MacGyver Reboot Update #168

While Pilot Season is underway, the MacGyver cast seems to enjoy some downtime from filming.

Lucas Till enjoying a holiday (via Skyler Samuels)

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What are Cast and Crew up to?
Some of the MacGyver cast were back on our TV screens in recent weeks. Meredith Eaton was on NCIS while Levy Tran was a guest-star on Magnum PI. We got some nice BtS photos by their co-stars; e.g. by Elle Graper, Jason Her or Rich Ting.

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

Interestingly, Levy didn’t post or re-post any of the Instagram posts or tweets. While the ratings weren’t high, most fans loved Levy’s episode. Minor Spoiler Alert: Her character could return if the show is renewed.

ICYMI: Henry Ian Cusick has been filming a movie in Phuket which seems to have wrapped by now. We got some more BtS photos; e.g. by Evan Williams.

Tristin Mays keeps being active on social media. She showed us her tin can collectibles and her plants. She seems to have stored up a lot of creative energy, but no upcoming acting job as an outlet.

BtS photo of Henry Ian Cusick (via Evan Williams)

Justin Hires posted the first videos for his new podcast. We don’t know yet if there are any upcoming episodes with the MacGyver cast and/or crew.

Lucas Till visited the UK and Scotland; trying to find Nessie. Meanwhile, Levy Tran was out and about in Atlanta.

George Eads is set to attend a golfing event (Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am) on April 11. Let’s hope he will also attend the photo call.

Posing for a photoshoot (via Tristin Mays)

CBS Pilot Season
It looks like CBS has mostly put together the casts for their Pilot Season dramas. Here’s an overview of the drama pilot orders:

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

CBS also ordered 4 comedy pilots. By ordering 9 pilots in total, the upcoming Fall Season schedule might look quite different when it’s being presented at the Upfronts in May.

Promo for Son of the South (via Heritage Films)

While none of the former MacGyver cast members seems to be attached as regulars or recurrings, they might still get a guest star spot in later episodes. I’m not sure what their chances are and if the outcome of the lawsuit will matter.

Other MacGyver-related News
MacGyver-creator Lee David Zlotoff was a guest on the Making fun of MacGyver podcast. Talking about the musical, he revealed that they’re going to put together a concept album of the songs. They’re also looking into other possible venues for the next productions (maybe even internationally). The next MacGyver novel should be released this year. Lee is also working on a MacGyver VR experience.

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

French fans get a lot of Lucas Till lately: French Channel M6 airs up to 6 MacGyver Reboot episodes on Saturdays. Also, Son of the South premiered as Un Fils Du Sud on March 16.

Back in May 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced Lucas in Sci-Fi Thriller Spectrum. The project has been laying dormant after CBS picked up MacGyver to series (with no changes on IMDb since July 2017). This week, it’s been showing up in the upcoming projects list of Lucas’ IMDb page. There has been no news about it, so it’s possible that someone attached Lucas to the project page again despite no change in production status. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

BtS photo of NCIS 19×13: The Helpers (via Elle Graper)

Other MacGyver-related news you might have missed:

  • After almost two years, Richard Dean Anderson posted a photo on Instagram. It’s a photo of his 16-year-old dog Andy.
  • FX Series The Spook who sat by the Door is being redeveloped with a new showrunner.
  • As The Hollywood Reporter wrote last month, the profits fight over the MacGyver reboot will probably go to trial.

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 #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.