Looking Back at Season 1 (VIII) – The Curious Case of the Yellow Rubber Duckies

On July 27 in 2016, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a picture of himself; shouldering a certain missile prop on the MacGyver Reboot set.

BtS of Season 1 (via Peter Lenkov)

He deleted the picture a few hours later; maybe aware that he had just given a HUGE Easter Egg away – although it was still two months before the Season 1 Premiere. (Even Non-MacGyver-Fans know about the famous missile shot with Richard Dean Anderson that still serves as the probably most famous Promo Picture for the Original Show.)

Interestingly, the online conversation and speculations between fans of the Original Show soon shifted to something that was on the table behind Lenkov – the Yellow Rubber Duckies.

Why? It’s a fact that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson has an affinity for Rubber Duckies. Back when RDA was still active on Twitter, he had posted pictures of him with/or of Yellow Rubber Duckies several times.

Rubber Duckies in the Wild (via Richard Dean Anderson, 6th of July 2012)

In an article about RDA’s Malibu Home from 2009, rubber duckies are mentioned living in the bathroom of Richard’s daughter Wylie.

There is a photo of RDA napping with a yellow duck on his chest. The picture was taken in July 2000, on a trip with Bobby Kennedy for an expedition to Headwall Canyon, a very remarkable wilderness 60 miles outside Vancouver. The 7-day excursion was filmed as part of the “National Geographic Explorer” series and aired in October 2000.

Richard Dean Anderson (National Geographic Explorer, July 2000)

On BtS set pictures of the original show, you can see a single Yellow Rubber Ducky in MacGyver’s kitchen on the Houseboat Set.

MacGyver Houseboat Set during Hiatus (August 1990)

 

Back to the present. (Well, the recent past.)

A few weeks later after Lenkov’s vanishing photo, there was an Instagram Post by one of the set decorators – consisting of a picture with LOTS of stranded Rubber Duckies; waiting for better things to come.

Lots of Rubber Duckies (via citykitty)

Was it just a coincidence instead of an hommage? One of the set decorators stumbling over these homeless duckies for a bargain, and thinking they would make a great prop?

Fun Fact: Inserting interesting props as a visual signature is nothing new. If you’ve seen RDA’s other longtime-series “Stargate SG-1”, you might have noticed that in almost every episode directed by William Waring, there’s a pineapple in one of the scenes.

Some of these battered-looking Yellow Rubber Duckies had quite the career. On September 23rd last year, the Duckies had their prominent premiere in the Pilot Episode (The Rising). It’s quite the important scene, because the Duckies are present when the Phoenix Foundation is born.

Screenshot of Episode 1×01 (The Rising)

On October 26, Stand-In Briana Lamb posted a close-up of the Duckies “swimming” in the empty bowl.

BtS of Season 1 (via Briana Lamb)

They made another appearance in Episode 1×03 (Awl), in the scene where Jack gets MacGyver to finally reach out to his father and write a letter.

Screenshot of Episode 1×03 (Awl)

The “career high” was probably in Episode 1×05 (Toothpick), when the Duckies were featured in a longer scene between Bozer and Riley.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

(Is this Rubber Ducky Cruelty, by the way?)

(Note that there is another Easter Egg plainly visible on Bozer’s sweater.)

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Interestingly, they used another set of Duckies for Justin Hires and Tristin Mays to hit with the racket. This might have been a decision purely for aesthetic reasons since these Duckies have a richer yellow color and therefore more visibility in the shot. They probably bought them brand new.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

In the swimming pool, it was the “old” Duckies having a swim.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Still Photographer Guy D’Alema captured both sets of Duckies in this BtS picture (January 2017).

BtS picture of Season 1 (via Guy D’Alema)

In Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew), we get to see where the Duckies hibernate: In Bozer’s bedroom.

Screenshot of Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew)

In Episode 1×11 (Scissors), the Duckies are almost hidden. Look closely!

Screenshot of Episode 1×11 (Scissors)

More cruelty against innocent Rubber Duckies happens in Episode 1×16 (Hook). When Riley is playing “Truth or Dare” with Team Phoenix, Jack lobbs the Duckies at her; trying to disctract her and win the game.

Screenshot of Episode 1×16 (Hook)

The most secret appearance of one single Ducky probably happens during the Crossover-Episode with Hawaii Five-0. Look on the right side, under the chair. Sneaky!

Screenshot of Episode 1×18 (Flashlight)

The last appearance I noticed was in the Season Finale, when MacGyver tells Jack about the letter. During the scene, the Duckies are partially hidden – either by the credits or by the MacGyvered prop on the table.

Screenshot of Episode 1×21 (Cigar Cutter)

It’s possible I missed some more appearances, of course. (If you know something I don’t – that’s what the comment section is for.)

It’s still not entirely clear to me what the Yellow Rubber Duckies are about. I do think they might be an hommage to RDA, but who knows. They could be an hommage to CBS and its show “Big Brother” (because a yellow rubber ducky has been a regular in Big Brother houses for several seasons and you can actually buy a yellow rubber duck with the Big Brother logo at the CBS Store).

We might hear about it on the DVD Extras. We might see them again in Season 2. I hope we do, actually. They’re cute.

MacGyver Reboot Update #35

Filming continues on Season 2. According to the BtS pictures and videos, we’ll get to see a lot of exciting locations and props this season!

Episode 2×03: Mustang + Paper Clips (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started four weeks ago. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew over the first few weeks, it wasn’t nearly as much as for Season 1. During the last week, the rate of pictures and videos being uploaded has picked up, though. It looks like we’ll get a lot of new and interesting locations next Season – and some exciting vehicles as well!

According to Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, there will also be more paperclip art.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

In a talk show interview done back at Corus Upfronts in Toronto in June, Lucas Till talks about his Dad MacGyvering, about producing and financing his own movies in the past and about maybe directing an episode of the Reboot this season. I certainly wouldn’t mind!

It feels like they have invested more time on the Season Premiere Episode than they do on “normal” episodes. Also, because they use a lot of different locations and because we don’t know much about the storylines yet, it’s sometimes difficult to attribute the pictures to the right episode – but this only adds to the excitement and curiosity expressed by the fans.

