Magnum P.I. Reboot Taps Jay Hernandez To Play As The Titular Private Investigator

Jay Hernandez has been cast as the titular character Thomas Magnum in an upcoming Magnum P.I. reboot pilot on CBS.

Hernandez Stars In New 'Magnum P.I.'

The 40-year-old actor will take on the iconic character for the CBS pilot, inheriting the role from Blue Blood actor Tom Selleck, according to Deadline.

The main character of the franchise is Thomas Magnum, the iconic ex-Navy SEAL who becomes a private investigator upon his return from Afghanistan. He's backed by fellow veterans Theodore "TC" Calvin and Orville "Rick" Wright along with former MI6 agent Juliet Higgins. The private investigation team accepts cases that other investigators do not, lending a hand to the less fortunate.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in 2015, Selleck talked about the possibility of a Magnum P.I. reboot.

"Magnum is still in a hundred countries, and it's not dated," he says. "My shorts are dated. They're a little short."

"Maybe, and I'm not being egotistical. Maybe nobody will accept anybody else in the role," Selleck adds as a possible reason why a reboot hasn't happened at the time.

Now, a new Magnum has been found. Hernandez has been in many notable films such as Netflix's Bright, Suicide Squad, and the Bad Moms franchise. Recent television experiences include roles in Scandal and The Expanse.

CBS has been finding success in reboots such as Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver, the writer and producer behind both television shows is also signed on as writer and executive producer for the new incarnation of Magnum P.I.

Other executive producers include Eric Guggenheim, John Davis, and John Fox. Justin Lin, also executive producer, is set to direct the pilot.

Both CBS Television Studios and Universal Television will produce this.

Reboot Mania

There are a number of reboots in the works for those who want a hit of nostalgia or for younger audiences who were never exposed to well-loved originals. Undoubtedly, networks are hoping to find similar success in modern viewers as the classics did in the past.

Aside from Magnum P.I., CBS will be releasing revivals of Murphy Brown and Cagney and Lacey. The former is a sitcom that marks the return of Candice Bergen, while the latter focuses on two female police detectives in Los Angeles.

Outside of CBS, there is a flurry of other reboots that is set for the silver screen. CW is all set for a new Charmed series about three magical sisters. Also on CW is a Roswell reboot that already found its lead star in Jeanine Mason from Grey's Anatomy.

Other remakes set for release this year include Heathers, Roseanne, Tremors, Party of Five, Lost in Space, and more.

A new reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is already currently streaming on Netflix.

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