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‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot in the Works at CBS

Last Year ABC Was in Talks to Revive the Detective Drama With a Focus on 'Magnum's' Daughter

CBS, the home of the original “Magnum, P.I.,” has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the 1980-1988 drama. This proposed new “Magnum P.I.” will follow Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to.

“Magnum P.I”. will also explore a brotherhood forged by the trauma of combat, what it means to return home an ex-soldier, and a commitment to continuing to serve while in the private sector.

Peter Lenkov, who executive produces CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” will shepherd the drama pilot with fellow “Five-0” scribe Eric Guggenheim. Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox will also executive produce for CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.

Last year, ABC has spearheaded a potential sequel series featuring Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum.

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 ( 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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