MacGyver Reboot Update #174

While Tristin Mays has wrapped her scenes for a new movie, MacGyver fans enjoy rewatching their favourite show on DVD.

Bob Zellner, Ms. Wanda and Lucas Till (via Shirts Across America)

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MacGyver on DVD
ICYMI: In the US, the Complete Series DVD Box (including Season 5) with 21 discs was released on June 14. You can order it here. Sadly, the box set doesn’t include any bonus material. There’s also no release date so far for a single Season 5 DVD edition in the US.

In Germany, the Season 5 DVD was released yesterday. As bonus material, there’s several deleted and extended scenes. They all belong to scenes filmed under new showrunner Monica Macer (Episodes 5×06, 5×13, 5×14 and 5×15) and have a runtime of about 9 minutes. You can order the DVD here.

MacGyver Season 5 DVD back cover (German version, via World Of Games)

They also released the German version of the Complete Series Box Set with 24 discs. On the box, the bonus material listed is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2.

Overview of the upcoming DVD releases in France:

  • The Season 4 DVD will be released on August 17.
  • The Season 5 DVD will be released on September 21.
  • The Complete Series Box Set with 23 discs will be released on September 21.

Overview of the upcoming DVD releases in other countries:

  • In Japan, the Special Selection Season 4 DVD Box and the Season 5 DVD will both be released on July 6.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
On Tuesday, we got a new sighting of Lucas Till and Bob Zellner (presumably for an event by Shirts Across America).

Tristin Mays enjoying some downtime (via Peter Lenkov)

Tristin Mays has wrapped her scenes for Bang, a movie co-written and produced by Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov. During downtime, they visited an Elephant Resort, took a boat ride or had dinner in a rooftop restaurant. She hasn’t posted for a while. It’s possible she has left Thailand by now.

Henry Ian Cusick has been cast as the voice actor for “Peet the Sock Man” on the Wingfeather Saga; an animated series based on the books by Andrew Peterson. Last week, he attended Mississippi Comic Con; happily posing with fans on photo ops (sometimes even as Russ Taylor).

Henry Ian Cusick at Mississippi Comic Con (via Erika Lovingfoss)

MacGyver The Musical
ICYMI: Last month, they finished recording the MacGyver musical concept album – or so we thought. As it turns out, there is a contest of who will sing as MacGyver. The winner will be flown to New York City for a recording session. Check here for more information (e.g. submission guidelines) or check out the announcement by Tristin.

There’s an official poster for the album now, but no official release date (though it’s been mentioned that it will come out in September).

MacGyver on ionTV
ICYMI: ion Television is currently airing the second cycle of reruns. There will be no reruns on July 4th.

Cover for the MacGyver musical concept album

Starting July 11, ionTV will air Leverage: Redemption on Mondays. To make room on the schedule, they will reduce the number of MacGyver reruns; airing 10 episodes instead of 16. I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter and FB by people who just started watching the Reboot, so it’s nice they keep airing it.

CBS Pilot Season (encore)
A while ago, CBS and their affiliate network The CW cancelled almost a dozen shows. This morning, they also axed Tom Swift, the CW show MacGyver-writer Teresa Huang had worked on. One of the set designers of the Reboot had also worked on Tom Swift in Atlanta, which is why he had been able to re-design the Phoenix Foundation stage plane and bring it over to the new stage location.

Justin Hires doing Comedy Stand-Up at the Laugh Factory (via Justin Hires)

In further news, cast contracts for Magnum PI ran out yesterday, and it looks like they waited until the last moment to get negotiations done. According to Deadline, NBC has ordered 20 more episodes split into two seasons. There’s no information yet when filming is supposed to start.

Even though the show is saved, there probably won’t be any characters of fully-owned CBS shows (e.g. Angus MacGyver) showing up for a crossover. I’m also not sure if Levy Tran could come back as the character she played in Season 4. It might depend on the writer’s room (aka which writers and producers will be brought back).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Lenkov recently posted some stories about the Unaired MacGyver Pilot script (presumably the edited version he “MacGyvered” out of the script used for filming the unaired pilot).

(Note: I’ve written several blog posts about the Unaired Pilot Script. You can find an overview of these posts here.)

Excerpt of the revised Unaired MacGyver Pilot Script (via Peter Lenkov)

Check out the official SaveMacGyver website and their social media accounts to keep up with news about the #SaveMacGyver movement. There still very active; engaging the community.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Reign Edwards was a speaker at the 6th annual Women in Entertainment Summit on June 22.
  • According to Variety, David Dastmalchian has been cast in the movie Late Night With the Devil. The movie is currently shooting in Australia.
  • Levy Tran’s upcoming movie Secret Headquarters will premiere on Paramount+ in August. There are no promo photos nor a poster yet.

MacGyver Reboot Update #173

While Tristin Mays is busy filming a new movie in Thailand, most of the MacGyver cast have disappeared from social media.

Complete Series DVD Box Cover (US version, via Nothing But Geek)

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MacGyver on DVD
In the US, the Complete Series DVD Box (including Season 5) with 21 discs was released on June 14. You can order it here.

As a photo of the back cover reveals, the box set doesn’t include any bonus material. Sadly, the entire box looks rather cheap. There’s also no release date yet for a single Season 5 DVD edition in the US.

Complete Series US DVD Box Back Cover (via Minnie Mama)

Overview of the upcoming DVD releases in Germany:

  • The Season 5 DVD will be released on June 30. The listed bonus material says there will be deleted and extended scenes. You can pre-order it here.
  • The Complete Series Box Set with 24 discs will be released on June 30. So far, the bonus material listed is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2.

Overview of the upcoming DVD releases in France:

  • The Season 4 DVD will be released on August 17.
  • The Season 5 DVD will be released on September 21.
  • The Complete Series Box Set with 23 discs will be released on September 21.

