This TV season, it certainly seems like what’s old is new again, doesn’t it? Between the revivals, spinoffs and period pieces punctuating the schedule, we can’t help but feel nice and nostalgic when we think ahead to the return of fall TV.
One show in that has us feeling particularly wistful right now is the newly re-imagined Magnum P.I. series starring Jay Hernandez. On Thursday, CTV confirmed the series will be a part of its fall schedule and we got a peek at the extended trailer which looks very, very promising.
In the nearly four-minute clip there’s a lot of ground to cover, as we’re introduced to the new Magnum, his war hero buddies, a brand new love interest and a ton of throwbacks to the original series that people knew and loved for eight seasons. Sure, there’s no Tom Selleck in a Hawaiian shirt, but Hernandez and his denim button-downs are still kind of winning us over.
Let’s break down all those glorious throwbacks, shall we?
What would Magnum be without his classic red Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS? Not as stylish, that’s for sure. It looks like in this updated version Magnum drives a 458 Spider — at least at the outset — but from the looks of things he’ll be in the market for a new ride pretty soon. That’s because not one, but two beautiful cars were harmed in the filming of this pilot. Who knows how many more are at stake?!
Like in the original series, Magnum still relies on a top-notch team of fellow war vets to help get him through thick and thin. In fact that bond is tested when one of them tragically dies in the pilot, setting this P.I. off on a whole new mission in life. Let’s welcome actors Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill as Juliet Higgins (“Higgins,” was played by John Hillerman in the original), Rick Wright (Larry Manetti’s original role) and TC Calvin (Roger E. Mosley’s original gig), shall we?
No word on whether we’ll actually meet Robin Masters in this iteration, or if Higgins is indeed the infamous man (woman?) we’ve long theorized and speculated about. Either way it’s clear that Masters is present, is writing books about Magnum and his adventures, and is also paying the guy to be his live-in security consultant.
Dog lovers rejoice because there are two Doberman Pinschers also featured in this redux, which makes us very, very happy. Especially since we get to see them chase a sweat-soaked Hernandez in one of the trailer’s many awesome moments. Now all that’s left to see is if these pups are still named Zeus and Apollo, as they were in the original.
The Cross of Lorraine
Magnum and his buddies were totally known for wearing rings featuring the French cross, and while we’re not sure just how significant those rings will be in this series, we do know they exist thanks to one brief, bloody and kind of sad moment in the trailer.
So now we get to the heart of the matter, which is the question on everyone’s minds: where is the iconic Magnum mustache? Obviously Hernandez could never pull one off the way Selleck did, so we forgive its absence here. But we will say this: a little facial scruff, which becomes apparent as the trailer goes on, certainly seems to suit this new P.I. Sure, it might not be a full-blown ‘stache, but let’s give an A for effort, shall we? After all, Hernandez does have to make this iconic character his own.
We’d say he’s off to a pretty stellar start, wouldn’t you?