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Posted: 11 April 2021 - 02:35 PM                                    
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Fans Create Petitions To Save ĎMacGyverí After CBS Cancellation
Marc Berman

Never underestimate the power of the fans when their favorite TV series are canceled.

Historically, and before the advent of social media, the importance of the fans of any series was clearly visible when NBC canceled the original Star Trek after two seasons. The year was 1968 and the series received a last minute third season pickup after the fans initiated a letter writing campaign. Naturally, Star Trek never really ďendedĒ, and that additional season, thanks to the audience, could have been instrumental to the ongoing interest in the franchise.

CBS crime solver Cagney & Lacey in 1983 is another example pre-social media of a series saved by a letter writing campaign. The result was a third season reprieve in midseason (and, ultimately, an additional four seasons in production plus four made-for television movies).

More recent was CBS sci-fi drama Jericho in 2007, when the fans sent mountains of nuts to the network in support of the series after the network opted against a second season (in reference to the first season-ender). Fans of Arrested Development sent Fox executives fake bananas in reference to the banana stand on the sitcom They also created website SaveOurBluths.com. And, in 2016, a robust letter writing campaign following ABCís cancellation of drama Nashville after four seasons resulted in an additional two seasons on cable net CMT.

Countless other primetime TV series (animated comedies Family Guy and Futurama; dramedy Chuck; and dramas Veronica Mars, Lucifer, Timeless, and Sense8, to name a few) received a new lease in lease after the fans spoke out.

Now, following the surprise axing by CBS of its reboot of action/adventure MacGyver after five seasons, is a change.org petition urging the network to ďSave MacGyver.Ē The petition is asking CBS and everyone who is responsible for canceling the show to renew it for season six. And, should CBS not reverse course, fans are asking other outlets to keep it in production.
A separate petition is directed for Netflix to pick up the series, which it has done in the past following the cancellations of Arrested Development, Designated Survivor, and Lucifer.

Right now, MacGyver is slated to officially end on CBS on Friday, April 30. A total of 94 episodes produced means there is more than enough for off-network syndication. But in this age of social media, where every individual has a voice, chances of MacGyver being picked up elsewhere are certainly not out of the question. If dramas like Star Trek and Cagney & Lacey can find a new lease in life when the notion of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram was non-existent, the odds could be stacked in favor of another outlet stepping forward for MacGyver.

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Posted: 12 April 2021 - 02:19 AM                                    
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Surprised they don't mention Magnum PI which originally ended after season 7 but the fans wanted him to live on to fight another day and an 8th season was made.

Interesting to see that the fifth season will end on the exact same date as the fifth season of the original show.

I'm just a little bit worried that if Netflix do pick it up there won't be any dvd-release.



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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 12 April 2021 - 12:19 PM)
I'm just a little bit worried that if Netflix do pick it up there won't be any dvd-release.

True. Also, for me it would be difficult to catch it on any of those streaming sites (e.g. Hulu) that aren't available here. We only have Netflix in Switzerland for a few years now and they don't have the same catalogue as US (or Germany), either.

But even if the chances aren't good for CBS to uncancel it, it's nice to show them that we're not backing down and accepting quietly. MacGyver always rooted for the underdogs.

And as long as Lucas Till doesn't say he quit voluntarily, its worth fighting for it after all that sh... he (and the rest of the cast and crew) had to go through to give us new episodes.



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Posted: 12 April 2021 - 09:37 AM                                    
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Another article: https://screenrant.com/macgyver-reboot-show...ason-6-renewal/


Fans Campaign To Save MacGyver & Get It Renewed For Season 6
Following its recent cancellation, fans mount a campaign to save the reboot series MacGyver and encourage CBS to renew it for season 6.

BY REBECCA VANACKER

After its recent cancellation, fans are campaigning for CBS to renew MacGyver for season 6. The action series stars Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, who takes an unconventional approach to besting criminals as a secret government agent. MacGyver is a reboot of the 1985-1992 TV show of the same name. The current version premiered in 2016. It's been a fairly steady performer for CBS since, alongside fellow reboot shows Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. Though critical reception has been more mixed, MacGyver has a passionate fanbase nonetheless.