Overview of the upcoming DVD releases in other countries:

  • In Japan, the Special Selection Season 4 DVD Box and the Season 5 DVD will both be released on July 6.

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Tristin Mays has boarded the movie Bang, co-written by Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov. It’s currently filming in Thailand; also starring Peter Weller (who played Elliott Mason on the MacGyver Reboot). While Weller had his last filming day yesterday, Lenkov just arrived today in Bangkok; visiting the set already.

BtS photo of Tristin Mays in Bang (via Wych Kaosayananda)

Based on BtS photos by the director, it looks like Tristin plays the girlfriend of one of the lead actors. BtS photos can be deceiving, though. And there’s still no IMDb entry for the project with further information.

Henry Ian Cusick has been cast as the voice actor for “Peet the Sock Man” on the Wingfeather Saga. The animated series is based on the books by Andrew Peterson and should be released this Winter.

There have been no sightings of Lucas Till, Levy Tran or Meredith Eaton lately.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

Back in January, Tristin pondered on Twitter if she should delete the app; stating that she keeps forgetting on having an account and needing to set reminders to even post there. This week, she DID delete Twitter and also cleaned up once again her Instagram account; deleting the majority of posts.

The fact that she’s working with Lenkov again (who’s been fired for abusive behavior and creating a toxic work environment) plus some of her recent posts on social media caused quite a bit of an outcry. It’s not clear if this was a reaction to it. Both her and Levy Tran have cleaned up their Instagram accounts before: Tristin went from about 900 posts in June last year down to about 150 at the moment; Levy went from about 460 posts last June down to 200.

Cast announcements (via The Wingfeather Saga)

MacGyver on ionTV
ICYMI: ion Television is currently airing the second cycle of reruns. The Monday schedule has one episode of NCIS: New Orleans, followed by 5 episodes of NCIS: LA and 16 episodes of MacGyver.

The website announced that Leverage: Redemption will air on Mondays as well; starting July 11. It’s not clear yet if MacGyver will stay (e.g. by reducing the number of episodes) or not. I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter and FB by people who just started watching the Reboot on ionTV, not knowing about the show before. It would be nice if the networks keeps the reruns going.

CBS Pilot Season (encore)
ICYMI: CBS and their affiliate network The CW cancelled almost a dozen shows. One of these shows is Magnum PI, the last of the Lenkoverse shows.

MacGyver Promo (via ionTV)

As Deadline reported, talks are underway for NBC and/or USA Network to keep the show going. Cast contracts are presumably running out by the end of the month, but there haven’t been any news regarding a potential renewal since my last blog post. Even if the show is saved, there probably won’t be any characters of fully-owned CBS shows (e.g. Angus MacGyver) showing up for a crossover.

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: Lenkov recently posted some stories about the Unaired MacGyver Pilot script (presumably the edited version he “MacGyvered” out of the script used for filming the unaired pilot).

(Note: I’ve written several blog posts about the Unaired Pilot Script. You can find an overview of these posts here.)

Excerpt of the revised Unaired MacGyver Pilot Script (via Peter Lenkov)

Check out the official SaveMacGyver website and their social media accounts to keep up with news about the #SaveMacGyver movement.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Reign Edwards is a speaker at the 6th annual Women in Entertainment Summit on June 22.
  • Henry Ian Cusick is scheduled for photo ops at Mississippi Comic Con on June 25 and June 26.
  • Levy Tran’s upcoming movie Secret Headquarters will premiere on Paramount+ in August.
  • The concept album for the MacGyver musical should be out in September.

MacGyver Reboot Update #169

One year and one day ago, MacGyver fans got notice that their favourite show has been cancelled. The fans are still here.

London lift / escalator panels (via SaveMacGyver)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
After some of the MacGyver cast did guest-star on other CBS shows recently (Meredith Eaton on NCIS and Levy Tran on Magnum PI), it’s gotten pretty quiet again – at least career-wise.

BtS photo of Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (via Rich Ting)

Henry Ian Cusick recently filmed a project in Phuket. On April 4, there was a private screening of his upcoming movie The Wind and the Reckoning. The movie was filmed back in 2020 in Hawaii; with Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov as Executive Producer.

Justin Hires is back to weekly stand-up comedy shows. He decided to stop his Patreon for now; stating that he has too much on his plate at the moment.

Justin Hires doing stand-up (via The Comedy Chateau)

Tristin Mays is quite active on social media; posting new and old material. On April 3, she spent the day with Peter Lenkov and some of his supporters; watching a Rugby Game. She also posed for some fan photos.

Understandably, many fans were quite upset about this; some of them worrying that even if the show had the potential of being renewed or getting a wrap-up-movie, Lucas Till wouldn’t want to be part of it anymore or would only come back if the Lenkov supporters among the regular and recurring cast don’t.

Tristin Mays posing with a fan (via Iris)

CBS Pilot Season
CBS is still in the process of filming their Pilot Season dramas and comedies. By ordering at least 9 pilots so far, some shows on the current schedule might get pushed to midseason or streaming to make room. While the NCIS trifecta has been renewed, there are several CBS shows still waiting for their renewal. The definite schedule will be presented at the Upfronts on May 18.

So far, none of the former MacGyver cast members seem to be attached as regulars or recurrings. Some will hopefully get a guest star spot in later episodes. Since NCIS has already been renewed, Meredith Eaton might come back in her recurring role as Carol Wilson.

Preview of the German Season 5 DVD (via Amazon Germany)

MacGyver around the World
In German-spaking regions, Universal Pictures is distributor of the DVDs. The Season 5 DVD release date of the German DVD version has been set for June 30. There’s no information yet about any bonus material, but you can pre-order it here. There’s no release date yet for the US or other countries.

