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Sad to report that Roger Robinson, who played Gil Weaver on Kojak, has died. I've recently gotten into Kojak thanks for Mr Mike's suggestion and was impressed by Robinson's acting. He always felt like a strong, vital character, even though he only appeared in 11 episodes. Robinson also had quite an Broadway career according to the NY Times obit. RIP, Gil.

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I haven’t seen the Cocoon remake yet. I’ll check it out soon.

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Right on, ringfire! At least this show won’t last long based on the initial ratings. We’ll see where it lands in week 2–I’m guessing around what H50 draws after 8 years, and then lower in the weeks ahead. Love it or hate it, the H50 reboot has established a fairly loyal audience over the years, something Magnum won’t pull off unless it gets better, which I doubt.

And I have to begrudgingly give Lenkov credit—the Cocoon remake last night was very good and massively entertaining for this old school H5O fan! Even a broken clock gets it right a couple times in a day

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Yeah Lt. Tanaka in the MPI reboot is really lame. Just some dull HPD cop. He’s played by some FAST AND FURIOUS actor. In the original Tanaka was played wonderfully by the late great Kwan Hi Lim who played the character basically like a Hawaiian version of Columbo. I just loved that easy-going innocuous charm that Kwan Hi Lim brought to the role. A bit of a bumbler, liked to engage in seemingly irrelevant chit-chat (often about the Detroit Tigers), always smiling, but you knew his mind was always on the case at hand. Just a great recurring character. This new guy is a 30-something nobody. Just some guy.

Oh and get this - there’s an episode coming up where they cast some Oriental actor to play Luther Gillis who on the original show was played by Eugene Roche. Is this not sheer lunacy??!! Why the hell aren’t you casting a Caucasian to play the character?! What part of the name LUTHER GILLIS looks or sounds Oriental??????? If you want a similar type of character but you want him to be Oriental then just change the freaking name!!! Problem solved. But what do you expect from a team who cast a Hispanic to the play the part of the very Caucasian Thomas Magnum? :!thinking: These people are brain-dead. They’re not even trying to have their show make any sense. It’s just a cash cow. This thing just rolls down the assembly line and not a single soul checks it to make sure it makes some basic common sense. We need a Bob Smith? Ok just get that Korean guy to play him. It’s utterly mind-boggling how Lenkov can get away with crap like this. And he’ll be telling us how passionate he is about this project and how much care goes into all this. BULLSH!T.


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Magnum Pilot was very mediocre, H50 reboot pilot was better. Actor is ok but no charisma like Selleck has. The Higgins character is ill-conceived and cast poorly, basically a hacker who can do anything, while running the estate. Other characters are not bad, the HPD character is a foil, fairly lame. I may watch the next one, to see if it gets better. Had some good action scenes but it's that same brand of Lenkov idiocy! 2.5 out of 5 stars on my 7-star scale.

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That's supposed to be vent not eat. Sorry!

BTW, thanks for the sharing the review Mr. Mike - that was quite insightful. And thanks to Ringfire too for sharing your thoughts!


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I'm glad I didn't waste my time watching Monday night. I'm asking this strictly out of curiosity and genuinely interested in opinions: At what point will the wheels fall off this fad of 'rebooting' old material? I know CBS isn't the only one doing these but when do we arrive at the point of ridiculousness? Are we there now? Will it take a failure of a series or movie going down in flames in a grand fashion to make this stop?

I don't have a problem with reboots as long as there some care to capture the spirit of what came before - they seem to be missing the mark more and more.

Thanks for letting me eat my two cents.


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The Magnum reboot definitely had more callbacks to the original MAGNUM than FIVE-ZERO had to the original show. Heck, Jay Hernandez pretty much narrated the whole essence of the MPI universe in just the pilot episode (talk about cramming everything into episode 1). Yet despite all these callbacks it somehow came across even worse than FIVE-ZERO. Maybe because every single callback only served as a reminder that they were all done better on the old show. Hence the existence of this show is utterly pointless. This whole thing is just on auto-pilot, totally hollow. FIVE-ZERO is crap but at least it’s doing mostly its own thing. The MPI reboot wants to be both like FIVE-ZERO and old MPI which makes it completely redundant.

