CBS has lifted the veil on who will be the next star of Magnum PI — provided of course that the show is picked up to series.
Former Scandal, Last Resort, and Gang Related actor Jay Hernandez is set to appear in the remake of the classic series as the title character Thomas Magnum, a man who is returning home after his time in Afghanistan in order to become a private investigator. This series will contain many different callbacks to the original, and beyond that there is certainly the right man for the job on board in Peter M. Lenkov. He’s already successfully has some success with some other remakes including Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver.
It’s because both of those shows shook up the source material while still staying faithful that we’re fairly optimistic that this new version of the series can work. When it comes to the casting, it’s always hard to know for sure if someone is right for the job without actually seeing them in the role first. That’s what matters to us more than anything else. If Hernandez captures the soul of Thomas Magnum and reinvigorates him for the new generation, that’s all we need in order to be happy. We’ve got a lot of faith in some of the people who do work behind the scenes finding the right people for the job. There are likely going to be some other casting announcements that come out for this show in the weeks ahead and we’ll have a little bit more news there as it starts to come out.
For now, Magnum PI is simply a pilot so there is no guarantee 100% that it will be a part of the 2018-19 television schedule. With that being said this feels like one of the near-locks that CBS has given the success of some of the other remakes. They clearly are following a pattern — they know what works for them and they just
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