‘Magnum P.I.’ Looks Like Midseason Debutant on NBC

Perdita Weeks and Jay Hernandez in 'Magnum P.I.'
Perdita Weeks and Jay Hernandez in ‘Magnum P.I.’ (Image credit: CBS Broadcasting)

NBC grabbed canceled Magnum P.I. in recent days, and it looks like a midseason premiere for the Hawaii drama. The show had four seasons on CBS, and was canceled in May.

CBS Studios and Universal Television produce the show. Jay Hernandez plays Magnum, a former Navy SEAL working as a private investigator in Hawaii. 

Season four began in October. According to published reports, season five will begin production in the fall. 

NBC agreed to 20 episodes, split up over season five and season six. NBC shared its fall schedule in mid-June, before it picked up Magnum. 

Eric Guggenheim is executive producer and showrunner. Perdita Weeks, Stephen Hill and Zachary Knighton are also in the cast.

Magnum P.I., with Tom Selleck in the lead role, ran in the ‘80s on CBS. ■

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.