MacGyver Reboot Update #30

As predicted, Season 2 of the MacGyver Reboot will continue to air on Fridays this Fall. The competition for the Friday ratings has changed, though.

LA Wrap Party (via Justin Hires)

CBS Upfronts
On May 17, CBS presented their 2017-2018 TV schedule. As predicted, their Fridays Line-Up hasn’t changed and the “Holy Trinity” (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods) stays intact. The competition has changed, though; e.g. because Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing has been cancelled. MacGyver will share its airtime with Once Upon A Time (ABC), Blindspot (NBC), Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW).

Blindspot used to air on Wednesdays. The show earned on average 4.89 million live viewers (with a 18-49 Demo of 1.03) per episode which is less than MacGyver (7.73 live viewers, Demo 1.08). But like the Reboot, Blindspot also serves a lot of action scenes.

Once Upon A Time used to air on Sundays. In its 6th Season, the show managed on average 3.15 million live viewers (with a 18-49 Demo of 0.93) per episode. The show will undergo a complete overhaul for next season with the consequence of losing six series regulars; looking for a “younger” and “fresher” audience. The show was renewed due to its fierce and loyal fanbase, but we’ll see if the fans will stay without their main heroes that made the audience fall in love with the show in the first place. Also, considering they’re targeting a younger audience by using younger actors, moving the show to Friday might not help to get bigger ratings.

Friday Schedule 2017-2018 (via TV-Recaps-Reviews)

Reruns
There is a rerun of Episode 13 (Large Blade) today. The other scheduled reruns so far are Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) on June 2, Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) on June 9 and Episode 16 (Hook) on June 16.

What are cast and crew up to?
This Monday, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov has been back on the Paramount Studios lot. With roughly a month left until production moves to Atlanta to get ready for filming, it’s save to say that there are scripts to finish, locations to scout, sets to design and build and casting calls to send out soon.

Lucas Till was also seen at the Paramount Studios lot on May 24, possibly for the LA Screenings that had prepared a pool and palm trees for a screening of the new Baywatch movie.

Lucas Till posing for a selfie (via Felipe Duque)

Justin Hires is already excited for next season. He posted several pictures of MacGyver Episodes and also a new picture with Lucas Till at the LA Wrap Party. George Eads was seen at a restaurant and posed for a picture. Interestingly, we can’t clearly see what’s going on with his hair, but it looks like he has shaved off Jack Dalton’s “Fauxhawk” for hiatus.

MacGyver around the world
The Reboot is or has been airing in several countries by now. The premiere for Italy is set for June 13 (Rai2). For the premiere in Japan, there will be a premiere event on June 6 which the dubbing actors for MacGyver (Mamoru Miyano) and Jack (Hiroshi Tsuchida) will attend.

While the English episode titles are named after tools on an SAK, other countries don’t even try to literally translate them. In Germany, the pilot episode (The Rising) is titled “Die Wiedergeburt” (Rebirth), episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) is called “Alias” (which doesn’t make much sense to me).

In France, the episode titles are either funny or outrageous. Episode 1×02 (Metal Saw) is called “Sauvez la femme” (literally translated: “Rescue the woman”). Episode 1×11 (Scissors) is titled “Joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas) while Episode 1×14 (Fish Scaler) reveales the plot since it’s titled “Agent double” (Double Agent).

Episode 1×13: Large Blade (via SpoilerTV)

The Vault: New/Old interview with George Eads
There were times when the promo load was so intense that I couldn’t catch all of it. I recently stumbled over an old interview with George Eads that was published in September 2016, a day before the premiere of the pilot episode.

Again, I’m amazed how often he gets away with revealing stuff in interviews; e.g. the entire plot for Episode 1×05 (Toothpick), that “pretty hefty bottles of wine” are consumed while rehearsing with Lucas Till and that they both get “a vitamin bag IV, amino shots and B12 shots” on the weekends. He also talked about the differences between filming scenes for MacGyver and CSI, about the bond with Lucas and about some of the issues with the Unaired Pilot.

