MacGyver Reboot Update #28

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on April 28, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

The MacGyver Season 1 Finale has aired. Fans don’t have to be sad, though: Filming for Season 2 should start in July in Atlanta.

LA Wrap Party Collage (via DashboardOnFire)

(SPOILER ALERT: You will get spoilered about the Season Finale and about storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

It’s a wrap! Again?
Although cast and crew had already celebrated the official wrap party in Atlanta back in March, there was another wrap party in LA on April 22. Together with some cast and crew members of Hawaii Five-0, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took his people bowling.

They all seemed to have a good time. Justin Hires posted several Instagram Live videos (e.g. with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays or Meredith Eaton). In one of the videos, Lucas revealed that he had mostly caught up on sleep since last seeing Justin in Atlanta. David Dastmalchian shared selfies of him with Lucas and with Joe Dante who had directed Episode 4 (Wire Cutter). Meredith posted pictures of her posing with Lenkov and Henry Winkler and with Tristin. Tristin uploaded a video of Lucas preparing for his next strike. Lucas was seen shaking hands with Hollywood Legend Hal Holbrook.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

Premiere of the Season Finale
The ratings for the last three episodes have also been the lowest of the season. Although they made an effort for some additional promo for the Season Finale, Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) had the second lowest ratings of the season so far with 6.57 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group).

Interestingly, last week’s rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) still managed to pull in 5.13 million viewers (with 0.7 in demo).

Nonetheless, the Season 1 ratings are good. All episodes included, the show had 7.73 million live-viewers per episode, along with a 1.08 rating in the 18-49-years demo group. The reruns (10 episodes so far) had 4.45 million live-viewers per episode (with 0.7 in demo).

Season 1 Premieres and Reruns Ratings so far (put together by DashboardOnFire)

(It’s worth noting that it wasn’t just “MacGyver” losing almost a million viewers on the most recent episodes, but other Friday shows like Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods as well.)

Season Finale Promo
On Season Finale day, we got a lot of promo interviews and articles – so much that I didn’t manage to cover all of it in my last Update.

Tristin Mays did an appearance on Good Day LA. Lucas did a short Q&A on Instagram for AmazonVideo. Just before the Season Finale Premiere, CBS did a live-interview on Facebook with Tristin and David Dastmalchian; including another exclusive clip and their one word to describe the Finale (devastating by David, outrageous by Tristin).

Because of the DVD-Release of Monster Trucks, Lucas had additionally been doing promo for his movie that week. In a video interview with SideWalksTV, he also talked about MacGyver and the work load, how his fan encounters changed due to the show and what’s it like to work with the cast.

Season Finale Set visit pics (via Randall Goltzman)

A while ago, there was a Boy Scouts Sweepstakes with Jake Goltzman winning the grand prize. He was invited to visit the set during the filming process of the Season Finale. Back in March, his father Randall had already uploaded many pictures onto Facebook. (You can see some of the pictures in this blog post.) On premiere day, CBS Austin aired a segment of Jake talking about his experience.

Additionally, cast and crew shared some more pictures of Episode 21 on social media; e.g. David Dastmalchian of Murdoc and Matty or Justin Hires of Bozer and “Dr. Zito”. Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe posted a picture of him with Mark Sheppard and a BtS pic of him having fun with Lucas while preparing to do a scene with “suffering” Bozer. Kirk Riley shared a BtS picture of the scene in Siberia.

Character and Storyline News
On April 8, Peter Lenkov tweeted that he and Producers Craig O’Neill and David Slack had discussed the story about how Jack met MacGyver – and teased that we’ll have to wait until next season for that.

As mentioned in the last Update, Peter Lenkov revealed that next season will see Riley and Bozer having relationships with other people. So we might be introduced to new recurring characters soon; maybe even in the Season 2 Premiere.

BtS of Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Kirk Riley)

I’ve been wondering if they’ve already filmed the entire Cairo backstory for continuity and why they haven’t already done so while filming the pilot. Breaking down the Season Finale cliffhangers with Entertainment Weekly, Lenkov stated that “The idea is that next season we’ll get to see another piece of that story, how they got out of that part of Cairo.” He also revealed that we will discover at the end of the season who MacGyver’s father is. I’m really curious who they’re going to cast in this role.

