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July 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM EDT

MacGyver

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
guest performer
Cuba Gooding Jr.

The old MacGyver may meet the new on CBS’ titular new series.

A reimagining of the TV show of the same name, the series follows a 20-something MacGyver (Lucas Till) as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization, where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

During the show’s Comic-Con panel on Thursday, executive producer Peter M. Lenkov said they’re actively trying to get original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson to join the series in some capacity.

“We’re hoping to get him on the show,” Lenkov said. “We’re really all into this. It really started with [executive producer] James [Wan’s] passion for the original show. We’re hoping to have him come on the show and be a part of this new incarnation as well. We’re reaching out to him. We’re hoping it happens.”

With that said, Lenkov stressed that this new incarnation stands on its own, exploring more themes of family and showcasing other characters besides just MacGyver, while keeping the spirit of the original in tact. “It’s the same ingredients that we’re trying to bring to this new reboot — the humor, the heart, the action, the MacGyver-isms — all those work so well, so we’re just trying to keep the torch alive,” he said.

“When you watch the pilot, there are a lot of easter eggs there that are a bridge between the new show and the old show,” Lenkov added. “We’re bringing back characters from the original show, obviously they’re going to be played by different actors.”

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Wan also explained why it’s the perfect time to bring MacGyver back into the TV landscape: “MacGyver is such a different hero to what we see on TV these days, who uses his brain instead of his brawn,” he said. “It’s a great role model for today’s audience that we haven’t seen in a long time.”

“As long I’m building an atom bomb out of a pineapple, that’s what they want to see,” Till joked.

MacGyver is known for his ability to combine or use various objects to get out of tough situations — for instance, Till shared an upcoming Indiana Jones-style hack in which MacGyver uses his Swiss Army knife to scrape plaster off a wall to create a fake handprint. “They’re all real, they could be done,” Lenkov said, hoping audiences won’t actually try the hacks themselves. “For the most part, they’re all real.”

MacGyver premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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