Big Trailer Released for ‘Magnum P.I.’ Series Reboot

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A big 4-minute trailer has arrived for the upcoming series reboot of Magnum P.I.

Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights, Suicide Squad, Hostel) takes on the titular role made famous by Tom Selleck in the ’80s. This modern take on that classic series finds Hernandez playing Thomas Magnum, a former Navy SEAL who has repurposed his military skills to become a private investigator since returning from Afghanistan. Higgins is also back, but with a gender change: Perdita Weeks plays the Doberman-owning Juliet Higgins.

The pilot looks to be boasting a pretty big budget, with some slick action and destruction on offer with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. The show comes from Eric Guggenheim, who’s had big success with the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, and Peter M. Lenkov, who’s behind both the Hawaii Five-0 reboot and the MacGyver reboot.

While it remains to be seen whether or not this reboot is any good, it’s certainly got a bit of an uphill climb ahead. Generally speaking, news of the reboot have been met with mixed to poor reactions. Negative responses abound to CBS’ tweet of the above photo, for instance. Guess we’ll see.

MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim.

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