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‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Eyed at ABC

Potential Series to Center on the Title Character's Daughter

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On the heels of the debut of “Lethal Weapon” on Fox last night and upcoming “MacGyver” on CBS and “The Exorcist” on Fox on Friday comes word that ABC is developing a new incarnation of the 1980-88 Tom Selleck-starring detective drama that would center on the title character’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum. Then child actress Kristen Carreira originated the role in six episodes of the final two seasons.

The potential series, which has received a script commitment with a penalty, is described as an action-packed drama in the same style of the original. The scoop: It follows Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. She and her tribe of friends mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel the mystery of the blown spy operation that ended her career in Navy intelligence. It comes from “Leverage” creator John Rogers and producer Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and no casting has been announced at present.

Rogers will write the script and executive produce through his Kung Fu Monkey banner alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector and Kung Fu Monkey’s Jennifer Court. Universal TV, which owns rights to the original series and where UnbeliEVAble is based, is the studio.

There is no word, if the untitled series moves forward, if original star Tom Selleck will make any guest appearances.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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