Magnum, P.I. (1980 series)Latest News and Opinion
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 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 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 Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
In defense of TV’s revival craze
Source: The Washington Post
“There has been a surge in revivals, but that is because there has been a surge in every kind of scripted television programming,” says Daniel W. Drezner, pointing to the record 487 scripted shows on television last year, a small portion of which were reboots and revivals. “With this kind of growth,” he adds, “it is not surprising to see a secular increase in all kinds of shows: adaptations from comic books, adaptations from comic strips, dramedies, gritty sci-fi, zombies, doctor dramas, maudlin dramas that don’t like Crock-Pots, brilliant and inventive comedies that defy definition and yes, revivals.” He adds: “I get why critics don’t like this — they have to review all this stuff. But from the consumer’s perspective, it is a mistake to think that a Will & Grace comeback will somehow prevent another Atlanta from emerging. There isn’t a scarcity problem for television in 2018. And for all the laments about the lack of creativity, let me suggest that one of the most original hour of television last year came from a reboot of Twin Peaks.” ALSO: Viewers say stop the reboot insanity!
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 5:33PM EST
Tom Selleck pays tribute to Magnum P.I. co-star John Hillerman
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Selleck recalled a funny story about his “regular guy” friend Hillerman: “I would go around London in a cab, and they'd ask, ‘Where's the Brit, John Hillerman, from on your show?’ and I'd tell them he was from Denison, Texas. The Brits are always good at spotting funny British accents in shows, and they all thought John was British.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
John Hillerman, who won an Emmy for playing Higgins on Magnum P.I., dies at 84
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Hillerman established a reputation for playing snooty types. But it is his role as “fastidious estate caretaker” Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I. that iis his most memorable. Hillerman was nominated for four best supporting actor Emmys for the role, winning one in 1987.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Dave Grohl guest-hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! dressed as bearded David Letterman
Grohl, whose Foo Fighters closed out Letterman’s 32-year late-night run in May 2015, got so annoyed with having to wear a long, flowing beard that he encouraged Letterman to shave it off. The Halloween-themed episode featured guest Kristen Bell dressed as Magnum P.I., and Grohl got her to sing a Frozen-Metallica mashup with him. Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White also made a cameo.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 11:40PM EDT
CBS is planning a Magnum P.I. reboot with the producer who revived Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Producer Peter Lenkov is being asked again to revive another classic TV series, this one based on the 1980s Tom Selleck Hawaii-set drama. With CBS spending big bucks on the pilot, the updated version of Magnum P.I. follows Thomas Magnum as a former Navy SEAL (like the original series) who returns home from Afghanistan and uses his skills as a private investigator. Selleck isn’t attached to the reboot. But since he’s already connected to CBS via Blue Bloods, it wouldn’t be surprising if he made a cameo. ALSO: ABC tried a female Magnum P.I. sequel last year.