MacGyver Reboot Update #87

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

BtS photo of Episode 4×01 (via Kjaay)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MacGyver Reboot Update #86

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

Season 4 Logo (via MacGyver Writers)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting up with friends (via Meredith Eaton)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tristin Mays doing interviews (via RuJohn Foujndation)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season 4 Logo (via Peter Lenkov)

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

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

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

Henry Ian Cusick (via IMDb)

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

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

Costume Fitting Break (via Sarah Downer)

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

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

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

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

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

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

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

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

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

MacGyver Collectible (via Greenlight Hollywood)

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

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

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

Looking Back at Season 3 (III) – The Official Stills (Part 3)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For Part 2 (Episodes 3×06 to 3×10), you can visit here.

 

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Still Photographer: Guy D’Alema)
For Episode 3×11, we got 11 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission – or rather the memory of a main mission – with Mac and Jack.

Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: To me, Guy D’Alema is the best of the bunch of Still Photographers they have been using for Official Stills. My favorite Still of this episode is the perfect example – he chooses interesting angles. Even when he takes photos of the same scene, they don’t all look the same.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded an additional Still of the B-storyline with Riley, Leanna and Bozer, though. Or of the current storyline of Mac and Jack being held prisoner.

 

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Richard DuCree)
For Episode 3×12, we got 13 Stills of the team involved in the main mission. For once, the photos featured the team in different constellations.

Episode 3×12: Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Bozer, Mac and Riley. We didn’t get many Stills of the “core” team this season. The cast appears usually in pairs or alone in the Still photos; not as a group.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Not having a Still with Jack to choose from is always disappointing.

 

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Guy D’Alema)
Episode 3×13 delivered 9 Official Stills; all of them featuring MacGyver and the main mission.

Episode 3×13: Wilderness + Training + Survival (Official Still via CBS Press Express)

MY FAVORITE: It’s Mac doing some MacGyvering. What else do you need?

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: It’s nice to see Mac doing his thing out in the wild, so nothing disappointing here.

 

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Guy D’Alema)
We got 9 Stills for this episode; all of them of the main cast.

Episode 3×14: Father + Bride + Betrayal (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: MacRiley! As a runner-up, we have Mac and Jack contemplating food at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Pretty people in pretty clothes looking pretty. But it’s the last episode with Jack *sniff*. And there’s not even a group photo of them all dolled up.

 

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 12 Official Stills. The new recurring cast member got 2 Stills all for herself and the guest star is in several of them as well.

Episode 3×15: K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit (Official Still via CBS)

MY FAVORITE: Pretty people looking fierce.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: No close-up Still of the canine guest star. He’s cute and deserves to have his own portrait.

 

(More coming soon.)

MacGyver Reboot Update #85

It might take a while until we get to see the episodes on TV, but we don’t have to wait too long for new BtS material: Filming for Season 4 will start on July 8.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The main cast was pretty busy in recent weeks:

  • Lucas Till wrapped his movie “Son of the South” and promoted the upcoming Season of MacGyver at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto. It looks like he’s enjoying a well-deserved holiday at the moment.
  • Justin Hires dropped the first music video “Fire Flame” for his upcoming album. He did more comedy shows and visited several radio and TV stations (e.g. WJZ in Baltimore) for interviews.
  • Tristin Mays’ short movie “Breathe” is temporarily available on Amazon Prime in the US/UK. She also attended some red carpet premieres and travelled to Jamaica this week to attend some fundraising events for the RuJohn Foundation.
  • Besides working out, Levy Tran has been taking shooting lessons to prepare for Season 4. She recently did a short interview with the Chi Creative Agency.
  • Like last year, David Dastmalchian auctioned off a visit to the MacGyver set for a good cause. It was sold for 17’000 USD. The set-visit last year was auctioned off for 12’000 USD, so that’s pretty cool.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year

Reboot-related, it was still pretty quiet on social media. Costume Designer Sarah Downer revealed on Tuesday via Instagram stories that she has started on costume prepping.

