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)

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MacGyver Reboot Update #73

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!

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (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!)

 

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.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Bruce Giglio)

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.

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

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.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Erik Kerr)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

New social media header for Season 3 (via CBS)

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.

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

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.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

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.

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

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.

With Sandrine Holt on Set of MacGyver Episode 1×08: Corkscrew (via Briana Lamb)

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.

Looking Back at Season Zero (VIII) – The Storyboard Part 4

Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

 

 

(Note: If there’s no link to the material I’m writing about, that means either the social media account has been set to private or been disabled or that the material has been deleted.)

 

Recap of the latest Unaired Pilot Storyboard Post
A storyboard is a graphic representation of how film material will unfold, shot by shot. It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations representing each shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of a script.

The storyboard for the Unaired Pilot was created by Storyboard Artist Aaron Sowd. The latest storyboard post ended with MacGyver drawing his improvised bow, aiming high in direction of Keith fleeing the scene.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

If you think this scene feels familiar, then that’s probably because you might have seen it in the Teaser Trailer for the Unaired Pilot. In the Teaser, we see a slightly bloody-faced Lucas Till for maybe half a second doing the heroic shot. Then the camera switches to show him in profile when he lets go of the arrow.

In the storyboard, we switch to Keith fleeing in his car before Mac lets go of the arrow.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Aaron Sowd notes unter the drawing that Keith fumbles with his keys so Mac has time to build his contraption. I’m still not sure how this would have looked in the finished scene. I think Keith is either the slowest villain ever or he parked his car 2 miles away.

Finally, Keith manages to speed off in his car. We see the getaway from different angles, and Aaron added close ups of the tires or of Keith’s foot stomping on the gas pedal.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Mac finally draws his bow; shooting the arrow high and up over the 2nd floor bridge. Aaron suggests that the camera tracks and tilts to follow the trajectory of the arrow.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The close-up shows the arrow landing right in front of the SUV and exploding. We also got to see that in the Teaser Trailer.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The explosion lifts the car, flipping it over so it lands on the roof.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The scene was filmed in an abandoned shopping mall (Hawthorne Plaza). On April 4, Clint Buckner had uploaded a BtS photo that shows the flipped over vehicle.

BtS photo of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via Clint Buckner)

The storyboard shows the car being damaged by fire and/or smoke. In a BtS photo by Costume Designer Eileen Cox Baker, we actually see MacGyver standing in front of the car; flames licking at the SUV.

The camera pans in and we see the car door with a cracked window opening.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Many fans of the Original Show hadn’t been pleased by the Teaser Trailer; stating that MacGyver shouldn’t kill people – even if they are bad guys. What we didn’t see in the Teaser was that Keith is not dead, just a bit inconvenienced.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

We see Keith crawling out of the car while Mac approaches the scene. Keith draws his gun but of course, Mac is already there to stop him.

BtS photo of Lucas Till in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via Eileen Cox Baker)

All Mac has to do is to stomp on Keith’s hand so he gives it up, then kicking it away in true OG MacGyver fashion.

In Baker’s photo, there’s no gun visible anymore, but Mac is holding the cannister. So maybe in the filmed version, Keith had been holding onto the cannister while trying to crawl away, not onto a gun.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

After Mac kicks the gun away, Keith mutters something about Mac’s father being proud of him. I’m assuming it was meant ironically. It’s not sure if Mac already was aware that Keith and his father know each other or if this was some kind of a plot twist reveal that would have come handy in later episodes.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The camera pans in on MacGyver for another “hero shot”. I don’t know if this would have been the last scene of the pilot or if there was an after-scene with Lincoln (played by George Eads) and Mac’s friends (e.g. best friend and roommate Gunner).

It’s possible that the episode would have ended similar to the reshot pilot; like the team deciding to join the clandestined organization set up by Lincoln’s sister (played by Michelle Krusiec).

 

(This was the last storyboard post for now since I don’t have more material. If you’ve already read my posts, you can also check the MacGyverOnline forum for more BtS photos, promo material and info about the Unaired Pilot.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #72

No episode tonight. Cast and Crew are still filming; getting some more work done before the well-deserved Christmas Hiatus. The show will be back on January 4.

