Why NBC Saved ‘Magnum P.I.,’ and Why CBS Canceled It in the First Place

Why NBC Saved ‘Magnum P.I.,’ and Why CBS Canceled It in the First Place
Forty-nine days after CBS surprisingly axed “Magnum P.I.,” NBC signed a lease agreement for Thomas Magnum’s shiny, red Ferrari. Ok, so, the Comcast-owned broadcast network is actually getting the whole show under a two-year, 20-episode deal — but it’s a pretty cool car.

NBC’s iteration of “Magnum P.I.” is expected to begin production this fall and air in 2023, a person with knowledge of the plans told IndieWire. If that feels like a fast turnaround, it’s got nothing on the Le Mans-like speed with which the salvation talks began. Discussions about NBC picking up the show began “immediately” after CBS’ cancellation, the person told us, citing the “pretty loud” fan outcry and subsequent media coverage of the grass roots campaigning as two material reasons the show was saved.

Magnum P.I.” is a reboot of “Magnum, P.I.,” which starred Tom Selleck, his mustache, and a 1984 Ferrari 308 Gts Quattrovalvole.
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