Fall Preview 2016: Does CBS’ ‘MacGyver’ stand a chance of sticking around?

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Was anyone really looking for a new version of “MacGyver“? At the moment, this is something that feels fully debatable. The original show with Richard Dean Anderson was fun, but it had a certain spirit of fun that we’re not sure can be matched with some glossy remake with big action sequences.

Since the time the trailer below was released months ago, the show has underwent a lot of creative retooling … so we do have to take almost everything here with a grain of salt.

Premiere Date and Timeslot Competition – Friday September 23 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. When you look across the board, there is not a similar show that it faces some competition from. That should give them a little bit of an advantage, though at the same time we wonder how many salty “Amazing Race” fans are not going to be interested in watching.

Logline – “A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paper clip, his trusty knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit TV series, this action packed origin story follows a young hero as he undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.”

Cast – Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Tristin Mays, and Justin Hires.

Trailer – It’s hard to take much away from this given that the show has underwent so many important shake-ups since this clip was first released. Therefore, the only thing that we can really say about it is that we wish that it was a little cheesier, had some more fun, and wasn’t as high-budget as it appears to be. In the modern era, we’d go more for comedy with the MacGyver character than something akin to other CBS action series.

Overall Take – We’re just not feeling it right now, largely because we’re a little tired of remakes, and because “Hawaii Five-0” was one of the last great ones that came out (and that was years ago). Still, with so many changes and the presence of Hires (one of the best parts of the “Rush Hour”) remake, we’ll give it a look for an episode or two.

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