MacGyver Reboot Update #141

No daily BtS material now that principal filming for Season 5 has wrapped. On the other hand, we get three episodes in a row before the next break.

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

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

About Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games); written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton. We got 6 Official Stills and 2 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

The people involved in the making of the show were just as excited as the fans; posting on social media and giving us new BtS photos. We got new material for Episode 5×11 (e.g. by MacGyverCBS or CBS, by Tristin Mays (with Lucas Till and Director David Straiton) or by Meredith Eaton), but also of other episodes (more about those photos further down).

There was a new Sneak Peek of the introduction of Alexandra Grey as Parker. She talked about her recurring role in a video interview with Rich Girl Network TV.

Several of the writers, producers and Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting. We got new BtS photos while the episode aired (e.g. by writer Teresa Huang) and little tidbits about the making.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via Danny Davila)

Afterwards, Production Designer Danny Davila posted some more BtS material; e.g. of the mural or of the transformation to the Phoenix War Room. On March 29, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.

With about 3600 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend US-wide due to the big hashtag competition (e.g. #Smackdown). But it had a lot more tweets than #BlueBloods with about 795 tweets per hour (interestingly trending on Rank 6 US-wide) and #MagnumPI with about 117 tweets per hour.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

To recap: Episode 5×10 had 4.496 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.45 in the important group of 18 to 49-year-olds. In the Live +7 Days Ratings, it added 1.273 million viewers (+28.29%) and 0.23 (+51.11%) in demo; reaching a total of 5.773 million viewers (Rank 31) and a demo of 0.68 (Rank 48).

Episode 5×11 had 4.311 million live-viewers and a 0.44 demo rating. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (23 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 12 in average demo.

What you need to know about Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna). It was written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

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

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 18; adding 15 Stills in total on March 25. You can find 8 tagged Stills on Getty Images and 6 untagged Stills on SpoilerTV.

In case you need a refresher, here’s the synopsis:

Mac, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding, Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.

Guest Star Camilla Arfwedson posted a new/old BtS photo taken in the make-up trailer while she was getting her hair styled. CBS released 3 Sneak Peeks on Wednesday, followed by another 2 Sneak Peeks on YouTube yesterday. Today, CBS posted a new BtS photo in the “Notes for Nerds” Newsletter. We also got a short video interview with Levy Tran for the TV Insider.

Levy Tran for TV Insider

The Reboot got quite a bit of love in the past days with several mentions on the official CBS Television Studios social media accounts. Today, the MacGyverCBS account posted a new on-set video interview with the main cast talking about the strenghts of Team Phoenix.

What you need to know about Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer). It was written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge.

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

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 25. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss-in-hiding, Mac must lean on Desi when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands. Also, Mac and Desi move in together and Riley reveals the truth about her secret team of hackers to Russ.

On March 30, CBS released 13 Official Stills. On the same day, Guest Star Victoria Ric shared a BtS photo with Lucas Till and Guest Star Peter Allas while Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a BtS photo with Levy Tran.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

Anne Renton on set of Episode 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (via Three Monkeys Cafe)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (April 16)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown.
    Guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mama and Papa Bozer.
    You can find the Press Release and a first Official Still here.
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (April 30)
    Presumably written by Monica Macer, presumably directed by David Straiton

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30. The Season Finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will air on May 7 and May 14.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

That’s a Wrap
We got quite a few fun photos while the cast worked on the Season Finale Episode MAC509 during the last few weeks. For example, there was the BtS photo of the cast in undercover gear or the BtS photo of Team Phoenix having a pajama party.

Principal filming wrapped on March 23. Most of the LA-based crew members already left Atlanta a day later and returned home. Tristin Mays left yesterday.

To recap: Justin uploaded a video of him saying goodbye to the cast and crew on set after he had wrapped a scene with Levy Tran; also praising Monica Macer as showrunner. A few hours later, Tristin Mays posted a video of her and Lucas Till singing a musical rendition; announcing having wrapped as well.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

As mentioned last week, crew members keep posting new BtS photos; e.g. Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey (for Levy Tran) and Kevin Marshall Pinkney (for Justin Hires) or Jordan Heir (for Tristin Mays). Day Ramphal also posted several BtS photos with the main cast. Alessia Costantini tweeted another group photo of the cast in the blue and black striped PJs.

