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Mr. Mike - I would guess your assertion is correct. There must have been something in place before Moonves left. This early to renew, they haven't even gone through the February sweeps yet.

Added: January 27 2019 12:52:32 PM
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Magnum PI reboot is renewed:

It seems very early in the season to make this kind of announcement.

I wonder if this was some deal left over from when Moonves was still working there?

Added: January 26 2019 12:03:33 PM
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Mr. Mike, I have to agree with you. There is certainly something else going on for these shows to be renewed.

I discovered a few things hunting around on that link. For one, George Eads is leaving "MacGyver" after this season. May not be a big deal but could this be the first domino to fall in the triad of reboots? All the CBS shows are down overall in their audience draws compared to last year - that's interesting to say the least. So I'm sure that fact isn't helping any of the shows.

There's also the longevity of these programs too. "NCIS" is on Season 16(?) now. I just wonder when the plug will be pulled there. The two spin-offs are aging too and while they stand on their own, how long would they really last after "NCIS" is gone? We already know this is "Big Bang Theory"'s last year. "Criminal Minds" will be done after year 15 - something I found on the webpage.

Another elephant in the room is the entire fallout of Les Moonves. I know the H50 reboot was kind of his pet project, but I have an inkling - no evidence to back it up, just a feeling I have - when CBS does decide on a permanent CEO, we could see any entire revamp of the schedule. Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part to a certain degree.

Added: January 23 2019 04:09:27 PM
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This page discusses whether Magnum PI reboot will be renewed. I think there is a long wait to find this out. In one of the previous H50 seasons, they waited until the very last minute in May to make the announcement.

I think there is more to renewing Boy Wonder's shows than just ratings, though.

In the case of H50, I'm sure he would like to take the show into its 13th season (a real one) just to break the record that the old one set. That is 4 years in the future, though. That show is going to kill me!

With current season of H50, it is starting to remind me of the Vancouver Canucks, who never make it to the playoffs, so at the end of the season they give people who have been benched a chance to play along with others from the club's farm team.

Added: January 23 2019 01:16:45 PM
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RIP Carol Channing. My familiarity with her doesn't extend past the classic SOSF episode "Mask of Death" where John Davidson impersonates her and kills people.

P.S. Apparently she appeared as herself in an episode of the original MAGNUM PI.

Added: January 15 2019 05:34:57 PM
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Yes Bobbi, I watched it. Another forgettable episode. Another "let's throw it at the wall and see if it sticks" type of deals, similar to Lenkov's Five-Zero. Russians and suitcase nukes in Hawaii. Even a Russian restaurant in the heart of Waikiki, riiiiiight! It's funny how with both shows the higher the stakes are in the story the more forgettable it is. That's because the original shows didn't rely on doomsday scenarios to give us interesting and gripping stories. But with these remakes it's all slam-bang-superhero-fantasy nonsense, and I for one can't connect to any of it.

Added: January 15 2019 05:28:15 PM
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Did I just see an ad for this week's Magnum PI episode and it concerns a nuclear bomb!? Worse yet, we have the obligatory running around like chickens with their heads cut off?

Insert groan here. What is up with these guys?

Added: January 14 2019 08:30:36 PM
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I found this posting from the regular H50 forum dating back a few years, which I had removed from there -- I don't know why!


It's not just during the last 30 years that TV executives have been idiots. I am watching more episodes of Harry O, the David Janssen series from the mid-70s. This is a textbook example of how to mess up a show, though I don't know who to really blame here, the creators of the show or the executives. (Intelligent analysis of this show years after the fact is hard to find.)

The latter definitely had a hand in the show's demise. According to Wikipedia, "Ratings for the series were initially fair and got a boost after the series was retooled in January 1975. Harry O was picked up for a second season and continued to gain viewership and critical acclaim; however, then-ABC president Fred Silverman decided to take the network in a different direction and canceled the series in favor of Charlie's Angels." Inasmuch as this is depressing, it was probably a smart business decision, considering ABC ended up making tons of money from Charlie's Angels.

But Harry O had a LOT of problems. It relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles in its first season, changed its theme song twice, changed Harry's nemesis on the local police force from Henry Darrow to Anthony Zerbe, and went from scripts which were tenseful and intelligent to mediocre.

Harry O had two pilots. In the first of them, Martin Sheen, who was responsible for wounding Janssen's character four years before, causing him to resign from the police force, returns from Vietnam where he changed his name to Captain Willard ... (just kidding) ... and wants to hire Harry to find his old buddy and dope kingpin Sal Mineo.

