MacGyver Reboot Update #164

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston are underway. Meanwhile, the cast is still laying low.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: On December 24, Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb released a short video called Baby It’s Cold Outside. And Tristin and Marlon kept themselves busy with being creative. On January 8, Tristin uploaded a Broadway Warm-up video. A day later, Marlon uploaded a dancing video (Omarion Variant).

BtS photo of Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin posted a few more photos and videos; e.g. a throwback to the The Lion King during her Broadway days as a kid. In the last week, she’s been quiet again; even pondering if she should deactivate her Twitter account.

Distributor Star Invest France released the French trailer for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South; kicking off the promo for France. There was a press screening in Paris, so reviews should be out soon. The movie also screened at the “Festival International du Film Politique” in Carcassonne this week.

French Promo for Son of the South (via Stéphane Parphot)

The French theatrical release date has already been moved twice due to the pandemic, and daily covid case numbers are still rising. Whatever happens, I hope we get at least some new photos and interviews taken during the French festival premiere in Deauville last year.

Mama Till provided some more photos of Lucas; presenting her chrochet work.

ICYMI: TV Line revealed that Levy Tran will play a crime lord’s bodyguard named Tia Min in an upcoming episode of CBS show Magnum PI. I estimated her episode to be 4×13, but she isn’t listed in the press release. Considering that the show is going on hiatus during the Olympics, we might not get to watch her episode until the end of February or even March.

MacGyver The Musical Character Art (via Stages Houston)

In December, stunt double Reece Fleetwood did a short interview; also talking about doubling for George Eads on MacGyver.

“[Eads] told me the first day I worked, ‘Man, if you’re doubling me, you’re going to be busy because there’s a ton of action for my character and I’ve got a bum back and my shoulder is all whacked out,’” Fleetwood recalled. Eads was true to his word. Fleetwood was involved in loads of fights, falls, car chases and a scene with an explosion that ended up dislocating his shoulder. “I was stunt coordinating that day,” he said. “We were supposed to be running from an explosion and we were supposed to be behind a barricade before the explosion, but I told the director I thought it would look cooler if we weren’t quite behind the barricade.” Fleetwood was right about the shot, but it took him about a year to recover from the pain of that dislocated shoulder.

The Newton Community Magazine, December 14, 2021

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: There’s another fundraiser going on. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

CBS Midseason Ratings
Although SWAT lost in ratings since being pushed to their new time slot (Sundays, 10pm), it’s still doing well enough. Of the 20 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI still has the lowest demo of the previous Friday line-up (Rank 16), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 12).

CBS is usually one of the “slower” networks when it comes to announcing renewals and cancellations. So far, it has cancelled Bull, which has the second-lowest demo of all current scripted CBS shows and a rather tumultous past behind the scenes.

Henry Ian Cusick for Pensacon

While CBS has several pilots in the works, none of the pilots have been ordered to series yet. So far, none of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS shows in development. If they are, we might hear either at the TCAs soon or the Upfronts (usually in May).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On their list of “Most Popular Shows of 2021” at SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot reached Rank 11. The Reboot also reached Rank 14 on their list of “Most Popular Shows and Articles on SpoilerTV in December 2021”.

At the moment, SpoilerTV will let you vote on your favorite Shows starting with “M”. So far, they haven’t deactivated their MacGyver Twitter Account (unlike for other former shows); knowing that the fandom is still very active and bringing traffic to their website.

MacGyver The Musical Promo (via Stages Houston)

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston started on January 3. Listen to this podcast episode (recorded in February 2020 before the Telluride workshop premiere) to listen to MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff talking about how the musical came to be.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick will appear at Pensacon (Florida, February 18-20).
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till are on Rank 2 (about 3400 hits) and Rank 3 (about 3050 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air in February.

MacGyver Reboot Update #163

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston have started. Meanwhile, the cast seems to have mostly disappeared from social media this year.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
On December 24, Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb released a short video called Baby It’s Cold Outside. A day later, Marlon uploaded a black-and-white-version on YouTube.

We got some BtS photos as well.

BtS photo of Tristin Mays in Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Tristin Mays)

Last year, Tristin talked to Justin Hires for the Urban Legendz Podcast; revealing that she’s been taking dance lessons again because she’s attached to the Flashdance TV Series that’s in development for Paramount and CBS (with Paramount+ as distributor). There haven’t been any updates on IMDb recently, but Tristin just started following pilot script writer Tracy McMillan on Instagram. Maybe a good sign?

We got several new photos of Lucas Till (curtesy of Mama Till); spending time with family on Christmas. Dana Till has been recuperating after surgery and thanked Lucas on Instagram for taking such good care of her in recent months.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: Levy Tran filmed scenes for CBS show Magnum PI mid-December. We don’t have further information about episode number or airdate, but TV Line revealed that she will play Tia Min, a powerful crime lord’s formidable bodyguard.

While loyal to her boss, Min abides by her own code (and harbors a secret agenda). Circumstances will force Magnum to work with Min when his interests coincide with her employer’s.

TV Line

Many fans hoped she would return as her MacGyver character so that we might learn something about the fate of the other characters.

It’s a missed opportunity, but not the first time CBS brings in regular cast members of other CBS shows as guest stars (even if the two shows are in the same universe). It’s also standard for the guest stars. In fact, many of the guest-stars on MacGyver have turned up on other CBS shows recently.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Alexandra Grey)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: For New Years, we got some special messages by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and by Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson). There’s also another fundraiser going on. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

CBS Midseason Ratings
On January 2nd, SWAT aired the first episode in its new time slot (Sundays, 10pm). CBS made the midseason schedule change to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother) on Fridays.

