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'MacGyver' Is Coming Back...As a Woman!

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | March 17, 2015 |

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | March 17, 2015 |

It is raining ’80s, pop culturally speaking. We are getting actual droves of Ghostbusters, Bill & Ted are coming back and now, so is MacGyver. With but one stipulation (MacGyver’s stipulations are made of dirt, very small rocks and a half an Altoid): the character has to come back as a woman.

“We put so many images [of women] out on TV and cable, and it’s really up to us to start portraying people the way they actually are, not that old-fashioned idea of what we think they must be,” [says producer Lori McCreary].

For instance, when you look at where in the world most of the new female engineers are, it’s not the U.S. — but Asia.

In China, about 40 percent of engineers are women, compared with fewer than 20 percent in the U.S. And in India, the number of women in the engineering industry has been rising so fast that the head count (and percentage) has surpassed that in the U.S.

So could the new Mac be from Asia?

“I think the character could be from anywhere,” McCreary says. “I love the idea of anyone, of any race, coming in and showing us what’s possible.”

This is VERY exciting. HIT THE THEME.

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