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Last month, CBS debuted the first trailer for its new take on the classic 80s action-adventure series MacGyver, starring Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse) in the Richard Dean Anderson role as Anghus ‘Mac’ MacGyver.
With the show set to get underway in the fall, the network has decided to overhaul the pilot episode and revamp with concept, with only Lucas Till and co-star George Eads remaining attached to the cast. Meanwhile, James Wan – who was originally attached to direct the pilot – has come on board to helm the first episode of the series. Deadline details the changes to the concept, revealing that:
“In the original pilot MacGyver was recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. MacGyver now creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent »
- Gary Collinson
Wan, already an executive producer, had originally been set to direct the pilot, but had to back away from it because of his schedule. Now a window has opened up allowing the opportunity.
Having been picked up to series, CBS has decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode. Lucas Till and George Eads are still onboard in lead roles, but otherwise an entirely new cast is joining them including "Rush Hour" actor Justin Hires.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
CBS has announced that director James Wan has been hired to direct the pilot episode of the "MacGyver" reboot starring Lucas Till, George Eads, and Justin Hires. The "Fast 7" director had been developing the tv project and was originally going to direct the pilot until he dropped out to focus on the post-production for Warner Bros. Pictures "The Conjuring 2" which just opened last weekend.
Since Wan dropped out of the pilot, CBS hired David Von Ancken as a replacement. Sources CBS has scrapped Von Ancken's pilot and now they want to rehire Wan as the director to helm a new version of the pilot. CBS picked up "MacGyver" for a full season order and are planning a new take on the reboot with a script by "Hawaii Five-o" showrunner Peter Lenkov.
The new premise for the new "MacGyver" pilot reads:
"MacGyver now creates a clandestine organization within the U. »
- J.B. Casas
James Wan had to pass on directing CBS’ MacGyver pilot because of a scheduling conflict with post-production on The Conjuring 2, but the filmmaker has now cleared some space in his schedule to take the helm of a retooled version of the TV series.
David Von Ancken initially took his place as director after the show was picked up to series for the Fall, but now the original pilot has been scrapped in preference of a new take which was written by Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov. New MacGyver Lucas Till and co-star George Eads will remain, but the rest of the cast is set to be replaced.
In the original pilot, MacGyuver was recruited by the clandestine organization from the original series and once again used his problem solving skills to help avert disasters. Here’s how the new take will shape up:
“MacGyver now creates a clandestine organization within the U. »
- Josh Wilding
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Since the pilot for the fall series was shot, Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov has been busily revamping the update of ABC’s 1985-92 hit about a secret agent with a knack for getting out of tight jams using nothing but average, everyday items and ingenuity.
Only two cast members — Lucas Till (as the »
Justin Hires is staying in the CBS family with a new role on the reboot of “MacGyver,” TheWrap has learned. Hires previously starred in the midseason series “Rush Hour,” but that show was canceled after less than a season due to poor ratings. “MacGyver” sees Lucas Till take over the role of a 20-something MacGyver as he creates a clandestine organization wherein he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help head off disasters. The series also stars former “CSI” regular George Eads. Also Read: CBS Orders 'MacGyver',' 'Training Day' to Series The series »
- Joe Otterson
During its upfront presentation in New York City today, CBS unveiled the first look at their new fall lineup, which features two titles that many viewers may recognize. The network will debut the new shows MacGyver and Training Day this season, with MacGyver debuting this fall in the Friday 8 Pm time slot, while Training Day is being held for a midseason debut. After the network's presentation, the first trailers and photos were released for both of these upcoming shows, which you can check out below.
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paper clip, his trusty knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit TV series, this action packed origin story follows a young hero as he undertakes missions to save lives and change the world. This action-adventure drama from CBS follows 20-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver (Lucas Till) who creates a clandestine organization within the U. »
CBS has released the trailers for the new shows debuting during the network’s 2016-17 season, including the upcoming revival of “Star Trek.” The first look teaser for the sci-fi series had no footage, but promised “new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds.”
Though the logo simply says “Star Trek,” Variety has learned that the series will have a more specific title to be unveiled at a later date. Later installments in the “Star Trek” television franchise had titles that differentiated them from the original series — “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Check out the videos for the new series below.
“MacGyver,” a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure »
- Laura Prudom
There’s a noticeable pattern on CBS’ fall schedule: The lead actors in each of the new shows ordered are white males.
The network’s new fall series include: “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly; “Kevin Can Wait,” with Kevin James; “The Great Indoors,” with Joel McHale; “Man With a Plan,” starring Matt LeBlanc; “Pure Genius,” headlined by Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney; and “MacGyver,” which features Lucas Till and George Eads.
New entertainment president Glenn Geller defended the network’s lineup during a press conference with reporters. “Our new series are more diverse this year than last year,” he said, referring to the ensembles of shows like “Bull,” “Pure Genius” and “The Great Indoors.” He also pointed to another series that’s being held for midseason, “Doubt,” which features a female lead, Katherine Heigl, as well as transgender actress Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”). “‘Doubt,’ I’m happy to say, »
- Debra Birnbaum
CBS today reaffirmed its commitment to bringing MacGyver back to the small screen by picking up the MacGyver pilot to series. What the network picked up in essence is a new MacGyver series to be developed and written by Peter Lenkov, with two actors, Lucas Till as MacGyver and George Eads, attached. CBS brass had been high from the get-go on rebooting the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday… »
CBS is ready to jumpstart its fall season with a paper clip, rubber band, and lighter.
The network has ordered six new shows, including a reboot of the 1980s action series "MacGyver" and an adaptation of the movie "Training Day." The new shows also include comedies with big names as headliners: Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.
CBS has a lot of holes to fill in its schedule this fall. "The Good Wife" ended, "CSI: Cyber" was canceled (leaving the network without a "CSI" series for the first time in 16 years), and "Supergirl" is moving to The CW.
Here's a rundown of all the new CBS shows:
Synopsis: A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. »
- Kelly Woo
CBS is enlisting MacGyver to help fortify its 2016-2017 schedule.
The much-hyped reboot was one of four dramas the Eye network ordered to series on Friday, joining Jerry Bruckheimer’s Training Day remake, the Michael Weatherly-fronted Bull, and Jason Katims’ medical entry Pure Genius (fka Bunker Hill).
On the comedy side, CBS has Ok’d Joel McHale’s workplace sitcom The Great Indoors and Matt LeBlanc’s family satire Man With a Plan (fka I’m Not Your Friend). Speaking of the latter, The Office‘s Jenna Fischer — who was set to play LeBlanc’s wife — has exited the project for creative reasons. »
CBS has greenlit a slew of series for the 2016-2017 season.
In the comedy department, the network has ordered projects starring Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale. As for dramas, CBS will be rebooting “Training Day,” “MacGyver,” plus has picked up a medical drama from Jason Katims and a new show starring “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly.
“Training Day” is based on the 2001 movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series revival stars Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, the show is about an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz star alongside Paxton and Cornwell.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Bill Paxton will star in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 'Training, which picks up fifteen years after the events of the original film. He'll play a morally grey detective who gets partnered up with a young officer (Justin Cromwell). Julie Benz and Katrina Law also star.
Lucas Till stars in "MacGyver" which follows the twenty-something detective as he creates a clandestine organization to prevent disasters. George Eads is also onboard as a government employee with a love of eccentric conspiracies.
Those are just two of several shows CBS has picked up to series, the others being the Michael Weatherly-led "Bull" based on the early career of Dr. Phil, the medical technology drama "Pure Genius," the Matt LeBlanc-led multi-camera comedy "Man with a Plan, »
- Garth Franklin
“CSI: Cyber” has officially been canceled after two seasons, TheWrap has learned. The show has been a consistent, if somewhat lackluster, ratings performer for CBS. It is currently averaging 8.5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the key demo. The series starred Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek and Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow. Ted Danson transitioned to the series after “CSI” ended September. However, Danson announced he would be leaving the show after just one season to star in a pilot at NBC. Also Read: CBS 'MacGyver' Pilot Adds 'CSI' Alum George Eads “CSI: Cyber” has »
- Joe Otterson
Deadline reports Addison Timlin and Michelle Krusiec have joined the cast of the MacGyver TV series pilot at CBS. They join Lucas Till (Angus MacGyver), George Eads (Lincoln Croix), and Joshua Boone (Gunner). Timlin played Rachel Lewis on the Zero Hour TV series, which was cancelled in 2013 by ABC after only three episodes aired. Eventually, the network burnt off the remaining ten.
On MacGyver, Deadline says, "Timlin will play Mickey, an app developer who’s aggressively progressive in her political views, with a soft spot for MacGyver. Krusiec plays Agent Croix, Lincoln’s (Eads) sister who works for the Department of Homeland Security."
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Looks like MacGyver will be getting an assist from tech support.
Per our sister site Deadline, Timlin will play Mickey, a politically progressive app developer with a soft spot for the eponymous troubleshooter.
She joins Michelle Krusiec (Fringe), who has been cast as Homeland Security Agent Croix, sister to conspiracy theorist Lincoln (played by CSI vet George Eads). Joshua Boone (Law & Order: Svu) also stars. »
When it comes to figuring out why spy series MacGyver is getting a TV reboot, your guess is as good as mine, but today brings some news about what it’s going to look like, in the form of two cast additions.
Addison Timlin, known best for Californication but most familiar to this writer as the love interest for Anton Yelchin in Stephen Sommers’ under-appreciated Odd Thomas, has boarded the CBS project in the lead female role. She’s playing Mickey, an app developer who’s aggressively progressive in her political views but harbors a soft spot for Lucas Till’s MacGyver. Meanwhile, Michelle Krusiec (Hawaii Five-o) will play Agent Croix, who works for the Department of Homeland Security and is sister to a character named Lincoln (George Eads).
In case this is the first you’re hearing of the TV series, Till (X-Men: First Class) is set to take »
- Isaac Feldberg
Addison Timlin (Califorication) has been cast as the female lead opposite Lucas Till in CBS’ drama pilot MacGyver. Also set as a regular alongside George Eads and Joshua Boone in the reimagining of the 1985 series is Michelle Krusiec (Hawaii Five-0). The pilot, co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney and directed by David Von Ancken, features twentysomething Angus MacGyver (Till), who is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series… »
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