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 #95

Last week, there were only two more episodes left to film for Season 4. But now, there’s suddenly 9 more, yay!

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Callis)

(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 Overview
Good news for MacGyver fans! On November 5, Henry Ian Cusick tweeted that the show got a full-season-order with CBS ordering 9 more episodes. There was no official press release as with the other back-orders a few weeks ago, but since Executive Producer Peter Lenkov retweeted the post as well, it seems to be a sure thing. Sadly, there’s still no release date yet.

(via Henry Ian Cusick)

Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars). Since the IMDb entries still don’t go beyond Episode 4×06, it’s difficult to find more information.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and Peter Weller (as Mason)
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance 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

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×10 started on October 15 in the War Room, followed by a 1920s party scene a few days later.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Apparently, the storyline is set in San Francisco in the roaring twenties, dealing with the history of the Phoenix Foundation and its predecessor DXS; somehow involving the scientists and inventors Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. This sure looks to be one of the most interesting episodes this season.

Working on Episode 4×11
Filming for Episode 4×11 started around October 25 with scenes in the War Room and in a parking garage. Peter Lenkov uploaded some editing scenes as Instagram stories; confirming that Peter Weller as Mason will definitely come back. Guest star Holly Deveaux posted a photo of her in prison garb.

On October 28, we got a special surprise: David “Murdoc” Dastmalchian was spotted on set. Back in June, David had auctioned off a set visit and apparently, now was the day to host it. In between, he took photos with Meredith Eaton and with Costumer Sarah Downer. Let’s hope he also found some time to film some scenes for the episode.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via David Dastmalchian)

The next two days, the cast continued to film War Room scenes. While the rest of the characters were dressed in “normal” clothes, both Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick were seen wearing black overalls, indicating an undercover mission.

Sadly, the cast and crew still mostly post Instagram stories instead of BtS photos in good quality. Levy Tran uploaded a short video of Lucas/Mac sleeping in Mac’s bed. It’s not entirely clear if she caught Lucas unaware napping away during set preparation or if this will be part of the episode.

On November 1, the rats (yes, the animals) were back on set. The cast and crew were partially enamored, partially a bit scared. Meredith Eaton posed with one of the rats, clearly liking them.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Filming continued for Levy on Saturday, November 2. Interestingly, it seems like crew member Haley Porch has a little part as well. Judging by a BtS photo with Lucas Till on November 4, it looks like James Callis will appear in more than one episode (unless they had to do some reshoots). Both Lucas and James look dirtied and a bit banged up.

The next day, production moved to film nearby the Historic Academy of Medicine. The sound crew was not happy since they had to film right next to an ongoing road construction site. Meredith Eaton posted two nice Instagram Short Stories of her character with Ian’s character all dressed up. Dinner Date or Undercover Mission? I guess we’ll see… sometime. Whenever that is *lol*.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Steven Serna)

Yesterday, they continued filming some more War Room scenes before relocating. They filmed car-driving scenes in front of green screens. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if this was still for Episode 4×11 or already for Episode 4×12.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a Maintenance Crew, for Set Workers, for Tactical Men, for Senators, Military and Chiefs, for Businesswomen and Businessmen, for Diner Patrons, a Wait Staff, a cook and Truckers and for a scientist. They also had casting calls for Techs, for Lab Techs, for Guards and for Tactical Guards and the usual calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Tristin Mays) and Stand-Ins (e.g. for Amber Skye Noyes or for Dawson Towery).

The most interesting casting call however was the one for a Caucasian male aged 20 to 30 to play a Phoenix. Yes, a Phoenix. I’m not sure if they simply scrambled up the call for a Phoenix tech or agent or if they really incorporated a methaphorical Phoenix aka a person (looking like maybe MacGyver?) dressed up as a Phoenix into an episode. Guess we’ll see “soon”.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

MacGyver in Austria and Germany
In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 stayed pretty stable or once. To recap: Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) had 29’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) with 42’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×18 (Riley + Airplane) got 37’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×19 with 38’000 live-viewers.

On November 23, German Free-TV channel Kabel 1 will start at the beginning; showing reruns of Season 1 at prime time and replacing reruns of Hawaii Five-0.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings: Overview
It’s been almost two months of Fall TV. Due to the NFL games, CBS aired reruns of some shows last week. The next break with reruns will be around Thanksgiving.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Holly Deveaux)

Since CBS still hasn’t announced the midseason schedule yet (unlike FOX and NBC), lets take another look at the CBS ratings. Why should MacGyver fans care about the ratings of other shows? To recap: The ratings are interesting because…

  • …the demo ratings of the other CBS crime/drama shows – especially the rookies – will determine what timeslot Season 4 of the Reboot might air in and when the premiere will happen. The fact that Season 4 is a full season of 22 episodes now means that the show is more likely than ever to premiere in January.
  • …the average ratings of the other 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.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows compared to the Reboot might determine how many episodes MacGyver gets for Season 5 in case it’s renewed. The more room on the schedule, the bigger the chances for a full season.

On October 23, CBS announced that they just handed out full-season back-orders to four freshman series; including crime show All Rise. That means that at the moment, there are only 3 timeslots that will be vacant in January/February (Wednesdays 8pm, Thursdays 10pm and Sundays 10pm) – unless CBS moves a low-rated show into a different timeslot to make room for the Reboot.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

Three potential timeslots without a schedule tweak isn’t much, considering there’s 8 midseason shows still waiting for a slot. But the fact that CBS ordered more episodes without announcing Season 4 to be the last one means the show is still important enough for the network for now.

CBS Ratings: Monday

  • Rookie show All Rise (9pm) has an average demo of 0.65 and 5.28 million live-viewers per episode at the moment. Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, All Rise is on Rank 13 (out of 20); just jumping ahead of Bull and SEAL Team this week. Because All Rise got a full season-order of 22 episodes, the timeslot will stay occupied into Spring with new episodes and probably with reruns during hiatus (unless the show gets cancelled; opening up the slot around April or May).
  • The average per episode for Bull (10pm) is a demo of 0.64 and 6.11 million live-viewers. Both demo and audience numbers had been rising until this week. Since the show is also a candidate for a syndication deal, it will most likely stay in this slot with reruns during hiatus.