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Magnum P.I. reviewed by Chris Lackner, media critic for Postmedia (via Vancouver Province) (@Pop/Forecast on Twitter, maybe):

From the unoriginal mind of Peter M. Lenkov (the man who has already rebooted Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver) comes a new take on the beloved (at least by my mother) Hawaii-set detective series from the 1980s that made Tom Selleck a household name. Jay Hernandez (Scandal, Suicide Squad) inherits the titular role as Thomas Magnum, but some things never change — namely the P.I.'s Detroit Tigers hat, red Ferrari convertible and his friend TC's black helicopter.

This time Magnum's British frenemy and landlord Higgins is played by Perdita Weeks (Penny Dreadful). She's just like the old Higgins (two vicious Dobermans, no sense of humour, always nagging Magnum) only with yoga and computer talents — and slightly more sexual tension.

If you want a sneak preview of the new Magnum, here's my advice. Just watch an old episode at super speed and make your own explosion or screeching wheel noises every 10 seconds or so. Manifest has what it takes to be a wild ride if it can avoid being lost (i.e., cancelled before November sweeps).


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The headline on the report at TV By the Numbers is:

TV Ratings Monday: ‘Magnum P.I.’ premieres low, ‘Manifest’ debuts high

https://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/tv-ratings-monday-sept-24-2018/


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Interesting article from last night. I'm sure the numbers will be adjusted slightly later in the week. What is interesting is the drop at CBS from 8:30pm to 9pm:

https://www.thewrap.com/big-bang-theory-manifest-magnum-pi-ratings/

I found it interesting anyway.


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Redoing the Magnum, P.I. theme song:

https://t.co/iWB9lgRppa


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Ringfire - it's funny you should mention how confident they are in Magnum. I tend to look at how hard something is being pushed and if it's being touted too much, that's an automatic red flag for me.

If Five-Zero is any indication, I have a feeling we're going to deal with this reboot for awhile (I hope not) because neither has or will do justice to the originals. Besides that, they aren't very good.


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I found a bunch of old TV shows on my hard drive. I am uploading one of them as a test, from the series Surfside 6. It is unreal that this show got an order for 36 and 40 (yes, 40!) episodes in its first and second seasons. There is an H50 connection, the director of this episode is Michael O'Herlihy. One of the guest stars is Edward Platt, later "Chief" on Get Smart.

http://mjq.net/TV/Surfside6/Season1/SS6-S01E34.htm

If you find this interesting, contact me through the e-mail address at the bottom of my main H50 page: www.fiveohomepage.com

(I don't have the entire series, only some selected episodes).


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It’s funny how confident they are with the new MAGNUM, as if they have everyone’s blessings on this. For starters Tom Selleck has already distanced himself from the show and made it clear that he’s against the idea of the reboot and would not participate in the show in any way, simply out of his respect for the original. Of course Tom is simply to nice a guy to REALLY tell them what he thinks.

I know that Lenkov must be really excited about this show. Here he can take the ohana idea and beers on the beach to a whole new level because the guys on the old show actually did have beers on the beach in pretty much every episode. So Lenkov must be really stoked about this. Too bad he messed up Five-Zero with this same nonsense. But that’s just one of many problems with that show.

In other news they have apparently cast James Remar in the recurring role of Col. Buck Greene, played on the original show by Lance LeGault. Remar is a good actor with a solid screen presence and will simply overshadow Hernandez in every way. Oh well... that’s what happens when you don’t think long and hard when casting your lead and simply go for a pretty boy.


Added: September 04 2018 09:05:46 AM
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Oh please! (Magnum related)

https://bit.ly/2LXKX5Q


Added: September 03 2018 10:48:17 PM
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From Vancouver TV Week Magazine, September new show preview issue:

Magnum P.I.
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill.

One of the biggest hits of the 1980s is rebooted for a new TV generation, with Hernandez (Scandal) tapped to fill the shoes of Tom Selleck. Yes, there's a red Ferrari (but no moustache!), and this modern-day Magnum is a former Navy SEAL who pals around with his fellow ex-SEALs (and Afghanistan POWs) Rick (Happy Endings' Knighton) and TC (Hill). As in the original, Magnum and his crew work for mysterious novelist Robin Masters, whose Hawaii mansion is looked after by prim Brit Juliet Higgins (Weeks).

FUN FACT: The new Magnum is being helmed by Peter Lenkov, who has already successfully resurrected Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver for CBS.

