11:45am PT by Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg
CBS Picks Its New 'Magnum P.I.'
CBS has selected the potential heir to Tom Selleck's treasure trove of open-buttoned Hawaiian shirts.
The network has tapped Jay Hernandez to play the title role in its reboot of Magnum P.I., one of several remakes CBS is considering for the 2018-19 TV season. Hernandez will don the Detroit Tigers ball cap and (ideally) the mustache made famous by Selleck over seven seasons of playing Thomas Magnum, who is described for this update as a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.
The pilot will be set in Hawaii, with CBS remake king Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver) writing and executive producing alongside Eric Guggenheim and with action director Justin Lin at the helm. John Davis and John Fox are exec producing via their Davis Entertainment banner.
For Hernandez, it marks his first series regular role since the short-lived Fox drama Gang Related. He recently completed a guest arc on ABC's Scandal and has appeared in such features as Suicide Squad, Bad Moms and Netflix's Bright.
The project is being produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.
Hernandez is repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and Fuller Law.