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

(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 3×09 and 3×10
Sadly, they didn’t release any Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×09 until 2 hours before the episode aired and no Sneak Peeks for Episode 3×10 at all – contrary to Blue Bloods (2 Sneak Peeks), Hawaii Five-0 (3 Sneak Peeks) or S.W.A.T. (7 Sneak Peeks) last week.

Considering that this was the midseason finale episode and one of the last episodes with George Eads (who is a fan favorite and the second lead actor), you’d think CBS would have promoted the episodes with Sneak Peeks as well. I think it would be worth to show the Jack Dalton fans that George is still on and to ensure they will keep watching once he’s gone; waiting to see if he back in another episode as a guest actor.

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

For Episode 3×10, Matt Carter released a two-part interview with Meredith Eaton before and after the episode aired (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here). There was an additional interview snippet via TV Insider; warning us that we’ll need tissues. Meredith also had taken over the official CBS Instagram Account; answering fan questions on Live Stories sent in during the week.

Though not adding any Sneak Peeks, CBS at least posted a few new BtS photos. One shows 3 different MacGyvers (Lucas, his Stand-In Matt and thet Stunt Double), another one Reign Edwards while preparing for a fighting scene. Interestingly, both Meredith in her interview and CBS in the BtS photos omitted anything related to George Eads; as if he’s already a persona non grata.

As always, Technical Advisor Rhett Allain uploaded blog posts about the MacHacks in these episodes – e.g. about a Glycerol Lock Hack or about the Air Wedge in Episode 3×09 or about the Cricket Ball Flash Bang or the Water Cooler Bomb in Episode 3×10, providing some videos as well.

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

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) on November 16 got 6.203 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7, beating Last Man Standing in audience numbers. Including the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.60 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.805 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+52%).

Episode 3×09 (Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak) had aired on November 30. It got 6.276 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.7. It added 1.49 million viewers (+24%) in the +7 Days ratings, reaching a total of 7.772 million viewers and a demo of 1.07 (+47%).

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

Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) on December 7 had an audience of 6.359 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7, again beating Last Man Standing in audience numbers. So far, it added 1.32 million viewers (+21%) in the +3 Days ratings, reaching a total of 7.687 million viewers and a demo of 1.01 (+41%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
We’ve already reached Christmas Hiatus for most CBS shows. At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.089 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71. For Season 2, Episodes 12, 13 and 14 (all airing in January) have been the episodes with the highest audience numbers. We have yet to see if George Eads exiting the show will affect the ratings; meaning they’ll drop instead of rising further before the usual drop when we’re nearing Summer temperatures. It’s a possibility, but shouldn’t hinder the Reboot to get a 4th season to reach syndication.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

Compared to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is still at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. Let’s take a look at some other CBS crime shows in the same ratings range, now that all have aired 10 episodes so far since their Fall Premiere: Showrunner Peter Lenkov’s rookie show Magnum PI is at 5.887 million live-viewers per episode with a 0.86 demo-rating on average. SEAL Team is at 5.516 millions / 0.85 in demo on average and SWAT at 5.216 / 0.74.

What you need to know about Episode 3×11
Episode 3×11 will air on January 4. It’s 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 in Milan.

The episode has a guest appearance by Shani Atias as princess Zahra. She continues to post BtS photos every now and then.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Peter Lenkov)

Erik Kerr posted a BtS photo of the prop rockets. Besides the editing photo by Lenkov a while ago, we don’t have much visual material of the A storyline with Mac and Jack yet.

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×12 to 3×16
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes and especially of the airdates since they’ve been scheduling them so much around. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:

  • 3×12: tba (January 11)
    Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.
  • 3×13: tba (January 18)
    Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn.
  • 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (February 1)
    Directed by Avi Youabian.  Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez.
  • 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)

Sadly, it looks like the two initially planned reruns over Christmas hiatus have been scrapped. At least the fans don’t have to wait too long for the show to come back.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Anthony Dilio)

Working on Episodes 3×14 and 3×15
On November 28, production started on Episode 3×14. For several days, they filmed at a wedding location with the team all dressed up. Roberto Sanchez posted several photos from set; mostly while wearing a tux. He also revealed the episode title: “Father + Bride + Betrayal”.