THEY SAY: "We're trying to introduce the show to a new audience," explains Lenkov. "The spirit of the [original show] still exists. There's a lot of similarities, but we're just updating this thing." Adds Hernandez: "The younger demographic has this vague, almost innate awareness of Magnum P.I. and the cars and the locale of Hawaii, but they don't know it so well that they're sort of married to certain things. So it's going to be great to bring this to a whole new generation of people."

I SAY: While the pilot was heavy on exposition and even heavier on spectacular stunts, action sequences, car chases and the like, those of us who remember the original recall that the single-biggest factor in Magnum's success was Selleck's easygoing charm. And while Hernandez is somewhat charming, he's not Selleck-level charming; when the least interesting character in Magnum P.I. is Magnum himself, I'd call that a problem.


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La La Land Records recently released 2 CDs of music from the 1988 "reboot" of Mission: Impossible with music by Lalo Schifrin & Ron Jones:

https://bit.ly/2LDYLlW

What is more astounding, a few years ago, I actually did an "anal-ysis" of this show! 😀

http://missionimpossibletvreboot.com


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I saw that first-season episode "Act Of Duty" again last night, and I think the best part (upon seeing it again) was when Mike Stone saw Sherry Reese at the store where the stakeout was being held, and Mike got mad at her for breaking the stakeout, and as such, confined her to her apartment, having Steve Keller take her back home (Mike also said that if the grounding was broken, Sherry was kaput).

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Denis Chauvet, who runs the French site for Streets of San Francisco, has been working his way through season three and sends along his updated ratings:

The number like 4 means 4-star ratings, following by (6) which means the number of episodes which have this rating. The number in brackets after episode names like (+1) mean his rating went up this time around. The number after the dash like 3.5, 3, 4, etc. is >my< rating.

4 (6)
Letters from the Grave – 3.5
Endgame - 3
Mask of Death - 4
Asylum- 2.5
License to Kill- 2.5
False Witness- 2.5

3 (9)
The Most Deadly Species - 3
Labyrinth - 4
Ten Dollar Murder - 3.5
The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague - 2
Flags of Terror (+1) – 3.5
One Last Shot (+1) - 4
Solitaire – 3.5
Cry Help! – 3.5
For Good or Evil – 2.5

2 (7)
Target: Red - 3
I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore (+1) - 3
River of Fear - 2
Mister Nobody- 3
The Programming of Charlie Blake- 1.5
Bird of Prey - 2
One Chance to Live - 2

1 (1)
Jacob’s Boy- 2.5


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I got a question about 'Kojak', (S03E12) Money Back Guarantee.

This is the 1 where a gang steals cars from buyers who took out a loan from a bank to finance it. Here's the plan:
some1 either is in debt or simply don't want their car anymore. So, the gang contacts them and tells them to leave the car parked on the street with the keys in the ashtray, to be easily stolen. The owner then contacts the insurance company, and gets some $$$ for the stolen car.

Here's what I don't get - what's the profit motive for the car owners? For the gang, they get a car which they can upgrade & sell, or strip for parts. Their profit motive is clear. But let's say I'm a car owner with a loan. I go along and get $$$ from the insurance company. BUT, that would be depreciated value, not replacement value. So if some1 had an outstanding loan balance of $7,000 and they got back $10,000 on a $20,000 car, they'd get $3,000 profit. BUT, they'd still be down 1 car. The show takes place in 1975, were there insurance policies that paid out full replacement value as opposed to depreciated? And then, after participating in a felony, yeah they'd have some $profit, but they'd still have to buy another car, so they'd actually lose $$$ on the deal. It don't say in the show, maybe this was targetted at people who were giving up their cars entirely? I understand why the gang would want to keep this gig going, but not why some1 who is a carowner and wants to continue to be a carowner, would participate. What am I missing?


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Denis, the guy from the French site who is also reviewing SOSF, sends along his ratings for season two, comparing them to mine.

In the list below, the bracket after the first number like 4 (7) means there are 7 episodes with that rating.

The number after the titles is MY rating.

The number in brackets like after Shield of Honor (+1) means that Denis upgraded his rating for that particular episode since the last time he reviewed it...

