Magnum P.I. fans now have a very good idea of when they will have to say a very sad aloha to Thomas, Juliet et al.
According to a promo that aired at the close of this week’s antepenultimate episode (directed by leading lady Perdita Weeks), Magnum P.I. will return from the holiday break on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024 at 9/8c.
Since NBC’s mighty #OneChicago trifecta opens their strikes-delayed seasons on Jan. 17, and since I took math in high school, that leaves open just Jan. 10 for Magnum‘s swan song.
TVLine has reached out to NBC for double-secret official confirmation of the series finale date; stay tuned for updates!
The back of Magnum‘s farewell run has been averaging 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.39 demo rating this fall — right on par with Season 5A, which was saddled with a sad Sunday time slot. Out of all entertainment programs NBC has been airing this fall, the island drama ranks No. 4 in audience (trailing The Voice
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Magnum fans have not given up the fight, though, to compel NBC to change its mind and reverse the cancellation verdict handed down in June.
“This group of fans is very passionate,” cast member Zachary Knighton remarked to TVLine during a recent interview, just as another “#SaveMagnumPI” billboard — the 25th overall — had been rented out, in Times Square. “There was a pretty big campaign to save Happy Endings when we got cancelled [by ABC], but nothing like this,” he marveled.
As for the ersatz series finale itself, “I actually think it’s quite satisfying. I’m really proud of the finale,” showrunner Eric Guggenheim previously told TVLine. “There are a couple of threads left dangling that would have been picked up in a Season 6, but I didn’t want to end on a cliffhanger. If I’m being honest, I guess I wanted to play it safe.”
Perdita Weeks meanwhile told TVLine that fans can expect from the final two episodes “a bump in the road,” some “very good news” and “a happy ending I hope people will be happy with.”
“It’s bittersweet, obviously,” to end the series after five seasons, she noted, “but at the same time it ended in a really great place…. I feel pleased for the characters.”
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