On the same day, Universal Pictures will release a DVD box set of the complete series. The bonus material listed so far is the same as for Seasons 1 and 2 in Europe; e.g. about filming the pilot, the Watch! Magazine photo shoot for Season 1, several Featurettes (MacHacks, Special Effects, Props and MacGyver in Cuba) plus Gag Reels and Deleted Scenes.

Complete Series DVD Box Cover (via JPC)

Universal TV has done quite a bit of promo this week for the Season 4 premiere in Latin America. Justin Hires tweeted yesterday that he’s doing press via zoom, so we might get to enjoy a new interview soon.

Additionally, ion Television teased on Twitter and Instagram that they have programmed the MacGyver Reboot into their upcoming line-up.

Other MacGyver-related News
There are electronic billboards (as lift / escalator panels) hanging in London to raise awareness for the #SaveMacGyver movement. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news. They launched a bunch of tweets yesterday to “celebrate” what the Reboot fans consider to be their personal “Cairo Day” – the cancellation of their favourite show.

Levy Tran out and about in Atlanta (via Cleve Willis)

Even a year later, the cancellation seems unfair since a lot of new fans are discovering the show just now in reruns on streaming (e.g. IMDb) or on other networks (e.g. The CW). Other CBS shows do very well on ionTV, a network that schedules several episodes of the same show in a row every week which makes it perfect for binge-watching. I predict the MacGyver Reboot to charm new fans who didn’t give the show a chance before.

FunFact: On Star Trek: Picard (Paramount +), there was mention of a privatized military organization called “Spearhead Operations”. As MacGyver fans know, Russ Taylor (played by Henry Ian Cusick) founded Spearhead Operations. Therefore, MacGyver is canon in Star Trek. Where’s that crossover episode?

MacGyver Teaser (via ionTV)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • ICYMI: MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff was a guest on the Making fun of MacGyver podcast; talking about the musical and what he’s planning next.
  • George Eads is set to attend a golfing event (Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am) on April 11.
  • Henry Ian Cusick was scheduled for several fan events. Sadly, his appearance at German Comic Con in Dortmund (April 23 to 24) has been cancelled for unknown reasons.

MacGyver Reboot Update #167

Some of the MacGyver cast are back on our TV screens. Also, the MacGyver Profits Lawsuit is going to trial.

Levy Tran in Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (CBS via SpoilerTV)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Meredith Eaton was a guest-star in the most recent episode of NCIS; reprising the character of immunologist Carol Wilson. Before the episode aired, Meredith posted several new BtS photos as Instagram Stories.

BtS photo of NCIS 19×13: The Helpers (via Meredith Eaton)

Levy Tran will guest-star in tonight’s episode of Magnum PI. She was part of one of the Sneak Peeks, which got fans pretty excited. The storyline for the episode is similar to one used for Original MacGyver, so I’m curious how they’ll approach it.

Recently, Levy cleaned up her Instagram account some more; deleting the majority of her posts and unfollowing some accounts. Her feed consists mostly of Carlos now.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

Tristin Mays was quite active on social media in recent weeks. She teased us with another project “coming soon” and revealed that she found her new favorite pants (that she’s been wearing for almost all of her latest photoshoots) at Goodwill.

She answered some fan questions as well; revealing that George Eads had wanted to name her dog “Cool” and that she was the one eating the most on set of MacGyver. She also stated that the relationship between Riley and MacGyver was her favorite and that it mirrored her friendship with Lucas; an understanding that didn’t need to be communicated.

BtS photo of Henry Ian Cusick (via Sanni Antikainen)

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been filming a movie in Phuket. I still haven’t found out what the project is called, but it kept him from attending Pensacon in Florida. Several of his co-stars and crew members posted BtS photos.

We also got a new photo of Lucas Till presenting his next reading choice. It’s interesting to note that a few posts further down, Lucas’ manager Tom Sullivan also posed with the print editions last December, so that might be the connection how Lucas became aware of the book series.

Lucas Till with the next book on his reading list (via The Drakoneborne)

ICYMI: Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Lucas Till and Tristin Mays are on Rank 1 (about 4100 hits) and 2 (about 3900 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos. He announced that more interviews and a new podcast are coming soon, but we don’t know yet if there are any upcoming interviews with the MacGyver cast and/or crew.

MacGyver Profits Lawsuit
The Hollywood Reporter published an article on February 23; reporting that the profits fight over the MacGyver reboot is one step closer to trial.

The 2018 suit stems from a TV producing deal in the mid-1980s (involving producers, Paramount and Major Talent Agency) that preceded the original MacGyver show. After the series was rebooted in 2016, Hanzer Holdings and Arlita sued CBS; claiming they’re entitled to a share in profits for MTA’s work for the OG show.

Levy Tran in Magnum PI Episode 4×15: Dead Man Walking (CBS via SpoilerTV)

CBS Pilot Season
Here’s an overview of the CBS drama pilot orders for the upcoming Fall Season:

  • Cal Fire (CBS)
  • Early Edition (Sony/Affirm/CBS)
  • East New York (Warner Bros./CBS)
  • True Lies (20th Television)
  • Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama (CBS)

Additionally, CBS ordered 4 comedy pilots. By ordering 9 pilots in total, it seems like they’re ready to overhaul their schedule for Fall and want a good variety of projects to choose from.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via FYE Images)

It would be nice to see some former MacGyver cast members attached as regulars/recurrings or at least getting some guest star spots next season. I’m not sure what their chances are and if the outcome of the lawsuit will matter.

Other MacGyver-related News
French Channel M6 premiered MacGyver Reboot Season 4 last Saturday. They aired 3 episodes of Season 4; followed by episodes of Seasons 2 and 1. They will air another 3 episodes of Season 4 tomorrow; again followed by 3 more episodes of former seasons. France sure loves their MacGyver episodes, huh.