Justin Hires posted several videos (e.g. with George Eads), but also some BtS photos (e.g. with Meredith Eaton or with George Eads, pitching a “Men in Black” Reboot). Director Avi Youabian posted a few Live Stories on Instagram. It seems that the entire episode is set on this location and the woods surrounding it.

Cast and Crew still mostly post temporary videos without revealing too much, though some crew members (e.g. Easton Harper) were nice enough to post a photo every now and then.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

While the cast was still busy filming for 3×14, Gabriel Beristain was prepping for directing Episode 3×15. Filming for the episode titled “K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit” started on Monday. They had a real dog on set, but the crew mostly posted about the stuffed Stand-In; carrying it around and cradling it. Seems it’s their favorite Stand-In to work with.

On Wednesday, they started production early; setting up two big green screens and lighting some fire while filming between shipping containers and in the woods. Today, they escaped the rain; filming inside a mansion, including dog Seven. Lucas Till posted a photo of him and his brother Nick; recreating a similar photo from filming X-Men: First Class. Justin Hires uploaded another new BtS photo today, making all the fans happy that have been waiting for MacGyver’s brown leather jacket to make a comeback.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Avi Youabian)

ICYMI: About George Eads leaving the Reboot
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Eads’ exit; followed by various articles by other TV news outlets like TV Line or SpoilerTV. The news flooded Twitter and other social media for days.

For now, we don’t know for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. He was on set of Episode 3×14, but the BtS photos and videos didn’t reveal anything about the character’s fate. Deadline has some more information:

While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.

If Episode 3×14 is indeed George’s last episode, you will have to tune in on February 1st to catch it. As Peter Lenkov revealed in an Instagram Live Story, he will visit the set on Monday. It’s not clear if this is one of the regular visits (he was just in Hawaii for Magnum and Hawaii Five-0 this week) or if it’s a special occasion regarding George’s exit.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Taraja Ramsess)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards has been back on set this week as Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna. Since IMDb isn’t up to date, it’s difficult to find out about guest stars. Anthony Dilio revealed he’s got a part in the show, but we don’t know yet in what episode or in what capacity.

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Presilah Nunez, Levy Tran or Ryan Czerwonko, for a female Stand-In with red hair and for a kid actor). Fun Fact: Even dogs have a Stand-In on set – only of the stuffed, plushy kind. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for Masked Men, for Wedding Guests, a Photographer, Servers, a group of Smugglers and for Techs and Agents.

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Andrew Moore)

Other MacGyver-related News
George Satsidis added an excerpt of his recent interview with Lucas Till. Lucas talks about MacGyver being a dream role and how he filmed the “drone stunt” (we’ve just seen last Friday in Episode 3×10).

Reminder: The Reboot is still eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote in the following categories:

  • Best Guest Actress (added by fans: Amy Smart)
  • Best Guest Actor (added by fans: Michael Des Barres)
  • Best Recurring Actress
  • Best Recurring Actor (already on the list: Tate Donovan)

In the first round, you can still vote as many times as you want and choose as many boxes to tick as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add it into the “other” box (they will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – usually takes a day or two).

BtS photo of MacGyver Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Every Episode aired in 2018 is eligible, that means every guest actor/actress or recurring actor/actress starting with Episode 2×12; for example Kate Bond (Jill) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc).

There will be several rounds with new categories added over time, so check in regularly.

You can google it (Part 3): Cast and Characters

It’s been more than 18 months since I’ve started blogging about the MacGyver Reboot on this blog. Most people land here via Twitter or Tumblr, but some also by using search engines. The top 3 list of search terms is still pretty boring:

  1. dashboardonfire
  2. dashboard on fire
  3. dashboard on fire wordpress

Some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons. Google, for example, has been encrypting the vast majority of search terms since 2013. So WordPress often can’t specify which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at this site from a search engine. That’s why the majority on my list – over 3800 by now – are unknown search terms.

Excerpt of the search engine statistics (retrieved November 21, 2018)

Still, there’s a couple of search terms I want to address in blog posts and maybe help the unknown searching beings to get answers for their questions. In this post, I’m going to look at some of the most used search terms since May 2018. At the moment, most of you are looking for and asking about “missing” cast members.

