Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Macgyver' Returns for Two-Movie Deal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Macgyver' Returns for Two-Movie Deal

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MAC is back!

"MacGyver," that is.

When we last saw our intrepid hero two years ago, he was riding off into the syndication sunset after seven seasons on ABC. "MacGyver," which starred Richard Dean Anderson, was a most unusual action-adventure series. Mac was a former Special Forces agent working for a think tank; he used his amazing intellect instead of brute force to right wrongs and defend the world every week from the bad guys.

Due to popular demand, Anderson, 44, has reprised the role that made him famous, making two ABC movies with his alter ego in the title. The first, "MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis," airs at 7 tonight on Channel 2. Shot in England and Greece, the Saturday matinee-type adventure finds Mac on an archaeological dig to locate a legendary fortune. Anderson, who also is executive producer of the movies, will be seen later this year in "MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday."

The Minnesota native got his big acting break in 1976 when he was cast as Dr. Jeff Webber on the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital." The co-founder of the Hollywood Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team, Anderson has also starred in the TV movies "In the Eyes of a Stranger" and "Through the Eyes of a Killer."

The easygoing actor discussed "MacGyver," as well as the trials and tribulations of being a producer:

Q: So how did the "MacGyver" movies come about?

A: After the series was canceled, the audience reaction was such that ABC came to Paramount, who came to me and asked if I would be interested in doing what is known as a "wheel" on the same level as "Columbo." They wanted me to do six of them. I said, "How about if we start with two?"

Once the series was canceled, it was kind of a matter of taking steps forward (in my career), as opposed to laterally or backward. My partner and I had negotiated this deal with Paramount to develop and produce and star in my own projects. …

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