MacGyver Reboot Update #42

Everything’s different on Halloween. Tonight, the newest Episode of MacGyver airs an hour later than usual; making way for the Michael Jackson Halloween Special with characters voiced by Lucas Till and George Eads.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (Official Still via Seat42F)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Work, work, work
Looking at the upcoming schedule, episodes are airing weekly up until at least mid-November, so filming goes on without too many days off, as well. Cast and Crew weren’t seen outside very often, but Mike Martinez revealed on October 18 that they had done more water tank work.

Every now and then the cast keeps posting pictures of different episodes – Meredith Eaton provided several with her co-stars (e.g. with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till).

BtS of Season 2 (via Meredith Eaton)

George Eads was on a roll and posted more pictures than ever; e.g. an old BtS picture of him with the Aston Martin in Episode 1×17 (Ruler), in a stare-down with Matty or of him with the crew, looking all dangerous. Justin Hires keeps uploading short videos from set and BtS pictures of aired episodes, but he also posted a picture of the upcoming Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) or of Bozer posing with Matty.

Isabel Lucas doesn’t post much, but shared a picture of her on the hood of a car. Justin reminded us that Sparky is part of Team Phoenix as well. Tristin shared a video of her driving a Sanitation Truck.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via Carlos Bernard)

Despite all the work, the crew still has fun on set – e.g. by working in their pyjamas, creating graffiti together on their breaks or playing puppy with the slate.

So this is Christmas…
Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) is the Christmas Episode, directed by Carlos Bernard. While we don’t know anything about the story yet, it brought us some hilarious BtS pictures – mainly of Mac & Jack wearing Christmas-appropriate costumes.

George Eads was the first to post pictures of him wearing a Rudolph costume. It didn’t take long for Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, Director Carlos Bernard and Lucas Till to join in. Lenkov also posted a picture of a train powered Record Player – definitely something you would find in MacGyver’s home.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via George Eads)

Interestingly, David Dastmalchian has been on set again recently. He posed for a Snapchat video with Justin Hires, looking all nice and normal. It’s most likely that Murdoc makes an appearance either in the Christmas Episode or in Episode 2×12 as the Midseason Finale.

Official Stills and Press Releases
On October 11, TV Guide Magazine had revealed the first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) with the cast dressed up to fit The Wizard of Oz. We had already gotten to read the Press Release on October 9 and several Official Stills on October 17.

Since the episode will air after the animated Michael Jackson Halloween Special (with Lucas Till and George Eads voicing characters; playing father and son), they take up the time slot of Hawaii Five-0 at 9pm. Of course, H50 fans are not happy – especially since the show has already shared BtS pictures of the traditional Halloween Episode.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via Seat42F)

On October 23, CBS released the Press Release for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). There are no Official Stills yet, but fans of the Original Show might think the storyline reads a bit familiar because Mac and Team will travel to Nigeria to “stop a massive oil well fire”. This is an episode we got many BtS pictures of – mainly because of the Extras.

According to SpoilerTV, Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) will be aired on November 10. Episode 2×08 is titled “Packing Peanuts + Fire”; airing on November 17.

As Justin Hires revealed in a recent Instagram Live Story Video, his character Bozer will have an exciting story arc through Episodes 8 to 10. We don’t know much about it yet besides Reign Edwards playing his potential love interest. We have seen pictures of them holding hands during filming, so we’ll see how this turns out. It looks like Reign has finished filming in Atlanta, so this might be another unhappy love story for Mac’s roommate.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (Screenshot of Sneak Peek 2)

Previews and Sneak Peeks
For Episode 2×03 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), we got a trailer, Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks.

ET had visited the set while Lucas Till was working on Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny). In the video, Lucas is crawling out of a manhole and stumbling alongside a traffic-heavy road. Last Friday, we were finally able to watch the episode this scene belongs to.

Sadly, while we had a trailer and Official Stills (all of MacGyver and Murdoc), there were no Sneak Peeks before Episode 2×04 aired. Luckily, the cast sweetened the days before and after the Premiere with some more BtS pictures. David Dastmalchian posted one of him and Lucas. Justin Hires posted several; e.g. of Bozer and Riley or of Bozer doing more detective work. Director Bethany Rooney provided a BtS picture of Dastmalchian working in front of a green screen and of Lucas wearing the headgear-camera during MacGyver’s stint in Murdoc’s lair.

BtS of Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via Bethany Rooney)

As already mentioned above, TV Guide Magazine had revealed the first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) on October 11. Four days later, TV Insider uploaded the picture online, sharing the little information box below the picture for everyone to read:

Gadgets wizard Mac (Lucas Till) and his special-ops team play undead versions of the beloved Wizard of Oz characters to entertain—or terrify?—trick-or-treating kids in the hit series’ special Halloween episode. “The cast was excited to dress up, but Justin Hires was plucking loose hairs out of his eyeballs all day!” costar Meredith Eaton recalls. “His costume was so hairy.” Sadly, the gang’s holiday plans are interrupted. Executive producer Peter Lenkov teases: “They’ll head into the Bermuda Triangle to retrieve the vice president’s son, whose plane disappeared.” Now that’s scary!

(TV Guide Magazine, October 2017)

We also got some BtS picture in advance; e.g. of Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum posing with Isabel Lucas or of Isaiah Stratton with Jeananne Goossen.

Yesterday, we got 3 Sneak Peeks. One has Mac, Jack and Riley playing a prank on Bozer. Another one is the mission briefing in the War Room. The third one by TV Line shows Mac taking a phone call in the Bermuda Triangle.

Behind the Set
On October 26, CBS Watch! Magazine posted pictures of Justin Hires giving a “tour of typical MacGyver moments”. The short article helds 14 BtS Set pictures of Justin with various cast members.

Lucas Till and Justin Hires on Set of Season 2 (via CBS Watch! Magazine)

Some are of next week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). We also get a glimpse of presumably Jack Dalton’s “homebase”. We saw BtS pictures of the cast doing a photoshoot on this set a while ago. It’s not yet clear if those were done for another photoshoot and if they also did interviews for more promo that day.

Season 2 and Reruns Ratings
While the recent ratings haven’t been stellar or overwhelming, it’s interesting how stable they are: Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) managed 6.74 million live viewers with a rating of 0.8 in the 18-49 demo; winning the 8pm time slot.

Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) reached 6.77 million live viewers, also with a rating of 0.8 in demo; again winning the time slot for total viewers numbers.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel +Wire (via SpoilerTV)

On average, Season 2 pulled in 6.65 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.8. As expected, that’s less than for Season 1 (7.73 million live viewers per episode with a demo of 1.08), yet the show didn’t lose as many viewers as other Non-Friday-Shows. Compared to another Reboot, Lethal Weapon already lost 1.5 million live viewers since last season. Other CBS shows like Scorpion lost almost 2 million live viewers per episode.

The Rerun of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) on Saturday, October 14 generated 2.6 million live viewers with a demo of 0.4. That’s only half of the viewers that reruns usually generate on Fridays, but it was also in competition with sports programming.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Although Isabel Lucas has the third spot in the opening title credits, there’s still no picture of her and no information about her on the official show website. Considering that she’d joined the team as a regular, that seems a bit unfair; even if they decide to write her off within the Season (which probably won’t happen).

Emerson Brooks (who played Charlie Robinson in Episode 1×06: Wrench) was back on set yesterday. He posted a picture with Tristin Mays and Justin Hires today and was in some of Justin Hires’ recent videos. There have been Casting Calls for Bomb Squads recently, so it’s safe to assume that “The Ghost” will be back.

