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ABC developing Magnum, P.I. sequel series

25 September 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A sequel to the classic 80s crime drama Magnum, P.I. is in development at ABC, with THR reporting that the network has given a script commitment to a pilot for a follow-up series which will focus on the daughter of Tom Selleck’s character.

Produced by John Rogers (Leverage) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), the project is described as “an action-packed drama in the same style of the original” and “follows Magnum’s daughter, Lily ‘Tommy’ Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s Pi firm. She and her tribe of friends mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel the mystery of the blown spy operation that ended her career in Navy intelligence.”

The original Magnum, P.I. premiered in 1980 and ran for 162 episodes across eight seasons. A ratings smash, it »

- Gary Collinson

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Magnum P.I. on track for a sequel at ABC

22 September 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The TV sequel that never even occurred to you looks to be on target as ABC is developing a Magnum P.I. for modern times. Deadline is reporting that Leverage creator John Rogers and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment are in the process of creating a follow-up to the 1980s private investigator drama which starred Tom Selleck (and his trademark mustache) as the title character. But in this update, the show will center on Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum.  “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 and Spector told the publication. In Magnum 2.0, “Tommy” comes back to Hawaii to run her dad’s investigation firm. No word yet on who will be cast for the title role, but »

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