Mandi Bierly
September 03, 2010 AT 06:38 PM EDT

Image Credit: Everett CollectionThis could be awesome: McG and Prison Break creator Paul T. Scheuring are developing I, PI — an hour-long drama about a private investigator who learned everything he knows about his chosen profession from favorite childhood shows like Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon, and subconsciously emulates the TV sleuths on the job — for ABC. A rep for Scheuring confirms he’s writing the pilot script, which McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is hoping to direct if it gets picked up. I’m loving this for multiple reasons: 1) McG also helmed the Chuck pilot, to which I imagine I, PI will have a similar irreverent tone. 2) It sounds like a role tailor-made for someone as charming as Castle‘s Nathan Fillion — and who doesn’t want to see more of that kind of man on TV? (I’m feeling Friday night, not because I’d want ABC to bury it, but because it’s the kind of show I’d want to watch at the end of a week that’s left me too exhausted to go anywhere but my couch. I suspect other viewers old enough to remember Magnum and Simon & Simon are working just as hard.)

Based on the little information we have, who could you see playing the PI if it gets a pilot order? And what inspiration would you like him to draw from Thomas Magnum and Rick and A.J. Simon? Magnum’s short shorts, no. Rick’s penchant for heavage, yes. (Magnum was set in Hawaii and Simon & Simon in San Diego, so we expect the guy to have picked a locale in which he can tan.) For inspiration, we’ve embedded the pilot of the shows below. Head to Hulu to watch full episodes of Simon & Simon and Magnum, P.I. Suddenly hoping for rain this holiday weekend?

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