Fun on Set
It’s nice to see that cast and crew are still having a lot of fun despite the long hours and the weekends they’re on set. Justin Hires posts many Instagram videos with cast and crew goofing around. Maybe it’s because of all the puppies on set that everyone’s so happy? Besides Production Office Dog Clover and Wardrobe Protection Dog Maggie, there’s another cutie on set (Einstein) who loves to pose for pictures as much as to take naps.

Dogs on Set (via Lucas Till, Brittany Lathan, Cornell Willis, Isabel Lucas, Roxanne Paul)

Apparently, the crew also hands out trophies. According to Brittany Lathan, crew member Hailey Porch already won the first trophy of the season (in the category “you’re the worst”). This could be a story worth hearing about.

Filming the Casino Episode
Episode 2×02 (Roulette Wheel) is the infamous Casino Episode. We did get some BtS pictures and BtS videos that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – but we never got a good overview of the whole set (which was set up at the Biltmore Ballrooms).

Interestingly, in every picture of Tristin Mays for this episode we can’t clearly see what she’s wearing – as if the cast was hiding her on purpose.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

Both Lucas Till and Justin Hires posted pictures of themselves with a yellow Lamborghini. It looks like Bozer (who’s wearing an overall) is pretending to be a mechanic. Several crew members posed in front of the car as well (e.g. Robert Ratner or Brandon Smith), although many of the crew have recently worked on the sets of The Fate of the Furious and Baby Driver (and therefore get to see fast cars up close quite often). In a post by Lamborghini Allstar, it’s hinted at that this will be an “Overseas Russian Scene”.

Where’s a casino, there’s also money. So while Bozer is probably taking care of the Lamborghini, Mac and Jack might be invading the vault. It’s not clear yet if the BtS picture by Lucas Till (that seems to take place in a cave) has anything to do with this. It reminds me of the pilot episode of the Original Show and has a certain Indiana-Jones-vibe to it. I like it.

The same week, Peter Lenkov posted a BtS picture of Mac and Jack in the hospital, both wearing hospital gowns. I hope this is part of an episode and not just a short sequence of an opening gambit. Since it looks like Jack somehow hurt his butt while MacGyver looks guilty as hell, this might be a funny scene – especially since Justin was nice enough to post a short BtS video for us to learn what George Eads is wearing under said hospital gown…

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

Other posts last week consisted of BtS pictures by Justin Hires of the team in the War Room (both most likely from Episode 2×01), a picture of a smiling Lucas Till with Boom Operator Robert Maxfield or a glimpse at the hotel lobby or the props (e.g. a “throne“).

Filming at the Arcade
Meredith Eaton posted a BtS picture of her and Justin on July 31st. It probably fits another BtS picture by Justin Hires that shows the team sitting around the fire pit with Matty looking through a photo album.

This Monday, Patrick Kral posted an interesting picture from inside the studio. It looks like another “Antarctica”-Set. Hopefully not more scenes of MacGyver dropping biological weapons into ice crevices. (Or bad guys getting the bio-weapon out of that crevice.)

On August 1st, we got a BtS picture of an Arcade Set. As Peter Lenkov revealed, there’s a mascot involved. Lucas additionally uploaded a video sequence that shows him playing an arcade game against Justin, Tristin and Meredith’s husband Brian. Justin posted another picture of Bozer at the Arcade Set just a few hours ago.

Arcade Set (via Peter Lenkov)

On the same day, they also shot some night scenes in a library. Lucas Till willingly posed for more fan pictures with Extras and with people working in the building. Meanwhile, the 2nd unit filmed in warehouses that made it necessary to wear masks again.

Mustangs and Airplanes
The people involved in the show sure like their cars – especially classic cars. As Tristin Mays revealed in an Instagram Live Story, Episode 2×03 might be called “Mustang + Paper Clips”. (It’s currently titled “Muscle Cars + Paper Clips” on IMDb.) The episode is directed by Ericson Core (Point Break). On August 3rd, Patrick Kral posted a slightly spoilery BtS picture that involves a Mustang and probably MacGyver with Agent Carmen, trying to save someone’s life.

Let’s hope the Mustang survives because rebooted MacGyver is notorious for taking cars apart – and while I’m in general not a big fan of cars, I really like this one. A few hours later, Lucas uploaded a BtS picture of him sitting in the Mustang; confirming that the BtS pictures were from the set of MacGyver although they have been filmed on the Walking-Dead-Set. Camera Operator Anthony Kountz granted a closer look at the car just a few hours ago.

Around the Fire Pit (via Justin Hires)

The cast has also been filming on an Airplane Set this week. There is a Green Screen involved that will probably be necessary for a tropical location. I’m assuming the skeleton sitting in an airplane (posted by several crew members from various angles and distances) belongs to the museum and not to the Reboot Set. (Although: Skeletons, Russians and airplanes remind me of a certain episode of the Original Show.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
As with Season 1, the Extras have probably been advised to keep quiet for now. There were only a few tweets or posts that revealed people being part of an episode; e.g. Daisy Pareja (as Mrs. Diaz in 2×01), Jeff Glover (who’s also been in two episodes of Season 1), Gabrielle LaFaye or JP Valenti who revealed being on set with Karolina Wydra (Quantico, Twin Peaks).

A month ago, we got some exclusive spoilers by Moviehole about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) and about two new recurring female characters for Season 2. There’s still no official cast announcement yet, but looking back at all the social media posts so far, I’m assuming that Karolina Wydra will play Olivia Cage while Isabel Lucas will play intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Her fans have expected it for a while now – on July 25, they got confirmation that Tracy Spiridakos has been promoted to series regular on Chicago PD. This probably means we won’t see Nikki Carpenter for a while.