French Promo for Son of the South (via Starinvest Films)

ICYMI: FX Boss John Landgraf said to Variety that The Spook who sat by the Door is not moving forward and being redeveloped. According to Deadline, they’re looking for a new writer to pen another pilot. With Leigh Dana Jackson out as writer and showrunner, there’s a good chance that the cast and crew of the current pilot might not be part of the project anymore once it finds its way forward.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • The MacGyver The Musical will have their last show tonight. Despite some difficulties (they had to cancel several showings due to Covid), they managed to pull through. Overall, reviews were good.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere in France on March 16.

MacGyver Reboot Update #166

MacGyver the Musical premiered in Houston on February 4. And some of the MacGyver cast will grace our TV screens very soon!

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via FYE Images)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Both Meredith Eaton and Levy Tran will guest-star in upcoming CBS shows. Meredith will reprise the character of immunologist Carol Wilson. Her episode of NCIS will air on February 28. The press release came out on February 10. Meredith got a special mention and an official still.

Meredith Eaton in NCIS Episode 19×13: The Helpers (Michael Yarish/CBS via SpoilerTV)

Levy Tran will guest-star in an episode of Magnum PI. Her episode will air on March 4. We got a press release on Valentine’s Day; alongside several official stills a day later. The storyline is oddly similar to one used for Original MacGyver:

When Magnum balks at notorious crime boss Osi Shima’s (Eijiro Ozaki) request to find his missing son, Magnum learns he’s been poisoned and has only eight hours to locate Shima’s son to earn the antidote, or else he dies.

Tristin Mays posted a few more photos and videos in recent weeks; e.g. of a photoshoot she did for her mom’s website Black History Matters or a video of her “first” ballet lesson. She also did another photoshoot with FYE Images and updated her YouTube account after a break of 6 years. Looks like she’s ready for another job; updating her portfolio?

Henry Ian Cusick during a fitting (via Daniel Limbuprasert)

Henry Ian Cusick was supposed to appear at Pensacon (Florida), but his visit has been cancelled – presumably because Ian has been filming a movie in Phuket. I’m not sure yet what project he’s working on, but he’s going to wear a nice suit. Several of his co-stars and crew members posted BtS photos.

Justin Hires keeps doing comedy shows. He also did a podcast episode with Craig Shoemaker (who’s apparently a neighbour of Meredith Eaton); talking about the different approaches to learning lines by the MacGyver Cast.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

We also got a new photo of Lucas Till modelling knitted gloves for Mama Till. She’s still recovering after surgery and did finish several different knitting projects in recent weeks.

CBS Pilot Season
Here’s an overview of the CBS drama pilot orders for the upcoming Fall Season:

  • Cal Fire (CBS)
  • Early Edition (Sony/Affirm/CBS)
  • East New York (Warner Bros./CBS)
  • True Lies (20th Television)
  • Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama (CBS)

So far, nobody of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS show in development. Even if they don’t get a regular job, we might hopefully see them as guest stars in one of those if the show gets picked up.

Glove Model Lucas Till (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: A few weeks ago, CBS announced that the Flashdance Reboot for Paramount+ would be helmed by Justin Simien instead of Tracy McMillan, Angela Robinson and Lynda Obst. Now that the reboot gets a new script and showrunner, we can only hope that Tristin Mays (who has been taking dance lessons for about a year) still has a chance of being considered for the lead, a regular or at least a recurring role.

At the TCAs this week, Paramount announced a TV movie for Seal Team and another NCIS Spinoff set in Australia. On Paramount+, shows like NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are in the Top 10 of viewing hours. Considering how many pilots CBS has ordered, it’s possible that another show on the current schedule might get pushed to streaming to make room for a rookie show.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Kevin Bennylee)

Other MacGyver-related News
MacGyver The Musical premiered on February 4; with an official Opening Night on February 10. They had to cancel several showings for a few days this week due to Covid. I’m not sure if they will expand the run or not.

In interviews after their TCA presentation, FX Boss John Landgraf said to Variety that The Spook who sat by the Door is not moving forward and being redeveloped. Sadly, there’s a good chance that the project stays in “developmental hell” for quite a while; meaning that Lucas Till and the rest of the cast and crew involved in filming the pilot might not be part anymore in its new form.

Comedy Line-Up in LA (via Justin Hires)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Richard Dean Anderson did a podcast interview with Stargate Co-Creator Brad Wright on The Companion. You can watch an excerpt for free here.
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Lucas Till and Tristin Mays are on Rank 1 and 2 (about 3700 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South will premiere in France on March 16.
  • After a recent fan inquiry on Twitter, ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov posted several script pages of his season/series finale vision in an Instagram post.

MacGyver Reboot Update #165

MacGyver the Musical premieres in Houston today. While the Opening Night is sold out, you can still get tickets for other showings.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Kevin Bennylee)

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About the Season 6 Storylines (encore)
ICYMI: Before the Season 5 Finale last year, Showrunner Monica Macer had done an interview for TV Line. She talked about potential storylines for the next season – e.g. the future of Mac, Riley and Desi, the “lost” fiancé and a treasure hunt. A few days later, TV Line added an article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby. About a week later, another article revealed what would have led to the first kiss between Mac and Riley.

In June, ex-showrunner Peter Lenkov had posted an excerpt of his own “end game” on Instagram Stories; making it sound like it would have been the Series Finale. After a recent inquiry by a fan on Twitter, he re-posted several script pages in a “proper” Instagram post – which was conveniently used to publish yet another article on TV Line (since they know posts about MacGyver still generate a lot of traffic).

What are Cast and Crew up to?
Tristin Mays posted a few more photos and videos in recent weeks; e.g. of a photoshoot she did with boyfriend Marlon Webb, a photoshoot she did for her mom’s website Black History Matters or a video of her second ballet lesson.