Last Friday, Levy Tran posted both a video compilation of dozens of BtS photos and video snippets plus a few photos while saying thank you to Showrunner Monica Macer to let the crew members shine this season with giving them new opportunities to show off their skills. On March 29, she posted a new photo of Desi and Bozer; taken while filming the Season Finale.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related News
Last week, some of the crew members attended panels for WonderConAtHome; also talking about MacGyver. On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. You can watch it here. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”. You can find it here.

On March 27, Lucas Till joined a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America. Sponsoring Bob and Pamela Zellner, he also donated the rest of the money that was needed for them to reach their goal of 10’000 USD.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Kevin Marshall Pinkney)

Here’s a short overview of other “news”:

  • ICYMI: The MacGyver Foundation announced the debut of an animated web series to acknowledge the one-year mark of the pandemic. You can watch the five-episode series here.
  • Son of the South was set to be released in France on March 10. Since cinemas are closed, the date was pushed to September 8. The DVD and BluRay release in the US is still listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season. While the odds are looking good for a renewal, we might still have to wait for a while to get the news.

MacGyver Reboot Update #140

After a long break, we finally get to enjoy a new episode tonight. Also, principal filming for Season 5 has wrapped.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Tristin Mays)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What you need to know about Episode 5×11 (MAC505)
We finally get a new episode tonight, yay! Episode 5×11 (C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games) was written by Josh Brown and Teresa Huang and directed by David Straiton; featuring the introduction of Alexandra Grey as a recurring Phoenix engineer named Parker.

Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

This episode had initially been scheduled to air on March 12. In case you need a refresher (probably not), here’s the synopsis:

Mac and Riley head overseas together to prevent a governmental collapse and inadvertently inhale new deadly microscopic technology.

CBS realeased 5 Official Stills on March 4; all of them featuring Mac and Riley in the woods. You can find them on Seat42F.

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Episode 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (via CBS)

On March 19, we got a new BtS photo by CBS plus a first Sneak Peek which is a direct continuation of the ending of Episode 5×10.

On March 23, we got a new Still, another BtS photo plus an Exclusive Sneak Peek via TV Line which shows MacGyver and Riley discussing the Black Lives Matter protests. According to a tweet by writer Teresa Huang, this episode will kick off a new story arc.

What you need to know about Episode 5×12 (MAC506)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×12 (Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna). It was written by Monica Macer & Andrew Klein and directed by Anne Renton.

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

We got the Press Release with a first Official Still on March 18. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding, Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.

On March 19, Aneesha Joshi posted a few BtS photos while doing ADR for the episode. We got 15 Official Stills via CBS yesterday.

Season 5 Overview
I sorted the rest of the upcoming episodes by production number. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Meredith Eaton)

Remember that episode titles and the episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 5×13 (MAC507): Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer (April 9)
    Written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Katie Eastridge. You can find the Press Release with the first Official Still here.
  • 5×14 (MAC508): H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (tbd)
    Directed by Christine Swanson, guest appearances by Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson
  • 5×15 (MAC509): Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal (April 30)
    Presumably written by Monica Macer, presumably directed by David Straiton

On March 22, CBS announced that MacGyver will have its Season 5 Finale on April 30. The Season Finales for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will air on May 7 and May 14.

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

Working on Episode MAC509 and beyond
To Recap: We got a several new BtS photos of Monica Macer on set of the LA Unit. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Unit continued filming on the “Italian Episode” (presumably MAC507) all week. Fabio Massimo Bonini posted a new BtS photo with Lucas Till. It looks like MacGyver will be wearing the tachometer mentioned in the episode title.

On March 12, Lucas dressed up as an Assassin’s Creed character for Costume Friday.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Fabio Massimo Bonini)

On March 18, we got a new BtS photo of Justin Hires on set (possibly as Bozer being undercover). A day later, we got another photo via Fabio Massimo Bonini; this time with both Lucas Till and Levy Tran. (Alessia Costantini revealed later that the red car featured in Episode 5×13 is a Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada.)

Last Friday, it seemed like they wanted to make it up to us for not getting a new episode. We got a new BtS photo of Meredith Eaton on set plus the Atlanta Cast filming a scene for what looks like a July 4 celebration; posted by Tristin Mays. Justin Hires also tweeted a photo of the cast in undercover gear.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

The cast continued filming well into the night. For the first time in months, Justin Hires shared an Instagram Live Story from set; revealing a concert stage on the location presenting as a Military Appreciation Celebration. The Spiderman fandom was also in a hubbubb after a BtS photo of the location made the rounds on social media; showing a person in a Spiderman costume. (With the newest Spiderman movie filming nearby, it was easy to mistake one set for the other.)