Italian Promo for Son of the South (via Notorious Pictures)

SWAT did very well on Fridays; being the only scripted CBS show gaining in demo ratings this season (+14%) compared to last season and also being one of two shows gaining in audience numbers (+56%). For its first Sunday episode this season, the show lost 22% in demo and 26% in audience. It will be interesting to see if and how the Friday ratings for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will be affected.

Other MacGyver-related News
On their list of “Most Popular Shows of 2021” at SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot reached Rank 11. The Popularity score is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes and Tweets.

Rehearsals for MacGyver The Musical (via Mike Dorsey)

On their list of “Most Popular “What Did You Think Of” Polls of the Year at SpoilerTV”, the Season 5 Finale reached Rank 1. Several other episodes made the Top 30 as well:

  • 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (Rank 4)
  • 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (Rank 11)
  • 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Rank 12)
  • 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (Rank 16)
  • 5×09: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Rank 28)

Despite airing the Season 5 Finale back in April 2021, the Reboot reached Rank 14 on their list of “Most Popular Shows and Articles on SpoilerTV in December 2021”.

BtS photo of Tristin Mays in Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Marlon Webb)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston started this week.
  • MacGyver guest star Ramon DeOcampo will guest-star in tonight’s episode of Magnum PI.
  • Justin Hires released his third album on Christmas Day; including a new music video.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air in February.

MacGyver Reboot Update #162

While some of the cast members are back on set, some are tending to their own projects.

Lucas Till spending time with family and friends (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
In November and December, Levy Tran filmed scenes for Expendables 4 in Bulgaria and Greece. On December 11, she popped up in Hawaii with her sister; stating that she’s working while also enjoying some time with family. She also provided us with a new Expendables BtS photo while wearing the blonde wig.

In her trailer while filming Expendables 4 (via Levy Tran)

While there were hints that she might be on the set of CBS show Magnum PI, she didn’t give us any confirmation until December 17. We don’t know yet if she will play her old MacGyver character or a new one.

Justin Hires did an interview with French-American Eclair Magazine for their December issue. He stated that he’s still friends with the cast of MacGyver because they felt like a real family on set and that he would love to resume the character of Wilt Bozer.

Justin Hires for Eclair Magazine (December Issue)

We got several new sightings of Lucas Till; spending time with family and friends for a birthday celebration.

On December 15, Season 5 writer Teresa Huang tweeted that she’s still depressed over the unexpected cancellation, but that she appreciates the love and the social media posts about the MacGyver Reboot.

Tristin Mays was mostly absent from social media in recent weeks – until she announced on December 15 that she had opened another Instagram account called The Disco Room.

Screenshot of Tristin Mays for Cameo (December 2021)

Two days later, she announced that she has joined Cameo; hinting at currently filming for a project. A few days later, she revealed that the project is called Baby It’s Cold Outside and will drop today (at least in my timezone).

Alexandra Grey posted several new BtS photos of Season 5. She stated that out of all characters she played on television, Parker has been the most rewarding.

ICYMI: Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air next year.

Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb in Baby It’s Cold Outside (Screenshot via Tristin Mays)

ICYMI: Back in November, Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov answered fan questions on Instagram Stories. He revealed that he’s working on a book about his career and that he will include conversations between him, Lucas Till and Lucas’ manager Tom Sullivan.

Ironically, Maureen Ryan tweeted on December 17 that she’s working on a book called Burn It Down; covering institutional power and abuse in the entertainment industry. Maureen was the writer who broke the story of Lenkov’s abuse against cast and crew in the Vanity Fair article (which was probably the nail in the coffin for Lenkov’s career at CBS; even before it was published).

Italian Promo for Son of the South (via Notorious Pictures)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: Another round of digital billboards with a festive design had been launched in November. The locations were Orlando (FL), Westampton (NJ), San Antonio (TX), Houston (TX), Hawthorne (CA) and West Haven (CT).

The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Starting in January, SWAT will air on Sundays 10pm to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother) on the Friday midseason schedule. SWAT is the only scripted CBS show gaining in demo ratings this season (+14%) compared to last year and also one of only two shows gaining in audience numbers (+56%).

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Alexandra Grey)

Of the 19 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI reaches the lowest demo of the Friday line-up (Rank 15), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 11).

Nielsen Ratings have been delayed for days and sometimes even weeks in recent months. They also admitted of still having problems delivering “real” numbers; undercounting audiences in the last two! years. In a recent interview with AdWeek, CBS Entertainment Kelly Kahl stated:

Perhaps somewhat ironically, we’re moving away from demos and going “back to the future” – counting and emphasizing total audience.

Kelly Kahl in AdWeek (December 2021)

Too bad they weren’t willing to do that for the MacGyver Reboot.

Holiday decorating… MacGyver-style (via CBS)

Other MacGyver-related News
On IMDbTV, the MacGyver Reboot has been in the Top 10 section for 79 days; hovering between Rank 5 and 6 in the last few weeks. Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • On December 24, there will be a rerun of The Christmas Sitter with Tristin Mays on ionTV.
  • Justin Hires will release his new album on Christmas Day. A first music video has been dropped on his Patreon officially (and inofficially on YouTube).
  • ICYMI: The design contest for the MacGyver Musical was extended to December 20. We don’t know yet when the winners will be announced.

Looking Back at Season Zero (XII) – The Script (Part 3): Gunner / Hunter

I’m still trying to find new material regarding the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot; filmed in 2016. In this series of blog posts, I write about the first draft of the unaired pilot script.

BtS photo of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via Ralph Cartel).