4 (7)
For the Love of God - 3
Crossfire - 2
Going Home - 2,5
Betrayed – 2,5
Shield of Honor (+1) - 3
Blockade (+1) - 4
Commitment – 2,5

3 (5)
Rampage – 3,5
Before I Die (+1) - 4
Harem – 2,5
The Victims - 2,5
A Wrongful Death – 2,5

2 (10)
The Hard Breed - 3,5
A String of Puppets - 2,5
The Stamp of Death - 2
Death and the Favored Few - 3
Chapel of the Damned (-1) – 2,5
The Twenty-Four Karat Plague – 2,5
Most Feared in the Jungle – 3,5
Inferno – 2,5
Winterkill – 2,5
The Runaways (+1) - 2,5

1 (1)
No Badge for Benjy - 3,5


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Haha, that’s basically Tom’s polite way of saying he hates the idea of the reboot. He obviously wants no part of it because he knows it’s not the REAL thing, it’s an impostor.

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Selleck on Magnum reboot:

https://www.tvinsider.com/696360/tom-selleck-reacts-magnum-pi-reboot-cbs/amp


Added: June 17 2018 10:56:52 AM
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For anyone who’s interested in what fans of the original MAGNUM are saying about the reboot trailer you might have some fun here: https://bit.ly/2t5f0Ba

Some of them are pretty vicious about the reboot and those magnum-mania guys overall are a pretty civil bunch LOL. There are a few who are open-minded, even one who digs the idea of this young female Higgins (or as she’s called “Sheggins” LOL!). But they are definitely a minority. There are even a few who say they enjoy Five-Zero, hence why they’re keeping an open mind about the reboot.


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I think THE EQUALIZER TV show has a pretty wicked opening intro - both the images and music by Copeland. Very dark, gritty and stylish!!

I’ve heard good things about JOHN WICK but haven’t seen either one. Will need to check it out at some point. Sounds like THE EQUALIZER with Denzel. Lots of stylized hardcore violence.


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I thought Edward Woodward played the prim and proper Englishman McCall well, but the scenes where he is running in the episode I saw were ridiculous, reminiscent of similar scenes where Karl Malden was hoofing it in The Streets of San Francisco. Woodward was almost 60 when the third season was filmed, and suffered a massive heart attack around this time.

I had a good laugh, the music for the show is by Stewart Copeland of The Police, and someone said that some of the score in this religious-themed episode with Savalas and Atherton was "Gregorian chant." But these passages were ripped off from Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, composed in 1930, with no credit whatsoever!


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I recently took the action movie John Wick 2 out of the library; I quite enjoyed it. Keanu Reeves is a retired professional hit man who gets in conflict with some Russian gangsters who not only steal his car (a classic Mustang) but KILL HIS DOG (a cute dog that Wick's wife, who succumbed to some incurable disease in the first John Wick movie, gave him posthumously after she died).

Wick gets his revenge in a big way (and gets a new dog, a pit bull). But he runs afoul of an Italian gangster who gets Wick to knock off his sister, who is involved in crime in Italy in a big way. After the sister commits suicide by slitting her wrists (and Wick gives her a bullet in the head for good measure), this gangster then puts out a contract on Wick.

Of course Wick triumphs in the end, but he commits several faux pas which at the end of the movie leave him the object of pursuit of everyone with a gun in the free world.

I also watched the first movie, which I didn't think was as good as the second one. There is non stop action and martial arts fighting which seem heavily influenced by the movies of John Woo throughout both of these flicks, the whole point of which is that JOHN WICK MUST STAY ALIVE AT ANY COST!


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I saw a couple episodes of THE EQUALIZER and thought it was a pretty good show. Edward Woodward in particular is quite good - a very English and very efficient operator. Takes no BS. I actually also saw the 2014 big-screen remake with Denzel Washington (playing McCall) and was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I love Denzel as an actor and thought his various OCD quirks as McCall worked very well for the character. I didn’t bother comparing him to Woodward. It was a different take on the character but I thought Denzel nailed it. Basically he single-handedly takes down the entire Russian mob and the crooked cops in Boston and even makes it all the way to St. Petersburg (or was it Moscow?) at the very end to take care of the BIG BAD! I mean it’s all pretty ridiculous but at the same time it has the vibe of those old-school revenge action flicks from back in the day (a la Charlie Bronson) except much more bloody and violent. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, who I have to admit hasn’t made a single film that I didn’t enjoy to some extent. Even his KING ARTHUR (with Clive Owen) was watchable. I hear that EQUALIZER 2 is in the works.