Verdict: A Monday Premiere in January doesn’t seem very likely at the moment, but it can still happen. There’s a possibility for Bull being moved to Thursdays or Sundays, for example.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

CBS Ratings: Tuesday

  • The newest season of NCIS (8pm) is doing very well with an average of 1.19 in demo and 11.56 million live-viewers per episode. NCIS is still the CBS Fall show with the biggest demo overall and also the lowest demo loss compared to last year. It’s getting old and expensive, but it’s also a money machine. It seems very unlikely that CBS would move the show anywhere else.
  • The average per episode for FBI (9pm) is a demo of 0.88 and 8.86 million live-viewers. Compared to last season, FBI has the second-lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. It seems very unlikely that CBS would move the show anywhere else – unless it’s for the midseason spin-off (FBI: Most Wanted).
  • NCIS: New Orleans (10pm) has a demo of 0.69 and 6.68 million live-viewers on average per episode at the moment. Compared to last season, the losses in both demo and audience are low. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot.

Verdict: No matter what, it doesn’t seem very likely for MacGyver to air on Tuesdays.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

CBS Ratings: Wednesday

  • So far, I never touched upon the non-scripted show Survivor (8pm). It’s ratings are irrelevant – what’s relevant is that the show concludes on December 18; meaning that there’s another potential timeslot in January. Last year, the slot was occupied by The Amazing Race. There’s still a tiny chance that they’ll air MacGyver instead.
  • SEAL Team (9pm): At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.65 and 4.65 million live-viewers. Audience numbers and demo aren’t that great, but CBS rarely cancels a show in its 3rd season. There is a chance that they put the show on a hiatus like they did this year already.
  • At the moment, the average per episode for SWAT (10pm) is a demo of 0.54 and 3.72 million live-viewers. Of the 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment, SWAT dropped to Rank 19 in demo and to Rank 20 in audience. Its fate might depend on the co-producing network. The timeslot is not a good option for MacGyver anyway, but the chances are getting higher that SWAT might have to endure a timeslot change and will be demoted to midseason if it gets renewed.

Verdict: Wednesdays are not doing that well. There’s a good chance that they’ll put SEAL Team and/or SWAT on a hiatus – most likely either for Criminal Minds or MacGyver.

BtS Instagram Story screenshot of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

CBS Ratings: Thursday

  • Rookie show Evil (10pm) already got renewed for a second season. Since the first season will conclude after 13 episodes on January 30, there will be an available timeslot in February (unless they intend to air reruns).

Verdict: Although MacGyver is a candidate for this slot in February, it’s not a slot that would do the show many favors. Yet, there’s a good chance that CBS will put another show into this slot instead of Evil reruns since its ratings are not very good and still dropping.

CBS Ratings: Friday

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (8pm) has an average demo of 0.69 and 6.81 million live-viewers per episode. When looking at demo ratings of the Friday line-up, H50 is still the one doing best. If CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot next year.
  • Magnum PI (9pm): The average per episode is a demo of 0.59 and 6.18 million live-viewers at the moment; still placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows. Although Magnum is the only CBS Fall show to gain in audience numbers, the demo is rather low.  Since it’s a co-production, the fate of the show might depend on how long NBCU is willing to pay for it. A renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason, though. They could also forego reruns in favor of reruns of H50 (like they will do for Thanksgiving) – or in favor of new episodes for MacGyver.
  • For veteran show Blue Bloods (10pm), the average per episode is 0.62 in demo and 7.48 million live-viewers. While the audience loss compared to last season is as expected (Rank 4), the demo dropped by 22% (Rank 16). Blue Bloods is old and expensive and the demo rating is being dragged down by its lead-in Magnum, but it has international and syndication deals in place and is still in a better position for a renewal than many other shows.

Verdict: The Friday 8pm timeslot is usually occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns (which would mean no reruns of Magnum) or put MacGyver into one of the Friday slots in Spring. For January, a MacGyver premiere on Friday seems very unlikely, though.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Cornell Willis)

CBS Ratings: Sunday

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (9pm) has an average demo of 0.70 and 6.33 million live-viewers per episode. The show does still well enough in a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show when compared for demo.
  • Madam Secretary (10pm) will be done after airing 10 episodes; meaning that there will be a vacant timeslot by January.

Verdict: It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. As said before, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver – but it could definitely happen.

MacGyver Reboot Update #94

Only three more episodes to film for Season 4. In the meantime, fans are still a bit disappointed about not getting a Halloween episode tonight like the other shows on the CBS Friday lineup.

BtS photo of Season 4 for Spirit Day (via MacGyverCBS)

(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 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars).

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver) and presumably Peter Weller (as Mason).
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance 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

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×08 had started on September 24; with the cast filming at Chattahoochee Hills and at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth plus in the War Room and in MacGyver’s house. Both Justin Hires and Henry Ian Cusick posted a nice photo with guest star Keith David, but we don’t know yet what role he will play. Maybe we finally get to meet Bozer’s dad?

Finishing touches on Episode 4×09
Filming for the still untitled Episode 4×09 started around October 5. For several days, they filmed at Plant Sherer. Since some of the crew members and Extras had tagged Vogtle Nuclear Plant in photos and Instagram Stories a few days before and the crew complained about how loud it was at Plant Sherer, it’s possible that they used two different plants for the inside and outside locations.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

On October 14, they wrapped up filming the episode after shooting some more War Room scenes. While Lucas Till was mostly absent, the rest of the characters looked rather grim when filming scenes, so we can probably brace ourselves for some drama nearing the end of the season.

Working on Episode 4×10 and beyond
On October 12, Co-Showrunner Terry Matalas had posted an interesting photo of Lucas Till and Levy Tran in an old-looking painting with Lucas holding a light bulb. As it turned out, the painting is part of the set used for Episode 4×10, directed by the Swiss-Tibetan Yangzom Brauen. Filming started on October 15 in the War Room, but the BtS material was anything but boring. For once, they had medical equipment nearby. Second, it seems they’re filming an episode that is set in another timeline. Showrunner Peter Lenkov posted a nice editing room photo of Lucas filming with a character looking like Nikola Tesla.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

A photo uploaded by Terry Matalas several days later confirmed that it’s Tesla; also hinting at Bell, Edison and Tesla having been part of DXS (the predecessor of the Phoenix Foundation).

On October 17, the cast joined other CBS shows for Spirit Day, posing in purple t-shirts to make a stand against bullying. Meredith Eaton also uploaded a nice photo of her with Tristin Mays and Levy Tran; labelling it “Tenacious Triad”. Justin Hires added a nice team photo as well. They continued filming a 1920s party scene as seen on Instagram stories and photos by Scottie Thompson or by Ramon De Ocampo.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Filming picked up again on October 21. Tristin Mays filmed on location with Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick on Monday and with Lucas Till on Tuesday. Apparently, they had cockroach visitors on set and had a car rigged for some driving scenes.