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about the Unaired Pilot storylines and characters. For daily news and discussions, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

Don’t worry, there’s more to come – it just takes time. Sadly, the days never seem to have enough hours… and my blogging isn’t paid.

The Unaired Pilot Script
A short recap: The Unaired Pilot was filmed in April and May of 2016; based on a script written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by David Von Ancken. The pilot itself or its 20-minute-promo-cut for the Upfronts hasn’t surfaced so far.

The first draft of the script is dated February 26, 2016. As mentioned in this blog post regarding the script, there must have been heavy rewrites between the first draft and the filming process. But you’ll never know. In case the promo cut or the full episode ever get released, I will omit some of the most spoilery lines and plot twists. I don’t want to ruin your fun.

Joshua Boone as Gunner / Hunter (via Eileen Cox Baker)

The Character: Gunner / Hunter
In this blog post, I will focus on a character that seems to have two names. He was played by Joshua Boone; back then only known for a handful of guests spots.

In the script, the character is listed as “Gunner” – while on the BtS photo above, he’s listed as “Hunter”. IMDb uses both names; hinting towards a potential plot twist.

Just before the Upfronts, SpoilerTV had provided character descriptions. They differ from the script I’ve read, so I’m assuming they’re based on either a revised script or the final draft. They might have been written for the Upfronts; e.g. for the press kit.

Unaired Pilot Character Descriptions (via SpoilerTV)

In the character description by SpoilerTV, Gunner was sort of “downgraded” to a handy man. In the script, Gunner used to be a coast guard; knowing his way with guns and changing careers after being overlooked for promotions. He now works at Portlife Life Insurance, and boasts about being named the 16th best life insurance broker in Portland by Oregon Magazine.

About Gunner
We meet Gunner at the airport in Portland, when Angus MacGyver returns from his hospital stay after being rescued from being a POW (prisoner of war) for five years.

The scene switches pretty quickly to MacGyver’s room. Apparently, Grandpa Earl never cleared it out; and it seems to me that the only reason the script has Gunner joining Mac in “re-discovering” his home is to add the plot twist of MacGyver realizing that Gunner and Mac’s former girlfriend Mickey are dating.

MacGyver tries to go back to civilian life and helps Earl in the hardware store. One day, there’s a robbery. Or was it terrorism? Mac was a POW for five years, so everyone deems him paranoid. Nevertheless, Mac investigates the case with his new friends (e.g. Lincoln and Sipps) while also involving his old friends (e.g. Mickey and Gunner).

Homecoming Crowd Scene (via John Mott)

Gunner is worried about Mac spending so much time on a case that might be just a robbery gone wrong. Although Gunner thinks the case should be handled by the authorities, and that Mickey spends way too much time with her ex-boyfriend, he tries to help.

We get several scenes with Gunner acting as the jealous boyfriend. I’m sure Gunner was intended as a recurring characer, maybe even as the season finale villain. But if they also intended to keep the jealous boyfriend trope, this would have gotten old and boring pretty fast.

Interestingly, MacGyver never confronts Gunner about his behavior. And when he suspects Gunner on being involved with the robbery, it’s solved within the next few sentences. Generally, there’s not much character development until the showdown in the mall (a normal mall, not a deserted one like in the trailer), where Gunner gets to be a hero of his own; showing off some parcour skills.

Overall, the character stays rather bland until the plot twist at the end, which is an Easter Egg that might only be realized by fans of (or people in the know about) the original show. It’s not yet clear to me if the plot twist was dropped for the episode that was filmed or if it was changed into something less obvious.

Script versus Trailer
Gunner aka Hunter doesn’t have any spotlight in the Unaired Pilot trailer. His name is never mentioned. There’s only glimpses of him in two of the “not-so-official” Stills by Production Designer John Mott – one in presumably Mac’s home (see below) and one from behind in the homecoming ceremony crowd at the airport (see above).

Mac’s Home; built on Location (via John Mott)

Of course, teaser trailers can be deceiving. But it looks like Gunner was intended as a recurring character only, while Mickey was intended as a regular character; being an algamation of two female characters (Mickey and Sipps) in the script.

What about Bozer?
Judging by the Easter Eggs in the Unaired Pilot Script, we have to assume that writer Paul Downs Colaizzo has either watched the OG Pilot (or read the OG script) and/or done some research about OG characters. But while the Easter Egg at the end hints at an OG character, none of the other characters bear any resemblance to any OG characters.

In the Reboot, Wilt Bozer (played by Justin Hires) is MacGyver’s best childhood friend. You can find all information about his character here. I’m assuming that Showrunner and EP Peter Lenkov rewrote Gunner into Bozer; using the name as another Easter Egg.

Interestingly, they kept Gunner’s clothing style for Bozer despite being different characters with very different occupations and different career ambitions.

Justin Hires as Wilt Bozer (via MacGyverOnline)

It’s possible that they simply didn’t have the time to re-invent all of the secondary and/or recurring characters; considering Lenkov had to reboot the Reboot and bring it back on track with a new cast, new crew and a new filming location within three or four months.

At the beginning of Season 1, Bozer is trying to make it as a film director in his free time while flipping burgers as a day job. In the middle of the season, he joins the Phoenix Foundation as a lab tech and later turns into a full agent going on missions.

It’s not clear if the initial idea for Gunner had been the same. It sure would have kept the tension high with Mickey being on missions with her ex-boyfriend. Overall, it could have led to a show with a lot of relationship drama – which Lenkov chose to avoid; focusing on the action and the bromance aspects of the show (at least in the first few seasons).

MacGyver Reboot Update #161

While some of the cast members are back on set, some are attending red carpet events. And others have “disappeared”.