Here’s an interesting excerpt regarding the original actors:

When they see the pilot and see we’ve hit the mark, we’ll have a lot more of them come around. I think that’s when we can ask Richard Dean Anderson. We’ll have to wait and see how the kid does before he does anything. It will be cool to have MacGyver play MacGyver. It would be almost like ‘Back to the Future.” We brush by the real Jack Dalton and MacGyver in a case. That might be interesting.

(George Eads, via RadioTVTalk, September 2016)

(via Lauren Leigh)

He revealed that they reshot some scenes for Episode 1×03 (Awl). Comparing Jack Dalton with his CSI-character Nick Stokes, Eads said:

It’s completely different. There is still that bravery issue, that no fear issue that Nick had. But this character has severe PTSD. He’s a death dealer. He’s ex Special Forces, been in all kinds of secret ops. He kills without a conscience. He’s kind of the epitome of courage but when you have those screws loose, he’s the type of guy Mac has to turn around and say, ‘Stop! Calm down! We’re not just running in there like that!’  […]  So [Mac’s] teaching Jack how to get his temper and emotions in check because there’s nothing Jack likes better than to fight and kill someone who deserves it. He’s just a loose cannon, a damn wild man.

(George Eads, via RadioTVTalk, September 2016)

It’s funny how I absolutely can’t see rebooted Jack Dalton in this, considering they were already filming Episode 5 when this interview took place. It feels like he’s talking about his Unaired-Pilot-character Lincoln. Also, I always felt that Jack does all the emotional work for MacGyver, not the other way around.

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 #26

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on March 31, 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.

Filming of Season 1 has officially wrapped. Cast and crew members are moving back home or have started working on other projects. Some of them will come back to Atlanta, though: The show has been renewed for a second season!

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via SpoilerTV)

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

 

Working on the Season Finale
Due to March Madness, there were no premieres or reruns. Cast and crew continued to work on the last two episodes of Season 1. Most scenes were filmed inside, so we didn’t get to see much of the ongoing filming process.

Nearing the end of production, many crew members took the opportunity to thank the cast members (e.g. Guy D’Alema thanking George Eads) and to express their hope to see each other working on a second season. They also posted some BtS pictures of the Season Finale and their last day of filming (e.g. Brittany Lathan). Kait C. posted a picture of the crew wearing their MacGyver team jackets. If you remember, it was Anthony Kountz who had tweeted the emblem back in February.

AD Departement (via Kait C.)

Is that a plot twist I see?
On March 19, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov provided the “last shot of the season”. Interestingly, it reminds me of the deleted scene in the pilot episode with MacGyver being in Antarctica… Reading the pilot script, I always thought it was a neat little scene that showed an important character trait of MacGyver (which fits the original, but we never really got to experience in the reboot). It will be interesting to see if they actually reshot the deleted scene (which happens near the end of the pilot) as a flashback scene, reinvented it for the season finale or if it’s an entirely new scene as some sort of plot twist in form of a little teaser (since the episode was written before the season renewal).

It’s a wrap! Well, kind of.
Justin Hires hosted a “Wrap Party Comedy Show” on March 18. On the next evening, cast and crew celebrated the official wrap party at Terminal West. We got several pics of the crew posing with Lucas Till, Justin or Meredith Eaton; e.g. of Justin with his Stand-In Kevin Marshall Pinkney or of Lucas with one of his Stand-Ins Kirk Riley. They also had a caricaturist at the party who turned the caricatures into badges as a take-home-gift.

Wrap Party / Comedy Show Collage (via DashboardOnFire)

Both Tristin Mays and George Eads were absent for both events while Lucas wasn’t seen at Justin’s Comedy show. It’s possible that Lucas and George were still filming that day while Tristin visited her “Reboot Mom” (Michael Michele) in New York.

They did some additional filming after these events. Aden Stay posted a picture of the 2nd Unit on March 21. Also, the post-production work is not done yet. Peter Lenkov posted a short Instagram Live Video of the editing process for Episode 19 (Compass) that’s airing today. He also praised David Dastmalchian’s performance as Murdoc while editing Episode 20 (Hole Puncher).

