While George Eads’ MacGyver absences so far this season have been noticeable, we always had evidence that on the other side of them, he’d be back for more. That may not be the case anymore.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eads is departing the CBS series at some point at the end of season 3, and his final episode is set to air in 2019. This move follows what the site describes a personal decision by the actor to want to spend more time with his daughter in Los Angeles. (MacGyver films on the other side of the country in Atlanta.) The site does also note an altercation that took place on the set earlier this fall; Eads is reportedly being let out of his contract (which would have run for additional seasons) and the character of Jack Dalton will be written out in some shape or form.
Is this news surprising? Anytime that you lose an actor who is an original series regular in the middle of a season, you have to think so. Eads is also an important performer on the show and was #2 on the call sheet behind Lucas Till. He is a hugely important part of the show and from a story perspective, Jack is going to be missed. He was MacGyver’s #1 out in the field and the two had a rather-lengthy history. With his exit, the series will have to either bring on board a new partner for Mac or find a way to incorporate him more alongside some other recurring cast members who have popped in here and there. We do think that the show has some options, but it really comes down to precisely what they want to do moving forward. They could presumably have a little bit of time to figure this out, especially since we do not expect a MacGyver season 4 to air until the fall. (A season 4 has not been officially confirmed at the moment, but that is something that we certainly anticipate will be coming down the line given the show’s current ratings.)
While there is no guarantee a show moves forward as strong after a cast change, in this case we really hope that MacGyver will. They do have a ton of talented people left.
We should note that this is not the first time that Eads has departed a CBS series; previously, he exited CSI (where he had a long-running role for many years) after spending a good decade and a half with the problem. Prior to his exit, he was at one point suspended after a reported clash with one of the show’s writers.
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