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.

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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.