The mustache is back with a CBS reboot of 'Magnum, P.I.'
First big change has to do with the Higgins character.
When Magnum, P.I. premiered in 1980, it took over the surf-y turf that Hawaii Five-O had left off, after its 12-season run ended that same year. Back then, the new detective show began collecting awards immediately, starting with a People's Choice Award in 1981 for Favorite New TV Dramatic Program.
Well, now history is attempting to repeat itself. In 2010, Hawaii Five-O was rebooted as Hawaii Five-0 under writer Peter Lenkov. His version of the classic show won the People's Choice Award in 2011 for Favorite New TV Dramatic Program. (Although, we say "new" is subjective here.)
It's only logical that a Magnum, P.I. reboot would follow. This weekend, CBS announced its plans to do just that, reviving the 1980s series under the trusted pens of Lenkov and executive producer Eric Guggenheim, who joined the revived Hawaii Five-0 in its fourth season.
Deadline.com reports that the Magnum reboot will feature one big character change that may surprise fans of the original series. The character of Jonathan Quayle Higgins III — better known just as Higgins — has been adapted into Juliet Higgins. It's a small gamble we're intrigued to see play out, considering the original role resonated with both audiences and critics. It won actor John Hillerman both a Golden Globes Award in 1982 and an Emmy in 1987.
Of course, the star of the show is Thomas Magnum (and his mustache), and Tom Selleck took home awards for his part too, backing up his Emmy win in 1984 with a Golden Globes Award in 1985. Then in 1988, the show's two-hour conclusion became the sixth most-watched series finale at that point in time.
Whether you prefer the original Five-O or the Five-Oh team that took over the island for the original Magnum, P.I., it will be interesting to see if the reboot hints that the TV universes are crossed now like the were back in the 1980s.
Perhaps you'll recall that in the Magnum, P.I. episode "Skin Deep," Magnum at one point pretends he's Hawaii Five-O's Steve McGarrett, buzzing through a radio this message, "Billy, this is McGarrett of Five-Oh."
Since it's not very likely Magnum would pick a popular TV cop to impersonate, we have to assume he was referencing the "real" McGarrett, who seems a role model for Magnum, the same way shows like Hawaii Five-O and The Rockford Files paved the way for the original Magnum, P.I.
So far, Selleck has not indicated that he will do so much as a cameo on the reboot, but he did give the revival his blessing. As of yet, there are no more details to report on when you can expect the reboot to air, but we'll let you know when that info becomes available.