BtS of Season 2 (via Emerson Brooks)

Interestingly, Zoe Addison Smith (who had played Annabella Pena in the same episode), will be back for next week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). We don’t know yet if there’s a longer story-arc about MacGyver’s EOD teacher and commanding officer Pena or not.

Someone had asked Anthony Starke (who played the “Bad Teacher” Fletcher in last week’s Episode 2×04) if he will be back. Anthony answered he doesn’t know, so apparently Fletcher didn’t make it into Murdoc’s collective after all.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, recurring Techs and Agents, Lab Techs, Fit Models (male and female), Bad Guys, Police, Desk Sergeants and Detectives, a hispanic Woman and kids for a Photo Shoot, female Agents, Policemen, CopsLAPD, Bomb Squad, a Suspicious Man, FBI Agents and Office Patrons. They’ve also been looking for a Caucasian Man with darker hair for a Photo Shoot and for men with real military or tactical training.

MacGyver in Latin America
The Reboot starts airing in several Latin American countries this month. There were screenings recently – and in contrast to the US, distributor Universal Channel was quite inventive for these events. The press kits contained goodies like hats, licorice dynamite and even SAKs.

Screening in Argentina (via María Gabriela Losino)

Depending on the venue, journalists gathered to conquer “MacGyverland” (Terra Mágica, Colombia) or had to disarm bombs (Argentina), solve puzzles, crack open a safe or to step over laser lights without getting “harmed”. There were fake missiles, confetti bombs and fighting stunt men. Must have been a fun event for journalists and reviewers to attend.

The show aired the first two episodes for its premiere and managed to trend on Twitter in Venezuela. (If you remember: Episode 1×02 is set in Venezuela.)

MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×05 (Toothpick) and 1×06 (Wrench) managed 78’000 resp. 71’000 viewers. Episodes 1×07 (Can Opener) and 1×08 (Corkscrew) garnered 69’000 resp. 73’000 viewers.

BtS of Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen (via Lucas Till)

Since German channel Sat.1 skipped 3 episodes in total, the German-speaking TV-Premiere of  the Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors) – titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California) – will happen in Austria on November 11.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #41

Who said Friday 13th is an unlucky day? A new episode airs tonight, so many people consider this as a win. While promo has quieted down a bit, cast and crew are busy filming more episodes.

Episode 2×04: X-Ray + Penny (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 Premiere Promo
There wasn’t much promo until Premiere Day. It was kind of a special date because back in 1985, the Original Show also premiered on September 29.

On September 21, the official Instagram Account by CBS had asked the fans to ask questions. There were over 370 comments when I was writing my last update two weeks ago, but it was only Meredith Eaton who had answered some of them via Instagram Live Videos shortly before the Premiere. Seems like CBS forgot about the rest.

George Eads and Lucas Till doing Promo for Season 2

George Eads and Lucas Till did many video interviews for the local TV channels. They mentioned doing about 20 of these interviews, so it’s no wonder they seemed oddly hyperactive in some of them; probably suffering from lack of sleep. Talking about upcoming car chases with News Channel 5, Lucas joked that he doesn’t know why they keep letting George drive.

In the segment for CBS Denver, they revealed that Murdoc will assemble several bad guys, so we might get to see more familiar sounding character names this season. In the interview with CBS Baltimore, Lucas admitted that he didn’t let himself have that much fun on Season 1 because he took it much more seriously.

In an interview with Philly Today, Lucas Till revealed his favorite upcoming premise of Season 2 he has filmed so far:

I used Jack’s heart to keep a heart alive. It’s like a heart in a box pump that keeps hearts alive instead of transporting live organs on ice and it all ends up not being able to work and I use Jack’s heart to keep the heart pumping alive so we can get it into someone else.

(Lucas Till for Philly Today, September 29)

George Eads in Episode 2×07: Duct Tape + Jack (via Peter Lenkov)

We can assume Lucas refers to Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) – which means that “Jack” in the episode title is indeed Jack Dalton and not just another tool out of the tool box.

Radio TV Talk visited the set for another interview while George Eads and Lucas Till were filming some car chases. Lucas revealed that he had spent the off season doing a lot of yoga because he was feeling plenty of soreness and fatigue from the very physical workload of Season 1:

I”m a lot better with my preparation. I had problems with my knees. But I’m all good now. Yoga really works. I’m on my feet 14 hours a day. It’s a beast.

(Lucas Till for Radio TV Talk, September 29)

Tristin Mays with Einstein (via Einstein’s Set Life)

In an interview with CBS Local, George Eads revealed that he didn’t sleep much last year due to putting so much pressure on himself; partially because he had worked with CBS for so many years (on CSI: Las Vegas) and wanted to do a good job. He also talked about how he and Lucas make the bromance work:

Me and Lucas are just good friends. It starts with respect. When you spend as much time as we do on the set with one another, he knows how hard it is for me, and I know how difficult the show can be for him. We try to pick each other up, bring each other a protein shake, or take a break if one of us needs one. There’s been times when I’ve been missing my daughter so bad that I’ll be in an emotional state, and Lucas will hold up production until we can talk it out and maybe even cry it out in the trailer. I confide in him as a close friend, and I think he’s done the same for me. I’ve gotten to know his mom and dad and his brothers. When you spend a lot of time working, you cross your fingers that you’re gonna like each other, and we’ve just been lucky when it comes to that. And the more our friendship evolves, the more our characters do too.

(George Eads for CBS Local, September 29)

Stills and Press Releases
On October 3, SpoilerTV presented us Press Releases and Stills for Episodes 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) plus 2×04 (X-Ray and Penny). In Episode 2×04, we’ll encounter David Dastmalchian as Murdoc again and will meet Michael O’Keefe as Harry MacGyver.

Episode 2×03: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via SpoilerTV)

On October 9, we got the Press Release of the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Since the episode will air after the animated Michael Jackson Halloween Special (with Lucas Till and George Eads voicing characters), they will take the time slot of Hawaii Five-0 at 9pm. H50 also filmed a Halloween Episode, but apparently they’ll have to wait.

Previews and Sneak Peeks
On Premiere Day, SpoilerTV had released three Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE).

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Nelson)

I had been wondering about the lack of promo for the second episode and them deleting the preview that had already aired after Episode 2×01. As it turned out, CBS had changed the episode order for several shows (probably due to recent events in Las Vegas). They uploaded a generic preview we’ve already seen for last season. Sadly, there were no additional Stills or Clips besides the four Stills of Riley in the bad guys’ lair.

For Episode 2×03 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips), they re-uploaded the preview we’ve already seen, but with a slightly different background music. Additionally, we got 3 Sneak Peeks today. One has Mac and Jack stuck in an Ice Cave, trying to turn a snow mobile into a radio. This might turn out as the Opening Gambit and reveals another tidbit about MacGyver Senior’s watch he left behind. Another one has Team Phoenix trying to overcome several obstacles in their Casino Heist. The third clip has Riley and Mac pretending to be a couple who needs some help with their handcuffs shenanigans gone wrong.

The clips are interesting, but I find it odd that they’ve chosen to show an entire Opening Gambit again.

Other Promo and BtS Stuff
ET visited the set and did a short interview with Lucas Till who was working on Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny).

Screenshot of ET’s set visit of Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny)

In the video, Lucas is seen crawling out of a manhole and stumbling alongside a traffic-heavy road. The segment was rather short, but we also got to see his Stunt Double Mike Wilson.

