MacGyver Reboot Update #102

We finally reached the most important Friday this year so far – the Season 4 Premiere is tonight! While filming continues, we’re spoiled with new promo material every day now.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, via Tristin Mays)

(Big Spoiler Alert: You WILL get heavily spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Storylines and Promo News
Season 4 premieres tonight! We got some more exciting promo material since my last blog post:

  • New/Old Interviews: We got a few not-so-new, but still interesting interviews to read and watch; done with Lucas Till at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June 2019. On January 31, Rudy Blair uploaded his interview. ET Canada posted their video interview on Wednesday. Yesterday, Global News posted the video of Lucas appearing on The Morning Show.

Since the Corus Upfronts Interviews were recorded about half a year ago and before filming for Season 4 had even started, Lucas couldn’t reveal much about the storyline this season. He probably hadn’t even gotten a script of the new episodes to read yet.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Meredith Eaton)

He did talk a bit about the stunt work and about filming his movie “Son of the South” during the Morning Show interview.

  • New Interviews: We got a lot more of new interviews than I ever expected and hoped for; considering the show got pushed to midseason. Fun times! On February 4, Matt Carter posted a new interview with Lucas taken just a few days ago. A day later, TV Line posted their interview with Henry Ian Cusick. Additionally, ET Online posted a new interview with Lucas, alongside an exclusive clip of the opening scene. The local CBS stations also had an interview up with Lucas on the same day. Ian had also done an interview with Melissa Byers that was posted on the Emmys website. Today, Parade Magazine released their interview with Lucas who spilled quite a bit about the first episode (more on that further down).

Being already in the middle of filming the season, Lucas talked with Matt Carter about working with Henry Ian Cusick and the character of Russ Taylor, about the different energy in the new season and about the possibility of him directing an episode.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

As Lucas told ET Online, the new season is a bit different and slightly darker, and looks and feels more mature. Also, he revealed to CBS that Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had initially been a bit concerned about making too many changes; fearing it could alienate the audience.

You see Mac grow up in his way of thinking. ‘You can’t save everybody,’ is what part of the season turns into and it’s not just black and white. There’s not just good and bad, and that’s what the season becomes in the first 13.

(Lucas Till for ET Online)

Despite the darker tone, Lucas said in the interview for CBS that there’a still a lot of fun in the episodes. Ian told TV Line he’s never had more fun in a TV role before; being able to be “bigger”, joking around and even improvising his lines every now and then. But he also revealed to Melissa Byers the had been very nervous coming on set; being the “new guy” after the others had already worked with each other for months and even years.

  • Portraits and Group Photos: Last Friday, the new potraits and group photos shot by Still Photographer Mark Hill popped up online.

They had never done new photos after the promo material for the pilot episode with Lucas Till and George Eads. Heck, there isn’t even an official promo team photo for the first three seasons. As you can imagine, the fans were over the moon; re-posting and -tweeting the new photos on social media like crazy. The portraits are being used on the bio page for CBS Press Express and are available on Getty Images; along with one of the team photos.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS)

On February 3, Justin Hires uploaded a short video (taken by Tristin Mays) of him posing for his portraits. Interestingly, he has one additional portrait while the others only got two single portraits each.

  • Episode Titles Galore: On February 3, CBS released the titles for the initially ordered 13 episodes.

Well, the majority of the titles since the equations weren’t fully revealed. We can assume that most titles will have plus signs only – but for now, I’ll put in question marks as placeholders.

  • Extended Trailer and Sneak Peeks: On February 4, we got a new, extended preview. Just a day later, ET Online presented an exclusive video clip of the Opening Scene, alongside a short interview with Lucas.

Like the first preview, the extended preview features scenes from the first four episodes. We get to see more scenes of MacGyver teaching and Riley in her non-Phoenix workplace.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

In the Opening Scene, we see MacGyver wave his way through traffic at speed, running along campus – only to finally arrive in his own classroom and the chemistry lesson he was apparently late to.

The music is still the same length, though they dropped the beginning that was reminiscent to the Original Show. Also, the new logo is red with a different font. The cast order is Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick.

  • Spoiler Alert and BtS Previews: On February 6, CBS released a short, spoiler-filled video with the cast. Later, CBS uploaded a BtS Preview Video. Last Week, Astrid Martinez from TV News Channel CBS46 had visited the cast on set. Yesterday, they aired the short segment on TV. Today, CBS uploaded another video from set, this time with the cast talking about their best life hacks.

Of course, the spoilers are all censored (aka bleeped out). Though from what I was able to understand, someone gets married and a lot of people will die. Sadly, all the clips on the official YouTube-account are restricted to US-viewers only. If perusing the MacGyverCBS-account from Europe, the videos are not listed. Also, the set visit was really short. I hope we get to see more photos and interview segments; maybe shortly before the episode airs.

Screenshot of the Season 4 Opening Title Sequence

What you need to know about Episode 4×01
The episode airing tonight is titled “Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix”. It was written by (former) Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas and directed by David Straiton.

In case you missed the synopsis:

Ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley, Bozer, Matty and Desi to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

On January 7, CBS had released a red logo with black writing. We can assume it’s for the not-so-mysterious-anymore organization named “The Codex” that will test our heroes and their abilities to save the world.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

According to TV Line, Season 4 will pick up 18 months after the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances. We already knew MacGyver works as a college professor and we’ve seen BtS photos of Bozer promoting his own movie, but Lucas revealed to Parade Magazine what the other members of Team Phoenix have been doing: Riley works in Silicon Valley, Desi works as a bouncer and Matty is doing TED talks. Also, not only did Mac and Desi broke up, but Bozer’s love life is also on the skids – and someone is in a secret relationship!

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Lucas Till revealed that Russ Taylor will buy up the Phoenix, so we can assume some tension between Russ and former boss Matty. Also, he told Astrid Martinez when visiting the set for Channel CBS46 that his dad will have a guest appearance. Maybe as a fellow professor?

CBS had uploaded 26 Official Stills onto their press site. Sadly, not all of them are available in HD quality, but most of them are finally up on SpoilerTV. We also got several Sneak Peeks for the episode. In case you missed them: The First Look Video via TV Insider shows is the first meeting between MacGyver and Russ Taylor. In another Sneak Peek, we get to see the “rebooted” Team Phoenix on their first mission.

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (Guy D’Alema/CBS via Getty Images)

What you need to know about Episode 4×02
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed”. It’s written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Alexandra La Roche.

Here’s the synopsis:

Department of Defense General John Acosta (Xander Berkeley) recruits MacGyver to steal a highly classified project from a military lab in order to find flaws in its security. But when it’s discovered that the general is planning an attack using the weapon, Phoenix must stop Acosta before the weapon is uploaded.

