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The Magnum P.I. reboot with Jay Hernandez is getting about 6 million viewers each Friday night, but for many TV viewers, Tom Selleck will always be THE Thomas Magnum. CBS moved the new Magnum P.I. Season 2 to Fridays right before Selleck's Blue Bloods, which is now airing Season 10 through 2019-2020.
The two shows' current proximity must have plenty of fans thinking about Tom Selleck's time as Magnum from 1980-1988. However, don't go thinking any crossover appearances will be happening. Selleck has made it clear he will not be making any kind of cameo on the new Magnum P.I. However, he's also made it clear he wishes the new show well.
As Tom Selleck explained it to TV Insider, he was approached by CBS and producers about remaking Magnum P.I., and they said if Selleck had a problem with it, they wouldn't move forward on the new show. Selleck said he gave it some thought.
Tom Selleck said he wouldn't do anything to stop the new Magnum, but that didn't mean he wanted to be involved with the show:
Blue Bloods premiered in 2010 and airs 22 episodes a year, with Tom Selleck in a lead role as Frank Reagan. So that keeps him plenty busy.
Tom Selleck also made it clear to new Magnum P.I. co-creator Peter M. Lenkov that he didn't want to make any kind of cameo on the new show as some kind of cheeky nod or endorsement or whatnot:
I appreciate Tom Selleck's loyalty to his version. Besides, no one will ever be able to top this intro:
So Tom Selleck is out, but another original Magnum P.I. star has already been in.
Tom Selleck's original Magnum P.I. was originally set to end after Season 7, but there was a fan outcry when the finale ended with Magnum's death. (See? Fan outcry getting a show to come back is nothing new.) So CBS brought Magnum P.I. back for Season 8 in 1987-1988, explaining Magnum's death by having him just wake up from a coma after a near-death experience. The real series finale ended up being one of the most-watched ever, with more than 50 million viewers.
The Magnum P.I. reboot premiered in September 2018 to more than 8 million viewers. It moved from Mondays to Fridays for Season 2. Hawaii Five-0 -- which has a big episode this week, directed by one of its main stars -- moved into MacGyver's old timeslot, leaving MacGyver Season 4 as a midseason show in 2020.