Unfortunately for viewers, last week came the news MacGyver season 5, which is currently airing, will be the show's last. Like the majority of TV series, MacGyver has felt the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic over the last year. Season 4 ended early with 13 episodes, with some held for season 5. Even with those extras, the now final season will be 15 episodes long, putting both seasons 4 and 5 well below the 20+ episodes each of the first three seasons featured. The series finale is now set to air Friday, April 30.

However, some MacGyver fans are hoping that won't be the end of the show after all. One, Aria D, started a Change.org petition calling for signers to "Help us #SaveMacGyver and renew it for season 6." The petition cites the show's support of diversity and asks specifically for "one last season" in order to give MacGyver a satisfactory ending. As of this writing, the petition has just over 8,000 signatures with a goal of 10,000. Fans have also gotten #SaveMacGyver to trend on Twitter and sent CBS nearly 200,000 paperclips, which are often associated with the show.

Though a season 6 renewal for MacGyver seems unlikely at this time, stranger things have certainly happened. At one time, a cancellation was the guaranteed end of a show, but that's not the case anymore. With more streamers and cable networks than ever before, cancelled series have more of a chance to be picked up elsewhere. That's happened with several shows in the last few years, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and One Day at a Time.

In this case, MacGyver fans are targeting CBS specifically to renew the series, which seems like a smart play. Networks are sometimes moved by passionate viewers, such as NBC with its beloved spy dramedy Chuck, which was helped by a fan mounted campaign to buy subs from the show's sponsor Subway. It's also worth noting those signing the petition are primarily focused on a season 6 renewal rather than MacGyver coming back indefinitely. With the series finale only a couple of weeks away, it's understandable fans are concerned it won't be a satisfying conclusion for the show. Though not likely, it's certainly possible CBS will take this under consideration and rethink MacGyver's cancellation.



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The Petition reached 10'000 signatures yesterday (currently at 11'300): https://www.change.org/p/cbs-save-macgyver

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It's too bad. I was hoping it would hit two more seasons. One to wrap up the remaining storylines before ending, and one to spite the people who keep acting to this day like this show is the AntiChrist



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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 14 April 2021 - 04:15 PM)
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QUOTE (Dragondog @ 15 April 2021 - 12:45 PM)
It's too bad. I was hoping it would hit two more seasons. One to wrap up the remaining storylines before ending, and one to spite the people who keep acting to this day like this show is the AntiChrist

Yes. Also, it feels so unfair to the cast and crew. Lucas risked his career to get Lenkov gone, they filmed with a complete new team during a freaking pandemic, and all they got was 8.5 episodes to film after being cancelled just 9 months after Lenkov got fired.

What was the point of the back-up order in Season 4? What was the point in hiring a new showrunner and complete new team just to get it cancelled anyway? Especially after all those talk about being more diverse and hiring a non-white showrunner and a non-white writers team; implementing all new recurring POC and LGBT+ characters this season? Did they get "too woke" for CBS with starting storylines about racism, police violence and the like?

I'm not one for conspiracy theories. And money is a valid reason to cancel a show. But this cancellation will never not feel fishy to me.



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QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 16 April 2021 - 12:43 AM)
I hope we can save it

It's not easy, but I hope so too.

I agree that the show has a lot of flaws. It just feels so unfair to the cast and crew. Lucas risked his career to get Lenkov gone, plus they filmed with a complete new team during a freaking pandemic and that's the "reward".

Also, I don't want to give Lenkov the satisfaction being able to witness the show getting cancelled after only 8 episodes after his exit (though half of these episodes still had to deal with storylines set up by him).



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QUOTE (Dragondog @ 15 April 2021 - 11:45 AM)
It's too bad. I was hoping it would hit two more seasons. One to wrap up the remaining storylines before ending, and one to spite the people who keep acting to this day like this show is the AntiChrist

Agreed. I always wondered if they would get to 7 seasons. With another 45 episodes they would've had the same amount of episodes as the original show. 47 if you count the tv-movies.



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QUOTE (real_ness @ 15 April 2021 - 01:40 PM)
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I think most of the LA-based crew left the day after wrapping. They probably rented an apartement or lived in a hotel.

The Georgia-based crew seems to work on the new Disney show now.



