The 2018 TV season is increasingly looking like a collection of the hottest shows of 1988.
CBS has just ordered pilots for reboots of primetime cop classics Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey.
That’s in addition to the news earlier this week that ABC is rebooting The Greatest American Hero with a pilot order (and an Indian-American woman as the lead), CBS has ordered a 13-episode revival of Murphy Brown (with original series star Candice Bergen on board), and The CW is rebooting Charmed (with a feminist witches “tearing down the patriarchy” twist). Plus, there’s ABC’s revival of Roseanne coming March 27.
For Magnum P.I., the new version is described as “an update of the classic television series set in Hawaii [that] follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.” The original Magnum starred Tom Selleck and ran from 1980-88. Hawaii Five-O vets Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim are the showrunners on the update.
While the Cagney and Lacey reboot sounds pretty much like the original, except set in Los Angeles instead of New York: “In this reboot of the iconic series, two female police detectives and friends keep the streets of L.A. safe.” The original starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly and ran from 1981-88.Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) is the showrunner.
Further details at: MSN.com