Looking Back at Season 1 (VIII) – The Curious Case of the Yellow Rubber Duckies

On July 27 in 2016, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov posted a picture of himself; shouldering a certain missile prop on the MacGyver Reboot set.

BtS of Season 1 (via Peter Lenkov)

He deleted the picture a few hours later; maybe aware that he had just given a HUGE Easter Egg away – although it was still two months before the Season 1 Premiere. (Even Non-MacGyver-Fans know about the famous missile shot with Richard Dean Anderson that still serves as the probably most famous Promo Picture for the Original Show.)

Interestingly, the online conversation and speculations between fans of the Original Show soon shifted to something that was on the table behind Lenkov – the Yellow Rubber Duckies.

Why? It’s a fact that Original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson has an affinity for Rubber Duckies. Back when RDA was still active on Twitter, he had posted pictures of him with/or of Yellow Rubber Duckies several times.

Rubber Duckies in the Wild (via Richard Dean Anderson, 6th of July 2012)

In an article about RDA’s Malibu Home from 2009, rubber duckies are mentioned living in the bathroom of Richard’s daughter Wylie.

There is a photo of RDA napping with a yellow duck on his chest. The picture was taken in July 2000, on a trip with Bobby Kennedy for an expedition to Headwall Canyon, a very remarkable wilderness 60 miles outside Vancouver. The 7-day excursion was filmed as part of the “National Geographic Explorer” series and aired in October 2000.

Richard Dean Anderson (National Geographic Explorer, July 2000)

On BtS set pictures of the original show, you can see a single Yellow Rubber Ducky in MacGyver’s kitchen on the Houseboat Set.

MacGyver Houseboat Set during Hiatus (August 1990)

 

Back to the present. (Well, the recent past.)

A few weeks later after Lenkov’s vanishing photo, there was an Instagram Post by one of the set decorators – consisting of a picture with LOTS of stranded Rubber Duckies; waiting for better things to come.

Lots of Rubber Duckies (via citykitty)

Was it just a coincidence instead of an hommage? One of the set decorators stumbling over these homeless duckies for a bargain, and thinking they would make a great prop?

Fun Fact: Inserting interesting props as a visual signature is nothing new. If you’ve seen RDA’s other longtime-series “Stargate SG-1”, you might have noticed that in almost every episode directed by William Waring, there’s a pineapple in one of the scenes.

Some of these battered-looking Yellow Rubber Duckies had quite the career. On September 23rd last year, the Duckies had their prominent premiere in the Pilot Episode (The Rising). It’s quite the important scene, because the Duckies are present when the Phoenix Foundation is born.

Screenshot of Episode 1×01 (The Rising)

On October 26, Stand-In Briana Lamb posted a close-up of the Duckies “swimming” in the empty bowl.

BtS of Season 1 (via Briana Lamb)

They made another appearance in Episode 1×03 (Awl), in the scene where Jack gets MacGyver to finally reach out to his father and write a letter.

Screenshot of Episode 1×03 (Awl)

The “career high” was probably in Episode 1×05 (Toothpick), when the Duckies were featured in a longer scene between Bozer and Riley.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

(Is this Rubber Ducky Cruelty, by the way?)

(Note that there is another Easter Egg plainly visible on Bozer’s sweater.)

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Interestingly, they used another set of Duckies for Justin Hires and Tristin Mays to hit with the racket. This might have been a decision purely for aesthetic reasons since these Duckies have a richer yellow color and therefore more visibility in the shot. They probably bought them brand new.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

In the swimming pool, it was the “old” Duckies having a swim.

Screenshot of Episode 1×05 (Toothpick)

Still Photographer Guy D’Alema captured both sets of Duckies in this BtS picture (January 2017).

BtS picture of Season 1 (via Guy D’Alema)

In Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew), we get to see where the Duckies hibernate: In Bozer’s bedroom.

