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John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84

John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84
John Hillerman, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84.

Hillerman, who received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for portraying Higgins and won in 1987, died at his home in Houston, family spokeswoman Lori De Waal told the Associated Press. She said the cause of death had not been determined.

His Higgins character was a natural extension of a part he played on the TV detective show Ellery Queen: Simon Brimmer, a radio personality and affected gent who fancied...
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‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Lands at CBS

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‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Lands at CBS
Magnum P.I.” is getting ready to ride again at CBS. A reboot of the classic Hawaii-set TV series has picked up a pilot-production commitment from the network. The update centers on Thomas Magnum, played by Tom Selleck in the original series, and follows the ex-Navy Seal as he returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator. Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim are writers and executive producers on the co-production from CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. Also executive producing are John Davis and John Fox, both of Davis Entertainment. “Magnum P.I.” originally signed off in May 1988 after
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ABC Readying 'Magnum P.I.' Sequel

ABC Readying 'Magnum P.I.' Sequel
The reboots are showing no sign of slowing down. ABC is teaming with Leverage creator John Rogers and producer Eva Longoria for a Magnum P.I. sequel focusing on the daughter of the iconic character played by Tom Selleck, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Magnum has received a script commitment with a hefty penalty. The potential series is described as an action-packed drama in the same style of the original. It 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

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84
Joe Santos, known as Lt. Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” died Friday morning at the age of 84, according to multiple reports.

TMZ reports that Santos suffered a heart attack Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, Perry Santos. He was put on life support at a hospital in Santa Monica, where he passed away.

The actor played Becker, a frustrated Los Angeles policeman, on the NBC show for eight years, appearing in 112 episodes. Santos received an Emmy nomination for his work in 1979 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

Santos built a career around playing in police-themed shows including “Magnum P.I.” and “Police Story.” Taking a break from being the good policeman everyone loved in “The Rockford Files,” he played a bad guy on “The Sopranos.”

Santos’ big screen appearances included roles in the 1971 film “Panic in Needle Park,” where he starred opposite Al Pacino,
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'Battlestar' Creator's Lawsuit: Universal Frakked Me Over (Update)

'Battlestar' Creator's Lawsuit: Universal Frakked Me Over (Update)
The producer of "Knight Rider," "Battlestar Galactica," "Magnum, P.I." and a string of other hits -- and the man credited with creating the word "frak" -- is suing Universal for millions in profits. Glen A. Larson's lawsuit says the 1970s and '80s shows Larson created and produced were some of Universal's biggest cash cows, and that Larson was "probably the most successful creator/producer of television shows in Universal's history both in terms of revenue and critical acclaim." Also read: 'Head of the Class' Creators Sue CAA Over Profits It says Universal has
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Harris Fires Up TV Land Awards

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Harris Fires Up TV Land Awards
Actor Neil Patrick Harris scorched up the stage at the TV Land Awards in Los Angeles - when a stunt set his tuxedo on fire.

The star, who was hosting the prizegiving, was rehearsing his opening number just before the show started on Sunday when his costume went up in smoke.

According to blogger Marc Malkin, the funnyman was left shaken and a little burned when sparks from electronic devices he was wearing for a stunt set his suit on fire.

A source says, "He just had some welts on his back (but) he didn't have to be taken to a hospital or anything like that."

Harris made no mention of the accident during the ceremony, which honoured the casts of M*A*S*H, Knots Landing, Married With Children, Home Improvement, Two and a Half Men, Magnum, P.I. and ER.

Comedian Don Rickles and former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus were also feted at the event.

MacGyver Tops TV Tough Guy Poll

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U.S. TV hero MacGyver has beaten Buffy The Vampire Slayer and 24's Jack Bauer to the top of a new TV action heroes poll.

The role, which Richard Dean Anderson played for seven years from 1985, has topped the new countdown in America's TV Guide magazine.

Also making the top 10 are Tom Selleck's Magnum, P.I., Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias heroine Sydney Bristow.