If you missed Part 1 (about cast, characters and locations search terms), you can find it here. If you missed Part 2 (regarding Isabel Lucas’ character of Olivia/Samantha Cage), you can find it here.

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Seasons 2 and 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Where’s George?
For Seasons 1 and 2, many of you commented with a “Where’s Lucas?” on the cast’s social media posts. Lately, it’s been all about “Where’s George?”, asking about the whereabouts of George Eads who plays Jack Dalton.

Well, George has been on set regularly. But he had a lighter filming schedule this season, not appearing at all in two episodes (3×04 and 3×08) so far. He also wasn’t as generous with posing for photos or videos anymore. The last time I’ve seen him on a BtS photo was on October 31, uploaded by Carlos Bernard (director of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack).

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Carlos Bernard)

I assumed he had asked for a lighter schedule to spend more time with his family; similar to Scott Caan on Hawaii Five-0. But then, news about George Eads actually leaving the show for good hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce it. The quite unexpected and somewhat shocking news articles flooded Twitter and other social media for days; also making waves in Europe.

We don’t know yet for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. As ET Online stated on Monday, Eads was currently on set filming his last episode when news got out, which would have been either Episode 3×13 or 3×14. Deadline had more information: While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.

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

Of course, networks almost always say that about top-billing guest stars and fan favorites leaving and yet it rarely happens. Let’s hope for the best.

On Tuesday, Justin Hires revealed that George was part of the wedding location scenes they’ve been filming for Episode 3×14. According to Roberto Sanchez, it’s titled “Father + Bride + Betrayal”. Of course, we don’t know if they’ve also been filming some additional scenes (e.g. flashback scenes) for later episodes. Interestingly, neither Lucas Till nor his Stand-In Matthew Albright have been spotted for a week until Lucas popped up in Justin’s and director Avi Youabian’s BtS videos. It’s possible Lucas and George have been filming some scenes on their own that we’re not allowed to know about yet.

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did reign edwards leave macgyver
To recap: Reign Edwards plays Bozer’s girlfriend Leanna Martin. She joined back in S2 for a handful of episodes, leading to speculations that she would join Season 3 as a regular field agent; sort of a replacement for Isabel Lucas’ character Samantha Cage. She was listed as a recurring for the first three episodes of S3 – and then she suddenly disappeared. It was mentioned in Episode 3×04 that Leanna was unavailable while being on another mission. But apart from Bozer and his worries about their relationship in 3×05, she wasn’t seen nor mentioned again until she popped up in Episode 3×09 last week.

Screenshot of Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via CBS)

Reign was filming a pilot project for Amazon Studios in New Zealand. She came back to set in October and should also appear at least in Episodes 3×10 and 3×11. Since then, she hasn’t been seen on set again so at the moment, we don’t know if her character is leaving definitely or staying as recurring. If her pilot was picked up, she might be busy with an other series soon and being written out of the Reboot. If that happens, it would be probably due to Leanna and Bozer breaking up or her being assigned to another longterm mission.

Interestingly, Leanna was highlighted in Episode 3×01 as the field agent that can do anything (e.g. flying a helicopter) and has excellent fighting skills, similar to Samantha Cage. But besides last Friday’s episode (that depicted her as being a bit of a neat freak when it comes to refrigerators), there wasn’t much character development for her.

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

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will isabel lucas return to macgyver?
To recap: Isabel Lucas played Samantha Cage. She was a regular cast member in the first half of Season 2; appearing in 12 episodes.

In general, no cast member is 100% safe on a TV show – not even when their character’s name is the title of the show (see recently cancelled Roseanne and its Spin-Off The Conners). We don’t know if Samantha Cage had been meant to stay on for an entire season initially or not. The character wasn’t well received on social media; enhanced by some of the Jack Dalton fans that feared she had been brought in to replace George Eads.

Lucas Till and Isabel Lucas in Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (Screenshot)

Theoretically, it would be possible for Isabel Lucas to come to the show again since Cage went back to Australia to recover from a gunshot wound. In fact, it happens on Peter Lenkov’s other show Hawaii Five-0 quite often that characters show up again after a season or two. The chemistry between her and the cast seemed good, so I don’t think that would be a problem. Since her character hasn’t been mentioned in Season 3 so far at all, it didn’t seem very likely to happen – but that could change now with George Eads being gone soon.