Screenshot of Episode 1×08 (Corkscrew)

In Episode 1×11 (Scissors), the Duckies are almost hidden. Look closely!

Screenshot of Episode 1×11 (Scissors)

More cruelty against innocent Rubber Duckies happens in Episode 1×16 (Hook). When Riley is playing “Truth or Dare” with Team Phoenix, Jack lobbs the Duckies at her; trying to disctract her and win the game.

Screenshot of Episode 1×16 (Hook)

The most secret appearance of one single Ducky probably happens during the Crossover-Episode with Hawaii Five-0. Look on the right side, under the chair. Sneaky!

Screenshot of Episode 1×18 (Flashlight)

The last appearance I noticed was in the Season Finale, when MacGyver tells Jack about the letter. During the scene, the Duckies are partially hidden – either by the credits or by the MacGyvered prop on the table.

Screenshot of Episode 1×21 (Cigar Cutter)

It’s possible I missed some more appearances, of course. (If you know something I don’t – that’s what the comment section is for.)

It’s still not entirely clear to me what the Yellow Rubber Duckies are about. I do think they might be an hommage to RDA, but who knows. They could be an hommage to CBS and its show “Big Brother” (because a yellow rubber ducky has been a regular in Big Brother houses for several seasons and you can actually buy a yellow rubber duck with the Big Brother logo at the CBS Store).

We might hear about it on the DVD Extras. We might see them again in Season 2. I hope we do, actually. They’re cute.

MacGyver Reboot Update #35

Filming continues on Season 2. According to the BtS pictures and videos, we’ll get to see a lot of exciting locations and props this season!

Episode 2×03: Mustang + Paper Clips (via Lucas Till)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started four weeks ago. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew over the first few weeks, it wasn’t nearly as much as for Season 1. During the last week, the rate of pictures and videos being uploaded has picked up, though. It looks like we’ll get a lot of new and interesting locations next Season – and some exciting vehicles as well!

According to Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, there will also be more paperclip art.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

In a talk show interview done back at Corus Upfronts in Toronto in June, Lucas Till talks about his Dad MacGyvering, about producing and financing his own movies in the past and about maybe directing an episode of the Reboot this season. I certainly wouldn’t mind!

It feels like they have invested more time on the Season Premiere Episode than they do on “normal” episodes. Also, because they use a lot of different locations and because we don’t know much about the storylines yet, it’s sometimes difficult to attribute the pictures to the right episode – but this only adds to the excitement and curiosity expressed by the fans.

Fun on Set
It’s nice to see that cast and crew are still having a lot of fun despite the long hours and the weekends they’re on set. Justin Hires posts many Instagram videos with cast and crew goofing around. Maybe it’s because of all the puppies on set that everyone’s so happy? Besides Production Office Dog Clover and Wardrobe Protection Dog Maggie, there’s another cutie on set (Einstein) who loves to pose for pictures as much as to take naps.

Dogs on Set (via Lucas Till, Brittany Lathan, Cornell Willis, Isabel Lucas, Roxanne Paul)

Apparently, the crew also hands out trophies. According to Brittany Lathan, crew member Hailey Porch already won the first trophy of the season (in the category “you’re the worst”). This could be a story worth hearing about.

Filming the Casino Episode
Episode 2×02 (Roulette Wheel) is the infamous Casino Episode. We did get some BtS pictures and BtS videos that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – but we never got a good overview of the whole set (which was set up at the Biltmore Ballrooms).

Interestingly, in every picture of Tristin Mays for this episode we can’t clearly see what she’s wearing – as if the cast was hiding her on purpose.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

Both Lucas Till and Justin Hires posted pictures of themselves with a yellow Lamborghini. It looks like Bozer (who’s wearing an overall) is pretending to be a mechanic. Several crew members posed in front of the car as well (e.g. Robert Ratner or Brandon Smith), although many of the crew have recently worked on the sets of The Fate of the Furious and Baby Driver (and therefore get to see fast cars up close quite often). In a post by Lamborghini Allstar, it’s hinted at that this will be an “Overseas Russian Scene”.