Since the Premiere, many took the opportunity to post new BtS pictures of Episode 2×01; e.g. Danny Boushebel (posing with Isabel Lucas) or Ricky Russert who shows in a video why it takes over 3 hours to get him a beard worthy of a long-term prisoner.

On October 11, we got a first picture for the Halloween Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) via TV Guide Magazine. As suspected, the cast will dress up in an impersonation of The Wizard of Oz.

Episode 2×05: Skull + Electromagnet (via TV Guide Magazine)

Working on Episodes 2×09 and 2×10
The main unit had been filming outside a lot on some interesting looking sets; e.g. on an obstacle course and at Atlanta Water Works. Director Bobby Roth posed for pictures with George Eads, Isabel Lucas or Tristin Mays while director Stacey Black started post production on Episode 2×08.

Justin shared more BtS pictures of Bozer and various team members of Team Phoenix in the War Room. Judging by recent BtS pictures and videos from set, his character will undergo some physical training and find a new love interest.

BtS of Season 2 (via Justin Hires)

Grip Thomas Doolittle and Boom Operator Robert Maxfield shared some pictures while filming more car scenes. Cast and Crew also continued posing for pictures with set dog Einstein. If there are no dogs available to play with, there’s also Lego sets. Today, Tristin Mays uploaded a video of Lucas building a Lego NinjaGo pirate ship.

Meanwhile, Peter Lenkov was busy editing. He didn’t share many pictures and videos, but quite a few Instagram Live Stories of the editing process. We will see Jack and Riley in trouble, Bozer sneaking around houses in the dark and another stare-off between MacGyver and Murdoc.

Before the premiere of Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) on October 6, cast and crew shared some more BtS material. It seems like Lucas was especially fond of the Mustang that played an important part in this episode. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of the Arcade scene; George Eads on of Mac and Jack sitting in a car.

Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via Lucas Till)

Season 2 Ratings
Season 1 had an average rating of 1.08 in the important demo group (18 to 49-year-olds) and about 7.7 million live viewers per episode.

The Season 1 Finale had a rating of 0.9 and about 6.6 million live viewers. Rating pages like The Grim Reaper claim that Season Premieres nowadays usually reach the same ratings as the last Season Finale. This seems to be true for the Reboot: Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) managed 6.7 million live viewers with a rating of 0.8 in demo; winning the 8pm time slot.

Episode 2×02: Muscle Car + Paper Clips (via SpoilerTV)

Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) reached 6.4 million live viewers, also with a rating of 0.8 in demo and winning the time slot for total viewers numbers.

Cast and Character News
Although Isabel Lucas got the third spot in the opening title credits, there was no official press release about her joining the Season 2 cast.

In TV Guide Magazine (released online on TV Insider), Lucas Till and George Eads talked a bit what Season 2 will bring. George stated that we will meet Riley’s dad (which was recently mentioned by Executive Director Peter Lenkov on Instagram as well). There has been some speculation that Roger Floyd would play Riley’s father, but as it turns out, it’s actually Billy Baldwin. As we can see in BtS pictures, there might be some fists and black eyes.

BtS of Season 2 (via Billy Baldwin)

As seen in Instagram Videos by Peter Lenkov and through various Instagram Live Stories and pictures, we will also meet Bozer’s new love interest, played by Reign Edwards.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov again said that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson won’t play Mac’s father because it would be too obvious. He also teased that “it’s not who you think it is” which probably means that MacGyver Senior has already been cast since we will meet him at the end of the season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, SWAT People, for Arcade Employees, Upscale Restaurant Patrons and Hostesses, Goons, Bartenders and Waitresses, Rural Country Vehicles, Trainees, College Students and for Techs and Agents.

Crew and Director News
On September 27, Tawnia Canell McKiernan had revealed that she’s packing to leave for Atlanta to direct Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship). Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) will be directed by Carlos Bernard who just came back from Hawaii after directing an episode on Hawaii Five-0.

George Eads with Einstein (via Einstein’s Set Life)

Season 1 Reruns and DVD News
There will be a rerun of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) tomorrow Saturday (October 14, 8pm). There is still no US-release date for the Season 1 DVD although fans keep asking about it.

MacGyver in Austria
While Episode 1×04 (Wire Cutter) reached 56’000 viewers, Episodes 1×05 (Toothpick) and 1×06 (Wrench) managed 78’000 resp. 71’000 viewers.

Contrary to German channel Sat.1, Austria won’t skip episodes. Therefore, the German-speaking TV-Premiere of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) – titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California) – will happen in Austria on November 11.

MacGyver Reboot Update #40

It’s Season 2 Premiere Day! Between filming and posting BtS pictures, the cast is also busy doing promo.

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 and the Season 2 Premiere Episode by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News and Promo
Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot premieres today. It is kind of a special date because back in 1985, the Original Show also premiered on September 29.

There wasn’t much promo until yesterday; especially compared to other CBS shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0). Also, as I’m writing up this blog post earlier than usual, there’s still no press release about Isabel Lucas joining the cast and no press releases or stills for other episodes but the Season Premiere. But we have new interviews and Sneak Peeks; so let’s take a look at these.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel + Wire (via Isabel Lucas)

In TV Guide Magazine (released in print on September 16), Lucas Till and George Eads talked a bit what Season 2 will bring. As Lucas revealed, we will be in Cuba and Turkey, in catacombs and underwater (judging from Stills and Previews, this all might happen in the Season Premiere Episode tonight). They also let us know that Murdoc will be involved in the first four episodes in some capacity and that Murdoc’s son also figures into the storyline. George stated that we will meet Riley’s dad (which was recently mentioned by Executive Director Peter Lenkov on Instagram as well).

This interview was additionally released online on TV Insider yesterday. Sadly, there were no new promo pictures accompanying the article.

BtS of George Eads doing Season 2 promo (via Karyn Greer)

There are some recent interviews released by Canadian outlets. Most of these were probably taken at the Corus Upfront in Toronto back in June – before filming for Season 2 had even started. That’s why Lucas talks about Season 1 and 2 in general, but doesn’t give any specific news.

You can listen to Lucas doing an audio interview with CFox here. He talks a bit about the high expectations he faced for Season 1. In a written interview with Canada.com, Lucas revealed he’s doing a lot of yoga because “action scenes can also wreak havoc on a guy”.

On September 21, the official Instagram Account asked the fans to leave their questions below. So far, there are over 370 comments, but there was no announcement if and how these questions will be answered.

We can expect some more promo and appearances today. Meredith Eaton was in the studio to film a segment for KCAL9 News. You can watch the interview here. She said that she’s having the time of her life and that her role is the highlight of her career.

Lucas Till doing Interviews on Set (via Natasha Lee)

George and Lucas were seen on set doing interviews. They will probably air today. Justin Hires will host Atlanta Plugged In tonight.

Episode 2×01 Promo
On Wednesday, Peter Lenkov released another short Cuba-Sequence and how Jack utilizes his head as a weapon. Ouch.

Yesterday, SpoilerTV released three Sneak Peeks for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE). In the first clip, new character Samantha Cage saves Mac and Jack from the bad guys. The other clip plays in Cuba. Mac and Jack are in a bit of trouble (what else is new *lol*), but as soon as they’re out of trouble, it turns out they’re actually on a quest to find Murdoc.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (Sneak Peek Screenshot)

The third clip sees Bozer getting released from hospital after rehab. Looks like not that much time has passed since the Season 1 Finale Episode. We have to assume Mac and Jack didn’t have a lead on Mac’s dad that was deemed worth following any longer or they returned as soon as they got notice about Murdoc breaking out of prison.

