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It was an honest mistake.
I thought CBS’s new MacGyver series was going to be a continuation of the 80s original, as in the new MacGyver would be the old MacGyver’s son/nephew/other relation. But then I saw that dreaded word: reboot.
A reboot means the original deserves a reexamination, so I watched the 1985 pilot (series available on Netflix) to see how much things have changed in MacGvyer-land in 31 years.
In the MacGyver Season 1 Episode 1 reboot, a much-younger MacGyver (Lucas Till) is in a tux in Lake Como, using his voice-over to describe sex with his girlfriend, who also happens to be the “analyst” in his ear on his latest mission.
Not exactly the way we are accustomed to »
- Megan King
This review is based on the season premiere.
The original MacGyver is such a product of its time that, for those of us who lived through the ’80s (or, in this writer’s case, half of it), it’s a veritable nostalgia cherry bomb. Richard Dean Anderson’s feathery hair remains iconic, and the show’s then fresh, science-driven send-up of the then eminently popular superspy and action-adventure genres is to this day one of the most fun and unabashedly silly concepts to ever hit primetime.
MacGyver was totally awesome, but fans will agree that he and his improvised spy gadgets belong to the ’80s and early ’90s, so much so that any attempt to pluck him out of that era and plop him into ours would seem a fool’s errand. Proving this theory true is the tinny, sterile pilot of CBS’ 2016 version of MacGyver. It stars Lucas Till as the crafty hero, »
- Bernard Boo
MacGyver is back, still packing his trusty Swiss Army knife and so many paper clips. Will the CBS reboot be able to hack it in 2016?
The freshman drama makes clear quite early on that Lucas Till’s Angus “Mac” MacGyver, as an operative for the Division of External Services, is a bit more physical than Richard Dean Anderson’s original mulleted problem-solver, able to handle himself decently in close0quarters combat, nor thinking twice before holding into an airborne jet’s landing gear for dear life. At »
Perhaps it was inevitable: We were destined to have a “MacGyver” reboot. Revisiting classic series for modern audiences has become almost a hobby for networks in the last decade. Most quickly failed (“Charlie’s Angels,” anyone?), but few have ever gone so wrong as this CBS revamp of the ’80s classic. For those who were not riveted by the exploits of Richard Dean Anderson’s low-tech, high-explosive performance on the original–or for those who have not seen the “Saturday Night Live” spoof “MacGruber” and its inevitable film adaption in 2010–the series’ premise was a simple one: Elite agent MacGyver uses the training. »
- Mark Peikert
My friend and co-author Matt Zoller Seitz would always respond to news of someone remaking a classic movie or TV show with a groan, followed by his familiar but always entertaining treatise on how the smartest thing anyone could choose to remake was something that was mediocre, or worse, but had a great core idea that hadn't been properly exploited. He liked to point to David Cronenberg's '80s version of The Fly, or later the Edward James Olmos incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, as proof that there was more room to maneuver when the original didn't make the most out of what it was about. The original MacGyver doesn't quite qualify for Matt's theory, but it's close. The '80s ABC drama — starring Richard Dean Anderson as a spy of sorts who could solve any problem with a combination of basic science knowledge, his trusted Swiss Army knife, duct tape, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Nostalgia for the semi-recent past is everywhere in television: Shows set in the ’80s and ’90s or that tweak legacy properties have become common. Networks want to break through the pop-culture clutter with known quantities, and even new series have found nuggets of thematic and aesthetic gold in the pre-millennial era. Not all of the throwback series have worked, but some inspired by the past have been among the most scintillating offerings of the present.
And then there’s Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and CBS’ “MacGyver,” which demonstrate the limits of the reliance on older properties. These shows, both of which are based on hits from the ’80s, have no spark of their own, and add nothing of value to their respective franchises.
These plodding dramas do not evoke the past as much as they pretend that the past 30 years did not happen. Audiences are extremely familiar with the kinds of story beats that drive not just »
- Maureen Ryan
When we first laid eyes on Don’t-Call-Me-Angus MacGyver, he was sporting a ridiculous pom-pom hat while scaling a cliff to track down a stolen missile, which he proceeded to defuse using, yes, a paper clip.
Jump ahead almost exactly 31 years, and paper clips prove as handy as ever, as demonstrated multiple times in CBS’ higher-octane reboot (premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c).
VideosMacGyver First Look: Keep Calm (and Always Have a Paperclip Handy)
With a little over a month to go until its premiere, CBS has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming action drama MacGyver, which reimagines the hit 1980’s TV series and sees X-Men star Lucas Till taking over Richard Dean Anderson’s lead role as Angus MacGyver; watch it below after the official synopsis…
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paperclip, his trusty Swiss Army knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit television series, this action-packed origin story follows the young MacGyver as he returns from war, a hero with an idealistic vision of saving the world. He and his late father’s best friend partner to form the clandestine Phoenix Foundation. Using his scientific know-how and resourcefulness, MacGyver—alongside his intrepid team—undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.
