MacGyver Reboot Update #18

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on December 8, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

While CBS was taking a break and airing reruns, cast and crew were working on more episodes.

via MacGyver on CBS

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Getting into the Christmas Spirit
While cast and crew were working to wrap up more episodes before Christmas Break, the audience had to wait two weeks for new episodes. Meanwhile, CBS launched a new look for their shows on social media. The Reboot also got a new header and a new icon on November 28.

Additionally, CBS started a look back at some of their favorite tv-show-moments this year. The Reboot makes an appearance in their show-reels for “Stunts” and “Bromance“.

Working on Episodes 10, 11, 12 and 13
Executive Director Peter Lenkov shared a picture of MacGyver and Jack on a road trip and of Jack with a female character – a character who’s name Lenkov didn’t want to reveal yet. He did reveal that he had lunch with Henry Winkler, though. Also, Jack seems to drive a green minivan now.

Lucas Till shared another picture of MacGyver doing bad, bad things – this time of posing with terrorists. Lucas is also seen in a picture with Extra Lyman Chen, who complimented cast and crew as being one of the friendliest he had ever had the pleasure to work with. Chen is listed for Episode 11 and it looks like there are Ninja Swords involved.

via Lyman Chen

Tracy Spiridakos shared what Amy Acker and the rest of the cast is up to between set ups. Meanwhile, the script writers were busy playing with drones or testing handcuffs – hopefully for new MacGyverisms. Amiah Miller shared a picture of herself doing voice-over work for this week’s Episode 10.

A1 Management Group posted a short video of Sandrine Holt filming a scene in a hotel with a tactical team. They also shared pictures of the military guys having fun posing for pictures.

We got a first look at a glossy black helicopter (probably for Episode 13) and at the lady pilot (played by Zulay Henao) that will likely crash it. Feels like MacGyver and Jack will come to rescue her, though. The helicopter must have made quite an impression on set – several crew members (e.g. Cornell Willis or RoxPaul) and the grip crew shared pictures.

via Steven Serna

Lucky bypassers got to see cast and crew filming scenes with said helicopter on a rooftop in Downtown Atlanta on December 7. According to Todd Edwards who posted some pictures on Facebook, MacGyver gets beaten up, wrapped in blue tarp and tossed in – and then people start shooting at the chopper. Apparently the heavily armed “terrorists” looked so real that they scared the office workers in the building.

This week, the crew had to endure a few days of shooting outside under heavy rain. Several crew members posted pictures of their muddy shoes or of themselves in wet gear.

Let’s get technical
Technical Consultant Rhett Allain wrote another piece on MacGyverisms – this time about “How to make an UV-light out of your phone’s LED flash” as seen in Episode 8 (Corkscrew). Additionally, he appeared on the “Lab Out Loud Podcast” on November 28, talking a bit about working on the show.

Allain also gave some insights for an article on Popular Science about “5 MacGyver Hacks you should try at home” (laser microphone, fire starter, soda bottle gas mask, DIY eye in the sky and Leyden jar battery) and “2 you really shouldn’t” (car battery arc welder and thermite lance). I honestly don’t remember some of these MacGvyerisms – so either I’m getting old and forgetful, they were from deleted scenes or the episodes haven’t aired yet.

Reruns of Episodes 3 and 4
During the break, CBS aired reruns of Episode 3 (Awl, 4.09 millions) on Friday and Episode 4 (Wire Cutter, 4.61 millions) on Sunday. For the occasion, script writer John Turman shared a new BtS-pic from Episode 4.

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via John Turman)

I’ve been wondering why CBS chose these two episodes to draw new viewers in. To catch up on the backstories of the recurring female characters (mainly Nikki, but also Riley or Amy Acker’s character Sarah Adler), the pilot (The Rising) and Episode 2 (Metal Saw) would have probably made more sense – but the ratings of these two episodes are also the lowest on IMDb.

Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with press releases and/or official stills for Episode 10 (Pliers) and 11 (Scissors). They also revealed the title for Episode 12: “Screwdriver”. Stills and Synopsis for Episode 10 remind me a bit of the “Ugly Duckling” Episode of the original show.

Interestingly, Episode 11 will be directed by Stephen Herek. Many, many years ago, Herek had directed the unaired pilot episode for “Young MacGyver”. Considering how many people – mainly “Supernatural” Fans – are still commenting and being confused about Lucas looking like a young Jared Padalecki, I found this kinda funny.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (via SpoilerTV)

Sneak Peeks and Previews
We finally got a preview and three sneak peeks of Episode 10 (Pliers) on December 7. It seems like the storyline will focus a bit more on the friendship between MacGyver and Jack – or the so-called “bromance” that has been advertized endlessly in the promo cycle before the premiere of the Pilot Episode.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made some more casting calls; e.g. for men who’ve had tactical defense and gun training; for Mom, Dad, and a 6 year old blonde girl to portray a family and for a “short Caucasian female” between the height of 4′ 3″ to 4′ 11″. The agency stated that this would be a regular stand in gig, working until mid-March. So it seems like there will be a young recurring character – does New MacGyver have a half-sister, maybe?

As Matt Webb Mitovich revealed back in November, we will get to know more about Jack’s love life next year. This fits with the picture by Peter Lenkov and the synopsis for Episode 11, because we will meet Riley’s mother.

Fans getting inspired
The Reboot has already inspired many fans to share their art, stories, collages and videos; especially during the break. Because FanFictionNet counts the reboot within the same category as the original show, we only know the total amount of stories (379). On Archive of Our Own, the reboot has its own category and hit the story count of the magical 100 on December 6.

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MacGyver Reboot Update #17

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on November 25, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

While the reboot is taking a break and airing reruns, cast and crew are working on the mid-season finale. Also, Amy Acker and Tracy Spiridakos are back on set!

via Gabriel Beristain

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will definitely get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working towards Christmas Break
As I mentioned before, we don’t see much exclusive stuff anymore from the main cast. They’re busy bees to wrap up the initially ordered episodes before Christmas Break. As Tristin Mays revealed on Twitter, they’re often still filming while the new episodes air and don’t get to see the premiere.

Lucas Till posted more pictures of MacGyver doing bad, bad things like aiming a gun and being friendly with terrorists. Of course, this led to David Dastmalchian pulling out a big gun of his own (ahem, this doesn’t look as R-rated as it sounds). Tristin shared that Episode 9 (Chisel) has been her favorite episode to film so far besides Episode 4 (Wire Cutter).

Justin Hires’ Stand-In Kevin Marshall Pinkney posted a picture of him sitting in a 60’s Volkswagon while working on Episode 12. Guess we just got to see Bozer’s car? Interesting choice!

via Peter Lenkov

On November 14, Just Jared shared paparazzi pictures of Lucas on set. As several crew members (e.g. Cornell Willis or Kait C.) revealed, they were filming in a church on November 21. Thanks to Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni, we got a glimpse at MacGyver’s “back yard”.

Brian Durkin revealed how the writer’s crew tested MacGyver’s escape in Episode 8 (Corkscrew). The script writers also provided the original diagram of the Chinese Lantern Surveillance Drone in Episode 9 (Chisel) and the math equations that Tech Advisor Rhett Allain did to estimate how much paper MacGyver would need to stop a bullet.

On November 11, Lucas’ Mom had visited the set. She shared some pictures on social media. While filming outside on November 14, the set got visited by an elementary class. Learning about TV production directly from cast and crew on set is sure more interesting and memorable than regular class!

via MacGyverWriters

Premieres of Episodes 8 and 9
As expected, Episode 8 (Corkscrew, 7.65 million) got better ratings than the previous episode – although they weren’t as high as I expected (it was the return of beloved Murdoc, after all). Overall, New Murdoc’s first appearance was well received on Twitter and even got praise by Original Murdoc Michael Des Barres.

