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August 30, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 34

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opper Sunday. August '.W, TV SPOTLIGHT Tom Selleck is back — but for how long? By Jtm H»t\i*tmmf HOIXVWiJOD - Tom Sel- l<K'k is Ciliuiiitt Jits eighth iiixl final MNLSIIII of "Magnum, I'.I." Of course, he said that last season would be his swan .sotig, htit ifii.s (irm> he mams it "We're mil playing some sort <if game," Selieck says. "We're* piauiunK on doing this its a filial season and building up to a filial episode ... I guess all things IIIIISL (oiiu- to an end, and to walk away from this show is probably ) !«• the hardest thing I ever do Hut 1 think that's whal we're gomg I" dn .it the- em) <il this year " Selleck has a virtually nil precedentcd deal with I'm versa! and I'US lie I! tin least l.'l episodes, |«'ihaps many a_s"'.I'.', bill the pre numbei is up In bun "Tl was mi way that I cmild < mil to a full sea.sun mi! kn Ing whal kind of staiuit was going to have." he plains. "I'll only know lhai once we gel into priMjnclion. "I fex>l a real obligation to our aiuiieiuv, so I'm not K <im H K» rip them off. Hut I'm also not Roinj; to do .substandard slmws tMH'ause I'm crawlint' on my hancfs add knees." "Magnum" wa.s this JMLSI year's cometjuek story. Wi<)<;- ly assumed to («• a cancellation candidate after oeing slaughierexl by "The Coshy Show" on Thitrs<lays during its sixth year, f'HS shifted il to Wednesdays, where its mi- "Dynasty" a gixMl bitoftrou- ble. This year, "Dynasty" will avoid (he confrontation by airing an hour later. Selleck had been ex|M'cled to IMIW out (if "Magnum" at the end of this season. Hi* even filmed a final episode., "l.imbo," in which Magnum wa.s seriously wounded-Since Thomas Magnum wa.s shown wandering around the clouds observing his friends' reactions, I lie implication was that he wa.s dead "When the script wa.s developed. I had said no lo an oilier season." says Selleck ".lust before we went into production, we agreed to an eighth. \Vf didn't change the script at all after that If y-fiii want tucall il a eliffhang er it's fine, although we really didn't design it that way " Selleck Wim'l reveal lion Magnum survives, but says that he believes his character had "an out of body cxperi- eti* e " S<-ason eight, he states, will begin when- "l.imbo" left ol! I'nhke another CHS series where a character wa.s killed and mysteriously res- Tom SfKfck is returning for what he says will be the final season o* iinei ted, "we.ve got this III • tie catch phrase in our heads No showers, nodieains "Magnum, P.I." It could be back (or as few at 13 episode*or as many a* 22. The long-running CBS hit airs Wednesdays. SIDE VIEWS: Tom Selleck in the movies Tom S«U*ck s lalosl movui, 'Thtee Men and a Q iby." JH which hu stars with Ted Danson am) Sl<jv« Guttonbora is scheduled toi Chnstmas fitluasi> But big sciuvn slardom li«!> nlutfnd him in previous eftotls • Sullimk cun b« spotted in bit pafls in "Myfa Dfuckiriddgu" (1970). "The Sevon Mmutos" (197 I), "Terminal Island' (1973. with Roger Tom S*ll«ck ^ Moaioy) and Coma" (1978) •Hownaa 1920s llyinj ace in "High Road to Chm«" (IB«y) • rta plAy^d a cat burglar doing 5py work in prewar London in l«nuit«r" (I9B4) .--. £ - -

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