During his investigation, Harry is revealed to be a major stud. He has a ditzy girl friend who wants to clean up his place, but he doesn't want her getting too "domestic." (In some later shows, his girl friend was Farrah Fawcett-Majors.) While trying to track down Mineo via an educational institution, some 19-year-old blonde working in the administration office bats her eyelashes at Harry; he tells her she is too young. And when he goes to a bar where there is some information about Mineo's whereabouts written on a wall (still there after four years!), Harry meets a woman (Margot Kidder) who immediately jumps into bed with him, though I suspect Harry really is interested in her so he can borrow her car. So my first question here is: is David Janssen that sexually attractive to women? (Maybe some women can answer this.)

Harry tracks down Mineo at a paint company formerly run by the latter's family where all the necessities to manufacture heroin are available, even though Sheen's character says that this company went out of business some time ago. At the end of the show, Harry chases Mineo on a policeman's motorcycle that he has borrowed. This typical cop show chase goes on for several minutes and involves the two of them doing things like driving off loading docks and going up and down terrain more suited to dirt bikes. Yet Harry has a bullet in his spine (thanks to Sheen) which later in the series is shown as giving him a lot of pain, forcing him NOT to drive his car and to take the bus.

What a mess...

Added: December 26 2018 10:59:02 AM
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Here's my quick Top 10 Streets Of San Francisco BEST episodes. Everyone has their favorites of any series.
1. The Takers 2. Most Likely To Succeed 3. Judgment Day 4. Mask Of Death 5. Police Buff 6. Poisoned Snow 7.Flags Of Terror 8. Labyrinth 9.Monkey Is Back 10. The Glass Dart Board (PERT!). What Streets Of SF episodes crack your Top 5 or Top 10?!JC

Added: December 18 2018 03:37:17 PM
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Check out the CGI composites/hodgepodge of the new Robin's Nest estate on the MAGNUM reboot. Unbelievable!!

Added: December 14 2018 10:01:34 PM
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Thanks for showing Denis Streets of SF ratings for Season 4. I agree with Denis that Judgment Day, Most Likely To Succeed, Police Buff all 4 star **** episodes. I would move Poisoned Snow up to 4. It was an excellent episode especially when Clu Gallagher's cop character tainted the drugs with the poison. That was very creative. It was realistic when all the junkies and dopers were dying from the tainted stuff. I'd probably drop Dead Air to 3.5 but it was a good episode. Mr. Mike, you are probably right on School Of Fear. My guess the students could have overpowered the teacher at some point at the run down school. Denis is right on Alien Country. I thought that was 1 of the weaker episodes of that season. Can't really argue much about Denis other ratings. Season 5 I might talk about another time. JC

Added: December 13 2018 03:43:41 PM
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As for the Magnum reboot it’s laughable that the new Robin’s Nest estate is basically a CGI composite of a bunch of different locations! They’re using a place in Kailua for the house exterior and front gate, a Kahala property (the Banyan House shown in [Classic H50] By the Numbers and Joker’s Wild) as additional footage of the estate grounds, some place out in Kaneohe as the shoreline in the rear of the estate, some additional CGI greenery to expand the rear grassy estate grounds, and the Kualoa Ranch mountains pasted in to provide the backdrop of the estate. The whole thing is a farce!! How can you take seriously something that doesn’t even exist in the real world? It’s a fairy tale place. There is no such estate as shown in the show. Compare this with the original show where the estate actually existed -- the Anderson Estate in Waimanalo. An actual place you can visit and swim in the tidal pool out back (as I did this summer). Your eyes see a real place which really exists. Gee, what a concept, eh? Too bad Lenkov doesn’t get it and instead gives us some CGI hodgepodge. It boggles the mind that they couldn’t find a decent estate on the island where they could film. A REAL place. And to mess with the natural beauty of Hawaii by adding your own CGI greens and palms and fake backplates or whatever is borderline criminal.

Added: December 11 2018 05:32:44 PM
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I see that Denis sent me his re-ratings for Season 4 of SOSF as well some time ago, but there was a mixup with this e-mail. Same "conditions" as the ratings for season 5 below...