Producer’s Praise
After praising Justin Hires on his drama acting chops last week and praising George Eads on his take for Jack Dalton, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov continued honoring the rest of the cast members in different Instagram posts. Besides praising Lucas, Tristin and Meredith, he also revealed some little trivia on each post.

Why walk when you can drive?
The main unit has been filming outside a lot and on some interesting looking sets; e.g. an obstacle course. They also like to use cars, mopeds and other vehicles as props. Jack’s GTO will be back as well.

George Eads and Lucas Till both posted pictures of the same scene where finally, Mac gets to drive while Jack has to sit in the back. Lucas also posted one with George and Isabel inside a car (the same car already seen for a “stunt scene” via Boom Operator Robert Maxfield).

BtS of Season 2 (via George Eads)

The cast and crew members upload BtS pictures almost daily now, adding to the excitement of the fans.

Justin shared more BtS pictures of Bozer and various team members of Team Phoenix in the War Room – one of Bozer with Matty and Riley, one of the whole team and one with Jack being shocked about something he sees on the screen. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of Matty with Bozer and dear old Robot in the lab.

Cast and Character News
Although the main cast welcomed Isabel Lucas two weeks ago, there’s still no official press release about her joining the Season 2 cast. Like Season 1 with Meredith Eaton, it’s possible she doesn’t have an opening title credit in the first episode of her appearance.

BtS of Season 2 (via Roger Floyd)

We know we’ll get to meet Riley’s dad. We don’t know who will play the role, but there has been some speculation it might be Roger Floyd who had posted some funny BtS pictures this week.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Photo Doubles, Nurses, Techs and Agents and for Security. They also made several casting calls for Fit Students.

Crew and Director News
On Sunday, director Bobby Roth was busy scouting the Porsche museum for the show. Stacey Black, the director of Episode 2×08, finished filming her scenes on September 27.

BtS of Episode 2×08 (via Stacey Black)

Bobby Roth posted a picture with Tristin Mays in the afternoon; indicating that filming for Episode 2×09 has already started. On the same day, Tawnia Canell McKiernan had revealed that she’s packing to leave for Atlanta, so she will most likely direct Episode 2×10. Last Season, she had directed the episode with the Coltons (1×16: Hook).

Rerun Ratings
There was a rerun of the Season 1 Finale (Cigar Cutter) last Friday. While the ratings for Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) back on September 2 hadn’t been that overwhelming, the Season 1 Finale won its time slot again and reached about 4.2 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.5 in the important demo group of 14-49 year-olds).

Overall, all rerun episodes managed to reach 4.2 million live viewers on average (with a 0.6 rating in demo). Not bad. Some similar shows don’t even reach as many people during their premiere.

Season 1 DVD News
The Season 1 DVD has already been released in some countries (e.g. Australia, UK) two weeks ago. Many fans have been asking about a US-release on the official social media accounts, but so far no one ever bothered to answer or to even acknowledge the questions. It seems like there is no release date yet which is a bit curious since the newest Seasons of many other CBS-Shows (e.g. Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods) have been released recently. Apparently, CBS is still banking on people getting a pass for CBS All Access, their streaming account.

Season 1 DVD (UK version)

MacGyver in Austria
So far, I haven’t seen any promo on TV or on social media, but the show seems to do well enough in Austria. While Episode 1×03 (Awl) two weeks ago only managed 51’000 viewers on average, Episode 1×04 (Wire Cutter) reached 56’000.

MacGyver Reboot Update #39

One week left until the Season 2 Premiere! The cast is even more excited than their fans and spoils them with daily set pictures!

BtS of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 and the Season 2 Premiere Episode by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News – 2×01 Promo
The Season 2 Premiere is approaching fast and Promo has been picking up. CBS finally managed to upload the Teaser Trailer for Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) that has been airing on TV since last week. There’s also an Official Preview on YouTube that’s slightly different; focusing a bit more on new cast member Isabel Lucas.

On the official CBS show website, they posted a write-up for Episode 2×01 and Season 2:

At the end of MacGyver Season 1, Murdoc came after every agent in the Phoenix Complex to exact murderous revenge —and he’s still on the loose. Now we’ll learn how MacGyver and Jack will follow the trail of the deranged killer. Naturally, the explosive show is back with a bang on Friday, Sept. 29 8/7c on CBS.

Meanwhile, Matty’s personal friend—and an exceptional International agent—asks for the Phoenix Foundation’s help in a non-government sanctioned recovery mission in the Middle East. Using only a soccer ball and a cell phone, Mac and Jack assist in the extraction to bring home a Navy SEAL believed to be alive and held captive.

In other news, the MacGyver Reboot was nominated for an Emmy in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie”. Sadly, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe didn’t snag the award this time around – but maybe next year? An Emmy Award sure would have been the best promo for the upcoming season.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Seat42F)

Season 2 News – Episode Titles
On September 15, SpoilerTV revealed the title for Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack). Based on former Episode Titles, we should assume that they mean the tool and not Jack Dalton (unless they’re implying that he’s a tool as well). It’s interesting to note that this means we have two episodes in Season 2 that could either feature tools or a character – Penny in 2×04 and Jack 2×07. Could be coincidence, of course – but you never know.

We’ve already learnt about the other Episode Titles through IMDb and Instagram, although it seems that the titles for 2×02 (formerly “Roulette Wheel”) and 2×03 (formerly “Mustang and Paper Clips”) have slightly changed. Most of these scripts have been written before filming started and went through several revisions, so changes in the titles wouldn’t be that unusual.

So far, we have following Episode Titles to look forward to:

  • 2×01 – DIY or DIE
  • 2×02 – Roulette Wheel + Wire
  • 2×03 – Muscle Car + Paper Clips
  • 2×04 – X-Ray + Penny
  • 2×06 – Jet Engine + Pickup Truck
  • 2×07 – Duct Tape + Jack

Interestingly, they haven’t released the title for the Halloween Episode (2×05) yet. I remember an Instagram Live Story from July 18 by Justin Hires, in which he quickly swept over his script title pages. Justin made sure it was too fast and too blurry to read instantly, but the title for 2×05 was the only one I could decipher after making a screenshot: Skull + Electromagnet.

Season 2 Script Title Pages (via Justin Hires)

On September 17, George Eads shared another picture of Episode 2×05 with the new field mission trio on a roof. It could be very well some kind of electromagnet that MacGyver is carrying. Apparently, they don’t feel too happy when stuck together in a car, though.

Location, Location, Location
Cast and Crew seem to be constantly on the move, shooting in many different locations. 2nd Unit had been filming a stunt scene in Havana (Cuba) on September 3. The main unit has been filming outside a lot; on sets dressed up as “Cuba”, “Nigeria” or “Ecuador”.

They’ve also been back filming at the Fox Theatre, in Bozer’s old Burger Joint and in a new appartement location. Two days ago and yesterday, there were sightings of production filming on Paper Mill Road in Marietta.

BtS of Season 2 (via Isabel Lucas)

Today, Isabel Lucas revealed that they have been filming in a combustion tank. Apparently, the cast needs the opportunity to get wet and cool themselves down as often as possible.

Mac and Jack, hanging in a Tree…
On September 15, Madeline Grayson posted a picture of an interesting prop that had me immediately thinking of MacGyver. Because many of the Reboot crew members work simultaneously on different projects, you can never be sure if a picture really is related to a certain show.