Houston Billboard (via Kemberlie)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
The Reboot cast has more or less disappeared from social media in the last few weeks – only for most of them to show up again within days of each other.

Henry Ian Cusick had initially planned to attend German Comic Con in Dortmund this weekend. His appearance was cancelled (probably due to rising numbers of covid cases in Germany and its surrounding countries).

Levy Tran on set of Expendables 4 (via Cheung Lap Fung)

Levy Tran filmed more scenes for Expendables 4 in Bulgaria and in Greece. We recently got some new BtS photos of her wearing the blonde wig (e.g. by Cheung Lap Fung or by Alan Ng). On November 30, she posted from Bulgaria again; stating that she has two more days of filming before wrapping her character.

ICYMI: When fans lamented on missing her face on screen, Meredith Eaton teased on November 6 that we would see it again “soon”. On December 1st, she posted an Instagram video taken on the set of the CBS show NCIS. Apparently, she will reprise the character of Carol Wilson (who was on both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans) in presumably Episode 19×13; written by NCIS-actor Brian Dietzen (who also provided a BtS photo).

Meredith Eaton on set of NCIS (via Brian Dietzen)

Meanwhile, Tristin Mays attended an LA screening this week for “Silent Night”, a film with Keira Knightley.

Lucas Till seems to have disappeared; at least from social media. There have been no sightings for Thanksgiving festivities with the family, either.

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov started answering fan questions on Instagram Stories. While he shares some interesting character and storyline tidbits every now and then, he also throws shade at both Lucas Till and Meredith Eaton.

Tristin Mays at the LA screening for Silent Night (via Getty Images)

Here’s a few of his answers regarding the MacGyver Reboot:

  • His intended endgame was Mac and Riley.
  • If George Eads hadn’t left, Jack’s storyline would have included more military flashbacks and finally meeting Bruce Willis.
  • He had been looking for a co-showrunner to hand the show over to since Season 4.

When asked about the character of Samantha Cage, he evaded an answer; stating that “it’s a secret” why she was written out of the show.

Peter Lenkov Q&A (via Instagram Stories)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
Another round of digital billboards has been launched last month. The locations are Orlando (FL), Westampton (NJ), San Antonio (TX), Houston (TX), Hawthorne (CA) and West Haven (CT). We got a first glance at the Houston billboard on November 30.

If you manage to be in the area, go snap a picture and share. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news and to find out about the exact locations of the billboards.

Tech Consultant Rhett Allain for MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
There were several reruns lately. For now, there are two more episodes of SWAT on Fridays 8pm. Starting in January, SWAT will air on Sundays 10pm to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother) on the midseason schedule.

Fun Fact: SWAT is still the only scripted CBS show gaining in demo ratings this season (+8%) compared to last year and also one of only two shows gaining in audience ratings (the other one is comedy United States of Al which gained 1% in viewer numbers).

Storyboard excerpt of Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Jasmine Alexia)

Of the 19 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI reaches the lowest demo of the Friday line-up (Rank 16), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 13). They still seem to favor the latter shows for promo while neglecting Magnum.

Other MacGyver-related News
On IMDbTV, the MacGyver Reboot has been in the Top 10 section for 70 days; hovering between Rank 5 and 6 in the last few weeks.

MacGyver The Musical Design Contest (via the official MacGyver Instagram)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • In Italy, Son of the South was released yesterday. Due to rising numbers of covid cases in Europe, access to cinemas will be limited soon if you’re not vaccinated.
  • The Season 5 Finale will premiere on Swiss FreeTV tonight. There are still reruns of earlier seasons on German, Austrian and Swiss TV.
  • ICYMI: The design contest for the MacGyver Musical is still running. You can win over 2500 US Dollars in cash prizes. If interested, check the entry information here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #160

While it’s been rather quiet regarding the cast, ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov sure stirred things up in the last few days.

Training during a filming break for Expendables 4 (via Levy Tran)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: Sadly, it looks like FX has passed on The Spook who sat by the Door, the pilot for a series that Lucas Till has filmed in Baltimore back in May. There has been no official news about it and no information if the series is going to be shopped somewhere else.

Levy Tran filmed more scenes for Expendables 4 in Sofia (Bulgaria). On November 8, she posted a workout video; hinting that she’s staying in Greece. I’m curious where she’ll pop up next.

When fans lamented on missing her face on screen, Meredith Eaton teased on November 6 that we would see it again “soon”. There has been no signs on what she’s working right now. Interestingly, she recently started following the official Instagram account for The Good Doctor. The ABC series is filmed in Vancouver, so it’s possible that Meredith might make a guest appearance (in person or on screen). Of course, “soon” in fandom time can mean anything from two weeks to two years.

ICYMI: Tristin Mays got into the Halloween Spirit a few days early; filming a short clip tackling crow problems. She has more or less disappeared from social media since then.

Tristin Mays for Halloween 2021 (via Tristin Mays)

Last weekend, a clean-shaven Henry Ian Cusick attended Liverpool Comic Con. Next month, he will attend German Comic Con in Dortmund (3.-5. December). You can book your autograph signing or photo op here. According to IMDb, he’s attached to 7 upcoming projects.

Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows, podcasts and working on his music. His new album will be released on Christmas.

Last week, Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov started answering fan questions on Instagram Stories. While he shared some interesting tidbits over several days, he also got a lot of heat from both Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver fans. He tagged Lucas Till in several of the posts; also throwing subtle (and not so subtle) shade at both Lucas and at MacGyver co-star Meredith Eaton.

