Fans of the nostalgic 80s "Magnum P.I." TV series may get a dose of nostalgia as it has been announced that ABC will be rebooting the old series. This time Thomas Magnum's daughter, Lily, will be taking on the sleuthing mantle of her father, according to Deadline Hollywood. "Leverage" creator John Rogers is set to scribe and executive produce the show with Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. So will the new "Magnum P.I." be promising?


An organic premise

There's a reason why the studios didn't go with bringing back the old Magnum P.I. They wanted to offer up a more organic means to keep the franchise updated. The premise entails the daughter, who goes by the full name of Lily “Tommy” Magnum, takes on her father's occupation taking on international crime and espionage with the help of her friends. There is also a personal event in her life that she would like to solve herself that got her booted out of the US.


Navy Intelligence.

"We knew no one could replace the iconic role of Thomas Magnum. So John decided to make the reboot a sequel and continue the adventure of a Magnum — his daughter, who was established in the original series", according to Longoria and Spector.

A blast from the past

Lily Magnum was actually established in the original series as it was, so it does make for a historical tie-in. The original "Magnum P.I." was created by Donald P.

Bellisario and Glen A. Larson. The daughter's origin story entailed her appearing in four episodes.

She was raised by her presumably dead mother Michele along with her step father. She was later reunited with Magnum after they had both died. When the "Magnum P.I." series ended, he vowed to provide his daughter with a stable home. In hindsight, does it sound like this set the precedence for the ABC reboot coincidentally?

It looks like a good reason as any to create a reboot because apparently Magnum P.I. held his daughter in high regard.

Rogers has been known for other projects such as TNT's "Leverage", "Librarians", and NBC's "The Player." He's also done his first "Transformers" movie, "American Outlaws", and "The Core." Other titles that come to mind with a similar premise, outside of the Magnum P.I. reboot featuring the previous main character's daughter, is a "Van Helsing" reboot.


This Syfy series features the daughter of the vampire slayer Abraham Van Helsing. It premieres tomorrow.

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