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Meet The New Magnum P.I.

Jay Hernandez has big shoes to fill, and possibly, a big mustache to grow. CBS has cast him to play the title role in the upcoming pilot for the reboot of the 80s classic, Magnum, P.I.

A Television Classic

Tom Selleck played the role of Thomas Magnum in the original series. The charismatic Magnum was a private investigator living in a guest house at a lush Hawaiian resort. He was known for his Hawaiian shirts, often-visible chest hair, and mustache.

The series ran for eight seasons. In 1984, Selleck won an Emmy for his performance on the show, and also a Golden Globe in 1985. During its first five seasons, Magnum, P.I. was a top 20-ranked program.

Rebooting An Icon

Hernandez’s updated Magnum will be an ex-Navy SEAL returning home after serving in Afghanistan. He decides to put his military skills to use as a private investigator, helping people in dire straits. In addition to the anticipated action and comedy, the updated Magnum will also explore issues soldiers face upon returning home from combat.


Peter Lenkov, the man behind the CBS remakes of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 is writing and producing this reboot. Like the original, the pilot will be set in Hawaii. It is being produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.

A Look At The Slate

CBS is looking to cash in on the nostalgia craze, having ordered a pilot update of Cagney & Lacey, and a 13-episode revival of Murphy Brown. With the success Lenkov’s MacGyver and especially Hawaii Five-0 have had, it’s not hard to imagine the Magnum P.I. project taking off.

Los Angeles Times

With Tom Selleck already working for CBS on Blue Bloods, people are already hoping for a cameo should the Magnum, P.I. reboot get picked up. And why not? He’s still got the mustache, after all.

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