By Pauline Perenack
Rounding out the CBS Television Block this year is rookie show, MacGyver.
It seemed as though because the audience knew little of the show, the room was quiet to start, but the infectious attitude of the show’s two stars, Lucas Till and George Eads, and executive producers Peter Lenkov and James Wan quickly won them over.
The panel began with a quick teaser for the new series, which Lenkov explained had been put together from scenes shot just last week.
Lenkov and Wan then immediately went into discussing why they wanted to make a reboot of a beloved series, and the answer was simple – it was a great show, with a relatable hero who used his brains over brawn to solve problems, and that was missing in today’s television landscape.
Over the course of a lively, and humorous discussion there were a few key takeaways:
Eads admitted how different this was from shooting NCIS, but he was having a great time shooting scenes with Till where the two bicker like an old married couple. He also admitted to realizing how out of shape he was. (It was quickly pointed out to him however how bulked up he was.)
The two costars bonded over July 4 weekend, during which Eads rented a sailboat for the pair.
Lenkov and Wan are working hard to get Richard Dean Anderson on the series and are planning to work him into the show. They have reached out, but no deal has been made as of yet. The duo also hinted at bringing back MacGyver’s arch nemesis, Murdock.
There will be about eight “hacks” per episode, where MacGyver uses his characteristic skill to build himself a way out of a problem. Lenkov and Wan wanted to make sure most hacks were as realistic as possible, and also include Easter egg hacks that hark back to the original show.
The main goal was to keep the heart, humor, and action of the original series alive in this version as well. The adventures will also be similar to the original series, but the directing and editing will have a definite different feel.
The panel ended with and exclusive screening of a sequence from the show (one so exclusive not even the stars had seen the footage yet) which has MacGyver running down a jet, climbing on board before it took off, and using his skills to find a way to immediately force it to land. The show looks like it will definitely be a fun entry to the new television season.