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Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Thomas Magnum briefly sports a Tom Selleck-esque mustache in a Magnum P.I. promo for Episode 2
Check out how Jay Hernandez looks with a Selleck-like 'stache.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
CBS' Magnum P.I. reboot is more about corporate synergy than creativity
Magnum P.I. isn't just a reboot -- it's part of the CTU, or CBS Television Universe, which includes Hawaii Five-0's reboot. "The sheer fact that the crossover pieces are built into the pilot spoils a lot of the joy in seeing how the two Hawaii-set police procedurals could somehow come together," says Ben Travers. "And a lot of that joy has already been sucked out by the machine making the new Magnum. For a pilot to begin with a man skydiving from outer space and end without a trace of distinguishing personality points to two problems: a) It’s meant to be generic enough for mass appeal, and b) Creativity isn’t driving this series. Reboots, remakes, and revivals are usually inessential, but even the ones with the least motivation to come back can work with the right cast (Will & Grace) or intentions (Queer Eye) can work. Magnum P.I. is a reboot coasting on the name of its predecessor that’s trying to ensure success in the ratings by tying itself to another reboot that’s already successful. There’s no natural imagination involved, just fiscal obligation."
- Jay Hernandez isn't bad as Thomas Magnum, but he isn't Tom Selleck -- Magnum P.I. exposes how much heavy lifting Selleck did on a thin premise
- Magnum P.I.'s Thomas Magnum is a cipher in every sense, and that's a problem because there needs to be something behind the smile
- Hernandez brings a certain amount of charm to the role, but he doesn't have Selleck's charisma
- Average, inoffensive and reliably amusing, the new Magnum P.I. is a serviceable entry in CBS' slate of peppy procedurals
- The original was inspirational portrayal for Vietnam vets, while the reboot mostly glosses over the war in Afghanistan
- Magnum's existence is cold and cynical, merely a piece of content placed between commercials
- The lack of a native Hawaiian or Asian-American character in the show’s core cast is a glaring problem
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
Magnum P.I. has no Latinx writers despite having a Latino lead
The CBS reboot's producers were grilled at TV press tour about Latinx representation among the show's writers. Executive producer Eric Guggenheim responded that with Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, they're "not denying the fact he’s Latino. It’s something we plan to acknowledge throughout the season.” But there are no Latino or Latina writers, he said, "not for any reason other than, when staffing a show, it’s incredibly hard to find writers.” He added that "we have a very diverse writers' room." Writer Yolanda Machado, who asked the original question, tweeted her disappointment in the answer: "I asked this (because) I am so tired of all these reboots casting (people of color) but omitting how their culture affects/changes the character. I LOVE that Jay Hernandez is Magnum, but not allowing his culture to influence #MagnumPI- is a HUGE disservice. PS: 2018 & no #Latinx writers? WTF."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Magnum P.I. aims to revive the P.I. genre
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We’re trying to reinvent, not the actual show, but the P.I. genre, which has been dormant for a long time,” said executive producer Peter Lenkov, speaking at Comic-Con. “We’re trying to bring that back and trying to make that genre have some big stakes.” Lenkov adds that this is the perfect time for a Magnum P.I. reboot. “If I would have done this show 10 years ago, when we did Hawaii Five-0, it wouldn’t be as relevant,” he said. “At the core of this story, it’s about veterans returning home and reintegrating into society.”
- Jay Hernandez on the new Thomas Magnum being Latino: "There’s a lot of negativity attached to people of color, so it’s really wonderful and bold and special to have this opportunity to put that imagery to tell stories and to be on TV and to have something up there that is in very stark contrast to a lot of what we’re absorbing on a subconscious level."
- A Hawaii Five-0-Magnum P.I. crossover happens in the pilot episode
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Tom Selleck didn't object to CBS' Magnum P.I. reboot, but he won't be involved in any way
Source: TV Insider
Speaking for the first time about CBS' reboot starring Jay Hernandez, Selleck tells TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider he was approached early on by executive producer Peter Lenkov -- who has successfully rebooted Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver -- and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and asked if he "had a problem" with CBS rebooting his iconic show -- that they wouldn't proceed if he objected. The Blue Bloods star also spoke to CBS boss Les Moonves. Afterwards, Selleck says, "I went home and thought about it for about a day. In the end, I thought, ‘We couldn’t have a better bow tied around our show. We went off with our final episode as the number one show on all of television. We’re in the Smithsonian for recognizing Vietnam veterans in a positive light, the first show to really do that. And it led to countless other opportunities. I just felt success is so hard to come by in this business, why do I want to root for somebody to fail.' I just stepped back, and said, ‘I won’t get in your way.'" Selleck also says "they asked" if he'd be involved with the revival, "and I said 'Absolutely not. I’m busy with Blue Bloods.'" Selleck added: “I told them that I won’t do some cameo guest spot to let the audience know I approve...I have an obligation to my version."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Is the new Magnum P.I. driving a fake Ferrari?