MacGyver is set to premiere on September 23rd on CBS. »
- Amie Cranswick
For diehard fans, and certainly for Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma, the idea of a youth-skewing “MacGyver” reboot seems like a bad idea. But let’s be real, the 1980s TV series starring Richard Dean Anderson and his glorious mullet was never a classic, but it did have its lo-fi charms. However, that sort of homespun appeal […]
The post ‘MacGyver’ Stops A Plane With Tinfoil In New Trailer For TV Series Reboot appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last month, we reported news out of Comic-Con that the retooled MacGyver TV show reboot on CBS wants to bring on the original Angus MacGyver -- Richard Dean Anderson -- in some fashion. The new series stars Lucas Till in the title role. The cast also includes George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Justin Hires, and Tristan Mays.Reporting from the TCA summer presser for CBS, The Wrap writes showrunner Peter Lenkov said the new production has been talking to Anderson's reps, adding, "We hope he says yes." Lenkov executive produces with Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, and Michael Clear. Last month though, in response to the Comic-Con based stories, Anderson sounded decidedly unwilling to have anything to do with the new MacGyver.Read More… »
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Mays — who recently had an arc on “Supergirl” at CBS — will play Riley Davis, a highly unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder. Her brain teems with knowledge about computer coding and although she’s “kinda-sorta” pleased to be recruited for MacGyver’s team rather than be locked up in prison, she can’t be bothered to show much gratitude. Her character will first appear in the series premiere on Friday, Sept. 23.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Executive producer Peter Lenkov says: "We're hoping to get him on the show... that's our plan. We're hoping to have him come on the show and be a part of this incarnation as well. We're reaching out to him. We're hoping it happens."
Lenkov credits filmmaker and fellow Ep James Wan's love of the original that helped get the reboot off the ground. He also says that the new series will keep the spirit of the original:
"MacGyver in his first incarnation was a hero who was unique to the TV landscape. I think if you look at the landscape, there's a void for that kind of hero. MacGyver in a lot of ways is a very positive kind of character, and »
- Garth Franklin
At CBS’ panel for the reboot of MacGyver, co-creator and Ep Peter Lenkov told those in Ballroom 20 that the series is reaching out and trying to book some of the original cast members from the 1985 show as guest stars on the latest iteration. While he didn’t name names, a big get would be the original MacGyver himself, Richard Dean Anderson. Then there’s Bruce McGill who played Jack Dalton in 19 episodes of the show. Lenkov mentioned that MacGyver went into production… »
Fans of the original “MacGyver” may see a familiar face on CBS’ reboot this fall.
“We’re hoping to get him on the show,” Lenkov revealed at the CBS Comic-Con panel. “That’s our plan.” He then credited fellow Ep James Wan’s love for the original series for getting the reboot off the ground, and said that having Anderson on would be a way of honoring the show’s legacy. “We’re hoping to have him come on the show and be a part of this incarnation as well. We’re reaching out to him. We’re hoping it happens.”
The creative team also said that the new series will keep the spirit of the original — and in doing so will stand out from the antihero-filled current state if television.
- Daniel Holloway
She’ll play Patricia Thornton, an ex-field agent turned director of operations for DXS (Department of External Services). She doesn’t let the title “Boss” stand in her way and is always willing to join the team in the field – meaning that she’s not going to let those under her have all the fun. She’ll appear in the series premiere, airing Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Holt’s television credits include “The Returned,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Art of More,” “House of Cards” and CBS’ “Hostages. She was recently seen in “Terminator: Genisys” with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger and will appear later this year in the feature film “Air” alongside Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. Holt’s breakout role was her appearance in the 1991 film “Black Robe,” which earned her a Genie Award nomination. In »
- Laura Prudom
TV’s new MacGyver has found his new boss.
VideosCBS’ MacGyver Reboot Amps Up the Action, Trims the Hair
House of Cards alum Sandrine Holt has joined the CBS reboot as a series regular, playing Patricia Thornton, an ex-field agent turned Director of Operations for the Dxs (Department of External Services). Not one to let the title of “Boss” stand in her way, Thornton is always willing to join the team in the field/fun.
VideosMacGyver: CBS Unveils Trailer for Upcoming »
He never drank and only once fired a gun, but MacGyver always foiled the villains – including the world’s deadliest, cack-handed assassin, Murdoc
Is he a scientist? An ex-racing driver? Former special forces? All are hinted at, but all we really know for sure about MacGyver is that he’s the good guy and he wears a bomber jacket. In many ways, actually, MacGyver is the all-American hero, driving about behind the wheel of a Jeep in the employ of the Phoenix Foundation, a thinktank and “corporate white knight”. But below the surface there is a man who never drank, who befriended crack addicts, talked to himself and only once fired a gun. In his 1980s heyday, MacGyver was one of the most popular – and watchable – TV characters around. These days, he’s possibly most famous for being the bloke Marge Simpson’s sisters have a thing for.
- George Bass
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
An executive producer on the series, Wan had originally been set to direct the pilot, but had to back away from it because of his feature film schedule. Since the show was picked up to series, CBS added four new series regulars to the show, including former “Rush Hour” star Justin Hires, and decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode. A window in Wan’s schedule will allow him to direct the new premiere.
Wan, a fan of the original “MacGyver,” had been in talks with New Line as far back as 2012 about directing a feature film based on the series. His most revent feature, “The Conjuring 2,” dominated at the box office last weekend, opening to $40.4 million. New Line revealed this week that it is working on a “Conjuring 2” spinoff, “The Nun, »
- Daniel Holloway
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