Filming for Season 3 started six weeks ago. We have lots of BtS photos and videos, news about Original MacGyver on BluRay and the Press Release plus Official Stills for the Season 3 Premiere Episode!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
News about Episode 3×01
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a first teaser for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) on August 4; revealing MacGyver’s new love interest. He later deleted the post, but of course it’s already been re-tweeted and re-posted on Tumblr and Instagram many times. On August 13, he posted another short video of Lucas and George; tagging it with “Dynamic Duo“.
I predicted that if the promo schedule follows the one for Season 2 last year, we should get a first Official Still for the Season 3 Premiere in about a week. Luckily, CBS delivered earlier than expected: Yesterday, we got the Press Release plus several Official Stills via SpoilerTV.
Interestingly, the Press Release lists also David Dastmalchian as Murdoc under the recurring cast. We already knew he will show up quickly in 3×01, but now it looks like he will have several appearances this season as a recurring charater; despite David’s heavy schedule with being attached to so many other projects.
News about Episode 3×02
In total, filming for Episode 3×02 (Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship) took about 9 days on various sets. It looks like we will see Jack undercover and meeting up with his former Delta Force Team.
On August 16, Peter Lenkov uploaded a short video out of the editing room, featuring Mac and Jack with Team Delta on a chopper. He soon deleted that clip, probably because it was a tad spoilery. He also uploaded a few Instagram Live Stories during the editing process; showing Tristin Mays and Reign Edwards all dolled up in little, colorful dresses, probably undercover at some cocktail party.
News about Episode 3×03
On August 10, cast and crew finished Episode 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School), directed by Tessa Blake. According to BtS photos and Instagram Live Stories, Team Phoenix goes undercover at a College, with all the typical elements of College-themed movies (e.g. getting into trouble with Campus Security, playing Beer Pong and attending a Frat Party.
Justin Hires stated the episode was a lot of fun to film and provided several BtS photos (e.g. of him posing with Lucas and Tristin or of Bozer being pensive or running from danger). Both Meredith Eaton and George Eads haven’t been seen on set for this and the next episode much, but Peter Lenkov assured some worrying fans that George is still on the show.
In case you missed it: Two weeks ago, Justin Hires did a Live Video on Instagram, inviting Lucas to join in. They talked about the upcoming season; giving up some interesting details.
Working on Episode 3×04 (and possibly 3×05)
Since they started filming Episode 3×04 on a Friday (August 10), Cornell Willis kept up with the tradition of “Tie Friday”. We still don’t have a title for it, but it’s directed by “Robocop” Peter Weller.
On August 13, Lenkov returned to Atlanta to visit the set, posting several photos and short videos. That day, they set up a big crane to film a scene involving what looks like a supertruck. On August 15, they filmed outside of a gas station. Tristin Mays joined in on the fun, posting her first Instagram photo from set since they started filming this season. A few days later, they put the truck into the studio in front of a green screen to film fighting scenes on top of it.
During the filming of Episode 3×03, the Costume Designers teased the fans with Instagram Short Stories of what looked like them creating a body cast. Fans kept speculating if this was part of some College prank or something more serious. On August 20, Lucas Till uploaded a photo that looks like he’s wearing the body cast over prison garb. Some fans actually worried about him being hurt or overheating in costume.
In another photo uploaded yesterday, Lucas stated that he utilized the suit to be a “Deep Air Diver” (DAD). I’m already curious what this MacGyverism will exactly be.
It looks like they’re already on filming Episode 3×05. This might turn out being a bit scarier than usual since they will film scenes with Hispanic and Mexican actors celebrating the “Day of the Dead” Festival today.
Meredith Eaton uploaded a nice photo and some Instagram Short Stories on August 21 when filming with Justin Hires in the War Room at Phoenix. Yesterday, they started filming at another interesting-looking real estate location, with the crew being attacked by mosquitoes. In the photo uploaded by Justin this morning, you can see Halloween decorations in the background.
Cast, Crew and Character News
The Press Release for Episode 3×01 (Improvise) lists 4 official recurring characters for Season 3: Kate Bond (as Jill), Reign Edwards (Leanna), Tate Donovan (Oversight) and David Dastmalchian (Murdoc).