BtS of Season 2 (via Madeline Grayson)

Peter Lenkov confirmed my suspicions just a day later, though: It’s a MacGyvered parachute for a scene that culminates with Mac and Jack hanging in a tree. Looks like an interesting episode and reminds me of the Original Show.

The cast has started to upload BtS pictures almost daily. So far, they’re doing a better job at promoting than CBS. Justin Hires shared another picture of him and Tristin on the Nigeria Set. It looks like Bozer and Riley are tied up (and judging by the picture he posted today, they aren’t the only ones). On the same day, George Eads posted a picture of him and Lucas getting readied by their Stunt Doubles. There’s also a short video via George and another picture via Lucas just before they prepare themselves to jump off with that paracute.

BtS of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

On September 16, Lucas posted another BtS picture of him and George wearing the Lapland Folklore Costumes which earned a lot of likes and comments.

Justin shared BtS pictures of Bozer, Jack and Riley in the War Room, of Bozer and Mac in the War Room and of Bozer and Jack in Nigeria.

Cast and Character News
The main cast welcomed Isabel Lucas last week. Back in July, Moviehole had released some exclusive details for the storyline of the Season 2 Premiere Episode and about the new female cast members:

We will see 2 new female characters in Olivia Cage and an intel extraction specialist named Agent Carmen. Carmen has been described as “late twenties, fierce, focused and utterly fascinating”. She’s also got history with Matty. Olivia Cage is “a woman to be reckoned with” and someone we will get to know well.

According to Moviehole, Agent Carmen was supposed to join Team Phoenix on a rescue mission in Turkey. She was to be discharged by the CIA for her involvement in the mission, therefore free to join Phoenix.

For almost two months now, C.C. Ice has been listed as stunt double for “Samantha Cage” on IMDb. I always assumed they somehow confused Cage’s name – because IMDb isn’t always the most reliable source and anyone with an account can add more info. As it turns out, Isabel Lucas will actually play (soon-to-be-Ex-CIA-Agent) Samantha Cage.

Either Moviehole had inaccurate info or they switched names/characters at the last minute – like changing Episode Titles, this isn’t such an unusual thing to happen in TV show production.

Screenshot of the Preview for 2×01 (DIY or DIE)

Some people have been worried about Riley and Bozer getting less screentime, now that another field agent joined the team. Peter Lenkov continues to praise Justin Hires’ acting chops as Bozer, so I doubt his character will be written out over the season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, Techs, a father with his 10-year-old daughter, Hispanic Guards and Fit Students and Instructors. They’ve also been looking for Cars, Joggers, Bikes and Parents, Upscale Patrons and Armed Security and Vape Patrons and Hookah Smokers.

Crew and Director News
Gabriel Beristain, who usually fills the position of Director of Photography, directed an episode (presumably 2×07) last week.

This Monday, filming for Episode 2×08 has started. Like the other directors, Stacy Black  had some help from Einstein. They have been filming on Stone Mountain and in Grant Park.

BtS of Episode 2×08 (via Einstein)

Another upcoming director for an episode is Bobby Roth (who has already directed Episode 1×05: Toothpick).

Reruns
There’s a rerun of the Season 1 Finale (Cigar Cutter) today. I think it’s a good idea to show the Season 1 Finale again; giving new viewers a chance to catch up and getting interested in Season 2.

Season 1 DVD News
The Season 1 DVD has been released in some countries (e.g. Australia, UK) last week. The Special Features on the UK Version are listed as follows:

  • MacGyver it! The Making of the Pilot
  • Watch Magazine Photo Shoot (with Lucas Till and George Eads)
  • Interview with Prop Master Kate Guanci
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

If you’ve been following the show closely, you’ve probably seen a lot of it already, but I’m looking forward to the deleted scenes especially.

Season 1 DVD Cover (UK Version via DVD Wholesale)

MacGyver in Austria
The Austrian Channel ORF1 airs the Reboot on Saturdays (7.10pm). I don’t know much about regular TV ratings in Austria. The show seems to do well enough, although ratings have been dropping. While the Pilot Episode and Episode 1×02 reached 93’000 resp. 81’000 viewers in demo, Episode 1×03 (Awl) last week only managed 51’000 viewers on average. Compared to other shows, it’s still within the same range as episodes of The Big Bang Theory or The Simpsons that just aired before.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
George Eads uses Instagram very frequently at the moment. The account just got verified recently, so maybe he’s definitely here to stay? On Saturday (September 16), George revealed that he’s busy doing the voice-overs for his cartoon character in the Michael Jackson Halloween Special. He stated being happy about it because his daughter will love it.

Lucas Till is also involved in this project, but he we haven’t seen any news that indicated if he’s already finished doing his part.

Interestingly, CBS just added the date for this Halloween Special: Friday, October 27 – during the same time slot of the Reboot. It’s actually a possibility that the Halloween Episode 2×05 – who was initially supposed to air on that day – won’t air until after Halloween.

MacGyver Reboot Update #38

Two weeks left until the Season 2 Premiere – there are new Cast members, Episode Titles Announcements and a Photo Shoot!

BtS of Season 2 (via Isabel Lucas)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News and Promo
The Season 2 Premiere is approaching fast. Some of the Promo material and announcements are only partially official, though. Also, there’s still no Season 1 DVD relase date for the US yet. But the news are slowly trickling in.

Although Hurricane Irma had hit Georgia and Atlanta area, production had only been shut down for day. If any indoor stages or locations suffered from the storm, we haven’t heard about it yet. Thankfully, Cast and Crew made it through unscathed; although they experienced some trouble due to power outtages.

On September 5, we got a new official poster via FOX España. The same picture is used as the header photo for the official social media accounts by CBS.

Official Season 2 Poster (via FOX España)

As with the other poster we got two weeks ago, they used the promo shoot Lucas Till and George Eads had done for Season 1 last year. It reminds me a bit of the Complete Collection DVD Set of the Original Show. Some people have been complaining about Jack Dalton being in the front, but I don’t mind as much. It’s interesting to note that they’re focusing more on the bromance than on the main hero the show is named for, though. I don’t know if this is a foreshadowing for the upcoming season (e.g. that the bromance will have more relevance than the team aspect this year).

As Justin Hires revealed, they have been doing a photo shoot yesterday. All cast members were dressed in blue and grey tones. Tristin also posed for a picture with DP (Director of Photography) Gabriel Beristain while Lucas had some “help” from Einstein.

Post-Production on Episode 2×01
On September 5, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared a new BtS picture of himself being on set. While he was finishing the editing process for the Season 2 Premiere Episode, he also granted us a glimpse at several short BtS videos. One of them takes place in Syria and is most likely part of the Opening Gambit. Like in the Season Finale, two people (presumably Mac and Jack) crash through the ceiling to take out the bad guys.

Instagram Live Story Screenshots of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

In another clip, Jack urges Mac not to talk about Cairo – especially not when they’re in an airplane, flying directly over Cairo. Isabel Lucas (presumably as Agent Carmen) sits in front of Mac while Riley and Bozer are nowhere to be seen.

Two weeks ago, Peter Lenkov had visited Montreal to teach a Master Class in script writing to film students. On that occasion, he had taken the time to do some interviews. It makes sense now that Lenkov doesn’t engage so much in social media anymore as last year: Besides working on MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Salvation, he’s already working on another Reboot! As he told Quebec’s The Suburban, he can’t reveal yet what the project is, though.