Where’s a casino, there’s also money. So while Bozer is probably taking care of the Lamborghini, Mac and Jack might be invading the vault. It’s not clear yet if the BtS picture by Lucas Till (that seems to take place in a cave) has anything to do with this. It reminds me of the pilot episode of the Original Show and has a certain Indiana-Jones-vibe to it. I like it.

The same week, Peter Lenkov posted a BtS picture of Mac and Jack in the hospital, both wearing hospital gowns. I hope this is part of an episode and not just a short sequence of an opening gambit. Since it looks like Jack somehow hurt his butt while MacGyver looks guilty as hell, this might be a funny scene – especially since Justin was nice enough to post a short BtS video for us to learn what George Eads is wearing under said hospital gown…

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Peter Lenkov)

Other posts last week consisted of BtS pictures by Justin Hires of the team in the War Room (both most likely from Episode 2×01), a picture of a smiling Lucas Till with Boom Operator Robert Maxfield or a glimpse at the hotel lobby or the props (e.g. a “throne“).

Filming at the Arcade
Meredith Eaton posted a BtS picture of her and Justin on July 31st. It probably fits another BtS picture by Justin Hires that shows the team sitting around the fire pit with Matty looking through a photo album.

This Monday, Patrick Kral posted an interesting picture from inside the studio. It looks like another “Antarctica”-Set. Hopefully not more scenes of MacGyver dropping biological weapons into ice crevices. (Or bad guys getting the bio-weapon out of that crevice.)

On August 1st, we got a BtS picture of an Arcade Set. As Peter Lenkov revealed, there’s a mascot involved. Lucas additionally uploaded a video sequence that shows him playing an arcade game against Justin, Tristin and Meredith’s husband Brian. Justin posted another picture of Bozer at the Arcade Set just a few hours ago.

Arcade Set (via Peter Lenkov)

On the same day, they also shot some night scenes in a library. Lucas Till willingly posed for more fan pictures with Extras and with people working in the building. Meanwhile, the 2nd unit filmed in warehouses that made it necessary to wear masks again.

Mustangs and Airplanes
The people involved in the show sure like their cars – especially classic cars. As Tristin Mays revealed in an Instagram Live Story, Episode 2×03 might be called “Mustang + Paper Clips”. (It’s currently titled “Muscle Cars + Paper Clips” on IMDb.) The episode is directed by Ericson Core (Point Break). On August 3rd, Patrick Kral posted a slightly spoilery BtS picture that involves a Mustang and probably MacGyver with Agent Carmen, trying to save someone’s life.

Let’s hope the Mustang survives because rebooted MacGyver is notorious for taking cars apart – and while I’m in general not a big fan of cars, I really like this one. A few hours later, Lucas uploaded a BtS picture of him sitting in the Mustang; confirming that the BtS pictures were from the set of MacGyver although they have been filmed on the Walking-Dead-Set. Camera Operator Anthony Kountz granted a closer look at the car just a few hours ago.

Around the Fire Pit (via Justin Hires)

The cast has also been filming on an Airplane Set this week. There is a Green Screen involved that will probably be necessary for a tropical location. I’m assuming the skeleton sitting in an airplane (posted by several crew members from various angles and distances) belongs to the museum and not to the Reboot Set. (Although: Skeletons, Russians and airplanes remind me of a certain episode of the Original Show.)

Cast, Crew and Character News
As with Season 1, the Extras have probably been advised to keep quiet for now. There were only a few tweets or posts that revealed people being part of an episode; e.g. Daisy Pareja (as Mrs. Diaz in 2×01), Jeff Glover (who’s also been in two episodes of Season 1), Gabrielle LaFaye or JP Valenti who revealed being on set with Karolina Wydra (Quantico, Twin Peaks).

