MAGNUM P.I. Showrunner Promises No Cliffhangers: ‘Quite Satisfying’

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MAGNUM P.I. Showrunner Promises No Cliffhangers: ‘Quite Satisfying’

By Movieguide® Contributor 

As MAGNUM P.I. approaches its final episode, showrunner Eric Guggenheim has reassured fans that the show won’t end on a cliffhanger.

“I actually think it’s quite satisfying,” Guggenheim told TVLine. “I’m really proud of the finale. 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. Too many shows have gotten burned with cliffhangers that were then left unresolved in the wake of cancellation.” 

Although Guggenheim is satisfied with the ending, it is not how he would have chosen to end the show if it continued.

“Is it how I would choose to end the show? No. But if it has to be the last episode, I think it absolutely works as a [series] finale. So no, there’s no reason to go back and recut or reshoot,” he said.

Movieweb shared more about the end of the show.  

“As they returned to NBC with the final ten episodes of the show, viewers were teased with a significant revelation for Thomas Magnum and Juliet Higgins. Yet, fans can rest assured that despite the hints and teases, all major plot threads will find resolution,” Movieweb reported of Season 5 Part 2. 

Movieguide® added, “MAGNUM P.I. [Season 5 Part 2] will…have a closer focus on the show’s relationships, especially as it relates to Juliet and Magnum. It’s been teased that the duo’s honeymoon phase is over and that they’ll be facing some roadblocks ahead.” 

Before this season, MAGNUM P.I. aired on CBS for four seasons until the network dropped it, and NBC rescued its fifth and final season. 

Movieguide® previously reported on MAGNUM P.I.’s cancelation: 

The decision to end the show came a year early as the options on the cast were due to expire on June 30th. The show, however, will have new episodes releasing through the 2023-2024 season before coming to a close…

The show’s fifth season was already split into two ten-episode parts, a loophole that allows networks to avoid giving show creators and cast members an annual salary increase. 

This isn’t the first time MAGNUM P.I. has been canceled. CBS dropped the show in May of 2022 after 4 seasons. Although the show had been a top 25 show in total viewers, showrunners could not come to an agreement on licensing fees with CBS, leading to the cancelation of the show altogether. NBC saved the show less than two months later with its 20-episode split-season.

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