It never made much sense to me that Nikki was never mentioned after Episode 12 (Screwdriver). They made it look like her and Mac intended to see each other again – plus she wanted to take down the Organization, so she should have been involved in every episode that dealt with the Organization; but especially in the Season Finale. I wonder if they’ll address it if she doesn’t come back this season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras, e.g. for Security Guards, Photo Doubles, a “core group” as a recurring role, Armed GuardsHigh End and Standard Vehicles, a Mascot, real Nurses, Hospital Staff and Doctors, Parents, for Kitchen Staff, Wait Staff and Patrons, for Upscale Patrons, Mediterranean looking Men for a Photo Shoot, Lab Techs, male Medics, a Scary Man, male Agents, Hulking Men and for Cafe Patrons, Vendors and a Chalk Street Artist. They’re also looking for European Cars (years 2005 to 2017) right now.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (Amiah Miller with John Heard)

Reruns
There is no rerun today. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) with the late John Heard (who sadly passed away two weeks ago). Amiah Miller (who had played Valerie) posted some new BtS pictures with her and John on set on July 23.

The rerun of Episode 1×06 (Wrench) on July 28 managed to get 3.89 million live viewers (with 0.5 in the important demo group of 19-49 year-old viewers) which is even a bit better than the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) two weeks earlier.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Episode 12 on July 25 earned 840’000 live viewers with a market share of 9.3% within the important demo group of 14-49 years (which is a market share of 5.7% in total viewers, meaning 1.7 million viewers older than age 3). The following episode even managed 970’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.1% in demo). For comparison: The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 8.8% in demo.

On July 31, Episode 14 had 870’000 live viewers with a market share of 10.3% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.8% in total viewers, meaning 1.82 million). Episode 15 earned 900’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.4% in demo). The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had its highest market share so far with 9.5% in demo.

MacGyver in Germany – Skipping Episodes
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episodes 11 (Scissors), 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass) yet. The reasons are still unclear because the episodes have already been dubbed into German. Sat.1 claims “program-planning reasons”. The fact that they’re skipping random episodes instead of the last 3 indicates that this hasn’t been planned in advance, though. The fact that Rush Hour was pushed to midnight after only 3 aired episodes and Hawaii Five-0 took its place at 22.15 pm (and therefore premiered months sooner than initially planned) might have messed things up in their schedule.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Austria
If you missed any of the German-dubbed episodes that aired so far, you’re lucky: Austrian channel ORF1 starts the show on Saturday, September 2nd (7.10pm). It will be interesting to see if ORF1 has its own licence and will air the three “missing” episodes before Germany.

MacGyver Reboot Update #34

Filming has started on Season 2. In other news, the show has been nominated for an Emmy!

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Peter Lenkov)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Emmy Nomination for Season 1
An Emmy Award (or simply Emmy) is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award aka Oscar (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Back in June, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had posted a compilation of the stunts in Season 1 as an Emmy Reel onto his Facebook page. A few weeks later, it was confirmed that CBS had handed in the Reboot for consideration. To be honest: Because there were 179 other TV shows in competition as well, I didn’t get my hopes up.

Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination (via Craig O’Neill)

But as it turned out, the show has indeed been nominated for an Emmy – in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”. The ceremony will be held on September 17. Let’s hope for a win!

Fun Fact: While the original show has been sadly overlooked for awards in general, it did get nominated for four Emmy’s over the years – for Episodes 2×20: Friends (Outstanding Makeup for a Series), 4×14: Gold Rush and 5×18: The Lost Amadeus (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) and for Episode 7×07: Good Knight MacGyver Part 1 (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series).

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew, it’s not nearly as much as for Season 1. To be fair, we were spoilt last year when the pilot episode was being filmed; especially by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Filming Episodes 2×01 and 2×02
Meredith Eaton joined the cast on July 7. She was “introduced” by Justin Hires in an Instagram video in which he revealed that unlike Meredith and Tristin Mays, he can’t stand coconut water. Justin posted a BtS picture on July 11, revealing that not everyone of the cast listens to the director when he’s giving directions. He also posted another video that day which showed him and Tristin strapped into chairs; joking that they had him sitting in a booster seat. Because people kept asking about Lucas’ whereabouts, Justin made sure to include the lead character in his next video.

George Eads suffering in HOTlanta (via Lucas Till)

Justin Hires had already mentioned Atlanta being “hot as hell” in one of his first videos when they had just started filming. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of herself with Cornell Willis on July 15, hinting at HOTlanta once again. Lucas Till revealed on July 20 how George Eads deals with the heat when they’re filming outside.

On July 16 and 17, Justin posted a picture of him with Tristin preparing their next scene and another one of him on the “War Room” set with Meredith and Lucas. They also shot some scenes at Gwinnett Airport. It’s the same location where they’ve already filmed scenes in Season 1 involving a jet. It’s possible that the scene Justin filmed with Tristin is taking place in a cockpit.

Besides human visitors (in the form of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe’s kids), they had also visitors – or rather background actors – of the animal kind. Who doesn’t like baby goats?

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

Filming the Casino Episode
It looks like Episode 2×02 will be the Casino Episode we have been promised. According to IMDb (which isn’t always accurate), the episode is titled “Roulette Wheel”. Although cast and crew had posted several pictures of the location (Hyatt Regency) from either outside or through a window, we never got to see the set itself.

We did get some BtS pictures that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – mainly because both Lucas as MacGyver and Justin as Bozer are wearing suits while Tristin – seen in another one of Justin’s BtS videos – has sleek hair (like she did in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew). She seems to be wearing a golden dress that matches the color of Bozer’s suit.

On July 19, Peter Lenkov posted a fun picture of “James Blonde” to let us guess what MacGyverism might be used in this episode.

Visitors on set (via Jeff Wolfe)

Cast, Crew and Character News
We got some exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) by Moviehole a while ago, yet we still don’t know who will play the new recurring characters Olivia Cage and intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. What we do know is that Marco Sanchez plays the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a Navy Seal (played by Ricky Russert). Young Diaz had been kidnapped by terrorists two years ago, so it’s safe to assume that “Team Phoenix” will stage a rescue mission in the season premiere.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras again, e.g. for hispanic and caucasian looking photo doubles, “smart and sharp looking” Techs and Agents, models, kids between 8 and 12, Stand-Ins, Phoenix Agent Drivers in black suits, Mediterrian-looking Rebels and for Bazaar Patrons. The second casting call for Female Bazaar Patrons promises to be a fun scene, so that’s something to look forward to.

