MacGyver Reboot Update #97

MacGyver fans, rejoice again! We have a premiere date for Season 4 AND a DVD release date for Season 3!

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Alison)

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

 

Season 4 Premiere and Promo News
ICYMI: Season 4 will premiere on February 7 next year – in the “old” timeslot of Fridays, 8pm. Lucas Till made the announcement together with Executive Producer Henry Winkler who had visited the set that day.

All the MacGyverCBS social media accounts got a new header for the occasion. Otherwise, there’s not much promo yet. CBS had released a short midseason/winter preview of their new and returning shows with a few new scenes of the Reboot as well; featuring Mac, Desi and Russ.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

I expect a Press Release and a First Still in January the latest. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait as long for a trailer as for Season 3 (which didn’t drop until a week before the Fall premiere). Sadly, neither showrunner Peter Lenkov nor the producers are very forthcoming with new material.

Season 4 Episode Overview
Only 60 plus a few days left until the Premiere of Season 4. There’s still not too much info listed on IMDb, but there are already some preliminary airdates up on The Futon Critic. Let’s revisit the upcoming episodes with the most important infos so far:

  • 4×01: (title tba) (February 7)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 14)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba) (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba) (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearances by Amber Skye Noyes and by Dawson Towery
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)
    Directed by Carlos Bernard

To recap my last blog post: For Episode 4×12, they filmed scenes in the War Room, at Foxhall Resort, in a set dressed as a court room in Stockbridge City Hall and driving scenes both on stage and on location; involving a fake baby. For Episode 4×13 (Save + The + Dam + World), they set up at a dam near Eatonton, next to Lake Oconee.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via City of Stockbridge Government)

If you have some TV experience, you know there is a possibililty that the court room scenes actually belong to the midseason finale episode with Mac being held accounted for the things he had to do to actually save the world. It’s possible they did some rewrites to the episode once they got the back-up order for 9 more episodes, so the episode might actually end in a cliffhanger.

It’s a wrap – sort of
Surprisingly, the production “wrapped” on the same day as they would have if they had been done after 13 episodes. There was even a hiatus cake in the office of the costume departement. Beforehand, they had an early Christmas hiatus lunch with the cast and crew getting their wrap gift (of a set chair) as an early Christmas gift.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Carlos Bernard)

Some of the crew and stunt team continued filming stunts and inserts for a few more days; e.g. a car chase scene. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew members flew back home to visit their family. Right now, the cast and most of the crew is on a 6-week-hiatus; not coming back to set before January. According to SpoilerTV, filming will continue until April.

Besides Justin, none of the main cast seems to be very active on social media; enjoying their days off or working on new projects. Lucas spent Thanksgiving at his mom’s place with his brother Nick. Since then, he’s only been sighted twice; the last time yesterday in LA. Henry Ian Cusick is working on another movie project at the moment. Apparently, Levy Tran’s dog Carl is staying with a few dog buddies for a couple months. It’s possible that Levy is travelling out of country; for either work or for holidays. So far, she hasn’t resurfaced on social media at all.

Other Cast and Character News
ICYMI: There was a huge spoiler about Scottie Thompson’s character name on the call sheet for Episode 4×13 – probably the reason why TV Line had refused to reveal it in their spoiler article last month. (And also the reason why I haven’t posted it on Twitter yet.)

Screenshot of a BtS video of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Taylor Gardner)

So far, Central Casting Georgia hasn’t put out any casting calls for Extras since the production hiatus started. Additionally, the IMDb episode list still doesn’t go farther than Episode 4×06; with most of the cast lists barely filled.

MacGyver in Germany
In Austria, every Season 2 episode had about 37’000 live viewers (which is less than half the average for Season 1). There’s no information yet if they’ll also air Season 3.

On November 23, German Free-TV channel Kabel 1 started airing two reruns of Season 1 every Saturday; replacing reruns of Hawaii Five-0.

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Steven Serna)

Season 4 predictions
MacGyver got a full season order and a premiere date for February 7 in their old timeslot of Fridays 8pm. So what can we expect this season? Let’s take another look at the predictions; getting more defined the more information we get.

  • Friday Schedule: The press release had announced that MacGyver will finish in Spring. That’s a bit difficult with a full season of 22 episodes, especially if they have a 3-week-hiatus again for March Madness and are in production until April 2020. After MacGyver concludes, Magnum PI should resume on Fridays.

Prediction: According to The Futon Critic, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods will air their Season Finales on March 13 and March 20 (the day MacGyver will air Episodes 4×06 and 4×07). That doesn’t seem very likely, though. If they get another order of 25 episodes and the same amount of breaks in between like in recent years, H50 won’t be done until mid-May anyway.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via City of Stockbridge Government)

Instead of putting in all those little breaks and airing reruns of H50 at 9pm, they could air two episodes of MacGyver a week or bring back Magnum PI at 9pm instead of 8pm. The upcoming Friday schedule in Spring and Summer might depend on how good Magnum does ratings-wise before they take it off schedule and what the ratings of MacGyver will look like.