BtS photo of Episode 3×21: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum (via Robert Maxfield)

Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Tristin Mays in costume fitting for Episode 3×11) pops up. Boom Operator Robert Maxfield uploaded several photos recently as well; e.g. of Lucas, Levy and Justin on set of Episode 3×21. CBS shared a new photo of Lucas and Tate Donovan on set of Episode 3×22 for father’s day.

Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued writing science notes about the MacHacks; adding a blog post each for Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil), for Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) and for Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen).

Ratings prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Season 3 had an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Usually, a new season of an ongoing Fall show continues in ratings the way it ended its last season; rising up a bit towards midseason before dropping again.

BtS photo of Episode 3×11: Mac + Fallout + Jack (via Sarah Downer)

On average, every non-rookie CBS Fall show lost about 17.61% in demo ratings and 12.94% in audience numbers this year. MacGyver was in the same range (with a loss of 15.79% in demo and 11.01% in audience numbers compared to Season 2). So if MacGyver would have continued in the same timeslot this Fall, Season 4 could have ended up with an average demo-rating of 0.59 and a live-audience of 5.43 million viewers. That’s… not great. The Reboot is the lowest-rated show that had premiered last Fall and got renewed. So the expected demo-rating is probably one of the main reasons why the show lost its Fall slot.

Predicting the Season 4 ratings is pretty much impossible at this moment, though – since we don’t know yet when and in what timeslot the show will come back. I will try to make another prediction once the Fall shows have already aired the first few episodes.

In case you’re interested: If Hawaii Five-0 has the same ratings drop as it did this season, it will end up with an average demo of 0.62 (-18.9%) and 6.27 million viewers (-13.05%) per episode. It will be interesting to see how much the move to MacGyver‘s old time slot will influence the ratings loss. It is very likely that CBS trying to help Magnum PI doesn’t just hurt the ratings for MacGyver, but for H50 as well.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via TV Insider)

CBS has several mediocre-rated shows on TV this Fall, but it’s difficult to say what they expect for MacGyver and what they will be willing to tolerate before cancelling it. In general, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings; so CBS probably doesn’t expect too much anyway. As mentioned in my last Reboot Update blog post, both CBS rookie Spring shows this year failed ratings-wise:

  • The Red Line ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode and won’t come back for another season.
  • After 8 episodes, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 5.10 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57 on average. Apparently, that isn’t good enough for CBS since they even pulled it off schedule temporarily; replacing it with reruns of Magnum PI. The show has 4 more episodes to go, but is already cancelled.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 6 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.55 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.50 per episode.

All you need to know about Season 4
As we all know by now, the show has been shoved to midseason. Its Friday Fall timeslot at 8pm will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, followed by Magnum PI at 9pm. They just announced the premiere Fall dates for CBS, but there’s no information yet about any of the premiere dates for midseason shows.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Here’s what we know so far:

There’s no Casting Calls out yet, but it shouldn’t be long for the first postings.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Although they start filming on July 8, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. And while many have speculated about a start in January 2020, remember this: With probably only getting 13 episodes, Season 4 wouldn’t need to start airing before June to be done in time for the new Fall shows to start in September.

Cover Art for debut single “Fire Flame” (via Justin Hires)

There’s several possibilities:

  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie show or any other show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. This is the most likely option.
  • The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale, so probably premiering in April or May 2020.
  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a crime show that got pulled early. This seems rather unlikely, but could happen anytime.

Lets revisit the CBS Fall schedule again. Potential one-hour-timeslots for MacGyver to start in January could be Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). But besides Amazing Race (that has a history of airing on whatever day being available), there are also 3 other crime shows needing a one-hour-slot during midseason: Tommy (most likely Mondays or Sundays), FBI: Most Wanted (most likely Tuesdays or Sundays) and Criminal Minds (most likely Wednesdays).