BtS of Episode 2×05 (via Peter Lenkov)

On September 12, Lenkov shared two more pictures: One of Isabel Lucas with Lucas Till and George Eads, and a clearer picture of Jack in his Halloween Costume. So far, we haven’t seen the other costumes, but there’s a good chance that Bozer made “Team Phoenix” dress up as an hommage to The Wizard of Oz. I’m wondering a bit why we don’t get to see Bozer’s supposedly amazing mask making skills, though.

Filming in Cuba
On September 2nd, Alan Cohen revealed that he and Gabriel Beristain were already en route towards Havana to film a stunt sequence. It didn’t take long until Peter Lenkov, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe or Crew Members posted BtS pictures of a scene involving an interesting vehicle.

The scene reminds me of the Classic MacGyver Episode 2×17 (Dalton, Jack of Spies). As BtS pictures revealed, George Eads’ Stunt Double Reece Fleetwood was indeed in charge of riding the motorcycle.

BtS of Season 2 (via Gabriel Beristain)

The finished stunt sequence will probably be a chase scene. On September 3rd, Peter Lenkov had uploaded a short and rather blurry video sequence of a Stunt Driver getting a car into position. We’ve already seen this car before, but in a studio in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the main cast was filming their part in the same scene in Atlanta in front of a Green Screen. On September 8, George Eads shared a BtS picture of the process on Instagram. It’s funny how the crew is walking around in sweaters while the main heroes have to pretend they’re sweating under the Cuban sun.

(Just days after 2nd Unit had returned from Havana, Cuba was hit by the Hurricane; suffering from major destruction. There are still people without access to fresh water or a place to live since big areas have been completely destroyed.)

BtS of Season 2 (via George Eads)

Filming in “Nigeria” and “Ecuador”
On August 30, Cast and Crew had filmed at Berry Hill Airport. The location was dressed as Nigeria and apparently involves more of Jack running through the woods with his gun while Bozer takes care of the equipment. Apparently, there will also be a stunt involving fire since George Eads had revealed how to fireproof your shoes.

Justin Hires posted a BtS picture of the Nigeria Set on September 9. For several days, he had already uploaded BtS videos; e.g. of the drone that will be used in this episode. FlyWorx revealed that the drone will actually be featured in the episode and wasn’t just used for location shots. Many Extras shared pictures on social media; praising the set decorators. Extra Patrick Pierre was also the first to share a clear picture of Isabel Lucas on set.

BtS of MacGyver Season 2 (via Patrick Pierre)

Cast and Crew seem to be constantly on the move, shooting in many different locations. On September 10, production moved to “Ecuador”. As with the set for Nigeria, the scenes involved high officials and other military people.

They’ve also been back filming at the Fox Theatre (that had already been used as a location for Episode 1×15: Magnifying Glass). In the newest pictures and BtS videos by Justin Hires, we see a new appartement location. Since Justin revealed that we will re-visit Bozer at his first job as a burger-flipper, it’s possible that this appartement will also be part of a flashback scene.

Bonding with “The Gifted”
On August 23, there had been several postings about the new X-Men spin-off The Gifted (FOX) and MacGyver filming on the same location and sharing the base camp. Apparently, Lucas and George weren’t impressed about the MacGyver Crew announcing a showdown between departements: They spent Labor Day with some of The Gifted Crew; swimming in the Lake and cooking breakfast together.

Havok and Polaris (via Emma Dumont)

Emma Dumont, who plays Polaris in the show, posted a picture of her and Lucas Till that soon went viral on X-Men Fansites. In the Comics, Polaris and Havok (played by Lucas in the X-Men movies) are romantically involved. Many fans have been wondering if Lucas would make a guest appearance on The Gifted. As for now, it seems that although other actors (e.g. Amy Acker or Jermaine Rivers) and crew we’ve seen working on MacGyver are involved, Lucas isn’t part of it.

Cast and Character News
We’ve already known for a while about Isabel Lucas joining the main cast this upcoming season. There’s still no official press release yet, but the cast has already granted her a warm welcome: Justin Hires posted a picture of “Team Phoenix” in the War Room on September 11. A day later, Meredith Eaton and Lucas Till posted a welcome picture on Instagram. Isabel also posted the same picture of her with Mac and Jack on set that Lucas had already posted.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Stand-Ins, African American Women, Nigerian Townspeople, Techs and Agents, Hispanic Patrons, Reporters, Security and Paramedics, a Photo Double for Lucas, Hispanic Nurses, Patients and Orderlies, for Bad Guys, for Police and for people portraying Neighbors.

Reruns
There’s no rerun today. The rerun of the Season 1 Finale – Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) – will air next Friday (September 22); just a week before the Premiere of Season 2.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
On average, every episode of MacGyver airing in Germany earned about 868’000 live-viewers in the important demo group (14-49 years old). That’s a demo market share of 10% and quite a good result for this sometimes disastrous German TV Summer.

The Network had skipped over 3 episodes (11, 16 and 19) to start early with new episodes of NCIS and the premiere of Bull; followed by Hawaii Five-0. So far, these ratings aren’t as good as they had been for Lethal Weapon and MacGyver. Sat.1 had promised to air the remaining episodes next year with Season 2, but we’ll see if they decide to air reruns if the ratings for their other CBS shows keep falling.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via SpoilerTV)

MacGyver in Austria
The Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing the Reboot on September 2 (Saturdays at 7.10pm). I don’t know anything about regular TV ratings in Austria, but the show seems to do well enough. The Pilot Episode reached 93’000 people in demo, which is a market share of 4. (For comparison: A new episode of The Big Bang Theory airing an hour earlier reached 64’000 people on average, the Formula 1 race airing afterwards about 775’000 people.)

A week later, Episode 1×02 managed 81’000 viewers on avarage (also with a market share of 4).

MacGyver Reboot Update #37

Filming for Season 2 started two months ago. Not even four weeks left until the Season 2 Premiere! Also, we got the Press Release and Stills for the first episode of the new Season.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via George Eads)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 and Episode 2×01 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News and Promo
Filming for Season 2 started two months ago. The Season 2 Premiere is in less than a month.

Just yesterday, I wrote following complaint in the first section for this blog post:

Sadly, the promo hasn’t really picked up yet – in contrast to Hawaii Five-0 and other non-CBS-shows (e.g. Lethal Weapon).  There’s not even a DVD relase date for the US so far.

Guess I can’t really complain anymore, huh? (Although I’m still wondering about that missing DVD release date…)

On August 29, we got the official poster for Season 2. As expected, it’s a picture of the promo shoot they did for Season 1 – and they actually picked the same picture that is being used as a header for the official show website by CBS. Since both Lucas and George practically sport the same hair like a year ago, it makes sense to “recycle” old material. Still, this a bit disapponting. I’m sure they have much more archive material to choose from.

Also, I’m a bit confused that they’re promoting the show as a buddy-show with Mac and Jack again while the members of “Team Phoenix” usually have almost as much screentime as these two – unless they focus more on the bromance than the team aspect this season (which I doubt).

Official Season 2 Poster (via SpoilerTV)

On August 31, CBS shared the Press Release for the Season 2 Premiere Episode (2×01: DIY or DIE). We also got 5 Stills via SpoilerTV. They all feature Mac and/or Jack. So far, we still have no official information about the new Season 2 cast members (and therefore no Stills of them, either).

