A reboot of 1980s action-hour drama MacGyver, starring Lucas Till (Havok on X-Men) and George Eads (best known for his role as Nick Stokes on CBS’ CSI), will be premiering this fall on Friday nights over on CBS.
The new series will be a reimagining of the classic show, an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (played by 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.
Original “MacGyver” creator Lee David Zlotoff, Henry Winkler (who also executive produced the original), and “Furious 7” director James Wan are the show’s executive producers.
The official synopsis for the show reads:
“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.”
The series also stars Joshua Boone as Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from high school, while George Eads will be playing Lincoln, a character who is described as a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist but is a legitimate government employee with a great capability for compassion.
They are joined by Addison Timlin as Mickey, an app developer who is aggressively progressive in her political views, with a soft spot for MacGyver and Michelle Krusiec as Agent Croix, Lincoln’s sister who works for the Department of Homeland Security.
The original series, starring Richard Dean Anderson as the special agent, aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992.
Overall the show was a moderate ratings success but gained a loyal following. It was popular in the United States and around the world.
In fact, the show was so popular in the United States and especially around the world that two television movies were made MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday, aired on ABC in 1994.
A spin-off series, Young MacGyver, was also planned in 2003, but only the pilot was made starring Jared Padalecki as MacGyver’s nephew Clay.
The show was such a staple of 80’s style TV action/drama, that it even spawned a parody sketch on Saturday Night Live that then became a movie with ‘MacGruber’ (2010) starring Will Forte who is best known for his current series, The Last Man on Earth.
You can watch the new trailer below to see the first look at Till’s MacGyver:
In the trailer, MacGyver is shown getting a heroes welcome, and then quickly getting to work for a clandestine organization. As in the original MacGyver, the protagonist orchestrates escapes and fashions weapons out of everyday objects, defying the odds with his genius-level creativity.
MacGyver will premiere in the fall, airing Fridays on CBS at 8/7c.
The series is being produced by CBS TV Studios/Lionsgate TV/Atomic Monster. From writers/executive producers Peter Lenkov and Michael Clear and executive producers Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and James Wan.