left to film before production for Season 3 will wrap up. We’ve glimpsed another familiar face and we get to meet the new recurring character Desi tonight!

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

(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!)

 

About Episode 3×14
Before and after the episode aired, director Avi Youabian and several guest stars (e.g. the bride Madalyn Horcher or father of the bride Roberto Sanchez) posted BtS photos they had taken when filming back in November and December.

Sadly, Blue Bloods was the only CBS Friday show that got a Sneak Peek, therefore not providing any additional promo to share. While the hashtag #MacGyver wasn’t trending US-wide, it still set a new record of more than 1100 estimated tweets per hour.

BtS photo of Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (via Madalyn Horcher)

As expected, the episode got discussed about a lot on social media. While most fans stated being sad and disappointed about Jack leaving, some were also unhappy about how the goodbye between Mac and Jack had been dealt with.

Just a day later after the episode had aired, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded a blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He later added posts about the MacGyverisms used in Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler), Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass), Episode 1×16 (Hook) and Episode 1×17 (Ruler) as well.

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) had reached 6.895 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.8. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.583 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.482 million viewers with a demo of 1.16 (+43%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Maya Lisa)

Episode 3×14 had 6.964 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.8, thus making it the highest audience number this season so far and beating Last Man Standing by a million viewers. It’t interesting to note that all three CBS Friday shows got a demo of 0.8. In the +3 Days Ratings, it added another 1.352 million viewers (+19%), reaching a total of 8.319 million viewers with a demo of 1.12 (+41%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.265 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to the 22 scripted shows on CBS at the moment, the Reboot is at rank 21 in demo and at rank 13 in audience.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via What 2 Vue)

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Thanks to a special airing after the AFC Championship, Magnum PI raised their average up to 6.047 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.95 demo-rating. Just two weeks ago, they announed that the show will get another season. SEAL Team is at 5.545 millions live-viewers (but is facing a 4-weeks-long break) and a demo of 0.84 on average while SWAT is at 5.351 / 0.78.

According to Variety, the big networks have ordered up to 20 percent less pilots this year. Variety concludes that most networks seem to be eyeing to renew shows instead of risking to order the usual slate of new shows, which will potentially lead to more renewals of shows (even if they aren’t all that good-looking in ratings).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×15
Episode 3×15 is titled “K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit”, written by Executive Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Gabriel Beristain. The Press Release witht he first Official Still came out on February 8. Here’s the synopsis:

After a surprising introduction to Phoenix’s newest recruit, Desi (Levy Tran), MacGyver and team are assigned to escort and protect an ATF (alcohol, tobacco, firearms) gun-sniffing dog who has a bounty on his head, only to discover they’re not the only ones crashing the weapon drop.

There’s guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and Ryan Czerwonko. We’ll also see Reign Edwards as Leanna again, so it looks like this episode will have a lot of girl power.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via CBS)

The preview was released on Saturday; giving us a glimpse into Mac and Desi meeting for the first time. On February 12, they released additional Stills. They were all taken on the same day while filming a scene of the cast running and hiding in between a shipping container area; accompanied by the canine guest star. The 2 Sneak Peeks released on Valentine’s Day were filmed at the same location the Stills were taken. A few hours later, TV Line released an exclusive, additional Sneak Peek of presumably the Opening Gambit with the full scene of MacGyver meeting Desi.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×16 to 3×20
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes, so let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the next handful of episodes:

  • 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (February 22)
    Written by Don Perez and directed by Stephen Herek. Guest appearances by Billy Baldwin and Chad Michael Collins. Check here for the Press Release and the Official Stills.
  • 3×17: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather (March 8)
    Guest appearances by Matthew Bellows and Matthew Jayson Cwern.
  • 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hi (March 15)
    Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres, Andre Reed and David Dastmalchian.
  • 3×19: Friends + Enemies + Border (April 5)
    Guest appearances by Odelya Halevi and Nick Massouh.
  • 3×20: tba (April 12)

There will be a rerun of Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) on March 1st, probably to prepare us for the upcoming guest appearance of David Dastmalchian.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via What 2 Vue)

After the premiere of Episode 3×18, there will be a break for 3 weeks due to March Madness (Basketball). They already released the full schedule for the rest of the episodes, but there might be some more changes.