ICYMI; here’s a few of his answers regarding the MacGyver Reboot, the characters and the storylines:

  • His intended endgame was Mac and Riley.
  • His favorite characters were Murdoc, Riley and Bozer.
  • The Codex storyline was the idea of co-showrunner Terry Matalas. Lenkov believes that Codex would have come back at some point (though he hasn’t watched Season 5).
  • If George Eads hadn’t left, Jack’s storyline would have included more military flashbacks and finally meeting Bruce Willis.

Lenkov also stated that even if the show had continued, he wouldn’t be showrunning anymore because he had been looking for a co-showrunner to hand the show over to since Season 4.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Here’s a few of his answers regarding the Reboot cast:

  • He’s working on a book that will include details about his “relationship” with Lucas Till. The book should be released next year.
  • According to Lenkov, Lucas struggled with being the Number 1 on the call sheet and showed some “questionable behavior” (without elaborating). Lenkov added that he ignored said behaviour to keep the show going.
  • He’s harrassed regularly by Lucas Till fans (which seems odd, considering he blocked most of them on social media months ago).
  • He claims that Mac and Riley didn’t date because Lucas didn’t support the storyline.
  • There were several reasons for George Eads leaving; one reason being to spend more time with his daughter.
  • He offered Meredith Eaton to write in a cane after her hip surgery (while not revealing if she declined the offer) and claims that all scenes in the script had Matty sitting. He brushed off accusations regarding Meredith because he wasn’t the director of said episode.
  • While he admitted on being a tough boss, he claims that Lucas wasn’t prepared for the amount of work that is required for being a lead actor on a TV show.
  • He calls Ian a “breath of fresh air” who should have his own TV show and recalls finding Tristin on YouTube and immediately knowing he wanted to cast her.

It’s interesting to note that while Lenkov is willing to publish written conversations between him and Lucas, he said he’s disappointed he can’t share the messages between him and Meredith Eaton. He’s also wise enough to not mention CBS in a negative way.

Episode 5×10: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (video screenshot via Levy Tran)

Considering that he keeps flip-flopping on answers, changes the narrative, avoids the f-word (as in “fired”) and keeps posting hinky statements and blatant lies, I’m not sure this book can be published without a hitch (aka a ton of revisions – which shouldn’t be a problem for a writer, huh).

Also, he tagged long-time friend Ingo Rademacher to back him up in saying he always supported Lucas. (Note that a few weeks ago, Rademacher lost his long-time gig of 25!! seasons on ABC soap General Hospital after not complying with the Covid Vaccine Mandate on set and posting anti-transgender memes.)

Lenkov will probably try to get more friends and ex-co-workers to back him up for the book, but I doubt that most of the people still supporting him are ready and/or willing to do so in public.

Lee David Zlotoff for MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
On November 10, CBS released their midseason schedule. Surprisingly, they’re still going through with their initial idea; pulling off SWAT in January and shoving it to Sundays 10pm to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother).

Considering that SWAT is their only scripted show gaining in demo ratings this season compared to last year, this is a disappointing move for fans. But hey, at least the show isn’t cancelled.

Storyboard excerpt of Episode 5×06: Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance (via Jasmine Alexia)

Of the 19 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI reaches the lowest demo of the Friday line-up (Rank 15), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 13).

Other MacGyver-related News
On IMDbTV, the MacGyver Reboot has been in the Top 10 section for 55 days.

ICYMI: The official MacGyver website launched a design contest for the musical. You can win over 2500 US Dollars in cash prizes. If interested, check the entry information here. A few days ago, MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff shared a short announcement.

MacGyver The Musical Design Contest (via the official MacGyver Instagram)

Last month, I finally found out which show is filmed in the Reboot’s former location (Mailing Avenue Stageworks): Ordinary Joe. Considering the ratings and the show not getting a backorder, it might be done after the first season.

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • Yesterday and today, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South is screened in competition at the “Festival du Film d’Histoire de Pessac” in France. The release date has been pushed to March next year.
  • Son of the South will be released December 2 in Italy. It’s possible the date gets pushed again if they have close cinemas due to rising numbers of covid cases in Europe.

MacGyver Reboot Update #159

It’s been rather quiet lately. Fans are still waiting for news regarding the reboot and project announcements for their favorite cast members.

Lucas Till in Tallahassee FL, October 2021 (via Rodney Carter)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
We got a new Lucas Till sighting on October 29, thanks to family friend Rodney Carter. It was presumably taken on the day of the funeral of Lucas’ grandmother in Tallahassee (Florida).

Back in May, Lucas filmed a pilot for The Spook who sat by the Door in Baltimore. Sadly, it looks like FX has passed on the project. On October 28, executive producer Leigh Dana Jackson (who had written the pilot script) tweeted about being (understandably) disappointed.

This is a bummer; considering how excited Lucas was about the book the script is based on. To be fair, the news didn’t come totally unexpected with no updates since July, FX ordering more pilots and greenlighting shows lately plus one of the main actresses getting cast in another show a few weeks ago.

Since FX is listed as the distributor and not as the production company on IMDb, I thought Leigh and/or producing company Lee Daniels Entertainment might be able to take the project elsewhere. But as Leigh tweeted a few days later (by answering someone’s suggestion about pitching it to Netflix), the “studio” owns it. I’m not sure to which studio he was referring to, since 20th Television is also attached.

Levy Tran, Randy Couture and 50 Cent on set of Expendables 4 (via Levy Tran)

For now, it looks like the project is done unless FX sells it or revives it in a few years. But even if it gets made after all, it might be with a different cast and crew.

Less than 3 weeks after returning to Atlanta from London, Levy Tran has returned to Europe; presumably to film more scenes for Expendables 4. This time, she travelled to Sofia (Bulgaria). She posted a first BtS photo from the London set; showing off a new hair color (presumably a wig).

Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb for Halloween (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin Mays got into the Halloween Spirit a few days early; filming a short clip tackling crow problems. As Tristin stated, she made the costumes herself. She collaborated with Marlon Webb, who’s involved in the “Pirate Project” she did a few months ago. If I remember correctly, she had also designed some of the pirate costumes.

Henry Ian Cusick will attend German Comic Con in Dortmund (3.-5. December). You can book your autograph signing or photo op here. According to IMDb, he’s attached to 6 projects currently, but none of them have had updates recently. Two movies are already in post-production. The one with Peter Lenkov attached as producer has already been filmed last year and will probably be the next one being released.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows, podcasts and working on his music. He also invested some of his money; buying a multi-family property. He hinted at working on something, but there’s no official news yet.

While Sandrine Holt will make an appearanace on NCIS LA soon, I haven’t seen the rest of the cast in other projects yet.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: For the MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity. The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news or their social media accounts.

Sarah Downer for MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the shows on the current CBS schedule, in streaming numbers (e.g. on IMDbTV) and in syndication, the more appealing it is to do something with it. There is still money to be made by selling the rights, ordering more merchandize (e.g. books) or greenlight a Spin-Off.

There were reruns last week, but let’s take a look at the current Friday ratings.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has an average demo of 0.45 (+8% compared to last year) in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.833 million live-viewers (+53%) per episode.
  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low. This season, an average episode reaches a demo of 0.41 (-22%) and a live-audience of 5.216 million viewers (-7%).
  • Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) keeps the tendency of a rather low demo with high live-audience numbers. At the moment, an episode manages 0.44 (-18%) in demo and an an audience of 6.076 million viewers (-6%) on average.

Of the 19 scripted shows, Magnum PI reaches the lowest demo of the Friday line-up (Rank 16), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 13).

Urban Legendz Podcast Preview for Episode 41 (via Justin Hires)

As predicted early on, it looks like SWAT is the winner here; getting to keep it’s Friday slot instead of being pushed to Sundays 10pm. For now, CBS will air reruns on Sundays; starting with reruns of the pilot episodes of their rookie shows.

Other MacGyver-related News
CBS released a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. I didn’t see any official promo for it.

The MacGyver Reboot is quite popular on streaming services. Since IMDbTV made it available to stream in the US, it has been in the Top 10 section for 43 days.

MacGyver The Musical Key Art (via Stages Houston)

The Houston premiere for the second production of MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. Casting for roles is underway (online submissions closed on October 22). Check the dates and book tickets here.

The official MacGyver website also launched a design contest for the musical. You can win over 2500 US Dollars in cash prizes. If interested, check the entry information here. Houston Stages already have key art, so maybe it’s for the next musical that should open in May. The location hasn’t been announced yet.

MacGyver The Musical Design Contest (via the official MacGyver website)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • ICYMI: Back in May, Justin Hires recorded an episode with Lucas Till for his Urban Legendz Podcast, which he uploaded to his Patreon in June. It’s now officially up on YouTube.
  • On November 18 and 19, Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will be screened in competition at the “Festival du Film d’Histoire de Pessac” in France. The release date has been pushed to March next year.
  • Son of the South will be released December 2 in Italy.

MacGyver Reboot Update #158

With a few sightings here and there, fans wait for news regarding the reboot and projects of their favorite cast and crew members.

Lucas Till attending a wedding, October 2021 (via Dana Till)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
We got a new Lucas Till sighting in Atlanta on October 10, thanks to his mom. She posted a selfie with her sons; taken while attending a family wedding.

Tristin Mays got to meet her nephew for the first time recently; being completely smitten and fuelling the ideas of fans and fanfiction writers.

Tristin Mays meeting Campion, October 2021 (via Giselle Mays)

Levy Tran has returned to Atlanta after filming scenes for Expendables 4 in London. So far, I haven’t seen any BtS photos of her, but it looks like she got her hair cut shorter. Maybe she will film more scenes in another location? In the meantime, she’s endorsing the new sports brand collaboration by her martial arts trainers.

Otherwise, there’s still no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows, podcasts and working on his music. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month while Meredith Eaton is mostly off the social media grid.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: For the MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Kate Bond for MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Why are the current CBS ratings of interest for MacGyver fans? The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights, ordering more merchandize (e.g. books) or work on a Spin-Off.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has an average demo of 0.45 (+7% compared to last year) in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.877 million live-viewers (+54%) per episode.

Verdict: The fate of SWAT depends on the co-producing network, but the future looks quite promising. The ratings improved a lot since the timeslot switch and it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low. This season, an average episode reaches a demo of 0.40 (-24%) and a live-audience of 5.211 million viewers (-6%).

Verdict: The show still has a rather good audience number. Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its Fall premiere and/or time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) keeps its tendency of a rather low demo with high live-audience numbers. At the moment, an average episode manages 0.43 (-20%) in demo and an an audience of 6.084 million viewers (-6%).

Verdict: The loss of live-viewers compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Levy Tran for Hyperfly (via Kinetic Motions)

Other MacGyver-related News
The MacGyver Reboot is in syndication.

  • There are double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).
  • In the US, the Reboot is available to stream on IMDbTV. This week, it’s been in the Top Ten (Rank 7) every day.
  • Fans have tweeted that the show will come to Netflix in Europe soon; e.g. to France.

ICYMI: Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the German version contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

The movie is currently available on Netflix in 17 countries (e.g. Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela); reaching the Top Ten this week in 15 of them.

