Magnum P.I. is officially goodbye after season 5 on NBC

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Season 5, Part 2 of the Magnum P.I. relaunch will air on NBC in 2024, marking the conclusion of the show.

Magnum P.I. debuted on CBS in 2018 and is based on the same-named series that ran from 1980 to 1988. Jay Hernandez plays Thomas Magnum in the show; Tom Selleck played a part in the first iteration from the 1980s. After four seasons, CBS cancelled the Magnum P.I. revival in 2022 due to license price disputes with Universal. Soon after, NBC brought back the series for a split-season fifth season of 20 episodes.

Magnum P.I.
Credit: NBC

Why the Magnum P.I. cancelled on NBC

According to Deadline, NBC decided not to renew Magnum P.I after its 20-episode fifth season, which it picked up last year. According to the source, NBC is anticipated to “mount a sizable campaign” for the last 10 episodes of the show, which will be presented as the series’ conclusion.

Magnum P.I. Season 5, Part 1 consisted of 10 episodes that aired on NBC from February 2023 to April 2023. Currently, Season 5 Part 2 is scheduled to run during the midseason of 2024. The impact of the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike may cause the new episodes to air sooner or later.

Even though Magnum P.I. Season 5, Part 2 isn’t expected to premiere until next year, the cast members’ options expire on June 30. Deadline claims that this “forced the issue now.” Evidently, NBC had three choices: early Season 6 renewal, cast option extensions, or cast release and program cancellation.

Given that networks are reluctant to make pickups during the aforementioned WGA strike, an early Season 6 renewal was doubtful. The cast would have had to wait a long time if the options had been extended, as NBC would not have had to decide whether to renew Season 6 until the following year. As a result, the network selected option three.

Will fans be able to see Magnum P.I. on any other network channel than NBC?

Sadly, it’s unlikely that another network or streaming service will decide to carry the series. When the show was initially cancelled, NBC already preserved it. Even though it is a great performer, it is quite improbable that ABC or FOX would choose to pick up the show. Additionally, because of the intricate streaming rights, a streamer is unlikely to attempt a sixth season. Magnum P.I. is currently airing in season on Peacock, with earlier seasons streaming on Paramount+. It would be difficult to convince viewers to subscribe to another streamer without access to seasons 1–5.

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