MacGyver returns, but with a difference


(From The Independent) The creators of the classic 1980s TV series MacGyver are asking fans to come up with an idea for a similar new show. All you’ll need is a pen and paper, a piece of chewed gum, four paper clips, a strip of duct tape and your Swiss Army knife.

MacGyver, which starred Richard Dean Anderson as a mullet-sporting secret agent with the skills to build complex devices from whatever everyday items he had to hand, ran for seven series from 1985 to 1992. Rather than resort to violence, Angus MacGyver saved the day with science.

Now, the US National Academy of Engineering, the University of Southern California’s Viterbi school of engineering and the MacGyver Foundation are running a competition to create a new show, inspired by MacGyver, but with one significant stipulation: the main character must be a woman.

The organisers of “The Next MacGyver” contest say they want to produce “the first great TV show starring an iconic female engineer character”, in a bid to inspire young women to take up science and engineering careers.

The competition is open to entrants from any country, their character can be of any age, race or nationality, and the show can be in any genre.

There is no mention so far of when or on what platform the programme would be broadcast, but entrants must submit a synopsis of a pilot episode via the website before 17 April.

Five winners will receive $5,000 (£3,240) and the opportunity to develop their script with a Hollywood producer.

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