CBS uploaded 15 Stills in total onto their press site. At the moment, 14 of them are available on Getty Images (watermarked). Weirdly, the cast list for 4×02 is the exact same as for 4×01, so there might have been a mix-up with the episode order being different from the production order.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the episodes we can look forward to. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV or similar sites (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates).

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

As you can see, there will be a 3-week-break for March Madness like every year. Episode titles and airdates are not definite, though – until an official Press Release by CBS. And even then, changes are still a possibility.

  • 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 7)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (February 14)
    (Presumably) Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×03: Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck (February 21)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: Right (?) Wrong (?) Both (?) Neither (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (April 3)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: Father (?) Son (?) Father (?) Matriarch (April 10)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: Code (?) Artemis (?) Nuclear (?) Nemesis (April 17)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 24)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (May 1)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 8)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 15)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard
  • 4×14: (title tba)
    (tba)
  • 4×15: Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness (tbd)
    Written by Stephanie Hicks, directed by Avi Youabian
  • 4×16: Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO (tbd)
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core
  • 4×17: (title tba)
    (tba)

A little recap: Filming for Episode 4×15 (Resort + Desi + Riley + Witness) started around January 16 and is directed by Avi Youabian. The cast filmed scenes in the War Room, in an elevator, inside the Equitable Building and at the Candler Hotel. There was a bullet-riddled Maserati, a wheelchair and a bleeding Riley, a sandy beach in Hawaii and several night shoots.

Working on Episode 4×16 and beyond
Episode 4×16 is titled “Jack + Kinematics + MgKNO3 + GTO” and was written by Jim Adler. Filming for the episode directed by Ericson Core started around January 24. The cast set up at Fulton County Airport, at East Point Wagon Works and at the Arcade. They also destroyed quite a few bottles of red wine for the camera. Additionally, we got a photo of Lucas Till in MacGyver’s military dress uniform; filming what looks like army personnel waiting on a casket to arrive in the hangar.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Grecia)

On February 3, filming continued in warehouse-like locations we’ve seen before. Mike Milligan was back for stunt work and geo-tagged his posts with “Croatia”. Lucas Till uploaded a video of Mike “losing it” on the stunt floor.

On February 4, they filmed on different locations around Downtown Atlanta. People nearby were able to get some photos and videos; e.g. of Lucas Till and Henry Ian Cusick filming or of Lucas during lunch break. According to Matthew Albright, they filmed at Interpol HQ as well.

On Wednesday, they filmed more scenes with – presumably Jack’s – GTO. Tristin Mays was happy to find another tiny door right on set. Both her and Lucas took photos and videos with it.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

Yesterday, there was heavy rain in Atlanta; making it difficult to get to set unscathed and to film outside (they were scheduled to shoot in Grant Park). It looks like they had to reschedule for filming outside. Considering it’s snowing now, they might have to do some changes to today’s schedule as well. For now, they do film some scenes outside what looks like the old DXS building.

All in all, cast and crew are exciting for tonight’s premiere; posting a lot on social media. Even Lucas Till has been uploading some Instagram Stories as I type this post. Sadly, Twitter doesn’t seem to be working properly right now, so let’s hope it’s fixed before the premiere so we can get the show’s hashtag trending!

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via SpoilerTV)

Crew, Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Caucasian or Hispanic Background Actors, for Business People, for Airport Background Actors with or without cars, for Police, Hazmat and Detectives, for a Caucasian Featured Man, for a Taxi Driver, for Park Background Actors and for an Airport Patron. They’ve also been looking for Stand-Ins for Tristin Mays and for Marvin Ross.

It looks like Aly Michalka (who played Frankie Mallory in Episode 1×19) might be back on set for Episode 4×17. Also, it looks like some more of Lucas’ relatives and friends might have background spots in upcoming episodes.

About that Time Jump (encore)
As mentioned before, Time Jumps are not a rarity in TV-Show-Land – but it’s rare to have such a long one. And while the writers and producers practically get a “blank slate” to change and shape the show into whatever they wanted from the beginning, it’s not easy to not getting the long-term fans all worked up and angry or anxious about what’s coming and what’s been undone.

Episode 4×01: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via TV Insider)

It’s nice we got so much promo this year. But there are a few things I’m not too happy about from what I’ve seen in the Sneak Peeks and read in the interviews.

  • MacGyver being reckless: In the Opening Sequence, we see Mac weaving in and out of traffic. What looks like a chase for a mission, turns out to be MacGyver just being late for his class.

While Mac certainly is not hesitant to be reckless and put his own life in danger to save other people’s lives, he would never endanger anyone else just because he overslept.

  • The Team falling out of touch: Apparently, Team Phoenix hasn’t talked to each other during the “hiatus”.

Maybe they wouldn’t see each other as often; especially with Jack still away and the team grieving over Charlie (and Mac feeling awfully guilty). I can see Desi falling out of touch with the others; for once because she joined last and second because if she actually dated MacGyver and the relationship fell apart (more on that further down), the others may have “sided” with Mac.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

I can accept everyone struggling with losing a job/position they loved – but I just can’t believe they would have fallen out of touch for a year or more. Even if Bozer moved out of Mac’s house (and he must have, otherwise it makes no sense at all). While Mac has a tendency to withdraw himself from others, Bozer sure doesn’t. This is rather out of character and was just done to have a reason to Russ Taylor swooping in to “save” them. I’m sure, there would have been a better idea how to bring Russ into the team. Personally, I’d preferred maybe Mac saving his life, then deciding they need each other to save Phoenix and get rid of the new bad guy collective.

  • MacGyver’s love life all happening off-screen: The last few episodes of Season 3 hinted at a beginning romance between Mac and Desi; ending with Mac and Desi planning to go on a “date”.

There were several hints at Mac and Desi having been dating and breaking it up again off-screen. Them having been a couple was just confirmed by Lucas with the Parade Magazine interview. Why didn’t we get to see that? While it can be interesting to see an ex-couple reconciling and to learn a story through flashbacks, I fear it’s only implemented to add tension throughout the entire season until they find back together. Both Lucas Till and Levy Tran have good chemistry together, I don’t see why they didn’t let the viewers come to the same conclusion and see the relationship progress naturally over time. (Though to be honest, I’d rather see MacGyver and Riley ending up together; spending a lot of time talking about Jack and struggling with his absence, and later spending a lot of time without talking about Jack.)