Working on Episodes 3×18 and 3×19
Filming for Episode 3×18 started around January 25. Michael Des Barres had arrrived early in Atlanta to learn his lines. He spent some time with David Dastmalchian during his free time as well; keeping us updated with photos on social media.

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Official Still via CBS)

On January 26 (Saturday), the crew had filmed a stunt scene on the Atlanta Motor Speedway involving a helicopter. The BtS photo by Jason Tubbs revealed early on that both Murdoc and MacGyver Senior will be part of the episode.

On January 28, TV channel CBS 46 was on location for promo. Astrid Martinez provided photos and short videos via Instagram and Facebook; revealing that she did interviews with Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires on the parking lot in front of the studio lot. Meg Oliver posted a photo with Lucas Till a few days later while the video segment of her visiting the War Room was uploaded by CBS Sunday Morning.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

On February 4, Michael Des Barres posted a BtS video of him in Helman/Murdoc get-up; throwing and catching a knife. As Peter Lenkov revealed, that knife will probably end up stuck in Andre Reed’s chest. Trish Dowling posted a nice group photo of MDB with the cast and crew on set for those scenes. Apparently, this was already his last day of filming. David Dastmalchian filmed some more scenes and left Atlanta two days later.

On February 5, Lucas Till revealed how he prepares as an actor. He welcomed Levy Tran in a post; comparing her to a female Jackie Chan. It was Justin Hires who provided the first team photo with Levy on the fireplace set.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Marty Lindsey)

Filming for Epsiode 3×19 started on February 7. Casting Calls and Instagram Live Stories by Tristin Mays revealed that they filmed a Bomb Squad scene in a parking garage. For once, Riley herself will get to wear one of the disposal suits. On Tuesday, they filmed at a chapel near the woods.

On Wednesday, they filmed on location on and inside a pit or cave they built just for the episode. Lucas Till uplodaded Instagram Live Stories of him hanging on a rope, waiting to be lowered down. It was pretty windy on set and cast and crew still in need of heaters in the tents.

BtS photo of Episode 3×19 (via Jesse Parker)

As Justin Hires shared, Levy’s character Desi likes to read the World Surfers Magazine at work. Some of cast and crew posted photos and videos of older episodes; e.g. stunt double Maya Lisa (with Vanessa Garcia for Episode 3×13). Justin Hires uploaded an older video of him visiting Lucas Till and Levy Tran on set of Episode 3×16 back in January and a BtS video of Episode 3×12 with Bozer trying to get out of a trash can after successfully subduing a bad guy.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
On February 5, Deadline broke the news that Levy Tran officially joined the cast as recurring character Desiree Nguyen (Desi), a Vietnamese agent who had worked with George Ead’s character Jack Dalton (off-screen) before. As far as I know, Levy has already been on set for every episode so CBS will probably bump her to a regular if the show is renewed for another season (and the fans are interested in seeing more of her).

BtS photo of Episode 3×19 (via Mike Torino)

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Brandon Rush, Gabriel Rodriguez, for David Bianchi, for Mo Gallini or for Levy Tran).

Central Casting also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Tac Team with cars, for Techs with cars, a Bomb Squad with cars, for a female Fit Model and for Lab Techs.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: On March 23, there will be a panel for all 3 CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov at the Paley-Fest LA. As reported on February 5, the confirmed guests for the MacGyver panel are Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton with the option of adding more guests. Tickets are already on sale, so take the chance if you want to enjoy this event up close and personal.

Episode 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Reminder: The Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. It won several categories in Round 1 (e.g. Best Stunts, Best Writing, Kate Bond as Best Recurring Actress).

The show made it into following categories for Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Program
  • Best Action or Drama Actress (Meredith Eaton, Tristin Mays)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor (Lucas Till, George Eads, Justin Hires)
  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres)
  • Best Recurring Actor (Tate Donovan, David Dastmalchian)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond)
  • Best Stunts
  • Best Writing
  • Favorite TV Program
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Jack Dalton, Riley Davis)

The results for Round 2 aren’t fully uploaded yet.