In my opinion, the storyline of Cage wasn’t resolved satisfactorily. She was almost shoved aggressively into the team at first; making her a regular instead of a recurring character before joining Phoenix – then as the character finally seemed to work it fizzled out and disappearing in the backgroundd, almost being overlooked in some episodes. After a plot twist that was never explained either, she wasn’t seen or talked about again.

Isabel Lucas on set of Episode 3×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Robert Maxfield)

Also, Murdoc hinted at her not using her real name and having secrets that her friends (aka Team Phoenix) would not approve of. Of course, this could have been a joke regarding the character’s name change after they had started filming (see this post for more information about Olivia Cage), but it rather feels that some of the writers didn’t really know what to do with her, while other writers had had some ideas for the character that somehow didn’t turn out since Isabel’s guest stint was cut short.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind if she came back for another episode or two to wrap up her storyline.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #71

For tonight’s Episode 3×09, we will get some more quality time with Mac and Jack. Enjoy it while it lasts: It’s been confirmed that George Eads will leave the show this season.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (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 3×08
Shortly before the episode aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episode back in September and October; e.g. Emerson Brooks of Charlie having a rough day. Costume Designer Sarah Downer uploaded photos of Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton all dolled up and of Lucas Till in a tux.

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain wrote a blog post about the MacHacks again – e.g. about Methanol Fire or about the Comeback Can, providing some videos to enjoy as well.

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

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap: Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) premiered on November 9 and reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0 and beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest live-audience number this season and a seven-month-high in total viewers. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.503 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.936 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+49%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) on November 16 got 6.203 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. Again, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers and won the 8pm time-slot. Including the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.60 million viewers (+26%), reaching a total of 7.805 million viewers and a demo of 1.05 (+52%).

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Lucas Till)

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.032 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.

Because of Thanksgiving break, many shows have been on hold or aired reruns. So the numbers didn’t change much, and when comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is still at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. Most prediction sites have the show as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed” – mainly because it needs another season to reach the 88 episodes in total that is warranted for syndication.

Of course, with Criminal Minds not getting a back-order and inofficially being cancelled, the Reboot just lost another competitor similar in demo rating. Also, we have to see if George Eads exiting the show (see further below for more info) will affects the ratings. Generally, lower ratings will make it harder to get a valuable syndication deal that ensures CBS in its decision to renew it.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Tristin Mays)

What you need to know about Episode 3×09
The episode airing tonight is titled “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”, written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Michael Martinez (who also directed Episode 2×14: Mardi Gras Beads + Chair). In case you missed the Synopsis:

When a vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, MacGvyer and team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic.

The episode has a guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton), so we might get conclusion about Billy’s job offer to Riley come work with the Coltons and/or about their relationship. It also marks the temporarily return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna), so there might be some insight to her relationship with Bozer as well. It’s possible that one of those relationships will end tonight.

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

On November 11, CBS released 11 Official Stills. Most of them show Mac and Jack sitting in a cage. Looks like a fun Opening Gambit before the episode will tackle darker undertones with the main mission and the potential relationship drama surrounding Riley and Bozer. On November 21, the fans got a nice surprise when CBS already released the preview as an early Thanksgiving gift.

Sadly, they didn’t release any Sneak Peeks yet. From BtS photos, we know that Bozer will join Mac and Jack on the main mission to contain the virus. Considering that George Eads is leaving soon, you’d think CBS would promote the episode to show the Jack Dalton fans that George is still on and to ensure they will keep watching once he’s gone.

BtS photo of Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (via Christopher Duddy)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×10 to 3×15
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the information we have so far for the next episodes:

  • 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
    Written by Andrew Karlsruher and directed by David Straiton. Guest appearance by Brendan Hines as Ethan Reigns, Matty’s husband. You can find the Press Release and the Official Stills here. Peter Lenkov added a little snippet from a TV magazine that reveals a bit more about the episode.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (January 11, 2019)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever. Peter Lenkov posted a shot taken while editing, featuring Mac and Jack in suits.
  • 3×12: tba (January 18)
    Directed by Ron Underwood. Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.
  • 3×13: tba (February 1)
    Directed by Brad Turner. Guest appearances by Vanessa Garcia and Justin Welborn.
  • 3×14: tba (February 15)
    Guest appearance by Roberto Sanchez.
  • 3×15 tba (February 22)

 

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

The originally planned Midseason Finale Episode 3×11 will air on January 11. In between, there will be two reruns; airing on December 28 and January 4. The little breaks in January and February are probably happening due to Celebrity Big Brother – but fans should consider themselves lucky because SEAL Team is being shelved by CBS for 3 months after their Midseason Finale (in favor of Amazing Race).