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

The most interesting casting calls were probably those for “tough looking” Eastern European Mafia Guards, for Upscale International Hotel Guests and for specific extras for the Casino Episode (Cocktail Waitresses, Bartenders, High Roller Card Players and Security Guards).

Fun Fact: It seems that at least one family member of Lucas Till is working on Season 2 while at least one friend of the Till family has been working on Season 1. Atlanta and Georgia are deemed as the “New Hollywood”; so it makes sense that some family members and friends of the Till family are involved in the movie business as well. Still, it would be interesting to know if it’s actually Lucas’ career that made them consider working in film even before the rise of “ATLwood”.

Reruns
There is no rerun today since Big Brother is taking up your favorite Friday spot on CBS. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench). After another short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) on August 11.

The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings, although the number of viewers is getting a bit lower every week and the show doesn’t always earn the top spot in its time slot anymore. The rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising) on July 7 had 4.05 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in the demo group of 14-49 years). Considering this was at least the 3rd airing of the Pilot since its premiere, that’s not bad. A week later, the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) managed to get 3.81 million live viewers (with 0.5 in demo).

Overall, the reruns have made an average of 4.25 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.6 in demo) per episode so far.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 7 on July 10 earned 800’000 live viewers with a market share of 9% within demo (which is a market share of 6% in total viewers, meaning 1.71 million). The following episode fared better ratings with 870’000 live viewers (with a market share of 9.5% in demo). For comparison: The single episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 7.5% (which is not as high as in earlier seasons).

On July 14, the reboot earned the second highest ratings since its German premiere – despite having a lot of competition in its time slot and many people catching up on Game of Thrones that evening. Episode 9 had 1.03 million live viewers with a market share of 12.4% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.6% in total viewers, meaning 1.81 million). Episode 10 earned 1.02 million live viewers (with a market share of 11.5% in demo).

With these numbers, MacGyver made rank 3 and 4 in prime time – being beaten by a soccer game and episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It’s also possible the numbers influenced the ratings of Hawaii Five-0 which managed a market share of a surprising 9.2%.

Screenshot of the German Opening Title Sequence

MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episode 11 (Scissors) next week. It’s possible that they don’t believe in aring a Christmas Episode in summer time. The episode has been dubbed into German; being titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California). Weirdly, they also won’t air Episodes 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass). Neglecting Episode 16 feels like a big faux-pas to me, considering the whole episode is an Easter Egg for fans of the original show.

We’ll see if they will air Episode 11 as a Christmas Special this year or if the German-speaking premiere will happen on DVD.

The upcoming German episode titles:
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)
1×17 (Ruler): Tickende Bombe (Ticking Bomb)
1×18 (Flashlight): Ärger im Paradies (Trouble in Paradise)
1×20 (Hole Puncher): Der Architekt (The Architect)
1×21 (Cigar Cutter): Der Fluch von Kairo (The Curse of Cairo)

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

What are cast and crew up to?
While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii  to attend the annual celebration by cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 before starting Season 8. Lenkov was already back in Atlanta on July 9. He had an exciting week ahead with the premiere of his other show Salvation on July 12. He’s in San Diego right now and will probably attend the panel for Salvation at Comic Con on Saturday.

Lucas Till and George Eads have already another project lined up together: They will voice characters in a Michael-Jackson-themed Halloween-Special that will air on CBS.

On July 12, Holly Dowling had uploaded an audio-interview she had done with her brother David Dastmalchian (who plays our most favorite villain in the show). For 48 minutes, David talks about his struggle with mental health, addiction and self-medication in the past. It’s a great interview and thankfully, David is able to celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. You can listen to it here via Soundcloud or subscribe to Holly’s podcast on iTunes.

MacGyver Reboot Update #33

Production has started on Season 2. Yesterday, cast and crew started filming in Atlanta under the watchful eyes of Clover, the new Production Office Dog.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Lucas Till)

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

 

Season 2 News
On June 27, Starrynight Productions revealed that the production office for Season 2 is open. Some crew members (e.g. Andrew Arcieri) posted pictures while setting up the lights or tech-scouting last week. Overall, pictures were harder to find then back when they had started production on Season 1. On July 3, Lucas Till presented us Clover, the new Production Office Dog. He also posted a short video on Instagram Live Stories. So far, she doesn’t seem too excited to be there.

Lucas and Production Office Dog Clover (via Lucas Till)

Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. The title for the first episode is “DIY or DIE”, the phrase being mentioned by MacGyver while MacGyvering the parachute in the Pilot Episode. Lucas soon posted the first picture from set which shows Team Phoenix in a car (that Jack is driving, of course). A few hours later, Justin Hires posted a different picture of the same scene. He also posted some videos via Instagram and stated that he had imagined a different look for Bozer, but that the studio had made him cut his hair.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Bobby Roth revealed that he will direct an episode in September. He has already directed Episode 1×05 (Toothpick) for Season 1.

We also got some new exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (set in Istanbul, Turkey) and about new recurring characters. According to Moviehole, there will be not one, but TWO new female characters: Olivia Cage and an intel extraction specialist named Agent Carmen. While Olivia Cage is a “woman to be reckoned with and someone we will get to know well”, Agent Carmen has been described as “late twenties, fierce, focused and utterly fascinating”. Sounds like new love interests for our guys – and a potential for conflict as well since Agent Carmen is ex-CIA and has history with Matty.

Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

So far, there’s only one character role listed on IMDb. Marco Sanchez will play the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a missing soldier that was believed to have been killed in action two years ago, but was actually kidnapped by terrorists. There is an audition tape for this role that was posted by Roberto Montesinos. He obviously didn’t get the part, but still decided to upload the audition for his portfolio.

It won’t be long until new cast members will be announced officially. If you remember, at the beginning of Season 1 it was Justin Hires that had hinted at Tristin Mays being part of the cast when he posted a picture of her with Lucas and himself exactly a year ago today. The official statement about Tristin being part of the show was released more than two weeks later (on July 27).

