Justin Hires Cast on 'MacGyver'

MacGyver: Rush Hour's Justin Hires Joins Cast of CBS' Revamped Reboot

When you’re hot, you’re hot.

Justin Hires scarcely had time to lament CBS’ cancellation of Rush Hour when he was cast in the network’s MacGyver reboot, our sister site Deadline reports.

Since the pilot for the fall series was shot, Hawaii Five-0 showrunner Peter Lenkov has been busily revamping the update of ABC’s 1985-92 hit about a secret agent with a knack for getting out of tight jams using nothing but average, everyday items and ingenuity.

Only two cast members — Lucas Till (as the titular hero) and CSI‘s George Eads — weren’t axed in the post-pilot retooling, and thus, four new actors are being brought in as series regulars. Among those is Hires, who’ll play MacGyver’s ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer.

What do you think? Are you glad Hires will be back on screen sooner than later? Are you into the idea of a new MacGyver? Hit the comments.

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28 Comments
  1. Kevin K says:

    CBS is getting Justin Hires a second chance but whether the new MacGyver is going to be a success or failure, how can he go from small screen version of the hit movie (Rush Hour) to a classic remake from the ’80s (MacGyver)?

  2. Murica! says:

    Another reason to skip this reboot. He was horrible in Rush hour. He tried to act like Chris Tucker and failed miserably.

    It already needed revamping after the pilot? That’s hilarious! This reboot was doomed from the beginning.

    RDA is MacGyver! This reboot will be cancelled after a few episodes.

    • David4 says:

      The West Wing was revamped after the pilot to make the president a main character. These things are very very very common.

      Also he won’t try to act like Chris Tucker anymore, so that is a good thing.

    • Whatever says:

      His Rush Hour performance was a bit much but I’m sure he was just doing what he was told, otherwise there would definitely be a lot of people to tell him no. As for MacGyver, the show is a product of its time. It’s just not as impressive when everything have a life heck video online.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      I enjoyed his performance, which had heart and caring for family and friends. I watch TV to have a good time and walk away happy and content. Both, he and John Foo gave that to me. I wish they would bring the show back, someday.

    • Ann says:

      Don’t think so…Hires is a good actor and has a good cast working with him. So far one of the characters have been replace and it wasn’t Hires…keeping my 🤞

  3. Silv says:

    Like the other commenter said, RIchard Dean Anderson is synonymous with the role of MacGyver. This reboot, retool, retread isn’t likely to even make a footnote in history. Shame Hollywood can’t come up with any original ideas and are determined to ruin every classic out there.

    • Gern Blanston says:

      So, what? Jack Lord was synonymous with the original Hawaii Five-O. It didn’t stop the new one from being a fairly decent hit. Its going on what, 6-7 seasons now? People need to stop looking back at the original MacGyver with rose colored glasses. It was a decent show for its time, I watched every episode as a kid and enjoyed it a lot. But, reruns are a little excruciating to watch. The stories, the acting, and the mullet are all pretty cheesy. Its far from the classic that people want to make it out to be.

      • Eurydice says:

        MacGyver was great DESPITE the mullet, acting and stories. It’s the character that’s iconic, not the show. RDA’s portrayal was calm and kind and cheerful, sometimes bewildered, confident, but never egotistical. From the trailer I saw on this site, the rebooted MacGyver needs a boot in the pants – he looks like an arrogant little rat boy.

      • PatriciaLee says:

        Right on! The husband keeps saying that the current 5-O is better than the original. (He’s the big fan, so just relaying info, here)

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Uhhh…the young man looks like Anderson, so what’s the gripe? It sounds fun.

      • Murica! says:

        You’re either a troll or blind. He looks nothing like him.

      • Eurydice says:

        You must be a network exec – just pick up any guy off the street and put an RDA mask on him. But, for me, it’s not the looks, it’s the character. They could cast an Asian female and it would be OK, if they got the character’s personality right.

  4. Anita Richardson says:

    I think it would great to see Justin again in another TV. Series… Thank you CBS! He’s a great talent!

  5. Max says:

    A secret agent needs a roommate? Pass.

  6. PatriciaLee says:

    It sounds like it could be a combo like Nash Bridges and Joe Dominguez, who was always working on a funny but brainy money scheme. Sounds good.

  7. Sarah says:

    Didn’t see the pilot, but the trailer for MacDoover was awful, especially the lead who doesn’t seem to know where the camera is. Maybe a do-over of the do-over will make it palatable.

    Exceptionally bummed that a great show like Limitless was booted for this

  8. Ram510 says:

    Welp, this one will for sure be canceled. This guy is just terrible, don’t know how he’s getting work

  9. dean says:

    But what about Gerald?

  10. KLS says:

    Because of the name, MacGyver, I think people are wanting this reboot to succeed. It was a good show that turned repetitive after the first few seasons, but the character and premise were good. Not sure if making Mac a lot younger was the right decision, but CBS seems to want to make it work. It’s Fri@8 timeslot is not going to help it any unless it can manufacture some quick buzz. It might need a better showrunner to succeed.

  11. Hannah says:

    I can’t believe this was chosen over Limitless.

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  13. Jose Ole says:

    I’m personally jacked for this re-make. I loved the original as a child/teenager, and want this baby to succeed so much. Yes, Gern Blanston is right, the re-runs on Cloo of the original are “cheesy” by today’s standards, but then again so was pretty much every series back in the 80’s/early 90’s. However, considering that they cancelled (with a weak Series finale) “Person Of Interest” (which was truly a gem, in my book), and staved, even that, until late Spring/end of regular P/T season, in order to put “Limitless” on Tuesday(s) was ridiculous. “Limitless” should have been left a movie, and ended there. It was alright the first 10 episodes, then got very annoying & frankly ‘barely’ watchable.

    I’d STILL rather have POI back, then either “MacGyver” or “Limitless,” but I’ll take a chance on a remake of a classic like “MacGyver” than that poor excuse of a TV species of “Limitless” any day.

    With that being said, I’m a little confused that this remake of “MacGyver” is making Jack Dalton (George Eads) an ex-CIA agent, when the original Dalton character (played by Bruce McGill) was nothing more than a close, childhood and continuing buddy, who was a “fly-by-the-seat” rango pilot and swashbuckler. Then, to really be EXTRA confusing, they don’t even have a Pete Thornton (played originally by Dana Elcar) in this version. Wasn’t Peter Mac’s best friend throughput the original, and was always like the confidante that kept Mac “Angus” grounded and essentially made Mac – well, Mac?!!? Other than those two burning questions, I’m anxiously awaiting this ‘possibly’ awesome version. These showrunners have made Hawaii Five-0 good (as a remake) & brought the gold standard with “Scorpion” (NOT to mention were involved with “24” at points). So here’s hoping we get some more “gold,” or at least “silver” or a close “bronze” from this iteration…