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I don't recall ever watching The Equalizer, the mid-80's show with Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, the guy who dispenses justice for hire (and maybe pro bono), though I know what it is about. I got the third season box set from the library because the opening 2-part show co-starred Telly Savalas.

William Atherton plays Martin Loeber, a.k.a. "Alpha," who is a psycho terrorist. He has a connection to McCall, because he caused an explosion in Europe which killed McCall's godson, and was also the protégé of Savalas's character, Joseph Heiden, who became a priest after serving a jail term for terrorist activities and is now a "good guy" (sort of).

The FBI get Heiden's help to track down Alpha who kills some guy at a disco and then sets off a bomb at the place resulting in many more deaths. Alpha calls the local papers, telling them this is only the beginning of his murder spree. But because of what happened to his godson, McCall hates Heiden's guts and refuses to work with him.

I thought the show was particularly stupid the way Alpha was an all-knowing bad guy who was always ahead of McCall and the cops. For example, when the mother of Alpha's wife Linda finds a gun at her daughter's apartment where she is letting the couple stay, she contacts McCall. Alpha knows that the mother found the gun, and when McCall and the mother meet in an out-of-the-way location on the docks, Alpha murders the driver of some large truck and drives it into McCall's car, pushing it off the dock into the harbor (the mother dies, McCall later manages to make his way to shore).

This is nothing, though.

Later, well aware that McCall and his "employee" Mickey are on his trail, Alpha takes the wife and child of FBI Detective Frank Standish (who is working with Heiden) hostage along with an officer who was assigned to guard them. After McCall shows up at Standish's house, Alpha drives away with the FBI guy and shortly after runs the car into a truck, causing the car to burst into flames. When the forensics people analyze the bodies in the car, they find the FBI guy and another body which, according to dental records, is Alpha. But it is not! Alpha has managed to find some guy who looked exactly like himself, get a dentist to duplicate the dental work in this guy's mouth, and then, as the car is heading towards the truck, manage to jump out of the car after presumably getting this duplicate dude's body from the trunk (where I guess it was hidden) into one of the car's front seats where the cops will find it.

At the end of the show, Alpha gets some guy to insert these contact lenses in his eyes which obscure his vision so he looks like this blind priest, and prepares to dispense communion to these people in church where the wine will contain some horrible poison (sarin, ricin, or anthrax ... something along those lines, I can't remember specifically what). Prior to this he kills his mentor Heiden in the church, who struggles several hundred feet in an operatic finale where he confronts his former student in the church just before anyone can get poisoned.

Alpha flees outside where he is fortunately gunned down as Heiden expires back in the church.


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What does the title Winterkill mean for the SOSF episode:

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#13

Someo ne is e-mailing me about this.

The dictionary definition of this word is:

transitive verb
: to kill (a plant or part of a plant) by exposure to winter conditions
intransitive verb
: to die as a result of exposure to winter conditions

So it probably means either

1) The guy who is threatening vengeance because old people are being jerked around, Tillman, is old himself and winter has connotations with "old," "slow moving," "dead," etc.

or

2) Old folks in the show are being treated badly and they may die soon, i.e., they are in the "winter" of their lives. This doesn't make any sense, though, because the old people aren't being threatened with disease which can kill them. One guy is going to go blind, and another is getting kicked out of his rest-home apartment.


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Another spot-on review about MAGNUM (no comma) P.I.

I have a feeling we will be having some fun with this missing comma, like we did when Five-Oh became Five-Zero.


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Don’t know what his name is but I think it’s the show with the gay chef. Not Savalas but the guy on the left. Or maybe Savalas too lol who knows?

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Does anyone know who is the guy on the right in the picture with this article? He is a dead ringer for Telly Savalas!

https://t.co/UDTETzaDhD


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The Magnum, P.I. Reboot Looks Bad, Will Probably Be A Huge Hit

(This article is actually pretty sarcastic.)

http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/cbs-reboots-magnum-pi-10491100


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Honestly I don’t even find “Mutual Concern” racist. If anything I find it very creative in the subject matter and I find the 4 characters to be extremely colorful (race pun not intended). They all have their quirks and prejudices and that’s what I love about them. Great script by Skinhead and Vashon scribe Alvin Sapinsley!