A month ago, we got some exclusive spoilers by Moviehole about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) and about two new recurring female characters for Season 2. There’s still no official cast announcement yet, but looking back at all the social media posts so far, I’m assuming that Karolina Wydra will play Olivia Cage while Isabel Lucas will play intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Her fans have expected it for a while now – on July 25, they got confirmation that Tracy Spiridakos has been promoted to series regular on Chicago PD. This probably means we won’t see Nikki Carpenter for a while.

It never made much sense to me that Nikki was never mentioned after Episode 12 (Screwdriver). They made it look like her and Mac intended to see each other again – plus she wanted to take down the Organization, so she should have been involved in every episode that dealt with the Organization; but especially in the Season Finale. I wonder if they’ll address it if she doesn’t come back this season.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras, e.g. for Security Guards, Photo Doubles, a “core group” as a recurring role, Armed GuardsHigh End and Standard Vehicles, a Mascot, real Nurses, Hospital Staff and Doctors, Parents, for Kitchen Staff, Wait Staff and Patrons, for Upscale Patrons, Mediterranean looking Men for a Photo Shoot, Lab Techs, male Medics, a Scary Man, male Agents, Hulking Men and for Cafe Patrons, Vendors and a Chalk Street Artist. They’re also looking for European Cars (years 2005 to 2017) right now.

Episode 1×10: Pliers (Amiah Miller with John Heard)

Reruns
There is no rerun today. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) with the late John Heard (who sadly passed away two weeks ago). Amiah Miller (who had played Valerie) posted some new BtS pictures with her and John on set on July 23.

The rerun of Episode 1×06 (Wrench) on July 28 managed to get 3.89 million live viewers (with 0.5 in the important demo group of 19-49 year-old viewers) which is even a bit better than the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) two weeks earlier.

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Lucas Till)

Episode 12 on July 25 earned 840’000 live viewers with a market share of 9.3% within the important demo group of 14-49 years (which is a market share of 5.7% in total viewers, meaning 1.7 million viewers older than age 3). The following episode even managed 970’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.1% in demo). For comparison: The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 8.8% in demo.

On July 31, Episode 14 had 870’000 live viewers with a market share of 10.3% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.8% in total viewers, meaning 1.82 million). Episode 15 earned 900’000 live viewers (with a market share of 10.4% in demo). The episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had its highest market share so far with 9.5% in demo.

MacGyver in Germany – Skipping Episodes
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episodes 11 (Scissors), 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass) yet. The reasons are still unclear because the episodes have already been dubbed into German. Sat.1 claims “program-planning reasons”. The fact that they’re skipping random episodes instead of the last 3 indicates that this hasn’t been planned in advance, though. The fact that Rush Hour was pushed to midnight after only 3 aired episodes and Hawaii Five-0 took its place at 22.15 pm (and therefore premiered months sooner than initially planned) might have messed things up in their schedule.

BtS picture of Season 2 (via Lucas Till)

MacGyver in Austria
If you missed any of the German-dubbed episodes that aired so far, you’re lucky: Austrian channel ORF1 starts the show on Saturday, September 2nd (7.10pm). It will be interesting to see if ORF1 has its own licence and will air the three “missing” episodes before Germany.

Looking Back at Season 1 (VI) – The Promo (Part 3: The TCA Portraits)

Note: I apologize for mainly using watermarked pictures in this blog post, but I couldn’t find non-watermarked pictures in decent quality. (Any non-watermarked pictures are screenshots I made myself.)

The Television Critics Association (TCA) is a group of approximately 200 journalists and columnists in the USA and Canada who cover television programming.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

The Press Tours allow the major television networks, cable networks, online streaming services and the Public Broadcasting Service to present their slate of upcoming programs through panels and interviews.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

On August 10 in 2016, the main cast plus Executive Producers Peter Lenkov and James Wan attended the TCA Summer Press Tour Event for CBS.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Before the panel, the main cast took part in a photoshoot for the so-called Summer Studio Portraits.