BtS of Season 1 (July 2016, via Justin Hires)

Of course, most fans want to know who will play MacGyver’s father. In a video interview for ET Canada at the press junket in Amsterdam, Lucas stated that he would love for James Remar (Dexter, Django Unchained) to play his dad because he would be “such a good bad guy”. (Remar has been in 2 of Lucas’ projects: X-Men: First Class and All Superheroes must die). Lucas mentioned that most people would expect Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver’s father, but that he couldn’t imagine RDA in this role because he should be the good guy (and therefore the grandfather) MacGyver has a good relationship with.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras, e.g. for kids and adults (military, patrons, guards) to portray middle easteners, for Caucasian lab techs, for hospital nurses and doctors and for cars from the 1950s to 1980s.

MacGyver Promo in Europe
In June, Lucas Till had been on Promo Tour across Europe. Every now and then, we get new articles, interviews and pictures of the press junkets in Amsterdam, Monte Carlo or Madrid; of the CBS Squad enjoying European food or of Lucas meeting his fansFotogramas posted a new picture of Lucas with Robert Patrick during the press junket in Amsterdam.

Robert Patrick and Lucas Till for the CBS Press Junket in Amsterdam (via Fotogramas)

According to an interview written down by the Swiss Boulevard Newspaper Blick, Lucas enjoys not only playing videogames, but also fishingm – and wants to buy a houseboat one day. (Sadly, Blick forgot to point out the connection to the Original Show, totally missing out on a statement that was probably meant as a joke.) Because a houseboat is a bit costly and more time-consuming to take care of, Lucas honored Original MacGyver by buying a Jeep instead.

Reruns
Today, there will be a rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising). Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 2 (Metal Saw). After a short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench) on July 28.

Lucas taking time for fans in Madrid (via Brianna Bri)

The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings. The rerun of Episode 7 (Can Opener) aired on a Thursday, but still managed to get 2.92 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.5 in the 18-49 Demo group). The rerun of Episode 16 (Hook) on the next day garnered 4.23 million live viewers (with 0.6 in demo). A week later, the rerun of Episode 19 (Compass) had 4.07 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in demo).

I still think it’s funny how CBS handles the reruns; seemingly airing them in more or less random order. (I’m not sure if this is usually done like this in the US.)

What are cast and crew up to?
After Madrid, Lucas had joined Wilmer Valderrama for a visit to London before he returned back to Atlanta to spend some time with his family. His mother Dana posted some pictures of Lucas spending time with his brother Nick and gearing up for MacGyver.

An actor prepares (via Dana Brady Till)

While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii to prepare for Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0. It’s possible that after the unexpected exit of two main cast members (Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim who had been in the Crossover Episode 1×18), Lenkov will need to spend some more time on site in Hawaii this season. Sadly, the reasons and speculations surrounding the exits of Park and Dae Kim make it unlikely that we will see them on MacGyver next season and might diminish the chance of another crossover with H50 – but who knows.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany on Mondays, 8.15 pm on Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings. On Premiere Day, the first two episodes had garnered 2.10 and 1.99 million live viewers (with a market share of 12.9% and 10.9% within the important demo group of 14-49 years). The hashtag #MacGyver trended on Twitter for over an hour.

(via moviepilot)

As expected, the ratings dropped for the second week. Episode 3 earned 710’000 live viewers with a market share of 9% within demo (which is a market share of 6.2% in total viewers, consisting of 1.63 million). Interestingly, Episode 4 fared better with 880’000 live viewers (with a market share of 9.7% in demo). It’s possible that the hot weather lately works in favor of the second episode that airs around 9.15 pm.

I never cared about German ratings before and don’t know much about them, to be honest – so any conclusion done by myself needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Apparently, the cable networks aspire a market share in demo of at least 10% for prime time which isn’t achieved that easily, resulting in TV shows often being moved to later airtimes after only two or three episodes. The networks are not very patient with new shows, either – if they don’t get high enough ratings within the first few weeks, they will be rescheduled (which usually doesn’t help the ratings either).

This exact fate happened to Justin’s other series Rush Hour that premiered on the same day as MacGyver – the market shares of 7.2% and 5.9% for the first two episodes (airing at 22pm) resulted in the show being “banned” to midnight. The time slot has been filled with the newest Season of Hawaii Five-0, the other show that is executive produced by Peter Lenkov. Sadly, the change was so sudden that many viewers were caught unaware; either missing out on the premiere of H50 or stating their anger on social media, believing Rush Hour had already been cancelled.

Sat.1 Teaser Promo on Facebook (Screenshot)

Therefore, it’s not that surprising that due to the sudden change in schedule, the premiere of H50 on July 3rd didn’t have that good ratings (720’000 live viewers with a market share of 9.3%) as it could have had. It actually had less viewers than MacGyver. For comparison, Episodes 5 and 6 of the Reboot managed 750’000 resp. 960’000 live viewers this week (with a market share in the advertising-relevant demo group of 9% resp. 10.5%). Interestingly, the show hasn’t been trending on Twitter since the premiere, but while people keep lamenting on social media that Sat.1 should cancel the show, the network keeps promoting it with video clips and pictures (which they usually don’t do for such a long time period). It will be interesting to see if the ratings for MacGyver and H50 will influence each other as they did in the US.

MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
I’m still not that happy with the German episode titles. They’re not really as bad and spoilery as they could be, but it’s still a bit disappointing.

Sat.1 Teaser Promo on Facebook (Screenshot)

The next episode titles that are already known:
1×07 (Can Opener): Befreiungskünstler (Escape Artist)
1×08 (Corkscrew): Codename: S-218
1×09 (Chisel): Die Hand Gottes (The Hand of God)
1×10 (Pliers): Gespenster der Vergangenheit (Ghosts of the Past)
1×11 (Scissors): Schnee in Kalifornien (Snow in California)
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)

Interestingly, it appears that they won’t air the Christmas Episode (1×11) – although the episode has already been dubbed into German and they don’t have any problems airing the Halloween Episode (1×08) next week. It’s possible that they’re not airing all episodes at once; taking a break and/or airing 1×11 around Christmas time as a Special Event.

