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TV's current reboot train is showing no signs of stopping or slowing down, and it seems to be mostly traveling through the late 1980s and early 1990s for its pickups. Audiences should probably get ready for a return to sun-soaked crimefighting in the form of the previously announced Magnum P.I. reboot, which has scored a pilot order at CBS. And that's not the only classic show set for a potential return, as CBS' recent pilot pickups also included a remake of the female-fronted crime drama Cagney and Lacey.

The world of TV private investigators has rarely been as bright and flowery as it was on Magnum P.I., which was one of the most popular shows in primetime during its eight-season run. CBS, which also gave fans the island-set Hawaii Five-0 reboot, went into development on a modernized Magnum P.I. back in October, with Hawaii Five-0's developer Peter Lenkov and its showrunner Eric Guggenheim penning this reimagining of Thomas Magnum's story. Apparently the network likes how things have gone, and this pilot order could very well result in Magnum P.I. hitting our TVs again this fall.

No one should expect any bizarre changes to go down with the Magnum P.I. reboot, as it will again follow the dashing Thomas Magnum making a name for himself as a private investigator in Hawaii. This time around, he'll be a celebrated ex-Navy SEAL who is settling back into civilian life after a tour in Afghanistan. He'll be repurposing his military skills for his life in paradise, and we can probably expect to see lots of fights and car chases.

This is actually the second Magnum P.I. follow-up project to go into development in the past few years. In 2016, we almost got a quasi-sequel from ABC that followed Thomas Magnum's daughter, which would have left the door open for original star Tom Selleck to make a possible cameo. But now that Magnum P.I. will be a full-on reboot, Selleck likely won't be used, even though he's already at home on CBS with the hit drama Blue Bloods.


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I always wondered if this was going to happen! Actually, the Lily connection is an interesting take on a remake. I remember her on the series, but forgot all about her until today. I'd love to see Selleck do frequent appearances, but I really think what made the show was the other actors, like Higgins, TC and Rick. It's amazing how many 80s shows remakes seem to be in the works.

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I much prefer this type of approach than the re-imagining we're getting. It is true to the original and yet can be its own and go where it likes without offending!

 
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I agree!

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That's very interesting news. Hmm, maybe I should go and have a look on the Magnum forums to see how it is received there.

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Glad they seem to privilege the Lily connection. Much better than this Mac reboot approach I think...

 
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Has anyone heard anymore about this? Is it still a go?

 
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No, it's not going to happen apparently. Eva Longoria mentions it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X49B9nmwd-Q

 
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Pity. Was looking forward to it.

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Pity indeed. And while a spin off with Lily would be awesome...I think a reboot has a ton of potential.

 
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I just saw this on the magnum-mania website:

http://deadline.com/2017/10/magnum-pi-rebo...kov-1202192310/

No. Just No. I don't want Lenkov doing to Magnum what he's done to Macgyver.

 
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QUOTE (Connelly @ 21 October 2017 - 08:45 PM)
I just saw this on the magnum-mania website:

http://deadline.com/2017/10/magnum-pi-rebo...kov-1202192310/

No. Just No. I don't want Lenkov doing to Magnum what he's done to Macgyver.


Oh no... sad.gif

 
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I must have seen some Magnum Episodes as a kid, but I don't really remember the show. I'm not a fan of reboots in general, but I can't really imagine if it would be good or not.

In an early interview (I think even before MacGyver premiered), Lenkov stated that a Magnum-Reboot would be his dream project. He even shared some drawings he made himself as a kid; he was such a huge fan. So I'm happy he finally got a chance at this, now that ABC dropped their own project that was in development last year.

I just think this is a bit much. Lenkov has H50, MacGyver and Salvation (that just got renewed for a 2nd Season) to take care of. And Magnum next year as well? Just thinking how much time he invested for MacGyver and fans complaining about him "neglecting" H50 (especially when it came to promo time), I'm not sure if adding another project helps the quality.

