You might not recognize Meredith Eaton’s name, but you should.
Eaton, who refers to herself as a “short-stature actress” at 4 feet tall, is looking to inject some life in the CBS reboot MacGyver, joining the cast as a series regular.
Eaton plays Matty Webber, the new operations director at the Phoenix Foundation – to the excitement of Lucas Till’s MacGyver, but not so much his team member Jack, played by George Eads, according to a CBS release.
As Jack’s superior for 18 months while on assignment in South America, Matty could make anyone, including the director of the NSA, cry.
Showrunner Peter Lenkov said the addition of Eaton will provide some upheaval with the Phoenix team, especially when it comes to Jack. He added in a statement that “she may even teach Mac a few new tricks.”
Her most notable roles in recent years were on the CBS series Family Law that ran from 1999 to 2002. She later had a recurring role as Bethany Horowitz, a lawyer and love interest to William Shatner’s Denny Crane, on ABC’s Boston Legal.
Eaton got her acting break in the 2002 film Unconditional Love, when she auditioned against 500 women from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to get the starring role, CBS said.
She also had a recurring role in NCIS as Carol Wilson, which Eaton reprised in 2014 for NCIS: New Orleans.
More recently she played Meredith Oberling in the short-lived CBS series Battle Creek. She also finished work in the independent John Romo comedy The Ones.
MacGyver is by far a ratings hit for CBS, but the network expressed some longer-term confidence in the show by picking it up for a full season in October.
CBS is wasting no time bringing Eaton to air. Her first episode of MacGyver is Jan. 13.
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