The next day, Levy and Lucas rehearsed for scenes in MacGvyer’s kitchen. It looked like Desi will cook chicken-noodle-broth for Mac. In another scene in a different location, they lit a shovel handle on fire. A day later, they had two rats in a cage on location. Sadly, the cast and crew mostly post Instagram stories lately and not BtS photos in good quality. With no episode titles to go by, all these snippets feel like an extra weird episode with seemingly random MacGyverisms. I’m sure it will all make sense in the end.

Yesterday, they filmed night scenes with some very interesting looking cars from the 1920s, as seen in Insta stories and on a photo posted by Peter Lenkov. They will probably start on Episode 4×11 today.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Cast and crew also uploaded a few BtS photos that could have been taken while filming other episodes; e.g. Justin Hires a photo of himself with Meredith Eaton or Levy Tran a photo of herself with Tristin Mays, Meredith and “MacGyver’s piggy”.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The Guest Stars don’t seem to post much this season – and if they do, they don’t tag the posts so they’re not that easy to find.

There weren’t many casting calls lately. In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for male Prisoner Guards, for a Real Nurse, for Caucasians between 20 and 40 for a “fun exclusive party scene“, for Asian Guards, for an Asian Prisoner, for Techs and Agents and for male Medics physically fit enough to push someone on a gurney. They also had a casting call for Stage Hands, Make Up Artists, Medics and Techs and the usual calls for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Ramon De Ocampo) and Stand-Ins.

Matthew Albright (the main Stand-In for Lucas Till) revealed that he has filmed some stunt scenes as well; consisting of being thrown at a wall.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Austria
In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 stay rather low. To recap: Episode 2×14 garnered 31’000 live-viewers, followed by Episode 2×15 with 38’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) had 29’000 live viewers, followed by Episode 2×17 (Bear Trap + Mob Boss) with 42’000 live-viewers.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
It’s been 5 weeks of Fall TV. Lets take another look at the ratings – especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie shows and the crime shows not cancelled yet. The ratings are interesting because…

  • …the fate of the other CBS crime/drama shows will determine what timeslot Season 4 of the Reboot might air in and when the premiere will happen.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows might determine if MacGyver gets another season or not: The better they do, the lower the chance of MacGyver coming back for Season 5.
  • …the average ratings of the other shows might determine how many episodes MacGyver gets for Season 5 in case it’s renewed: The better the other shows do, the less likely for the Reboot to get a full season order and to air in Fall.

The fate of the rookie shows is usually decided at the latest in what’s called November Sweeps. The sweep came early for CBS this year: On October 23, CBS announced that they just renewed Evil for a second season, and handed out full-season back-orders to its other four freshman series, including All Rise. While this is good news for the rookie shows, it’s not really good news for MacGyver since there aren’t many potential timeslots for January left. Even worse, the “acceptable” timeslots in January just got reduced to basically zero.

  • At the moment, rookie show All Rise (Monday 9pm) has an average demo of 0.64 and 5.48 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: Mondays have been rather difficult for CBS in recent years. The demo for All Rise was lower than the one for Magnum PI in the same timeslot last year. It’s doing a bit better in audience than rookie show Evil, but the numbers are still rather low. Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, All Rise is on Rank 15 (out of 20) at the moment. Therefore, the back-order of an additional 9 episodes came as a bit of surprise for most prediction sites.

CBS Fall 2019 Schedule (via World Screen)

MacGyver would have been a candidate for this slot in January, but so were at least two of the other midseason shows. Now that All Rise got a full season, the timeslot will stay occupied into Spring with new episodes and probably with reruns during hiatus (unless the show gets cancelled if the ratings drop further). It’s safe to say that Mondays 9pm is not an option for the Reboot anymore.

  • The average per episode for Bull (Monday 10pm) is a demo of 0.65 and 6.08 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Since it’s a candidate for a syndication deal and gained a bit in demo over the last few weeks, it will most likely stay in this slot. All the other prediction sites have it as “likely to be renewed”.

  • The new season of NCIS (Tuesday 8pm) is still doing well with an average of 1.19 in demo and 11.70 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: NCIS is the CBS Fall show with the biggest demo overall and also the lowest demo loss compared to last year. It’s getting old and expensive, but it’s also a money machine. CBS will keep it going for as long as possible.

  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The average per episode is a demo of 0.89 and 8.92 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Compared to last season, FBI has the second-lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. At the moment, it still seems to be the only crime show that could last longer than five seasons with more than 5 million viewers. CBS will hold onto it as long as they can; not putting it in danger by moving it around on the schedule.

  • The average per episode for NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) is a demo of 0.71 and 6.93 million live-viewers at the moment.

Verdict: Compared to last season, the losses in both demo and audience are one of the lowest. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot. No matter what, it doesn’t seem very likely for MacGyver to air on Tuesdays.

  • SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm): At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.66 and 4.75 million live-viewers.

Verdict: While audience numbers aren’t that great, the demo is still acceptable. As mentioned before, they put the show on a month-long hiatus last year; leading to a ratings drop that SEAL Team never bounced back from. According to this Deadline article from May, they might do it again for Criminal Minds. Because SWAT is failing, they could choose to put SWAT on hiatus instead – or to put both shows on hiatus. At the moment, it looks like MacGyver is still a candidate for this slot – at least if they plan to air it in Winter.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts SEAL Team as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV also puts it into their looking safe section.

  • At the moment, the average per episode for SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) is a demo of 0.56 and 3.77 million live-viewers.

Verdict: There are 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment. SWAT is at Rank 19 when looking at the demo and at Rank 20 for audience. Not very great. CBS rarely cancels crime shows before they reach Season 4 once they made it past the first season, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from being demoted to midseason, moved to another timeslot or having to endure a break. Its fate might depend on the co-producing network – if they keep paying for it, CBS might keep it. The timeslot is not a good option for MacGyver anyway.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Terry Matalas)

SpoilerTV puts SWAT into the yellow danger/bubble zone, but the TV Ratings Guide predicts the show as likely to be renewed.