Episode 4×02: Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed (Mark Hill/CBS via Getty Images)

Best of TV Awards: Round 1 Results
The Reboot is still competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs – and already won in several categories in Round 1! Here are the results that are available so far:

  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 1)
  • Best Director: Brad Turner for Episode 3×13 (Rank 1)
  • Best Episode: 3×13 (Rank 1), 3×22 (Rank 2), 3×11 (Rank 4)
  • Favorite Character: Mac (Rank 1), Jack (Rank 2), Riley (Rank 3), Bozer (Rank 4)
  • Best Writing (Rank 1)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 1)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 1)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 1)

Voting for Round 2 has already started! You can find the voting page here. Remember: This time, you can only vote once for a category, but sometimes you have multiple selections to choose from.

Promo photo for Season 4 (Mark Hill/CBS, screenshot via Tumblr)

These are the MacGyver-related categories currently open for voting and to keep an eye on in Round 2:

  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

ICYMI: Last Summer, the Reboot had won a surfboard at the Teen Choice Awards (in the category “Choice Action TV Show”). It finally arrived at the Paramount Studio Lot.

MacGyver Reboot Update #91

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS keeps promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Trailers and Featurettes.

Header for CBS All Access

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 2 weeks left until the premiere of the CBS Fall Friday Shows. They’re all getting the enhanced promo treatment now; with Trailers and Featurettes. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information. We probably have to wait for the first official press releases, and that might take a while.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21; with the cast doing a Casino sequence and several days of filming in Boulevard Crossing Park, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and on Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via Jade Albany)

According to IMDb, the title for the episode directed by Duane Clark is “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan”. On Tuesday, Jade Albany uploaded a new BtS photo of her with Levy Tran and dog Carlos.

Working on Episode 4×06
Filming for Episode 4×05 was wrapped up on August 31; cast and crew ready for Labor Day Weekend and DragonCon in Atlanta.

Some of the cast started filming for Episode 4×06 on September 3. Justin Hires had the day off; doing an Instagram Live Story with Lucas Till popping in for a few minutes. As they revealed, this episode provides some background story for Henry Ian Cusicks character and is directed by Roderick Davis (who already directed Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The next few days, the fans were treated to lots of BtS photos and Instagram Stories by the cast, the crew and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, who had flown to Atlanta and visited the production on set. They filmed in the War Room, in a car on stage, on the Phoenix Jet (which champagne being served) and in the woods.

Lucas had to work on Saturday, September 7 as well; doing stunt work with the Hargrave brothers. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton weren’t on set much for this episode, but they kept posting older BtS photos and videos nonetheless, e.g. of Bozer all dressed up, handling (or rather not-handling) potentially explosive things or working on Sparky. Meredith uploaded an old BtS photo of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) of her with the make-up applied after Matty got into a car “accident”.

BtS photo of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Meredith Eaton)

This week, they filmed both on stage and on location, e.g. in the Phoenix Interrogation Room or on sets dressed up as hospitals or as upscale restaurants.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
ICYMI: Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. Reign Edwards as Leanna on the other hand might be out for good. Reign filmed a pilot for a new TV show in Auckland last year and revealed on September 3 that she is back in New Zealand. There’s no information yet about how many episodes “The Wilds” will have, but I reckon she will be busy until at least the rest of the year while MacGyver will wrap up at the end of November.

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. The most interesting guest apparence might the the one by a young actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. Also, a lot of the upcoming guest stars have worked with Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas before. Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far; raising suspsicion that the unexptected fall-out between Mac and MacSenior in the Season 3 Finale was a last-minute addition because Tate was not available this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Tristin Mays)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members and Hostages, for Rebels, Workers, for Nurses and Townspeople, for Servers and Upscale Restaurant Patrons and for a Kitchen Staff. They also had Casting Calls for Guards, Photo Doubles (e.g. for Brian Quinn) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rob Giumarra and David Shae).

In other news, they changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access with another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, the show had lost a bit of steam after the episodes are now followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 instead of by Celebrity Big Brother, but then the ratings started rising again. Like in Season 2, the second episode tends to have a bigger audience than the first.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) on September 3 had an audience of 1.53 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. The following Episode 3×14 (Father + Bride + Betrayal) managed 1.65 million live-viewers. Despite “only” an average demo of 7.4, this episode had the highest audience number of the current season so far.

Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on September 10 had 1.52 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.1 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) got 1.58 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 8.1.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (literal translation: Death in the Safe, original title: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing Season 2 on August 31. They air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. As expected, the ratings weren’t as good as when they aired Season 1 on Saturdays 7pm back in 2017.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On average, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×01 (DYI or DIE) managed 33’000 viewers, Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) only 22’000. Apparently, people have now caught on about the show being on air again after a break of almost two years. Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The official voting window for the People’s Choice Awards opened on September 4. Sadly, neither the show nor the actors got any nominations.

The release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still for September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it! Maybe the book will be published in another language for international fans as well if it gets a large number of sales in English.

Henry Ian Cusick is set for several convention appearances this winter. If we’re lucky, he will talk a bit about his upcoming role in the reboot.

MacGyver Reboot Update #90

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS is promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Press Releases and Official Stills.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Lucas Till)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 4 weeks until the premiere of the CBS Fall Shows. They’re all getting the promo treatment now; with Press Releases and Official Stills and a release of the last season on DVD. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
    Guest Appearances by Camille Mana (as Hannah), Braxton Alexander (as General Acosta’s Grandson) and  Emmanuelle Vaugier (as Major Frost).
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas
    Directed by David Straiton
    Guest Appearance by Michael Wayne Foster (as “The Russian Bear”).
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
    Guest Appearences by Christopher Convery and Joe Williamson (as son and father) and by Colbert Minga (as Otto).
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: (title tba)
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearance by James Callis.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×03 had started around July 31. The cast filmed most of the episode at Fulton County Airport.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×04
Episode 4×04 is presumably set in Germany. Filming had started around August 8; with the cast hiking up to Stone Mountain and filming additional scenes “underground” and in Downtown Atlanta. Cast and crew suffered through the infamous HOTlanta weather with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. Lucas Till was lucky this year to not having to work on his birthday, but the production still offered him a pre-birthday cake.

The cast filmed War Room scenes for several days and kept a bit more quiet than before. For one, Levy Tran stated in her Instagram bio that she’s taking a break from social media (which she finished after almost a month on August 24). Nevertheless, they still had some fun. They also wrapped earlier on several occasions than we’re used to; e.g. already at lunchtime on August 20.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

Working on Episode 4×05
Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21. It’s directed by Duane Clark (who already directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). The cast filmed a day in the War Room before they continued with a Casino sequence on August 23. Lucas Till got dressed up as “James Blonde” again; sporting a rope and a wedding ring. Cornell Willis had dressed up as well, sporting a bow tie instead of a normal tie on Tie Friday. Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick posed for a photo in their Casino guest attire; indicating that they might pose as a couple undercover. Both Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires each uploaded a nice Team Phoenix photo.