Tristin Mays posing for a photoshoot (via Black History Matters)

On January 29, Henry Ian Cusick posted an Instagram Story taken at Phuket International Airport. We also got a new/old photo of Lucas Till out with friends.

Both Meredith Eaton and Levy Tran will guest-star in upcoming CBS shows. So far, we didn’t get to see any official material yet.

Reign Edwards posted about MacGyver Episode 2×16 (Hammock + Balcony) on Instagram Stories; revealing that her phone keeps making “celebration videos” of her TV weddings.

BtS Screenshot of MacGyver Episode 2×16: Hammock + Balcony (via Reign Edwards)

ICYMI: Distributor Star Invest France has started with the promotion for Son of the South. We also got a new BtS photo by Katie Zellner; featuring Lucas with Bob Zellner. It might take some time to get new promo, but I hope we get at least some new photos and interviews taken during the French festival premiere in Deauville last year.

CBS Pilot Season
CBS is often one of the last networks when announcing renewals and cancellations. So far, nobody of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS show in development. The only official pilot orders and pick-ups are for True Lies and a new legal drama.

BtS photo of Son of the South (via Katie Zellner)

ICYMI: Last year, Tristin had revealed being attached to the Flashdance TV Series in development for CBS (with Paramount+ as distributor). Back in 2020, Deadline reported that Tracy McMillan was set to write the script, with Angela Robinson directing and Lynda Obst executive producing. On Tuesday, CBS announced that the Reboot would be helmed by Justin Simien, who’s under an overall contract.

On IMDb, Simien is noted as director and writer of the pilot. I’m assuming the other women are not involved anymore; and with getting a completely new script and Simien bringing his own people on board, this move diminished Tristin’s chances getting the lead role.

Lucas Till (left) and Stefano Smith (right) out with friends (via Jabbar Cash)

The MacGyver Reboot is in syndication and seems to do well. There are still double reruns on CBS (WGCL) Atlanta (Saturday nights), for example.

Other MacGyver-related News
Production Designer Charlie Daboub (who had worked as Art Director on Season 2) posted a video of a familiar-looking “staged” plane on Instagram; revealing in a comment that it is indeed the Phoenix Foundation Jet that he “inherited” and updated to use in another CBS show.

On his website and on social media, you can find several designs and concept art for his first version and the version they actually built for the show.

Phoenix Foundation Jet Concept Art (via Charlie Daboub)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick will appear at Pensacon (Florida, February 18-20).
  • Michael Des Barres did a podcast interview for On Screen & Beyond. It’s probably older, but was just uploaded this week.
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till are on Rank 2 (about 3530 hits) and Rank 3 (about 3430 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode will presumably air on February 28.
  • Levy Tran will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Magnum PI. Her episode will presumably air on March 4.

MacGyver Reboot Update #164

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston are underway. Meanwhile, the cast is still laying low.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
ICYMI: On December 24, Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb released a short video called Baby It’s Cold Outside. And Tristin and Marlon kept themselves busy with being creative. On January 8, Tristin uploaded a Broadway Warm-up video. A day later, Marlon uploaded a dancing video (Omarion Variant).

BtS photo of Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Tristin Mays)

Tristin posted a few more photos and videos; e.g. a throwback to the The Lion King during her Broadway days as a kid. In the last week, she’s been quiet again; even pondering if she should deactivate her Twitter account.

Distributor Star Invest France released the French trailer for Lucas Till’s movie Son of the South; kicking off the promo for France. There was a press screening in Paris, so reviews should be out soon. The movie also screened at the “Festival International du Film Politique” in Carcassonne this week.

French Promo for Son of the South (via Stéphane Parphot)

The French theatrical release date has already been moved twice due to the pandemic, and daily covid case numbers are still rising. Whatever happens, I hope we get at least some new photos and interviews taken during the French festival premiere in Deauville last year.

Mama Till provided some more photos of Lucas; presenting her chrochet work.

ICYMI: TV Line revealed that Levy Tran will play a crime lord’s bodyguard named Tia Min in an upcoming episode of CBS show Magnum PI. I estimated her episode to be 4×13, but she isn’t listed in the press release. Considering that the show is going on hiatus during the Olympics, we might not get to watch her episode until the end of February or even March.

MacGyver The Musical Character Art (via Stages Houston)

In December, stunt double Reece Fleetwood did a short interview; also talking about doubling for George Eads on MacGyver.

“[Eads] told me the first day I worked, ‘Man, if you’re doubling me, you’re going to be busy because there’s a ton of action for my character and I’ve got a bum back and my shoulder is all whacked out,’” Fleetwood recalled. Eads was true to his word. Fleetwood was involved in loads of fights, falls, car chases and a scene with an explosion that ended up dislocating his shoulder. “I was stunt coordinating that day,” he said. “We were supposed to be running from an explosion and we were supposed to be behind a barricade before the explosion, but I told the director I thought it would look cooler if we weren’t quite behind the barricade.” Fleetwood was right about the shot, but it took him about a year to recover from the pain of that dislocated shoulder.

The Newton Community Magazine, December 14, 2021

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: There’s another fundraiser going on. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

CBS Midseason Ratings
Although SWAT lost in ratings since being pushed to their new time slot (Sundays, 10pm), it’s still doing well enough. Of the 20 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI still has the lowest demo of the previous Friday line-up (Rank 16), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 12).

CBS is usually one of the “slower” networks when it comes to announcing renewals and cancellations. So far, it has cancelled Bull, which has the second-lowest demo of all current scripted CBS shows and a rather tumultous past behind the scenes.

