Cancellation of ‘Magnum PI’ is a blow to Hawaii’s film industry


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — After four seasons, CBS’ “Magnum PI” show has been canceled.

The show, which is set in Hawaii, is among four cancellations the network announced Thursday.

Actor Amy Hill received the call Thursday morning.

“Eric (Guggenheim), the showrunner, he’s like, ‘Call me. I’ve got some news. This isn’t good,’” she said.

Hill played the role of Kumu in the series. She said there was no hint that the final season would be the end.

“Our grades were good. We are okay. No drama behind the scenes. The scripts were getting better every season,” Hill said.

According to Deadline, the decision to cancel the show – the most established CBS series – may be due to a disagreement between the network and main studio Universal Television, as well as competition with other drama pilots this season.

The remake of the hit 1980s series, which starred Tom Selleck, was filmed in Hawaii for the past few years. It averaged 5.5 million weekly viewers on CBS, which is currently the highest-rated broadcast network.

After four seasons, CBS’ “Magnum PI” show has been canceled, according to multiple media outlets.

In the reboot, Jay Hernandez played Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who reuses his military skills to become a private detective.

The cast also includes Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill.

“We are deeply saddened by this,” State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson said. “We understand how these things go, but we appreciate that CBS believed in Hawaii and invested in Hawaii to the extent that they did to bring this show to life.”

She added, “Shows like ‘Magnum PI’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0’ have helped put Hawaii on the map.”

Dawson also said Magnum was one of the first shows to restart production when they were allowed to resume after a COVID shutdown.

“What they have proven, and what other productions have proven, is that film production is extremely safe from a COVID perspective, and they have gone to great lengths to ensure safety on their sets” , she said.

The loss of the series also means the loss of hundreds of jobs.

“On average, a show like a ‘Magnum,’ for example, would hire between 350 and 400 industry-regular techs and creatives, plus those extras and other acting roles,” said Georja Skinner, director of the state Creative Industries Division.

They can find positions with other shows in production here, including “NCIS Hawaii,” which has been renewed for a second season.

“Doogie Kamealoha, MD” resumes filming next week for Disney+.

And Jason Momoa’s ‘Chief of War’ series for Apple TV starts filming here in August.

“I think 2022 is shaping up to be like 2021, which was a $423 million year,” Skinner said, referring to revenue generated from television and film productions.

The state legislature also passed a measure to increase the tax credit for these productions in an effort to continue encouraging them to film here.

Losing “Magnum,” however, is still like losing family for the production members.

“I was hoping for many, many seasons, like ‘Hawaii Five-0.’ But I didn’t expect us to be canceled at all,” Amy Hill said. “None of us did.”

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