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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 15 April 2021 - 06:40 AM)
QUOTE (Dragondog @ 15 April 2021 - 12:45 PM)
It's too bad. I was hoping it would hit two more seasons. One to wrap up the remaining storylines before ending, and one to spite the people who keep acting to this day like this show is the AntiChrist

Yes. Also, it feels so unfair to the cast and crew. Lucas risked his career to get Lenkov gone, they filmed with a complete new team during a freaking pandemic, and all they got was 8.5 episodes to film after being cancelled just 9 months after Lenkov got fired.

What was the point of the back-up order in Season 4? What was the point in hiring a new showrunner and complete new team just to get it cancelled anyway? Especially after all those talk about being more diverse and hiring a non-white showrunner and a non-white writers team; implementing all new recurring POC and LGBT+ characters this season? Did they get "too woke" for CBS with starting storylines about racism, police violence and the like?

I'm not one for conspiracy theories. And money is a valid reason to cancel a show. But this cancellation will never not feel fishy to me.

Just how "expensive" did the show get after 9 months and 8 episodes???



 
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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 16 April 2021 - 04:54 AM)
QUOTE (real_ness @ 15 April 2021 - 01:40 PM)
People like Tristin who don't live in ATL have to pack and move too

I think most of the LA-based crew left the day after wrapping. They probably rented an apartement or lived in a hotel.

The Georgia-based crew seems to work on the new Disney show now.

I always thought the show had a time limit or was setup to not last long, because of their show naming strategy of ( [# of season word in title count] + [# of season word in title count] .... etc) . Just how many season could there be sticking with this...


Also CBS is saving face now because of the press and movements to look like they were wrong hurts them.



 
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kinda ironic that CBS is restructuring for inclusion and diversity yet cancels MacGyver that just introduced so many diverse actors and characters this season.

If the show was too expensive, they still could have renewed it with a tighter budget. I'm sure they would have found a way to write cheaper episodes with less stunts and location changes. Even if it was just for a last, shortened season.

So far, CBS hasn't announced a midseason schedule, either. That would really irk me if they kept airing reruns (they usually drop a show completely off schedule after it aired the Series Finale).



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Again if the cast was demanding more money in theory the only person you need to give more money too is Lucas beyond that the rest of the cast can be replaced if need be...

So sorry I am asking the dumb questions but can the show be saved? Or at the very least could this lead to perhaps a film series after all a successful spy show turning into a successful film series isnít unheard of (mission impossible and well Star Trek isnít a spy show well you get the idea)

True tv shows turning into films is much like video games turning into films but itís not unheard of....

I am just trying to not only make sense of it but see if there is some glimmer of hope.



 
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QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 17 April 2021 - 06:54 PM)
Again if the cast was demanding more money in theory the only person you need to give more money too is Lucas beyond that the rest of the cast can be replaced if need be...

Not exactly true. If you replace the cast whether it's with whole new characters or actors taking over other peoples roles, you might end up with a whole different kind of dynamic. It might totally lose the chemistry Lucas has with everybody. You can't just replace Tristin for example with somebody else because they are cheaper. That just won't work.



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Haven't heard anything about a contract dispute even from people or press "in the know" yet, so I won't go down that rabbidhole (yes I spelt that correctly) until I hear something.



 
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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 17 April 2021 - 05:45 PM)
QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 17 April 2021 - 06:54 PM)
Again if the cast was demanding more money in theory the only person you need to give more money too is Lucas beyond that the rest of the cast can be replaced if need be...

Not exactly true. If you replace the cast whether it's with whole new characters or actors taking over other peoples roles, you might end up with a whole different kind of dynamic. It might totally lose the chemistry Lucas has with everybody. You can't just replace Tristin for example with somebody else because they are cheaper. That just won't work.

Trust me I love Tristin Mays she is my new celebrity crush that I can thank this show for (if only she had a music career lol) but I watch Macgyver for well Macgyver I mean could season 8 of the original series happened without Dana sure would it of been different yes but would most have enjoyed it yup.

Again I just am looking for two things

1. A reason why
2. And a glimmer of hope for the future


I plan on posting a longer post on this subject but to give a cliff notes version after waiting from 1994- really 2016 (though someone could make the argument for 2012 as the return of Macgyver with the comic and the mobile game and the commercial) but it was a long road no matter what year you put and yeah I am just not ready for another what 20 gap between this show and another possible reboot



 
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QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 17 April 2021 - 07:54 PM)
So sorry I am asking the dumb questions but can the show be saved? Or at the very least could this lead to perhaps a film series after all a successful spy show turning into a successful film series isnít unheard of (mission impossible and well Star Trek isnít a spy show well you get the idea)

True tv shows turning into films is much like video games turning into films but itís not unheard of....

