Gas up T.C.’s chopper — a Magnum P.I. reboot is ready for liftoff at ABC.
The Alphabet network is developing a new incarnation of the classic ’80s Tom Selleck-starring detective romp that would center on the title character’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum (played in six episodes of the original series by child actress Kristen Carreira), Deadline reports. The potential new “sequel” series — which would be titled, simply, Magnum — would find “Tommy” returning to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. The gainfully-employed-on-Blue Bloods Selleck is not expected to appear (although should his long-running CBS procedural come to an end this season he’d presumably be available for a guest appearance or two.)
Leverage creator John Rogers and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (which is based at Universal TV, which owns the Magnum rights) are shepherding the project. “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,” Longoria told Deadline.
Magnum P.I. premiered on CBS in 1980 and ran for eight seasons. At the end of the series, Magnum was reunited with his daughter after the death of birth mother Michelle.