  • Ratings: Most Fall start up in ratings on the same level they ended in Spring; reaching their peak around midseason. The same holds true for the current shows of the Friday line-up.

Prediction: The Season 3 Finale Episode had a demo of 0.65 and a live-audience of 5.472 million viewers. Season 4 starts at midseason, so it will probably start lower than it would have in Fall (around a 0.6 demo and an audience of 5 million live-viewers if we’re lucky), not peaking as high and dropping faster; especially after both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are done with their seasons.

Screenshot of the CBS Midseason Preview (via CBS)

That doesn’t sound very positive, but a timeslot around midseason on a Friday also means that the expectations aren’t as high as they would have been for a Fall premiere. Nonetheless, the Friday ratings are so good lately that Friday is the second-best rated weekday on CBS after Tuesday. Not bad, considering Fridays used to be where shows were pushed to slowly fade out before they get cancelled.

Both H50 and BB are remarkable stable in ratings and their reruns have usually higher audiences than some other shows airing a new episode (about 4-5 million live-viewers), so they sure won’t hurt the ratings for MacGyver.

  • Crossover Potential: They already finished filming the crossover between Magnum and H50 that will air on January 3.

For now, it doesn’t seem very likely that the Reboot will get a crossover at all this season. The best chance would be with another midseason crime show, but none of the midseason rookies (FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy) are being filmed in Atlanta and Criminal Minds has already wrapped months ago.

  • Story-Arc: If you remember: The back-order for the additional 9 episodes was rather late. Some of the crew had already stated on social media a few months ago that they will move on to other jobs in December or January (e.g. Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave).

Prediction: Since the story-arc was initially written for 13 episodes, I expect the season to be cut into two main storylines; similar to Season 1. It’s possible that some of the crew and the recurring guest stars aren’t available anymore for the production of the rest of the episodes.

Lucas Till at the Upscale Sports Lounge 3rd Base Grand Opening (via Getty Images)

On the other hand, they have now more time and opportunity to get some new/old guest stars; maybe also recurring ones we haven’t seen on set yet (e.g. Reign Edwards as Leanna, Michael Des Barres as Helman, Lance Gross as Billy Colton or Billy Baldwin as Elwood).

  • Season 3 DVD and other merchandize: According to several websites, the Season 3 DVD will be released on January 14. There’s no information yet if there will be any Extras available.

The official CBS store for the show still hasn’t been back up yet. Considering they’ve been offering reduced prices for several times since Fall TV season started and Christmas is nearing soon, it’s still a bit questionable to me why they haven’t “opened” it again yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #96

MacGyver fans, rejoice! We have a premiere date – and a very familiar timeslot!

BtS photo of Episode 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (via Tristin Mays)

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

 

Season 4 Premiere News and Promo
Good news again for MacGyver fans: We finally have a Premiere Date! On November 5, Henry Ian Cusick had tweeted that the show got a full-season-order with CBS ordering 9 more episodes. On November 11, CBS finally released the midseason schedule: Season 4 will premiere on February 7 next year – on Fridays, 8pm.

By taking over its old slot, Hawaii Five-0 will move to 9pm again. Magnum PI, on the other hand, is getting benched until after the MacGyver Season Finale. (Kinda ironic if you remember that MacGyver had been pushed to midseason to make room for Magnum in the first place.)

Screenshot of a BtS video of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

After tweeting the announcement, the MacGyverCBS Twitter Account got itself a new header for the occasion. The MacGyverWriters account kept their header, but tweeted an older Season 4 BtS photo with the premiere date. Lucas Till made the announcement together with Executive Producer Henry Winkler who visited the set that day.

CBS released a short midseason/winter preview of their new and returning shows with a few new scenes of the Reboot as well; featuring Mac, Desi and Russ. It’s difficult to say when we’ll get more promo material, but if they handle it like last year, we should get a Press Release and a First Still in January the latest. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait as long for a trailer as for Season 3 (which didn’t drop until a week before the Fall premiere).

Season 4 Announcement (via Peter Lenkov)

Season 4 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days, let’s check upon the overview of upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars). There’s still not too much info listed on IMDb, but there are already some airdates up on The Futon Critic. These dates can still change, of course (depending if there will be a hiatus for March Madness basketball or not).

