Magnum P.I.: Why the new reboot pulled me right in

MAGNUM P.I. -- Photo: Karen Neal/CBS -- Acquired via CBS Press Express
MAGNUM P.I. -- Photo: Karen Neal/CBS -- Acquired via CBS Press Express /
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A new reboot has captured my attention, Magnum P.I., and now I can’t wait for Season 2 to begin.

I admit I’m a HUGE fan of the original Magnum P.I., which aired from 1980 to 1988 and starred Tom Selleck, Roger E. Mosley (who has guest starred recently on the reboot), Larry Manetti, and John Hillerman, was great.  And now, I so enjoy watching the reboot of Magnum P.I just as much as the original.

From the pilot, this show has been able to pull me in and it has continued to keep me invested.   The writers have created great back stories and engaging storylines.  But the true success of this reboot, like the original series it hopes to emulate, is the casting.

The casting of the four main characters – Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Zachary Knighton as Orville “Rick” Wright, Stephen Hill as Theodore “TC” Calvin, and Pedita Weeks as Juliet Higgins, I think is critical to the success of this show, and it’s working.

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Many times I’ve tried to watch a TV show or movie based off a great concept only to have the casting of the wrong actor or actress pull me out of the story. This, thankfully was not the case.

My favorite two characters are Thomas Magnum and Orville “Rick” Wright. The chemistry of these four main actors helps pull you in and the writing keeps you in.  Even the two Doberman Pinschers, Zeus, and Apollo are characters you can’t help but to love. I even enjoy watching the main cast banter and interact off the supporting cast of Teulia “Kumu” Tuileta played by Amy Hill and HPD Detective Gordon Katsumoto played by Tim Kang.

“Murder in Never Quiet” – (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“Murder in Never Quiet” – (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. /

What I especially like the most of the reboot is that the case of the week isn’t the main focus.  Yes, Magnum tries to solve the mystery of the week. But it’s his relationships that take center stage, which I appreciate on so many levels.  But, if action, gun battles, fast cars and the beauty of Hawaii is what you’re looking for, no worries you’ve come to the right place.

I’d been remiss if I didn’t mention the military veteran aspect of this show. At the heart of Magnum P.I. has always been his experience in combat. For Tom Selleck’s Magnum, it was Vietnam. And now 30 years later, Jay Hernandez’s Magnum centers around Afghanistan. The writers and actors have made you feel the sacrifice and lasting struggle these men and woman have gone through.

“The Day It All Came Together” – MAGNUM P.I., Monday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“The Day It All Came Together” – MAGNUM P.I., Monday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. /

But what keeps me coming back every week is the brotherhood of Thomas, Rick, and TC. That is the best part of the show. And the addition of Juliet Higgins into their band of brothers keeps things interesting. I know I’ll keep coming back for more. I hope you do, too.

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Magnum P.I. has finished its first season run but has been renewed for a second season. Will you be watching? I sure will be!