Henry Ian Cusick for Pensacon

While CBS has several pilots in the works, none of the pilots have been ordered to series yet. So far, none of the former MacGyver cast and crew is officially attached to any CBS shows in development. If they are, we might hear either at the TCAs soon or the Upfronts (usually in May).

Other MacGyver-related News
ICYMI: On their list of “Most Popular Shows of 2021” at SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot reached Rank 11. The Reboot also reached Rank 14 on their list of “Most Popular Shows and Articles on SpoilerTV in December 2021”.

At the moment, SpoilerTV will let you vote on your favorite Shows starting with “M”. So far, they haven’t deactivated their MacGyver Twitter Account (unlike for other former shows); knowing that the fandom is still very active and bringing traffic to their website.

MacGyver The Musical Promo (via Stages Houston)

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston started on January 3. Listen to this podcast episode (recorded in February 2020 before the Telluride workshop premiere) to listen to MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff talking about how the musical came to be.

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Henry Ian Cusick will appear at Pensacon (Florida, February 18-20).
  • Of all interviews and clips that Justin Hires posted on the YouTube-account of his Urban Legendz Podcast, the interviews with Tristin Mays and Lucas Till are on Rank 2 (about 3400 hits) and Rank 3 (about 3050 hits) when sorting for most-watched videos.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air in February.

MacGyver Reboot Update #163

Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston have started. Meanwhile, the cast seems to have mostly disappeared from social media this year.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
On December 24, Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb released a short video called Baby It’s Cold Outside. A day later, Marlon uploaded a black-and-white-version on YouTube.

We got some BtS photos as well.

BtS photo of Tristin Mays in Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Tristin Mays)

Last year, Tristin talked to Justin Hires for the Urban Legendz Podcast; revealing that she’s been taking dance lessons again because she’s attached to the Flashdance TV Series that’s in development for Paramount and CBS (with Paramount+ as distributor). There haven’t been any updates on IMDb recently, but Tristin just started following pilot script writer Tracy McMillan on Instagram. Maybe a good sign?

We got several new photos of Lucas Till (curtesy of Mama Till); spending time with family on Christmas. Dana Till has been recuperating after surgery and thanked Lucas on Instagram for taking such good care of her in recent months.

Lucas Till spending time with family (via Dana Till)

ICYMI: Levy Tran filmed scenes for CBS show Magnum PI mid-December. We don’t have further information about episode number or airdate, but TV Line revealed that she will play Tia Min, a powerful crime lord’s formidable bodyguard.

While loyal to her boss, Min abides by her own code (and harbors a secret agenda). Circumstances will force Magnum to work with Min when his interests coincide with her employer’s.

TV Line

Many fans hoped she would return as her MacGyver character so that we might learn something about the fate of the other characters.

It’s a missed opportunity, but not the first time CBS brings in regular cast members of other CBS shows as guest stars (even if the two shows are in the same universe). It’s also standard for the guest stars. In fact, many of the guest-stars on MacGyver have turned up on other CBS shows recently.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Alexandra Grey)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: For New Years, we got some special messages by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain and by Emerson Brooks (Charlie Robinson). There’s also another fundraiser going on. The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

CBS Midseason Ratings
On January 2nd, SWAT aired the first episode in its new time slot (Sundays, 10pm). CBS made the midseason schedule change to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother) on Fridays.

Italian Promo for Son of the South (via Notorious Pictures)

SWAT did very well on Fridays; being the only scripted CBS show gaining in demo ratings this season (+14%) compared to last season and also being one of two shows gaining in audience numbers (+56%). For its first Sunday episode this season, the show lost 22% in demo and 26% in audience. It will be interesting to see if and how the Friday ratings for Magnum PI and Blue Bloods will be affected.

Other MacGyver-related News
On their list of “Most Popular Shows of 2021” at SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot reached Rank 11. The Popularity score is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes and Tweets.

Rehearsals for MacGyver The Musical (via Mike Dorsey)

On their list of “Most Popular “What Did You Think Of” Polls of the Year at SpoilerTV”, the Season 5 Finale reached Rank 1. Several other episodes made the Top 30 as well:

  • 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (Rank 4)
  • 5×12: Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna (Rank 11)
  • 5×14: H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins (Rank 12)
  • 5×11: C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games (Rank 16)
  • 5×09: Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower (Rank 28)

Despite airing the Season 5 Finale back in April 2021, the Reboot reached Rank 14 on their list of “Most Popular Shows and Articles on SpoilerTV in December 2021”.

BtS photo of Tristin Mays in Baby It’s Cold Outside (via Marlon Webb)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • Rehearsals for the MacGyver Musical in Houston started this week.
  • MacGyver guest star Ramon DeOcampo will guest-star in tonight’s episode of Magnum PI.
  • Justin Hires released his third album on Christmas Day; including a new music video.
  • Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air in February.

MacGyver Reboot Update #162

While some of the cast members are back on set, some are tending to their own projects.

Lucas Till spending time with family and friends (via Lavonda Barineau Till)

(For daily news and to discuss all the topics, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
In November and December, Levy Tran filmed scenes for Expendables 4 in Bulgaria and Greece. On December 11, she popped up in Hawaii with her sister; stating that she’s working while also enjoying some time with family. She also provided us with a new Expendables BtS photo while wearing the blonde wig.

In her trailer while filming Expendables 4 (via Levy Tran)

While there were hints that she might be on the set of CBS show Magnum PI, she didn’t give us any confirmation until December 17. We don’t know yet if she will play her old MacGyver character or a new one.

Justin Hires did an interview with French-American Eclair Magazine for their December issue. He stated that he’s still friends with the cast of MacGyver because they felt like a real family on set and that he would love to resume the character of Wilt Bozer.

Justin Hires for Eclair Magazine (December Issue)

We got several new sightings of Lucas Till; spending time with family and friends for a birthday celebration.