Working on Episodes 3×12, 3×13 and 3×14
On November 6, production started on Episode 3×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia. They also had two kid actors on set for this episode. Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody plus their agencies posted some nice photos with the cast.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Samuel Moody)

Despite freezing temperatures, they started filming in the woods and around some sort of rock-climbing area for Episode 3×13 on November 15. Tristin Mays played with Spiders while Justin Hires was confronted with a frozen left butt cheek. They had some sunny days later on, thankfully. As Justin revealed, the episode is directed by Brad Turner.

Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew mainly relied on temporary videos without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Justin Hires)

We did get a handful of nice photos, though. After more than a month of staying quiet, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov finally uploaded another BtS photo out of the editing room; featuring Mac and Jack. Justin Hires posted a new photo of the team in Episode 3×10, of him and Tristin Mays in the woods and several BtS photos of himself in Episode 3×11. Lucas Till posted a photo of MacGyver playing with fire.

I’m assuming they started filming for Episode 3×14 this week. They were filming wedding scenes yesterday with Tristin, Justin and Meredith Eaton dressed up – but they also had bad guys and lots of weapons on set.

BtS Instagram Short Story Screenshot Compilation of Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (via Justin Hires)

About George Eads leaving the Reboot
News about George Eads leaving the show hit on November 26. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Eads’ exit; followed by various articles by other TV news outlets like TV Line or SpoilerTV. The news flooded Twitter and other social media for two days; also making waves in Europe (particularly in France, but also in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany).

Fans had been speculating for a while if George Eads was set to leave; especially after he had deleted his Instagram account around the same time he was last seen on set in mid-October. The last BtS photo of George I have in my stash is a photo posted by Carlos Bernard (director of Episode 3×11), uploaded on October 31.

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

For now, we don’t know for sure how or when the character of Jack Dalton will be written out. As ET Online stated on Monday, Eads was currently on set filming his last episode, which would be either Episode 3×13 or 3×14. Deadline seems to have more information:

While Eads has been released from his series regular contract and his character Jack Dalton is being written out, I hear he is not being killed off, with the door left open for Eads to possibly return as a guest star.

Some people took the opportunity to post old BtS photos with George; inofficially applying to take over for the role of Jack Dalton.

BtS photo of Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via Adam Clements)

Fans are mourning, especially because it doesn’t seem like Jack Dalton can be written out in a way that does the character justice. Some already started writing fanfictions how they would have written him out if they had any say in it. Others started suggesting which guest stars could be hired to help MacGyver on missions and ease some of Lucas Till’s work load. The ideas are very veried; from Isabel Lucas’ character of Samantha Cage to Diogo Morgado, Mac’s friend in Puerto Rico we got to meet in Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
So far, Reign Edwards hasn’t been on set since November 4 for Episode 3×11. I’m not sure if and when she will be back or if her project that she filmed a pilot for in New Zealand got picked up. Interestingly, she’s been wearing her hair curly in the last few days – the same way she had it styled for that pilot.

So at the moment, it doesn’t look like Leanna will take over for Jack. It is kinda ironic that both female field agents that were set up to take some workload off George Eads didn’t work out in the end.

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

Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Roberto Sanchez). They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for a Real Photographer, a Real Videographer, for Formal Guests to portray Hispanic looks, a Hispanic female Kid (age 6-8 years) and a Priest. Doesn’t that sound like an upcoming wedding scene to you?

My assumption was confirmed with them explicitly looking for Wedding Guests, Wedding Servers and a Wedding Bartender as well. The filming for these scenes will continue next week. Though with the casting calls for Masked Men and Tough Bad Guys, that could mean the wedding will get crashed…

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season.