4 (8)
Police Buff - 3.5
Requiem for Murder - 2.5
Dead Air - 3
No Place to Hide - 3
Judgment Day (+1) - 3
Most Likely to Succeed (+1) - 3.5
The Cat’s Paw (+1) - 3
Deadly Silence - 2.5

3 (3)
Poisoned Snow - 4
Trail of Terror - 2
Men Will Die (+1) - 3

2 (8)
The Glass Dart Board - 3.5
Merchants of Death - 3
School of Fear - 1.5
Superstar - 2
Runaway - 3
The Honorable Profession - 3.5
Spooks for Sale - 3.5
Web of Lies - 3.5

1 (4)
Clown of Death - 2
Underground - 3.5
Alien Country - 3
Murder by Proxy - 3

Added: December 11 2018 05:28:47 PM
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Denis Chauvet, who reviews Streets of San Francisco for the French site, has updated his reviews for Season 5.

Explanation of ratings:

The first group are 4 star episodes, the (4) means how many have that rating.

The score at the end of the line is what >my< score is on my site

The numbers in brackets like (+2) is what Denis's previous rating was in 2009.

4 (4)
Who Killed Helen French? - 2
No Minor Vices - 2.5
Once a Con - 3
The Cannibals (+2) – 3.5

3 (11)
The Thrill Killers - 3
One Last Trick - 2
Hang Tough - 3.5
Hot-dog - 4
Monkey Is Back (+1) - 3.5
The Drop - 2
Till Death Do Us Part (+1) - 4
Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers - 1.5
Interlude (+1) - 3
Innocent No More - 3

2 (5)
Dead or Alive - 2.5
Time Out - 3
A Good Cop… But (+1) - 3.5
Breakup - 3.5
Castle of Fear - 3

1 (4)
In Case of Madness - 2.5
Dead Lift - 3
Child of Anger – 2.5
The Canine Collar - 1

Added: December 11 2018 04:51:36 PM
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I enjoyed McGarrett and the Classic HFO team more than Magnum PI. McGarrett was a true dedicated professional and
head of Hawaii Five-O. He didn't have time to analyze himself or talk about his personal life. He had to stop Wo Fat and his Red Chinese Associates, serial killers, and other type of criminals. Gradually, you might see McG play handball or go sailing as the years went on. McGarrett might have been the leader of HFO but Danno was a solid Lt type 2nd in Command and Chin Ho a solid detective for 10 seasons. Duke, Frank, Kono and others also important to the team.
I think Magnum was similar to Rockford in Rockford Files. There was a more light-hearted tone and comedy to the episodes and few of the villain types were as interesting as Wo Fat or Alika. I did enjoy the ensemble cast with Higgins, Larry, TC. Never liked Higgins much. He got on my nerves. I would be hard-pressed to recall 15 or 20 Magnum episodes but I could recount probably most of the 278 HFO episodes with the title and a brief description of the characters and plot. My guess a conversation with McGarrett and Magnum would have been interesting. Could Magnum been a HFO member? I don't know. Magnum had his own style. He was good at what he did in his PI profession. JC

Added: November 21 2018 10:42:54 PM
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This show ran in the early 60's for 2 years of 30 shows per season. Does anyone remember this?


The early 1960s are remembered as a more innocent time, but behind-the-scenes changes were roiling the nation. Into this fray stepped a groundbreaking series based on true stories from the nation's high school students and the teachers charged with tending them. James Franciscus stars as John Novak, an idealistic novice teacher, while storied stage and screen veteran Dean Jagger co-stars as his mentor, Principal Albert Vane. Constantly challenging the rules of the educational establishment, the dedicated young Mr. Novak guides his bright but troubled students and fellow educators dealing with teen pregnancy, drug abuse, racial conflict and alcoholism - problems as relevant and shocking then as they are today. Notable guest stars include such luminaries as Lillian Gish, Martin Landau, Edward Asner and Beau Bridges, this groundbreaking series also features students from Los Angeles' Marshall High School. Winner of the Peabody Award for Excellence in Television.

Added: November 15 2018 02:20:59 PM
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I kind of agree that MAGNUM is in some ways a more grown up show compared to FIVE-O, which is an odd thing to say because the characters hardly acted like grown-ups on the show. The characters on FIVE-O definitely acted more grown-up and professional. But I guess FIVE-O was a bit more formulaic in its structure. You knew a crime would be committed at the start, the team would investigate, and the bad guys would be apprehended at the end. On MAGNUM, however, you never really knew what to expect. You could be thrown for a real loop in the story and sometimes there wasn't even any real case to work on. Other times it was something totally surreal and dream-like. In that sense I suppose it was more fresh. It also delved more deeply into the characters' personal lives and actually had quite a surprising amount of continuity (surprising for an 80s show). So in that sense I guess you could call it more "grown up" in that pretty much every show today stresses characters and continuity. We just don't have standalone by-the-numbers shows anymore.