MacGyver The Musical Key Art (via Stages Houston)

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. You can read up on all information here. I haven’t seen any advertizing so far.
  • On November 18 and 19, Son of the South will be screened in competition at the “Festival du Film d’Histoire de Pessac” in France.
  • The Houston premiere for the second production of MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. Casting for roles is underway. Check the dates and book tickets here.

Looking Back at Season Zero (XI) – The Script (Part 2): Earl and David

Every time I dig through my folders, I come across the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m still trying to find new material; putting together all the interesting information. In this series of blog posts, I write about the first draft of the Unaired Pilot script.

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about the Unaired Pilot storylines and characters. For daily news and discussions, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

Don’t worry, there’s more to come – it just takes time. Sadly, the days never seem to have enough hours… and my blogging isn’t paid.

The Unaired Pilot Script
A short recap: The Unaired Pilot was filmed in April and May of 2016; based on a script written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by David Von Ancken. The pilot itself or its 20-minute-promo-cut for the Upfronts hasn’t surfaced so far.

The first draft of the script is dated February 26, 2016. In case the promo cut or the full episode ever get released, I will omit some of the most spoilery lines and plot twists in the upcoming blog posts regarding the script. I don’t want to ruin your fun, after all.

The Portland Beavers (via LogoLynx)

The Location: Portland
The First Draft of the Unaired Pilot is set in Portland. I haven’t figured out why, because the location doesn’t really matter for the storyline. According to Wikipedia, Paul Downs Colaizzo was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. He studied in New York City and still lives there.

The Unaired Pilot was initially set to film in Portland, so it’s possible that CBS demanded of Colaizzo to make Portland the main location.

The Characters: Earl and David
In this blog post, I will focus on two characters appearing in the first draft of the script. They’re both related to lead character Angus MacGyver. One has a speaking role, while the other is being mentioned only (because he’s already dead).

Yes, it’s Grandpa MacGyver (Earl) and Papa MacGyver (David). Not much is known about them. They only seem to serve the backstory of the lead character. We don’t know what actors would have played them since they were never listed on IMDb and didn’t appear in the teaser trailer or the storyboard excerpts.

As mentioned in my last blog post regarding the script, there must have been heavy rewrites between the first draft and the filming process. It’s possible their scenes were written out or cut in the editing room.

About Earl
Grandpa Earl is in his 60s. He owns a hardware store. I don’t remember a wife or other kids being mentioned. Or any hobbies. And there’s not much personality to discover. Overall, the character stays bland – similarly to Patricia Thornton (Sandrine Holt) who made it to the rebooted version that aired on TV.

I’m not sure how big Grandpa Earl’s role would have been. If he was intended as a recurring characer, then probably only to book-end the episodes and only as long as MacGyver was still living there and/or occasionally visiting in between missions.

We meet Earl at the airport in Portland, when Angus MacGyver returns from his hospital stay after a 5-year-long-stint as a POW (prisoner of war). It’s implied that Earl travelled with Mac back to Portland – but we don’t know what happened in between as the reunion of Mac and Earl wasn’t written into the script. The scene switches to MacGyver’s bedroom. Apparently, Earl never cleared it out.

According to the script, MacGyver lost both his parents while being young, so he moved in with Earl as a kid. He also collected boomerangs (which might have been an Easter Eggs since this fact doesn’t matter as the story progresses).

Mac’s Home; built on Location (via John Mott)

There’s not much information about the place otherwise. In the few BtS photos of the Unaired Pilot, it looks like Mac lives on his own, although the place looks like he might have inherited it from his grandpa.

MacGyver helps Earl in the store one day, and there’s a robbery. Or was it terrorism? Mac was a POW for 5 years, so everyone deems him paranoid and in need of more veteran support group meetings. Mac investigates with Lincoln and his friends, so Earl doesn’t have much scenes overall.

What about Harry?
Original MacGyver fans know that Mac’s grandfather from his mother’s side was named Harry Jackson. Harry became a father-figure to MacGyver after his father and grandmother were killed in a car accident. If you’re interested in Harry, you can find more information here.

Harry Jackson (John Anderson, via MacGyverOnline)

Judging by the Easter Eggs in the Unaired Pilot Script, we have to assume that Paul Downs Colaizzo has at least watched the OG Pilot. Or not? While doing promo for another project back in August 2019, Colaizzo stated in an interview:

I got a phone call in the middle of the night that said, “We need you to move to LA tomorrow and start working on the pilot of ‘MacGyver.’” And when you’re on an overall deal, that’s sort of the agreement, that you work for the studio. I’d never seen an episode of “MacGyver” in my life. I wrote a pilot, though, and at that point, the studio was determined to keep that thing going, and I was along for the ride.

The Playlist, August 22, 2019

In theory, you don’t need to watch any episodes with OG Grandpa Harry to know about Harry. You can read the IMDb synopsis of each episode, check Wikipedia or the extensive character backlog and the forum of MacGyver Online.

Harry MacGyver (Michael O’Keefe, via MacGyverOnline)

So why didn’t Colaizzo use Harry as the name for rebooted MacGyver’s grandpa? Maybe it was a hommage to his own grandpa. Or he felt some liberty since this is presumably the father of Papa MacGyver, not the father of Mama MacGyver (contrary to the OG show).

Also, we don’t know if the name was changed for the script that was used for filming. It’s both possible that they did it during revisions and Showrunner Peter Lenkov took it for his own script, or that he changed the name later; implementing an Easter Egg of his own.

About David
As seen in the script snippets posted here, MacGyver’s dad died during Desert Storm. Little MacGyver was only one year old – raised by his mother until she died in a car crash when he was six.

