Magnum P.I. (2018 series)Latest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Magnum P.I's viewership stabilizes in Week 3, while The Neighborhood slips 21% in Week 2
After experiencing the steepest drop of the new network shows from Week 1 to Week 2, the Magnum P.I. reboot held on to nearly all of its Week 2 viewership on Week 3, dropping from 6.2 million to 6 million. The Neighborhood fell to 6.4 million in its second week, while CBS timeslot companion Happy Together was down 16% with 5 million viewers.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
God Friended Me has the second-steepest Week 2 decline for a freshman drama
The CBS drama fell 17% among total viewers, attracting 8.4 million last night. Magnum P.I. has had the steepest drop from Week 1 to Week 2, falling 23%.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
CBS' The Neighborhood debuts to solid numbers, Happy Together disappoints
About 8.1 million watched the premiere of the Cedric the Entertainer-Max Greenfield comedy. It was followed by Happy Together, which had 5.9 million viewers. ALSO: Magnum P.I.'s ratings dropped 22% with a weaker Week 2 lead-in.
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 Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Manifest debuts strong, The Big Bang Theory drops 41% in the demo, Magnum P.I. places third in its timeslot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC's Manifest premiered as the No. 2-rated show of Monday night, building on The Voice's viewership with 10.3 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory returned for its final season down 41% in the 18-49 demo. Magnum P.I., with 8.1 million viewers, came in third place in its timeslot, losing to 9-1-1 and The Voice.
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 Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Magnum P.I. accused of being "white-washed" with too few Asian/Pacific Islanders despite Hawaii setting
Media Action Network for Asian Americans president Rob Chan says it's offensive that a show set in a majority-Asian location doesn't have any leads who are of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. “We generally want a show to reflect the demographics it’s in," he says. "The show takes place in Hawaii, which is majority Asian, but if you look at the four stars, there’s no Asians reflected there. In fact, in the trailer, Jay Hernandez refers to four people by name, and none of them are Asian. We feel that time and time again there is a pattern of exclusion. And while some supporting cast may be Asian, they often times do not get as much screen time as the leads.” Asked to respond CBS pointed out that the cast includes two Asian-Americans, Sung Kang and Kimee Balmilero. CBS also noted that one-third of Magnum P.I.'s directors are of Asian descent, including pilot director Justin Lin.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Magnum P.I. showrunner Peter Lenkov is trying to make amends after fumbling "Latinx" writer question
Lenkov, who also oversees Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, said he was thrown by the term "Latinx," which is a gender-neutral alternative to using Latino and Latina. After saying there were no Latinx writers on Magnum P.I.'s staff at the TV press tour earlier this month, Lenkov tweeted the next day that he did have one Latinx writer, who it turns out is half-Cuban and an alumnus CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Lenkov said he's making proactive efforts to make Magnum P.I. more inclusive behind the scenes. "This regrettable moment has been very humbling and I hope to use it as a learning and growth experience moving forward," he said in a statement. "Telling stories is my passion and having authentic voices write and direct my shows is important to the creative process and to the audience for whom we produce the shows. I am currently working with Brenda Victoria Castillo, Alex Nogales, and the wonderful folks at the National Hispanic Media Coalition to help build on this commitment for my current and future series.”
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 1:52PM EDT
Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 shut down production as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Category 4 hurricane has forced both Hawaii-based CBS series to halt production. While Magnum P.I. already stopped production for the day, Hawaii Five-0 is shooting some scenes this morning before shutting down filming. Both shows will also not film on Friday.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Magnum P.I. casts Ken Jeong and Carl Weathers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Jeong will play Lee Ji-Won, an old-school private investigator pal of Jay Hernandez's Thomas Magnum. Weathers will play an old-school Marine, who enlists Magnum's help in finding a stolen tuna worth about $350,000.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
A Latino former Lost producer calls B.S. on Magnum P.I. boss' excuse for Latinx writer excuse
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who co-created ABC Family's The Middleman, is taking Magnum P.I. executive producer Peter Lenkov to task for saying he had no Latino or Latina writer on his Latino-led series -- then backtracking the next day to say he did have a Latinx writer. "I neither know nor have worked for this showrunner," Grillo-Marxuach writes in a Hollywood Reporter column. "This is not a demand for him to be investigated or sanctioned. All he really did — regardless of what he meant — was express a still shockingly common opinion among many showrunners: 'Inclusion' is a nuisance, minority writers are a burden to hire and promote, and experienced minority writers are nigh-impossible to find."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Magnum P.I. boss: "I made a mistake" -- we have one Latinx writer
The CBS reboot starring Jay Hernandez came under fire at the TV press tour on Sunday for having a Latino star, but no writer of Latino or Latina descent, as producers revealed. But executive producer Peter Lenkov tweeted today that, in fact, there is one Latinx writer on staff. "I want to clarify a comment I made yesterday. I made a mistake. We do have a Latinx writer on the #MagnumPI staff, and she is an alumnus of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program."
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 Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Magnum P.I. adds Amy Hill
The Mom, UnReal and All-American Girl vet will recur as "the charming and irreverent Kumu, the cultural curator and de facto 'house mom' of Robin’s Nest."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Magnum P.I. adds The Mentalist alum Tim Kang
Kang, who played a detective on the long-running CBS drama The Mentalist, will return to CBS in the role of Detective Gordon Katsumoto, who butts heads with Jay Hernandez's Thomas Magnum.