I don't know much about property laws in TV land. In theory yes, it can be saved.

But easiest way would be if CBS saved it themselves. According to Justin Hires, they were given the costs as a reason. If they really wanted to save it, they could have just shoved it to the CW and cut the budget, but they didn't. So we don't know if there's not another reason behind the scenes.

Lucifer was saved when FOX cancelled it. But the rights didn't belong to FOX but WB that sold it to Netflix.

I'm not sure how willing CBS/Paramount is to sell the rights if; especially if they want to hold on to the rights for the OG show still. Also, the rights belong partially to OG creator Lee David Zlotoff.

In theory, it can be saved, but I don't think it will come easy and I'm not sure that can happen overnight unless CBS decides to "uncancel" it. If it is saved by another network, it still could take a while for them to re-start filming. There would be new contracts to make for the cast and that would need to happen before they're already busy with other projects.



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The Petition reached 15'000 signatures on Friday (currently at 16'444+): https://www.change.org/p/cbs-save-macgyver

Tell your friends about it! Even if it's not easy to save a show, it might help show CBS and other networks that there's an interest. Also, good motivation for cast and crew.

Even if we don't get another season, it could help in sparking other merch, books or better DVD extras. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" didn't get another Season, but they continued Season 8 as Graphic Novel. If CBS realizes there's interest for more (no matter the Reboot or the OG show), they might try to monetize it. For example, finally release the OG show on BluRay.

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'MacGyver' Fans Are Hijacking the ACM Awards on Twitter to Save the Show
By DANIEL S. LEVINE - April 18, 2021 10:40 pm EDT

MacGyver fans continue to hope they can convince CBS to reverse its decision to cancel the reboot after five seasons earlier this month. On Sunday night, some tried to get #SaveMacGyver trending on Twitter while the eye network broadcast the ACM Awards live from Nashville. MacGyver debuted in 2016 and its series finale will air on Friday, April 30.

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Since the show was canceled, fans have repeatedly pressed CBS on social media to reverse its decision. A Change.org petition now has over 16,000 signatures. When CBS announced a wave of renewals last week, fans again asked CBS to renew MacGyver as well.

Some fans added #SaveMacGyver to tweets even if the majority of their tweet was in response to the ACM Awards. Others found unique ways to work the hashtag in.

"MacGyver also highlights that it is possible for those of different races and backgrounds to work together for a common goal," one person wrote. "Hey [CBS] and #ACMs if you're tired of seeing #MacGyver on all your posts, then CBS needs to renew the show for season six," another wrote.

MacGyver airs on CBS Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. You can find past episodes available to stream on Paramount+.


And now for the fun part:
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Ooof... that sucks the reboot is getting canceled...

I know I wasn't the biggest fan of the reboot or its biggest supporter, but I do feel like that show and the cast got crapped on more than they deserved. I kinda left it alone as it's not the first time one of my favorite franchises got rebooted and split the fanbase.

I hope the reboot gets a new season for you guys! happy.gif



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What are the odds that the show could get picked up by another network?



 
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Honestly, in my opinion, the show would be better off it was picked up by like... Netflix or something. CBS isn't known for showing much love to the MacGyver franchise, even with the original. =P



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QUOTE (Jediferret @ 19 April 2021 - 09:48 PM)
Honestly, in my opinion, the show would be better off it was picked up by like... Netflix or something. CBS isn't known for showing much love to the MacGyver franchise, even with the original. =P

If it gets picked up by Netflix the chances are pretty likely there won't be a dvd release. Then someone else decide when you will be able to watch it. I'm not sure if we are willing submit to the whims of that person. I for one know I won't. I want to be able to watch it when I want whenever I want.

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I kinda left it alone as it's not the first time one of my favorite franchises got rebooted and split the fanbase.

You will always have that. The fans will ALWAYS complain when their favorite character is not played by the original actor and will consider something bad because of it. That's unfortunately the shortsightedness of every fandom.



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