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MAGNUM P.I.: ABC Working On Reboot

Tom Selleck Magnum PI

Magnum P.I. Series Underway At ABC

ABC is working on a female-led reboot of the classic 1980’s TV crime series Magnum P.I. from producer and Leverage creator John Rogers.

Although the proposed series is being labeled as its own product, the program will nevertheless function as a sequel of sorts to the CBS program. Most notably, the show will revolve around Lily “Tommy” Magnum, the daughter of Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV. Long-time fans will remember that the character of Lily actually appeared in Magnum P.I.‘s original run, being featured in four episodes and suggested to be adopted by the Hawaiian shirt-clad private investigator:

“We knew no one could replace the iconic role of Thomas Magnum, so John decided to make the reboot a sequel and continue the adventure of a Magnum — his daughter, who was established in the original series,” Longoria and Spector stated.

The original series, which ran from 1980 to 1988, co-starred John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti, and centered on the laid back former Navy SEAL as he runs a PI firm out of the guest house of a gorgeous Hawaiian beachfront estate owned by the reclusive author Robin Masters. Created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson, Magnum P.I. famously cost Selleck the role of Indiana Jones due to his series commitment, though it won him an Emmy in 1984 and made him an ’80s icon.

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  • Alex Hartmann

    At first I was upset, thinking it was a reboot. I definitely feel there can be only one Thomas Magnum, and that’s Tom Selleck…same goes for Rick, TC and Higgins…but the idea of a sequel where it’s Magnum’s daughter sounds great!

  • MalkovichMalkovich

    I’d rather not know what happened to the characters. It so rarely works and you end up tarnishing the legacy of the original. That could be especially problematic for the legacy of show like ‘Magnum’ which left key plot points deliberately ambiguous (Robin Masters/Higgins etc) which would now have to be definitively resolved.

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