'Magnum PI' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the CBS reboot's return

Jay Hernandez stars as the updated version of a smooth-talking, Ferrari-destroying, former Navy SEAL who is an army veteran in this 21st-century reboot

                            'Magnum PI' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the CBS reboot's return
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It's the age of sequels and reboots and CBS had followed up its 'Hawaii Five-0' reboot with the updated 'Magnum PI' featuring a Latinx lead, Jay Hernandez. Perdita Weeks plays Judith Higgins, who used to be Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, as a former MI-6 agent.

While Hernandez's Magnum lacks the signature mustache Tom Selleck sported during his portrayal of the character, the new Magnum has upped the ante when it comes to Robin's Nest (their abode in Hawaii) and the action. The pilot for Season one was directed by Justin Lin, who is best known for his work in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise and the episode featured not one, but two destroyed cherry-red Ferraris while Magnum was in pursuit of the bad guys. 

Now, the reboot is set to return for a third season in December. Read on to know more details.

Release date

Season 3 of 'Magnum PI' will premiere on CBS on Friday, December 4, at 9/8c.


Thomas Magnum is a former Navy SEAL and is currently bestselling writer Robin Masters's security consultant living in Masters's luxurious mansion in Hawaii. Masters is a reclusive author who is a mystery, even in the original series. Magnum is also a private investigator whose assignments we see in each episode. During these assignments, Magnum works with Orville "Rick" Wright and Theodore "TC" Calvin, his fellow Marine veterans as well as Judith Higgins, a former MI-6 agent who is the caretaker of the Masters's mansion. In the '80s original, Higgins was male. While the mustache may be missing, the cherry-red Ferrari is present in the reboot. 

In the finale of Season 2, Rick tries to stop his cancer-stricken surrogate father Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetter (Elisha Cook Jr) from doing something stupid. Icepick, who was prepared to do a last easy robbery with a jail mate, gets double-crossed and wounded. Then Icepick refuses to head to the hospital and Katsumoto confirms to Rick the risks if he stayed complicit by being silent. Meanwhile, Magnum, Higgins and TC all gear up to find the murderer, who is determined to eliminate all loose ends. Moreover, Magnum learns from Hawaii Five-0 contact Adam Noshimuri of a legal ‘Hail Mary’ that could resolve Higgins's visa situation but it proved to be a very costly affair. Magnum then decides to call Robin Masters for help who came up with an unorthodox solution that left Magnum with mixed feelings. 


Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez (Getty Images)

Jay Hernandez rose to fame after starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 movie, 'Crazy/Beautiful'. He has since starred in numerous films, including Friday Night Lights (2004), Hostel (2005), Bad Moms (2016). He is best known for playing El Diablo in the DC movie 'Suicide Squad'.

Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks (Getty Images)

Perdita Weeks is a Welsh actress. Her acting credits include 'Penny Dreadful', 'The Tudors', and 'Ready Player One'. Among her other films are 'As Above, So Below' (2014), 'Hamlet' (1996) and 'Spice World' (1997)

Zachary Knighton

Zachary Knighton (Getty Images)

Zachary Knighton is best known for his role in ABC's 'Happy Endings'. His acting credits include 'Santa Clarita Diet' and 'Parenthood'. BuddyTV ranked him #94 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011" and #100 in "TV's Sexiest Men of 2012"

Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill (Getty Images)

Stephen Hill's acting credits include 'Maniac' and 'Boardwalk Empire'.


The reboot is based on the original series created by Donald P Bellisario ('NCIS') and Glen A. Larson ('Knight Rider'). The reboot has been developed by Peter M Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, with Lenkov as showrunner. Lenkov and Guggenheim also worked on the Hawaii Five-0 reboot. 


There is no trailer for Season 3 of 'Magnum PI' yet but keep watching this space for future updates.

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