When CBS announced its fall schedule back in May, it marked the return of a familiar name to network television. 31 years after it first hit the airwaves, a new version of MacGyver will debut on CBS September 23, kicking off the network's hit Friday night lineup that also includes long-running shows Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. With just over one month left until the show debuts, CBS has released a new trailer, which gives us a better look at Lucas Till's title character, and the rest of his team.
MacGyver, a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver (Lucas Till) who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Lincoln (George Eads). Under the aegis of the Department of External Affairs, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip, as you can see in this trailer that debuted on YouTube.
Along with MacGyver and Lincoln, this new trailer also reveals more footage of Sandrine Holt as Patricia Thornton, Justin Hires as the title character's best friend, Wilt Bozer and Tristin Mays as Riley Davis, a brilliant computer hacker. It's quite clear from this footage that this remake will not be skimping on the action, showcasing a number of fight scenes explosions, and, of course, MacGyver's knack for saving the day with unconventional items. The show also had a much different look, though.
Back in June, just weeks after CBS issued a series order, the network scrapped their original pilot, bringing on executive producer James Wan to direct a new pilot. James Wan was originally set to direct the MacGyver movie that Lionsgate was developing. The original premise followed MacGyver as he was recruited into a secret organization by the U.S. Government, where he uses his unusual skills to solve problems in an unconventional way. The new premise features MacGyver actually creating this clandestine organization within the government. George Eads is still playing a "maverick former CIA agent," but his character's name is now Jack Dalton, instead of Lincoln, who goes on these missions with MacGyver.
Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0) wrote the pilot script for this new version of the show. R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles) was originally set to write the pilot script when we first reported on the show back in October, who was eventually replaced by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney. James Wan will still serve as executive producer with Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear. Take a look at this new footage from MacGyver, and stay tuned for more as we get closer to the September 23 premiere.