On August 26, filming continued in Boulevard Crossing Park standing in for a soccer field. Instagram stories indicated that one of the female soccer teams plays for Milano. The next days, filming moved to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and to Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Cornell Willis)

Lucas filmed a scene in front of several green screens with what looks like a self-made glider. They had a lot of extras on set; at least two teams of female soccer players in blue and yellow shirts, reporters, soccer fans and a VIP area with the soccer trophy.

Last week, Justin Hires had uploaded a photo of a Team Phoenix member holding up a soccer ball to Bozer. Maybe there’s a camera hidden inside? Justin has been on set wearing sportsy and elegant clothes while Levy Tran has been spotted wearing a Milano soccer uniform. It’s very likely that Desi and Riley might go undercover; infiltrating the female soccer teams?

Season 4 BtS Instagram Live Story Screenshot Compilation: Day 37 (via Lucas Till)

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added a blog post for the MacHacks for Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver); finishing up his notes for Season 2. He already stated that he will do posts for the upcoming season as well.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. For her profile photo, they cropped an Official Still from her first episode (3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit).

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. As Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas had revealed on August 22 (in a tweet he later deleted again), we will get guest appareances by Amanda Schull and James Callis, who both had worked on Matalas’ show 12 Monkeys. Interestingly, we might get to see another flashback episode since there is an actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. As Justin Hires revealed, we will also see Sparky again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far which has been leading to speculations that Henry Ian Cusick or Matty will be the new Oversight or temporarily step in for James.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Formal Casino People and for Poker, Black Jack or Roulette Dealers, for Real Referees and a Real Female Soccer Player, a Soccer Coach, for Stadium Patrons, for Soccer Fans, for Bodyguards, Phoenix Security, Police, a Waitress, for a a Female DJ and for Photographers. Additionally, they also needed Dignitaries, Rich Donors (with Upscale Cars), Catering and Medical Staff plus Photographers in a VIP Area. They also had Casting Calls for Lab Techs, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Fernando Chien) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Levy Tran).

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Levy Tran)

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
The show does still pretty good in Germany, despite not getting much promo.

Episode 3×09 (Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak) on August 20 had an audience of 1.4 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.4 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. Episode 3×10 (Matty + Ethan + Fidelity) managed 1.57 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.5; reaching the second-highest audience number in total and the highest audience number in the target group this season. The episode was followed by an hour of Celebrity Big Brother, then reruns of Episodes 1×19 (Compass) and 1×21 (Cigar Cutter).

The ratings for the next week weren’t as good: Episode 3×11 (Mac + Fallout + Jack) on August 27 had 1.37 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.6 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×12 (Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.3. The episode was followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (literal translation: Surviving in the Wilderness; original title: Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)
  • 3×16: Systemausfall (System Failure, Lidar + Rogues + Duty)
  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (Death in the Safe, Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 will air Season 2 for the first time starting tomorrow, August 31. They will air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. Since the show is rated FSK16 (16 years and older) in German-speaking countries, it’s possible they will have to cut out certain scenes like they did for Season 1 back in 2017. There’s no information yet if they will continue with airing Season 3 as well.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05 (via Steven Serna)

Also, channel Rai4 will air Season 3 in Italy, starting September 19. This is a bit of a step down to a lesser known channel since the previous seasons had aired on Rai2.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The Reboot won a Teen Choice Award in the category Teen Choice Action TV Show. Sadly, the cast hadn’t been invited to the event; missing the opportunity for a blue carpet appearance and promotion. Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards ended on August 16. The official voting window will open on September 4.

There’s no news yet about the DVD release of Season 3, but the release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy.

MacGyver Reboot Update #89

Filming for Season 4 continues. In other news, MacGyver just won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Show!

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Tristin Mays)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far:

Filming for Episode 4×02 (titled Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix) had started around July 19. Cast and crew filmed scenes at Emory University, in Mac’s house dressed as mission headquarters, in a mansion with a lot of bad guys selling guns and around the sewers.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×03
Filming for Episode 4×03 started around July 31. The cast filmed most of the episode at Fulton County Airport, using a Cessna plus blue and green screens for inside scenes. Judging by Instagram videos of the Stand-Ins, it will be at least Mac and Desi plus a female guest-star in the cabin.

Overall, it was rather quiet for several days. On August 6, Lucas Till uploaded photos of his special guest Alexis and her family; enjoying a set visit arranged by Make-A-Wish-America. Alexis got to see the Phoenix jet, the War Room and Mac’s house – and was even allowed to try on the famous leather jacket.

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Tailormade Grip)

Judging by a photo uploaded by Justin Hires, it looks like Bozer will save the day, once more getting hurt while trying to be a hero. In Instagram Short Stories, Justin Hires was spotted wearing a bandage on his arm. Behind him, you could catch a glance at guest-stars Christopher Convery and Joe Williamson (in a hospital bed). Williamson later uploaded a photo of him with Christopher; revealing that they play father and son in the episode.

Working on Episode 4×04 and beyond
On August 8, Lucas Till uploaded a photo of him in a Sea Scout Master uniform, hinting that filming for Episode 4×04 has started.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Lucas Till)

The next day, Tristin Mays posted a photo of her and Lucas in costume, standing in front of a lake on Stone Mountain. The photo was re-posted by Lucas and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov as well, stating that this “might just be my favorite picture ever”.

Later, Lucas uploaded a photo of him holding up the pre-birthday cake he got by the production. Several of the cast and crew posted photos and videos of the Stone Mountain Monument and/or posted birthday wishes; some even wearing a dedicated t-shirt.

As Christopher Jon Duddy revealed, the episode is directed by Eagle Egilsson (who has previously directed Episodes 1×14, 2×16, 3×05 and 3×20).

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Production moved to film in an underground stage set that looks like a destroyed building – and a leftover bomb from World War 2 strapped to a gurney. There’s also some fire involved, which doesn’t help since HOTlanta is in full swing at the moment; reaching temperatures of 40°C. Since casting calls and a BtS photo by Peter Lenkov already indicated that the episode is set in Germany, Team Phoenix might indeed be tasked with disarming a bomb found during reconstruction. (There are still bombs that never detonated being found buried in German cities or at the bottom of lakes every year.)

On August 14, Tristin Mays uploaded a funny video of her and Lucas doing a lightsaber fight. They filmed scenes in Downtown Atlanta involving at least one “German” fire truck. Despite the heat, the cast continued posting funny videos; e.g. Lucas trying to create an instant strobe light effect with a flashlight.

