Hawaii Five-0 Is Crossing Over With Magnum P.I. For Supersized TV Event

Hawaii Five-0 Alex O'Loughlin Steve McGarrett Magnum P.I. Jay Hernandez Thomas Magnum CBS

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It’s official! Hawaii Five-0 is crossing over with Magnum P.I. for a supersized TV event. Move over Arrow-verse, because CBS will have its own crossover to contend with. The rebooted dramas will go back-to-back for a special block of primetime that is bound to thrill fans who have been waiting for this kind of event.

Let's get into the details! When is it happening? Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. will cross over on Friday, January 3, 2020. What is the story? Well, Peter M. Lenkov, who serves as showrunner on both series, teased it in a significant way, by telling TVLine:

It’s a big-stakes story that really feels like a two-hour movie.

What is this “big-stakes story”? Here is how the Hawaii Five-0/Magnum P.I. crossover begins. The cast of Hawaii Five-0 will be tracking down a person of interest at a hotel. That is when they discover some special people already running surveillance on the hotel room. None other than Magnum and Higgins!

What does this mean for the two Magnum P.I. characters? A lot of action, because it puts them right in the heart of the crossover storyline! Describing how that happens for Magnum and Higgins, Peter Lenkov said:

In a way, Higgins and Magnum become witnesses that Five-0 needs to help them. And our two worlds collide!

Interesting! Hawaii Five-0 airs first on Friday nights, so it will welcome Magnum, Higgins, TC, and Rick. The second half of the crossover, a.k.a. the Magnum P.I. installment, will feature Hawaii Five-0’s Junior, Tani, and Quinn.

News of the crossover comes not too long after Blue Bloods’ Donnie Wahlberg expressed interest in doing a crossover. Wahlberg wants one between Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii Five-0. With this crossover underway, could more follow? Time will tell if CBS starts spreading the love!

One person you can rule out of any future crossovers involving the new Magnum is original Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck. The actor originated the title role back in 1980. Now into his tenth season of Blue Bloods, Selleck has explained why he will never appear on the Magnum P.I. reboot. One crossover hope is gone, but more are possible!

Earlier this year, there was talk about a three-way crossover between Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and MacGyver. Viewers are currently awaiting MacGyver’s fourth season after it got moved to the midseason. Even though MacGyver will be sitting this one out, fans of the reboot still have a lot to look forward to.

It has been a season of change for Hawaii Five-0 as it has already bid farewell to a fan-favorite character and welcomed a new one. Hawaii Five-0 comes into the crossover as the veteran. It is on its tenth season, while Magnum P.I. is on its second. It should be interesting for fans to see how the long-running series and the newer one play off each other.

The crossover event airs on Friday, January 3, 2020 on CBS. New episodes of Hawaii Five-0 air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on the Eye Network. It is directly followed by Magnum P.I. at 9 p.m. ET. Both shows are among this fall’s new content.

Britt Lawrence

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