What’s going to happen now?
Kevin Marshall (Stand-In for George Eads) was still shooting inserts on a Villa-with-Pool-Location on March 31. So far, we still don’t know what these scenes were for – unless the MacGyver Reboot has a crossover with CW’s new show “Dynasty”, it’s possible that the overworked crew used the wrong social media hashtags.

For now, most of the cast is probably enjoying some free time. Meanwhile, Lenkov is busy preparing for the Finale of Hawaii Five-0 and the crew in Atlanta is working on other TV show pilots.

via Randall Goltzman

Note that there is a strike of the Writers Guild of America looming on the horizon. It’s unclear yet how a strike would influence the production of the reboot. The last time this happened (in 2007/08), production ceased for all scripted television programming for months. Many TV shows had shortened seasons due to a lack of scripts, were postponed, cancelled or had to switch to non-union writers in order to resume production.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #27

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on April 14, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, author’s note) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

It’s Season Finale Friday! Fans don’t have to be sad, though: The show will come back for a second season!

Season 1 Finale Friday (via Meredith Eaton)

 

(SPOILER ALERT: You will get spoilered about the Season Finale and storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

It’s a wrap! Well, kind of?
Cast and crew had celebrated the official wrap party on March 19, although shooting wasn’t done yet. 2nd Unit did some additional filming on March 21.

Interestingly, Kevin Marshall (Stand-In for George Eads) was still shooting inserts on March 31. The crew was apparently awed by the location and posted several pics of the mansion and the swimming pool. Since the location doesn’t fit very well with what we’ve already seen in the previews and sneak peeks, this could get interesting. Maybe something to do with MacGyver’s father?

(Author’s Note on May 20: It seems the location was used for the filming of CW’s pilot episode of “Dynasty”.)

MacGyver or Dynasty? (via Kevin Marshall)

As always, there was still post-production-work to do. While Tristin Mays had been doing ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) for Episode 20 (Hole Puncher), David Dastmalchian posted a picture of Lucas being in the studio with him to do the necessary ADR work for the Season Finale. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared short videos while editing the last episode (e.g. MacGyver fighting off a knife attack and Riley again being attacked from behind, but this time being prepared).

Now that filming was over, the main cast and crew engaged more often on social media to tease us for the premieres of the last two episodes of the season. We got several BtS pictures with David Dastmalchian as Murdoc (e.g. in the Season Finale, with Assistant Director Cornell Willis or with Meredith Eaton’s Stand-In Saundra Coller). Cornell Willis shared BtS pictures with Lucas Till and Meredith. Justin Hires posted a picture of his character Bozer lying on the floor with a bloody shirt, stating “I hope to God I survive this episode” (I don’t think we have to worry too much about that).

Lucas and Meredith (via Assistant Director Cornell Willis)

Some of the crew also shared BtS stuff from earlier episodes. Stunt Double Caine Sinclair shared a video of the window stunt scene in Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) while Set Costumer Christopher Opopo posted the same stunt filmed from a different angle and a picture of that day.

Premieres of Episodes 19 and 20
Ratings have been falling again. Although the episode was written by Lee Zlotoff and well received by fans, Episode 19 (Compass) had the lowest ratings of the season so far with 6.56 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group). Last week’s Episode 20 (Hole Puncher) did slightly better and garnered 6.62 million viewers (with 0.9 in demo).

Nonetheless, the ratings are still pretty good. The Season Finale not included, the show had 7.79 million live-viewers per episode, along with a 1.09 rating in the 18-49-years demo group. The reruns (nine episodes so far) had 4.37 million viewers per episode (with 0.67 in demo).

I’m no expert, but I might look more closely into the ratings in another Update (just because I like to look at data, creating graphs and pretending to know what’ I’m talking about *lol*).

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

Stills, Previews and Sneak Peeks
After complaining about not getting an episode-related preview for Episode 19, we did get an official trailer for Episode 20. On the other hand, we didn’t get any sneak peeks at all. The only other time this happened was for Episode 3 (Awl).

Thankfully, we got a trailer for Episode 21 as the Season Finale and a First Look by Entertainment Weekly on Mark Sheppard. Today, we also got two Sneak Peeks. One of these Sneak Peeks mentions MacGyver’s father which didn’t happen for a while. I’m pretty sure he will either play a part in tonight’s plot twist or show up in person the next season.