  • Rookie show Evil (Thursday 10pm) continues to struggle with audience numbers, but managed to raise its demo ratings last week. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.61 and 4.14 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Despite being placed at Rank 16 (of 20) in demo, the show got renewed for a second season already. Interestingly, the first season will conclude after 13 episodes on January 30. I still think that the show was misplaced and might get another timeslot next year; maybe even moved to CBS All Access – hence the reduced season order. Like MacGyver, it could end up being pushed to midseason; used as a filler show.

If they skip reruns, there will be an open timeslot on Thursday 10pm, starting in February. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot.

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (Friday 8pm) has an average demo of 0.66 and 6.76 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The entire Friday line-up of all networks had taken a little hit last week with the NFL going on at the same time. But when looking at demo ratings, H50 is still the best show of the CBS Friday line-up. If CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot next year.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On the other hand, the Friday 8pm timeslot is usually occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns (which would mean no reruns of Magnum) or put MacGyver into one of the Friday slots in Spring.

  • Magnum PI (Friday 9pm): While a ratings drop in demo for the second season was to be expected, it’s still more than CBS bargained for. The average per episode is a demo of 0.56 and 6.18 million live-viewers at the moment; placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows .

Verdict: Although Magnum is the only CBS Fall show to gain in audience numbers, the demo is still a bit concerning.  Since it’s a co-production, the fate of the show might depend on how long NBCU is willing to keep paying for it. But CBS seems to like it and has invested in more promo (e.g. commercials during other bigger-rated shows like FBI; more Official Stills and Sneak Peeks). If H50 gets renewed, it’s probably safe. On the other hand, a renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason. As stated above, they could forego reruns in favor of reruns of H50 or of new episodes for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

The TV Ratings Guide changed its prediction for Magnum PI from likely to be cancelled to a toss-up for renewal. SpoilerTV has it still in their green looking safe zone.

  • For veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday 10pm), the average per episode is 0.62 in demo and 7.59 million live-viewers. It’s only Rank 16 (out of 20) when looking at all the scripted Fall shows sorted for demo, but Rank 4 when looking at audience.

Verdict: While the audience loss compared to last season is as expected, the demo dropped by 22%. Lead-in Magnum is still dragging it down. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place and is still in a better position for a renewal than many other shows.

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (Sunday 9pm) has an average demo of 0.73 and 6.55 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The show does still well enough in a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show when compared for demo.

  • Madam Secretary (Sunday 10pm) will be done after airing 10 episodes; meaning that there will be a vacant timeslot by January at the latest.

Verdict: While other networks used to think of Friday as the “death slot”, Sunday has slowly been taking over in that role. It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. As said before, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Scottie Thompson)

CBS Midseason Schedule
Yesterday, FOX had already announced their midseason schedule. Now that the fate of the CBS rookies is known, we probably won’t have to wait too long for the CBS midseason schedule reveal.

At the moment, there’s only two definite timeslots to open in January and/or February, though: Thursdays 10pm and Sundays 10pm. There’s a good chance these slots are waiting for other rookie shows. This means either MacGyver premieres in Spring or there will be a schedule change with another Fall show going on hiatus to make room for the Reboot. The most likely option for this at the moment would be Wednesday, with Friday being the less likely option. There’s also speculation that CBS might open Saturdays again because they have too many shows and not enough slots. Some shows (e.g. Evil or SWAT) do very well in DVR ratings, but that’s not bringing in any commercial money like live-TV. There’s a chance for one or two shows to be moved to CBS All Access instead.

Overall, none of those options are good for the Reboot and the competition within the CBS shows will be harsh this year. Stay tuned.

MacGyver Reboot Update #93

With an order of 13 episodes for Season 4, there’s only 4 more episodes left to film. Meanwhile, CBS has started Fall TV Season with disappointing results.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Meredith Eaton)

(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 Overview
Before we revisit the filming days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far (with the latest news about writers, directors and guest stars).

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by David Straiton
    Guest appearance by Keith David.
  • 4×09: (title tba)
    Written by Brandon Botta and Casey Tollett Botta, directed by Mike Martinez
  • 4×10: (title tba)
    Presumably directed by Yangzom Brauen

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×07 had started around September 13; with the cast filming an Upscale Restaurant Scene and in an appartement. According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”; with Aubrey being played by Leonardo Nam.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Christopher Jon Duddy)

Working on Episode 4×08
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth. There was barely any BtS material uploaded for several days and no sightings of the cast but of Lucas Till and Tate Donovan; so the episode might be centered around the MacGyvers.

On September 30, Justin Hires was back on set, meaning the BtS Instagram Stories being uploaded immediately multiplied. They filmed scenes in the War Room for several days and also in MacGyver’s house. Both Justin and Henry Ian Cusick posted a nice photo with guest star Keith David. Generally, it’s more difficult to find photos with guest stars and extras this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

Working on Episode 4×09 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×09 started around October 5. We don’t have a title yet, but we know it’s written by Casey Tollett Botta and Brandon Botta and directed by Michael Martinez.

On October 4, they started filming in a very interesting building. They kept working until Saturday, but since Justin Hires wasn’t on set, we didn’t get much BtS material.

Filming continued in a “shady” location on Monday – and in the big storage hall being used for the Opening Gambit of Episode 1×17 (Ruler). As Tyhiela Gibson revealed, she will play a hacker in the episode. Again, there was not much BtS material for us to enjoy.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Taylor Gardner)

This week, the production has continued for several days in the Vogtle Nuclear Plant. The crew posted several short Instagram Stories of the cooling towers, but otherwise we haven’t seen much from the set itself. As seen on a photo by Chris Wimberly, the plant was renamed to “San Eurosia”. Crew Member Dan Emo had tagged his photo with “Chernobyl”, but there’s not much indication in what English-speaking country the location is supposed to be in.

They cast a lot of Plant Worker Extras for today. One of them is Jermaine Gibson who posted two short videos. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some more photos and videos soon.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
The Guest Stars don’t seem to post much this season – and if they do, they don’t tag the posts so they’re not that easy to find.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Lab Techs, for Male Control Room Techs, for even more Techs in their late 20s, for Female Coders, for Plant Workers, for Upscale Business Women, for Police Officers, Chiefs and Fire Departement workers, for FBI, for Female Prisoners, for Prisoner Guards, for Caucasians filming a Party Scene and for Pedestrians. They also had Casting Calls for Phoenix Techs, for Agents and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Delaney Williams or for Sea Shimooka).

