‘Rush Hour’ alum Justin Hires finds new CBS role on ‘MacGyver’ remake

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Earlier this spring, CBS made it official that they have ordered a reboot of “MacGyver” to series. However, in the process we’ve also learned a thing or two more about almost everything when it comes to the series is changing. Other than Lucas Till and “CSI” alumni George Eads, the majority of the rest of the original pilot’s cast is being replaced, and there’s one name coming on board now that should be familiar to many: Justin Hires.

According to Deadline, the actor / comedian, fresh off of the end of “Rush Hour” (which was canceled earlier this year), has been brought on board as a major character in the reboot. This will hopefully be an opportunity for people to see his talent, which was unfortunately not seen by enough people this spring.

This show is being re-tooled by Peter M. Lenkov, the showrunner for another CBS show in “Hawaii Five-0.” He’s one of the perfect people to lead the effort to make this show a success, given that he knows a thing or two at the moment about reboots, and the same thing goes for making a good crime show with elements of humor.

Whether or not the revamped show survives, given a difficult 8:00 p.m. Friday timeslot and not a significant amount of buzz at present, remains to be seen. We’ll have some further insight on it a little bit later this summer, and hopefully at that point we will have a little bit more of a sense in regards to whether or not the new version of the show could work.

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