‘MacGyver’ Reboot Has Role in Mind for Richard Dean Anderson

“We hope he says yes,” says CBS showrunner Peter Lenkov


CBS’ “MacGyver” reboot is eager to get back to its roots, and has a role ready and waiting for the original resourceful secret agent.

“We’ve been talking to his reps, we have a role in mind,” new “MacGyver” showrunner Peter Lenkov said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour Wednesday. “We hope he says yes.”

The new “MacGyver” sees Lucas Till take over the role of a twentysomething MacGyver, as he creates a clandestine organization wherein he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help head off disasters.

The series, from CBS Television Studios and Lionsgate, is executive produced by Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear.

Anderson played MacGyver on the original CBS series for seven seasons, from 1985-1992.

The new “MacGyver” premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.