Television nowadays is in an era of reboots and revivals. CBS could have a winner of a reboot in the works with the modern adaptation of the classic series MacGyver, which is set to premiere this fall. The pilot looks to be kicking off with a huge sequence involving an airplane, a pocketknife, and plenty of green screen. Actor George Eads has also landed his first big role since CSI and was on the scene for his role as maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Eads on set for MacGyver.
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George Eads was joined on set by Lucas Till, who will be playing Angus MacGyver in the new series. They were filming the first scene of the pilot episode involving the airplane and effects, per TV Line. The show clearly won't be easing viewers into the adventures of the show if both MacGyver and Jack Dalton are in the thick of the action in the very first scene of the very first episode.
Interestingly, George Eads was filming the first scene of the very first episode for the second time. MacGyver was ordered to series by CBS after one pilot was produced, but the network decided to scrap the first pilot and do a total reshoot. The second pilot is directed by big name film director James Wan, who had dropped out of directing the first pilot due to scheduling conflicts. Additionally, almost the entire cast that originally made the cut for MacGyver was booted after the first pilot. Only George Eads and Lucas Till were kept on for the series order.
CBS had already released a trailer for the series using material from the original pilot. The first look featured a longer-haired Lucas TIll as MacGyver meeting Jack Dalton when they joined forces for a strategic task force of the best and brightest. MacGyver was already building gadgets out of everyday items, and Dalton was already playing straight man to MacGyver's antics. There's no saying at this point just how different the show will look after the next pilot is produced, but it's good to know that Till and Eads are still on board.
George Eads was actually cast in MacGyver before Lucas Till, and he was a smart choice for CBS. Eads is best known for his long-running role as Nick Stokes on CSI. He tackled the role of Stokes for a whopping fifteen years and more than three hundred episodes. Eads will be a familiar face to CBS regulars, and he may be just what the show needs to draw in a bigger audience.
MacGyver will premiere on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, so it'll still be a while before we get to see George Eads in a full episode as Jack Dalton. Hopefully, Eads and Lucas Till will have the right kind of dynamic to turn MacGyver into a hit. Only time will tell.