Halloween Dress Up Days schedule (via Sarah Downer)

ICYMI: Costumer Sarah Downer and her department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
Overall, the ratings in Germany have been doing better than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0. Alas, they hit a new low for the second-last episode of Season 3. Episode 3×21 (Treason + Heartbreak + Gum) on October 1 had 1.28 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. That’s the second-lowest ratings of the season. An hour later, Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices) got 1.47 million live-viewers with a demo of 5.8.

Overall, the S3 average was 1.48 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 7.84 in the target audience. Despite the lower ratings at the end, the trend for S3 (green line) is upwards – and even stronger than for S2 (red line).

German Ratings for Season 1 to 3 (via Wassernixlein)

For comparison: For S2, it was 1.73 million live-viewers per episode with a demo of 8.62. For S1, it had been 1.78 million live-viewers with a demo of 9.99 per episode.

In Austria, the ratings for Season 2 are still rather unpredictable. To recap: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers on September 21; followed by Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) with 45’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) on September 28 got 29’000 live-viewers. It was followed by Episode 2×10 (War Room + Ship) with 26’000 live-viewers. A week later, Episode 2×11 (Bullet + Pen) garnered only 16’000 live-viewers; followed by Episode 2×12 (Mac + Jack) with 29’000 live-viewers. The next day, they aired Episode 2×13 (CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch) to fill an empty slot. Sadly, the audience dropped down to 16’000 live-viewers again.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Now that CBS aired at least one episode of all their Fall shows, lets take a look at the average ratings – especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie shows and the crime shows not cancelled yet. The fate of some shows will be decided in what’s called November Sweeps, but the rookies often get a full season order in October already (like MacGyver did back then). Why is this interesting for us? Simply put, the fate of the other CBS shows might determine what timeslot the Reboot might air in – and if it’s airing in January as hinted by Tristin Mays (although there hasn’t been anything official yet) or in Spring.

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s fun to speculate about potential timeslots for the Reboot and to compare the speculations with the ones made on the “official” prediction sites.

  • Rookie show All Rise (Monday 9pm) premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s rather disappointing for a pilot. At the moment, the average is a demo of 0.64 and 5.64 million live-viewers.

Verdict: The ratings are lower than the ones for Magnum PI in the same timeslot last year. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) very soon, it’s probably done after the initial order of 13 episodes. MacGyver could be a candidate for this slot in January, but so could some of the other midseason shows.

Script Title Page for Episode 4×09 (via Brandon Botta)

Compared to the demos of all other CBS shows, it’s on Rank 15 (out of 20) at the moment. TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The new season of Bull (Monday 10pm) started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.65 and 6.16 million live-viewers.

Verdict: If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will most likely stay in this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, but All Rise would fail at 10pm and Bull already lost a lot in ratings since its last move. CBS probably won’t dare moving the show within the season since it might be close to a syndication deal.

  • The new season of NCIS (Tuesday 8pm) started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers. After three episodes, the average is still at 1.25 in demo and 12.09 million live-viewers.

Verdict: NCIS is the only show that gained in demo this season so far. Out of all 20 CBS shows this Fall Season, it’s also the one with the biggest demo. It’s getting old and expensive, but CBS will try to hold onto it for a bit longer. They could probably even move it to another slot; use it as a lead-in to boost other shows.

  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.90 and 8.99 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Compared to last season, FBI has the lowest demo-drop and is almost even in audience. At the moment, it seems to be the only crime show that could last longer than five seasons with more than 5 million viewers, so CBS will hold onto it as long as they can; not moving it around on the schedule.

  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did a bit lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.72 and 6.75 million live-viewers at the moment.

Verdict: Compared to last season, the losses are marginal. Its reruns could still get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring – or with FBI reruns so they can air the spin-off in the 9pm timeslot.

  • SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It premiered with a demo of 0.74 and an audience of 5.25 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.67 and 5.01 million live-viewers.

Verdict: SEAL profited from being paired with SWAT. Last year, they put the show on a month-long hiatus to air something else in between. This led to a ratings drop that the show never recovered from, but according to this Deadline article from May, they might do it again this year for Criminal Minds. Personally, I think this will hurt SEAL Team even further. Unless they already have a syndication deal looking forward to, I’m not sure why they think this is a good idea.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Chris Wimberly)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts SEAL Team as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV also put it into their looking safe section. Its fate might also depend on the future of SWAT (more for this show further down). They could continue airing SEAL Team with no break while putting a hiatus on SWAT for either MacGyver and/or Criminal Minds, for example.

  • SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) had moved from Thursdays 10pm to make room for rookie show Evil. Apparently, fans didn’t like that too much, since SWAT premiered low with a demo of 0.6 and 4.03 million live-viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.58 and 3.88 million live-viewers.

Verdict: There are 20 CBS Fall shows airing at the moment, and SWAT is at Rank 19 when looking at the demo. CBS rarely cancels crime shows before they reach Season 4 once they made it past the first season, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from being demoted to midseason or having to endure a break so that Criminal Minds (and maybe MacGyver?) can air in between. These numbers are lower what CBS usually tolerates, but its fate might depend on the co-producing network. Also, taking over the 10pm slot in January is not what I would wish for MacGyver.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Henry Ian Cusick)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts the show as likely to be renewed. SpoilerTV has put it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • The pilot of rookie show Evil (Thursday 10pm) premiered with a demo of 0.6 and 4.56 million live-viewers. That’s not very good, but it is also an unusual genre for a show on CBS and was probably misplaced; airing after a two-hour comedy block. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.57 and 4.16 million live-viewers which places it at Rank 16 (of 20) in demo.

Verdict: Since the entire Thursday isn’t doing well this season, they might completely change the entire line-up soon. Evil is the lowest-rated rookie show on CBS and might be the first show to get cancelled. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show.

Screenshot of an Instagram Short Story for Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

The TV Grim Reaper considers Evil as basically cancelled. The TV Ratings Guide predicts it as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV puts it into the yellow danger/bubble zone.

  • Veteran show Hawaii Five-0 (Friday 8pm) took over the timeslot of MacGyver to make room for Magnum and function as a lead-in. It did its job quite well in the new slot; managing a demo of 0.68 and a live-audience of 7.03 million viewers for the season premiere. At the moment, the average per episode is a demo of 0.69 and 6.79 million live-viewers.