I have to say that I REALLY like them – more than the official portrait photos by CBS, actually. Each cast member did some portrait pictures plus additional photos alone or in pairs.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Despite the lack of sleep they must have had after a month of filming, they all look refreshed and happy. Also, the portraits don’t look overly photoshopped.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Hollywood Reporter)

It looks like “Team Phoenix” did some color-coordination – mainly wearing blue, black and white – but it’s not that obvious that it feels staged. In fact, the clothes seem all very complimentary to everyone, so I’m not sure if they had a stylist’s help for that. (In fact, most other attendees have been wearing blue, grey, white and black as well.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

It’s unclear if they also did some group pictures – it would have been nice to see them all together. (Maybe we’ll get to see some outtakes one day because there must be many more pictures.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Lucas Till, Tristin Mays and Sandrine Holt changed their attire before attending the party after the panel. The women changed into dresses, but stayed color-coordinated in black and white. Lucas chose a brown suit for his blue shirt.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

It’s sad that the photos haven’t been used that much. I know that one of Lucas Till and one of Justin Hires were used for articles that appeared in CBS Watch! Magazine, and one of Lucas was used for the image series of “New Faces of Fall TV” by the Hollywood Reporter.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Because I’m not in the US and don’t have access to American Magazines, I can’t say for sure, though. And I dare to say it here because I thought about it many times since I started blogging about the MacGvyer Reboot: Lucas Till seriously lacks fan sites. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Maybe I’m just spoilt after being in the Twilight Fandom for more than five years. Because as a Twilight Fan, you were sure to find any printed article ever published anywhere in the world being scanned (in good quality), translated into English (if necessary) and made accessible on several fansites – usually on the same day an article was published.

TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via Getty Images)

Many Twilight-related fansites aren’t active anymore – but the ones that still are continue to update their galleries if new outtakes or pictures in better quality are available – sometimes even from photoshoots done years ago. I guess we’ll see if people looking for pictures related to the MacGyver Reboot have the same luxury one day.

Tristin Mays during the TCA Summer Studio Photoshoot (via CBS)

If you’re interested, you can see a BtS video with Tristin Mays of the photoshoot here.

MacGyver Reboot Update #34

Filming has started on Season 2. In other news, the show has been nominated for an Emmy!

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Peter Lenkov)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)

 

Emmy Nomination for Season 1
An Emmy Award (or simply Emmy) is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award aka Oscar (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Back in June, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe had posted a compilation of the stunts in Season 1 as an Emmy Reel onto his Facebook page. A few weeks later, it was confirmed that CBS had handed in the Reboot for consideration. To be honest: Because there were 179 other TV shows in competition as well, I didn’t get my hopes up.

Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination (via Craig O’Neill)

But as it turned out, the show has indeed been nominated for an Emmy – in the category “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”. The ceremony will be held on September 17. Let’s hope for a win!

Fun Fact: While the original show has been sadly overlooked for awards in general, it did get nominated for four Emmy’s over the years – for Episodes 2×20: Friends (Outstanding Makeup for a Series), 4×14: Gold Rush and 5×18: The Lost Amadeus (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) and for Episode 7×07: Good Knight MacGyver Part 1 (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series).

Season 2 News
Filming for Season 2 started on Thursday, July 6. While we got some pictures and Instagram Live Stories by cast and crew, it’s not nearly as much as for Season 1. To be fair, we were spoilt last year when the pilot episode was being filmed; especially by Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Filming Episodes 2×01 and 2×02
Meredith Eaton joined the cast on July 7. She was “introduced” by Justin Hires in an Instagram video in which he revealed that unlike Meredith and Tristin Mays, he can’t stand coconut water. Justin posted a BtS picture on July 11, revealing that not everyone of the cast listens to the director when he’s giving directions. He also posted another video that day which showed him and Tristin strapped into chairs; joking that they had him sitting in a booster seat. Because people kept asking about Lucas’ whereabouts, Justin made sure to include the lead character in his next video.