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Peter Lenkov)

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain was on a roll; adding several blog posts for the MacHacks. This time, he wrote notes for Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss), for Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane), for Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle), for Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power), for Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) and for Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area51).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. Interestingly, Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) hasn’t been back on set so far.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Hospital Background Actors, for Thrift Store Patrons, for a Male Orderly, for Caucasian or Asian Tourists, for Search and Rescue people, for German First Responders, for German Background people and for a female Fit Model. They also had Casting Calls for Agents, for Lab Techs, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for a Make-Up Test) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Alonzo Ward or for Hauke Bahr).

BtS photo of Episode 4×03 (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany
German channel Sat.1 airs two episodes every Tuesday during primetime. Although they don’t do any promo on social media, the show is picking up steam every week.

Episode 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family) on August 6 had an audience of 1.51 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.3 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. Episode 3×06 (Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc) aired before the Series Finale of Lethal Weapon and managed 1.57 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.9.

Episode 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly) on August 13 had 1.48 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.6 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×08 (Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome) got 1.59 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.8, reaching the highest audience number and second-highest demo this season. The episode was followed by an hour of Celebrity Big Brother, then a rerun of Episodes 1×16 (Hook) and 1×11 (Scissors).

BtS photo of Episode 4×04 (via Lucas Till)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×09: Probe 234 (literal translation: Specimen 234; original title: Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak)
  • 3×10: Ein neues Leben (A New Life; Matty + Ethan + Fidelity)
  • 3×11: Einer lebt, einer stirbt (One Lives, One Dies; Mac + Fallout + Jack)
  • 3×12: Die Meisterdiebin (The Master Thief; Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241)
  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (Surviving in the Wilderness; Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)

Teen Choice Awards and other MacGyver Promo
The Reboot was nominated twice for the Teen Choice Awards (in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor). On August 11, it won in the category Teen Choice Action TV Show; surpassing the four other shows nominated in the same category.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02 (via Justin Hires)

Sadly, FOX only aired 2 hours of the event; foregoing this category along with many others while focusing on the music categories. Years ago, the rules stated that a nominee doesn’t win if they don’t attend the event and that they won’t receive one of these famous surfboard trophies if the prize isn’t handed over in person and/or when the category isn’t aired live. Since it had been FOX’ decision to not air the announcement of the winner for this category on the show and therefore also didn’t invite any of the cast, I don’t know if the show get’s a surfboard or not. No matter what, it was a missed opportunity for promotion.

Nominations for the People’s Choice Awards are ending today. Let’s hope we get another chance at winning an award. The official voting window will open on September 4.

The Season 2 DVD was released in German-speaking regions yesterday. There’s still no news about the release of the Season 3 DVD in the US, but there’s the release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” on September 17 at least.

MacGyver Reboot Update #88

Filming for Season 4 has been going on for almost a month now. We already got a lot of good BtS material to help us wait until we finally get to see the episodes.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terri J Vaughn)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far:

Information about cast and crew is still scarce on IMDb. They seem more careful this season not to reveal any script title pages or storylines. Also, with more than a few crew personnel changes, I’m still in the process to find the people working on the Reboot.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Leanne Jeong)

Working on Episodes 4×01 and 4×02
Filming for Episode 4×01 had started on Monday, July 8. While the title is still a secret, Guy D’Alema revealed that the episode is directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had already directed Episode 3×17). She only posted two photos of the episode so far – one of herself with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till and one with Henry Ian Cusick.

The cast filmed scenes in the Phoenix lab and in the War Room, on the Arcade set with the “Pizza Paradise” and inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium dressed as Cheyenne Mountain.

Episode 4×02 is titled Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix. On July 19, Lucas Till and the crew filmed scenes at Emory University, mainly at Candler School of Theology posing as venue for a Film Festival. People working nearby were pretty impressed about the scenes and also about the equipment needed. Many watched the action for quite a bit and posted photos or videos. Some were even lucky to get a photo with cast members.

BtS photo of Lucas Till in Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov uploaded several photos while editing: One of the team in the War Room (that he deleted a few days later but then re-uploaded), one of Mac and Bozer, one of Mac while teaching a chemistry class and another one of Bozer at the Film Festival, presumably undercover as the director and presenting a movie that reads like an episode title for Season 3. Lenkov later also uploaded an additional photo of Desi pointing a gun.

On July 22, filming continued in Mac’s house as a headquarter. Meredith Eaton posted a nice photo of herself with Henry Ian Cusick. The next day had the 2nd team filming outdoors with the occasional visit by a snake. Co-Producer Terry Matalas – who had been oddly quiet since they started production – finally uploaded a First Look photo as well.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

On July 25 and 26, cast and crew filmed a party scene in a mansion. Lucas Till sported a new haircut and a suit, looking like a weapon’s dealer at a bad guy convention. The crew celebrated a colorful “Romper Day”. Levy Tran uploaded several photos of scenes filmed at Mac’s house a few days ago and some Insta stories, revealing that Desi will be part of the undercover mission that deals with weapons and bad guys. Peter Lenkov posted a photo of Mac and Desi sitting on the stairs, labelling it with “King and Queen”.

Levy Tran had uploaded a few Instagram stories; one of them involving her stunt double wearing the same dress and tattoos. Cast and crew filmed until early Saturday morning. Some were lucky to get off work at 3am while others didn’t get to start the weekend before 6am.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Peter Lenkov)

On July 29, filming resumed. According to Tristin Mays, she filmed several takes of running in intense heat. The crew had set up near the sewer, so many of them commented about the smell. They had a helicopter on set and filmed a stunt person hanging on a rope underneath it. On Tuesday, they continued filming stunt scenes – but this time, with Lucas Till hanging onto the rope. Apparently, he also got to crawl through and swim in the sewer.

On July 31, director Terri J Vaughn uploaded several nice group photos onto Instagram. Apparently, she attended the filming experience to learn more about her craft. It’s not clear yet if she will direct an episode soon. That day, they filmed at Fulton County Airport with Justin trying out how comfortable the seats in the pilot cabin are. They continued filming yesterday, but there’s been almost no BtS photos or videos in the last two days.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×03 and beyond
Interestingly, they seem to be allowed to use more filming days per episode compared to last season. According to director Lily Mariye, she started pre-production on the Reboot on July 19, presumably for Episode 4×03.

