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Magnum P.I. Murders Two Ferraris in the First Episode

You could shoot a movie for the price of the pilot episode, Jay Hernandez says

Malcolm Venable

When CBS'Magnum P.I.reboot hits TV screens in September, it's hitting hard, with lots of ammo, pyro and fast cars. Just don't get too attached to them. Two Ferrari 488s in the pilot, which rivals any summer blockbuster with its action and hand-to-hand combat scenes that Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and his partner Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks) are in, bite the dust. Said Hernandez: "It's a little bit sad to watch a Ferrari go off a cliff."

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Exec producer Peter Lenkov wouldn't say exactly how much the first episode cost, but Hernandez joked at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Sunday that "you could shoot a movie for the price," given that even a used Ferrari goes for around $250,000. The cars couldn't be rented, obviously, since they were destroyed, so they had to be outright purchased.

It's such a big bang of an episode one has to wonder how Magnum P.I.can sustain such scorched-Earth visuals, but Lenkov said the series is going to keep its moxie, even if not at the exact same level of tick-tick-boom.

"It's not necessarily an action series," he said, despite the fact that Magnum pulls some Mission Impossible type craziness in Episode 1 we won't spoil here. "The cars were probably the biggest expense." We're hoping that means we won't see any more of those beauties die -- it's too much to bear.

Magnum P.I. makes its debut on Sept. 24 on CBS.

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