One eagle-eyed staffer on Auto Blog alleges that Jay Hernandez is really driving a Ferrari-looking shell on a GM body. ALSO: Are millennials even familiar with Magnum P.I.?
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Why new Magnum P.I. Jay Hernandez doesn't have a mustache: "No one is going to replace Tom Selleck"
Source: TV Guide
The mustache-free Thomas Magnum has been buzzed about since the first image of Hernandez on the Magnum P.I. reboot was released. At CBS' upfronts on Wednesday, Hernandez explained why he's not sporting a mustache. "No one is going to replace Tom Selleck," Hernandez told TV Guide. "You can't do that. You gotta sorta reinvent it, take what works from the original show and sort of make it new so that's what we did." He added: "Just wait! Watch the show, there might be something that people who need the mustache might feel satisfied with." In reviewing the new Magnum P.I. trailer, critic Daniel Fienberg said Thomas Magnum without the mustache doesn't feel like Magnum P.I. "I've got no objections at all to Jay Hernandez as Magnum, but without a mustache or conspicuous chest hair, nothing about him instantly screams 'Magnum!'" he says. Meanwhile, Vincent Boucher asks: "Will a Magnum sans his mustache really have what it takes?" He adds that a mustache in 2018 may be seen as "too ironic, too Brooklyn hipster." TV mustaches, he points out, have also been associated with Milo Ventimiglia's tragic This Is Us character and James Franco's dark The Deuce characters. "For now, we can only hope some kind of hairline storyline makes the cut," says Boucher.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Can the Magnum P.I. reboot work without a mustache?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Tom Selleck became an icon wearing a mustache and Hawaiian shirts. Yet Jay Hernandez is sporting neither in promos for the CBS revival series. "Will a Magnum sans his mustache really have what it takes?" asks Vincent Boucher. "Much like Samson who lost his godly abilities when shorn of his lengthy locks, will the new iteration of the TV folk hero still have the power to keep the people tuned in without his bro-mo? We'll have to wait until this fall to find out. For now, we can only hope some kind of hairline storyline makes the cut."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Here's your first look at new CBS shows, including Jay Hernandez as a mustache-less Magnum P.I.
Also check out Nina Dobrev on Fam and Cedric the Entertainer on Welcome to the Neighborhood.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
CBS picks up four dramas, including Magnum P.I. reboot and God Friended Me
Jay Hernandez will officially succeed Tom Selleck in the role of private investigator Thomas Magnum, in a reboot from Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver "rebirther" Peter Lenkov. CBS has also picked up Ava DuVernay's The Red Line, starring Noah Wyle, about the aftermath of a white Chicago cop accidentally shooting to death a black doctor. Greg Berlanti's God Friended Me stars The Mayor alum Brandon Michael Hall and Joe Morton in a drama about a young man who is "friended" by God on Facebook. CBS has also ordered The Code, a legal drama revolving around the military's brightest minds, starring Hamilton's Phillipa Soo. ALSO: Mira Sorvino and Dave Annable have left The Code and their roles will be recast.
# TOPICS: Magnum P.I. (2018 series), Amazon, CBS, The Code, God Friended Me, The Red Line, Ava DuVernay, Brandon Micheal Hall, Dave Annable, Jay Hernandez, Joe Morton, Mira Sorvino, Noah Wyle, Peter Lenkov, Phillipa Soo, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups, Revivals
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
CBS' Magnum P.I. revival will have a female Higgins
British actress Perdita Weeks has joined the CBS pilot in the majordomo role of Juliet Higgins, a female version of the sidekick character John Hillerman played on the original Magnum P.I.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 3:30PM EST
CBS casts Jay Hernandez as the new Magnum P.I.
CBS had been looking for a non-white actor to succeed Tom Selleck in the role of Thomas Magnum, and the network found him in the 40-year-old Hernandez, a Latino actor whose credits include stints on Nashville, Last Resort and, most recently, Scandal. Hernandez also starred on the Fox drama Gang Related in 2014. On the CBS pilot, Hernandez will play a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who uses his skills from serving in Afghanistan to work as a private investigator. According to Deadline, "landing Hernandez is a get for CBS as casting the role was challenging because the series is slated to film in Hawaii."