Sneak Peek Screenshot for Episode 3×15 (via TV Line)

The 3rd and final round started on February 7. The show made it into following categories for the Finals so far:

  • Best Writing
  • Favorite TV Program
  • Favorite TV Character (Angus MacGyver, Jack Dalton)
  • Best Stunts

MacGyver Reboot Update #75

Cast and crew keep filming in cold Atlanta – even when they’re filming inside, they have “refrigerated” sets. We’ve glimpsed another familiar face and might have to say goodbye to Jack Dalton tonight!

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(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!)

 

About Episode 3×13
Before and after the episode aired, director Brad Turner and most of the guest stars (e.g. Justin Welborn, Vanessa Garcia and Edward Gelhaus) posted BtS photos they had taken when filming back in November.

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Vanessa Garcia)

Just as I was typing up on my last blog post, CBS finally uploaded 3 Sneak Peeks onto their media site. It’s a bit of a pity they decided to add the clips so late since there was only about 5 hours left before the premiere when they’ve finally hit YouTube; ready to be shared and discussed by the fans. To make up for it, they posted a few photos; e.g. a BtS photo with Lucas Till.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain later uploaded a blog post about the MacHacks in this episode. On January 25, he also delivered one for Episode 1×10 (Pliers) and kept releasing blog posts for Season 1:  One for Episode 1×11 (Scissors), one for Episode 1×12 (Screwdriver) and one for Episode 1×13 (Large Blade).

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via CBS)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) managed to attract 6.577 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.7. The hashtag #MacGyver trended for almost an hour nation-wide in the top ten (on rank 6), just behind #Blindspot. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.617 million viewers (+25%), reaching a total of 8.192 million viewers with a demo of 1.11 (+48%).

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) had 6.895 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.8. This is the highest demo and audience number this season so far. In the +7 Days Ratings, it added another 1.583 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 8.482 million viewers with a demo of 1.16 (+43%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Brad Turner)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.214 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.72. Compared to all scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 20 (of 21) in demo and at rank 13 (of 21) in audience.

Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range. Thanks to a special airing after the AFC Championship, Magnum PI raised their average up to 6.074 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.96 demo-rating. Just last week, they announed that the show will get another season. SEAL Team is at 5.545 millions live-viewers (but is facing a 4-weeks-long break) and a demo of 0.84 on average while SWAT is at 5.338 / 0.76.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

At the TCA Winter Panel, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl seems confident about the show’s future in an interview with Deadline:

DEADLINE: What about MacGyver? Would it continue without George Eads?

KAHL: It’s doing terrific work for us on Friday night at 8 PM, which is a tough time slot, and certainly remains in contention for next year.

Of course, he isn’t saying anyhting we didn’t already know. While we can be confident about a renewal, it might be a while until it is announced.

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×14
Episode 3×14 is titled “Father + Bride + Betrayal”, written by Sophia Lopez and directed by Avi Youabian. Here’s the synopsis:

An international crime boss offers Matty a deal she can’t refuse – he’ll surrender himself into her custody if he’s allowed to return to the United States to watch his daughter walk down the aisle. MacGyver and team crash the wedding to ensure the crime lord doesn’t run, only to discover they’re not the only ones lying in wait at the event.

On January 22, CBS released several Official Stills featuring Team Phoenix at a wedding. On an Instagram Live Video, Justin Hires revealed that he will have a lot of scenes with George Eads in the episode.

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Fans were a bit stumped that they didn’t deliver a preview last Friday like they did for Hawaii Five-0. They gave us a preview on Saturday though, finally giving a hint how the character of Jack Dalton will be written out and confirming our suspicion that this will be George Ead’s last episode for now.

While typing up this blog post, no Sneak Peeks have been released yet. We did get a few hints in the last two weeks, though. Meredith Eaton posted a photo of Matty blindfolded; jokingly asking Siri where she was. The post garnered quite a few comments and jokes in relation to the Netflix hit movie “Bird Box”.

Justin Hires uploaded a BtS photo of Mac and Jack saying goodbye to each other in the War Room. Interestingly, this looks like a rather unemotional and distant goodbye so lets hope we actually get a good bromance scene to make up for it.

Director Avi Youabian posted some teaser photos via Instagram Live Stories, but also a nice photo with Team Phoenix. This might actually be the first time we have a group photo with all regular Team Phoenix Members this season.

