'Magnum P.I.' season 2: Release date, plot, cast, and everything you need to know about CBS' reboot featuring Jay Hernandez

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 featuring a gender-swapped Higgins played by Perdita Weeks

                            'Magnum P.I.' season 2: Release date, plot, cast, and everything you need to know about CBS' reboot featuring Jay Hernandez

It's the age of sequels and reboots and CBS has followed up it's 'Hawaii Five-0' reboot with the updated 'Magnum P.I.' 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' 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 of 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.

In January 2019, CBS greenlighted season two of the series.

Release date

The second season will premiere on September 27, 2019.


Thomas Magnum is a former Navy SEAL and is currently bestselling writer Robin Masters' security consultant living in Masters' 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' 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 season one finale, Magnum is in trouble with the Feds for using counterfeit money — money he received from his client. However, the Hawaii Police Department's Detective Gordon Katsumoto comes to his defense, even though he usually dislikes Magnum. Magnum also ends up helping Hannah, his former fiancée, save her father, hiding the details from Katsumoto. Magnum's friends were not happy about working with Hannah since she was the reason they were prisoners of war during their time in Afghanistan. Hannah is not to be trusted and they were right not to be happy about it. Magnum also asks Higgins to work with him as a private investigator. 

Hannah dies at the end of the episode, but the group was successful in rescuing her father. Higgins has not yet accepted Magnum's offer to work with him and Katsumoto is angry at Magnum for lying to him. 

Season two will continue following Magnum and his friends as they go on assignments. Whether Higgins has accepted his proposal will be clear when season two starts. Magnum will also be trying to earn Katsumoto's trust back.


Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez speaks onstage at Entertainment Weekly's Brave Warriors Panel during Comic-Con International 2018 on July 20, 2018, in San Diego, California. (Getty Images)

Jay Hernandez rose to fame after starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 movie, 'Crazy/Beautiful'. He is best known for playing El Diablo in the DC movie 'Suicide Squad'.

Perdita Weeks

Actress Perdita Weeks of the television show "Magnum P.I" speaks during the CBS segment of the Summer 2018 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Perdita Weeks is a Welsh actress. Her acting credits include 'Penny Dreadful', 'The Tudors', and 'Ready Player One'.

Zachary Knighton

Zachary Knighton attends Netflix's 'Santa Clarita Diet' Season 3 Premiere at Hollywood Post 43 on March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images) 

Zachary Knighton is best known for his role in ABC's 'Happy Endings'. His acting credits include 'Santa Clarita Diet' and 'Parenthood'.

Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill from the TV series Magnum P.I. attends the 59th Monte Carlo TV Festival: Day Three on June 16, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (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. 

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