The world just can’t get enough of reboots. Or, at least, can’t figure out what to do besides reboots. From 1980 to 1988 Tom Selleck was the dashing Thomas Magnum on “Magnum, P.I.”
He was a private investigator living out of the gorgeous Oahu, Hawaii. While it was on, the show was consistently in the top twenty U.S. television programs, according to Nielsen ratings.
It was mustache-connoisseur Tom Selleck’s breakout role. It also earned him an Emmy for Best Actor while it was on.
Then, in 2018, a reboot was ordered for “Magnum P.I.” by CBS. According to TV Insider, Peter Lenkov was in charge of the new show, which is still on today. It was even recently renewed for a fourth season. Lenkov is a specialist when it comes to redos. He also updated “Hawaii Five-O” and “MacGyver.”
Tom Selleck Is Not A Fan Of The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot
Tom Selleck has long moved on from his time as Thomas Magnum and has starred in several other roles since his breakout 1980s character. He hasn’t strayed too far though. He is currently playing NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan on “Blue Bloods.”
Despite a close relationship with CBS and respect for his original role, Selleck was in no way supportive of the remake. He was told if he didn’t like the idea, it would be shut down.
“CBS is kind of my home network. I’ve done The Young and the Restless and (most of) the Jesse Stone movies as well as Magnum and Blue Bloods with them … Peter was very effusive about the project; he grew up with Magnum and this was his dream,” Selleck said to TV Insider.
After losing the battle, Selleck just took a step back from it all and let it happen.
“I just felt success is so hard to come by in this business, why do I want to root for somebody to fail,” said Selleck. “I just stepped back, and said, ‘I won’t get in your way.’”
He wanted to be a part of the show and share his vision, but executives weren’t having it. That’s why you’ll never catch Selleck in a cameo on the CBS show now. That would imply he approves of it all, which would be an outright lie.
There have been a number of movie ideas suggested, one with Tom Clancy, but none of them took off. None of them really excited Tom Selleck, either.
What Was Selleck’s Reason For Leaving The Original Show?
Tom Selleck has always had an interesting connection between his work and his private life. Fans don’t always 100% understand his decisions.
One of his most controversial was when he left “Magnum, P.I.” right at the peak of his network popularity. He left so he could live his life beyond the demands of the screen.
In an interview with People from 2020, Selleck said, “I quit ‘Magnum,’ not because I didn’t like it or I was tired of it. I was tired from it. And I wanted a three-dimensional life because I didn’t have one … I knew intellectually what it would mean in terms of being a public person, but until you’ve lived it, there’s no way to understand it. I had a feeling of, ‘I don’t think I’m cut out for this.'”
He’s fortunate of the way his career has played out and how he has been able to have a close relationship with his family.