What about James?
Original MacGyver fans know that Mac’s dad was named James MacGyver. Mac’s dad being a soldier being killed during Desert Storm is quite a difference from the OG storyline, but also of the Reboot storyline that Lenkov implemented.

When SpoilerTV provided character descriptions just before the Upfronts, they already revealed that Lincoln knew MacGyver’s father. This is presented as a plot twist in the script (perfectly placed for a commercial break).

MacGyver will later learn about this, and will be angry with Lincoln about being kept in the dark. (I will come back to this scene in an upcoming blog post about Lincoln.)

Earl and Lincoln
Interestingly, Lincoln enters Earl’s hardware store to check out the crime scene, but Earl isn’t there. Would he have recognized Lincoln from the photo? Have they met before? Maybe that’s backstory stuff that was supposed to touch upon in later episodes.

Both Earl and Lincoln are in the last scene, but don’t acknowledge each other. It’s a bit weird. Maybe I missed something and have to read it again. Maybe I’ll find the missing piece while doing “research” for my next blog post.

MacGyver Reboot Update #157

Lucas Till finished promoting the release of Son of the South in Europe. Meanwhile, Levy Tran has arrived in Europe to start filming an action movie.

Lucas Till in Atlanta, September 2021 (via Stefano Smith)

(For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Lucas Till had been on promo tour in Europe for his movie Son of the South, but some interviews are just being released now. Watch a 20-minute-interview done in Berlin here.

After his return to the US, Lucas sort of disappeared again. We did get a new sighting in Atlanta on September 25, thanks to Stefano Smith (who had been a set medic on MacGyver for several seasons). On Wednesday, he visited a football game (of the team that is coached by his cousin Bryan).

Lucas Till at the French premiere for Son of the South (via Frederic Lebourg)

Levy Tran has been cast in Expendables 4. We don’t know yet how big her part will be, but the Expendables franchise is a big international success and might get her cast in other action-heavy movie roles. She already arrived in London; posting several photos of visiting the British Museum and doing some sightseeing.

ICYMI: Tristin Mays has been filming a production with pirates, dancing and singing. The production is called “Master of the House”, but there’s not much information about it.

International Season 5 Promo (via FOX Spain)

Otherwise, there’s no casting news to write about. Justin Hires keeps doing stand-up-comedy-shows; e.g. in Hollywood. Henry Ian Cusick will visit Comic Con Liverpool next month.

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
For MacGyver Con, a total of 5500 USD was raised for charity. Well done, everyone!

On September 23, fans celebrated the 5-year-anniversary of the premiere of the MacGyver Reboot; posting old BtS material and remembering how they met new friends online due to the show.

The official SaveMacGyver website gets updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news.

Tristin Mays for the MacGyver Con (Screenshot via SaveMacGyverHQ)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Fall Season on CBS started on September 20. So far, 15 shows have premiered. Since last Friday, MacGyver‘s previous time slot is occupied by SWAT.

Lets take a look at the average ratings of the Friday Line-Up. Why is this of interest for us? Simply put: A network cares about money. The better MacGyver looks in comparison to the current schedule, in streaming numbers and in syndication, the more appealing the show looks to CBS; even in hindsight. They might try to squeeze out a few more bucks by selling the rights.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

Of course, they only aired one episode each so far, but the Friday schedule on CBS has a tendency to achieve stable ratings over the season so there won’t be many ups and downs over the next few months.

  • SWAT (Friday, 8pm) has moved from Wednesdays 10pm to make room for the revival of CSI: Vegas. The show premiered with a demo of 0.42 in the important demo group of 18 to 49 year olds and 4.859 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Last year, SWAT premiered in November with a demo of 0.44 and only 2.75 million live-viewers. Its fate will depend on the co-producing network. But considering it had an average of 3 million live-viewers per episode last season and therefore a whopping gain of 53% in audience with the premiere this season, it might end up being the winner of the Friday line-up if the show manages to keep these numbers steady.

  • Magnum PI (Friday, 9pm) premiered with a series low; reaching a demo of 0.39 (-25% compared to last year) and a live-audience of 5.226 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number.

Till Family Outing (via Richmond Raiders)

Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. Even if renewed, it could lose its time slot next season.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday, 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.45 (-15%) and a live-audience of 6.297 million viewers. Like lasth year, it does meh for demo, but good in audience numbers.

Verdict: The live-audience loss compared to last season is marginal. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place.

Lucas Till and Bryan Till (via Richmond Raiders)

The live-viewers numbers probably aren’t as important anymore since it’s still bringing in a lot of money.

Other MacGyver-related News
The Reboot is in syndication now; airing double reruns on CW26 (Chicago area) on Saturdays (5-7pm local time) or on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (12-2am).

Son of the South won an audience award (Prix du public long métrage) at the “Festival International du Film de Fiction Historique” in Toulouse, France. The DVD was released last month in German-speaking regions. Contrary to the US version, the DVD contains about 45 minutes of bonus material; including an interview with Lucas done remotely a few months ago.

Son of the South DVD Cover for German-speaking regions (via DVD Cover)

ICYMI: Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov participated in Episode 14 of the Podcast The Working Writer. About 38 minutes in, he talks about the MacGyver Reboot; mainly about the Unaired Pilot.

The Houston premiere for the second production of the MacGyver The Musical has been set for February 2022. You can check the dates and book tickets here.

Other MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:

  • CBS will release a BluRay boxset of OG MacGyver on November 2. The TV movies will be included, but there will be no extras. You can read up on all information here.
  • It looks like the cinematic release of Son of the South in France has been pushed to March 16 next year.
  • Another production of the MacGyver The Musical is planned for May 2022. The location isn’t known yet.