For Costume Friday, several crew members dressed up as their colleague Esther Elise Johnson. It wasn’t until the next day until we realized why we hadn’t noticed Lucas at all.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Conner Kocks)

On Monday, filming continued on Arabian Mountain. Justin Hires posted a BtS photo of Team Phoenix having a pajama party in Mac’s bedroom.

We also got a new BtS photo of Episode 5×09 by CBS.

That’s a Wrap
On March 18, Alexandra Grey had tweeted that she just wrapped for the season. Several crew members hinted at March 24 being the last day of shooting.

On March 23, several crew members posted about this being the last day of filming for the season. Justin uploaded a video of him saying goodbye to the cast and crew on set after he had wrapped a scene with Levy Tran; also praising Monica Macer as showrunner. A few hours later, Tristin Mays posted a video of her and Lucas Till singing a musical rendition; announcing having wrapped as well.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Cast and crew members kept posting more BtS photos during the next few days; e.g. Stand-In Amanda Mazonkey, Esther Elise Johnson or Derrick Owens. Day Ramphal also posted several BtS photos with the main cast.

Crew members also posted stories of various wrap gifts during the week; e.g. flasks or sports jackets. Due to covid restrictions, I doubt there will be a normal wrap party. In fact, most of the LA-based crew members already left Atlanta and returned home.

Cast and Crew News
We got a few more casting calls in recent weeks. Central Casting Georgia had been looking for an African American background actress, for a female Event Goer and for Lab Techs.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related News
Tomorrow, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain will attend a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”.

Also tomorrow, Lucas Till will take part in a virtual relay to New Orleans for Shirts Across America. If you want to join or donate, you can find all important info here.

The MacGyver Foundation announced the debut of an animated web series to acknowledge the one-year mark of the pandemic. You can watch the five-episode series here.

BtS Photo of Season 5 (via Alessia Costantini)

As a reminder, here’s a short overview of older “news”:

  • Son of the South is still available on demand and in selected theaters. Check the official website for more info. The DVD and BluRay release is listed for April 6.
  • The CBS Virtual Upfronts will take place on May 19. Until then, we will know if the show gets another season. While the odds are looking good for a renewal, we might still have to wait for a while to get the news. I expect CBS to order the NCIS spin-off and to renew NCIS and NCIS LA first before they announce the fate of the Friday shows and the rest of the crime shows.

MacGyver Reboot Update #106

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production a few weeks ago; some of them already running out of new episodes to air. Luckily, we still have a few episodes of MacGyver to enjoy.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 3×18
Because of March Madness being cancelled, CBS decided to air reruns of their current shows. Interestingly, they decided on a rerun of MacGyver Episode 3×18 that had premiered back in April 2019. (Usually, CBS only airs reruns of the current season. ) Due to people following the advice of staying in during the pandemic, the rerun ratings for the Friday line-up did better than the premieres of other shows.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

The rerun of 3×18 garnered 5.344 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.7. This is the third-best rerun audience numbers the show ever had (after reruns for Episode 1×08 and the Pilot). For comparison: The last rerun had been a repeat of Episode 3×06 back in March 2019, with an audience of 4.39 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.4.

About Episode 4×07
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17.

In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site. 10 of the Stills are available (watermarked) on Getty Images, while SpoilerTV uploaded 5 of them in good and untagged quality. On March 25, CBS released 6(!) Sneak Peeks; all of them either of Mac and Desi preparing for or already at the location of the double-date with Riley and Aubrey.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Stephanie Hicks)

One upside of the pandemic is people having more time to post BtS photos before the episode; e.g. via Stephanie Hicks, Haley Porch or guest star Angela Zhou. We got some more BtS photos during and after the episode; e.g. via Sarah Downer, David Shae, John J Shim or Alexander Leaty. On Sunday, we got some interesting photos giving us a closer look at the props: The chocolate bar that Mac utilized to make an explosive timer, the periscope Mac used to “spy” into the kitchen or the chemotherapy bag used on the IV for James.