Although if "BlueBloods" is coming to an end, I guess a Magnum Reboot would do well on Fridays. And because CBS has already Tom Selleck under contract, it would be a lot easier to get him to do a cameo.

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DashboardOnFire - Tom Selleck has previously said that he wouldn't do a cameo in any Magnum reboot, so that won't happen!


 
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Interesting. But if they dangle the carrot of being a Producer and having some say in it, do you think he would change his mind?

Because I've been wondering about that with RDA and the MacGyver Reboot. If they had involved him right from the start and stayed truer to the Original (in form of a sequel instead of a complete reboot), I think he maybe wouldn't have been so vehement in saying no.

In his statement, he said something about them trying to convince him to do some promo for them. That maybe wasn't their primary intention, but when Lenkov approached him, all the characters were set and the script for the first few episodes already written... the project was already greenlit, sold internationally and the premiere date set. So it definitely felt like "hey, we're going to do it in this way anyway but if you want a cameo, it's yours"...

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Glad he said no. If the reboot was in anyway associated to closer ties o n the original, no problem but Lenkov has created another H50 meets Mission Impossible. (More like Mission Improbable)

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I think they should've stuck with the sequel with Lily. That might have more potential than a reboot.

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So CBS has definitely ordered the Magnum Pilot; written by Lenkov: http://deadline.com/2018/01/magnum-pi-cagn...ers-1202270767/

Since they've also ordered a Cagney-and-Lacey-Pilot, it looks to me like CBS will have more Reboots than Original Shows if both get picked up for this year blink.gif


Reading the synopsis, I'm still not sure how "Magnum" will be any different from H50. Maybe less shootings since they're PI's and not something similar to H50 being a version of a police task force.

The new Magnum P.I. follows 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. Action, adventure and comedy aside, 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.

I don't know anything about "Salvation", but comparing the other 3 Lenkov shows, all of them center around a male, white hero who served in Afghanistan; doing police- and spy-like work. Not sure if this isn't a bit overkill on the same network.

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Agreed.

Seems to be all Lenkov knows how to do is use the same formula and apply it to different shows.... or maybe he's just giving CBS what they ask for? hmm.bmp




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Sounds like we should better stick to original version then? If all what they do is update from Vietnam to Afghanistan and replace Higgins with a woman. The dvd's are out there, you know. I wonder if they would honor the PI genre and the Hawaiian culture as the original did. They should've stuck with the sequel series starring his daughter.

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QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 28 January 2018 - 01:13 PM)
Seems to be all Lenkov knows how to do is use the same formula and apply it to different shows.... or maybe he's just giving CBS what they ask for? hmm.bmp

CBS clearly wants episodic team show - because all the other current and newer CBS shows (e.g. Blue Bloods, CSI and their spin-offs, Seal Team, SWAT) are similar as well.

Either they gave him specific orders for the pilot script or he delivered them what he knew beforehand was the only way to get him on board. He said several times that "Magnum" is his dream project since he started producing so I guess was willing to push his own ideas and wishes a bit to the side. He knew it's necessary to put in a female main character, so he changed the gender on one of the team members (similar to H50 and MacGyver).

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the pilot will be ordered to series, but I think that shouldn't be too much of a problem. It would fit very will into the CBS Friday schedule, but I'm assuming since the ratings are so good, all 3 Friday shows will be renewed - unless Selleck, Till or O'Laughlin refuse to do another season (although I wouldn't put it past CBS to actually continue H50 without Steve McGarrett).

Did you hear about the "Charmed" Reboot? It had been in development for years as a sequel, then as a prequel (set in the 70s) of the Original Show - now it got shopped to another network and will be a complete Reboot. I think it's about 3 witches in college or something that realize they're witches. Holly Combs lashed out on Twitter about it yesterday; similar to RDA back then - stating that just banking on the name to reel in the Original fans doesn't make it "Charmed".