On December 15, Season 5 writer Teresa Huang tweeted that she’s still depressed over the unexpected cancellation, but that she appreciates the love and the social media posts about the MacGyver Reboot.

Tristin Mays was mostly absent from social media in recent weeks – until she announced on December 15 that she had opened another Instagram account called The Disco Room.

Screenshot of Tristin Mays for Cameo (December 2021)

Two days later, she announced that she has joined Cameo; hinting at currently filming for a project. A few days later, she revealed that the project is called Baby It’s Cold Outside and will drop today (at least in my timezone).

Alexandra Grey posted several new BtS photos of Season 5. She stated that out of all characters she played on television, Parker has been the most rewarding.

ICYMI: Meredith Eaton will reprise the character of Carol Wilson for CBS show NCIS. Her episode (presumably 19×13) will air next year.

Tristin Mays and Marlon Webb in Baby It’s Cold Outside (Screenshot via Tristin Mays)

ICYMI: Back in November, Ex-Showrunner Peter Lenkov answered fan questions on Instagram Stories. He revealed that he’s working on a book about his career and that he will include conversations between him, Lucas Till and Lucas’ manager Tom Sullivan.

Ironically, Maureen Ryan tweeted on December 17 that she’s working on a book called Burn It Down; covering institutional power and abuse in the entertainment industry. Maureen was the writer who broke the story of Lenkov’s abuse against cast and crew in the Vanity Fair article (which was probably the nail in the coffin for Lenkov’s career at CBS; even before it was published).

Italian Promo for Son of the South (via Notorious Pictures)

The #SaveMacGyver Movement
ICYMI: Another round of digital billboards with a festive design had been launched in November. The locations were Orlando (FL), Westampton (NJ), San Antonio (TX), Houston (TX), Hawthorne (CA) and West Haven (CT).

The official SaveMacGyver website and social media accounts get updated regularly; so check there to keep up with news.

CBS Fall TV Season Ratings
Starting in January, SWAT will air on Sundays 10pm to make room for reality shows (Undercover Boss and Celebrity Big Brother) on the Friday midseason schedule. SWAT is the only scripted CBS show gaining in demo ratings this season (+14%) compared to last year and also one of only two shows gaining in audience numbers (+56%).

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Alexandra Grey)

Of the 19 scripted shows on the current CBS Fall schedule, Magnum PI reaches the lowest demo of the Friday line-up (Rank 15), followed by Blue Bloods (Rank 14) and SWAT (Rank 11).

Nielsen Ratings have been delayed for days and sometimes even weeks in recent months. They also admitted of still having problems delivering “real” numbers; undercounting audiences in the last two! years. In a recent interview with AdWeek, CBS Entertainment Kelly Kahl stated:

Perhaps somewhat ironically, we’re moving away from demos and going “back to the future” – counting and emphasizing total audience.

Kelly Kahl in AdWeek (December 2021)

Too bad they weren’t willing to do that for the MacGyver Reboot.

Holiday decorating… MacGyver-style (via CBS)

Other MacGyver-related News
On IMDbTV, the MacGyver Reboot has been in the Top 10 section for 79 days; hovering between Rank 5 and 6 in the last few weeks. Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • On December 24, there will be a rerun of The Christmas Sitter with Tristin Mays on ionTV.
  • Justin Hires will release his new album on Christmas Day. A first music video has been dropped on his Patreon officially (and inofficially on YouTube).
  • ICYMI: The design contest for the MacGyver Musical was extended to December 20. We don’t know yet when the winners will be announced.

MacGyver Reboot Update #130

After two weeks of reruns, we’ll finally get new episodes starting next week! Meanwhile, Film and TV productions in LA are going into a prolonged Holiday Hiatus.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Viveca Mays)

(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

 

About Episode 5×03 (MAC501)
Two weeks ago was the premiere of Episode 5×03 (Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma); the first episode filmed for Season 5. It was written by Stephanie Hicks and Jim Adler and directed by David Straiton. They released 18 Official Stills and 3 Sneak Peeks beforehand.

We got several new/old BtS photos and Instagram stories just before and during the episode aired; e.g. by Tristin Mays, by Stephanie Hicks, by Justin Hires or by the official MacGyverCBS account.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Justin Hires)

As expected, Matty appeared on screen only since Meredith Eaton is filming on the LA Unit. With so many Riley-fans and MacRiley-fans being disappointed, the Writers appeased them by tweeting that there will be more MacRiley content coming and that Riley’s hacker-persona Artemis37 will make a return in an upcoming episode.

A few days later, we got new BtS photos by Guest Star Carmen Alexis (who played an FBI Agent). Tech Consultant Rhett Allain typed up a blog post about the MacGyverisms.

Episode 5×03 had 4.724 million live-viewers and a 0.5 rating in the important demo group of 18-49 year olds. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows (21 so far), it places Rank 12 in average demo and Rank 13 in average audience numbers per episode.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Tristin Mays)

At the moment, the average CBS Friday ratings per episode look like this:

  • MacGyver (8pm): 0.51 in demo (-23.43% compared to last season), 4.802 million live-viewers (-21.03%)
  • Magnum PI (9pm): 0.51 demo (-20.87%), 5.552 million live-viewers (-16.71%)
  • Blue Bloods (10pm): 0.50 demo (-22.92%), 6.401 million live-viewers (-16.71%)

Several of the writers joined the live-tweeting, but interestingly none of the main cast besides Henry Ian Cusick. With about 845 estimated tweets per hour, it wasn’t enough for the hashtag #MacGyver to trend. But it did better than #BlueBloods with about 757 tweets per hour and #MagnumPI with about 389 tweets per hour.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

Overall, the episode was not as well-received on social media as the former Season 5 episodes. But it got people talking a lot (with some discussions still ongoing). About a week later, Carmen Alexis also posted a video-log and more BtS photos on Instagram; revealing that she initially had more scenes (that apparently got cut).