But I have to disagree that FIVE-O is more dated than MAGNUM. With the exception of the fashions on both shows, I find that FIVE-O isn't any more dated than MAGNUM. They're just completely different shows. Maybe the later seasons of FIVE-O feel a bit dated (because of the cheese factor and drop in quality) but the earlier seasons can match any modern show on cable for sheer energy and grit and hard-hitting stories. That period of late 60s/early 70s produced some crime dramas which, aside from the fashions, have not dated at all and are just as gripping today as they were then. FIVE-O, MANNIX, M:I, STREETS OF SAN FRAN, KOJAK, COLUMBO, etc. It's the late 70s and early 80s that produced output which feels quite dated today, MAGNUM excepted. MAGNUM produced some groundbreaking episodes, but so did FIVE-O during its peak years. But also both shows had its share of cheesy episodes. They were just different shows, that's all. But as far as "dated" goes FIVE-O holds up much better than its contemporaries, as does MAGNUM against its contemporaries. So I find neither dated on the whole.

Added: November 09 2018 02:37:08 PM
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A very old discussion from 1995 I found in my e-mail...

Karen Rhodes said somewhere:

I didn't watch (Magnum) at first. I never felt about Tom Selleck the way I felt about Jack Lord, but once I did begin watching Magnum, I certainly did like Selleck's "gee-gosh-wow-ins't-this-fun" demeanor. They also had a good selection of characters with Higgins and all the rest. It was for fun, not as "heavy" as Five-O could be.

My friend Kurt (who I used to trade Magnum tapes from KOMO Seattle for H50 tapes from Philadelphia) replied to this (also somewhere):

Depends on the episode, doesn't it? I liked Hawaii Five-O before I "discovered" Magnum too, but quickly considered Magnum to be a more, I think, "professional" and "real" show. Sure, the Five-O characters all took themselves seriously (undoubtedly following Jack Lord's lead), but (speaking for myself), I don't think the viewers really did. How could you, considering how often the plots were so very contrived, and how unrealistically simply the Five-O team treated them? I almost think of Five-O, despite its 70's run, a throwback to the late 50's and early 60's. Five-O was very much like, say, Dragnet in the way it was so very falsely and unnecessarily serious.

Magnum, on the other hand, was truly an 80's (and, dare I say, modern) show. It dealt with issues realistically instead of idealistically. The characters were all allowed to have flaws and depth instead of being one-dimensional as with the previous genre to which Five-O belonged. When Magnum got serious, it got SERIOUS. Take, for example, Magnum dealing with his father's death in "Home From The Sea." Having seen nearly every episode of both series, I can safely say Hawaii Five-O has little that can even approach the emotional depth of this episode.

Your word "heavy" is a good way to describe Five-O, and it's the primary difference between it and Magnum. Whenever you see the "bad guys" on Five-O, the producers play music that disallows any mistake upon the viewer's part: these people are bad, bad, bad, and you should look down on them! And the Five-O detectives are all business. Personal lives? Well, we must cherish the very rare times we get to so much as glimpse them. Yes, Magnum has a more light-hearted approach, but in contrast to Five-O, almost *anything* would look light-hearted. And this, I think, is where Magnum (the show) gets a bad rap. The character of Magnum isn't so much light-hearted as resistant to growing up. During its 8-year run, the show explored, in great depth, the reasons behind Magnum's immature shenanigans. Part of it was his fun nature, part was the way he never completely came to grips with his father's death when he was six, part was his lingering trauma from Vietnam. But all of this shows just how much we know about Magnum's character vs. how little we know about any Five-O character. In *one* (just one) episode, we hear about McGarrett's childhood loss of a parent, which is what he says drove him to dedicate his life to law enforcement. Whereas Magnum spent episode upon episode exploring his past and how it contributed to the character he was, Five-O apparently deemed it unimportant, only mentioning characters' pasts in passing and never exploring them at all. By showing Magnum's personal life in addition to his professional career, we are presented with a *real* person, one with whom we can truly identify. And the irony is that, as a result of this, we can take Magnum more seriously than we can any of the "serious" Five-O characters.