The top five is:

1. MacGyver

2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

3. Jack Bauer

4. Sydney Bristow (Alias)

5. Magnum P.I.

Hirsch And Selleck Hire New Agents

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Hirsch And Selleck Hire New Agents
Actor Emile Hirsch has hired a new Hollywood agent, after signing with Tinseltown heavyweight Endeavor.

Hirsch has been agent-less since ditching United Talent Agency (UTA) after the firm signed him to box office flop Speed Racer.

Former Magnum, PI star Tom Selleck has also switched agencies, hooking up with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), whose bosses plan to find the mustachioed star more TV and theatre roles, reports Daily Variety.

Selleck Set For Dancing With The Stars

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Selleck Set For Dancing With The Stars
Former Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck is set to show off his fancy footwork in the next series of U.S. show Dancing With The Stars.

The 63-year-old has been talked into slipping on his dancing shoes by former Three Men and a Baby co-star Steve Guttenberg, who strutted his stuff in the last season of the reality show.

A source tells the National Enquirer, "Executives wanted an older hunk to bring in the baby boomer audience. Tom is incredibly popular with women 40 through 65, and producers were ecstatic when, at Steve's urging, he expressed interest in competing on the show."

Selleck is expected to join other contestants including singer Toni Braxton and former 'N Sync star Lance Bass.

The official cast will be revealed on 25 August and the new season of the dance competition will premiere in America on 22 September.

Selleck Rules Out 'Magnum' Movie Cameo

Actor Tom Selleck has ruled out a cameo role in a planned big screen version of his 1980s TV hit Magnum P.I. - because he refuses to trivialize the show. Selleck is against compromising the memory of a television show he is proud to have starred in by appearing in a big-budget movie making fun of it. He says, "I tell you what worries me - because I love Magnum and we have loyal fans - is they take these TV show titles, and they buy them and they spend $100 million on special effects, and then they make fun of them and trivialize it. Then they try and get the actor who used to be in it to do some ridiculous cameo to prove to the audience that it's OK. And I will not do that."

Selleck Set for 'Las Vegas' Role?

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Tom Selleck is in negotiations to return to TV as James Caan's replacement in hit drama Las Vegas. The former Magnum, P.I. star is in talks to play a casino owner on the show. His character is designed to fill the void left by the departure of Caan, who recently announced he wouldn't be returning for a new season of the show earlier this year. Josh Duhamel and model/actress Molly Sims are expected to return for the fifth season of the show.

Poker face: Selleck eyes NBC's 'Vegas'

Emmy winner Tom Selleck is in discussions to join NBC's Las Vegas as the fast-paced drama's new leading man.

He would play the smart, powerful, fun-loving new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino, a new character designed to fill the void left by the recent departure of the show's star James Caan.

Caan, who played the head of the casino's surveillance team for four years, recently left the series to return to features (HR 2/28).

Vegas, from NBC Universal TV Studio and DreamWorks TV, was picked up for a fifth season in February and is slated to begin production on its order soon. The show also is looking to add a beautiful female concierge in the wake of the departure of co-star Nikki Cox.

Josh Duhamel also stars on Vegas, with Molly Sims, James Lesure and Vanessa Marcil rounding out the cast.

Selleck's starring role on Vegas would mark his first regular gig on a drama series since his Emmy-winning turn on Magnum, P.I.

He followed that up with memorable recurring roles on NBC's hit comedy Friends and, most recently, on ABC's dramedy Boston Legal.

Selleck also has had success with the Stone Cold series of original movies for CBS, with the latest installment, Jesse Stone: Sea Change, slated to premiere in May.

Affleck To Star as Magnum PI?

Producers of the big screen adaptation of cult TV show Magnum PI are keen to cast Ben Affleck as the famous Hawaiian private investigator. Charles Floyd Johnson, one of the producers of the original 1980s TV series, insists the Daredevil star would be perfect for the mustachioed role after Tom Selleck held out too long to reprise the part. Johnson hints Affleck would be his first choice to play the lead but, regardless of the final casting, he tells moviehole.net, "I think it will be wonderful. Unfortunately it won't star Tom. He was asked to do six or eight TV movies and at that time he really wanted to do it as a feature, so he held out on it and probably now they will consider him too old to do it." Johnson names hot Hollywood producer Brian Grazer as the man behind the movie adaptation.

