It’s been less than a month since CBS shocked its viewer base Canceling the sun-drenched drama MagnumPI after four seasons, despite impressive and fairly consistent rating stats from year to year. That magnums Shortly after the bad news broke, fandom took action, flooding social media with attempts to show other networks and streaming platforms how many people would follow the crime drama starring Jay Hernandez if season 5 happened somewhere else. Such efforts culminated in the #SaveMagnumPI campaign, which took over a digital billboard in the heart of Times Square, an impressive display of determination by any measure. And it wasn’t just the billboard that drew attention MagnumPI stars, but its arrival also coincided with what could be a very positive update for those hoping for Season 5 to become a reality.
Before we dive into this update, let’s first take a look at how two stars of the drama felt after seeing the #SaveMagnumPI billboard. Perdita Weeks, who portrays Juliet Higgins, shared a picture of the billboard Twitter along with a surprised and grateful message to the fans who made it possible. In her words:
To get Perdita Weeks’ point, while canceled TV shows often spark some form of protest from those most disappointed that they’re going away, the MagnumPI Fandom is on a whole different level when it comes to size and scope. It’s basically on par with the endless For Your Consideration campaigns that networks run to get their shows more Emmy Love. But I am sure MagnumPIViewers of would be fine if the series wins Emmys, another guaranteed season of episodes is what they’re really looking for
Another star who has a clue on the #SaveMagnumPI billboard in Times Square is Zach Knighton, who plays Rick Wright from the series. He also shared a shot of the digital advertisement Twitter with the following message:
No word from Jay Hernandez yet, with some of his recent posts still being his post-cancellation goodbye messages, which have garnered plenty of love from fellow celebs and fans alike. But we can probably assume he’ll be in touch soon, assuming he hasn’t signed on for three more TV shows and his own Marvel movie franchise at this point.
A promising update for Season 5
As for possible good news, MagnumPI‘s shouldn’t be pinning all their hopes on that basket, but the latest issue of Production Weekly (via CarterMatt) has an incredible detail. The trusted publication rounds up just about everything that’s poised to reach the next major phase in the development process, and among the many film and television projects awaiting filming, Production Weekly lists “MagnumPI Season 5″ in between Magazine Dreams — the bodybuilder drama that was revealed just days ago Loki Star Jonathan Majors will have a starring role — and mahalia!
The still unconfirmed MagnumPI Season 5 is listed as in active development, which would be amazing if true. However, no networks or streaming services were listed in the issue, so it’s hard to tell whether or not talks have been ongoing with NBCUniversal, which was said to be interested in bringing the crime drama to either NBC or the US. I also can’t imagine this being a bad way to skyrocket Peacock subscriptions, but I can understand the desire to keep them MagnumPI in linear television.
While there’s obviously no clear sign of where things will go from here, “MagnumPI Season 5″ that’s in print somewhere (that’s not a fansite) is a promising sign, we can hope. The best-case scenario is that NBC will place a three-season renewal order before I’m done typing this sentence, but that probably won’t happen considering Jason Lee is still being questioned by fans my name is earlThe cancellation of , which happened way back in 2009, could be quite a journey for Weeks, Knighton and other stars if nothing comes through in the end. But I can’t help but believe that something is going to happen!