MacGyver Reboot Update #32

Lucas Till travelled to Toronto, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Madrid this month for MacGyver Promo. Also, we have a title for the first episode of Season 2!

Photocall at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (via Ansa)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News
On the first of June, CBS had announced the premiere date of Season 2 as September 29. On June 17, Justin Hires revealed the title for the first episode: DIY or DIE. Well, that doesn’t help us much in guessing what the plot for the episode might be, but we know this is a statement rebooted MacGyver said in the Pilot Episode (1×01: The Rising) while MacGyvering the parachute.

Script Title Page for Episode 2×01 (via Justin Hires)

In other news, it seems that Season 2 got a direct Full Season Order of 22 Episodes. This means enough episodes to introduce a new series regular; a CIA operative named Carmen. So far, we don’t know yet who will play this part, but I’m quite sure that her character will change the dynamics of “Team Phoenix”. It’s possible that she will be the one in the field with “Mac and Jack” now while Bozer and Riley stay on base more often.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Amsterdam
On June 13, Lucas Till posted a panoramic picture that revealed him being in Amsterdam. He soon met up with Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. They did some sightseeing of the Canals and the Anne Frank House. On June 15, there was a CBS Press Junket with Robert Patrick (Scorpion) and Michael Weatherly (Bull) also attending. It was the perfect event for Lucas to show off his new socks and to attend a classical concert.

(Fun Fact: In 2005, Robert Patrick had played Lucas’ father in Walk the Line.)

Then and Now – Robert Patrick and Lucas Till in “Walk The Line” (2005) vs. Press Junket in Madrid (2017)

In an interview with the German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung, Lucas revealed that he hadn’t dared to read the negative feedback concerning the reboot until the show had started airing and getting some positive feedback as well. He also talked about how back when he was little, it wasn’t very “cool” to do TV instead of movies and that he’s happy that this has changed in recent years.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Monte Carlo
On June 16, the CBS Squad travelled to Monaco to attend the Monte Carlo Television Festival. They met up with Malin Akerman (Billions) and Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS) for more promo. Attending the Opening Ceremony where Peter Lenkov was introduced as a jury member, they posed for a photocall, signed autographs for fans and gave interviews on the red carpet before signing more autographs. Lucas sported another pair of new socks he had purchased in Amsterdam and spent some time uploading new pictures onto his Instagram account.

New Socks at the Opening Ceremony (via Robert Patrick)

In a video interview with ET Canada at the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto on June 8, Lucas had revealed that there will be a “Casino Episode” in the upcoming season. Following the Opening Ceremony of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, there was a Casino Event. It almost looked like they were already shooting for another episode of MacGyver.

On June 17, there was another press junket including a photocall for Lucas to attend while Peter Lenkov did his duties as a jury member. He posted many pictures of the surrounding landscape and of the correct Monaco pool attire. Lucas took his time posing for selfies with fans before he answered more questions.

Casino Event at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (via Allociné)

In an interview with Monaco Matin, Lucas talked a bit about the auditioning process and revealed that initially, he didn’t think he was going to get the role since he didn’t hear anything for 3 weeks after the meetings and screentests. In the interview for Les Infos Vidéos, Lucas joked he still doesn’t know if his character is the son of Original MacGyver or not. He also revealed that they will establish more bad guys in Season 2.

Asked about any other projects, Lucas told Premiere that he won’t be in the upcoming X-Men movie – partially because of his characters’ fate in the last installement (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016 – which shouldn’t be a problem in a superhero movie, though), but also because it would be too complicated with him being so busy with filming for MacGyver.

On June 19, a smaller version of the CBS-Squad made a little trip to Italy. They all enjoyed the nice weather with food and drinks. Lucas also showed off one of his balance tricks he likes to talk about.

June Photocalls: Toronto and Monte Carlo

On June 20, the boys suited up (or tuxed up?) for the closing ceremony. Both Lucas and Wilmer Valderrama made Instagram videos during the limo ride towards the red carpet. Besides Peter Lenkov and the CBS Squad, Lucas was joined by his long-time manager Tom.

MacGyver Promo in Europe – Madrid
On June 22, Lucas did another press junket in Madrid. The CBS-Squad was joined by Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks). Meanwhile, Peter Lenkov had already left to return back to the US. Lucas revealed how he likes to spend time while waiting for the last journalist to show up: Playing Mario Kart. Babs Patrick posted a picture of Lucas enjoying some down time while MacGyvering another one of his balance tricks during dinner.

Enjoying the evening in Madrid (via Babs Patrick)

Reruns
Yesterday, there was a rerun of Episode 7 (Can Opener). There is the rerun of Episode 16 (Hook) tonight that should have already aired last Friday. There will be a rerun of Episode 19 (Compass) on June 30. The other scheduled reruns so far are the Pilot Episode on July 7 and Episode 2 (Metal Saw) on July 14.

As before, the reruns continue to garner good ratings. Two weeks ago, Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) had 4.21 million live viewers with a rating of 0.5 in the 18-49 Demo group.

What are cast and crew up to?
Besides reading MacGyver scripts, Justin Hires is doing stand-up comedy shows and editing videos before he has to return back to Atlanta to resume filming. He uploaded the first (with Lucas, Tristin Mays and Henry Winkler) and the second part (with Peter Lenkov and David Dastmalchian) of the LA Wrap Party videos he had made back in March.

George Eads attended a Classic Fundraiser Golf Event in LA on June 12 for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. As suspected, his “faux-hawk” has been shaved off at some point, but is growing already back at the moment.

BtS picture of Episode 1×11: Scissors

David Dastmalchian was busy enjoying his new-born daughter Penelope while Tristin Mays took the opportunity to spend as much of her free time as possible with family and friends.

On June 22, Lucas Till posted a new BtS picture of the “Christmas Episode” (1×11: Scissors) with George Eads and Justin Hires.