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

So… what’s the speculation? Well, mine goes like this:

  • If All Rise doesn’t get a back-order, Monday 9pm in January seems the most likely option. That would make MacGyver the lead-in for Bull; taking over Magnum PI‘s old timeslot. This is an option that other prediction sites already had in mind for last year when Magnum was announced being one of the new Fall shows for 2018.
  • But what if All Rise DOES get a back-order? Then, it seems more likely they’ll wait for another timeslot in April or May since Sunday 10pm is better fitted for Tommy or the FBI Spinoff. Also, Evil created the most buzz so far; probably getting a full season.

Yes, that would be quite a long wait. But all the other crime shows got a full-season order, so there’s no chance for another early timeslot unless they either pull or pause a show due to bad ratings. (They paused SEAL Team for almost 3 months in the middle of the season for another show, and that didn’t turn out too well) And MacGyver probably can’t hold the ratings in a 10pm timeslot anyway, so we should be happy if it doesn’t land there. (The bigger the ratings drop, the smaller the chances for a 5th season.)

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Candids Toronto)

Note that rookie shows usually DO get reruns if they get a full season order. Which leaves… Friday as another likely option; depending on what day they’ve planned for Undercover Boss to air (Celebrity Undercover Boss aired Fridays 8pm in Summer 2018). So the MacGyver Reboot could actually end up in its old timeslot again, followed by reruns of either Magnum or H50 and reruns of Blue Bloods. Which isn’t great, but isn’t the worst that could happen. Not to forget that on TV, anything can happen… I will try to make another prediction once the Fall shows have already aired a few episodes.

The Corus Upfronts and other MacGyver Promo
Lucas Till promoted the upcoming season at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto. It was a pleasant surprise to see BtS photos of interviews and of him posing with fans pop up on social media on Monday. So far, there haven’t been any interviews released yet since they probably hold onto the promo material for the upcoming season.

Nominations for the Teen Choice Awards (via CBS)

Both the Reboot and Lucas Till have been nominated in the 1st wave of nominees for the Teen Choice Awards. You can cast your vote (up to 10 votes per category per day per entry method) on the official website or via Twitter. Lucas had already been nominated last year, but lost out to Flash‘s lead hero. Voting for the 1st wave is open until June 25, so you still have time to get Lucas to win one of those TCA surfboards! And retweets count as well, so you don’t even have to write your own tweets to support the show!

It’s still a long way until we get new episodes to enjoy and there’s no news about the Season 3 DVD yet. But here’s what we know so far about other upcoming promo stuff:

  • The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24 (instead of July 17)
  • The German DVD for Season 2 will be released on August 15 (instead of July 11)
  • “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” will be released on September 17 as planned

The Best of the Best (I) – Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017

I’ve been blogging about the MacGyver Reboot since May 2017. That’s already two years. Thank you for visiting and reading and coming back!

I regularly present statistics about the Reboot; mainly ratings and audience numbers. But I never really presented any info about the blog itself – a habit I actually implemented a long time ago on my first blog in German.

So I present you the Top 5 Blog Posts 2017 – a short write-up of the 5 blog posts with the most hits at the end of 2017. And I added a few photos in between so it’s all the more fun for you – and maybe a way to get you to check out the full original post in case you missed it back then? 😉

Since we have to wait quite a bit for the start of Season 4, you might finally find the time to check out “older” stuff about the Reboot…

BtS picture on set of Episode 1×01: The Rising (via Chris Payne Gilbert)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 1 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

The top posts in 2017 were all posts about scenes in the pilot script that didn’t make it into the episode. Interestingly, all posts had similar traffic numbers.

To refresh your mind: The rebooted Pilot Script for the MacGyver Reboot was written by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. An earlier version of the script – the Revised Network Draft (June 20, 2016) – has been available online since October 2016. I wrote several blog posts about “Deleted Scenes” aka scenes that didn’t make it into the Pilot Episode version that was aired on television.

 

Rank 5 (53 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVII) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes Part 3 (Baywatch With Tanks)

This blog post is dedicated to a Deleted Scene that was actually partially filmed. A member in the MacGyverOnline forums had labelled the spectacle (with gun-wielding Bikini Babes, Ninjas and a tank) as “Baywatch with Tanks” after BtS photos had been posted on social media, leaving us all confused and asking ourselves what this was about.

