CBS’s ‘MacGyver,’ shot in Atlanta, gets a fifth season

Credit: Marietta's Lucas Till stars in "MacGyver," which was given a fifth season on CBS. CR: CBS

Credit: Marietta's Lucas Till stars in "MacGyver," which was given a fifth season on CBS. CR: CBS

Keep your duct tape and swiss army knife around another year: CBS has renewed "MacGyver" for a fifth season. 
The light drama, which is shot in metro Atlanta, has been a Friday night staple on the network since 2016 and stars Marietta's own Lucas Till as the updated version of MacGyver.

The show was renewed today on CBS with 14 other scripted shows: all three NCIS’s, “FBI,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “The Neighborhood,” “Seal Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “All Rise,” “The Unicorn” and “FBI: Most Wanted.”

Of course, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” are back, along with the surprisingly sturdy “Undercover Boss.”

Other shows that had previously been renewed were “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” “Evil,” “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

Four freshman shows with big-name stars did not make the cut: drama "Tommy" starring Edie Falco; sitcom "Broke" with former Atlantan and "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette; comedy "Carol's Second Act" led by Patricia Heaton and Matt LeBlanc's "Man With a Plan."

Earlier this season, five CBS shows were canceled or ended their runs:  “Criminal Minds, “Elementary,” “God Friended Me,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Madam Secretary.”

Given the pandemic, it's unclear when the renewed scripted shows will get back into production. They typically start in July, but that may not be realistic given the circumstances. This could also mean the traditional fall launch of most shows may be pushed back. 
CBS, according to Hollywood Reporter, has room for six new dramas and three new comedies next season if it kept the same mix of shows.

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