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With paperclip, duct tape and some egg whites, CBS plots 'MacGyver' reboot



A TV network is pulling a classic "MacGyver" by rebooting … well, MacGyver. Entertainment Weekly reports that CBS is "re-imagining" the Richard Dean Anderson series that ran on TV from 1985 to 1992.

The official take on the new series from CBS Studios: "A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver 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."

James Wan (Insidious, Furious 7) is set to direct the MacGyver pilot. There's no word yet on casting or a start date.

Reboots of TV series from the late '70s and '80s have been a mixed bag at best. Knight Rider's 2008 reboot lasted only 17 episodes. The Love Boat: The Next Wave survived two whole seasons on UPN from 1998 to 1999. Battlestar Galactica probably had the most successful reboot to date; it lasted four seasons and had two, short-lived spinoff series. And it's yet to be seen how The Muppets remake - launched this season - will do.


5. "What uh-oh?"

4. "Bold and nosy. I'm famous for that."

3. "A paperclip can be a wondrous thing. More times than I can remember, one of these has gotten me out of a tight spot."

2. "Egg whites are good for a lot of things - lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators."

1. "If I had some duct tape, I could fix that."

[Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2015 8:59am]


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