The most recent Episode 9 (Chisel, 8.12 million) made the third-highest ratings of this season.

Upcoming Episodes
SpoilerTV provided us with a press release for Episode 10 (Pliers – although thanks to the Phoenix Foundation Podcast, that episode will always be “Pilers” to me). Episode 10 will air on December 9 because the show is taking a break and CBS airs reruns on Fridays instead. Tonight, they will show Episode 3 (Awl).

Looking at the surprisingly high ratings from last week, I’m not sure if it’s a wise decision having a break of 3 weeks, now with so many people stating on social media that the episodes are getting better and that they finally started to like the show.

Interviews, Articles and other Promo
On November 16, CBS uploaded some more BtS-pictures; mainly from Episode 7 (Can Opener). They also provided a Survival Guide for Thanksgiving. The CBS Watch! Magazine provided another picture of their photoshoot with Lucas and George for #ManCrushMonday.

via CBS Watch! Magazine

ET Online visited Lucas Till in his Hometown. We got to meet his mom, his younger brother and a high school friend. In an interview with TVLine, Lucas talked about Nikki, Murdoc and his favorite MacGyverism.

The soundbites aren’t new, but in an interview with TV Insider posted on November 25, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov affirmed that he’s still planning on a crossover with Hawaii Five-O.

In case you wondered what had happened to the huge Wall Painting on Hotel Figueroa in LA that was made back in the first promo wave: It got painted over with an ad for Apple’s iPhone.

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made several casting calls; e.g. for men who are trained with guns, for business men and women who own expensive luggage, for wedding guests, groomsmen and bridesmaids and for hispanic looking males with upscale wedding guest style attire.

The masks of the Asian General and George Washington were made by Larry Torro. He provided a picture of the president’s mask from Episode 8 on Instagram. I think the masks look very good and I really hope we’ll see more of them, now that Bozer has joined the team.

via Larry Torro

Amy Acker recently revealed at a convention in Asia that she will be back on the show. On November 18, Peter Lenkov posted footage of a scene of Amy’s character Sarah with Jack; confirming that she’s already been filming her scenes. On the same day, Tracy Spiridakos posted a picture on Instagram that confirmed she was also back on set.

Interestingly, Preston James Hillier (who’s played Amy’s boyfriend / fiancé Jeff on Episode 2) also tweeted on that day; saying that he enjoyed to work with Lucas and George again. What’s even more interesting is a comment on that tweet that was later removed (after I pointed out to this person that this tweet might be a spoiler – you’ve been warned!).

The deleted tweet complimented Preston and made a statement about being a proud mother of the groom. We already know that there will be a wedding scene in this season and that they’ve been filming in a church; so I’ll predict that Jack will get his heart broken in the mid-season finale (for now, Preston is listed for Episode 12 on IMDb).

MacGyver Reboot Update #14

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on October 14, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Episodes 2 and 3 generated a lot of buzz on social media although ratings have dropped since the premiere of the pilot episode. The first guest star from the original show will make an appearance on Episode 4 and New Murdoc has been cast!

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any pictures that are too revealing, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working on Episodes 5, 6 and 7
Cast and crew are busy bees and don’t have much time to post on social media anymore.

On October 4, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov provided a sneak peek of the editing process on Episode 5 and a first look at Episode 6. He also revealed that one episode they’re currently working on has MacGyver and Wilt on a camping trip.

Stand-In Briana Lamb shared pictures of her while rehearsing with George Eads. George’s Stand-In Mikey Leo informed us that they had a snake wrangler on set on October 6.

Extras Paul Trujillo and Terence Goffer shared pictures of working on a prison set while writer John Turman showed us Jack Dalton’s car. A very nice vintage car. I hope they don’t take it apart again… but I guess when MacGyver and Bad Guys are involved, you never know.

