Magnum PI reboot in the works at CBS

James Marshall
October 22, 2017

(Lenkov, for his part, serves as showrunner on both Hawaii Five-O and the network's MacGyver reboot.)The Blacklist producers John Davis and John Fox will exec produce via their David Entertainment banner.

Originally created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson, Magnum P.I. launched in 1980 and ran for eight seasons on CBS. Maintaining the spirit of the Selleck version, the new show will offer the same kinds of humor and action.

The show also featured Jonathan Higgins, who was played by John Hillerman, as the caretaker of the beachfront estate where Magnum lived. The potential series is a co-production between CBS Television Studios - where Lenkov is based - and Universal Television, with the latter having produced the original series. A similar supporting cast to the original will exist, as he gets help from his fellow vets Theodore "TC" Calvin and Orville "Rick" Wright.

Thomas Magnum and his gumshoes could be returning to CBS.

The Higgins character will apparently be retooled as Juliet Higgins, a former MI6 agent, who has been disavowed by the agency, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show will explore Magnum taking on hard cases for people who have no one else to turn to, as well as reportedly exploring some social issues regarding the difficulties ex-servicemen have in acclimating back to life in the private sector.

However good the show is, there are unquestionably a large amount of older properties being rebooted for TV at the moment.

Reboots continue to be a hot TV trend this development season, including "Roswell" at The CW, "The Jetsons" at ABC and "The Munsters" at NBC.

The new Magnum is described as an update of the original. As Selleck now works for CBS, maybe there will be a cameo for him in the pilot as well.

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

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