'Magnum PI' Reboot in the Works at CBS

Magnum PI

"Magnum P.I." is getting the reboot treatment at CBS, Variety has learned.

It ran on CBS from 1980 until 1988, clocking up eight seasons consisting of 162 episodes.

For those wondering over the status of original series star Tom Selleck with the new series, he is not directly involved; however, he is a part of the CBS family thanks to Blue Bloods and has given the new version of the show his blessing. At the height of its popularity, Hillerman and Selleck even picked up an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the show.

ABC tried its hand at a Magnum reboot past year, with the Disney-owned network's version serving as more of a sequel and revolving around Magnum's daughter.

This is not the first time a new version of the series has been attempted. It follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck's former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL (also like the original) who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

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According to a number of sources including the Hollywood Reporter, "Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to".

While it's easy to be cynical about yet another rebooted '80s project, the pilot is being written by Peter Lenkov, who is also the showrunner for the Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver reboots, which can be held up as successful revivals of classic shows.

Guggenheim is repped by ICM Partners and ZIffren Brittenham.

However good the show is, there are unquestionably a large amount of older properties being rebooted for TV at the moment.

Reboots continue to be a hot TV trend this development season, including "Roswell" at The CW, "The Jetsons" at ABC and "The Munsters" at NBC. Like the other two reboots, this will feel both familiar and new - there will be four main characters at the center of the new Magnum P.I., with the big change being that Higgins will now be Juliet Higgins, a woman.

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