It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is still eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the following categories:

  • Best Stunts
  • Best Youth Actor/Actress
  • Best Couple
  • Best Director

For now, you can still vote as many times as you want and choose as many boxes to tick as you want. If the show is not available to choose from the list, you can add it into the “other” box (they will be added at the bottom of the list as soon as several votes have come in – usually takes a day or two).

There will be several rounds with new categories added over time, so check in regularly.

MacGyver Reboot Update #70

Cast and Crew are battling harsh conditions this week while filming outside. For tonight’s Episode 3×08, they got to dress up for a Gala Dinner that’s taking place in a warm and comfy ball room, at least.

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

About Episodes 3×06 and 3×07
Shortly before the episodes aired, some of the cast and crew posted “old” photos and videos taken when filming the episodes back in September; e.g. David Dastmalchian for Episode 3×06 (with Lucas Till), Sibongile Mlambo for 3×06 (with David Dastmalchian) or Jimmy Akingbola for 3×07 (with Justin Hires, with Tristin Mays and with Joy Sunday).

Since Episode 3×03, CBS hadn’t released any Sneak Peeks. Fans felt cheated on, especially because Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods got several Sneak Peeks for every episode. So it was a nice surprise when for Episode 3×07, they released 3 Sneak Peeks on November 8.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via David Dastmalchian)

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain added blog posts about the MacHacks again – e.g. about the use of muriatic acid to eat through cement in Episode 3×06 or about the Microwave Gun in 3×07. He was also interviewed for a CBS news channel segment. (Funny note: He’s never met the cast or the crew. CBS should invite this man to visit the set soon!)

Let’s take a look at the recent ratings. To recap:  With the World Series being on at the same time, the demo-rating for Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) dropped to a 0.6. It still managed a live-viewers audience of 5.894 millions. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.66 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 7.553 million viewers and a demo of 1.01 (+58%) when including the DVR numbers.

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

Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) made 6.063 milllion live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.8 in the important demo-group of 18-49-year-olds. This episode has the second-highest audience number and the highest (un-rounded) demo of Season 3 so far. In the +7 Days ratings, it added 1.41 million viewers (+23%), reaching a total of 7.475 million viewers and a demo of 1.09 (+40%) when including DVR.

Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) reached 6.429 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. It had the same demo-rating as Hawaii Five-0, but more interestingly, it beat Last Man Standing in audience numbers, winning the 8pm time-slot. So far, this episode has the highest audience number this season.

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

About the Season 3 Ratings
At the moment, the MacGyver Reboot has an average of 6.008 millions live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.71.

For comparison with other CBS crime shows in the same range: Peter Lenkov’s rookie show Magnum PI is at 6.001 millions / 0.88 demo (Monday) after airing 7 episodes so far, despite getting a lot more promo than other CBS shows. It just got an extra premiere-slot on Sunday, January 20 – directly after the AFC Championship Game. This could work in their favor; affecting the episode averages for the season. SEAL Team is on average at 5.34 million live-viewers / 0.83 in demo (Wednesday, 7 episodes) and SWAT at 5.22 / 0.71 (Thursday, 7 episodes).

When comparing to all CBS scripted shows this Fall TV Season, the Reboot is at rank 19 (of 20) in demo and at rank 14 (of 20) in audience. While that doesn’t read so great, all prediction sites have the show predicted as “likely to be renewed” or “sure to be renewed”. Its famous brand name with franchise and syndication potential sure makes it a likely candidate to get another season.

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

What you need to know about Episode 3×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome”, written by Brian Durkin and directed by Lily Mariye. In case you missed the Synopsis:

MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of “The Ghost,” a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

The episode has guest appearances by Holland Roden, Emerson Brooks (as Charlie Robinson) and Sean C. Michael (as the Ghost). It looks like George Eads might be absent in this episode since I haven’t seen him in any of the BtS or promo material.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Meredith Eaton)

On November 8, they released 13 Official Stills. Most pf them show Team Phoenix (sans Jack and Leanna) at a Gala Dinner, all dolled up and/or in sharp suits. They also released 2 Sneak Peeks yesterday. The first one has Mac and Riley talking about Nasha before Mac meets Holland Rodan’s character Eileen at a veteran gala. The second one has Mac, Riley, Bozer plus Charlie and Eileen out in the field with Matty assisting in the War Room back at Phoenix.