Verdict: Although H50 won the night with the premiere, it lost 12% in demo. Yet, it’s still the best show of the Friday line-up; even surpassing hit show Blue Bloods. It will probably be around for a few more years – and if CBS insists on keeping Magnum as well, they might let H50 stay in this slot. It will be interesting to see what happens after the Season Finale, though – usually, the Friday 8pm timeslot is occupied by non-scripted shows in Spring and Summer. They could temporarily move it to 9pm again for reruns, which would mean no reruns of Magnum.

  • As you all know by now, Magnum PI (Friday 9pm) was moved from Monday 9pm to Friday; taking over the old timeslot of H50. While a ratings drop for the second season was to be expected, it was way worse than imagined. The show premiered with a whopping demo loss of 35%; reaching a demo of 0.57 and a live-audience of 6.4 million viewers. The average per episode is a demo of 0.59 and 6.25 million live-viewers at the moment; placing it at Rank 18 of all scripted CBS shows .

Verdict: While the demo in premiere week was the lowest of all the CBS shows, it still managed a rather good audience number. Still, it is probably at fault for the low demo of Blue Bloods, despite the more intense promo than for Friday shows in the past. If the ratings stay this low, CBS might have to decide if they’re really willing to sacrifice not only Bull (timeslot move to 10pm) and MacGyver (premiere move to midseason), but also Blue Bloods for a Fall show on the lowest ranks while still only being in its second season. Since it’s a co-production, it might depend on how long NBCU is willing to keep paying for it. But even a renewal might not keep it safe from being demoted to midseason, moved around on schedule with no reruns during hiatus or getting an order for a shortened season soon.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Dan Emo)

The TV Ratings Guide predicts Magnum PI as likely to be cancelled. SpoilerTV on the other hand has it still in their green looking safe zone.

  • Veteran show Blue Bloods (Friday 10pm) was allowed to stay in its old timeslot. It premiered with a demo of 0.6 and an impressive live-audience of 7.85 million viewers. At the moment, the average per episode is 0.60 in demo and 7.65 million live-viewers. It’s only Rank 17 (out of 20) when looking at all the scripted Fall shows sorted for demo, but Rank 4 when looking at audience.

Verdict: While the audience loss compared to last season is marginal, the demo dropped by 24%. Magnum is not a good lead-in for it, probably dragging it down. CBS might have to decide soon which show is more important to them. Blue Bloods is old and expensive, but it has international and syndication deals in place. Magnum won’t make it past Season 4 without a syndication deal, so keeping BB is probably more lucrative for CBS.

  • Veteran NCIS: Los Angeles (Sunday 9pm) started the season with a demo of 0.76 and 6.44 million viewers. At the moment, the average is 0.73 in demo and 6.57 million live-viewers per episode.

Verdict: The show does well enough on a rather difficult timeslot. Apart from NCIS, it’s the highest-rated veteran crime show on the CBS schedule when compared for demo.

  • Madam Secretary (Sunday 10pm) is already cancelled and will be done after airing 10 episodes.

Verdict: The show will have vacated its timeslot by January. It’s possible CBS will put another show there that isn’t doing well this season so they don’t have to cancel it yet – or choose a midseason show for it. Nevertheless, it’s not a good slot for MacGyver.

MacGyver Reboot Update #92

With an order of only 13 episodes for now, filming for Season 4 is already halfway done. Meanwhile, CBS has started the Fall TV Season alongside the other networks.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

(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 Overview
The Fall TV Season started on Monday – without MacGyver, sadly. Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s the usual overview of the upcoming episodes so far with the guest stars for the three newest episodes the production has been working on.

  • 4×01: (title tba)
    Directed by Alexandra La Roche
  • 4×02: Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix
    Written by Terry Matalas, directed by David Straiton
  • 4×03: (title tba)
    Directed by Lily Mariye
  • 4×04: (title tba)
    Directed by Eagle Egilsson
  • 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan
    Directed by Duane Clark
    Guest Appearances by Amanda Ayres as Soccer Coach and by James Callis.
  • 4×06: (title tba)
    Directed by Roderick Davis
  • 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey
    Guest Appearances by Devon Sawa, by James Murray and by Tate Donovan (as James MacGyver).
  • 4×08: (title tba)

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×06 had started around September 3; with the cast filming in the War Room, in the Phoenix Interrogation Room, on the Phoenix Jet and on a set dressed up as a hospital. Also, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov came to visit for a few days.

Working on Episode 4×07
Filming for Episode 4×07 started around September 13. They filmed an Upscale Restaurant Scene before the cast went almost “dark” for several days.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Lucas Till)

We did get some photos and Instagram Stories, though. They filmed in the War Room, on a set dressed up as an upscale restaurant and in an appartement. As Lucas Till revealed, MacGyver will once again bring some fire into the kitchen. On September 20, Levy Tran posted a photo of Mac and Desi for Aloha Friday. Costumer Sarah Downer later added two more shots of Levy in the Hawaiian dress.

According to the blurry photo of the call sheet, the episode it titled “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”. So, who’s Aubrey? According to the call sheet, he’s played by Leonardo Nam. Leonardo is about the same age as the other three mentioned in the episode title, so he could be a love interest, a friend or a relative. The call sheet hints at Mac and Desi dating and Riley being involved with Aubrey, but I guess we have to wait and see. After all, blurry snippets can be deceiving. On Tuesday, Leonardo uploaded a nice BtS photo of him with Tristin Mays, Lucas and Levy; indicating that this day was a wrap for him.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Leonardo Nam)

Working on Episode 4×08 and beyond
Filming for Episode 4×08 started on September 24 and included shooting at Chattahoochee Hills and in the cabin at the lake used for one of the Avengers movies. Starting Wednesday, they filmed scenes at the Yanmar Evo Center in Acworth.

Sadly, there were barely any BtS materials uploaded in the last few days. Justin Hires hasn’t been on set since Tuesday and it seems like Tristin Mays has a few days off, as well. It’s possible the episode is centered around the MacGyvers (both Junior and Senior).

Interestingly, Camille Mana stated on September 20 that she did finish her ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) for Episode 4×01 the week before; meaning they still have been in post-production two months after the Season premiere was filmed. Apparently, they’re not too much in a hurry.

Episode 3×01: Improvise (via Lucas Till)

Lucas Till uploaded a bunch of old photos onto Instagram Stories last week; e.g. of Episodes 3×01 (Improvise) or 3×07 (Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly). Justin Hires also must have felt nostalgic this week; uploading BtS photos from Episodes 3×03 (Bozer + Booze + Back to School) and 3×05 (Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family).