As we already know, Lance Gross as Billy Colton aka Riley’s boyfriend will appear in Episode 3×03. So far, none of the other characters of the Colton family have been seen on set. Tate Donovan wasn’t seen either, but Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Photo Doubles for Tate for August 16 and August 21. Also, Sibongile Mlambo is in Atlanta right now, though we don’t know if it’s for the Reboot or for another one of her many projects.
As always, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Extras as well; e.g. for Hospital Kids, Diner Patrons, Rebel Drivers, Hispanic actors pretending to celebrate the Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico (some with their faces already painted when coming on set), for Parents and for Trick or Treaters, indicating that they’re filming the Halloween Episode. They’ve also had Casting Calls for Caucasian Bad Guys, a female Tech, a female Agent and for Stand-Ins for C. Thomas Howell (ET, The Amazing Spider-Man) and for Adela Tirado (Drive, General Hospital).
Season 2, Original MacGyver and other MacGyver-related News
According to The Futon Critic, the only scheduled rerun in September is indeed the Season 2 Finale; airing just a week before the Season 3 Premiere on September 28.
Season 1 of Original MacGyver will be released on BluRay on October 30. There still isn’t any news yet if this BluRay will have any Extras or Special Features or if they have already planned a release date for Season 2. Amazon US states that the BluRay will be dubbed in French and German (with English, French and German subtitles available).
As you probably read online, there was a severe accident on set this Monday. Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist was injured during a stunt that involved transferring from one vehicle to another. Apparently, he was conscious after the accident, but was put in a medically induced coma because of a head injury. Latest news was that he’s doing better (though still unconscious) and that the accident is being investigated.
Production hasn’t been stopped – but at the moment, I can’t even speculate what impact this might have. There might be changes in safety protocols, filming and/or broadcasting schedule, in scripts and maybe personnel changes within the stunt crew. Since it happened during filming with the 2nd unit (presumably for Episode 3×04), none of the main actors were on set. At the moment, cast and crew keep mum about it, probably advised to do so as long as the investigation is going on.
Lucas Till had uploaded a photo on Wednesday that shows him doing a stunt fall on a roof, but later deleted the photo once the news articles about the accident started flooding the news pages and social media.
MacGyver in Germany
The ratings for Season 2 in Germany are pretty steady now. Some episodes actually do better than their counterparts of Season 1 a year ago. Also, the second episode on 9.15pm does usually better than the one on 8.15pm. Interestingly, there are barely any tweets using #MacGyver or writing about the show when the episodes air; meaning that the audience is actually watching instead of tweeting about it.
To recap: Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) had a live-audience of 1.72 million viewers in total (3 years and older) and a demo of 9.5.
The next week, Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) also reached 1.72 million live-viewers (with a demo of 8.0), followed by Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) with a whopping 1.93 million live-viewers and a demo of 9.7. So far, Episode 2×11 had the highest number of live-viewers (880’000) in the demo-group of 14-49-year-olds as well as the highest number of live-viewers in total.
Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) on August 20 reached an audience of 1.66 million live-viewers (with a demo of 9.2), while Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) scored with the second-highest number of live-viewers (1.87 millions) and with the best demo of Season 2 (10.2) so far.
The upcoming German Episode Titles:
2×14: Feuer und Flamme (literally translated: Fire and Flame, Mardi Gras Beads + Chair)
2×15: Gefährliche zweite Chancen (Dangerous second Chances, Murdoc + Handcuffs)
2×16: Flitterwochen (Honeymoon, Hammock + Balcony)
2×17: Atomarer Ausflug (Atomic Excursion, Bear Trap + Mob Boss)
2×18: Angriff in der Luft (Attack in the Air, Riley + Airplane)
2×19: Fälschungen und Lügner (Fakes and Liars, Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle)
2×20: Entführung im Wolkenkratzer (Kidnapping in a Skyscraper, Skyscraper – Power)
2×21: Ein Freund in Not (A Friend in Need, Wind + Water)
2×22: Area 51 (UFO + Area 51)
On August 11, German Channel RTL Nitro started airing Original MacGyver again; showing two episodes each on Saturday and Sunday mornings with reruns of the same episodes in the afternoons. This is the 6th run of the show since 2014 on this channel, confirming that they still get enough ratings for a show premiereing more than 30 years ago. Pretty cool, huh.