My basic feeling (and I fear this may sound insulting) is that Magnum was a more "mature" series than Hawaii Five-O. I always had (and have) the feeling when watching a Five-O episode that most of it is just a sounding board for the character of McGarrett to launch into another one of his didactic monologues. Magnum, on the other hand, dealt with everything *realistically*, the way you would expect a real-life human being to do. While McGarrett never failed, Magnum often did. Where Five-O always had a nice, tidy ending, Magnum on many occasions did not. In this and other ways, Magnum was quite ahead of its day, as there are many other shows that followed it (some of which still survive today) that echo this genre. And, I think, this is why even when you consider the time-difference between the two shows, Magnum still looks far more modern and less dated today than Five-O does.

These are, of course, just my opinions.

Added: November 07 2018 12:36:48 PM
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Yep going from memory I would probably pick Most Likely to Succeed as my favorite from season 4. I’d also say that Police Buff (excellent Bill Bixby scene talking to the mannequin) and Judgment Day are up there too!

Added: November 02 2018 03:09:49 PM
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I really enjoyed Most Likely To Succeed Streets Of SF. Think it's Season 4. One of the few I somehow missed. Brilliant episode from start to finish. It was a great family but the pressure on the student to succeed was noticeable. Everything about Most Likely To Succeed was well-done. The teacher had to work on the final grades and Paul was failing. The 1 bad grade would ruin his chance at the Ivy League college. I thought when Paul had the psychotic episode with the sword was an incredible scene. Most Likely To Succeed definitely Top 10 Streets Of SF. I have The Takers and Mask Of Death as the 2 best Streets Of SF but Most Likely To Succeed would easily fit anywhere from #3 to #9. JC

Added: October 29 2018 06:29:33 PM
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I watched SOSF “School of Fear”. I still think it’s an interesting episode and quite good, though maybe not the classic I thought it was. The major problem is that the frail elderly teacher looks VERY old and dottering so it’s pretty laughable that his captive students can’t overpower him. Especially when he’s holding a knife to get them to comply. Ok I can understand that they might fear a gun because it doesn’t take much for it to go off. But a knife? A healthy agile teen can’t disable a frail old man with a knife? C’mon! You can either disable him and take the knife away from him or just simply run away. What’s he gonna do? Throw the knife at you as you run? Lol. It should have never even gotten to the point where he could chain them in that abandoned building. But I digress. Other than that it’s an interesting episode. Maurice Evans plays the character very well and his British accent in particular is a joy to listen to! The way he recites poetry is magnificent! But I’m shocked that he was only 64 in this episode. He looks downright ancient. He could pass for an 80 year old easy!

EDIT: Actually I just checked and Maurice Evans was born in 1901 so that would make him 74. That’s more like it. Though I still say he looks more like 80 and beyond.

Added: October 26 2018 12:31:34 PM
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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.

Added: October 05 2018 07:14:55 PM
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I haven’t seen the Cocoon remake yet. I’ll check it out soon.

Added: September 29 2018 08:49:26 PM
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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


Added: September 29 2018 04:30:41 PM
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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.

Added: September 28 2018 11:39:39 PM
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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.

Added: September 27 2018 10:32:21 PM
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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!

Added: September 26 2018 04:24:35 PM
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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.

Added: September 26 2018 04:23:08 PM
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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.

Added: September 26 2018 11:06:10 AM
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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).

Added: September 25 2018 01:59:42 PM
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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

Added: September 25 2018 12:41:53 PM
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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:

I found it interesting anyway.

Added: September 25 2018 12:02:48 PM
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Redoing the Magnum, P.I. theme song:

Added: September 21 2018 03:55:20 PM
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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.

Added: September 19 2018 10:55:26 AM
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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.

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

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

Added: September 19 2018 05:59:33 AM
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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)

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.

Added: September 02 2018 06:34:01 PM
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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:

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

Added: August 30 2018 08:35:02 AM
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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).

Added: August 15 2018 09:48:28 AM
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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

Added: August 08 2018 02:18:44 PM
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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?

Added: June 29 2018 03:59:53 PM
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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

Added: June 21 2018 08:13:16 AM
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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.

Added: June 17 2018 03:31:23 PM
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Selleck on Magnum reboot:

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:

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.

Added: June 12 2018 10:23:57 PM
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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.

Added: June 04 2018 12:32:23 PM
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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!

Added: June 03 2018 04:47:22 PM
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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!

Added: June 03 2018 04:29:38 PM
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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.

Added: June 03 2018 03:52:17 PM
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