In other News, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain added another blog post for the MacHacks; this time for Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Henry Ian Cusick will play the new regular character of Russ Taylor, a wealthy Oxford-educated ex-military. He hasn’t been sighted that often yet. For now, it’s unclear how much screentime “Russ” will have or if Ian is just keeping out of the Instagram spotlight. Interestingly, Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) hasn’t been back on set so far.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Alexandra La Roche)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Club Goers and Club Patrons, for employees and customers, for Upscale Cars, for people for a Mansion Party, for First Responders, Police, Generals, for Women Soccer Teams, for Cub Scouts and for a Featured Mob. They also had Casting Calls for Hispanic Wait Staff, for Bad Guys, for a Gate Agent, for Airport Background people, for Agents, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Christopher Convery) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Fernando Martinez).

MacGyver in Germany
The 3rd Season premiered in Germany on July 23rd. German channel Sat.1 airs two episodes every Tuesday starting 8.15pm, followed by a new episode of Lethal Weapon. Swiss channel 3+ started airing Season 3 on a Wednesday, then airing two episodes on Fridays, followed by a rerun of Season 2.

While the 1st season had been received quite well, Austrian channel ORF1 apparently doesn’t have any plans of airing the 2nd or 3rd season any time soon.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Meredith Eaton)

Sat.1 has been struggling with ratings on Tuesdays since they changed Crime Mondays to Crime Tuesdays. Both Whiskey Cavalier and Lethal Weapon haven’t been doing as well as expected. And while Season 3 of MacGyver didn’t reach as high ratings as Seasons 1 and 2, the premiere started quite well.

Episode 3×01 (Improvise) on July 23 had an audience of 1.3 million live-viewers (3 years and older) with a demo of 8.9 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) managed 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 9.0. As a lead-in for Lethal Weapon airing at 10.15pm, it also elevated its ratings, reaching the best demo of the current season.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Lucas Till)

Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back To School) on July 30 had a live-audience of 1.2 million viewers and a demo of 7.4. An hour later, Episode 3×04 (Guts + Fuel + Hope) got 1.4 million live-viewers and a demo of 8.6.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×05: Tag der Toten (literal translation: Day of the Dead; original title: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family)
  • 3×06: Murdocs Rosenkrieg (Murdoc’s War of Roses; Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc)
  • 3×07: Mattys Geheimnis (Matty’s Secret; Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly)
  • 3×08: Späte Rache (Late Revenge; Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome)
  • 3×09: Probe 234 (Specimen 234; Specimen 234 + PAPR+ Outbreak)
  • 3×10: Ein neues Leben (A Neaw Life; Matty + Ethan + Fidelity)
  • 3×11: Einer lebt, einer stirbt (One Lives, One Dies; Mac + Fallout + Jack)
  • 3×12: Die Meisterdiebin (The Master Thief; Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241)
  • 3×13: Überleben in der Wildnis (Surviving in the Wilderness; Wilderness + Training + Survival)
  • 3×14: Die Hochzeitsfeier (The Wedding Party, Father + Bride + Betrayal)
  • 3×15: Cody gegen die Schmuggler (Cody against the Smugglers, K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit)

Besides TV adverts, there’s not much promo going on. The competition is bigger this year, so I’m not sure why Sat.1 doesn’t invest more time for advertizing at least on social media.

BtS photo of Episode 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (via Jaric Czepiel)

Other MacGyver Promo
The Season 2 DVD was released in France on July 24. There’s still no news about the release of the Season 3 DVD, but here’s a recap of the other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • August 11: Teen Choice Awards (nominations in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor)
  • August 15: Season 2 DVD released in German-speaking regions
  • September 17: book release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”

According to Variety, there are plans to launch a MacGyver-themed VR escape room called “MacGyverWorld” next year. More information should be coming soon.

MacGyver Reboot Update #87

Filming for Season 4 has started. We already got some good BtS material to tie us over until we finally get to see the episodes.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Justin Hires)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Filming started on Monday, July 8. For now, Season 4 will have 13 episodes with filming expected to wrap in November (unless CBS orders more episodes).

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Ashley Ryan Carlton)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far:

At the moment, information about cast and crew is still scarce on IMDb, but that will hopefully change soon. They seem more careful this season not to reveal any script title pages or storylines. Also, with a few personnel changes, I’m still in the process to find the new crew people working on the Reboot.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Kjaay)

In other news, both the stunt doubles for the main characters in Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI have been seen filming scenes together in Hawaii last week. It’s not clear yet if they’re doing a “full” crossover this season. But even if they are, MacGyver probably won’t be part of it – despite Lenkov and the rest of the cast talking about a crossover of all Lenkov-shows back at Paley Fest LA in March this year.

Working on Episodes 4×01 and 4×02
Filming for Episode 4×01 started on Monday, July 8. As expected, we didn’t have to wait for long for the first BtS material: Justin Hires showed us his new trailer first thing in the morning, followed by several Instagram short stories. The cast filmed scenes in the Phoenix lab and in the War Room. Henry Ian Cusick, who plays the new regular character of Russ Taylor, posted a group photo on Twitter.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

Levy Tran uploaded Part 2 of “Who Stole the Bran Muffin?” via Instagram Short Stories. According to Still Photographer Guy D’Alema, it’s certainly not necessary for cast and crew to steal any food from each other since there is a lot of sweets available on the crafty table.

Guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier teased us with a glimpse of the Episode Title Page by hiding all the important info on it. While the title still remained a secret, Guy D’Alema revealed that the episode is directed by Alexandra La Roche (who had already directed Episode 3×17). We did get a title for Episode 4×02 though: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×02 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

On July 11, Justin Hires posted another group photo taken in the War Room. They filmed scenes in Tac Gear that day. While Levy and Lucas posted Insta stories, Peter Lenkov uploaded a photo of Lucas, Levy and Ian filming, followed by a few more photos (e.g. of Mac and Russ dragging Desi away or of Mac and Russ sitting in the War Room) soon after. As it later turned out, they had their first night shoot for the season thad day.

On July 12, Lucas Till posted a BtS photo of what looks like Mac and Desi trying to steal a computer chip. Several of the cast uploaded Insta stories, while Meredith Eaton posted a photo of her with Justin. For once, we even got a clear group photo of all the current regulars which hasn’t happened since the filming of the Season 2 Finale.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Lucas Till)

On July 15, filming continued on the Arcade set with the “Pizza Paradise” we’ve already seen in several episodes. Both Tristin and Lucas uploaded several Insta stories of them having fun during the breaks. Interestingly, Lucas’ Stand-In Matthew was still sporting Mac’s long hair from Season 3. He just cut it yesterday, so it’s not clear if they filmed a flashback scene or if it hadn’t been relevant until now.

