Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on February 3, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.
Cast and Crew were freezing on set while filming the residual episodes for Season 1. Maybe that’s why they liked playing with fire so much last week?
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Where there’s filming, there’s homework
While the fans had to endure another premiere break of 3 weeks, cast and crew stayed busy filming more episodes and doing their homework.
First Assistant Director Anthony Kountz showed us what filled his days: Warehouses, Mondays and impressive camera equipment. Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni posed with a sleek looking Aston Martin Vanquish that was waiting for his scenes in the (now drained) warehouse. Like the helicopter for the last episode, the car was featured in several videos and Instagram posts.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took some more of his precious time to post videos and pictures during the editing process. On January 23, he posted some videos of the team sitting around the fireplace on MacGyver’s veranda; eating, joking and getting pranked by their new boss. A day later, Lenkov posted a video of his cold office, doing a sweep over cast-pictures and the script he was currently working on (seems like MacGyver’s birthday will come up soon). One of the editing videos showed Lucas Till “macgyvering” (on a robot?), another one Mac and Jack being in trouble (read: quicksand). We also got to see Bozer getting comfortable in his new James Bond Persona.
Justin and Tristin post a lot of Instagram Live Stories videos at the moment, but every now and then we also get a non-temporary look at the cast in disguise (read: wearing coveralls and Bozer’s prosthetic noses).
Cast and crew were seen filming outside for several days. The cast seemed to have fun despite the freezing temperatures and having to work over the weekend. Also, there have been more comments about the production’s snacks table.
On January 28, several outlets (e.g. Atlanta Filming) posted about the show “blowing up sh*”. It didn’t take long for Peter Lenkov to post a video of a blue van exploding. Pretty impressive! While Lenkov’s video is seen via camera screen, Instagram-User bryttani showed the explosion from a wider angle.
I’m not sure if all that “fire-play” for Episode 17 (Ruler) was as controlled as it was planned, though. Just the day before, Tristin Mays had posted a short video of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe instructing Lucas Till how to handle the self-made flame-thrower. It looks like Jeff burned himself (not to mention that Tristin had stamped a not so happy emoticon on it). Additionally, both Tristin and Justin Hires had posted videos that indicated production needing additional help from the fire departement. Interestingly, George Eads didn’t seem too much concerned about the seemingly out-of-control-fire; continuing to eat his sandwich.
Filming in “Amsterdam”
Judging by the clothes, the extras and the press release, Episode 17 might actually turn out to be a two-parter. We’ll see. Production continued filming in Marietta Square this week; featureing a stunt motorcycle, a truckload of bicycles and a set-redressing to stand in for Amsterdam. Many bypassers, extras and shops took the opportunity to post pictures; inadvertently also revealing some storylines (and possibly even spoilers; especially since some of these posts were deleted shortly after posting it).
Rerun of Episode 9
During the premiere break, there was a rerun of Episode 9 (Chisel) on Friday, January 27. The episode made some good ratings (5.17 million viewers).
Stills, Sneak Peeks and Press Releases
The long break was a good opportunity for the guest cast to remind us they will be in the next episode. We got to meet Agent Cho (Michael Tow), Stunt Driver Jason Gupton and Agent Eva Santos (Danielle Vasinova).
CBS sure likes to keep the fans waiting. Although the preview for Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) had aired after last weeks rerun of Episode 9, the video wasn’t available on the official YT-Account until February 1st. Additionally, we had to wait until two days before the premiere to finally get stills and sneak peeks.
CBS Watch! Magazine and other Promo
On January 24, CBS Watch! Magazine released the interview and the photo gallery for the shoot they had done back in October in the midst of a heat wave. Lucas Till revealed that some of the gadgets can be really challenging, but that this is what makes so much fun while filming. George Eads stated that Lucas’ enthusiasm and passion about doing the show kinda “rebooted” him after spending so many years on the same set (for CSI: Las Vegas). They also revealed that they practically spend all day together because they’re roommates.
On the same day, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain shared another blog post – this time about Leyden Jars like the one used in Episode 13 (Large Blade).
The premieres in Namibia and New Zealand brought on another wave of promo pictures, interviews and articles. In an interview with stuff, George Eads declared rebooted Jack Dalton as “halfway nuts”. He revealed that due to the aggressive nature of his character, he’s already paying the price for avoiding using stunt doubles wherever possible: “It’s killing me, let me tell you. I’ve been head butted about four or five times, punched in the face, cut at least five or six times, I’ve had at least 40 or 50 bruises.”
Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia had difficulties finding their pool shark and also took several tries to find European Bicycles. Additionally, they put out casting calls for Dutch Citizens and Students, an African-American Female in her 20ies and small cars. The most recent casting call is especially interesting, since they’re looking for Asian Extras (e.g. EMTs, nurses, doctors, paramedics, tactical and other military guys), in particular Hawaiian-looking Extras. We all remember Peter Lenkov talking about the possibility of doing a crossover with Hawaii Five-0 and that he still wants to do it. In fact, he had already laid the ground-work for it in the pilot episode, but the scene got cut.
Since the return of the Coltons was revealed, fans of the original show have been asking about Frog Dog. While no dogs have been spotted on set for Episode 16, Zoom Groom Zoom revealed they have been grooming an adorable looking dog (called “Chewy”) for filming scenes recently. I have to admit to being a bit shocked for a few seconds after Justin Hires posting a short video from set, referring to his co-star as “Deborah” and praising her for “killing” her scenes. Good to know that “Deborah” is the actresses name, not the name of her character (Deborah + Upscale Set + adorable little dog + killing it… Fans of the original show will know what whacky conclusion I had made in that instant!)
A look onto the IMDb cast-list reveals: Penny Parker (Bianca Malinowski) will be back in Episode 1×18! Hopefully, she will play a bigger part this time. If you throw characters of the original show into the reboot, you might as well start using them!