  • 4×01: (title tba) (February 7)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix (February 14)
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba) (February 21)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba) (February 28)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (March 6)
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba) (March 13)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (tbd)
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearances by Amanda Schull (as Emilia West) and by Keith David
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • 4×11: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearances by Amber Skye Noyes and by Dawson Towery
  • 4×12: (title tba)
    Presumed guest appearance by Rob Giumarra
  • 4×13: Save + The + Dam + World (tbd)

To recap my last blog post: Filming for Episode 4×11 had started around October 25 with scenes in the War Room and in a parking garage. They also filmed in Mac’s house, car-driving scenes in front of green screens and nearby the Historic Academy of Medicine. They also had a set visit by Murdoc (David Dastmalchian).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

Working on Episode 4×12
Filming for Episode 4×12 started around November 8. We didn’t get many BtS photos, but Lucas Till uploaded a new photo of him using roadside flares to read his sides.

On November 11, we didn’t just get the news about the Season 4 premiere date, but also some new material. Justin Hires for example posted a photo of Bozer with Matty and Russ in front of a computer screen.

The next day, they filmed at Foxhall Resort. Apparently, temperatures had dropped quite a bit, and cast and crew sat outside in the sunshine to warm up whenever possible. As Justin revealed, they were filming two episodes at the same time, with him and Meredith Eaton doing more War Rom scenes with the Stand-Ins.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Todd Amateau)

On November 14, Lucas and Levy Tran filmed another bunch of close-up driving scenes on stage; using a classic FORD. Two days later, they shot the driving scenes on location; starting early in the morning to wrap at around 4pm. Interestingly, they had a fake baby on set as well. Maybe another rescue mission?

In between, they filmed what looked like a trial in a court room. The main cast had dressed up accordingly, and Lucas’ Stand-In Matt was seen sitting in front as if he was the one being accused. Both Lucas and Justin took some time to pose for photos with the office workers in the Stockbridge City Hall. Interestingly, they had a local TV station on set as well. Maybe some BtS interviews for the upcoming promo?

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Steven Serna)

Working on Episode 4×13 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×13 started November 13. They set up in a warehouse location; trying to battle the cold in between scenes.

Since Extra Dee Byers revealed the call sheet in an Instagram Story, we know the title of the episode is “Save + The + Dam + World”. Considering that this was probably intended to be the Season Finale (if they hadn’t ordered more episodes), we can expect a rather explosive storyline – and maybe even a plot twist. Of course, it’s also possible they swapped scripts or did a rewrite as soon as they got the back-order; keeping the intended midseason finale episode for a later time.

On Wednesday, production moved out to the dam near Eatonton; about an hour outside of Atlanta. While Tristin wasn’t too happy about her hotel room (that is apparently a meeting-place for ants), they had fun filming outside in nice weather. Judging by the Instagram Stories of the crew, there will be some action with MacGyver hanging off either the dam or a bridge. Fun times!

Season 4 Announcement (via Peter Lenkov)

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
As Amanda Schull revealed, her character in Episode 4×08 is named Emilia West. There was a huge spoiler about Scottie Thompson’s character name on the call sheet for Episode 4×13 – probably the reason why TV Line had refused to reveal it in their spoiler article last month. (And also the reason why I haven’t posted it on Twitter yet.)

There weren’t many casting calls in the last two weeks. Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members, for Codex Kids, for Family Members on Cruiser Bikes, for Politicians, for a Pilot and for a Naval Aide. They also had casting calls for Techs, for Agents, for Operatives and the usual calls for Photo Doubles and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Tristin Mays).

MacGyver in Austria and Germany
In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 stayed pretty stable; with the season ending on a high note, even. To recap: Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane) got 37’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×19 with 38’000 live-viewers.

Episodes 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power) and 2×21 (Wind + Water) had 47’000 and 59’000 live-viewers. Last Saturday, Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) got 36’00 live-viewers, folled by the Season Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) with 53’000 live-viewers. On average, every Season 2 episode had about 37’000 live viewers which is less than half the average for Season 1 (83’000 live-viewers). There’s no information yet if they’ll also air Season 3.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Tomorrow, German Free-TV will start from the beginning with channel Kabel 1 showing reruns of two episodes of Season 1 at prime time; replacing reruns of Hawaii Five-0.

Season 4 predictions
MacGyver got a full season order and didn’t get pushed back to a timeslot in Spring or Summer – or worse, to one of the current CBS “death slots” (Thursday 10pm or Sunday 10pm). Still, while that looks promising, it’s not a guarantee that the show is safe and automatically renewed. It’s still important that it has good live-ratings per se, but also compared to the other CBS shows.

If you’ve read my last few blog posts, you might remember that the average ratings of the other CBS shows compared to the Reboot might determine…

  • …if MacGyver gets another season or not: The better other shows do, the more dangerous for the Reboot; especially when the schedule is already packed. If the Fall schedule is full, shows are pushed to midseason or even Summer; usually getting lower ratings than they would have with a Fall premiere.
  • …how many episodes MacGyver gets for Season 5 in case it’s renewed: The more shows are cancelled, the more free slots on the schedule and the bigger the chances for a full season if your show was renewed.
  • …if MacGyver gets a syndication deal: If the ratings are rather low AND it’s also one of the lowest-rated shows on the network, the more likely another show gets a deal instead. The Reboot is lucky to have a well-known franchise name already, but ratings are still important.

