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‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Showrunners Reveal Why Tom Selleck Never Had a Cameo

‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Showrunners Reveal Why Tom Selleck Never Had a Cameo

The Magnum P.I. reboot ended last week, disappointing fans by not featuring Tom Selleck, the original star of the show. According to TVLine, Eric Guggenheim, the reboot’s showrunner, revealed that there was contemplation about featuring Selleck (possibly as the elusive Robin Masters). However, the idea was not pursued.

“We joked about that very early on in the first season,” Guggenheim explained. “But we never thought getting him was a real possibility. Was fun to dream about, though.”

In the original Magnum P.I., fans will remember that Robin Masters, the novelist who penned fictional tales of Magnum’s military exploits, remained unseen but was voiced by Orson Welles. However, in the reboot, fans are deprived of any glimpse or mention of Masters.

Tom Selleck May Have Simply Been Too Busy to Appear in the ‘Magnum, P.I.’ Reboot

Having Tom Selleck portray the enigmatic Robin Masters in the Magnum reboot would have been a logical choice that would have delighted fans of the original series. However, the practicality of the star being able to join the show’s Hawaii filming locations throughout its entire run seemed unlikely. Despite Thomas Magnum being one of his most iconic roles, Selleck has consistently remained in high demand since the original show concluded.

Selleck initially capitalized on his success from Magnum P.I. by venturing into the world of movies. He appeared in notable titles such as Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under, and Her Alibi. Of course, he also had a significant recurring role on the hit TV show Friends in the late 1990s. He even took part in the Friends reunion special in 2021.

Later, when Selleck made a triumphant return to television in a lead role. He took on the lead role in the long-running Jesse Stone TV movie series. This franchise consisted of nine adaptations based on the works of Robert B. Parker. Interestingly, Selleck’s involvement in the Jesse Stone movies overlapped with his lead role in the ongoing CBS procedural family drama, Blue Bloods.

Selleck’s role in the show Blue Bloods, which is set to conclude after the upcoming 14th season, may have been the reason behind his absence from Magnum P.I. It’s been since 2015 that he last appeared in a project outside of Blue Bloods. His dedication to the drama has resulted in an impressive tally of 275 episodes. Many fans are hopeful for a final tenth installment of the Jesse Stone franchise after Blue Bloods wraps.