Costumer Sarah Downer and her costume department colleagues introduced the Halloween Dress Up Days schedule and invited the fans to join in on the fun.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) will be back for Episode 4×07. There will also be a guest appearance by Devon Sawa. Interestingly, George Eads’ old Stunt Double from Seasons 1 and 2 (Reece Fleetwood) is listed on IMDb for stunt work in Episode 4×06.

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian Tourists, for a Caucasian Female for a Make-Up Test, for a Passerby, for a Caucasian Female in her late 30s with brown hair for a photoshoot and for TAC Guards (on several occasions). They also had Casting Calls for Female Techs, for Agents, for Asian Guards, for Assistants, for Photo Doubles (e.g. for Henry Ian Cusick or for David E. Collier) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Tate Donovan or for Keith David).

Header for the “About” section on CBS All Access

ICYMI: CBS recently changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access to another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot. So far, no other official promo for Season 4 has been released.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, Episode 3×17 (Seeds + Permafrost + Feather) on September 17 had an audience of 1.63 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.3 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. This is the second-highest audience number this season so far; and for the first time this season, the following episode had a lower audience. Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit) still managed 1.62 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.4.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Sarah Downer)

Episode 3×19 (Friends + Enemies + Border) on September 24 had also 1.62 million live-viewers, but with a demo of 7.7 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×20 (No-go + High-voltage + Rescue) got 1.55 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5.

Overall, the ratings are doing better in Germany than the recent ratings for Hawaii Five-0 or Magnum PI (and pretty much all the other CBS shows but NCIS). The last upcoming German Episode Titles for Season 3:

  • 3×21: Hochverrat (literal translation: High Treason; original title: Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

The week after, Sat.1 will replace the Reboot with new episodes of NCIS.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

In Austria, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers back in 2017. The ratings for Season 2 aren’t as good; probably due to both a more difficult timeslot (Saturdays around 4pm) and the long airing hiatus in between. Contrary to Germany, there doesn’t seem to be a predictability to the ratings.

To recap: Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

On September 14, audience numbers dropped again, down to 24’000 live-viewers for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet). Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) had 28’000 live-viewers. A week later, the episodes aired after a Formula 1 race again: Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack) got 47’000 live-viewers and the second-highest audience number of the season so far. Episode 2×08 (Packing Peanuts + Fire) had 45’000 live-viewers.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via James Murray)

Timeslot prediction for Season 4 (encore)
Back in May and June, I listed the possibilities in what timeslot the Reboot could end up in. Here’s the recap:

  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a rookie/crime show that didn’t get a full season order, so probably premiering in January 2020. Potential slots are Mondays 9pm (in place of All Rise), Thursdays 10pm (Evil) or Sundays 10pm (Madam Secretary). This is the most likely option, but CBS has 8 midseason replacement this year; 3 of them being crime-shows. Finding a slot might be difficult if none of the rookies fails.
  • The Reboot takes over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes after the season finale, so probably premiering in April or May 2020. If they can’t find an open slot in Spring, it will be shoved to Summer. Both Spring shows this year were cancelled, so CBS is definitely in need of more material.
  • The Reboot takes over the 1-hour-timeslot of a show that got pulled early. This seems rather unlikely at the moment, but anything can happen in TV-Land and this has happened before (e.g. for Justin Hires’ Rush Hour in 2015).

Now that Fall Season has started, lets revisit the schedule and take a look at the premiere ratings; especially the ratings of the hour-long rookie/crime shows.

Episode 3×07: Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly (via Lucas Till)

Of course, it’s still too early to make accurate predictions, but it’s still fun to speculate and compare to other prediction sites.

  • All Rise (Monday 9pm): Premiered with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.03 million viewers. That’s not as high as Magnum back in 2018 in the same timeslot (1.2/8.12), but people might start tuning in later into the season. On the other hand, it’s rather disappointing for a rookie show – the ratings are already lower than what MacGyver had on average per episode last season. If the show can’t get higher ratings (especially in demo), it’s probably done – and there’s a good chance they will put an established show into the slot instead of another rookie. Both MacGyver and Criminal Minds are good candidates for this slot.
  • Bull (Monday 10pm): The new season started with a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.42 million viewers. That’s about as high as expected. If the ratings don’t drop too much, it will stay on this slot. They could switch it to 9pm, though instead of having to cancel All Rise.
  • NCIS (Tuesday 8pm): The new season started very well with a demo of 1.3 and a live-audience of 12.57 million viewers.
  • FBI (Tuesday 9pm): The second season premiere had a demo of 0.9 with an audience of 8.83 million live-viewers. Even if the ratings drop, it should be safe since there’s also a spin-off in the works for midseason.
  • NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday 10pm) did lower than expected; managing a demo of 0.7 and a live-audience of 6.66 million viewers. Its reruns could get replaced with the FBI spin-off in Spring.
  • The Season Premieres of SEAL Team (Wednesday 9pm) and SWAT (Wednesday 10pm) are next week, so there’s no ratings available yet. Both shows had a lower audience than MacGyver last season, and SEAL Team just lost its second Executive Producer while being in the middle of filming Season 3. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It seems they still might want to hold onto it.
  • Evil (Thursday 10pm) has a preliminary demo-rating of 0.7 and 4.62 million live-viewers. That is a lot less then I expected since this show had a lot of buzz and got good promo. If the show doesn’t get higher ratings (especially in demo) within the next few episodes, it’s probably done. Nevertheless, MacGyver isn’t a good candidate for this slot since it should be an 8pm show. (Even with a 9pm slot, it will be difficult to get decent ratings.) It’s more suitable for Criminal Minds or the rookie shows FBI: Most Wanted or Tommy. Since the entire Thursday didn’t as well now that The Big Bang Theory as lead-in is gone, they might even completely change the entire line-up if all the ratings keep dropping.

Other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” was released on September 17. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it!

MacGyver Survival Manual title page (via Amazon)

Sadly, neither the publisher nor CBS is doing any promo for it, so I guess it’s on us fans again. At least Peter Lenkov posted about it this week; also uploading screenshots of his foreword onto Instagram Stories.

MacGyver Reboot Update #91

Filming for Season 4 continues. Meanwhile, CBS keeps promoting the upcoming Fall shows with Trailers and Featurettes.

Header for CBS All Access

(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 head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

Season 4 Overview
Only 2 weeks left until the premiere of the CBS Fall Friday Shows. They’re all getting the enhanced promo treatment now; with Trailers and Featurettes. Sadly, there’s still no release date for MacGyver; neither for the new season nor for the last season on DVD.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Before we delve further into the shooting days during the last two weeks, here’s an overview of the upcoming episodes so far. As you can see, they’re still rather reluctant to reveal information. We probably have to wait for the first official press releases, and that might take a while.