Emerson Brooks uploaded a BtS photo showing Charlie on a stretcher; confirming that the episode will take place in Paris. Executive Producer and Showrunner Peter Lenkov remains quiet. In fact, besides a re-post of Lucas Till, he still hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related on Instagram since October 5.

BtS photo of Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (via Sibongile Mlambo)

Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×09 to 3×12
It’s easy to loose track of the upcoming episodes. So let’s do a short recap of all the important information for the next weeks:

  • 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (November 30)
    Directed by Michael Martinez. Guest appearance by Lance Gross (Billy Colton) and return of Reign Edwards (as Leanna). Check out the Press Release and the Official Stills here.
  • 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (December 7)
    Partially filmed in a prison location. Otherwise still top secret, apparently.
  • 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard. Guest appearances by Shani Atias, Doug Savant and Seamus Patrick Dever.
  • 3×12: tba (tbd)
    Guest appearance by Bridget Regan.

There’s no episode on November 23, but we’ll get a rerun on December 28. Episode 3×11 – which was originally planned as the Christmas Episode being the Midseason-Finale – will presumably air in January.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Carlos Bernard)

Working on Episodes 3×11 and 3×12
Again, there weren’t many BtS photos being uploaded in recent weeks. Cast and Crew still mainly rely on temporary videos now without revealing too much, which makes it incredibly difficult to even guess what the storyline could be about. Luckily, every now and then, someone feels like teasing the fans a bit. They filmed a car crash and another ballroom gala scene. Shani Atias had uploaded quite a few BtS photos and Insta Stories. Director Carlos Bernard uploaded a nice team photo while taking a break after filming in the War Room.

On November 6, production started on Episode 2×12. They filmed some car scenes with Tristin driving, in a hangar (and possibly inside an airplane) and several days in a building dressed to be located in Russia – while also working on a set that looks like Fort Knox. This week, the constant and cold rain led do some re-scheduling so they could film inside instead. They also had some kid actors on set during the last few days: Izabella Dzmitryieu and Samuel Moody posted some nice photos with the cast.

BtS photo of Season 3 (via Izabella Dzmitryieu)

The weather didn’t change for the better though – so yesterday, they had to film in the woods; despite freezing temperatures, wind and rain. Even the cameras got to wear a raincoat. Today, they were lucky with blue skies and the sun peeking through the foliage every now and then.

It’s possible they’re already working on Episode 3×13. My count might be a day or two off – but according to my files, they reached Day 100 of filming for Season 3.

Today, ET Canada finally released their video-interview with Lucas (probably done back in September of Season 3). He talks about doing stunts and what’s in store for his character this season (sadly, it’s not really a surprise anymore since we’re already seven episodes in).

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Justin Hires)

Erik Kerr uploaded several videos of different episodes, e.g. of filming the attack on the truck with Riley driving (in Episode 3×04) or the fighting scene between Amber and Murdoc in Episode 3×06. (Funny note: The Stunt Double for Sarah Sokolovic was Kandis Hargrave, wife of Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave. Between takes, she was nursing their son.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Greg Corbett, Faran Tahir, David Chin and Alex Livinalli. Additionally, they had Casting Calls for Photo Doubles, a Hand Double for Meredith Eaton and for a Stand-In with red hair.

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

They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for African American Techs and Agents, for Bad Guys, for Russian Guards and Russian Security, Tactical Men, Gala Guests, Russian Police, Russian Valets, Upscale Cars, Police, Male Fit Models, for Pedestrians with Cars, a Featured Pilot and Tactical Teams.

Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it: Season 1 of Original MacGyver was released on BluRay on October 30. Might be a nice Christmas gift *wink*. There’s no information yet about a possible release date for Season 2.

It’s not any prestigious contest, but the Reboot is eligible for the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. At the moment, you can vote for MacGyver in the category “Best TV Show” and for the characters in the category “Favorite TV Character” plus for the category “Best Non-Human Character or Prop” (I’ll say the robot or the SAK are the most likely candidates here).

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

For now, you can vote as many times as you want. The show is not available to choose from the list, but you can add it into the “other” box. So add your favorites in there and vote as many times as you want as long as the categories stay open. If it’s like last year, there will be several rounds with new categories added over time.