The next day, the crew set up inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Lucas Till uploaded many Insta stories, joking about storming Area 51 and revealing the set do be dressed as Cheyenne Mountain. He also might have to crawl through some poisonous gas in this episode.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Levy Tran)

Wednesday and yesterday, they filmed scenes in the War Room and in MacGyver’s house. Levy Tran posted a photo of herself with her stunt double Danya Bateman who has a copy of Levy’s tattoos on her chest and her arms.

It seems the long days have already caught up with some of the crew and cast that loves to post stories of their co-workers taking a nap on set. According to director Lily Mariye, she started pre-production on the Reboot today, presumably for Episode 4×03.

In other News, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued writing science notes about the MacHacks; adding a blog post for Episode 2×14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair) and for Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs).

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As mentioned before, Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) replaced Craig O’Neill as Co-Showrunner. They also added two new female writers to the team while former writer Nancy Kiu started working on CW’s Batwoman.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Meredith Eaton)

Levy Tran has been promoted to Series Regular. Henry Ian Cusick will play the new regular character of Russ Taylor, a wealthy Oxford-educated ex-military who is a master manipulator and salesman — skilled in propaganda and lie detection with an extremely high emotional intelligence. Interestingly, he hasn’t been sighted that often. For now, it’s unclear how much screentime “Russ” will have or if Ian is just keeping out of the Instagram spotlight.

Most of the Stand-Ins are back as well. Interestingly, former Stand-In of George Eads (Michael Doggett) has been on set, too (seen in an Insta story by friend Matthew Albright). It’s possible he’s standing in for Ian which would be kinda ironic.

According to TV Line, Emmanuelle Vaugier is set to guest-star as Major Frost, a general’s assistant who appears dutiful but may in fact be committed to a nefarious cause.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Guy D’Alema)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bar and Coffee Patrons (with or without car), for a Featured Bartender, for Military People, for Asian, Middle Eastern and Caucasian Bad Guys and for a Featured Soldier being unconscious and in his undergarments only.

They also had Casting Calls for Arcade Players, for Film Festival Patrons, for Guards, a Mariachi Band, for Students with Bikes and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Levy Tran, Todd Stashwick or for Jean Elie).

MacGyver in Switzerland and Germany
The 3rd Season is starting in Germany on July 23rd. German channel Sat.1 will air two episodes every Tuesday, followed by a new episode of Lethal Weapon. As expected, Swiss channel 3+ just started airing the episodes on short notice this Wednesday, trying to lure in the Swiss viewers. They will also air reruns of Season 2 in between.

Pity that the Season 2 DVD isn’t out before mid-August. Also, Sat.1 has been struggling with ratings on Tuesdays since they changed Crime Mondays to Crime Tuesdays. Both Whiskey Cavalier and Lethal Weapon haven’t been doing as well as expected.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Peter Lenkov)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×01: 50 Millionen Diamanten (literal translation: 50 Million Diamonds, original title: Improvise)
  • 3×02: Daltons Helden (Dalton’s Heroes, Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship)
  • 3×03: Zurück aufs College (Back to School, Bozer + Booze + Back To School)
  • 3×04: Atemnot (Respiratory Distress, Guts + Fuel + Hope)
  • 3×05: Tag der Toten (Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family)
  • 3×06: Murdocs Rosenkrieg (Murdoc’s War of Roses, Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc)
  • 3×07: Mattys Geheimnis (Matty’s Secret, Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly)

There have been TV adverts so far, but otherwise there’s not much promo going on. Even the official website by Sat.1 still seems to be in the process of being updated. Before, they still had “Patricia Thornton” listed as a regular character.

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: Greenlight Hollywood released a second MacGyver collectible: Jack Dalton’s 67 Pontiac GTO convertible. Check out the photos and description here.

Here’s a recap of the other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • July 24: Season 2 DVD released in France
  • August 11: Teen Choice Awards (nominations in the categories Choice Action TV Show and Choice Action TV Actor)
  • August 15: Season 2 DVD released in German-speaking regions
  • September 17: book release of “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”

According to an article from June 3, CBS has announced new licensees for its TV properties; MacGyver being one of them. Almost all crime shows shops for CBS are still down at the moment, so they might be already in the process of updating the shop pages with new fan articles.

MacGyver Reboot Update #86

Filming for Season 4 will start in 4 days. Let’s hope we get some good BtS material to tie us over until we finally get to see the episodes.

Season 4 Logo (via MacGyver Writers)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided! For daily news and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The main cast was pretty busy in recent weeks; finishing up old projects and preparing for another 5 months of filming:

  • Lucas Till enjoyed a well-deserved holiday with friends and celebrated July 4 with family
  • Justin Hires finished his Stand-Up comedy show tour. A photo of him during one of his shows even made it into an article by The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Tristin Mays attended several fundraising events and did some talk show appearances for the RuJohn Foundation in Jamaica
  • Besides working out, Levy Tran has been taking shooting lessons to prepare for Season 4. She just finished her road trip across the States.
  • Like last year, David Dastmalchian auctioned off a visit to the MacGyver set for a good cause. It was sold for 17’000 USD. The set-visit last year was auctioned off for 12’000 USD, so that’s pretty cool.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution and is supposed to be released in Korea this month.
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year. There’s no filming dates yet.

Costume Designer Sarah Downer had revealed on June 18 that she had started on costume prepping. After that, it stayed quiet on social media for a while, despite the production office already being open since June 3rd.

Justin Hires at The Comedy Store (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Of course, there’s still been a lot of preparation going on behind the scenes. As Steven Serna stated, the grips are already in full preparation mode. On Tuesday, both Justin and Levy had been on the studio lot for fittings.

On June 25, Peter Lenkov revealed part of the production logo for Season 4. He also uploaded a few throwback photos (e.g. of him and Lucas at the Monte Carlo Television Festival back in 2017). Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Episode 3×08) or BtS video (e.g. of Episode 3×19) pops up. Meredith Eaton shared a photo of her with Lucas.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued writing science notes about the MacHacks; adding a blog post for Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) and for Episode 2×13 (CO2 sensor + Tree Branch).

Meeting up with friends (via Meredith Eaton)

Ratings prediction for Season 4 (encore)
TV show ratings tend to drop each year. On average, every non-rookie CBS Fall show lost about 17.61% in demo ratings and 12.94% in audience numbers in the 2018/19 TV season. When looking at the renewed action and crime shows only, the loss was even higher (about 18.77% in demo ratings and 15.29% in audience numbers).

The ratings loss for MacGyver was actually a bit lower than the average (with a loss of 15.79% in demo and 11.01% in audience numbers compared to Season 2). If the Reboot would have been allowed to air in the same timeslot this Fall, Season 4 could have ended up with an average demo-rating of 0.59 and a live-audience of 5.43 million viewers. That’s… not really great. But how will the ratings for the other CBS shows look like; especially the Friday shows?