George Eads suffering in HOTlanta (via Lucas Till)

Justin Hires had already mentioned Atlanta being “hot as hell” in one of his first videos when they had just started filming. Meredith Eaton posted a picture of herself with Cornell Willis on July 15, hinting at HOTlanta once again. Lucas Till revealed on July 20 how George Eads deals with the heat when they’re filming outside.

On July 16 and 17, Justin posted a picture of him with Tristin preparing their next scene and another one of him on the “War Room” set with Meredith and Lucas. They also shot some scenes at Gwinnett Airport. It’s the same location where they’ve already filmed scenes in Season 1 involving a jet. It’s possible that the scene Justin filmed with Tristin is taking place in a cockpit.

Besides human visitors (in the form of Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe’s kids), they had also visitors – or rather background actors – of the animal kind. Who doesn’t like baby goats?

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

Filming the Casino Episode
It looks like Episode 2×02 will be the Casino Episode we have been promised. According to IMDb (which isn’t always accurate), the episode is titled “Roulette Wheel”. Although cast and crew had posted several pictures of the location (Hyatt Regency) from either outside or through a window, we never got to see the set itself.

We did get some BtS pictures that hinted at the Casino Episode being filmed – mainly because both Lucas as MacGyver and Justin as Bozer are wearing suits while Tristin – seen in another one of Justin’s BtS videos – has sleek hair (like she did in Episode 1×08: Corkscrew). She seems to be wearing a golden dress that matches the color of Bozer’s suit.

On July 19, Peter Lenkov posted a fun picture of “James Blonde” to let us guess what MacGyverism might be used in this episode.

Visitors on set (via Jeff Wolfe)

Cast, Crew and Character News
We got some exclusive spoilers about the storyline of Episode 2×01 (DIY or DIE) by Moviehole a while ago, yet we still don’t know who will play the new recurring characters Olivia Cage and intel extraction specialist Agent Carmen. What we do know is that Marco Sanchez plays the role of “Mr. Diaz”, the father of a Navy Seal (played by Ricky Russert). Young Diaz had been kidnapped by terrorists two years ago, so it’s safe to assume that “Team Phoenix” will stage a rescue mission in the season premiere.

Central Casting Georgia has been looking for many Extras again, e.g. for hispanic and caucasian looking photo doubles, “smart and sharp looking” Techs and Agents, models, kids between 8 and 12, Stand-Ins, Phoenix Agent Drivers in black suits, Mediterrian-looking Rebels and for Bazaar Patrons. The second casting call for Female Bazaar Patrons promises to be a fun scene, so that’s something to look forward to.

BtS of Episode 2×02: Roulette Wheel (via Justin Hires)

The most interesting casting calls were probably those for “tough looking” Eastern European Mafia Guards, for Upscale International Hotel Guests and for specific extras for the Casino Episode (Cocktail Waitresses, Bartenders, High Roller Card Players and Security Guards).

Fun Fact: It seems that at least one family member of Lucas Till is working on Season 2 while at least one friend of the Till family has been working on Season 1. Atlanta and Georgia are deemed as the “New Hollywood”; so it makes sense that some family members and friends of the Till family are involved in the movie business as well. Still, it would be interesting to know if it’s actually Lucas’ career that made them consider working in film even before the rise of “ATLwood”.

Reruns
There is no rerun today since Big Brother is taking up your favorite Friday spot on CBS. Next week, you can catch a rerun of Episode 6 (Wrench). After another short break, there will be a rerun of Episode 10 (Pliers) on August 11.