Season Renewal and other Press Releases
On March 23, CBS released the news about a season renewal on CBS Express. It’s not clear yet if the show gets a full season order of 22 episodes right away (or an initial half-season-order like last year). The schedule should be revealed on the CBS Upfronts in May. Since both Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have been renewed as well, it’s safe to say that the show will probably air on Fridays again as part of the successful “Trifecta”.

Season 2 Logo (via Craig O’Neill)

Both the writing team and Executive Producer Craig O’Neill posted a Season 2 logo. It’s not clear if one of these will turn out to be the official one. I guess they quickly put one together individually to share the news on social media. Co-Executive Producer David Slack did some paperclip art of his own for the occasion.

We also got the press releases for the remaining Season-1-Episodes: For tonight’s Episode 1×19 (Compass) that was written by Lee David Zlotoff, for 1×20 (Hole Puncher, airing April 7) and 1×21 (Cigar Cutter, airing April 14). There will be a rerun of Episode 1×10 (Pliers) on April 21.

Stills and Previews
We got stills for both Episodes 1×19 and 1×20 plus a first still for Episode 1×21 with the press release.

Episode 1×19: Compass (via SpoilerTV)

Sadly, we only got generic previews again for the premiere of Episode 19, but at least they both were new ones featuring scenes from different angles. On the other hand, we got a lot of clips for this one. On March 30, CBS granted 3 Sneak Peeks. I’m sensing some minor drama coming up because in Sneak Peek 2, Matty questions if “Mac and Jack” should continue to work together as a team. (It will be probably resolved as quickly as Matty questioning Mac’s MacGyvering.) George Eads will make some fun of his former hit-show CSI. Additionally, we got an exclusive clip by The Wrap (which weirdly consists of the whole opening gambit sequence).

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras for the Season Finale. They reinforced their search for Extras several times. Additionally, they were looking for some photo doubles for March 22.

Episode 1×20: Hole Puncher (via CBS Express)

As noted in an earlier update, tonight’s Episode 1×19 has another Original MacGyver Alum (François Chau) in it. Episodes 20 and 21 might work as a two-parter because both will feature Murdoc. Additionally, Episode 21 will feature Dr. Zito. It is interesting to note that none other than Mark Sheppard – the son of the original Dr. Zito (William Morgan Sheppard) – will have a role in the season finale.

What’s going to happen now?
As mentioned above, there are 3 Episodes left for Season 1. There will be more promo before the Season Finale since CBS46 was on set and did interviews with the cast.

The premiere for Season 2 is not set. We can assume it will be a Fall Premiere again, so cast and crew should be back on set in Summer while the writers probably start working on new scripts soon.

MacGyver Reboot Update #25

Disclaimer: My original guest-post was first published on The MacGyver Project on March 17, 2017. I made some minor changes (e.g. grammar or source corrections, link corrections, additional pictures) before re-posting it on my own blog for safe-keeping.

Production of Season 1 has partially wrapped. There are 3 more episodes left for us to watch. We don’t know much what’s going to happen in these, so expectations are high.

BtS of Episode 1×18: Flashlight (via Simon Rhee)

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

 

It’s a wrap. I think?
Justin Hires has wrapped and will be hosting a “Wrap Party Comedy Show” tomorrow. Tristin Mays also seems to have finished her part while some of the actors were still filming the Season Finale today. Although there is a new casting call for a photo double for next week, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov just posted an instagram picture with the announcement of the end of Season 1.

Of course, the post-production work is not done yet. But since the next episode won’t air until March 31, Lenkov has a bit more time than usual to edit the remaining episodes.

End of Season 1 (via Peter Lenkov)

Working on the Season Finale
There was a lot of promo going on for the Crossover Episode with Hawaii Five-0. Otherwise, it’s been quiet again. Cast and crew have been working on the last two episodes of the season and started filming the season finale last week. The few times they found a minute or two to post on social media, it was mainly Instagram Live Stories (which disappear after 24 hours) or pictures that didn’t reveal very much (e.g. of the barbecue grill at MacGyver’s home).

One thing for sure: There will be a lot of fire power, action scenes (e.g. a car chasing scene) and blood. We’ve seen several pics of Matty pointing a gun. There is also a tac team and military guys. Lucas Till posted a picture of Lee David Zlotoff visiting the set and posing with the cast. The picture reveals that Bozer will probably get hurt (and Riley might get bloody in the process). Tristin Mays showed us the proper way to put fake blood on your chest (hint: you use a straw).

Lee Zlotoff visiting the set (via Lucas Till)

Also, Bozer’s robot will make a comeback. It cuddled with Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe and took a ride in Jack Dalton’s car (as seen on Robert Ratner’s Instagram Live Story). I’m assuming Jack won’t like that very much.

Premiere of the Crossover Episode
The last episode (Ruler) had earned the lowest ratings of the entire season so far (6.93 million viewers). The crossover episode (Flashlight) did better (7.73 million viewers), but lost a bit in the 18-49 demo group (1.0 instead of Ruler‘s 1.1). Overall, the ratings were good – but not as good as the promo cycle promised. Nevertheless, the Hashtag #MacGyver trended very fast on Twitter and continued to trend hours after the episode had aired. It also trended again on the weekend and on Monday in other countries (e.g. New Zealand).

The cast had joined the crossover promotion; sharing the stills, trailers, clips and articles or posting an “expensive selfie” (via Lucas Till) or a picture of Meredith Eaton with Taylor Wily. Peter Lenkov went live on Facebook to answer fan questions. The writers of Hawaii Five-0 tweeted along with the MacGyver writers.

BtS of Episode 1×18: Flashlight (via MSN)

During and after the premiere, the extras shared some more BtS pictures. Simon Rhee provided a picture of the main cast with their stunt doubles. Nik Kash (who played the scientist hanging onto a window ledge until he got rescued by Jack Dalton) posted a BtS picture of that scene and one of him posing with George Eads. Rome Flynn (Bozer’s rival) posted a BtS picture of him with Tristin Mays. We also got an adorable picture of dog Mila posing on the crossover set at the beach.

Stills, Sneak Peeks and Crossover Interviews
A day before the crossover premiere, we got some exclusive pics by MSN. After 3 episodes without any trailer previews, we got a lot of material for the crossover; e.g. ET Canada asking Lucas Till and George Eads which Hawaii Five-0 star would be the best at macgyvering himself out of a situation (apparently Daniel Dae Kim). We also got to see an exclusive trailer by Entertainment Weekly, a sneak peek by Yahoo, an exclusive clip by Mashable, a sneak peek by TV Guide and another one by Entertainment Weekly. ET Online additionally aired a short BtS sequence just before the premiere.

BtS of Episode 1×18: Flashlight (via Lucas Till)

In an interview with TVLine, Peter Lenkov talked about the connection between Jack Dalton and Steve McGarrett and that he would love to do more crossovers. He talked about the difficulties of doing a crossover with ET Online (it’s the logistics) and why – to the disappointment of many Hawaii-Five-0-Fans – only a part of the H50-Team made it into the episode.

Lenkov also wrote an article for the Hollywood Reporter; explaining why TV loves a good crossover and about what crossovers he personally deems the best.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras the last few weeks; e.g. for Baseball Fans, Techs and Agents (young, attractive and smart-looking), men with real military or tactical experience, English Mercenaries and for Arab looking men to portray Egyptians (Cairo, anyone?). They put up a new casting call today for a photo double of a caucasian woman with light brown hair.

Episode 1×21: Cigar Cutter (via Randall Goltzman)

What’s going to happen now?
We don’t know much about the remaining episodes. We finally got the title for Episode 19 (Compass) and its airdate (March 31). There are no press releases or stills so far. They have been filming on a baseball field (probably for Episode 20: Hole Puncher) and inside the same building that was used for Episode 17 (Ruler) as the CIA headquarters in Amsterdam.

There will be more promo before the Season Finale since CBS46 was on set and did interviews with the cast.

We still don’t know yet if there will be another season, but most sites are still predicting a season renewal (e.g. Movie Pilot, SpoilerTV or TV Grim Reaper).