To recap my last blog post about the ongoing production: Filming for Episode 4×05 had started around August 21; with the cast doing a Casino sequence and several days of filming in Boulevard Crossing Park, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and on Turner Field.

BtS photo of Episode 4×05: Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan (via Jade Albany)

According to IMDb, the title for the episode directed by Duane Clark is “Soccer + Desi + Merchant + Titan”. On Tuesday, Jade Albany uploaded a new BtS photo of her with Levy Tran and dog Carlos.

Working on Episode 4×06
Filming for Episode 4×05 was wrapped up on August 31; cast and crew ready for Labor Day Weekend and DragonCon in Atlanta.

Some of the cast started filming for Episode 4×06 on September 3. Justin Hires had the day off; doing an Instagram Live Story with Lucas Till popping in for a few minutes. As they revealed, this episode provides some background story for Henry Ian Cusicks character and is directed by Roderick Davis (who already directed Episode 3×18: Murdoc + Helman + Hit).

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Justin Hires)

The next few days, the fans were treated to lots of BtS photos and Instagram Stories by the cast, the crew and by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, who had flown to Atlanta and visited the production on set. They filmed in the War Room, in a car on stage, on the Phoenix Jet (which champagne being served) and in the woods.

Lucas had to work on Saturday, September 7 as well; doing stunt work with the Hargrave brothers. Both Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton weren’t on set much for this episode, but they kept posting older BtS photos and videos nonetheless, e.g. of Bozer all dressed up, handling (or rather not-handling) potentially explosive things or working on Sparky. Meredith uploaded an old BtS photo of Episode 2×19 (Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle) of her with the make-up applied after Matty got into a car “accident”.

BtS photo of Episode 2×19: Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle (via Meredith Eaton)

This week, they filmed both on stage and on location, e.g. in the Phoenix Interrogation Room or on sets dressed up as hospitals or as upscale restaurants.

Other Cast, Crew and Character News
ICYMI: Levy Tran has been added to the MacGyver bio page for the regular cast members on CBS Press Express. Reign Edwards as Leanna on the other hand might be out for good. Reign filmed a pilot for a new TV show in Auckland last year and revealed on September 3 that she is back in New Zealand. There’s no information yet about how many episodes “The Wilds” will have, but I reckon she will be busy until at least the rest of the year while MacGyver will wrap up at the end of November.

The cast lists on IMDb for the single episodes are still rather empty. The most interesting guest apparence might the the one by a young actor listed in the role of “Little Mac” for Episode 4×03. Also, a lot of the upcoming guest stars have worked with Co-Executive Producer Terry Matalas before. Tate Donovan (who plays James MacGyver) still hasn’t been seen back on set so far; raising suspsicion that the unexptected fall-out between Mac and MacSenior in the Season 3 Finale was a last-minute addition because Tate was not available this season.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Tristin Mays)

In the last two weeks, Central Casting Georgia has been looking for Family Members and Hostages, for Rebels, Workers, for Nurses and Townspeople, for Servers and Upscale Restaurant Patrons and for a Kitchen Staff. They also had Casting Calls for Guards, Photo Doubles (e.g. for Brian Quinn) and for Stand-Ins (e.g. for Rob Giumarra and David Shae).

In other news, they changed the header of the show website on CBS All Access with another promo photo made back in the Season 1 photoshoot.

MacGyver in Germany and Austria
In Germany, the show had lost a bit of steam after the episodes are now followed by a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 instead of by Celebrity Big Brother, but then the ratings started rising again. Like in Season 2, the second episode tends to have a bigger audience than the first.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

Episode 3×13 (Wilderness + Training + Survival) on September 3 had an audience of 1.53 million live-viewers with a demo of 7.5 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. The following Episode 3×14 (Father + Bride + Betrayal) managed 1.65 million live-viewers. Despite “only” an average demo of 7.4, this episode had the highest audience number of the current season so far.

Episode 3×15 (K9 + Smugglers + New Recruit) on September 10 had 1.52 million live-viewers with a demo of 8.1 in the target audience of 14-49-year-olds. An hour later, Episode 3×16 (Lidar + Rogues + Duty) got 1.58 million live-viewers; also with a demo of 8.1.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Levy Tran)

The upcoming German Episode Titles:

  • 3×17: Tod im Tresor (literal translation: Death in the Safe, original title: Seeds + Permafrost + Feather)
  • 3×18: Der Psychopath und sein Lehrer (The Psychopath and his Teacher, Murdoc + Helman + Hit)
  • 3×19: Grenzerfahrungen (Borderline Experiences, Friends + Enemies + Border)
  • 3×20: Die No-Go-Challenge (The No-Go-Challenge, No-go + High-voltage + Rescue)
  • 3×21: Hochverrat (High Treason, Treason + Heartbreak + Gum)
  • 3×22: Auge um Auge (Eye for an Eye, Mason + Cable + Choices)

Austrian Channel ORF1 started airing Season 2 on August 31. They air two episodes on Saturdays; starting around 4pm. As expected, the ratings weren’t as good as when they aired Season 1 on Saturdays 7pm back in 2017.

BtS photo of Season 4 (via Peter Lenkov)

On average, every episode of Season 1 had garnered about 82’000 live-viewers. Episode 2×01 (DYI or DIE) managed 33’000 viewers, Episode 2×02 (Muscle Car + Paper Clips) only 22’000. Apparently, people have now caught on about the show being on air again after a break of almost two years. Episode 2×03 (Roulette Wheel + Wire) got 88’000 live-viewers; probably profiting off the Formula 1 race that had aired before. Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) dropped down to 40’000 viewers.

Award Shows and other MacGyver Promo
ICYMI: The official voting window for the People’s Choice Awards opened on September 4. Sadly, neither the show nor the actors got any nominations.

The release date for “The Official MacGyver Survival Manual: 155 Ways to Save the Day” is still for September 17. So even if we don’t get new episodes next month, the fans still get a new goodie that even fans of the Original Show can enjoy. Make sure to get a copy and tell all your friends about it! Maybe the book will be published in another language for international fans as well if it gets a large number of sales in English.

Henry Ian Cusick is set for several convention appearances this winter. If we’re lucky, he will talk a bit about his upcoming role in the reboot.