Of course, there’s also work to be done behind the set. Lucas Till shared the fun of doing voice-over on Episode 3 (Awl). Just before the episode premiered on October 7, he posted several BtS-pictures on his Twitter-Account; e.g. of MacGyver and Wilt working on Wilt’s movie.

via Nancy Kiu

Nancy Kiu revealed how the writers visualize escape sequences (presumably for Episode 2).

Keith Power shared sound-bite-videos on Instagram; e.g. of playing and recording drums or a variation of the Phoenix Foundation Theme. I think this theme sounds great and I’m a bit miffed that I don’t remember it at all in any of the episodes that have aired so far – probably because I’m not happy with the reboot’s music or the sound overall since the score and huge portions of dialogue constantly drown within the too-loud-soundtrack-songs.

Premiere of Episodes 2 and 3
While almost 11 million people had been watching the pilot episode on September 23, the ratings have been dropping for Episode 2 (Metal Saw, 9.1 million) and Episode 3 (Awl, 8.1 million). The ratings are still strong overall, though and the Hashtag #MacGyver trended on Twitter both times the episodes premiered.

via Brandon Willer

The writers kept live-tweeting and providing some more pictures; e.g. a closer look of the photo on Jack’s Driver’s License or the Pizza Box from Zlotoff’s Pizzeria.

Let the Promo continue: Stills and Press Releases
SpoilerTV provided us with official stills and/or press releases for Episode 4 (Wire Cutter) and 5 (Toothpick). They also revealed the title for Episode 8: Corkscrew.

Additionally, we got another still of the Russian Bomb for Episode 4. On October 5, CBS posted more BtS-Photos on their website.

According to IMDb, Episode 10 will be directed by Lee Rose (Grimm, Code Black). She will be the first female director so far – not just for the reboot, but for any MacGyver episode (if I remember correctly).

Episode 1×05: Toothpick (via SpoilerTV)

Let the Promo continue: Sneak Peeks and Previews
Peter Lenkov provided us with several short videos; e.g. of MacGyver and Jack trying to stop a runaway train (Episode 5), Thornton getting Riley field-ready or Jack singing Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push it” (Episode 4). The whole sequence of Jack showing off his karaoke skills can be found on TVLine.

CBS uploaded how-to-videos on YouTube; e.g. “How To Make An Electromagnet” or “How To See In The Dark“. The official MacGyver YouTube-Account is still a mystery to me, though: CBS keeps uploading Preview- and Sneak-Peeks-Videos – only to delete them a few hours later and maybe re-upload them (or not). I’m no marketing or promo expert, but I don’t think that’s how you do it. I guess they don’t really care about hits and people sharing the official video-links…

Let the Promo continue: Interviews
ET Online takes a look into the “Bromance” between MacGyver and Jack. Yahoo spoke to guest star Amy Acker while Collider did another interview with Lucas; talking about the challenges of filming an action show. Parade did an interview with George; the Military Times had a talk with Lucas and his father John.

Episode 1×04: Wire Cutter (via Omelete)

Cast, Crew and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has made a casting call for art patrons who “look like a million bucks” and for caucasian females in their 20s or 30s.

The first guest star from the original show will make an appearance on Episode 4 (Wire Cutter): Elya Baskin, who played political Russian prisoner “Demetri” (A Prisoner of Consience, Season 1) and defector Yuri Demetri aka “Biff” (Soft Touch, Season 2).

On October 11, Entertainment Weekly shared the news that David Dastmalchian (12 Monkeys, The Dark Knight) has been cast as Murdoc for at least one appearance. It will be interesting to see how David tackles this iconic role.

via Peter Lenkov

Sightings
It seems the cast is not tired yet of seeing each other off-set. Lucas and George watched some Georgia Tech Football on October 1, while Tristin Mays revealed on October 6 that she had joined George, Lucas and Tracy Spiridakos at a Baseball Game.

