Friday, March 17, 2017

Dashboard's MacGyver Reboot Update #25

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 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 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 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 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).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mission: Impossible -- Episode 15: The Devils

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
The team heads to an English estate where a House of Lords member is leading secret Satanic rites ceremonies and performing human sacrifices.

Memorable Quote:
What does it prophet a man if he gained the whole world?  ~Nicholas
And lose his immortal soul.  ~Phelps

Shannon's capture and threatened sacrifice adds some gravity to the final scene, not that it was enough to redeem it.

I'm generally fine with Grant's role as an electronic genius and gadget man, but the scene where his contraption saw moving pictures from inside another person's brain was a bridge too far to say the least. In fact, it's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen on television.

A more minor critique of the scene is that Jim and Grant don't seem at all concerned for the poor guy's welfare as he passes out from the stress of the memories that they induced.

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • What in the world was up with the dozens of hippies hanging out on the field outside the manor? Why would Lord Holman put up with them? And when he rides up on his horse and threatens them if they misbehave, wouldn't at least a few of the hippies start spouting off?
  • Speaking of Holman, he looks like Lucius Malfoy crossed with Howard Dean.
  • What's the point of Grant posing as an American policeman?
  • The scene where Jim and Max surprise Holman in his study and pretend to be devils is tremendous.  As in tremendously atrocious.  In any other episode not involving a machine that can take pictures of other people's thoughts, this part would have been the lowlight.  Not only is the whole bit with the red eyes incredibly cheesy, but Holman's blasé reaction kills the scene. Either he should have believed them and been scared to death (which also would have been cheesy, don't get me wrong), or else he should have not believed them at all and defiantly gotten rid of them.  Instead he takes this weird middle ground where he kind of doesn't believe them but then he kind of does, and if he does then shouldn't he be a little more disturbed about the fact that Lucifer himself is standing there talking to him?  Instead he is catatonic for most of the scene.
  • Somehow the whole IMF team is able to walk around this house undetected for most of the episode.
  • Whoa, Grant's dumping kerosene in the stream?!  Call Toberman!
  • Their plan is cutting it pretty close with Shannon at the end.  Once Holman has the knife raised above her, I'd say it's time to move in.

Final Analysis:
My goodness.  It's hard to put into words how bad this one was.  I'll just settle for very, very bad. Ranking it 15 out of 15, and hopefully we won't see any more episodes worse than this one.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mission: Impossible -- Episode 14: Spy

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
The IMF team heads to central Africa to take on Christie, a former British spy gone bad who is developing chemical weapons.  Everything goes according to plan until Christie identifies Phelps as an agent and shoots him, at which point the team is forced to adapt and recalibrate the mission.

Memorable Quote:
Someone from outside the team?  ~Shannon
Shannon, someone from way outside the team.  ~Jim

Whoa, it's an action sequence!  After seeing virtually no significant action scenes up to this point in the series, it's a little shocking to see a giant gun battle break out in the chemical factory with Grant and Max getting shot at by about 15 guys.  The scene is long and well done for a cable show, and while I'm fine with the series' general reliance on plot over action, it is nice to have a few bullets flying around every now and again.

The ending was abrupt, and it was disappointing that Christie got away (and odd that the team hadn't planned for his escape or that Phelps didn't seem that bothered by it).  It seemed like they might be setting up a return for his character, but according to IMDB the actor who plays Christie did not appear in any more MI episodes.

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • The man on Phelps's briefing disk gives Christie some unwarranted respect, calling him "the most dangerous adversary you've ever faced" just because he was a former spy.  There was nothing in the episode that made him seem any more dangerous than any of the other villains we've seen so far in the series.
  • If Christie was such a hardened criminal, there's no way he would have let a priest and a reporter into his private room to reminisce about the view from the window.  And that's one heck of a tracking bug if it can hear the ticks on a safe across the room.
  • "Break the seal and inhale.  Within 30 seconds your body temperature will drop, and your heartbeat will be imperceptible.  For the next 20 minutes, you'll be as close to death as you'll ever wish to be," the Russian guy tells Shannon, whose proceeds to have the most understated, nonplussed reaction possible.
  • Surprising moment at the end when Max and the big security guard put down their weapons for a boxing "rematch" while Grant and Nicholas let them go. 

Final Analysis:
Similar to the previous episode, I wouldn't call this episode great but it's better than average for the series. While I have some issues with it which I acknowledged above, I find that the African setting (which they did a nice job recreating) and the level of action differentiates this episode from some of the others.  And that's a good thing in an overly formulaic series where many of the episodes blend together. Ranking it 4 out of 14. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dashboard's MacGyver Reboot Update #24

Only four Episodes left on Season 1. Are you sad about the impending Finale? Don't be, because a great villain of the original show will make an appearance!

Episode 18: Flashlight (via SpoilerTV)

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

Gearing up for the Finale
Yesterday evening I've written following part as my introduction for this update:
It’s been oddly quiet on social media recently. It might just be the calm before the next cycle of promo (for the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0) hits us like an earthquake. (See what I did there? Haha.) 
Well, it's already started. Just a few hours ago, Entertainment Weekly released the first promo trailer for Episode 18 (Flashlight).

Otherwise, it IS more quiet than usual; probably because Cast and Crew are busy with scouting, filming and editing while Executive Producer Peter Lenkov is preparing to produce another TV show this Summer (does this man ever sleep?).

Production should wrap up around mid-March. Justin Hires already sent out his invitation for a MacGyver Wrap Party Comedy Show on March 18.

For the last four episodes, there seem to be good things (and characters) waiting on the horizon. Lenkov himself revealed some interesting tidbits; e.g. that the Finale will explain some more about Cairo. On another (and kinda disappointing) note, we'll get an episode less than expected because Episode 21 (Cigar Cutter) will be the Season Finale. Fans of the original show can rejoyce, though because none other than Dr. Zito will show up! I'm really curious who they've cast for this role. 

BtS of Episode 19 (via Shannon Thomas)

Working on Episodes 18, 19 and 20
We haven't seen many pictures of the filming process of Episodes 19 (title still unknown) and 20 (Hole Puncher), despite production filming outside several times (e.g. at Grant Park, at Morehouse College posing for MIT and at East Lake Golf Club) during the last two weeks. The few pics of the main cast so far are of Lucas Till and George Eads; George rendering fans starstruck and posing on what looks like a hospital set. Justin Hires shared a short video of the Golf Set, both him and Tristin Mays wearing golf gear. Hopefully, they're not looking for another Malaysian doctor to help with on-the-fly-surgery.

The fact that there will be a rerun of the Murdoc-Episode tonight (1x08: Corkscrew) gives Peter Lenkov some more time for the editing process on the crossover episode (1x18: Flashlight). Thanks to his Instagram Live Story on March 2, we finally know where that cute dog will show up. 

Premieres of Episodes 16 and 17
Ratings have been falling. Episode 16 (Hook) had 7.24 million viewers (along with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo group). Last week’s episode (Ruler) even earned the lowest ratings of the entire season so far (6.93 million viewers), but did better in the very important 18-49 demo group (1.1).

BtS of Episode 17: Ruler (via Deborah Mace)

Both times, the Hashtag #MacGyver has been trending again while the writers engaged in live tweetings. For the premiere of Episode 16, "Billy Colton" Lance Gross joined the writer's office.

So far, we haven’t heard anything official about a possible season renewal, and while the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 will most likely get good ratings, it’s probably more important that the remaining three episodes manage to pull high numbers.

While many think a season renewal is a given, it's interesting to note that both Lucas and George (who's never on social media anymore) have urged people to watch the newest episodes to rise the numbers.

LucasJustin, the Stand-Ins and crew members along with the Colton-Cast posted many never-seen-before BtS pics (e.g. of the location scouting) and videos (e.g. of the blue-van-kaboom) to make us curious about the newest episodes. There was a LOT going on on social media during the premieres, so I was a bit surprised about the lower ratings.

BtS Episode 17: Ruler (via Tristin Mays / CBS)

Stills and Sneak Peeks
As for the last episodes, there was no new preview trailer for Episodes 16 or 17. We got stills and sneak peeks for Episode 17 (Ruler), though and stills and the above-mentioned preview trailer for Episode 18 (Flashlight).

Crossover Interviews and Other Promo
Several outlets have visited Lucas and George on set of the crossover episode. The Insider played lazy and let the two guys interview each other. ET Canada pretended to be disappointed about the set visit. No beaches, palm trees or guys with their shirts off - I guess they had a point.

On February 22, CBS Watch! Magazine released the BtS video of their photoshoot with Lucas and George. The interview with Justin Hires is also available to read on the website now.

Technical Advisor Rhett Allain posted some more learning videos; e.g. about "How to use Magnets like Mac".

Poster Promo Shoot (via Nick Tortorici)

This week, some pictures have surfaced from the Poster Promo Shoot. In case you ever wondered why I've never posted a picture of the official poster (besides the wall painting on Hotel Figueroa) in any of my updates: I hate it. It's so overly photoshopped and makes Lucas look like a snotty, smirking, bratty jerk. So it was a nice surprise to see a "real" BtS picture of Lucas hanging with that parachute (looks so much better!) and to know the crew also had a lot of fun doing this shoot.

aTVfest Appearance
As mentioned in my last update, Lucas, Tristin and Justin had made an appearance at aTVfest on February 4, attending a Q&A Panel along with Peter Lenkov and Jeff Downer. If you want to check it out, you can watch the full panel over here.

The most interesting part for me was Peter Lenkov talking about the role he had intended Richard Dean Anderson to play (starts at Minute 22). For fans of the original show, it's not that much of a surprise (although it's not the most obvious of the most likely choices, either).

aTVfest (via Tristin Mays)

Lenkov also revealed that the character of Bozer initially really had been planned as the comedic relief and unsuspecting roommate-slash-best friend, but talking to Justin Hires had made him revise the character and integrate him into the Phoenix Foundation.

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia has been looking for a lot of Extras the last few weeks; e.g. for college students, business people, men with military or tactical experience, Asian golfers, reporters, LAPD, Baseball fans, agents, techs, a waiter and a waitress, patrons and for a "Caucasian looking Brunette woman" for a still photo shoot that will be playing the wife of an actor.

Interesting to note: Sandrine Holt was listed for Episode 19 on IMDb, but her credit has mysteriously disappeared. I really hope she’s coming back this season because her storyline has never been wrapped up to my satisfaction (and it probably never will as long as they keep her being a traitor). Her usual Stand-In (Briana Lamb) has been back on set, so I’m really hoping.

Episode 19 (via Anthony Kountz)

Also, another Original MacGyver alumn has been seen on set: François Chau who played the character "Chi" in Episode 7x05 (The Coltons). I have to admit I don't really remember his role, but I've seen him in several episodes of "Lost".

As mentioned above, Dr. Zito will make an appearance in the Season Finale. Two villains for the finale seems a bit much, but there's a chance we'll get to see Murdoc an episode sooner because David Dastmalchian has been in Atlanta recently.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mission: Impossible -- Episode 13: The Fixer

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
The IMF team sets its sights on a powerful DC reporter who has defrauded the government and murdered anyone who gets in his way.  They trick the reporter and his bodyguard into giving a live televised confession at their own party in front of the Washington elite.  

Memorable Quote:
Attention to detail, Mr. Wendell.  The difference between the professional and the also-ran. ~Arthur Six

The appearance by Richard Romanus, one of my favorite guest stars on MacGyver.  In fact when he first appeared on screen I let out an audible "oh!"

A minor quibble, but some of the dialogue between Romanus and his bodyguard was overly cheesy and unnatural (e.g. "I have photographs of one Senator on a cruise to Acapulco with a Hollywood actress!").

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • The opening credits have been updated to feature Shannon, and Casey has been removed.
  • I don't normally think of journalists as being criminals or so powerful that they're controlling members of Congress.  Wait a minute...Don Trump, did you write this episode?
  • 5:41 mark -- there aren't any buildings even close to that tall in DC (other than maybe the Washington Monument).
  • When Six calls Nicholas to get some info on Phelps's cover, Nicholas faxes him some fake background, but Six never gave him the fax number.
  • In addition to Romanus, we have another MacGyver Project alumnus in John Calvin who plays Doyle the bodyguard.  We saw him before as Buddy the sexist boss in Quantum Leap's What Price Gloria
  • No way that Six and Doyle just let Grant go after catching him in the act of stealing from Six's safe.
  • 28:19 - weird scene where Grant makes the Six mask and is explaining to everyone how he does it (and Nicholas adds, "That is incredible") as if this is the first time that we (and they) have seen one of his masks.

Final Analysis:
I like this one -- I wouldn't call it great but better than average.  The Colonial-style party is a good setting, and the ending is cool where Six and Buddy unknowingly confess on camera.  And as I said earlier, I'm a big Romanus fan -- there aren't too many 80's actors that played a better villain. Ranking it 4 out of 13. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mission: Impossible -- Episode 12: The Fortune

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
Casey is captured and killed while in the Florida Keys investigating an exiled dictator and his power-hungry wife who are living comfortably in a heavily guarded mansion.  The dictator had stolen millions of dollars from his country, and the IMF team's goal is to steal the funds back and return them to the impoverished nation.  In the middle of the mission, the team learns about Casey's death and must come to grips with the loss of their teammate.

Memorable Quote:
Oh, Jim, she can't be dead.  ~Nicholas

The part where the normally stoic Phelps reacts to the picture of Casey on tv as part of a news report on an unidentified body. The moment is really poignant and well done, especially since the others in the room don't know what's going on.  It was a good choice the writer made to have the team go into the operation not knowing that Casey was dead because it allows us to see their reactions to the news.

The reveal at the end left a little to be desired.  For one thing, how did they just stroll off of the heavily guarded property?  And why did they just leave and give the Berezans with an opportunity to escape?  And why did Mrs. Berezan start giving a speech at the podium to no one?

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • So we bid a fond farewell to Terry Markwell as Casey Randall.  Apparently by episode 12 she was either ready to move on from the show or the show was ready to move on from her.  The image of her being cornered at the fence is one of the few moments from the series that I remember from when I was a kid.  
  • The entire opening scene is excellent between the acting, the heightened suspense, and the music (the "Anything Goes" show tune in the background is a great contrast to the dark events going on inside the room). It's certainly by far the most powerful opening yet in the series.
  • Another strong scene when Jim tells the team that Casey died, and there's even some uncharacteristic snappiness from Max toward Grant.
  • Good thing that Berezan didn't have any numbers or special characters in his password.  Calls to mind MacGyver pulling the "Ugly Duckling" guess out of his rear.  

Final Analysis:
Strong episode.  The surprise death of a main character on any show would presumably tend to be memorable and emotional, so it's not surprising that this one was more impactful than your average MI episode.  Even forgetting about Casey's death for a moment, the rest of the episode was pretty good with a strong villain (Madame Berezan), an interesting setting (the mansion in the Keys), and a clever plot.  Ranking it 3 out of 12. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dashboard's MacGyver Reboot Update #23

It’s official: MacGyver will have a crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 next month!

Episode 18: Flashlight (via Daniel Dae Kim)

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

MacGyver goes Hawaii
In my last guest-post (Update No. 22) two weeks ago, I speculated about an impending crossover between MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov has said several times (e.g. at San Diego Comic Con) that he would love to do a crossover episode. He also talked about the connection between the two shows and the potential crossover he had written into the script for the pilot episode, namely a backstory of Jack Dalton sharing history with Steve McGarrett. (The scene had indeed been filmed, but the direct reference didn’t make it into the final cut.)

Pilot Episode: The Rising (via Peter Lenkov)

My speculations manifested due to Central Casting Georgia announcing a casting call on February 2 for Asian-looking Extras; in particular Hawaiians (certified in First Aid and CPR or having real life experience as EMTs, Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses or Rescue Workers).

Not even 20 hours later, Lucas Till spilled the beans by sharing a picture of Taylor Wily on the MacGyver set in Atlanta. It didn't take long for press releases and articles to pop up with more information. According to TVLine, the Episode called "Flashlight" will air on March 10. The story will involve Mac and the team travelling to the big Island of Hawaii to aid in earthquake-relief efforts. There, MacGyver and Jack will team with Chin Ho and Kono to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building on the verge of collapse.

The Earthquake Episode
So far, not that many pictures have resurfaced from either sets in Atlanta or Hawaii. But we might get to see some special promo since they did cast interviews and B-Rolls on location.

Episode 18: Flashlight (via CBS Express)

On February 4, Taylor Wily posted a short video of the MacGyver home dressed up for Mac's birthday. On February 9, Fred Andres granted us a first look at one of the sets - although back then, it was still unclear if the main cast would actually film scenes in Hawaii or if they would stay in Atlanta while 2nd Unit got the necessary outside film material on location.

On February 13, we finally got pictures of Lucas Till and George Eads on the earthquake set at Leahi Hospital. The crew was seen lifting heavy rocks around while the Stunt Team was already filming with Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe. Casey Alicino revealed the director's name (Jonathan Brown).

On Valentine's Day, Daniel Dae Kim posted the first official picture of the crossover team. The Press Release on February 16 brought us the first official still. Seems there was a dress code to wear shades of blue!

BtS of Episode 16: Hook (via Tristin Mays)

Working on Episodes 18 and 19
While Lucas and George were in Hawaii, the rest of Team Phoenix filmed their scenes in Atlanta (e.g. on a jet or in the lab) with the crew working behind the scenes and the guest-stars finishing ADR (e.g. Jermaine Rivers for tonight's Episode 16). It's nice to see that despite the hard work, the cast still takes time to pose for pictures with the Extras or with fans.

Peter Lenkov posted some videos while editing; e.g. a video of editing Hawaii Five-0 that mentions Jack and the Phoenix Foundation. Interestingly, another (now deleted) video appeared to be a huge spoiler for the ending of next week's episode 17 (Ruler).

As Anthony Kountz revealed today, they just started working on Episode 19. It's nice to see it will be once again an episode directed by a woman (Christine Moore).

Premieres of Episodes 14 and 15
A few days before the premiere of Episode 15, Lucas and Justin and the crew had been teasing us with BtS pictures. Cast and crew seemed especially fascinated by the robot (that will make another appearance soon).

The Reboot continues to earn good ratings. Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) managed 7.5 million viewers while Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass) got a whopping 8.05 million viewers (along with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo group).

BtS of Episode 15: Magnifying Glass (via Gabriel Beristain)

Since the news about the crossover episode was officially announced only hours before the premiere of Episode 15, the Hashtag #MacGyver was already trending not even 10 minutes into the episode.

The writer's crew continued their tradition of live tweeting. Craig O'Neill posted a picture of the "new" MacGyver writer's office which brought up another round of speculations about a possible season renewal.

Stills, Sneak Peeks and Press Releases
On February 3, we got an additional Sneak Peek for Episode 14 (Fish Scaler) via ET Online. For the Sneak Peeks for Episode 15 (Magnifying Glass), we had to wait until Premiere Day again.

Episode 16: Hook (via SpoilerTV)

We got many official stills for tonight's Episode 16 (Hook). Sadly, CBS still witholds the previews. As for last Friday's episode, there was no "real" preview trailer but a video put together with scenes from old episodes (e.g. Chisel or Metal Saw). We got 3 Sneak Peeks, though and therefore got to meet Mama Colton and Billy Colton - and most important: Frog Dog! For now, he's just an Easter Egg on a painting in the background, but who knows what will happen.

So far, we haven't seen much for Episode 17 (Ruler) besides the press release and a few stills via Getty Images. The press release for the crossover Episode 18 (Flashlight) was made available on February 17.

Interestingly, in an article about the crossover by Star Advertiser, it's stated that the show "already has been green-lighted for a second year". So far it's unclear if that really means a Second Season or if some information got mixed up (because initially only 13 episodes had been ordered before the Full Season Order back in October). Since all of CBS's Friday Night Shows are doing very well ratings-wise, it would be a no-brainer to renew them. It's possible we won't know before the upfronts in May, though.

Episode 17: Ruler (via Getty Images)

According to Broadway World, there will be a rerun of Episode 8 (Corkscrew) on March 3.

aTVfest Appearance
On February 4, Lucas, Tristin and Justin made an appearance for SCAD aTVfest. After doing some interviews, they attended the Q&A for the screening of Episode 14 (Fish Scaler), along with Peter Lenkov and Jeff Downer. Since the event took place on a Saturday, the cast worked through another weekend but still took time to post pictures and videos.

In the interview with FanBolt, Lucas revealed that he was indeed heading to Hawaii for filming. He also acknowledged Richard Dean Anderson's involvement in the Original Show; stating that he doesn't know how RDA handled the workload being in every scene while not having an ensemble cast like they do for the Reboot.

SCAD aTVfest Photocall (via Twitter)

Cast and Character News
Central Casting Georgia did several rush calls to get their extras for the crossover episode; e.g. for Tactical Guys and for a "real EMT with experience operating a gurney". Other casting calls included Asian and Caucasian Men to portray National Guardsmen as well as calls for Agents and "Techies", Airport Passengers and MIT Students.

As TV Guide Magazine revealed, we will get to know the backstory between Jack and Matty and see more scenes of the Phoenix director in the field.

Peter Lenkov promised weeks ago that Sandrine Holt will be back - and look, she's listed for Episode 19 on IMDb. Interesting. Although I still think she will show up in the Season Finale along with Nikki and/or Murdoc; especially since Lenkov also revealed that Murdoc will come back this season (and there aren't that many episodes left to film).