BtS picture on set of Episode 1×01: The Rising (via Tiko Pavoni)

If you’re lucky enough to have gotten a DVD copy of Season 1 that actually contains Extras, you can watch the filmed scene there. If you want to know more what the scene is about and how it was written in the script, you can read my blog post.

 

Rank 4 (57 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XIX) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 5)

In this blog post, I wrote about two different scenes in the pilot script. One is a conversation between Mac and Jack about Nikki while racing the (stolen) handyman van to the airport. The other one is an excerpt about the missile prop with Team Phoenix sitting around Mac’s firepit.

 

Rank 3 (59 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVI) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 2)

In this blog post, I wrote about two different scenes in the pilot script. One scene got dropped, the other one was reshot and used in the Season 1 Finale instead.

BtS of 1×01: The Rising (via Peter Lenkov)

Both scenes go together, though. The first scene is Mac and Jack in the helicopter with Mac being afraid he’s going to barf due to Jack’s “helicoptering” and digging through the med kit for a vial of Morphine. The second one is Mac in Siberia, dropping a vial into the glacier.

I was actually a bit disappointed about the way the scene in Siberia was re-written – to know why, you can read my blog post.

 

Rank 2 (60 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XV) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 1)

In the first of my blog posts about the Pilot Script, I wrote about three different scenes. One is about Lake Como, one about Mac running up Griffith Park and some dropped voice-over lines about his relationship with Nikki, and the last is about Mac in the shower.

Eh. Not a shower scene in the way you thought; sorry *lol*. For more information, you can check out the post…

 

Rank 1 (66 Hits): Looking Back at Season 1 (XVIII) – The Pilot Script: Deleted Scenes (Part 4)

In this blog post, I wrote about four different scenes in the pilot script. One is about Mac and Jack heading to DXS, another one about meeting Riley, and one about tinfoil and bikini babes we didn’t get to see.

The last one is about chasing Kendrick and an extended MacGyverism that was dropped, but later used in Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler).

Episode 1×01: The Rising (via SpoilerTV)

 

Runner-up posts to give you the Top Ten of 2017:

MacGyver Reboot Update #84

What a bummer: Although renewed for another Season, the show was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. Filming will start in July like last year, though.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via CBS Studios International)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

What are Cast and Crew up to?
The Season 3 Finale aired on May 10. Some of the cast and crew enjoyed some downtime while others worked on different projects. Lucas Till wrapped his movie Son of the South a few weeks ago. He “disappeared” for two weeks – only to pop up at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto (more about that further down).

Tristin Mays at the IFS screening for “Breate” (via Troy Curvey)

The rest of the main cast was pretty busy in recent months as well:

  • Justin Hires dropped the first single for his upcoming album. He has a new website and filmed a music video this week.
  • Tristin Mays’ short “Breathe” was screened at IFS (Independent Filmmakers Showcase) in LA last month. She already won in the category “Best Actress” at “FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood” back in March and reviews are good, but there’s no official release date yet.
  • George Eads’ Korean War movie “The Battle of Jangsari” has been picked up for international distribution.
  • Levy Tran went back to her old job and spent time with her family. She is busy packing this week – probably preparing to come back to Atlanta for Season 4.
  • Amazon Studios has picked up “The Wilds”, the series that Reign Edwards filmed the pilot for in New Zealand last year. It’s not clear yet if Reign is still part of the project (we all remember the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot), but if she is, that means we might probably have to say goodbye to Leanna for good.

Reboot-related, it’s gotten pretty quiet on social media before the Corus Upfronts. Every now and then, a new/old BtS photo (e.g. of Justin Hires or of Lucas Till in Episode 2×01) pops up.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Isabel DeLaCruz briefly talked about working on Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) in a podcast. Technical Consultant Rhett Allain continued uploading blog posts with science notes about the MacHacks. He’s intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus; adding blog posts for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck), for Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) and for Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire).