It’s like Archie Bunker. How can anyone hate such a great and iconic character?? You just want to watch more and more of him.


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This "racist" comment seems pretty innocuous compared to some of the things said in the H50 episode "A Matter of Mutual Concern":

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log4.htm#83


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Plus the new Magnum is played by a Hispanic! Why not? We have a white guy, a black guy, a chick, so of course we can’t have another white guy. Make Magnum Hispanic! Or Korean! Gotta push ahead with that diversity bit, fellas. Otherwise we won’t be able to sleep at night.

I read a while back on the KNIGHT RIDER board on IMDB (when the boards were still operational) one reviewer who caught this one episode of the 80s show and this reviewer was mortified because Michael Knight jokingly called 2 comical Chinese karate goons “the eggroll brothers”. Apparently this sensitive individual was so mortally wounded by such a “racist” remark that he immediately turned the show off and vowed never to watch another episode. He explained that he couldn’t believe that there was a time when terribly racist things like this were aired on prime time TV. :D And there you have it folks - political correctness run amok! Young kids growing up and being groomed to take offense to everything and to basically lead lives devoid of any humor or fun. Needless to say this comment raised A LOT of eyebrows from those of us who grew up with these shows and who never saw any racism in them. It’s all just harmless fun. Unfortunately the new generation doesn’t understand this term. Talk about a HUGE generation gap. And I’m still in my 30s too!


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LOL.

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/05/21/new-magnum-pi-fake-ferrari-fake-tom-selleck/


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And here's the trailer for the new MAGNUM: https://bit.ly/2GtxMXF

As expected it has the usual over-the-top Fast and Furious nonsense that Lenkov is famous for. Plus Justin Lin (the F&F director) is directing the pilot. There's a character named Nuzo who's a buddy of theirs from the war who gets killed (in the original show Nuzo was played by James Whitmore, Jr. and appeared in the famous Ivan episode, not the pilot) and of course Magnum and his pals set out to investigate their friend's murder. This is actually similar to the pilot of the original show where their Vietnam war buddy Dan Cook (Allen Williams) is murdered and Magnum sets out to investigate. But that's pretty much where the similarity ends. Higgins is a woman who is a karate expert and can kick butt???? Yeah ok. It's nice to see the dogs, the Ferrari 308, and the chopper back, but as expected the spirit of the original is not there. How can it be?? It doesn't have the original cast nor the restraint that is required. It's all slam-bang-thank-you-ma'am type of nonsense. It's just another Five-Zero. Bottom line - it's Lenkov.


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Looks like ABC has cancelled DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. Netflix is looking to possibly pick it up for further seasons. I don’t watch the show. Michael J. Fox has joined the show (and Kim Raver of “24” fame) and I saw that one episode with them but it’s not enough to keep me watching.

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Well, I’ll definitely check out the pilot (as I did with Five-Zero) but probably won’t bother after that. Curiosity is a strange thing. I especially want to see the new Higgins. :!drunk: :!giggle:

Added: May 16 2018 07:36:24 AM
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CBS has announced Magnum reboot will be on Monday:

https://bit.ly/2InQx4I


Added: May 16 2018 06:59:33 AM
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I'm sure it's gonna be just another stupid action show. Lenkov doesn't know anything else. The original MAGNUM PI was about as action-oriented as an 80-year-old grandma. It was a very laid-back show. If someone fired a gun once during an episode that was *something*. Folks didn't watch it for the action. They watched (and I watch) it for the chemistry between the leads, the humor, the Ferrai, TC's chopper, Robin's Nest, Higgins, Zeus and Apollo (don't look at the dogs!!), and just the laid-back atmosphere of Oahu on the windward side of the isle. Oh, and the occasional darker-themed episode like the one with Bo Svenson as Ivan or Kenneth Tigar as the serial killer "The Ripper". Every once in a while an episode would have a really cool twist that you never saw coming, but when it happened it was totally earned. Not like on these reboots where there's a stupid twist like every 5 minutes.

Reboots suck. Why? Because they can never capture the essence of the original.


