It seems that 80s revivals are big at the moment among TV executives. Lethal Weapon’s become a TV series (and picked up by ITV), Full House is back on Netflix, and now Magnum PI may be making a comeback too.
The new series will be a sequel to the classic show, with the old Magnum's daughter Lily 'Tommy' Magnum returning to Hawaii to take over her dad's PI firm. That means getting into scrapes with the criminal underworld, enjoying banter on beaches and - one would hope - driving around beautiful scenery in a garish Ferrari.
The revived show will be written by John Rogers, creator of the TV series Leverage (which, if you haven't seen, you should seek it out because it's a ton of fun), and produced by Eva Longoria;s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. It will likely air on American network ABC at some point in the future.
There's no word if Tom Selleck would return - though we'd hope he would. The show seems designed around the possibility of his absence though. Speaking to Deadline, producers Eva Longoria and Ben Spector said:
"We knew no one could replace the iconic role of Thomas Magnum, so John decided to make the reboot a sequel and continue the adventure of a Magnum - his daughter, who was established in the original series."
From my perspective - and I am a big Magnum PI fan - the new series has a lot of potential - but it needs to learn the lessons of its predecessor. The original series wasn't a success because of its setting and study moustaches - it was because of the interplay between the main characters.
I'd wager that like me, most people tuned in primarily for the prickly love/hate relationship between Magnum and major-domo Higgins - and that's something I'd want to see from the new show too. In fact, if Higgins was still around to spar with Magnum 2.0, that wouldn't be the worst idea.
They should also try to avoid the original's missteps too. Remember that bizarre episode where Magnum becomes a ghost? Yeah, don't do that.
There's no word of when the new show will come out, or even if it will arrive in the UK. So why are we even writing about it? Because I really love Magnum PI, okay?