While I’m happy for the return of MacGyver, I feel bad for the Magnum fans. Kinda ironic if you think that MacGyver was pushed to midseason to make room for Magnum in the first place. And benching a show for almost 5 months when there’s only 6 or 8 episodes at most left to air (depending if they got a 20 episode order again or a full season of 22 this time) seems a strange decision to me. But alas, it’s CBS. Strange decisions seem to be their forte lately.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

But most important for the fans, what does the new/old timeslot mean? What can we expect this season? Let’s take a look at predictions for the schedule, the ratings and such.

  • Friday Schedule: Usually, CBS airs their shows weekly. Yet, the press release announced that MacGyver will finish in Spring. That’s a bit difficult with a full season of 22 episodes, especially if they have a 3-week-hiatus again for March Madness.

Prediction: If there are no schedule changes, Blue Bloods will be done around March 13 (the day MacGyver will air Episode 4×06). Hawaii Five-0 should air their Season Finale around end of March. Instead of airing reruns of H50 at 9pm, they could air two episodes of MacGyver a week. That would mean the show has its Season Finale in late Spring and leaves an open timeslot for Magnum PI.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

Of course, CBS can still change their minds. Depending on how good Magnum does ratings-wise before they take it off schedule (especially when the crossover with H50 airs in January), they could decide to speed things up to bring it back sooner, airing it at 9pm after MacGyver as soon as H50 is done.

They could also put it onto another slot entirely since in recent years, the Friday 8pm timeslot has been occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They might want to prevent Magnum airing between a non-scripted show and reruns, but who knows. Anything could happen.

  • Ratings: First of all, most CBS Fall shows reach their peak around midseason. Second, most CBS Fall shows pick up in ratings on the same level the show ended in Spring.

Prediction: The Season 3 Finale Episode had a demo of 0.65 and a live-audience of 5.472 million viewers. Season 4 starts at midseason, meaning that it probably will start lower than it would have in Fall, not peaking as high and dropping faster the higher the temperatures rise up. That doesn’t sound very positive, but a timeslot around midseason on a Friday also means that the expectations aren’t as high as they would have been for a Fall premiere.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 has an average demo of 0.69 and 6.92 million live-viewers per episode at the moment. When looking at demo ratings of the Friday line-up, H50 is still the one doing best (contrary to last year, when it was usually Blue Bloods winning in demo). H50 is remarkable stable in ratings, so the switch back to 9pm shouldn’t hurt H50 and will elevate Blue Bloods.

  • Crossover Potential: They are almost done with filming the crossover between Magnum and H50. As announced last week by TV Line, it will air on January 3. Despite teasing us with a 3-show-crossover at PaleyFest LA this April, MacGyver won’t be a part of it (unless Lucas Till secretly travelled to Hawaii when he was missing on set for a few days).

Prediction: I was disappointed to hear about the crossover between the Hawaii-shows only, but that was before the additional order for 9 more MacGyver episodes. A 3-way-crossover could have worked easily if the Reboot had wrapped up filming in Atlanta at the end of November with the initially planned 13-episode-order.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Sarah Downer)

For now, it doesn’t seem likely that the Reboot will get a crossover at all, unless it’s with another midseason crime show. None of the midseason rookies (FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy) are being filmed in Atlanta, though and Criminal Minds has already wrapped months ago. As you can see, the crossover potential is very low.

  • Story-Arc: The back-order for the additional 9 episodes was rather late. Some of the crew had already stated on social media a few months ago that they will move on to other jobs in December or January (e.g. Stunt Coordinator Daniel Hargrave).

Prediction: Since the story-arc was initially written for 13 episodes, I expect the season to be cut into two main storylines; similar to Season 1. It’s possible that some of the crew and the guest stars aren’t available for the production of the rest of the episodes. On the other hand, they have a few more months now to maybe snatch some recurring guest stars that weren’t available for the episodes so far. Reign Edwards is still filming in New Zealand, but a longer season could give her the opportunity to film at least one last scene as Leanna.

  • Season 3 DVD: We’re waiting.

Prediction: CBS released the DVDs for the Fall shows between a month and a week before the Fall premieres. I expect the DVD to be released around January – unless CBS finally realizes to make use of the potential of the DVD as a Christmas gift.

MacGyver Reboot Update #85

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what we know so far:

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

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

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

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

There’s several possibilities:

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

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

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations for the Teen Choice Awards (via CBS)

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

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

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