CBS is in some hot water over MacGyver. According to Deadline, CBS Studios is being sued by a third party over the reboot TV show.
Based on the hit ’80s action series, the reboot centers on Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till), a 20-something adventurer who creates a secret organization within the US government so he can use his vast scientific knowledge and extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving to save the world. The cast also includes George Eads, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, and Meredith Eaton.
According to Deadline, two groups (Hanzer Holdings and Arlita Inc.) are suing CBS Studios for payments owed based on a deal dating back to the original MacGyver.
Apparently, the plaintiffs are the “successors in interest” to Major Talent Agency, the company that was the packaging agent for the original series back in the 1980s. It seems back then a deal was made that entitled Major Talent Agency to a “packaging commission” for any spin-off to the original MacGyver.
Now, the successors to Major Talent Agency are suing CBS Studios for not paying this “packaging commission” since the MacGyver reboot debuted in 2016.
CBS Studios has not released a comment.
What do you think? Do you watch the MacGyver reboot? Do you consider it a spin-off series?