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When three worlds collide! Some TV show crossovers just work themselves out naturally, and they are often a lot of fun for fans. The cast members seem to enjoy them, too. So you can imagine there's a lot of interest on-and-off set to showcase the shared universe of CBS reboots Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and MacGyver. Peter M. Lenkov is the guy behind all three shows, and he was recently asked when a three-way crossover might happen:
We talk about it a lot in the room, how to do it. I think there’s a way to do it, it’s just logistics. We’d love to make that work out.
Peter Lenkov was asked about a crossover on Saturday during PaleyFest and noted (via Deadline) that logistics are an issue because of filming locations. Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. film in Hawaii, but MacGyver tapes in Atlanta.
There have already been some crossovers -- or at least universe connections -- between Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0. Kimee Balmilero and Taylor Wily have made guest appearances on Magnum P.I. as their respective Hawaii Five-0 characters, medical examiner Noelani Cunha and entrepreneur Kamekona Tupuola.
Last summer, Peter Lenkov had said multiple crossovers were being planned for Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., which makes sense since they are both in Hawaii.
The CW does crossovers with its superhero Arrow-verse every year. Everyone has a shared universe these days -- and apparently CBS's universe is called the "Bellisarioverse," in honor of JAG creator Donald P. Bellisario. This started with JAG, then NCIS was a spinoff of JAG. And NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans were spinoffs of NCIS. Hawaii Five-0 has crossed over with two NCIS shows. Scorpion also crossed over with NCIS: LA. There are all kinds of connections. It's fascinating.
The Hawaii Five-0 reboot has been airing since 2010 and is now in Season 9. MacGyver came next, premiering in 2016, and it's now airing Season 3. Magnum P.I. is the new kid on the block. It just premiered in September, but CBS has already renewed it for Season 2.
Magnum P.I. will be the first of the group to air its season finale, next Monday on April 1 -- no foolin' -- complete with some guest stars attached. Here's the synopsis from CBS:
"The Day It All Came Together" - Hannah (guest star Jordana Brewster), Magnum's ex and the fugitive responsible for him and his SEAL team brothers being POWs for years, shows up at his home with a gunshot wound, and wanting his help to find her missing CIA father whose life is in danger. Also, Magnum makes an earnest proposition to Higgins for her to become his private investigations partner, on the first season finale of Magnum P.I., Monday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
As we wait for an official announcement about the three shows combining universes, keep up with everything still airing through midseason 2019 with our TV guide.