Note: The chemotherapy drug name on the bag is fake (for obvious reasons), but there is an antibody drug with a similar name that is used to treat e.g. non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis. In general, the drug destroys both normal and malignant B cells (with a specific marker on their surfaces) and is therefore used to treat diseases which are characterized by having too many B cells, overactive B cells or dysfunctional B cells.

As far as I know, they never revealed in Episode 3×17 what sort of cancer James is suffering from; only that it’s Stage 4 (which usually means metastatic and/or treatable for symptoms, but not curable). It’s not clear though if this is an indication on James’ disease or if the prop designer simply chose a drug with a name they liked.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via smac props)

There were a lot of people live-tweeting while the episode aired. The Hashtag #MacGyver trended for 3 hours US-wide; reaching Rank 29 and generating an estimated 3000 tweets per hour. The episode also made TV Line‘s “Quotes of the Week“.

To recap: Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.46 million viewers (+25%), reaching 7.303 million viewers with a demo of 0.95 in total (+43%) when including DVR ratings. Episode 4×07 had the best ratings of this season so far; generating a live-audience of 6.720 million viewers with a demo of 0.8.

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via KsiteTV)

When compared to the other CBS shows (24 in total) after the final ratings were published (this Monday), the Reboot was at Rank 14 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.691), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season. Also, it has the lowest demo-loss of all shows when compared to last season. Despite being “demoted” to a midseason show, it has very stable ratings overall, which might put the show at risk for staying a midseason show, but also elevates its chances of being renewed.

On March 31, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing tonight is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS uploaded 16 Official Stills onto their website on March 21; half of them of MacGyver with James and Mason kept prisoner by “Evil Auntie” Gwendolyn with the other half of Mac, James and Mason creeping through the woods. 15 of them are up on Getty Images (watermarked), 11 untagged Stills are available via SpoilerTV.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via SpoilerTV)

Guest Star Jeri Ryan was featured in TV Guide Magazine as “Pick of the Week” with a short interview about her story-arc. The teaser interview and 12 Stills in total were also posted on TV Insider.

“Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead,” executive producer Peter Lenkov teased. “Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.”

“[Gwen] reminds him of his mother, and her ideals and science have merit to them. But the way she goes about it goes against everything Mac thinks and is,” he added. “Gwen’s new relationship with Mac will pit his desire for family, his faith in science, and his loyalties to his friends against each other and will make our hero rethink everything. Because of her, we will see Mac like we’ve never seen him before.”

(via TV Insider)

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks and also a few more BtS photos (e.g. via Christopher Jon Duddy). Guest star Amber Skye Noyes is listed for several episodes on IMDb, so she’s probably part of the Codex story-arc for the first half of the season.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

What you need to know about Episode 4×09
The episode airing next Friday is titled “Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis”. It was written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta and directed by Mike Martinez (who also directed Episodes 2×14 and 3×09). We got the Press Release with the first Still on March 19. Here’s the synopsis:

While Mac’s friends surround him during his time of grief, Los Angeles’ power grid is taken hostage in a ransomware attack resulting in a citywide blackout, and the team discovers the code used was written by Riley years ago.

As revealed in the Press Release, Tate Donovan returns as Oversight. Considering he’s announced specifically, this might be his last appearance.

On March 28, they released 9 additional Stills; all of Mac, Riley, Desi and Russ in a computer room staring at screens. Adding an additional photo, 11 watermarked Stills are up on Getty Images.

More Reruns, yay
CBS has several “holes” to fill in their schedule with so many sports events, reality TV shows and other programming cancelled. That means that we probably will get to enjoy more reruns in the coming weeks. For April 18 (Saturday), CBS will air a rerun of Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) before reruns of Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×10: Tesla + Bell + Edison + Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    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)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×20, they filmed scenes in the War Room, inside the Phoenix jet and outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scene in Stone Mountain Park and on real and fake horses. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted on Friday, March 13th.

BtS photo of Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via Leon Ngo)

Early Wrap on Season 4 – What’s going to happen now?
Due to the pandemic, movie and TV productions have been shut down worldwide. For MacGyver, production was halted on March 13, on Day 5 out of 8 of filming for Episode 4×20. Some of the prop people, set decorators and Stand-Ins have been back to the stage location the next week to shoot inserts (probably to finish post-production for as many episodes as possible) and to wrap up the trailers and the stage locations. As revealed by an Instagram Story by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, he’s still working on finishing Episode 4×14. So although we will get a bunch of more episodes, it’s still possible that Episode 4×20 can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not anytime soon.