BtS photo of Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (via Avi Youabian)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×15 to 3×19
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes – it’s been a while since they filmed them and there are no further Press Releases yet. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have gathered so far for the next handful of episodes:

  • 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (February 15)
    Directed by Gabriel Beristain. Guest appearances by Presilah Nunez and dog Seven.
  • 3×16: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (February 22)
  • 3×17: tba (March 1)
  • 3×18: tba (March 8)
    Guest appearances by Michael Des Barres and David Dastmalchian.
  • 3×19: tba (March 15)

After the premiere of Episode 3×19, there will be a break for 3 weeks due to March Madness (Basketball). They already released the full schedule for the rest of the episodes, but there might be some more changes.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Michael Des Barres)

Interestingly, it looks like they’ve scheduled 23 episodes for all 3 Friday shows. So far, there was no notice about ordering an additional episode. There might be an extra timeslot for a rerun or re-scheduling when needed.

Working on Episodes 3×17 and 3×18
Filming for Episode 3×17 started around January 15. Justin Hires and Reign Edwards filmed some scenes in Bozer’s old-school car. On Wednesday, production moved to film in the Atlanta Stadium, making use of a “refrigerated” set. They also filmed on the Westview Cemetery and in Piedmont Park. Due to the cold, cast and crew were heavily bundled up, trying to enjoy some short breaks whenever the sun made an appearance.

Lucas Till revealed his “tiniest wound to date”, joking that he will put a compilation together of all his injuries from filming at the end of the season. Michael Des Barres arrrived early in Atlanta to learn his lines. He already posted a photo on January 25; posing with Costumer Sarah Downer in the Fitting Room.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Jason Tubbs)

On January 26 (Saturday), the crew filmed a stunt scene on the Atlanta Motor Speedway involving a helicopter and the appropriate gear for filming car chases. On the BtS photo by Jason Tubbs, there is one stunt double wearing prison garb. It’s safe to assume the stunt people represent Murdoc, MacGyver and MacGyver Senior. Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted some very blurry videos on Instagram that shows MacGyver jumping from a car onto another vehicle, plus a car chase with a chopper not far behind. He later added not-blurry a photo as well.

On Monday, they continued filming the corresponding scenes with the main cast. It looked similar to back when they’ve been filming Episode 1×13 (Large Blade). Interestingly, TV channel CBS 46 was on location for promo. Astrid Martinez provided photos and short videos via Instagram and Facebook; revealing that she did interviews with Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires on the parking lot in front of the studio lot.

CBS46 on set of Season 3 (via Astrid Martinez)

As Justin Hires revealed, Bozer might hurt his arm on a mission soon. He filmed “elevator scenes” with Tate Donovan, Lucas Till and Levy Tran this week and posted today that he filmed some stunt scenes with his Stunt Double Tim R McAdams; both joking about Tim’s Bozer wig. Justin also went live on Instagram twice recently; answering fan questions as they were rolling in.

On Wednesday, Lucas Till filmed scenes with David Dastmalchian on location. They had set up several big green screens in the cold with David sitting in a crashed car, wearing a bloody face once again.

Some of cast and crew posted photos of older episodes; e.g. Sarah Downer who uploaded a sketch of the Unicorn Dress made for Episode 3×11 or Leon Ngo (also taken when filming 3×11).

CBS46 on set of Season 3 (via Astrid Martinez)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
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. Justin Hires uploaded videos on Snapchat and Instagram recently that revealed that Tate Donovan (as MacGyver Senior) has been on set for several days. We don’t know yet if it ties into the storyline about Walsh.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Levy Tran) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rya Meyers or for Reign Edwards). The most interesting Casting Call was probably the one looking for males for Make-Up-Tests since the photos revealed that it’s for David Dastmalchian and Michael Des Barres. They’ve also been looking for their potential Stand-Ins. MDB mentioned he’ll be in Atlanta all week, so hopefully he has a bit more scenes this time.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Steven Serna)

Central Casting also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Men and Women who portray Caucasian to work with their European brand car, for a Painter and Balloon Artist, for Kids portraying an actor’s son and daughter, for Park Patrons, a Pilot, Bar Patrons, a Bar Doorman, Police, Coffee and Apartment Patrons, a group of 5 guards, two male Skateboarders, Nurses and Patients, more Guards, for Prison Guards and for Men with tactical experience.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: On March 23, there will be a panel for all 3 CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov at the Paley-Fest LA. Publicist Beth Haiken had confirmed that besides Lucas Till for MacGyver also Alex O’Loughlin (H50), Jay Hernandez (Magnum PI) and Lenkov will attend. Tickets are already on sale, so take the chance if you want to enjoy this event up close and personal.