Looking at the main cast, Justin Hires is probably the one who posted the most on social media so far. It’s nice to see George Eads is giving Instagram another try while it’s been a bit quieter on Lucas’ and Tristin’s accounts recently. Funny thing: George had created like 3 new Instagram Accounts within a year. I’m assuming he’s one of those people that forget their login-information and open a new account instead; so lets enjoy it while it lasts.

Editing and doing Interviews
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is apparently pretty busy because he hasn’t posted much since the filming started. For now, it’s usually information about Hawaii Five-O. On August 24, he shared a short fight scene he was doing editing work on. It’s Mac and Jack fighting off bad guys in the airplane hangar they’ve been filming at a few weeks ago.

On August 28, Lenkov shared a storyboard picture of Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck). I always liked these storyboard drawings and hope we get to see more of them.

This week, Lenkov had visited Montreal where he taught a Master Class in script writing to film students and also gave interviews to several news outlets.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via SpoilerTV)

On August 24, TV Guide published a Guide for the Returning Fall Shows. Each show has a little description what happened last season (Where We Left Off) and what’s coming this season (The Scoop). The Scoop for the Reboot was this: Murdoc has a long list of people to kill and MacGyver is at the top, but there are some other names that will have to come first before he reaches his prime target.

Lenkov had added following statement:

“Murdoc likes to toy with his victims before he pulls the trigger. So there’s some good times ahead between these two.”

We know that David Dastmalchian has been in Atlanta recently and presumably filmed some scenes for the Reboot as well. There was a “mystery” person on set of the Halloween Episode that Justin Hires didn’t want to reveal. We’ll see if this was David or not. Considering Lenkov’s statement, it’s also possible they took the opportunity to film several scenes for different episodes.

Then of course, there’s also the unresolved issue with Mac’s dad:

“One of the big Season 2 arcs is the search for Mac’s father,” says Lenkov, “a journey that will come to an end in the season finale when we will finally reveal who and where he’s been.”

The use of “who he’s been” is quite interesting. Many months ago I had this weird feeling that MacGyver’s dad might have been some secret agent. I had even made a Season 1 Finale Plot Twist Guess out of it. Back then, I was unaware that this is a similar storyline on Hawaii Five-0 (where Steve McGarrett’s mother – presumed dead for many years – showed up, revealing that she had been working as a government agent and had to fake her death for her family’s sake).

Not revealing Mac’s dad until the Season Finale is quite clever looking at it from the Studio’s point of view, because it gives them enough time to cast someone interesting (who is maybe a bit more famous and expensive and could draw in new viewers). There’s a big potential in making Mac’s father a recurring role if the show gets renewed for a 3rd Season, after all. On the other hand, the writers have a tendency to draw out storylines that either get forgotten or fizzle out… until they remember it was never resolved properly and try to create a delayed plot twist around it.

BtS of Season 2 (via Patrick Kral)

So much work, but so excited
You can feel the cast is getting excited about the Season 2 Premiere. There have been quite a few posts on Social Media to help us remember the Premiere Date. On August 19, Meredith Eaton shared a BtS picture of Matty wearing her “thinking face”. Meredith also revealed that she always follows the “Magenta Memo“.

On August 22, Justin Hires posted a picture of Bozer standing in his living room. Looks like Mac still hasn’t finished his work on that motorbike. Justin uploaded a compilation of his BtS videos from set onto his YouTube channel. In a live interview on Snapchat, he revealed that he hadn’t met Lucas before the first table read. He also said that he had done 80% of his stunts on Rush Hour himself, since him being quite athletic thanks to his black belt in Karate. I guess we won’t have to wait long until Bozer gets some fight scenes to do.

BtS of Season 2 (via George Eads)

On August 28. Justin revealed he was doing ADR. The sequence on screen shows Jack being in pain and matches the hospital scene picture that Lenkov had posted on July 31st.

George Eads shared an amazing picture of him and Lucas Till wearing Lapland Folklore on set. The costumes look pretty authentic to me. Otherwise, his character Jack Dalton is still kicking doors and running around with guns.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, George Eads revealed what had drawn him to join the show:

“They called me and the name alone had me running as fast as I could to get over there (to sign on). I saw all the action and I saw that I was going to play an ex-military kind of junkyard dog, which was such a departure (from Stokes on CSI) so I was in.”

He also had nice words to say about Lucas Till:

“I never saw the original MacGyver running like this guy runs. He’s like a deer — it is amazing. There’s a lot of action on this show and I think his stuntman is the highest paid stuntman that doesn’t do much because he won’t let him. When you have a star that’s enthusiastic about all the action, it really helps. He doesn’t want to stand there. He wants to do it. It inspires me.”

Jack in the Jungle
According to Justin Hires and BtS pictures by Anne-Marie and other crew members, they have been filming in the “Jungle” recently for several days. It’s possible this location is related to a plane crash and a rescue mission. George Eads posted several pictures of “Jack in the Jungle” on August 19 and August 26 and additionally one of him and Lucas Till “playing make-believe”.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via George Eads)

It looks like people are dragging Jack away. I initially assumed they would use another angle, making it look like Jack has to save Mac from falling. (In the Official Stills released yesterday, it looks like Jack is lowering Mac down into a sewer.) Peter Lenkov posted a close-up of George’s face; stating that “it’s good to have friends like Jack”.

Bozer somehow ends up carrying all the CSI luggage in this episode.

On August 30, they filmed at Berry Hill Airport. The location is dressed as Nigeria and apparently involves more jungle and some more crashed planes. Both George and Lucas took time to pose for fan photos and set visitors.

The Halloween Episode
It might be Summer in Atlanta, but as Justin Hires had revealed a few weeks ago, filming for the Halloween Episode had already started. The episode doesn’t have a title yet, but thanks to Einstein we know who is directing it: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum who has already directed Episode 1×20: Hole Puncher. Acting- and camerawise, 1×20 was my favorite episode of Season 1, so I’m looking forward to this.

Justin posted a few BtS pictures and videos of this episode as well. George Eads shared a picture of him dressed up as the tin-man. Might be a reference to the Wizard of Oz? At least it looks like an interesting Halloween costume.

BtS of Episode 2×05 (via George Eads)

It’s the Apocalypse! (Or just an Eclipse.)
There was a Solar Eclipse visible in the US on August 21. Cast and Crew had still to work that day, but they got to watch a few minutes of the spectacle outside of the studio during a break. Meredith Eaton shared a picture of her and Tristin Mays watching, eyes protected as advised. Tristin had posted some Instagram Live Stories, and many crew members posted pictures of them wearing Eclipse glasses or of the crescent-shaped shadows during the event.

Another extraordinary event happened on August 23, as there were several postings about the new X-Men spin-off The Gifted (FOX) and MacGyver filming on the same location and sharing base camp. A Crossover seems highly unlikely for these two shows since they’re not on the same network and the Reboot is not a SciFi show. It’s funny though because not only did Lucas Till play Havok in the X-Men movies, but Amy Acker is also one of the main characters. Apparently, the Reboot crew didn’t like to share and announced a showdown between departements.

A visit by Henry Winkler
Legendary Executive Producer Henry Winkler has been visiting the set yesterday. He posted a photo of him posing with Lucas, George and Einstein (who didn’t look very impressed). George Eads, Boom Operator Robert Maxfield and Cornell Willis shared some additional pictures of them with Henry.

Henry Winkler on Set of Season 2

Cast and Character News
Today, Ricky Russert posted another BtS picture of him in costume for Episode 2×01. He definitely looks like he’s been held hostage for quite some time (unlike MacGyver in the Unaired Pilot who was clean-shaven as a baby despite being held prisoner for years by terrorists).

