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Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I havenít seen the Cocoon remake yet. Iíll check it out soon.

Added: September 29 2018 08:49:26 PM


Submitted by: Jeff H
From: Denver

Right on, ringfire! At least this show wonít last long based on the initial ratings. Weíll see where it lands in week 2ĖIím 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 wonít pull off unless it gets better, which I doubt.

And I have to begrudgingly give Lenkov creditóthe 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


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Yeah Lt. Tanaka in the MPI reboot is really lame. Just some dull HPD cop. Heís 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 - thereís 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 arenít 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? These people are brain-dead. Theyíre not even trying to have their show make any sense. Itís 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. Itís utterly mind-boggling how Lenkov can get away with crap like this. And heíll 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


Submitted by: Jeff H.
From: Denver

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


Submitted by: Bobbi
From: Anchorage, AK

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


Submitted by: Bobbi
From: Anchorage, AK

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


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

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 itís 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


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

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

TV Ratings Monday: ĎMagnum P.I.í premieres low, ĎManifestí debuts high

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

Added: September 25 2018 12:41:53 PM


Submitted by: Bobbi
From: Anchorage, AK

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.

Added: September 25 2018 12:02:48 PM


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Redoing the Magnum, P.I. theme song:

https://t.co/iWB9lgRppa

Added: September 21 2018 03:55:20 PM


Submitted by: Bobbi
From: Anchorage, AK

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


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

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).

Added: September 19 2018 05:59:33 AM


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Itís funny how confident they are with the new MAGNUM, as if they have everyoneís blessings on this. For starters Tom Selleck has already distanced himself from the show and made it clear that heís 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 thatís 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... thatís what happens when you donít think long and hard when casting your lead and simply go for a pretty boy.

Added: September 04 2018 09:05:46 AM


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Oh please! (Magnum related)

https://bit.ly/2LXKX5Q

Added: September 03 2018 10:48:17 PM


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

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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