We don’t know yet what’s going to happen with the episodes that weren’t filmed. If the show is renewed, they could either film the episodes as intended and use them for Season 5, or they could rewrite the scripts or drop the episodes completely.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via Mark Hill/Getty Images)

Initially, we would know about the fate of the CBS shows a day before the Upfronts in May. Right now, networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows and they can’t finalize the Fall Schedule yet. Some of the rookies filmed and/or planned for Pilot Season might be pushed to next year or scrapped.

CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. Some reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama Blood and Treasure. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption for MacGyver being renewed. They might air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed. That way, it wouldn’t matter if filming for Season 5 starts on time in July or not.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Best of TV Awards: Voting in Round 3
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1 and did quite well in some categories of the 2nd Round. Here’s the rest of the results for Round 2:

  • Best Action or Drama Program (Rank 5)
  • Best Action or Drama Actor/Actress (Lucas Till: Rank 10, Justin Hires: Rank 23; Tristin Mays: Rank 14, Meredith Eaton: Rank 17)
  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31; Reign Edwards: Rank 27)

Voting for the Final Round started a few weeks ago. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection.

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Stunts
  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)

MacGyver Reboot Update #105

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TV shows and movies have stopped production for the season. Sadly, MacGyver was cut short in the middle of filming Episode 4×20.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

(Spoiler Alert: You will 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 find me on Twitter and head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 4×05
Episode 4×05 (Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan) aired on March 6. It was written by Cindy Appel and directed by Duane Clark (who also directed Episodes 2×03 and 3×02). For promo, CBS had released 14 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks; later adding 6 more Stills and a few BtS photos.

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

Episode 4×05 attracted 5.648 million live-viewers and got a 0.6 demo rating in the important demo group (aged 18-49 years). In the Live +7 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.3 million viewers (+23%), reaching 6.95 million viewers with a demo of 0.87 in total when including DVR ratings. Generally, the episode was well-received on social media.

We got some more BtS photos after the episode had aired; e.g. of the costumes of the guest stars by Sarah Downer. On March 10, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post about the MacHacks in this episode.

About Episode 4×06
The episode airing a week ago is titled “Right + Wrong + Both + Neither”.  It was written by Andrew Klein and directed by Roderick Davis (who also directed Episode 3×18).

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via What2Vue)

We got the Press Release and the first Official Still on February 21. In total, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills; all of MacGyver, Riley, Desi and Russ on the mission to save Russ’ ex. Eight watermarked Stills are available on Getty Images. On March 10, CBS posted an unmarked Still of Desi via Twitter. They released 2 Sneak Peeks by Wednesday, added 4 screenshots as new Stills on Thursday and uploaded some BtS photos on Friday.

Episode 4×06 had 5.835 million live-viewers and a demo rating of 0.7. In the Live +3 days ratings, it gained an additional 1.26 million viewers (+21%), reaching 7.10 million viewers with a demo of 0.9 in total (+36%) when including DVR ratings. Due to the pandemic and people staying home, we can expect the ratings to rise a bit higher than they usually do around Spring time.

Episode 4×06: Right + Wrong + Both + Neither (via CBS)

When compared to all other CBS shows (24 in total) at the moment, the Reboot is at Rank 15 for both average demo and audience numbers. The demo is below the CBS average demo (of 0.683), but it’s still higher than the demo of 4 of the 7 Rookie shows this season.

On March 17, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded his blog post about the MacGyverisms used in the episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×07
As every year, MacGyver fans were prepared to endure a short break for March Madness. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the sports event has been cancelled and the schedule for MacGyver has been adjusted. Tonight will be a rerun of Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via CBS)

Episode 4×07 is titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey” and will air a week earlier than initially scheduled, so on March 27. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and directed by Brad Turner (who already directed Episodes 2×13 and 3×13). We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 17. Here’s the synopsis:

A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends’ “day jobs” from her new boyfriend, Aubrey (Leonardo Nam).

Besides Leonardo Nam, there will be guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver), Devon Sawa (as Donovan) and the comedians Impractical Jokers who have worked with Tristin Mays before.