What you need to know about Episode 5×04 (MAC419)
Next week is the premiere of Episode 5×04 (Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason). It was written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez and directed by Peter Weller, who already directed Episodes 2×20 and 4×03. This episode was filmed with production number MAC419 (Banh Bao + Drill + Burner + Mason) back in March.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Henry Ian Cusick)

We got the Press Release and a first Official Still on December 21. Here’s the synopsis:

Mac’s meeting with Desi’s parents goes sideways when her brother finds himself in trouble and desperately needs their help. Also, Russ and Matty must ask an old nemesis for assistance when their new recruitment candidate is kidnapped.

This episode sees the return of Guest Star Peter Weller as Elliot Mason. For a refresher on Mason, you can find his character bio page here. Both Guest Stars Corey Jung and Dollar Tan praised Peter Weller’s work ethic as actor and as director.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via Corey Jung)

In generally, there wasn’t much BtS material available when the episode was being filmed and so far, we didn’t get any new BtS material since then. I remember them filming scenes at a science fair and what looks like a car accident. There was no BtS material at all of meeting Desi’s parents. In fact, I remember Levy posting an Insta Story on March 5; stating that she had a week off filming.

The preview will hopefully be released tonight. Additionally, it’s the only CBS crime show besides NCIS LA that didn’t get any more Official Stills released yet. It’s a pity they treat the show as an afterthought; considering this episode was filmed about 10 months ago already.

Season 5 Overview
In his interview with Parade, Lucas Till talked about Season 5 being a “Frankenstein Season”, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Considering that some of these episodes were filmed almost a year ago, I keep wondering how the cast keeps track of the storyline.

Episode 5×04: Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (via What2Vue)

Here’s an overview of all the information about the upcoming episodes so far. The infos were either provided by CBS, by the website for the Writers Guild of America West or by an anonymous source (episode titles), by social media accounts or IMDb (cast and crew info), by SpoilerTV (press releases) and The Futon Critic (airdates).

  • 5×04 (MAC419): Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason (January 8)
    Written by Justin Lisson and Sophia Lopez, directed by Peter Weller
  • 5×05 (MAC416): Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO
    Written by Jim Adler, directed by Ericson Core

Remember that episode titles and episode order are not definite until an official Press Release by CBS.

BtS photo of Season 4 turned Season 5 (via Lavonda Till)

For now, I sorted the other upcoming episodes by production number:

  • (MAC417): Golden Lancehead + Venom + Blood + Baggage
    Written by Joshua Brown and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by David Straiton
  • (MAC418): SOS + Hazmat + Frequency + Malihini
    Written by Cindy Appel, directed by Yangzom Brauen
  • (MAC420): Rails + Pitons + Pipe + Salt (unfinished production)
    Written by Rob Pearlstein, directed by Christine Moore
  • (MAC502): Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance
    Written by Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher, directed by Andrew Ahn
  • (MAC503): tba
    Presumed guest appearances by David Dastmalchian and Joe Pantoliano
  • (MAC504): tba
    Presumably written by Teresa Huang

There’s still no official word on the episode number. With the 2-month-delay to start filming, it’s very likely that Season 5 will also have only 13 episodes. Most of the LA productions have agreed to extend their Holiday Hiatus. It’s not clear yet if the LA Unit for MacGyver (where Meredith Eaton films) will be affected. While Magnum PI is more or less safe, there might be a prolonged hiatus for Blue Bloods (that films in NY). They already scheduled a rerun in two weeks while there will be new episodes for the other Friday shows.

Episode 5×03: Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (via Carmen Alexis)

On Tuesday, TV Line posted some scoop about an upcoming episode (presumably the one with production number 502):

What can you tease about MacGyver‘s quarantine episode that’s coming up this season?  –Amel
If you loved seeing Henry Ian Cusick’s Desmond romance Penny on Lost, just wait until you see him “stuck” in quarantine with Sofia Walker (played by Camilla Arfwedson). I mean, there’s sword play, fierce drumming, rocking out…. All told, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer, and more complicated, turn when they then quarantine together. Meanwhile, Mac, Bozer and Riley witness from their own bubble — and then try to stop — a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house.

(via TV Line, December 29)

Season 4 Reruns
Last week, we got a rerun of the Season 4 Premiere (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix). It brought 3.108 million live-viewers and got a 0.3 demo rating, which is better than the average Season 4 ratings so far.

Tonight, there’s a rerun of Episode 4×07 (Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey).

Episode 4×07: Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey (via SpoilerTV)

Working on Episode MAC503 and beyond
Filming for the episode with production number MAC503 started on December 7. To Recap: They filmed in Downtown Atlanta and in Marietta Square dressed as Mexico. Otherwise, it was rather quiet regarding BtS material.

On December 18, Steven Serna posted that they just wrapped for 2020. Yet Alessia Costantini still seemed to be scouting locations on December 21. A day later, Joe Pantoliano posted a photo of himself on set with Tristin Mays and David Dastmalchian, so it looks like his character Eric Andrews (aka General Ma from Episode 5×03) will be back for another guest appearence.

BtS photo of Season 5 (via Joe Pantoliano)

Writer Teresa Huang posted on December 11 that she’s remotely prepping her episode that will be filming in January (presumably MAC504). So far, there’s no information about on what day filming will resume.

Other MacGyver-related News 
December usually means lots of Best-Of-Lists. On SpoilerTV, the MacGyver Reboot was on Rank 15 for the list of most popular shows of 2020. The Popularity Score is based on a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook and Tweet Likes. Also, the poll about Episode 5×03 made Rank 4 on the list of most popular “What Did You Think Of” polls.