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That was interesting choice of words. I also think it's wrong to reboot something just to bank on it's name. On the other hand maybe it would spark enough interest with a new generation of audience to check out something older that is actually the real thing. But um... I don't agree with changes in reboots (or in general). He wanted a female main character: Lily Magnum was the way to go. He had that oppertunity and decided against it to reboot it and change genders on another character. It just was the way things were back in the 80's.

I still don't get why they don't try to be a little more creative here but to simply reboot stuff.

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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 28 January 2018 - 11:05 AM)
He wanted a female main character: Lily Magnum was the way to go. He had that oppertunity and decided against it to reboot it and change genders on another character. It just was the way things were back in the 80's.

I have to agree with you, MG.

Also, if they want a reboot, and still want a female main character, they could always create a new one to add to the mix, like Riley, instead of gender-swapping, like Patricia.

To be honest, I never saw the original Magnum, so I can't really comment. Guess we'll know more when it airs.

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I already gave up on the new MacGyver so this new Magnum will no doubt steer clear from my interest.

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QUOTE (Dragondog @ 29 January 2018 - 03:30 AM)
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 28 January 2018 - 11:05 AM)
He wanted a female main character: Lily Magnum was the way to go. He had that oppertunity and decided against it to reboot it and change genders on another character. It just was the way things were back in the 80's.

I have to agree with you, MG.

Also, if they want a reboot, and still want a female main character, they could always create a new one to add to the mix, like Riley, instead of gender-swapping, like Patricia.

To be honest, I never saw the original Magnum, so I can't really comment. Guess we'll know more when it airs.

Go to the store and buy the dvd's.

Denizen, the ad on the next episode does look cool. Actually, it might be exactly the episode to pull me into it. Yet, I haven't seen anything yet of the reboot. It's still not aired here. That's why I'm not in that subfora yet.

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Posted: 29 January 2018 - 05:10 AM                                    
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QUOTE (denizen @ 28 January 2018 - 11:18 PM)
I already gave up on the new MacGyver so this new Magnum will no doubt steer clear from my interest.

Don't blame ya...

I have no interest in this reboot, mostly because I'm not a Magnum PI fan. Mostly because my grandmother had the hots for Tom Selleck... *shudders*

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biggrin.gif Jedi, you're funny.

MG, I think watch the reboot first. laugh.gif

At this point in time, they could bring back Elvis and i STILL wouldn't watch it. biggrin.gif

I just dislike the dynamics of the show including their version of Jack Dalton. And the overpowering team. The more i saw the more foreign it became of the original. So everything i liked about the original was essentially taken away and i thought to myself, "Hey, there's nothing i like about it".

So i stopped watching it. sad.gif

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Posted: 30 January 2018 - 11:00 AM                                    
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I still intend to but it still isn't aired here and it's not on dvd yet either. Oddly enough Lethal Weapon is.

Meanwhile MDB's post on his return is awesome.

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Posted: 30 January 2018 - 02:19 PM                                    
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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 28 January 2018 - 07:05 PM)
But um... I don't agree with changes in reboots (or in general).

Hm. While I don't like reboots in general, I agree with some others that a remake doesn't make any more sense. If you're just doing a remake with other actors, what's the point?

Although I guess a MacGyver remake set in modern times changes the core of the MacGyverisms already, so maybe that makes a bit more sense then e.g. what they did with "Beverly Hills, 90210". It's still a group of teens/YA living in Beverly Hills with the same-old teenage/YA problems. They basically banked on the franchise, but the stories would have worked the same way.

I just feel the reboot took too many liberties. I'd never have thought that I would adjust to a gender-swapped Pete Thornton so fast. Yet what they did with Patricia Thornton was a big No-No for me and it's still kind of a sore point. I'd rather had them another big boss at DXS at first, so Thornton could have come in after the Midseason Finale. Rebooted Thornton wouldn't have been part of the beginnings of Phoenix, but that would have been much easier to accept - especially since she doesn't have the same level of friendship with Mac like in the Original. She's more boss than friend, but I would have preferred her over Matty.

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The 1980's were uniquely the 1980's, and trying to reboot something 30 years later often times just doesn't work well.

 
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