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a few Extras again, e.g. for Techs and Agents, Medics, Stand-Ins, European Cars, African American Combatants and Rebels, Nigerian Townspeople or for Parents (probably for a trick-or-treating scene for the Halloween Episode that was filmed that day). Other Casting Calls included a family for a photoshoot (Mom, Dad and 3 kids with blonde hair),  featured Gunmen (looking Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian), a Hand Double and Fit Female Models.

They’ve also been looking for another CIA Tech in a recurring role. I think it’s a good idea to have some recurring people working for Phoenix and the other agencies.

George and Lucas posing with a set visitor (via Jennifer Hunt Thompson)

Reruns
There’s a rerun of Episode 1×20 (Hole Puncher) today. The rerun of the Season 1 Finale – Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) – will air on September 22. That’s just a week before the Premiere of Season 2.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot aired in Germany on Mondays, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on Sat.1. Despite predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show earned good ratings overall. In fact, MacGyver helped raising the Pro7 Sat1 Media Group ratings because they have struggled a lot this summer. Some TV shows turned out to be a total bust: While Rush Hour was shoved to midnight and reached decent enough ratings to stay on air, Code Black was cancelled after only 4 episodes and Pure Genius after 6 episodes. They also rushed through This Is Us to finish earlier than planned.

On average, every episode of MacGyver earned 868’333 live-viewers in the important demo group (14-49 years old). That’s a demo market share of 10.02% (which is just the desired market share of at least ten percent). Looking at total viewers (live-viewers older than 3 years), every episode reached on average 1.78 million people which is a total market share of 6.5%.

Cast and Crew watching the Solar Eclipse (via Robert Maxfield)

MacGyver in Austria
The Austrian Channel ORF1 starts airing the Reboot tomorrow. Every Saturday at 7.10pm, they will air a single episode.

I’ve mentioned before that Germany had skipped 3 Episodes in total (Episodes 11, 16 and 19). Sat.1 claimed “program-planning reasons” due to the premiere dates for new episodes of NCIS and Bull and promised to air the remaining episodes next year with Season 2.

If ORF1 decides to air the episodes despite Sat.1 skipping them, the German-speaking premiere of Episode 1×11 (Scissors) will happen on November 11.

Looking Back at Season 1 (VIII) – The Curious Case of the Yellow Rubber Duckies

On July 27 in 2016, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a picture of himself; shouldering a certain missile prop on the MacGyver Reboot set.

BtS of Season 1 (via Peter Lenkov)

He deleted the picture a few hours later; maybe aware that he had just given a HUGE Easter Egg away – although it was still two months before the Season 1 Premiere. (Even Non-MacGyver-Fans know about the famous missile shot with Richard Dean Anderson that still serves as the probably most famous Promo Picture for the Original Show.)

Interestingly, the online conversation and speculations between fans of the Original Show soon shifted to something that was on the table behind Lenkov – the Yellow Rubber Duckies.

Why? It’s a fact that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson has an affinity for Rubber Duckies. Back when RDA was still active on Twitter, he had posted pictures of him with/or of Yellow Rubber Duckies several times.

Rubber Duckies in the Wild (via Richard Dean Anderson, 6th of July 2012)

In an article about RDA’s Malibu Home from 2009, rubber duckies are mentioned living in the bathroom of Richard’s daughter Wylie.

There is a photo of RDA napping with a yellow duck on his chest. The picture was taken in July 2000, on a trip with Bobby Kennedy for an expedition to Headwall Canyon, a very remarkable wilderness 60 miles outside Vancouver. The 7-day excursion was filmed as part of the “National Geographic Explorer” series and aired in October 2000.

Richard Dean Anderson (National Geographic Explorer, July 2000)

On BtS set pictures of the original show, you can see a single Yellow Rubber Ducky in MacGyver’s kitchen on the Houseboat Set.

MacGyver Houseboat Set during Hiatus (August 1990)

 

Back to the present. (Well, the recent past.)

A few weeks later after Lenkov’s vanishing photo, there was an Instagram Post by one of the set decorators – consisting of a picture with LOTS of stranded Rubber Duckies; waiting for better things to come.

Lots of Rubber Duckies (via citykitty)

Was it just a coincidence instead of an hommage? One of the set decorators stumbling over these homeless duckies for a bargain, and thinking they would make a great prop?

Fun Fact: Inserting interesting props as a visual signature is nothing new. If you’ve seen RDA’s other longtime-series “Stargate SG-1”, you might have noticed that in almost every episode directed by William Waring, there’s a pineapple in one of the scenes.

Some of these battered-looking Yellow Rubber Duckies had quite the career. On September 23rd last year, the Duckies had their prominent premiere in the Pilot Episode (The Rising). It’s quite the important scene, because the Duckies are present when the Phoenix Foundation is born.

Screenshot of Episode 1×01 (The Rising)

On October 26, Stand-In Briana Lamb posted a close-up of the Duckies “swimming” in the empty bowl.

BtS of Season 1 (via Briana Lamb)

They made another appearance in Episode 1×03 (Awl), in the scene where Jack gets MacGyver to finally reach out to his father and write a letter.

Screenshot of Episode 1×03 (Awl)

The “career high” was probably in Episode 1×05 (Toothpick), when the Duckies were featured in a longer scene between Bozer and Riley.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

(Is this Rubber Ducky Cruelty, by the way?)

(Note that there is another Easter Egg plainly visible on Bozer’s sweater.)

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Interestingly, they used another set of Duckies for Justin Hires and Tristin Mays to hit with the racket. This might have been a decision purely for aesthetic reasons since these Duckies have a richer yellow color and therefore more visibility in the shot. They probably bought them brand new.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

In the swimming pool, it was the “old” Duckies having a swim.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Still Photographer Guy D’Alema captured both sets of Duckies in this BtS picture (January 2017).

BtS picture of Season 1 (via Guy D’Alema)

In Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew), we get to see where the Duckies hibernate: In Bozer’s bedroom.

Screenshot of Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew)

In Episode 1×11 (Scissors), the Duckies are almost hidden. Look closely!

Screenshot of Episode 1×11 (Scissors)

More cruelty against innocent Rubber Duckies happens in Episode 1×16 (Hook). When Riley is playing “Truth or Dare” with Team Phoenix, Jack lobbs the Duckies at her; trying to disctract her and win the game.

Screenshot of Episode 1×16 (Hook)

The most secret appearance of one single Ducky probably happens during the Crossover-Episode with Hawaii Five-0. Look on the right side, under the chair. Sneaky!

Screenshot of Episode 1×18 (Flashlight)

The last appearance I noticed was in the Season Finale, when MacGyver tells Jack about the letter. During the scene, the Duckies are partially hidden – either by the credits or by the MacGyvered prop on the table.

Screenshot of Episode 1×21 (Cigar Cutter)

It’s possible I missed some more appearances, of course. (If you know something I don’t – that’s what the comment section is for.)

It’s still not entirely clear to me what the Yellow Rubber Duckies are about. I do think they might be an hommage to RDA, but who knows. They could be an hommage to CBS and its show “Big Brother” (because a yellow rubber ducky has been a regular in Big Brother houses for several seasons and you can actually buy a yellow rubber duck with the Big Brother logo at the CBS Store).

We might hear about it on the DVD Extras. We might see them again in Season 2. I hope we do, actually. They’re cute.