The Friday reruns continue to earn good ratings, although the number of viewers is getting a bit lower every week and the show doesn’t always earn the top spot in its time slot anymore. The rerun of the Pilot Episode (The Rising) on July 7 had 4.05 million live viewers (with the usual 0.5 rating in the demo group of 14-49 years). Considering this was at least the 3rd airing of the Pilot since its premiere, that’s not bad. A week later, the rerun of Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) managed to get 3.81 million live viewers (with 0.5 in demo).

Overall, the reruns have made an average of 4.25 million live viewers (with a rating of 0.6 in demo) per episode so far.

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

MacGyver in Germany – Ratings
Two episodes of the Reboot air in Germany each Monday, 8.15 pm and 9.15 pm on channel Sat.1. Against predictions on social media and the constant negative reviews, the show continues to earn good ratings.

Episode 7 on July 10 earned 800’000 live viewers with a market share of 9% within demo (which is a market share of 6% in total viewers, meaning 1.71 million). The following episode fared better ratings with 870’000 live viewers (with a market share of 9.5% in demo). For comparison: The single episode of Hawaii Five-0 (that aired at 22.15 pm) had a market share of 7.5% (which is not as high as in earlier seasons).

On July 14, the reboot earned the second highest ratings since its German premiere – despite having a lot of competition in its time slot and many people catching up on Game of Thrones that evening. Episode 9 had 1.03 million live viewers with a market share of 12.4% in its demo group (which is a market share of 6.6% in total viewers, meaning 1.81 million). Episode 10 earned 1.02 million live viewers (with a market share of 11.5% in demo).

With these numbers, MacGyver made rank 3 and 4 in prime time – being beaten by a soccer game and episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It’s also possible the numbers influenced the ratings of Hawaii Five-0 which managed a market share of a surprising 9.2%.

Screenshot of the German Opening Title Sequence

MacGyver in Germany – Episode Titles
It’s a bit sad that Germany won’t air Episode 11 (Scissors) next week. It’s possible that they don’t believe in aring a Christmas Episode in summer time. The episode has been dubbed into German; being titled “Schnee in Kalifornien” (Snow in California). Weirdly, they also won’t air Episodes 16 (Hook) and 19 (Compass). Neglecting Episode 16 feels like a big faux-pas to me, considering the whole episode is an Easter Egg for fans of the original show.

We’ll see if they will air Episode 11 as a Christmas Special this year or if the German-speaking premiere will happen on DVD.

The upcoming German episode titles:
1×12 (Screwdriver): Chrysalis
1×13 (Large Blade): Camping in Kasachstan
1×14 (Fish Scaler): Auf der Flucht (On the Run)
1×15 (Magnifying Glass): Zodiac-Mörder (Zodiac Murderer)
1×17 (Ruler): Tickende Bombe (Ticking Bomb)
1×18 (Flashlight): Ärger im Paradies (Trouble in Paradise)
1×20 (Hole Puncher): Der Architekt (The Architect)
1×21 (Cigar Cutter): Der Fluch von Kairo (The Curse of Cairo)

BtS of Episode 2×01: DIY or DIE (via Justin Hires)

What are cast and crew up to?
While filming for Season 2 started on July 6 in Atlanta, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov was in Hawaii  to attend the annual celebration by cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 before starting Season 8. Lenkov was already back in Atlanta on July 9. He had an exciting week ahead with the premiere of his other show Salvation on July 12. He’s in San Diego right now and will probably attend the panel for Salvation at Comic Con on Saturday.

Lucas Till and George Eads have already another project lined up together: They will voice characters in a Michael-Jackson-themed Halloween-Special that will air on CBS.

On July 12, Holly Dowling had uploaded an audio-interview she had done with her brother David Dastmalchian (who plays our most favorite villain in the show). For 48 minutes, David talks about his struggle with mental health, addiction and self-medication in the past. It’s a great interview and thankfully, David is able to celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. You can listen to it here via Soundcloud or subscribe to Holly’s podcast on iTunes.

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”.