MacGyver around the world – Germany Premiere
The Reboot premiered in Germany on Monday, June 19 at the prime time of 8.15 pm. The German TV Station Sat.1 had also been the first German station to air the original show back in 1987. It was still a bit surprising for me to see them undertake such an effort for doing promo for an US show on social media. They posted several teaser videos on their Facebook-Page and their YouTube channel, using a theme of MacGyver seeing and using tools differently than we do.

Sat.1 Teaser Promo on Facebook (Screenshot)

They also did some shared video promo with Justin’s other series because Rush Hour premiered on the same day, right after the first two episodes of the MacGyver Reboot.

The ratings were quite good; especially since it’s not only Summer season, but there’s also a heat wave in Europe at the moment. The first two episodes garnered 2.10 and 1.99 million live viewers with a market share of 12.9% and 10.9% within the demo group (14-49 years). The show trended on Twitter as well, but got quite a few negative tweets (mainly about the missing opening theme and about the use of guns and violence). Of course, that has also happened during other premieres since people who enjoy a show are busy watching, not tweeting. We’ll see how the ratings will progress.

MacGyver Reboot Update #31

We have an official date: Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot will premiere on Friday, September 29.

via Lucas Till

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 Premiere
On the first of June, CBS announced the premiere dates of the Fall Season. As expected, the MacGyver Reboot will have its premiere for Season 2 on Friday, September 29 – along with Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

Corus Upfronts
On June 8, Lucas Till attended the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto to promote the upcoming Season 2. He gave interviews and also attended the Sales Dinner where he posed for selfies, sporting his new haircut.

In a video interview with ET Canada, Lucas revealed he has just approved the Gag Reel for MacGyver (presumably for the Season 1 DVD). He joked about getting punished for doing a good job and talked about having no free weekends for 9 months. He revealed that there will be a “Casino Episode” next season and brought up the MacGyverisms of Episode 1×05: The Heist (the casino episode of the original show).

Corus Upfront Press Event (via Corus Entertainment)

Many Reboot fans have mentioned on social media that they miss the voice-overs. Lucas confirmed my suspicions about this to ET Canada: They cut down on the voice-overs for the same reasons as the original show. I always liked the voice-overs, but I can understand that they just take up too much time in the already tight schedule. Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson stated in several interviews being very happy about finally dropping the voice-overs, and it sounds like it was Lucas who suggested dropping them as well.

Lucas stated that he had signed up for an action-comedy and that viewers don’t want to see too much drama on a Friday night. This might explain the serious lack of “Mac-whump!” and why there always seems to be this need to bring in more jokes (which are not necessary in my opinion).

Corus Upfront Sales Dinner (via Corus Entertainment)

In the interview on stage, Lucas stated that he really enjoyed physics as a kid and that the tries to understand what he’s actually talking about in the show. He also revealed that the scariest stunt they did was for the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×03 (Awl).

Reruns
There is a rerun of Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) tonight. The other scheduled reruns so far are Episode 16 (Hook) on June 16, Episode 7 (Can Opener) on Thursday, June 22 and the Crossover Episode 18 (Flashlight) on June 23. (I’m not sure why there’s no rerun of Episode 17…)

The reruns continue to garner good ratings while winning the 8pm time slot. Episode 13 (Large Blade) made 4.47 million live viewers with a rating of 0.5 in the 18-49 Demo group. The rerun of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) had 4.20 million live viewers (along with 0.5 in Demo). These numbers are a bit lower than for previous reruns, but are still strong considering the season.

Episode 1×13: Large Blade (screenshot)

What are cast and crew up to?
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov spent Memorial Day with Family and Friends, e.g. Meredith Eaton. Next week, he will attend the Monte Carlo Television Festival with Lucas Till who can’t wait to get his boss into trouble.

On May 26, Lucas posted a picture of a Season 2 SAK on Instagram. It’s a much smaller version of the one for Season 1 that cast and crew got for Christmas. On May 27, Lucas was seen at Hollywood Burbank Airport where he posed for a selfie with a fan. As mentioned above, Lucas attended the Corus Upfront Press Event in Toronto on June 8.

As you remember, Lucas and George Eads got to travel to Hawaii for the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 while Justin Hires and Tristin Mays stayed back in Atlanta to film their scenes. While Tristin Mays recently travelled to Hawaii for a holiday, it was Justin’s turn last week. He’s already back at work doing stand-up comedy and editing videos; promising to upload a new BtS video of the LA Wrap Party this weekend.

LA Wrap Party (via Justin Hires)

David Dastmalchian was busy welcoming daughter Penelope into this world. Looks like “Murdoc” won’t get much sleep for the next few weeks. (Meaning months. Think years.)

Script Writer Brian Durkin is also busy. On June 6, he was doing research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for his next MacGyver script. Writer Nancy Kiu cited Andrew Klein being the “Shakespeare of the Robot Revolution”. Looks like we’re getting more robot scenes, yay. (Uhm. No yay from me, though.)

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now. The premiere for Italy (Rai2) took place on June 6. On the same day, there was a premium preview in Japan with several of the voice dubbing actors attending.

As mentioned in my last update, other countries mostly don’t translate the episode titles literally. In Germany, the episode titles are “Die Wiedergeburt” (Rebirth) for 1×01 (The Rising), “Alias” for 1×02 (Metal Saw), “Golden Boy” for 1×03 (Awl), „Kalter Krieg“ (Cold War) for 1×04 (Wire Cutter), “Der Todeszug” (Death Train) for 1×05 (Tootphick) and “Der Geist” (The Ghost) for 1×06 (Wrench).

Japan Premium Preview on June 6 (via Twitter)

It’s a well known annoyance that translated titles for TV shows usually reveal too much of the plot. Italy follows France in this tradition with “Vecchie fiamme” (Old Flames) for 1×02 and “Morte apparente” (Apparent Death) for 1×03.

My favorite is still the French Episode Title for 1×03, though: “Tête à claques”. This is the French equivalent of the name that Jack Dalton uses for Ralph at the beginning of the episode: “Punch Face”.