On March 18, CBS uploaded 13 Official Stills onto their press site; 12 of them featuring the double date of Mac, Desi, Riley and Aubrey in a restaurant plus one BtS photo of Lucas Till with the comedic guest stars. They should release a preview tonight after the rerun of Episode 3×18.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Writer Stephanie Hicks posted a blurry BtS photo of her with Lucas Till and Sparky in the War Room. We didn’t get many BtS photos for this episode during filming, but in an interview with ET Online back in February, Lucas Till said that this will be a hilarious episode.

What you need to know about Episode 4×08
The episode airing on April 3 is titled “Father + Son + Father + Matriarch”. It was written by Travis Fickett and directed by David Straiton (who has a whopping 84 directing credits and also directed Episodes 3×10 and 4×01).

Episode 4×08: Father + Son + Father + Matriarch (via CBS)

We got the Press Release with a First Official Still on March 1. Here’s the synopsis:

After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the suspected bomber, Mason (Peter Weller). However, when Mason reveals he didn’t plant the bomb, the three team up to track down Codex, the shadow organization that set them up. Also, Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (Jeri Ryan).

CBS hasn’t uploaded any more Stills yet, but we probably won’t have to wait long.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Here’s a short recap about the other upcoming episodes. The infos were either provided by CBS, by people working on the show or taken from IMDb (cast and crew info), from SpoilerTV (episode titles and storyline info) and from The Futon Critic (airdates). Note that episode titles and airdates are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

  • 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (April 10)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez. You can find the Press Release with the first Still here.
  • 4×10: Tesla (?) Bell (?) Edison (?) Mac (April 17)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: Psy-Op (?) Cell (?) Merchant (?) Birds (April 24)
    (tba)
  • 4×12: Loyalty (?) Family (?) Rogue (?) Hellfire (May 1)
    Written by Jim Adler
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (May 8)
    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)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×18: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen, presumed guest appearances by Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick
  • 4×19: (title tba)
    Directed by Peter Weller
  • 4×20: Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (tbd)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore

A little recap since my last blog post: For Episode 4×18, they filmed in and around an abandoned hospital to be set in Slovania with guest stars Jorge Garcia and Robert Patrick and a fight scene in the kitchen. For Episode 4×19, they filmed scenes in a parking lot and in the woods for several days with rain pouring down.

Working on Episode 4×19
Generally, we haven’t seen much BtS material of this episode. Maybe director Peter Weller prefers it that way and advised the cast and crew not to reveal too much. Or he simply bribed them with Gelato (as seen on Instagram stories on March 9) to wait with posting until the episode has wrapped.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Corey Jung)

Guest Star Gloria Tsai posted several BtS photos; e.g. with the actors playing her husband and her kid. The kid actor Corey Jung also uploaded photos; e.g. with set mom Gloria Tsai and Peter Weller or with Meredith Eaton.

Working on Episode 4×20
As revealed in an Instagram Story by Evan Marsh, Episode 4×20 is titled “Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt”. It was written by Executive Producer Rob Pearlstein and directed by Christine Moore (who already directed Episode 1×19). On March 10, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton and Henry Ian Cusick filmed some scenes in the War Room. Justin and Meredith did an Instagram Live Story together, but couldn’t reveal anything about ongoing storylines.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

The next day, they filmed scenes with Lucas Till inside the Phoenix jet and with Stand-Ins Jordan Heir, Amanda Mazonkey and Matthew Albright outside the stage in front of a big green screen. They also shot some scenes in what looks like a hazardous containment area.

On March 12, they moved production to Stone Mountain Park; filming on seemingly abandoned train tracks in the muddy woods and in front of Stone Mountain. There was a burning car, Lucas doing stunts to get away from the bad guys and Tristin Mays and Levy Tran driving a military vehicle.

The next day, filming continued outside. They had real horses and goats on set, but Levy got to ride the “fake” horse as well. Sadly, the production was abruptly halted – and isn’t it ironic that it happened on a Friday, the 13th.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Andres Velasco)

Early Wrap on Season 4
Due to the pandemic, almost all movie and TV productions have already shut down. While it first looked like MacGyver gets to finish at least the episode and wrap up filming on Wednesday this week (according to crew member Dan Emo), production was halted on March 13 after filming for the day had wrapped.

After Episode 4×06 had finished its premiere on TV, Lucas Till posted a video on Instagram, announcing together with Levy Tran that Season 4 has wrapped unexpectedly; thanking all fans and the crew for their support. The next day, more crew members posted farewell messages and saying thanks for having a great season (e.g. Easton Harper, Jessica Sanchez, Jaric Czepiel, Todd Amateau, Christopher Jon Duddy, Stand-Ins Amanda Mazonkey and Katelyn).