BtS photo of Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (via Justin Hires)

Reminder: The Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. The show already made it into following categories for Round 2:

  • Best Guest Actress (Amy Smart)
  • Best Guest Actor (Michael Des Barres)
  • Best Recurring Actor (Tate Donovan, David Dastmalchian)
  • Best Recurring Actress (Kate Bond)
  • Best Stunts
  • Best Writing
  • Favorite TV Programme
  • Favorite TV Character

MacGyver Reboot Update #74

Cast and crew keep filming in the rainy cold and the muddy forest. We’ve glimpsed another familiar face and we’ll get to enjoy a new episode that takes place in the woods tonight!

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

(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!)

 

About Episodes 3×11 and 3×12
Despite the show coming back after a hiatus of several weeks, CBS didn’t provide any special promo for Episode 3×11. Justin Hires uploaded some more BtS photos of the B-storyline in advance, but most of the guest-stars posted material after the show had aired. The main cast didn’t even get to watch the episode because they were still filming.

Nevertheless, the episode caused quite a chatter on social media. The hashtag #MacGyver trended for almost an hour nation-wide in the top ten (as the only primetime TV show, actually).

BtS photo of Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (via Lucas Till)

After 3 episodes without any special promo, CBS took pity and provided 3 Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×12 on January 10. Meredith Eaton provided a new BtS photo of her with Bridget Regan when filming in the car. Justin Hires posted a photo of him posing at the airport, despite the rain and cold on that day. Lucas Till also found some time to post a few more BtS photos via Instagram Live Stories.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain later uploaded blog posts about the MacHacks in these episodes – e.g. about how to open a door with thermal expansion in Episode 3×11 or about wall walking in Episode 3×12.

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) on December 7 had an audience of 6.359 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It added 1.611 million viewers (+25%) in the +7 Days ratings, reaching a total of 7.974 million viewers and a demo of 1.08 (+50%).

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Episode 3×11 (Mac + Fallout + Jack) aired on January 4. It got 6.416 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7, again beating Last Man Standing in audience numbers and winning the 8pm time slot. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.655 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 8.074 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+48%).

Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) managed to attract 6.577 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.7. While the preliminary demo of 0.8 was adjusted down in the final ratings, it’s still the episode with the highest audience number this season so far. Again, the hashtag #MacGyver trended for almost an hour nation-wide in the top ten (on rank 6), just behind #Blindspot.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.157 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71. Compared to all scripted shows on CBS, the Reboot is at rank 20 (of 21) in demo and at rank 14 (of 21) in audience. Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime-action shows in the same range: Magnum PI is at 5.898 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.86 demo-rating on average. SEAL Team is at 5.584 millions / 0.85 in demo on average and SWAT at 5.338 / 0.77.

Don’t fret: The show might gain some ranks once the new Spring/Summer line-up has started. Last year, it ended on rank 19 resp. 11 (out of 26 scripted shows). Considering it only needs another season to reach syndication, all prediction sites still lock it as a sure renewal for Season 4. In fact, there’s a website that claimed on December 30 that the show has already been renewed.

BtS photo of Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (via Sailing Baylana

All you need to know about tonight’s Episode 3×13
Episode 3×13 is titled “Wilderness + Training + Survival”, written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Klein and directed by Brad Turner. Here’s the synopsis:

When MacGyver takes Riley and Bozer into the wilderness for a weekend of survival training, things take a turn when they run into a violent group of criminals who are searching the rugged backcountry for a lost crate of money. Also, Jack and Matty go on a road trip to place Matty’s ex-husband and his family in witness protection.

Many fans were pleasantly surprised to read that Jack will be in this episode since we never saw any indication for George being on set that week. On January 4, CBS released another 9 Official Stills. They all feature the A-storyline with MacGyver and the guest-stars traipsing around in the forest.

