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‘MacGyver’ Recruits ‘CSI’s’ George Eads


“CSI” alum George Eads will return to CBS for “MacGyver,” the pilot that reimagines the 1980s action-adventure series.

He won’t play the role originated by Richard Dean Anderson, however. Instead, Deadline reports he’s been cast as Lincoln, described as a man “who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist,” but he’s actually a government employee with “a great capability for compassion.”

The news of Eads’ arrival is accompanied by word of the departure of James Wan as the pilot’s director. Although he’s been helping to shepherd the project as an executive producer, a scheduling conflict with “The Conjuring 2″ means he won’t be able to direct. David Von Ancken (“Salem”) will step behind the camera in his place.

The reboot follows a twentysomething MacGyver as he’s recruited into a clandestine organization, where he uses his knack for solving problems in an unconventional manners to help prevent disasters from happening. The title role hasn’t been cast yet.


  • Arnold May II

    WHY more reboots?? Why not some new ideas!! Is that really to hard to ask for!?

  • Videonitekatt

    I was hoping he’d join NCIS as Tony’s replacement! :(

  • Jp

    They’ve already announced they are casting a female as his replacement.

  • goodfellow_puck

    I’m down for this, and I say that as someone who’s fav TV show as a kid was MacGyver. I also own (and have watched semi-recently) the entire original show.

    Look, if it sucks balls then why do original fans give a f? Just pop in the DVDs for the original and enjoy. If it turns out to be cool, then AWESOME, it’s more media to enjoy…and more importantly, it’s media that shows science as something super cool and interesting for a new generation. How many people got into forensics from all the CSIs for example?

    Science tech and geo-political landscapes have changed a bit, which means a new Mac has new(ish) ground to cover. Could be really cool.