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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 8:45pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

...and I hope it dies a quick death.

1. They cast Jay Hernandez (El Diablo from SUICIDE SQUAD) as Magnum, and there's nary a mustache in sight.

2. Higgins is now a woman....and younger than Magnum.

3. Rick actually looks like he could beat someone up.

Hope it dies a quick, merciful deatn, as I said already. I will NOT be watching.


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Didn't follow MAGNUM, but I feel your pain.
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 9:30pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

This looks fucking terrible. 
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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 12:14am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I don't watch procedural, one-and-done in a single hour detective series any more, full stop, so I will more than likely give this one a hard pass.  But I thought the trailer was fun. That...plus?  I don't want to wish anyone to be put out of work and that includes the hundreds of people working on this show.  If it finds an audience, fine.  If it doesn't, also fine.  But I won't wish its demise.  
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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 8:05am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I was never a huge Magnum fan, but I probably wouldn't watch this simply because Magnum was Selleck.

But: Jack Lord was Steve McGarrett (and still is, as far as I'm concerned), and yet the Hawaii Five-O reboot has cruised on for seven or eight seasons now. Maybe New Magnum will catch on, too, but I won't be watching it.
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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

"Anybody can be Iron Man," said Jim Shooter one day, demonstrating to us the degree to which he did not understand the character -- or any characters he declared to be "just a costume anybody can wear."

Hollywood thinks the same. Magnum was Tom Selleck? Jackie Gleason was Ralph Cramden? Robert Conrad was Jim West? William Shatner was Captain Kirk? Not if there's a buck to be made. And not if the timing is such that the original audience has aged out of the picture.

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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 10:32am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Not if there's a buck to be made. And not if the timing is such that the original audience has aged out of the picture.

I fail to understand how it makes sense to use a legacy property while alienating the legacy audience. Then...who is this show for? You can't bank on the name with newbies, and you're not going to keep the old timers on board because you just broke their toys. 

If you want to do an action show based in Hawaii, don't remake Five-0, just create a new show. 

That's what they did with the first Magnum!!!




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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 11:20am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Brian, they did...One West Wiakiki, with Cheryl Ladd, it
lasted two series.I enjoyed it!
The Hawaii 5-0 reboot is ok, but they seem to `play
soldiers` more than be actual detectives.
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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

We (mostly the wife) watch the current 5-0 reboot. It started off ok, but they’ve basically made McGarrett part Batman and part Flash. It looks like they’re following the same mold with the new Magnum. 
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Posted: 21 June 2018 at 7:23pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I read somewhere that the original plan was to use different music for the reboot of HAWAII 5-0. I still think the main reason for the reboot was an excuse to use the theme song so changing the original score makes no sense. For once, smarter heads prevailed. MAGNUM PI was Tom Sellack, not the opening music so if they don't get someone with his buckets of charisma, I can't see it lasting.
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Who is the show for? Amazingly enough, there is still some cache in rebranding product towards younger viewers unfamiliar with the original. Younger audiences seem to be in tune with the practice of bringing something back in a new, improved form, just for them. It's a form of re-appropriation, taking something useless from pre-history and making it over again, in their image. 

Sure, new stuff is fine, but knowing this particular new show is a better version of some dumb thing from the past? That seems to score points and engage their curiosity.

Who wants some old, dumb guy with a mustache as Higgins? Our new Higgins is HOT! SO-O-O-O much better than what Mom and Dad had to live with! It doesn't matter that five minutes ago they wouldn't have known Higgins from haggis. They see the trailer, maybe check Google,  and know old people don't like what's happening. A quick YouTube search tells them why. And that their new version beats the old one by a mile. Up high! (Whack!) Suck it, old people!

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Posted: 22 June 2018 at 12:28am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I don't like any reboots, but remaking a detective show is especially egregious.  All too often, the star IS the character.  That's why I happily watched the ROCKFORD FILES and KOLCHAK remakes go down in flames.  (Yes, Kolchak was a reporter.  Close enough.)

James Garner WAS Rockford!  Peter Falk WAS Columbo.  Tony Shalhoub WAS Monk.  I didn't even watch it, but Angela Lansbury WAS Jessica Fletcher.  And Tom Selleck WAS Magnum.

Maybe other actors were considered at the beginning, but very quickly each actor owned each detective, and vice versa.  Rockford was an excuse to watch Garner, Columbo was an excuse to enjoy Falk, etc.

Maybe if it's adapted from another medium, like NERO WOLFE or PHILIP MARLOWE, I wouldn't mind seeing new casting for those every 20 years or so, but the made-for-TV detectives are made for the stars who bring them to life.


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