MacGyver Reboot Update #10

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on September 6, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Less than three weeks until the Premiere! Filming continues while the promo cycle goes on. The huge wall paintings ad is finished and garners lots of attention. Also, we got more preview trailers!

via Lucas Till

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any revealing pictures, but you will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Working on Episodes 3, 4 and 5
Filming continued for Episodes 3 and 4 and they already started on Episode 5 (called “Toothpick“), directed by Bobby Roth (Revenge, Agents of Shield). On September 4, he shared a picture of him with Tristin Mays on set.

Several extras shared pictures of themselves in military gear; e.g. Derek Bosworth or Thomas Murphy. Stills Photographer Erika Doss revealed her own dresscode.

Extra Mark Stevens granted us another glimpse of the interior set with New MacGyver’s home. Hopefully, it’s not as dark as “Bunker City” like this picture that Lucas Till shared on September 1.

Location Scout Gonzo Rey showed a picture of him sitting on a “throne” on set – in fact, several of the cast and crew took turns to pose with the prop (apparently an old shroud from a commercial jet engine). Maybe they tried to distract us from the Russian nuclear bomb in the Lifecycle Building Center? Good thing the bomb is constantly guarded by May. 

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Executive Producer Peter Lenkov didn’t share as many pictures recently – it seems he was busy editing Episode 2 and cutting the scenes with Amy Acker. On August 30, he posted a picture of “a man and his old school bomb”. On September 6, he shared two other pictures from set; one of them titled “train”.

On the other hand, George Eads finally discovered Instagram. He shared a picture of him between takes and granted us a look at the “War Wagon” (presumably from Episode 2). We also got a picture of him posing in front of the headstone of “Jack S. Dalton Sr.” and one with Extra Sonia Rockwell.

Let the Promo continue: Wall Painting
Mando shared a picture of the finished Wall Painting ad on Hotel Figueroa in LA. The Mural garnered quite some attention on social media; being posted from different angles.

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Let the Promo continue: Preview Trailers
On August 29, Hot Bench released a preview video with new scenes. I have to say that while it looks nice at first, I don’t like it. I have to assume that it was put together by someone at CBS who doesn’t know the original show at all. I don’t know what audience they try to reach with this – I guess a younger one that likes this kind of music, but if the reboot is anything like this preview, it won’t work that way…

TV Promo 360 released another “inofficial” preview that explains the use and meaning of the verb “MacGyver” (=using limited resources to escape an impossible situation). If you want to see the other promo videos (that I posted about in the last update) in a better quality, you can check out SpoilerTV.

On September 1, we got a combo-video-promo for MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 – MacGyver and McGarrett (or Mac and M(a)c, back to back) on Fridays.

via Mohamad M. Ali

Additionally, we also got a short video interview (probably from the TCAs) with George Eads and Lucas Till. George jokes about how his body is too old for all the action scenes and both say again that they would really like to have Richard Dean Anderson on the show.

Let the Promo continue: MacGyver on “Big Brother”
I didn’t know “Big Brother” is still a thing (since I can’t stand these type of shows and don’t keep up with them). Apparently, they had some MacGyver-themed contest going on and got Pizza afterwards – Pizza in interesting-looking Pizza Boxes. CBS is sure promoting the hell out of this reboot.

There will also be a special premiere screening at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia on September 11. The invitation is made by the Georgia Departement of Defense, and John Till (Lucas Till’s father who’s a lieutenant colonel) will hold a meet and greet along with some of the cast and directors of the show.

via Twitter

Cast and Crew News
Central Casting Georgia has again made several casting calls; e.g. for a new hand double for MacGyver. We all know about Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson and his tendency to cut up his hands with the SAK on set. (He recently told the story of how he got the injury on Episode 2×10 (Three for the Road) at Armageddon Expo New Zealand in March – check the video at the 19-Minute-Mark if you want to hear the gory details.) Did New MacGyver’s old hand double already get into trouble? 