The Vault: Phoenix Foundation Wall Panel
Since I laid eyes on one of the Phoenix Foundation Wall Panels for the first time, I’ve been intrigued by the design. I found it very interesting, but also kind of odd because it seemed too intricate compared to the rest of the set designs. I didn’t realize the Wall Tiles are an Easter Egg until recently, when I randomly came across an article about set design in movies. I’ve never seen the movie (shame on me), but the Wall Tiles are the same as the ones used in the original Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford.

Episode 1×17: Ruler (screenshot)

Apparently, the style of the tiles is based on Ennis House in LA which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed primarily of interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks. Besides for “Blade Runner”, the very unique Ennis House was used for productions such as Twin Peaks, Karate Kid III or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Well. Who says you only learn about science while watching MacGyver.

MacGyver Reboot Update #30

As predicted, Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot will continue to air on Fridays this Fall. The competition for the Friday ratings has changed, though.

LA Wrap Party (via Justin Hires)

CBS Upfronts
On May 17, CBS presented their 2017-2018 TV schedule. As predicted, their Fridays Line-Up hasn’t changed and the “Holy Trinity” (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods) stays intact. The competition has changed, though; e.g. because Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing has been cancelled. MacGyver will share its airtime with Once Upon A Time (ABC), Blindspot (NBC), Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW).

Blindspot used to air on Wednesdays. The show earned on average 4.89 million live viewers (with a 18-49 Demo of 1.03) per episode which is less than MacGyver (7.73 live viewers, Demo 1.08). But like the Reboot, Blindspot also serves a lot of action scenes.

Once Upon A Time used to air on Sundays. In its 6th Season, the show managed on average 3.15 million live viewers (with a 18-49 Demo of 0.93) per episode. The show will undergo a complete overhaul for next season with the consequence of losing six series regulars; looking for a “younger” and “fresher” audience. The show was renewed due to its fierce and loyal fanbase, but we’ll see if the fans will stay without their main heroes that made the audience fall in love with the show in the first place. Also, considering they’re targeting a younger audience by using younger actors, moving the show to Friday might not help to get bigger ratings.

Friday Schedule 2017-2018 (via TV-Recaps-Reviews)

Reruns
There is a rerun of Episode 13 (Large Blade) today. The other scheduled reruns so far are Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) on June 2, Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) on June 9 and Episode 16 (Hook) on June 16.

What are cast and crew up to?
This Monday, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov has been back on the Paramount Studios lot. With roughly a month left until production moves to Atlanta to get ready for filming, it’s save to say that there are scripts to finish, locations to scout, sets to design and build and casting calls to send out soon.

Lucas Till was also seen at the Paramount Studios lot on May 24, possibly for the LA Screenings that had prepared a pool and palm trees for a screening of the new Baywatch movie.

Lucas Till posing for a selfie (via Felipe Duque)

Justin Hires is already excited for next season. He posted several pictures of MacGyver Episodes and also a new picture with Lucas Till at the LA Wrap Party. George Eads was seen at a restaurant and posed for a picture. Interestingly, we can’t clearly see what’s going on with his hair, but it looks like he has shaved off Jack Dalton’s “Fauxhawk” for hiatus.

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now. The premiere for Italy is set for June 13 (Rai2). For the premiere in Japan, there will be a premiere event on June 6 which the dubbing actors for MacGyver (Mamoru Miyano) and Jack (Hiroshi Tsuchida) will attend.

While the English episode titles are named after tools on an SAK, other countries don’t even try to literally translate them. In Germany, the pilot episode (The Rising) is titled “Die Wiedergeburt” (Rebirth), episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) is called “Alias” (which doesn’t make much sense to me).

In France, the episode titles are either funny or outrageous. Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) is called “Sauvez la femme” (literally translated: “Rescue the woman”). Episode 1×11 (Scissors) is titled “Joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas) while Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler) reveales the plot since it’s titled “Agent double” (Double Agent).

Episode 1×13: Large Blade (via SpoilerTV)

The Vault: New/Old interview with George Eads
There were times when the promo load was so intense that I couldn’t catch all of it. I recently stumbled over an old interview with George Eads that was published in September 2016, a day before the premiere of the pilot episode.

Again, I’m amazed how often he gets away with revealing stuff in interviews; e.g. the entire plot for Episode 1×05 (Toothpick), that “pretty hefty bottles of wine” are consumed while rehearsing with Lucas Till and that they both get “a vitamin bag IV, amino shots and B12 shots” on the weekends. He also talked about the differences between filming scenes for MacGyver and CSI, about the bond with Lucas and about some of the issues with the Unaired Pilot.

Here’s an interesting excerpt regarding the original actors:

When they see the pilot and see we’ve hit the mark, we’ll have a lot more of them come around. I think that’s when we can ask Richard Dean Anderson. We’ll have to wait and see how the kid does before he does anything. It will be cool to have MacGyver play MacGyver. It would be almost like ‘Back to the Future.” We brush by the real Jack Dalton and MacGyver in a case. That might be interesting.

(George Eads, via RadioTVTalk, September 2016)

(via Lauren Leigh)

He revealed that they reshot some scenes for Episode 1×03 (Awl). Comparing Jack Dalton with his CSI-character Nick Stokes, Eads said:

It’s completely different. There is still that bravery issue, that no fear issue that Nick had. But this character has severe PTSD. He’s a death dealer. He’s ex Special Forces, been in all kinds of secret ops. He kills without a conscience. He’s kind of the epitome of courage but when you have those screws loose, he’s the type of guy Mac has to turn around and say, ‘Stop! Calm down! We’re not just running in there like that!’  […]  So [Mac’s] teaching Jack how to get his temper and emotions in check because there’s nothing Jack likes better than to fight and kill someone who deserves it. He’s just a loose cannon, a damn wild man.

(George Eads, via RadioTVTalk, September 2016)

It’s funny how I absolutely can’t see rebooted Jack Dalton in this, considering they were already filming Episode 5 when this interview took place. It feels like he’s talking about his Unaired-Pilot-character Lincoln. Also, I always felt that Jack does all the emotional work for MacGyver, not the other way around.