About the Season 3 Ratings (Encore)
Let’s revisit the ratings. To freshen up your memory: The Season Finale had 5.472 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.588 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.063 million viewers and a demo of 0.93 (+44%).

The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Comparing to Season 2, the show lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Compared to the 26 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019 Season, the Reboot made rank 22 in demo and rank 13 in audience numbers. Compared to the Summer shows on CBS at the moment, it would be at rank 2 in demo and first in audience, but we can’t assume the Reboot will be able to keep its current ratings when airing midseason.

Overall, CBS lost quite a bit in the demo ratings. This happened to the other networks as well – but compared to the ratings 7 years ago, it lost the most; experience an average demo drop of more than 65%.

Ratings prediction for Season 4
Usually, a new season of an ongoing Fall show continues in ratings in September the way it ended its last season. Then, it hopefully rises up and peaks around Christmas before dropping again – which did indeed happen for Season 3. Predicting the Season 4 ratings is pretty much impossible at this moment, though – since we don’t know yet in what timeslot the show will end up in and if it will air as a Winter, Spring or Summer show. Sadly, midseason shows aren’t very famous for their ratings in general.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via Lucas Till)

For comparison: The first season of Salvation (another project Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was involved in) in 2016 had a demo rating of 0.52 and 3.53 million viewers per episode. The second season managed a demo of 0.33 and 2.67 million viewers before it was cancelled in 2017. Before Code Black was moved to midseason, it had quite decent ratings: its demo was at 0.93. After being shoved to midseason for Season 3 in 2018, it ended on a demo rating of 0.7 (and 5.66 million live-viewers) and was cancelled.

CBS has several mediocre-rated shows on TV this Fall, so they’re tolerating shows to drop lower in ratings than they used to a few years ago. But it’s difficult to say what CBS will expect ratings-wise for MacGyver and what it will be willing to tolerate before cancelling it. Whatever timeslot the Reboot ends up in, the ratings will surely drop lower than they would have otherwise.

Justin Hires at West Palm Beach Improv (via Ulysses Burdenii)

It’s worth noting that both rookie Spring shows this year on CBS failed – they haven’t been renewed yet and didn’t get a back-order, so they’re essentially cancelled. After 8 episodes so far, The Code (Mondays 9pm) is at 5.10 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.57 on average. The Red Line (Sundays 8pm) ended its run of 8 episodes with 3.85 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.36 per episode.

Summer Show Blood & Treasure (Tuesdays 10pm) aired 4 episodes so far. The average at the moment is 4.94 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.56. It could stabilize because it has a great lead-in with NCIS and FBI.

Lucas Till at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Candids Toronto)

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. Sadly, the celebration got ruined not even a week later: The show won’t come back this year since it was being shoved to mid-season. Its Friday Fall timeslot at 8pm will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, since Magnum PI will be airing on Fridays at 9pm.

So far, there’s no reruns planned for MacGyver either during the hiatus. The 8pm Friday timeslot is filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island” at the moment. Starting August 9, they will run Hawaii Five-0 reruns at 8pm, followed by Magnum reruns at 9pm and Blue Bloods reruns at 10pm; testing the new schedule for Fall Season. The same is happening on Wednesday, with CBS foregoing reruns of SEAL Team to air reruns of SWAT instead.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner besides Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
  • As Peter Lenkov stated, they will start filming in July as usual, so in about 4 weeks.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now; filming from July to December. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information about returning cast and crew. There’s also no Casting Calls out yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

BtS photo of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Robert Maxfield)

They might start filming soon, but if we’re unlucky, it could take another half a year until we get official news about the premiere date and the timeslot. There’s several possibilities:

  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie show or any other show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. This is the most likely option. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. Bad thing: Options are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or even Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary) – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings since MacGyver has all the charactericstics of being an 8pm show. Shows often drop heavily in ratings when being shoved to a later timeslot (see Scorpion or Bull). Also, Sundays is considered the “Death Slot” on CBS (contrary to Fridays on other networks).
  • The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale. Good thing: It could get an 8pm slot and even air on Fridays again. Bad thing: That would still mean we would have to wait until April or even May next year – which probably doesn’t bode well for ratings either since this would essentially make it a Summer show. (With only having 13 episodes, it wouldn’t need to start airing before June to be done in time for the new Fall shows to start in September.)
  • The Reboot could take over the 1-hour-timeslot of a crime show that got pulled early. Good thing: We don’t have to wait too long and there’s room for more than 13 episodes. It could even end up on Friday again. Bad thing: Who wants to take over the timeslot of a show that failed spectacularly or got pulled because of a scandal? Also, this doesn’t happen very often; especially not with shows that made it further than the first season.

At the moment, it’s too early to speculate about it too much. Some rookie shows generated more buzz than others, but it’s still difficult to determine which show will be successful with a back-order and which might end after half a season; being replaced by MacGyver.

Lucas Till having fun at the Corus Upfronts 2019 (via Lucas Till)

The Corus Upfronts and other MacGyver Promo
Like back in 2017, Lucas Till promoted the upcoming season at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto for GlobalTV. It was a pleasant surprise to see BtS photos of interviews and of him posing with fans pop up on social media on Monday. So far, there haven’t been any interviews released yet.

Apparently, the MacGyver Manual got a new cover and title once again: It’s now called “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day”. The release date stays the same (September 17) and it still has 208 pages, but it contains now 155 MacHacks instead of 153.

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

MacGyver in France
After keeping stable and peaking at Episode 3×14, the ratings in France have been dropping since Episode 3×15.

As you can see, the numbers for the Season finale were a bit disastrous, but that’s probably because of an important European Soccer Game on another channel airing at the same time.

The French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. There’s still no further information about the extras.

Looking Back at Season 3 (II) – The Official Stills (Part 2)

As with Seasons 1 and 2, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each episode of Season 3; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)

BtS photo of Season 3 (via David Dastmalchian)

If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 3×01 to 3×05), you can find the post here. For now, I’m keeping up the rhythm of writing bi-weekly Update posts, so these posts looking back at the Official Stills will be peppered in between.

 

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For Epsisode 3×06, we got 13 Official Stills. They all feature the main mission with Mac and Murdoc, but we also got the guest-stars in several of the Stills.

Episode 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: The one with Mac and Murdoc, of course. This already teases a similar storyline like in the Original Show. And there is a fun BtS video by David Dastmalchian from filming this scene; a screenshot shown at the top of this post.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing downright disappointing. I wouldn’t have minded one of the B-storyline with Jack and Bozer. Maybe even one of Nasha?

 

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (Annette Brown)
For the seventh episode of Season 3, we got 7 Stills of the team involved in the main mission.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: For the first two seasons, it was rare for the show to actually feature the guest-star in several of the Official Stills, so I chose one of them.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The Stills look a bit different in quality. Also, all of them show pretty people looking confused. Overall, it’s not very exciting for teasing an episode.

 

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Cagacombs + Le Fantome (Jace Downs)
Episode 3×08 delivered 13 Official Stills, consisting of 10 “normal” Stills and 3 additional Screenshots.

Episode 3×08: Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: All these pretty people in fancy clothing. And in some of the Stills, they’re even happy.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Jack is missing.

 

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Jace Downs)
We got 10 Stills for this episode. Eight them feature Mac, Jack and a dog in the Opening Gambit.

Episode 3×09: Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: Mac and Jack in a cage. And with Jack holding a bone, this setting already screams for an interesting storyline. Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit.

OW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: As I said: Too bad the scene was only the Opening Gambit. Also interesting they chose to show so many Stills from a scene that isn’t even five minutes long.

 

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Jace Downs)
This episode delivered 10 Official Stills. For once, the guest-star got a Still all by himself.

Episode 3×10: Matty + Ethan + Fidelity (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

MY FAVORITE: I’ts Matty and Mac and they look good.

NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The guest-star got a Still all by himself. Too bad I can’t stand the character… I’d rather had some more with Jack or with Riley. Or a Team Phoenix Photo.

 

(More coming soon.)