Lucas Till enjoying a vacation in Alaska (via Jason Trost)

In case you’re interested in some CBS Friday predictions:

  • If Hawaii Five-0 has the same ratings drop as it did this season, it will end up with an average demo of 0.62 (-18.9%) and 6.27 million live-viewers (-13.05%) per episode.
  • If Blue Bloods has the same ratings drop as it did this season, it will end up with an average demo of 0.69 (-13.09%) and 7.83 million live-viewers (-7.15%) per episode.

Both shows still have good DVR ratings and do very well internationally, so they will probably get renewed for another season. They could still go on for more seasons if one the lead actors quits.

Tristin Mays doing interviews (via RuJohn Foujndation)

There’s no losses for Magnum PI yet. Because of the timeslot move, it’s a bit difficult to predict how the ratings will do. Let’s say it will drop the same amount as all the other renewed action- and crime-shows did this year. It would end up with an average demo of 0.72 (-18.77%) and 5.08 million live-viewers (-15.29%) per episode. Let’s be generous and say the timeslot actually helps the show and the loss will only be 10%. That way, it would end up with an average demo of 0.80 and 5.40 million live-viewers per episode.

While a demo of 0.8 for Magnum would be acceptable, the audience numbers aren’t good enough for a show in its 2nd season. It’s even lower than what MacGyver could have gotten this season if it stayed a Fall show. It will be interesting to see how much the time slot switch will influence the Friday ratings. It’s very likely that while the move will help to keep the ratings-loss marginal for Magnum PI, it’s going to accelerate the ratings drop for both H50 and BB.

BtS photo of Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (via Justin Hires)

As mentioned before, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings in general. This is how the CBS rookie Spring and Summer shows have been doing this year:

  • The Red Line ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode and was cancelled.
  • After 9 episodes, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 4.98 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.55 on average. The show has been pulled off schedule temporarily; replacing it with reruns of Magnum PI. The break didn’t do it any good; dropping half a million live-viewers when it came back this week. There’s 3 more episodes to go, but since the show has already been cancelled, the ratings might drop even lower.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 8 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.24 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48 per episode. Interestingly, it’s been renewed for a 2nd season. That gives us hope for MacGyver since it should be able to beat these ratings and is already a well-known franchise internationally.

Season 4 Logo (via Peter Lenkov)

All you need to know about Season 4
There’s still no midseason premiere date yet, but here’s an overview of what we know so far:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) replaced Craig O’Neill as Co-Showrunner
  • Season 4 will have 13 episodes for now
  • filming starts July 8 in Georgia and is expected to wrap in November (unless they add more episodes to film)
  • as expected, Levy Tran has been promoted to Series Regular
  • According to TV Line, there was a new regular role to be cast; specifically the character “of a former Army guy, trained in psy-ops, who has parlayed his particular set of skills into a successful career as the owner of an elite military contractor”. As Deadline revealed on June 28, the role has been appointed to LOST alum Henry Ian Cusick.

Henry Ian Cusick will play Russ, a lead opposite Lucas Till’s MacGyver. Russ is handsome and quick-witted Oxford-educated ex-military who is a master manipulator and salesman — skilled in propaganda and lie detection with an extremely high emotional intelligence. A very wealthy man, he’s used to getting his way and not beyond enjoying the spoils of war: expensive suits, fast cars, private jets, house in Monte Carlo.

Henry Ian Cusick (via IMDb)

There’s no further information if he’s friend or foe. The news flooded social media very fast; even ending up as one of the top posts on SpoilerTV last week. Judging by the info of all the news sites, he sounds like a mixture of the characters of Jack Dalton and Samantha Cage. Some fans are worried that him being another regular might push both Riley and Desi a bit into the background.

The first Casting Calls came out on Tuesday. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Bar and Coffee Patrons and for a Featured Bartender.

Costume Fitting Break (via Sarah Downer)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Although they start filming in just 4 days, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. Many have speculated about a start in January 2020. But the only potential one-hour-timeslots for MacGyver to start in January are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). Additionally, there are also 3 other crime shows needing a one-hour-slot during midseason: Tommy, FBI: Most Wanted and the last season of Criminal Minds. So it’s going to be a tight schedule if they still insist on all the mini-breaks and reruns during the season.

CBS might have already planned on where and when to fit which show into the ongoing schedule, but it all hinges on how well the rookie shows will do. As you can guess, a 10pm slot for the show would be pretty bad. And if both All Rise and Evil get a back-up order for a full season, there’s only Sundays 10pm left in January; meaning the show might have to wait until Spring for a free 8pm or 9pm slot.

Lucas and Nick Till celebrating July 4th with Family (via Erin Quinn)

MacGyver in Germany
German-speaking fans finally got a premiere date for Season 3 on German channel Sat.1 (July 23rd). As expected, they will air two episodes every Tuesday. Pity that the Season 2 DVD isn’t out before mid-August *sigh*.

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×01: 50 Millionen Diamanten (50 Million Diamonds, Improvise)
  • 3×02: Daltons Helden (Dalton’s Heroes, Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship)
  • 3×03: Zurück aufs College (Back to School, Bozer + Booze + Back To School)
  • 3×04: Atemnot (Respiratory Distress, Guts + Fuel + Hope)

Additionally, Germany had another MacGyver-related event last week: Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson visited Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart; attending two panels, posing for photos and writing countless of autographs.

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: Both the Reboot and Lucas Till have been nominated in the 1st wave of nominees for the Teen Choice Awards. Voting for the 1st wave was open until June 25; voting for the 2nd wave of nominees starts on July 8. The Awards will take place on August 11.

Also, Greenlight Hollywood has just released a second MacGyver collectible: Jack Dalton’s 67 Pontiac GTO convertible. Check out the photos and description here.

MacGyver Collectible (via Greenlight Hollywood)

It’s still months until we get to see new episodes, so here’s what we know so far about other upcoming MacGyver-related promo stuff:

  • The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24
  • The German DVD for Season 2 will be released on August 15
  • The “Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” will be released on September 17

According to an article from June 3, CBS has announced new licensees for its TV properties. MacGyver is one of them, doing collaborations with “Just Funky” and “Skybrand”. I’m assuming it will be similar items that CBS usually has in their shop for other shows (e.g. mugs, mousepads or beanies), so most likely nothing too exciting unless they add standees like for H50. It’s worth noting that almost all crime shows shops for CBS are down at the moment. They’re probably already in the process of updating the shop pages, so new articles might be available soon.