In another Sneak Peek via Yahoo, we see MacGyver (plus robot) trying to save Bozer’s life. Yahoo looks back at the original Dr. Zito and talks with Lucas about the differences between the two halves of the first season episodes.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Entertainment Weekly)

In an exclusive clip via Entertainment Weekly, we see MacGyver and Jack on that mission in Cairo they never want to talk about (and proof that Jack has no respect for Egyptian artifacts).

Interviews and Season Finale Promo
The impending Season Finale brought on another round of promo interviews and articles. An article by CGW (Computer Graphics World) about the sound editing of the reboot revealed one of the reason behind the constant background noise (music, sorry. it’s music, of course): Atlanta has some very loudly chirping cicadas that “could betray the show’s real location”.

I’ve dealt with snow in LA for Original MacGyver. I sure wouldn’t mind some cicadas. I would even prefer them, actually. (Alas, it’s not as if I know which countries shouldn’t have cicadas.)

In an interview with Matt Carter, David Dastmalchian talked about Murdoc and his appearance in the last two episodes of the season.

Season Finale Promo (via The Wrap)

On April 11, Henry Winkler talked about what makes (Original and rebooted) MacGyver so special.

Tristin Mays did a short video interview and a photoshoot with The Wrap. She revealed that the season finale will give her character a wake up call – meaning “more training, maybe some weapons” next season. Hm. Good to know that MacGyver will soon have TWO members in his team that can wield weapons around him *ahem*.

In another video interview with Young Hollywood, Tristin talked about her visit to Hawaii last week, the possibility of another crossover with Hawaii Five-0 and Riley’s wardrobe. In the interview with TooFab, Tristin calls the Season Finale “outrageous” and mentions that she has to get into shape for next season because there will be more action.

Meredith Eaton and the rest of the cast talked about Matty and why she’s the perfect boss for the Phoenix Foundation. They also talked about their favorite moments of this first season where George Eads revealed that a lot of the puns were added (and sometimes ad-libbed) by the cast.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Entertainment Weekly)

Cast and Character News
We already know that we get Murdoc and Dr. Zito for tonight’s Season Finale, so probably no more surprises. Many fans hoped for an appearance by Patricia Thornton or Nikki Carpenter. Thornton seems unlikely, but Nikki was on the Cairo mission (as mentioned in the Pilot Episode). According to a recent interview, Tracy Spiridakos wouldn’t mind to do another episode.

Peter Lenkov revealed that Season 2 will see Riley and Bozer having relationships – with other people. So we might be introduced to new recurring characters soon. Let’s hope the writers keep the relationship drama at bay, though.

Sightings
Tristin Mays garnered some instagram attention on April 5 when Peter Lenkov posted a video of Tristin arriving in Hawaii with her brother. She enjoyed some well-earned vacation days, but also attended the Wrap Party of Hawaii Five-0 which raised questions of her appearing in the show as a guest star. Maybe it was Lenkov’s way of apologizing for not getting her to Hawaii for the crossover episode (in fact, all of her and Justin’s scenes had been shot in cold Atlanta).

Episode 1×15: Magnifying Glass (via Christopher Opopo)

What’s going to happen now?
As mentioned above, the Season 1 Finale airs tonight. On April 21, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers). Now that The Amazing Race doesn’t air on Fridays as initially planned, they will probably air reruns of the other MacGyver episodes.

Although the reboot was one of the best sold shows at the upfronts last year, it is still waiting to be released in other countries. The season renewal might help with that, though. It will air in France soon and is set to premiere in Japan in June.

The premiere date of Season 2 is not set, but it’s safe to assume it will be a Fall Premiere again; airing on Fridays before Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. In her AMA on reddit, Tristin Mays revealed that filming the new episodes will begin on July 6. She’s already mentally preparing for “Hotlanta”.

MacGyver Reboot Update #26

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on March 31, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Filming of Season 1 has officially wrapped. Cast and crew members are moving back home or have started working on other projects. Some of them will come back to Atlanta, though: The show has been renewed for a second season!

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

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

 

Working on the Season Finale
Due to March Madness, there were no premieres or reruns. Cast and crew continued to work on the last two episodes of Season 1. Most scenes were filmed inside, so we didn’t get to see much of the ongoing filming process.

Nearing the end of production, many crew members took the opportunity to thank the cast members (e.g. Guy D’Alema thanking George Eads) and to express their hope to see each other working on a second season. They also posted some BtS pictures of the Season Finale and their last day of filming (e.g. Brittany Lathan). Kait C. posted a picture of the crew wearing their MacGyver team jackets. If you remember, it was Anthony Kountz who had tweeted the emblem back in February.