Screenshot of the Wrap-Up-Message by Lucas Till and Levy Tran (via Lucas Till)

Cast and crew didn’t get to wrap properly and tell everyone goodbye, but some of the prop people and set decorators have been back to the stage location on Monday to wrap up tools and clean out the trailers, grab personal things, to hand out perishable food brought in by catering and to cover up the sets and closing down. Interestingly, some of the crew were back by Tuesday to film more inserts and the Stand-Ins (e.g. Matthew Albright) on Wednesday, but we don’t know for which episode. They probably try to do post-production for as many episodes as possible.

According to a call sheet by Evan Marsh (posted as Insta Story), production for Episode 4×20 was on Day 5 out of 8 when production (or at least principal filming) was halted. Therefore, it’s possible that this episode can’t be finished in post-production and won’t be aired – at least not any time soon.

Episode 4×09: Code + Artemis + Nuclear + N3mesis (via CBS)

So, what’s going to happen now? There are several possibilities.

  • Worst case scenario: The show is cancelled. They air the finished episodes and we might be stuck with a cliffhanger and unresolved storylines.
  • Good case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the finished episodes. Once the hiatus due to the pandemic is over, they film new episodes for another season. The unproduced episodes of Season 4 will be either dropped or the scripts are re-written and used for the next season. For Season 5, we get the order for 13 episodes with a premiere in midseason.
  • Best case scenario: The show is renewed. They will air the initially 13 episodes with the midseason finale. Meanwhile, they film the rest of the unproduced episodes as soon as possible and start filming for Season 5 with a full season order. They will air the remaining 9 episodes either after a short break on TV (interluded with reruns) or as a Fall show.

At the moment, I’m expecting an outcome between the good and the best case scenario. Right now, the networks are not able to film and sell their rookie shows. Some of them might be pushed to next year or scrapped. CBS has a dozen of shows that won’t have a season finale to air in May as initially planned; being two or three episodes shorter than ordered. The reality shows set for Summer are on hiatus; same as the Summer crime/drama shows (e.g. Blood and Treasure).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Amanda Mazonkey)

Depending on how disastrous Pilot Season ends and how soon they can continue filming for their “old” shows currently on hold, they don’t have enough new episodes to fill the Fall schedule with, either. Therefore, there’s a good possibility that they air the first 13 episodes (with the midseason finale concluding the season for now) and hold back the rest of the episodes until needed.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a Hispanic Marine, for Caucasian or Hispanic Mercs and for a Male Agent. They also had a Casting Call for a Photo Double for Marcus DeAnda this week. I’m not sure yet if they’re trying to finish up on Episode 4×20 or if they’re simply filming more inserts to finish post production on earlier episodes.

Wrap-Up-Message by Showrunner Peter Lenkov

Best of TV Awards: Round 2 Results
For several months, the Reboot has been competing in the “Best of TV Awards” held by Canada Graphs. With unlimited voting, it won in all the categories in Round 1. Here’s the results for Round 2 that are available so far:

  • Best Recurring Actor/Actress (George Eads: Rank 14, Tate Donovan: Rank 31, Reign Edwards: Rank 27)
  • Best Guest Actor (David Dastmalchian: Rank 33, Michael Des Barres: Rank 38)
  • Best Director (Brad Turner for 3×13: Rank 34)
  • Best Episode (3×11: Rank 39, 3×13: Rank 41, 3×22: Rank 44)
  • Best Writing (Rank 9)
  • Best Stunts (Rank 7)
  • Favorite Character (Mac: Rank 5, Riley: Rank 15, Jack: Rank 27, Bozer: Rank 29)
  • Favorite TV Program (Rank 22)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky; Rank 2)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna; Rank 5)

Voting for Round 3 started on Sunday. You can find the voting page here. In the final round, you can only vote once for each category; but you sometimes get more than one selection (e.g. 2 selections for “Favorite Character”).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Michael Minnich)

These are the MacGyver-related categories to keep an eye on in Round 3:

  • Favorite Character (Mac, Riley, Jack, Bozer)
  • Best Non-Human Character or Prop (Sparky)
  • Best Couple (Bozer + Leanna)