Added: May 15 2018 06:51:04 PM
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Magnum Mania (discussion board) on the new Magnum PI -- they love it, they hate it.

http://magnum-mania.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3597

Some samples of the latter:

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I think that is kind of what we've been saying though is that Magnum never went around saying "I'm a SEAL" or even anything remotely close to that. He never advertised it and very few episodes even referenced it. It was such a minor part of the show. Now the veteran aspect and camaraderie between war buddies was a huge part but Magnum wasn't going on night raids and shooting machine guns every episode. I and many others on here I presume,would just hate to see a Magnum reboot that is essentially another (new) Hawaii 5 O with senseless action horrible plots and flashy things to try to catch your attention. So to bring it back in Tom Sellecks stature was enough, he didn't have to advertise that he was a badass Navy SEAL nor did he want too. Magnum wanted to distance himself from his service and prove he could make it his own way with his own rules.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinion.....I give it [H50 reboot] a bad to okay rating at best.....great, no way! The storylines are so weak and fluffy at times you just shake your head and roll your eyes! The odd time they are decent and you think okay, they are getting it together, but the next episode just stinks. Yes, it has been going on for 8 seasons so it has its followers and some luck too because it shouldn't have lasted that long. Yes, I tune in to watch a bit of Hawaii in the background and then I usually fast forward through the show especially when Steve and Danno start bickering like an old couple....just awful (IMO).

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Everything you say about the current Hawaii 5-0 is true. However it is also true that it is the most successful reboot in tv history [WHAT?!?!?!?!? - MQ]. Therefore the suits at CBS will apply the same formula to Magnum PI because they couldn't give a toss about keeping the spirit of the original.

They probably viewed at most a 15 minute highlight reel of original Magnum car chases, hot babe guest stars and a out of context look at Magnum killing Ivan that likely elicited a "Bro, that's hard core" response from the 20 something execs who could not, if their lives depended on it, ever understand the Band of Brothers bond that existed between Magnum, TC, Rick and Higgins.

Kenji, the reboot is going to be a legendary disaster, and the only reason it would run more than a month is because CBS will pray the ratings pick up to offset all the start up costs for filming in Hawaii.

I look forward to the new threads that will appear on Magnum Mania mere moments after the pilot episode is shown, thread titles such as "Magnum PU", "Never Again, Never Again, Dear God in Heaven Never Again", "The Jororo Kill? Kill Me!", "Did You See the Sunrise? No, I Tore My Eyes Out To Make Sure I Never Watch This Crud Again", "The Big Blow" and fittingly, to describe how long the reboot will last, "Limited Engagement".

If I am wrong I will gladly donate my first born, my Spiro Agnew autographed tennis ball I got for 50 cents at a garage sale, and my cat to the Magnum Mania Board of Directors, and I highly value the cat as she is a first class mouser.


Added: May 15 2018 06:29:33 PM
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SOSF score for today: “Target: Red” by John Elizalde.

https://bit.ly/2IhF0ng


Added: May 14 2018 11:37:18 AM
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The Takers is a masterpiece Streets Of San Francisco. I wonder if it's the 1st episode filmed. Has a different feel to the episode. The Apartment complex was out of sight with the cool music, swimming pool, window glass. I would have loved to live there. Beautiful people too. Mask Of Death was a real masterpiece. John Davidson became that character. Incredible episode from start to finish! Stunning
work! There's some other great episodes. The Glass Dart Board with the PERT chart and the sniper. Letters From The Grave I thought was intelligently done. The Most Likely To Succeed is close to perfection. Poor kid wasn't allowed to fail. I can't blame the teacher because he gave him a chance at make-up work. Season 5 was given a fair shake and I was happy to see some quality marks to Monkey Is Back and others. Hope you Classic HFO fans and Streets SF enthusiasts enjoyed Mother's Day in some form or fashion. JC


Added: May 13 2018 10:02:42 PM
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SOSF score for today: “Before I Die” by Duane Tatro, who scored the Five-O episode “Clash of Shadows”.

https://bit.ly/2IeW5gQ

Check out the scene at 2:15. That’s like right out of the opening of DIRTY HARRY where the camera pans across the long barrel of Scorpio’s rifle in extreme closeup!


Added: May 03 2018 03:22:20 PM
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Count the number of shows with that rating.

Added: May 01 2018 09:37:52 PM
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Mike, what do the 9's and 6's in parentheses mean?

Added: May 01 2018 08:30:10 PM
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