I guess it’s more likely that because they’re filming two or more episodes at the same time, they needed more hand doubles for the close-up scenes. Nonetheless, the casting call gave us another close look at the watch that New MacGyver is wearing. Looks good!

Casting Calls also included American Militia Separatists, Moroccan Pedestrians, German Commuters, Japanese Board Members, German Cars, a Caucasian Male in his Late 20’s-40’s with a neatly trimmed beard, German and African looking Men and Women to work in a train depot and a Caucasian Female with a 3 or 4 year old daughter.

via Central Casting Georgia / MacGyver Online

The Press Release for the Pilot Episode revealed that Tracy Spiridakos will play Nikki Carpenter. We already disscussed the possibility of Nikki Carpenter appearing in the Reboot (especially now that we know Penny Parker will also be back); but because I always assumed that Tracy will play the “Big Bad” betraying MacGyver, I never made the connection before. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. Somehow, I can’t imagine Original Nikki Carpenter being a “Big Bad”; at least not on purpose.

Sharing Filming Locations
It was revealed that shooting will continue at Atlanta City Hall on Wednesday, September 7 – it’s the same location where the new Spiderman-Movie was being filmed today. The scenes will involve simulated gunfire. More Action!

MacGyver Reboot Update #5

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on August 1st, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Last week, they finished filming the pilot episode and started production on the next one. Also, we got some more promo and lots and lots of set pictures!

via CBS


(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post pics that are too revealing, but you probably will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Another Shooting Day in “Hotlanta”
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov announced on Instagram on July 25 that he was back in Atlanta to resume filming of the pilot episode. He was greeted with “Welcome back to Hotlanta!”. 

We had already heard at ComicCon that Lucas Till had been a real trooper while shooting for the pilot episode on a hot tarmac in his leather jacket without complaining. It seemed the weather conditions were still quite challenging while the crew was filming downtown. Lenkov posted a picture of his “sweating jeans” while Lucas shared a picture of George Eads wearing a so-called “cold scarf”. It’s unclear if Vinnie Jones – who had tweeted being back on set earlier – had also gotten one of those. On the same day, stuntman Aden Stay shared a picture from the set right before getting ready for action.

Bypassers were excited to see the production going on; e.g. while filming near Cafe Lucia or at the Georgian Terrace Hotel

Get a Taste of the Action
On July 26, CBS released a “Sneak Peak” (sic!) of the pilot episode with comments by Peter Lenkov, Lucas Till, George Eads and Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe. We can taste the action alright; e.g. MacGyver chasing after an airplane, fighting bad guys and getting ready to do some MacGyverisms. Shortly after, they added a 10-second-TV-ad for the premiere. They made a modern version of the title in front of an explosion, and it looks surprisingly good (although us “old” fans still wonder about getting the old theme along the new opening credits).

On the same day, we got several promo stills for the Pilot Episode by SpoilerTV.

The Iconic Shot
Every MacGyver Fan knows the iconic picture of MacGyver shouldering a missile – and maybe even non-fans do (this is probably one of the most often used stills of the original show). Peter Lenkov shared a very interesting picture on July 26 of himself on the interior set, shouldering a white missile with a red nose while wearing sunglasses. Even more interestingly, he later deleted the picture. Did Lenkov give too much away about what the team had in mind for the next promo shot? 

It’s no secret: What you post on social media will make the rounds, even if you try to make it disappear. The cat was already out of the bag, so maybe that’s the reason that only two days later, several other crew and cast members posted pictures of themselves or of Lucas with the prop; e.g. Producer Michael Clear, Justin Hires or Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni. Peter Lenkov posted a short video where we get to see Lucas on the monitor, carrying the missile trough the forest (jungle?). His t-shirt indicates that MacGyver went to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Interior Sets
We got lots of new pictures of the interior sets for the rest of the week. Justin Hires announced his first day working on set on July 26. Lucas Till posted a picture of Justin and one of George Eads plucking at a guitar. Justin in turn had posted several videos on his Facebook Account. Lenkov showed us Lucas getting touched up by the MakeUp Departement before sharing several pictures of (presumably) MacGyver’s home; e.g. the living room, the fridge and the work area.

