A ‘MacGyver’ Reboot in the Works! Plus Old-School TV Musings

2016 is going to be a happy year.

There’s the Friends reunion, the Gilmore Girls revival, and the new X-Files season (still shipping Scully and Mulder)! Then came news about a MacGyver reboot with the help of Neal Moritz, the producer of the really sort-of-impossible-you-can’t-fly-a-car-like-that, but super fun Furious 7. Like, come on, as if I hadn’t cried hard enough for Paul Walker.

MACGYVER, Richard Dean Anderson, (Season 2), 1985-92, © Paramount TV / Courtesy: Everett Collection

I cannot, for the life of me, recall anything concrete about MacGyver. Not a particular episode and not a single line. I’m not even going to pretend that I have a favorite scene by researching information on the internet but I am excited because I remember waiting for it on RPN 9 and watching with my grandmother who has shown great interest in anything action-packed.

Everything is now a huge blur to me, so a re-run would help, big time. I understand, from some news bits that I’ve read so far, that the reboot movie is going to show a younger MacGyver. It starts with him in college with legit skills and ripe for the picking so he gets recruited for a secret agency. I’m guessing this could help with the fact that Richard Dean Anderson is no longer the same Angus MacGyver who could beat the clock and disengage a bomb with… anything he can get his hands on so long as it’s not a cat.

He’s now 66 years old and could play MacGyver’s kind of really old dad or mentor so whoever is picked for this role might make it even more interesting. I mean here’s the original MacGyver, doing a lot of home duties (pretty sure he did his groceries without time pressure and mad skillz):

UK CLIENTS MUST CREDIT: AKM-GSI ONLY Richard Dean Anderson flaunts his moustache as he loads his truck full of groceries after shopping at Ralph's in Malibu this afternoon. The 'MacGyver' star waved to the cameras as he walked his shopping cart to his ride with a big smile. Pictured: Richard Dean Anderson Ref: SPL1006925 220415 Picture by: AKM-GSI / Splash News

In addition, Neal Moritz and series creator Lee David Zlotoff are working on it. Moritz has produced tons of movies that I’ve seen and enjoyed while Zlotoff has done episodes of NCIS, a personal favorite of mine. This could mean something really, really good. I’m just wondering what kind of problems MacGyver would be in for this time. Is he still going to be with his Swiss Army knife and those aviators or is Siri going to be his new best friend? I could never picture a MacGyver without those first two, you know.

Also, they say that Justin Hartley might play Angus. Not sure what to feel except for the fact that he can easily look the part but I really can’t tell if he’s going to be convincing (his shirtless photo below is not doing it for me, shrugs). He was Green Arrow in Smallville and also played the title role of for the doomed Aquaman pilot. It looked promising and this might be his big break. Sorry girls, he needs his shirt back for this show.


Really looking forward to this one!

Now, if there was a channel that they could put up to play reruns of everything that happened before the internet got big, I’d be the first to subscribe.

Here’s a list of other shows I’d love to watch again and in no particular order:

  • Scariest Places on Earth
  • Dawson’s Creek
  • Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Felicity
  • Melrose Place
  • E.R.
  • My So-Called Life
  • Ally McBeal
  • The Sopranos
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Nanny
  • Crystal Maze
  • Popular
  • 7th Heaven
  • Arthur
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • The Little Lulu Show
  • Art Attack
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • Madeline
  • Beavis and Butt-head
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy
  • Saved By The Bell
  • Clarissa Explains It All
  • The Addams Family

There are tons of shows I might have forgotten to list and I’m pretty sure many of you are thinking about acquiring them pretty easy over the internet but nothing is better than waiting by the television so you can switch channels when the show comes on.

Jessie Jane

Half-human, half-smart, never cool. Scared of people and ghosts.

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