AD Departement (via Kait C.)

Is that a plot twist I see?
On March 19, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov provided the “last shot of the season”. Interestingly, it reminds me of the deleted scene in the pilot episode with MacGyver being in Antarctica… Reading the pilot script, I always thought it was a neat little scene that showed an important character trait of MacGyver (which fits the original, but we never really got to experience in the reboot). It will be interesting to see if they actually reshot the deleted scene (which happens near the end of the pilot) as a flashback scene, reinvented it for the season finale or if it’s an entirely new scene as some sort of plot twist in form of a little teaser (since the episode was written before the season renewal).

It’s a wrap! Well, kind of.
Justin Hires hosted a “Wrap Party Comedy Show” on March 18. On the next evening, cast and crew celebrated the official wrap party at Terminal West. We got several pics of the crew posing with Lucas Till, Justin or Meredith Eaton; e.g. of Justin with his Stand-In Kevin Marshall Pinkney or of Lucas with one of his Stand-Ins Kirk Riley. They also had a caricaturist at the party who turned the caricatures into badges as a take-home-gift.

Wrap Party / Comedy Show Collage (via DashboardOnFire)

Both Tristin Mays and George Eads were absent for both events while Lucas wasn’t seen at Justin’s Comedy show. It’s possible that Lucas and George were still filming that day while Tristin visited her “Reboot Mom” (Michael Michele) in New York.

They did some additional filming after these events. Aden Stay posted a picture of the 2nd Unit on March 21. Also, the post-production work is not done yet. Peter Lenkov posted a short Instagram Live Video of the editing process for Episode 19 (Compass) that’s airing today. He also praised David Dastmalchian’s performance as Murdoc while editing Episode 20 (Hole Puncher).

Season Renewal and other Press Releases
On March 23, CBS released the news about a season renewal on CBS Express. It’s not clear yet if the show gets a full season order of 22 episodes right away (or an initial half-season-order like last year). The schedule should be revealed on the CBS Upfronts in May. Since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well, it’s safe to say that the show will probably air on Fridays again as part of the successful “Trifecta”.

Season 2 Logo (via Craig O’Neill)

Both the writing team and Executive Producer Craig O’Neill posted a Season 2 logo. It’s not clear if one of these will turn out to be the official one. I guess they quickly put one together individually to share the news on social media. Co-Executive Producer David Slack did some paperclip art of his own for the occasion.

We also got the press releases for the remaining Season-1-Episodes: For tonight’s Episode 1×19 (Compass) that was written by Lee David Zlotoff, for 1×20 (Hole Puncher, airing April 7) and 1×21 (Cigar Cutter, airing April 14). There will be a rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) on April 21.

Stills and Previews
We got stills for both Episodes 1×19 and 1×20 plus a first still for Episode 1×21 with the press release.

Episode 1×19: Compass (via SpoilerTV)

Sadly, we only got generic previews again for the premiere of Episode 19, but at least they both were new ones featuring scenes from different angles. On the other hand, we got a lot of clips for this one. On March 30, CBS granted 3 Sneak Peeks. I’m sensing some minor drama coming up because in Sneak Peek 2, Matty questions if “Mac and Jack” should continue to work together as a team. (It will be probably resolved as quickly as Matty questioning Mac’s MacGyvering.) George Eads will make some fun of his former hit-show CSI. Additionally, we got an exclusive clip by The Wrap (which weirdly consists of the whole opening gambit sequence).

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras for the Season Finale. They reinforced their search for Extras several times. Additionally, they were looking for some photo doubles for March 22.

Episode 1×20: Hole Puncher (via CBS Express)

As noted in an earlier update, tonight’s Episode 1×19 has another Original MacGyver Alum (François Chau) in it. Episodes 20 and 21 might work as a two-parter because both will feature Murdoc. Additionally, Episode 21 will feature Dr. Zito. It is interesting to note that none other than Mark Sheppard – the son of the original Dr. Zito (William Morgan Sheppard) – will have a role in the season finale.

What’s going to happen now?
As mentioned above, there are 3 Episodes left for Season 1. There will be more promo before the Season Finale since CBS46 was on set and did interviews with the cast.

The premiere for Season 2 is not set. We can assume it will be a Fall Premiere again, so cast and crew should be back on set in Summer while the writers probably start working on new scripts soon.