It’s fun to see pictures even though you’re not really sure what to make of it; e.g. of MacGyver with a Robot Hand or of Wilt Bozer making waffles. Also, the crew shot some scenes in “Siberia“. Must be pretty funny; filming in full winter gear inside a studio in Hotlanta under bright lights (ahem). 

Cast and Crew News
Several Extras shared their involvement in the reboot; Katy Harrington (hotel guest), Jonathan Fritschi, Kevin Pinkney or Gary Sonny Alfano (drug dealer). StandIn James Grabowski revealed with his call sheet of the pilot episode that this was going to be an “open-flame-kind-of-hot-day” on set.

On the same day the crew was filming in “Siberia”, a husky was at the studio. It’s unclear for now if the dog will be part of this scene or not.

On July 27, MacGyver CBS officially introduced Tristin Mays as the character of computer hacker Riley Davis. On the same day, Lucas Till shared a picture of him with his Stunt Double Chris Brewster.

Team MacGyver (via SpoilerTV)

Fans had already recognized her on a picture provided by Peter Lenkov. On July 28, TVLine confirmed that Amy Acker is guest-starring on the second episode. She will play a CIA operative working undercover in Caracas who got kidnapped. Of course, we can expect Mac and Jack to get her out; maybe even get the girl AND the missile.

To the disappointment of many fans (myself included), it doesn’t look like Richard Dean Anderson will be part of the reboot. In a statement through his website on July 25, RDA said that he’s “(…) not considering being a part of a project that has overlooked the insanely LOYAL FANS of the original character and has proceeded without considering how and why they all became and STAYED loyal fans…(…)“. We will see if he still feels that way after the first few episodes have aired. From what I’ve seen of the production and heard and read of the panel and interview roundtables at ComicCon, it seems like this time around the crew actually tries to honor the original show.

Working on Episode 1×02
On July 27, Peter Lenkov informed via Instagram that they have started production on Episode 1×02 before wrapping the pilot episode on July 28. According to SpoilerTV, the second episode is called “Metal Saw”. An important tool on MacGyver’s SAK, maybe? 

The locations look pretty interesting. Also, Lenkov showed us how MacGyver would bulletproof a car. If I was sitting in this car, I would feel safer already. Maybe.

There are quite some more episodes to film until December and the crew was in for another night shoot on July 29. But they still have fun on set between takes. Tracy Spiridakos showed us what happens when you forget your phone at a table full of stunt men.

MacGyver Reboot Update #3

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on July 17, 2016. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Shooting for the Pilot Episode 2.0 has officially started. Contrary to the unaired pilot episode that shall not be named, we’re getting TONS of goodies; even official ones! The days of lurking the internet for a tiny glimpse of the set or the cast (or even a prop or location) are finally over.

(Spoiler Alert: To avoid spoilers, I won’t post any revealing pics, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get spoilered by reading my posts or clicking on the links provided!)

via Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni

Getting Ready
On July 9, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared pictures on Instagram of some bonding time with Lucas and Justin. The next day, he gave the fans more reasons to speculate and discuss by posting pictures of a call sheet, a sign with the words “cover blown” and one of a leather jacket. THE brown leather jacket of our favorite hero. How great is that?

Big Shanty Antiques posted on their Facebook page on July 10 that their parking lot was used as the crew base camp. On the same day, Lucas “showed off” by posting a picture of his “ostentatious” character name plate on his trailer door. Good to know that MacGyver 2.0 also likes to keep it simple.

Aaaaaaand Action!
Lenkov kept posting appetizers for the whole week. He shared several pictures of the main cast on Instagram; mainly pictures of Lucas and George, but also from their stunt doubles and other cast members, e.g. Tristin Mays.