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

Before the episode aired, some of the guest stars (e.g. Justin Welborn) and the stunt crew (e.g. T Ryan Mooney) posted photos they took while on set. And just as I’m typing up on this blog post, they uploaded 3 Sneak Peeks onto the CBS Press Express media site. It’s a bit of a pity they decided to add them this late since there wasn’t even 6 hours left until the premiere. There will be even less time left for the fans to promote the videos after they’ve finally hit YouTube.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×14 to 3×18
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:

  • 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (February 1)
    Directed by Avi Youabian, written by Sophia Lopez.  Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez. Possibly George Ead’s last episode this season. You can see the first Official Still along with the press release here.
  • 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)
  • 3×17: tba (March 1)
  • 3×18: tba (March 8)

They already released the full schedule for the rest of the episodes, but there might be some more changes in the coming weeks. As expected, there will be a break for 3 weeks due to March Madness (Basketball).

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via CBS)

Also, it looks like they’ve scheduled 23 episodes although there was no notice about ordering an additional episode. There might be an extra timeslot for a rerun or re-scheduling when needed.

Working on Episodes 3×16 and 3×17
Filming for Episode 3×16 started on Friday, January 4. Madeline Grayson worked on several syringes as props while the cast filmed scenes in the War Room and on location. As Tristin Mays and some of the crew members revealed, Billy Baldwin (as Riley’s dad) was back on set at, filming in the appartement used as Riley’s living place and in the War Room with Meredith Eaton.

On January 9, they set up in the woods early; waiting to catch some natural sunlight. They continued filming in the cold muddy area the next day; old cars and small tunnels to crawl in included. According to Lucas’ brother Nick, the location might supposed to be Israel.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Bruce Giglio)

Despite the unfriendly conditions, the crew (e.g. Bruce Giglio or Erik Kerr) continued to upload photos and videos from set. Although he had the day off, Justin Hires took over the official Instagram account to upload Live Stories from set and to answer fan questions. He met up with Lucas on set and introduced us to Levy Tran, which has been on set since Episode 3×15.

The crew continued filming on Saturday, uploading photos and live stories of filming car chases (e.g. by Steven Serna) and of spiders hiding in the mudd. Even the cameras got muddy that day. On January 15, Justin filmed some scenes with Reign Edwards in Bozer’s old-school car. On Wednesday, production moved to film in the Atlanta Stadium, making use of a “refrigerated” set.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Peter Lenkov)

Showrunner Peter Lenkov revealed that he just handed in the script for another potential TV series project. Maybe he will post a bit more often now. He already made the fangirls happy by uploading an editing screenshot of a shirtless Lucas in Episode 3×15. (He soon deleted the photo again, but uploaded another one two days later that has stayed up so far.)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
We still don’t have any further information how Jack Dalton will be written out. George Eads was last seen on set for Episode 3×14, so this will probably be his last appearence.

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. Justin Hires had uploaded a video on Snapchat that revealed that Tate Donovan (as MacGyver Senior) has been on set this week.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Roberto Sanchez) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rya Meyers). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Middle Eastern or East Indian Soldiers, for Middle Eastern, Hispanic, East Indian or Native American Laborers, for a female Fit Model, Middle Eastern or East Indian Guards, Men for a scene of 30, for an Older Woman, for Diner Patrons (with or without a car), a Server, a Nurse, a male Patient, a Painter and a Balloon Artist, a female Phoenix Agent and for Lab Techs.

Other MacGyver-related News
CBS will have a panel at the Paley-Fest LA. The panel for the 3 CBS shows helmed by Peter Lenkov will take place on March 23. Publicist Beth Haiken confirmed that besides Alex O’Loughlin (H50), Lucas Till for MacGyver and Jay Hernandez (Magnum PI), Lenkov will also attend. Tickets are already on sale, so take the chance if you want to enjoy this event up close and personal.

Announcement for the Lenkov-Panel at Paley Fest LA on March 23 (via CBS)

On Wednesday, Hey U Guys uploaded the interview with Lucas they did for the premiere of Season 3 in the UK. We already got a similar write-up before, but this is a bit longer with more soundbites.

Reminder: The Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. Voting for Round 2 started on January 7. I don’t know if all categories will get another round or not, but the Reboot already made it into following categories for Round 2:

> Best Stunts (max. 5 selections, voting still open)
> Best Writing (max. 5 selections, open)
> Favorite TV Programme (max. 10 selections, open)
> Favorite TV Character (max. 20 selections, voting closed)