(WIAT) — The iconic character “MacGyver” is returning to television on Friday, September 23.
The reimagining of the 80’s classic will premiere on CBS 42 at 7 P.M. Lucas Till stars in the series as MacGyver, the man who can make something out of anything, a member of a secret organization who can save the world with a simple paper clip.
George Eads, Tristan Mays and Justin Hires round out the cast of MacGyver’s friends and teammates.
CBS42 News caught up with the cast as they filmed an episode at a train station in Duluth, Georgia, not fair from Till’s hometown. He told us it’s been nice to be back home.
“I got to see my brother, take him out to dinner for his birthday,” Till said.
Of course, Till is also spending hours a day on set, bringing to life one of the most iconic characters in television.
“MacGyver” was so popular in the 80s, it’s its own verb in the dictionary. It describes someone who can create something extraordinary with the most ordinary of objects.
“You have to bring a lot of yourself, because you’re going to be playing them every day for years possibly,” Till said. “However, you can’t alienate those who are fans of the original. Yeah, you somehow have to find where the two meet, and I’m still figuring that out.”
George Eads plays Jack Dalton, Till’s constant companion who helps him defend the world.
“We’re kind of fighting international terrorism with a clandestine organization,” Eads said. “We’re covert. We’re action heroes.”
The series is action-packed, with new stunts featuring 21st century technology. While the new “MacGyver” wants to make its own mark, Till says, it still pays homage to the original series, even exploring MacGyver’s back story.
“It’s not really an origin story, but it is definitely before all the stuff you found in the original show,” Till said. “So you have a lot of characters on the show who are original characters, and so you can kind of see how I’ve established my relationships with them and stuff like that.”
“MacGyver” runs all season on Fridays at 7 P.M., right here on CBS 42.