He let us know about night shoots in a forest, on a boat, at the Swan House and about what the crew does while waiting for the rain to stop so shooting can resume. He also posted several short videos; e.g. of Lucas in character running towards the camera or of his stunt double jumping on a blue-screen-truck (masquerading as a plane). The crew even worked on the weekends on scenes involving helicopters, military trucks and trains.

One picture shows Lucas already shooting some ADR scenes, which might hint at the reboot keeping the MacGyver voice overs from the original show.

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Other crew members like Set Lighting Technician Mike Collins also posted very nice set pics (although they are much harder to find); e.g. by “Mike J Neal” from the boat scene in Stone Mountain State Park or by Location Scout Gonzo Rey from a night shoot in the forest.

Grounding a Plane
Eric Heaf had already shared a picture of the crew shooting at McCollum Airport. On July 12, CBS posted a first Behind-the-Scenes-Video from this set; including Lucas and George giving short statements and Lucas acting a scene by hanging off an airplane while trying to ground it with his SAK.

In general, fans were very happy about MacGyver’s improved look with the new haircut and the brown leather jacket. Also, George and Lucas seem to get along very well, hinting at an established “bromance” between Jack and MacGyver.

So many Cars
Filming at the Swan House included a scene of an estate party with expensive cars and rich party attendees. Peter Lenkov posted a short video of MacGyver getting out of a beautiful vintage car while wearing a tux. Oh, we all remember MacGyver’s love for wearing a tuxedo (ahem), so fans are already curious what our hero is doing at this party (presumably taking place in Italy since all the cars have Italian license plates).

Understandably, crew members and extras couldn’t get enough of posting pictures of the set; especially the cars (or themselves in front of the cars). Several crew members referred to James Bond for this scene; e.g. Gonzo Rey (James Bond? Or MacGyver? Who knows…) or Meghan Lyvers (#macgyvermeetsbond).

Interestingly, Lucas Till’s father and his stepmom have a cameo in this scene. Lavonda Till tweeted a lovely BtS pic of the three in costume.

Cast and Crew News
Peter Lenkov had already shared a picture of possible new cast members on July 12. Besides Tristin Mays, also Vinnie Jones and Tracy Spiridakos were on set (we still don’t know what characters they will play).

Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe (who recently got an Emmy nomination for his work on the CBS series Rush Hour) tweeted his involvement in the Reboot on July 10.

While several more casting calls were made (e.g. for hotel patrons and pool ladies), the IMDb page slowly filled up with some minor roles of guards and pilots, with extras and crew members. It seems like Keith Power (Hawaii 5-0) will be the composer (at least for the pilot episode). Since the music played an important part in the original show, expectations are very high and fans are still hoping for the original theme and musical cues to make an appearance.

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On July 15, Variety announced Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) being cast as series regular. A lot of fans are not happy about this – not because of the choice of the actress or the decision to turn a former male into a female character, but because Holt was cast in the role of MacGyver’s boss, an ex-field agent turned director of operations named Patricia Thornton. It seems that Pete Thornton is being replaced and won’t show up at all in the reboot. We all know that Pete wasn’t just some series regular and that his relationship with MacGyver was an important part of the show, so we’ll see how this change will hold up and how different the dynamic will turn out. It probably also depends on how they’ll construct New MacGyver’s background story (e.g. losing his father at a very young age and the age gap of more than 20 years made the father-son-type-relationship with Pete in the original show very plausible and played into many story plots).

Sightings
Peter Lenkov doesn’t get much rest between set days and night shoots. He shared a picture of his laptop screen, showing a page of the script for Episode 1×03. But a hard working crew needs a break every now and then. Between night shoots, they got to enjoy a ball game together before filming again on Sunday morning (July 17).

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They probably have to shoot some scenes in advance as Lucas, George, Lenkov and pilot episode director James Wan will attend the MacGyver panel at ComicCon SanDiego on July 21, where the fans get to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek.