MacGyver Reboot Update #29

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on May 12, 2017. 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.

With only two months left until filming for Season 2 starts, the writers are working on new scripts.

BtS of Season 1 (via Pius Pietrzyk)

Crisis averted
Thankfully, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) managed to secure better working conditions for script writers during weeks of tense negotiations, therefore avoiding a strike that would have resulted in TV show productions coming to a grinding halt and being stopped for weeks, maybe even months.

Production should go on as planned. As David Slack tweeted on May 2nd, he’s already writing on a new episode for Season 2.

working on new scripts (via David Slack)

Reruns
There will be a rerun of Episode 13 (Large Blade) on May 26 and a rerun of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) on June 2.

Season 2 News
As Executive Producer Peter Lenkov confirmed on May 10, Season 2 will start in September.

What are cast and crew up to?
Peter Lenkov is gearing up for the premiere of his CBS Summer Show “Salvation” in July. Justin Hires is busy polishing his career as a stand-up comedian. Tristin Mays and Meredith Eaton recently visited one of his shows.

Comedy Club (via Justin Hires)

Because of the DVD-Release of Monster Trucks, Lucas Till had been doing promo for this movie back in April. In a video interview with TVs Talking Pictures, Lucas also talked about filming MacGyver. He revealed that George Eads is one of his best friends, that he fell asleep several times while trying to memorize his lines and that he was stressed out 8 of 9 months while shooting because he put too much pressure on himself, trying to fill RDA’s big shoes by taking on such an iconic role.

What’s going to happen now?
Next Wednesday, CBS will present their 2017-2018 TV Schedule at the Upfronts in New York. Since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well for another season, the reboot airtime schedule probably won’t change.

Both Peter Lenkov and Lucas Till will be at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June. Lenkov is listed as a member of the festival’s jury while it is not clear yet in what capacity Lucas will be there.

Monster Trucks Promo (via Instagram)

There has been no word yet if there will be another promo event at Comic Con San Diego (July 20 to 23) this year.

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now; e.g. Australia, Turkey, the UK, the French speaking region of Switzerland, New Zealand or the Netherlands. The show is airing soon in Japan and in France. The premiere for Germany (on Sat.1) is set for June 19.

The German dubbing of rebooted MacGyver is done by Ozan Ünal who funnily also voiced Nicholas Hoult’s character of “Beast” in the X-Men movies with Lucas Till and David Dastmalchian in “CSI Cyber“. Ünal otherwise regularly dubbs Emile Hirsch, Logan Lerman (in the Percy Jackson Series) or Ian Somerhalder. On German TV, he’s probably best known for voicing Johnny Galecki in all episodes of “The Big Bang Theory“, so this is going to be weird and interesting for me.

The Vault: Unaired Pilot
A year ago, Meg London-Boche – Assistant of Director David Von Ancken – tweeted about the MacGyver Pilot being done. Little did we know back then that the pilot would be scrapped and reshot, earning the title of being an Unaired Reboot Pilot that got rebooted.

BtS of the Unaired Pilot (via Adam Michna)

The Unaired Pilot has more or less disappeared. The IMDb page was deleted rather quickly, along with every official material that had been posted by CBS on social media. It’s difficult to predict if we’ll ever get to see this Unaired Pilot that shall not be named. It’s probably futile to hope for it being released on the Season 1 DVD.

 

Original Author’s Note (May 12): This is my last Update for the MacGyver Reboot – for now. I will probably continue posting somewhere else, but I have to set it up first and I don’t know yet when it’s going to be ready. (I have been writing in German on my own blog for 11 years, but I don’t want to mix up blog posts in different languages.)

A big THANK YOU to Nicholas Sweedo for letting me write on his blog. I wouldn’t have dared to do it on my own. I never thought I would be able to write so many blog-posts in another language and I learnt A LOT while doing this.

A big THANK YOU for you readers as well. I never thought these blog-posts would get so many hits. Hopefully read you soon! If you need a quick fix of MacGyver Reboot News until my next Update, you can find me on Twitter.

Original Editor’s Note (May 12): A big thanks to Andrea (Dashboard) for all her great posts and for being really nice to work with! I decided that I wanted to distance this blog from the reboot since I don’t like it and am not watching it any more. But for fans of the reboot, Andrea really is the best person out there to follow for the latest news and information, and I’m sure that her new blog will be an awesome place to go for that!

MacGyver Reboot Update #28

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on April 28, 2017. 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.

The MacGyver Season 1 Finale has aired. Fans don’t have to be sad, though: Filming for Season 2 should start in July in Atlanta.

LA Wrap Party Collage (via DashboardOnFire)

(SPOILER ALERT: You will get spoilered about the Season Finale and about storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

It’s a wrap! Again?
Although cast and crew had already celebrated the official wrap party in Atlanta back in March, there was another wrap party in LA on April 22. Together with some cast and crew members of Hawaii Five-0, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took his people bowling.

They all seemed to have a good time. Justin Hires posted several Instagram Live videos (e.g. with Lucas Till, Tristin Mays or Meredith Eaton). In one of the videos, Lucas revealed that he had mostly caught up on sleep since last seeing Justin in Atlanta. David Dastmalchian shared selfies of him with Lucas and with Joe Dante who had directed Episode 4 (Wire Cutter). Meredith posted pictures of her posing with Lenkov and Henry Winkler and with Tristin. Tristin uploaded a video of Lucas preparing for his next strike. Lucas was seen shaking hands with Hollywood Legend Hal Holbrook.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

Premiere of the Season Finale
The ratings for the last three episodes have also been the lowest of the season. Although they made an effort for some additional promo for the Season Finale, Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) had the second lowest ratings of the season so far with 6.57 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group).

Interestingly, last week’s rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) still managed to pull in 5.13 million viewers (with 0.7 in demo).

Nonetheless, the Season 1 ratings are good. All episodes included, the show had 7.73 million live-viewers per episode, along with a 1.08 rating in the 18-49-years demo group. The reruns (10 episodes so far) had 4.45 million live-viewers per episode (with 0.7 in demo).

Season 1 Premieres and Reruns Ratings so far (put together by DashboardOnFire)

(It’s worth noting that it wasn’t just “MacGyver” losing almost a million viewers on the most recent episodes, but other Friday shows like Hawaii Five-0 or Blue Bloods as well.)

Season Finale Promo
On Season Finale day, we got a lot of promo interviews and articles – so much that I didn’t manage to cover all of it in my last Update.

Tristin Mays did an appearance on Good Day LA. Lucas did a short Q&A on Instagram for AmazonVideo. Just before the Season Finale Premiere, CBS did a live-interview on Facebook with Tristin and David Dastmalchian; including another exclusive clip and their one word to describe the Finale (devastating by David, outrageous by Tristin).

Because of the DVD-Release of Monster Trucks, Lucas had additionally been doing promo for his movie that week. In a video interview with SideWalksTV, he also talked about MacGyver and the work load, how his fan encounters changed due to the show and what’s it like to work with the cast.

Season Finale Set visit pics (via Randall Goltzman)

A while ago, there was a Boy Scouts Sweepstakes with Jake Goltzman winning the grand prize. He was invited to visit the set during the filming process of the Season Finale. Back in March, his father Randall had already uploaded many pictures onto Facebook. (You can see some of the pictures in this blog post.) On premiere day, CBS Austin aired a segment of Jake talking about his experience.

Additionally, cast and crew shared some more pictures of Episode 21 on social media; e.g. David Dastmalchian of Murdoc and Matty or Justin Hires of Bozer and “Dr. Zito”. Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe posted a picture of him with Mark Sheppard and a BtS pic of him having fun with Lucas while preparing to do a scene with “suffering” Bozer. Kirk Riley shared a BtS picture of the scene in Siberia.

Character and Storyline News
On April 8, Peter Lenkov tweeted that he and Producers Craig O’Neill and David Slack had discussed the story about how Jack met MacGyver – and teased that we’ll have to wait until next season for that.

As mentioned in the last Update, Peter Lenkov revealed that next season will see Riley and Bozer having relationships with other people. So we might be introduced to new recurring characters soon; maybe even in the Season 2 Premiere.

BtS of Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Kirk Riley)

I’ve been wondering if they’ve already filmed the entire Cairo backstory for continuity and why they haven’t already done so while filming the pilot. Breaking down the Season Finale cliffhangers with Entertainment Weekly, Lenkov stated that “The idea is that next season we’ll get to see another piece of that story, how they got out of that part of Cairo.” He also revealed that we will discover at the end of the season who MacGyver’s father is. I’m really curious who they’re going to cast in this role.

What’s going to happen now?
Kevin Marshall (Stand-In for George Eads) was still shooting inserts on a Villa-with-Pool-Location on March 31. So far, we still don’t know what these scenes were for – unless the MacGyver Reboot has a crossover with CW’s new show “Dynasty”, it’s possible that the overworked crew used the wrong social media hashtags.

For now, most of the cast is probably enjoying some free time. Meanwhile, Lenkov is busy preparing for the Finale of Hawaii Five-0 and the crew in Atlanta is working on other TV show pilots.

via Randall Goltzman

Note that there is a strike of the Writers Guild of America looming on the horizon. It’s unclear yet how a strike would influence the production of the reboot. The last time this happened (in 2007/08), production ceased for all scripted television programming for months. Many TV shows had shortened seasons due to a lack of scripts, were postponed, cancelled or had to switch to non-union writers in order to resume production.

MacGyver Reboot Update #27

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on April 14, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, author’s note) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

It’s Season Finale Friday! Fans don’t have to be sad, though: The show will come back for a second season!

Season 1 Finale Friday (via Meredith Eaton)

 

(SPOILER ALERT: You will get spoilered about the Season Finale and storylines in Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

It’s a wrap! Well, kind of?
Cast and crew had celebrated the official wrap party on March 19, although shooting wasn’t done yet. 2nd Unit did some additional filming on March 21.

Interestingly, Kevin Marshall (Stand-In for George Eads) was still shooting inserts on March 31. The crew was apparently awed by the location and posted several pics of the mansion and the swimming pool. Since the location doesn’t fit very well with what we’ve already seen in the previews and sneak peeks, this could get interesting. Maybe something to do with MacGyver’s father?

(Author’s Note on May 20: It seems the location was used for the filming of CW’s pilot episode of “Dynasty”.)

MacGyver or Dynasty? (via Kevin Marshall)

As always, there was still post-production-work to do. While Tristin Mays had been doing ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) for Episode 20 (Hole Puncher), David Dastmalchian posted a picture of Lucas being in the studio with him to do the necessary ADR work for the Season Finale. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov shared short videos while editing the last episode (e.g. MacGyver fighting off a knife attack and Riley again being attacked from behind, but this time being prepared).

Now that filming was over, the main cast and crew engaged more often on social media to tease us for the premieres of the last two episodes of the season. We got several BtS pictures with David Dastmalchian as Murdoc (e.g. in the Season Finale, with Assistant Director Cornell Willis or with Meredith Eaton’s Stand-In Saundra Coller). Cornell Willis shared BtS pictures with Lucas Till and Meredith. Justin Hires posted a picture of his character Bozer lying on the floor with a bloody shirt, stating “I hope to God I survive this episode” (I don’t think we have to worry too much about that).

Lucas and Meredith (via Assistant Director Cornell Willis)

Some of the crew also shared BtS stuff from earlier episodes. Stunt Double Caine Sinclair shared a video of the window stunt scene in Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) while Set Costumer Christopher Opopo posted the same stunt filmed from a different angle and a picture of that day.

Premieres of Episodes 19 and 20
Ratings have been falling again. Although the episode was written by Lee Zlotoff and well received by fans, Episode 19 (Compass) had the lowest ratings of the season so far with 6.56 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group). Last week’s Episode 20 (Hole Puncher) did slightly better and garnered 6.62 million viewers (with 0.9 in demo).

Nonetheless, the ratings are still pretty good. The Season Finale not included, the show had 7.79 million live-viewers per episode, along with a 1.09 rating in the 18-49-years demo group. The reruns (nine episodes so far) had 4.37 million viewers per episode (with 0.67 in demo).

I’m no expert, but I might look more closely into the ratings in another Update (just because I like to look at data, creating graphs and pretending to know what’ I’m talking about *lol*).

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

Stills, Previews and Sneak Peeks
After complaining about not getting an episode-related preview for Episode 19, we did get an official trailer for Episode 20. On the other hand, we didn’t get any sneak peeks at all. The only other time this happened was for Episode 3 (Awl).

Thankfully, we got a trailer for Episode 21 as the Season Finale and a First Look by Entertainment Weekly on Mark Sheppard. Today, we also got two Sneak Peeks. One of these Sneak Peeks mentions MacGyver’s father which didn’t happen for a while. I’m pretty sure he will either play a part in tonight’s plot twist or show up in person the next season.

In another Sneak Peek via Yahoo, we see MacGyver (plus robot) trying to save Bozer’s life. Yahoo looks back at the original Dr. Zito and talks with Lucas about the differences between the two halves of the first season episodes.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Entertainment Weekly)

In an exclusive clip via Entertainment Weekly, we see MacGyver and Jack on that mission in Cairo they never want to talk about (and proof that Jack has no respect for Egyptian artifacts).

Interviews and Season Finale Promo
The impending Season Finale brought on another round of promo interviews and articles. An article by CGW (Computer Graphics World) about the sound editing of the reboot revealed one of the reason behind the constant background noise (music, sorry. it’s music, of course): Atlanta has some very loudly chirping cicadas that “could betray the show’s real location”.

I’ve dealt with snow in LA for Original MacGyver. I sure wouldn’t mind some cicadas. I would even prefer them, actually. (Alas, it’s not as if I know which countries shouldn’t have cicadas.)

In an interview with Matt Carter, David Dastmalchian talked about Murdoc and his appearance in the last two episodes of the season.

Season Finale Promo (via The Wrap)

On April 11, Henry Winkler talked about what makes (Original and rebooted) MacGyver so special.

Tristin Mays did a short video interview and a photoshoot with The Wrap. She revealed that the season finale will give her character a wake up call – meaning “more training, maybe some weapons” next season. Hm. Good to know that MacGyver will soon have TWO members in his team that can wield weapons around him *ahem*.

In another video interview with Young Hollywood, Tristin talked about her visit to Hawaii last week, the possibility of another crossover with Hawaii Five-0 and Riley’s wardrobe. In the interview with TooFab, Tristin calls the Season Finale “outrageous” and mentions that she has to get into shape for next season because there will be more action.

Meredith Eaton and the rest of the cast talked about Matty and why she’s the perfect boss for the Phoenix Foundation. They also talked about their favorite moments of this first season where George Eads revealed that a lot of the puns were added (and sometimes ad-libbed) by the cast.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Entertainment Weekly)

Cast and Character News
We already know that we get Murdoc and Dr. Zito for tonight’s Season Finale, so probably no more surprises. Many fans hoped for an appearance by Patricia Thornton or Nikki Carpenter. Thornton seems unlikely, but Nikki was on the Cairo mission (as mentioned in the Pilot Episode). According to a recent interview, Tracy Spiridakos wouldn’t mind to do another episode.

Peter Lenkov revealed that Season 2 will see Riley and Bozer having relationships – with other people. So we might be introduced to new recurring characters soon. Let’s hope the writers keep the relationship drama at bay, though.

Sightings
Tristin Mays garnered some instagram attention on April 5 when Peter Lenkov posted a video of Tristin arriving in Hawaii with her brother. She enjoyed some well-earned vacation days, but also attended the Wrap Party of Hawaii Five-0 which raised questions of her appearing in the show as a guest star. Maybe it was Lenkov’s way of apologizing for not getting her to Hawaii for the crossover episode (in fact, all of her and Justin’s scenes had been shot in cold Atlanta).

Episode 1×15: Magnifying Glass (via Christopher Opopo)

What’s going to happen now?
As mentioned above, the Season 1 Finale airs tonight. On April 21, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers). Now that The Amazing Race doesn’t air on Fridays as initially planned, they will probably air reruns of the other MacGyver episodes.

Although the reboot was one of the best sold shows at the upfronts last year, it is still waiting to be released in other countries. The season renewal might help with that, though. It will air in France soon and is set to premiere in Japan in June.

The premiere date of Season 2 is not set, but it’s safe to assume it will be a Fall Premiere again; airing on Fridays before Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. In her AMA on reddit, Tristin Mays revealed that filming the new episodes will begin on July 6. She’s already mentally preparing for “Hotlanta”.

MacGyver Reboot Update #22

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on February 3, 2017. 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.

Cast and Crew were freezing on set while filming the residual episodes for Season 1. Maybe that’s why they liked playing with fire so much last week?

via Justin Hires

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Where there’s filming, there’s homework
While the fans had to endure another premiere break of 3 weeks, cast and crew stayed busy filming more episodes and doing their homework.

First Assistant Director Anthony Kountz showed us what filled his days: Warehouses, Mondays and impressive camera equipment. Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni posed with a sleek looking Aston Martin Vanquish that was waiting for his scenes in the (now drained) warehouse. Like the helicopter for the last episode, the car was featured in several videos and Instagram posts.

via Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov took some more of his precious time to post videos and pictures during the editing process. On January 23, he posted some videos of the team sitting around the fireplace on MacGyver’s veranda; eating, joking and getting pranked by their new boss. A day later, Lenkov posted a video of his cold office, doing a sweep over cast-pictures and the script he was currently working on (seems like MacGyver’s birthday will come up soon). One of the editing videos showed Lucas Till “macgyvering” (on a robot?), another one Mac and Jack being in trouble (read: quicksand). We also got to see Bozer getting comfortable in his new James Bond Persona.

Justin and Tristin post a lot of Instagram Live Stories videos at the moment, but every now and then we also get a non-temporary look at the cast in disguise (read: wearing coveralls and Bozer’s prosthetic noses).

via Tristin Mays

The Kaboom-Episode
Cast and crew were seen filming outside for several days. The cast seemed to have fun despite the freezing temperatures and having to work over the weekend. Also, there have been more comments about the production’s snacks table.

On January 28, several outlets (e.g. Atlanta Filming) posted about the show “blowing up sh*”. It didn’t take long for Peter Lenkov to post a video of a blue van exploding. Pretty impressive! While Lenkov’s video is seen via camera screen, Instagram-User bryttani showed the explosion from a wider angle.

via bryttani

I’m not sure if all that “fire-play” for Episode 17 (Ruler) was as controlled as it was planned, though. Just the day before, Tristin Mays had posted a short video of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe instructing Lucas Till how to handle the self-made flame-thrower. It looks like Jeff burned himself (not to mention that Tristin had stamped a not so happy emoticon on it). Additionally, both Tristin and Justin Hires had posted videos that indicated production needing additional help from the fire departement. Interestingly, George Eads didn’t seem too much concerned about the seemingly out-of-control-fire; continuing to eat his sandwich.

Filming in “Amsterdam”
Judging by the clothes, the extras and the press release, Episode 17 might actually turn out to be a two-parter. We’ll see. Production continued filming in Marietta Square this week; featureing a stunt motorcycle, a truckload of bicycles and a set-redressing to stand in for Amsterdam. Many bypassers, extras and shops took the opportunity to post pictures; inadvertently also revealing some storylines (and possibly even spoilers; especially since some of these posts were deleted shortly after posting it).

Rerun of Episode 9
During the premiere break, there was a rerun of Episode 9 (Chisel) on Friday, January 27. The episode made some good ratings (5.17 million viewers).

Stills, Sneak Peeks and Press Releases
The long break was a good opportunity for the guest cast to remind us they will be in the next episode. We got to meet Agent Cho (Michael Tow), Stunt Driver Jason Gupton and Agent Eva Santos (Danielle Vasinova).

Episode 1×14: Fish Scaler (via SpoilerTV)

CBS sure likes to keep the fans waiting. Although the preview for Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) had aired after last weeks rerun of Episode 9, the video wasn’t available on the official YT-Account until February 1st. Additionally, we had to wait until two days before the premiere to finally get stills and sneak peeks.

On the other hand, we already got Press Releases for Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass), The Coltons-Episode 16 (Hook) and Episode 17 (Ruler).

CBS Watch! Magazine and other Promo
On January 24, CBS Watch! Magazine released the interview and the photo gallery for the shoot they had done back in October in the midst of a heat wave. Lucas Till revealed that some of the gadgets can be really challenging, but that this is what makes so much fun while filming. George Eads stated that Lucas’ enthusiasm and passion about doing the show kinda “rebooted” him after spending so many years on the same set (for CSI: Las Vegas). They also revealed that they practically spend all day together because they’re roommates.

via CBS Watch! Magazine

On the same day, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain shared another blog post – this time about Leyden Jars like the one used in Episode 13 (Large Blade).

The premieres in Namibia and New Zealand brought on another wave of promo pictures, interviews and articles. In an interview with stuff, George Eads declared rebooted Jack Dalton as “halfway nuts”. He revealed that due to the aggressive nature of his character, he’s already paying the price for avoiding using stunt doubles wherever possible: “It’s killing me, let me tell you. I’ve been head butted about four or five times, punched in the face, cut at least five or six times, I’ve had at least 40 or 50 bruises.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia had difficulties finding their pool shark and also took several tries to find European Bicycles. Additionally, they put out casting calls for Dutch Citizens and Students, an African-American Female in her 20ies and small cars. The most recent casting call is especially interesting, since they’re looking for Asian Extras (e.g. EMTs, nurses, doctors, paramedics, tactical and other military guys), in particular Hawaiian-looking Extras. We all remember Peter Lenkov talking about the possibility of doing a crossover with Hawaii Five-0 and that he still wants to do it. In fact, he had already laid the ground-work for it in the pilot episode, but the scene got cut.

Episode 1×15: Magnifying Glass (via SpoilerTV)

Since the return of the Coltons was revealed, fans of the original show have been asking about Frog Dog. While no dogs have been spotted on set for Episode 16, Zoom Groom Zoom revealed they have been grooming an adorable looking dog (called “Chewy”) for filming scenes recently. I have to admit to being a bit shocked for a few seconds after Justin Hires posting a short video from set, referring to his co-star as “Deborah” and praising her for “killing” her scenes. Good to know that “Deborah” is the actresses name, not the name of her character (Deborah + Upscale Set + adorable little dog + killing it… Fans of the original show will know what whacky conclusion I had made in that instant!)

A look onto the IMDb cast-list reveals: Penny Parker (Bianca Malinowski) will be back in Episode 1×18! Hopefully, she will play a bigger part this time. If you throw characters of the original show into the reboot, you might as well start using them!

MacGyver Reboot Update #20

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on January 6, 2017. 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.

Production of the reboot was on hiatus until a few days ago. Cast and Crew are ready to film the residual episodes for Season 1.

Episode 1×11: Scissors (via CBS)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered by reading this post or by clicking on the links provided!)

Holiday Hiatus
Cast and Crew enjoyed a short break over Christmas to spend some well-earned time with families and friends. CBS therefore posted the MacGyver Holiday Survival Guide and a short video of Lucas Till and George Eads wishing us Happy Holidays.

More people took the opportunity to share pictures of the SAK they got as a Christmas Gift; e.g. Tristin Mays, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain, Dana Till (Lucas’ mom), Boom Operator Robert Maxfield or Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni.

For the end of the year, FlyWorx shared an old video of filming Episode 2 (Metal Saw) with their impressive drones.

Working on Episode 15
On January 4, production started again – presumably on filming Episode 15 while working behind the scenes for Episodes 12 to 14. Assistant Director Anthony Kountz was happy to be back on set.

via Anthony Kountz

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted several short videos on Instagram Stories while editing Episode 12 (Screwdriver). Fans of the show were quick to save the temporary videos and share it online. Lenkov also posted some non-temporary videos; e.g. of MacGyver and Jack’s exes meeting or of Riley and Bozer with Murdoc.

Tristin Mays and Justin Hires also shared some (more or less) sneaky temporary videos from Set while Lucas posted the first semi-official picture of MacGyver and Bozer in the Phoenix Foundation Lab. Justin Hires revealed what Bozer going undercover looks like: Very convincing (ahem). Bozer did much better by working on Riley’s undercover face, though. Now we know why there’s a contact lens technician listed on IMDb for tonight’s episode.

via Lucas Till

Despite a snow warning for Atlanta, they’ve been filming at the Fox Theatre for another night shoot. As Peter Lenkov revealed, this episode will be quite dangerous for Riley.

Reruns of Episodes 5, 6 and 7
CBS aired Reruns over the Christmas Holidays. The ratings of Episode 5 (Toothpick, 2.52 millions) took quite a hit due to NFL Sunday Football Night, though. The ratings of Episode 6 (Wrench, 4.24 millions) on a Wednesday and Episode 7 (Can Opener, 4.53 millions) on a Friday did better.

Coincidentally, I stumbled over an old BtS pic by Andres Munoz during production of Episode 7 that shows how strong the grips working on this show really are.

As Belle revealed, there will to be a rerun of Episode 9 (Chisel) on Friday, January 27. So another Friday without a new episode, I guess?

Episode 1×07: Can Opener (via Andres Munoz)

Stills, Sneak Peeks and Press Releases
We got stills and a first trailer for Episode 12 (Screwdriver) on December 30. SpoilerTV also revealed the titles for Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) and Episode 16 (Hook).

On January 5, CBS released a scene with Amy Acker as a first Sneak Peek for Episode 12. As predicted in Update No. 17 back in November, Jack’s Ex Sarah Adler is getting married and Jack is NOT happy. The other Sneak Peek has Jack being interrogated while under the influence of a truth serum.

Interviews
In an interview with The Press Enterprise, Tristin Mays talked about her role of Riley Davis. She revealed that her character’s clothes are all her own.

Since Lucas Till has a new movie coming out soon, we can expect to see and hear some promo with him during the next few days. In an interview with Parade, Lucas talked about the grueling shooting days, doing his own stunts and the reboot giving him the chance to play a “full-blown adult” for once.

Episode 1×12: Screwdriver (via CBS)

Cast, Crew and Character News
In tonight’s Episode 12, we will meet all recurring characters again: Murdoc, Nikki and Sarah. Even Murdoc (aka David Dastmalchian) is exited for this event.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for more policemen. Things that make you go *hmmmm*: Stage & Set has made a casting call for a woman looking like being at high shool age to portray “the best friend to one of our lead actors”. More flashbacks for MacGyver, maybe?

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.