Thurber pulls Uni's trigger to 'Magnum'

Thurber pulls Uni's trigger to 'Magnum'
Rawson Marshall Thurber has signed on to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Magnum P.I. for Universal Pictures. Brian Grazer will produce the feature via his Imagine Entertainment banner. Magnum P.I., the 1980-88 CBS series created by Glen Larson and Don Bellisario, followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum, a Navy intelligence officer-turned-private investigator hired by wealthy author and playboy Robin Masters to oversee security on the latter's massive Hawaii estate. Magnum lived in Masters' guest house and drove his Ferrari (the car would become one of the show's signatures), much to the chagrin of Jonathan Higgins III, a proper Englishman who ran the estate. Magnum also continued to take on cases in which he was aided and abetted by his Vietnam vet buddies, notably helicopter pilot T.C. and club manager Rick. The series made Tom Selleck a star and put Ferrari posters on the walls of teenage boys' bedrooms.

Thurber pulls Uni's trigger to 'Magnum'

Rawson Marshall Thurber has signed on to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Magnum P.I. for Universal Pictures. Brian Grazer will produce the feature via his Imagine Entertainment banner. Magnum P.I., the 1980-88 CBS series created by Glen Larson and Don Bellisario, followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum, a Navy intelligence officer-turned-private investigator hired by wealthy author and playboy Robin Masters to oversee security on the latter's massive Hawaii estate. Magnum lived in Masters' guest house and drove his Ferrari (the car would become one of the show's signatures), much to the chagrin of Jonathan Higgins III, a proper Englishman who ran the estate. Magnum also continued to take on cases in which he was aided and abetted by his Vietnam vet buddies, notably helicopter pilot T.C. and club manager Rick. The series made Tom Selleck a star and put Ferrari posters on the walls of teenage boys' bedrooms.

Selleck Returns to TV

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Former Magnum, PI star Tom Selleck is making a return to the small screen in a forthcoming episode of hit US TV drama Boston Legal. The 60-year-old, who shot to fame as mustachioed Hawaii detective Thomas Magnum in the smash 1980s show, will play the ex-husband of Candice Bergen's character Shirley Schmidt. The episode will air on US network ABC in February and marks Selleck's first TV show appearance since he last cameoed in Friends in 2000, writes the New York Daily News.

Past haunts as Euro TV turns to classic fare

Past haunts as Euro TV turns to classic fare
LONDON -- It's official: Nostalgia television is back. Many of the most-watched TV shows of the '70s and '80s are being dusted off, revamped and funneled back onscreen for a new generation of viewers in Europe. All over Europe, slots are opening up for such evergreens as Dynasty, Magnum, P.I., The A-Team and Knight Rider. Whereas a decade ago library shows were shorthand for television filler, they now are playing across a slew of digital channels and slots in a much more sophisticated and evolved market. "Gone are the days when any channel could bang out filler; the market has gone through that stage, and now every part of the schedule is much more competitive," says David Clarke, channel controller of U.K. digital net Bravo, a young-male-skewing channel that airs Knight Rider and in the past has aired such shows as Airwolf and The Fall Guy. "We did some focus groups with young male viewers and found that people have a real affinity with these shows because they already have a relationship with them," he said. "Viewers get more excited about nostalgic shows."

USA's new 'Kojak' pushes int'l boundaries

The new USA Network series Kojak could test the track record of one of NBC Universal's most popular global exports: TV detective shows. One of the reasons USA brass put Kojak into production is because the gumshoe genre has been a hot seller in the overseas markets, where many other memorable TV sleuths licensed by Universal -- Columbo, Magnum, P.I. and the original Kojak -- continue to air everywhere from Sweden to Australia decades after their original runs. The new Kojak, which premiered domestically Friday, is faithful enough to the character originated in 1973 by actor Telly Savalas to copy his signature stylings: the lollipop and bald head. But the series not only dispenses with his famous catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby," but rids itself of his Greek identity, too. A black actor, Ving Rhames, assumes the title role.
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