No MacGyver-ing necessary this time around. CBS has ordered MacGyver Season 4. And yes, we made the same “MacGyver-ing” joke for the MacGyver Season 3 renewal but was else were we supposed to do – not open with a dumb joke?
The MacGyver renewal is one of many for CBS, which tends to renew most of its shows as once. MacGyver is one of six shows renewed, along with Madame Secretary, SEAL Team, SWAT, Bull, and Hawaii Five-0. Those shows will join the previously announced NCIS (all three iterations), Blue Bloods, FBI, God Friended Me, Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, Mom, and The Neighborhood in CBS’s 2019-20 TV season.
Of the many shows announced for new seasons, MacGyver Season 4 was among the least likely to hapen. Despite the MacGyver brand having a solid name recognition, the show has not made many cultural or critical waves. It pulls in roughly 7.8 million per night, which would actually be pretty great for most network shows (or any show for that matter) but is a touch lower than what CBS shows have come to expect. Still, the combination of that name recognition and the fact that its two Friday night mates (Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods) must have been appealing to CBS
MacGyver is, of course, a reimagining of the ’80s Richard Dean Anderson-starring TV series of the same name. Lucas Till portrays the slightly younger Angus MacGyver in the reboot. MacGyver is a genius who works for a covert government organization that needs his unique brand of problem-solving. MacGyver is capable of improvising solutions to any problem using whatever limited resources he has at hand.
Through three seasons, the show has undergone some changes in front of the camera. Co-star George Eads exited the series partway through season 3 due to an altercation on set. Levy Tran joined the cast as new Phoenix Foundation recruit Desiree “Desi” Nguyen. Her character was recurring with an eye toward lead status and according to Deadline she’s likely to be a lead in MacGyver Season 4.
And that is how you MacGyver a TV show together.