Filming for Season 3 started two months ago. Only 3 weeks left for the Season Premiere!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
News about Season 3
On August 23, we got the Synopsis plus several Official Stills for the Season Premiere (3×01: Improvise) via SpoilerTV. The Press Release lists David Dastmalchian as Murdoc with the recurring cast members. Otherwise, there wasn’t much news about the Season Premiere Episode, but if CBS follows last year’s schedule, we should get a trailer soon – maybe even tonight.
They already uploaded a new header for the official social media accounts. Sadly, they didn’t make an effort for new promo photos; simply taking the same Season 1 portraits of Lucas Till and George Eads and what looks like a set photo of Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch). Also, CBS keeps promoting the Reboot as a buddy-show; not letting the other regular cast members being on the poster (contrary to Hawaii Five-0 and most of their other team shows).
News about Episodes 3×02 to 3×04
Not much to say about Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship), directed by Ericson Core. Back in August, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had uploaded a few short videos out of the editing room. Otherwise, there’s no new BtS photos and no Official Stills yet.
Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) was directed by Tessa Blake and follows the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover at a College. Judging by the number of his posts, this is Justin Hires’ favorite episode so far. He continues uploading more photos of him on set; e.g. with Lucas Till and Reign Edwards or of Bozer boozing up. As Peter Lenkov revealed today, he’s editing this episode at the moment.
We still don’t have a title for Episode 3×04 and don’t know much about the storyline, but it was directed by “Robocop” Peter Weller. On August 20, Lucas Till had uploaded a photo that looks like he’s wearing a body cast over prison garb. In another photo uploaded a few days later, Lucas stated that he utilized the cast to be a “Deep Air Diver” (DAD). We haven’t seen any other photos of this episode in the last 2 weeks and I’m not sure if they actually ever got to finish filming after Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquists accident on set (more about that further down).
Working on Episode 3×05
On August 29, Justin Hires finally revealed the title for the episode: “Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family”. It’s the Halloween Episode, set in Mexico and directed by Eagle Egilsson (who also directed Episode 2×16).
In a photo uploaded by Justin on August 24, you can see Halloween decorations in the background. He also posted a nice photo with Tristin. It looks like they’re wearing a bit more comfortable Halloween costumes this season. This episode might turn out a bit scarier than usual since they filmed scenes for a “Day of the Dead” Festival – and we can assume that our favorite villain will be back. Nevertheless, the crew had fun filming these festival scenes, with the Costume Departement dressing up for the occasion and Lucas’ brother Nick working as well.
Last week, George Eads found some interest in Instagram again: On August 27, he posted a photo of Jack in Halloween costume, deeming it a Freddy/Jason Hybrid. On the next day, he uploaded photos of him with Lucas Till on the Mexican Festival set, hanging from a Jeep and standing on the streets of the empty set.
Working on Episode 3×06
Production shut down over the Labor Day weekend, and cast and crew members took the opportunity to spend some time at DragonCon or with their friends and families.
On Tuesday, they continued working on Episode 3×06. Interestingly, it’s gotten even more quiet. There was almost no BtS stuff to find this week, so it’s difficult to even guess what the storyline might be about. They filmed at an airport and in the streets of Atlanta. The Casting Calls imply that one of the locations is a bank in Bogota, Colombia.
Although production is sometimes spotted filming outside, I haven’t seen any photos of the cast posing with fans or visitors. It seems they are more careful about fans and by-passers catching a glimpse and als more careful about what the cast and crew reveals to people not involved in the production process.
Cast, Crew and Character News
The Press Release for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) lists 4 official recurring characters for Season 3: Kate Bond (as Jill), Reign Edwards (Leanna), Tate Donovan (Oversight) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc). Since they had a Casting Call for a Photo Double for David for a make-up-test on August 28, it’s safe to assume that Murdoc will appear both in the Season Premiere and the Halloween Episode; maybe even in Episode 3×06 (since they had another Casting Call for a Photo Double yesterday).
It’s not clear how often the character of Leanna Martin will appear this season: Two weeks ago, Reign took a flight to Auckland, New Zealand. She’s filming a pilot for “The Wilds”, a series project for Amazon Studios and ABC Signature. As far as I know, Reign hasn’t been on set since Episode 3×03. Depending wether the pilot is picked up (she’s one of the female lead characters), it could mean that Bozer and the audience might have to say goodbye to Leanna for now – or welcome her later with a new hairstyle.
Central Casting Georgia had Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Ray Benitez (Venom, Ant-Man) and Santiago Segura (Grey’s Anatomy, Scream). They’ve also been looking for Extras as well; e.g. for Techs and Agents, for Mexico Police, for Hispanic Masked Men, Asian Henchmen, a Hispanic Guard, Airport Background people with their own luggage, Bank Patrons, an African American Bank Teller, Guards, Police, Waitresses and for European, Hispanic and Middle Eastern Diner Patrons.
Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:
- The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot will be released in the US on September 18.
- There will be a rerun of the Season 2 Finale on September 21; airing just a week before the Season 3 Premiere.
- Season 1 of Original MacGyver will be released on BluRay on October 30. (There still no info if there’s any Extras or Special Features.)
- The Original MacGyver Funko Pop Figure has been released in several countries; fans already having some fun with it.
As mentioned in my last post, there was a severe accident on set on August 20. Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist was injured during a stunt that involved transferring from one vehicle to another. He was conscious after the accident, but was put in a medically induced coma because of a head injury. Latest news was that he’s doing better and got moved out of the ICU. The accident is still being investigated, and we haven’t heard anything further about Sundquist’s condition or about the impact on the episode they have been filming at the time.
MacGyver in Germany
As mentioned last time, there are barely any tweets using #MacGyver or writing about the show when the episodes air. Nevertheless, the ratings in Germany were pretty stable at a high level, though they have started to drop slightly.
To recap: Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) scored with the second-highest number of live-viewers (1.87 millions) in total and with the best demo (10.2) in the targeted age-group (14-49 years old) of the 2nd Season so far.
This Monday, Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) managed an audience of 1.57 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.4; meaning this episode had the lowest audience numbers for Season 2 so far. Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) fared slightly better with 1.62 million live-viewers and a demo of 7.6.
The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×18: Angriff in der Luft (literally translated: Attack in the Air, Riley + Airplane)
2×19: Fälschungen und Lügner (Fakes and Liars, Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle)
2×20: Entführung im Wolkenkratzer (Kidnapping in a Skyscraper, Skyscraper – Power)
2×21: Ein Freund in Not (A Friend in Need, Wind + Water)
2×22: Area 51 (UFO + Area 51)
2×23: Das Wiedersehen (The Reunion, MacGyver + MacGyver)
On August 11, German Channel RTL Nitro started re-airing Original MacGyver again; showing two episodes each on Saturday and Sunday mornings with reruns of the same episodes in the afternoons.