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Fall TV: ‘MacGyver’ has high-tech frills, but few thrills

Lucas Till on the run as ‘MacGyver’ in the new CBS reimagining of the classic series from the 1980s.
Lucas Till on the run as ‘MacGyver’ in the new CBS reimagining of the classic series from the 1980s. CBS

New show: MacGyver

When/where: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, CBS

Cast: Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt

Premise: Yet another reboot, this time of the popular 1980s action-adventure show.

Verdict: Meh. It looks pretty, in a high-tech “CSI”-like fashion. And Till is fine as Angus “Mac” MacGyver, whose motto is “improvise!” when faced with a challenge. And he’s faced with a bunch of them. So why wasn’t I more invested in the characters and the action, and less bothered by the slow exposition and the clunky writing? (“What happens in Cairo, stays in Cairo!” Ugh.) In the end, “MacGyver” is just kind of there. And for a thrilling adventure show, that’s not a good sign.

Read our complete guide to what to watch and what to skip for the 2016 Fall TV season.

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