Don’t put Tom Selleck in the group of people ready to call it over for the long-running CBS series Blue Bloods. Selleck will wrap up 14 seasons of playing New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan. But Selleck has made it clear that he’s not ready to go.
Maybe some other cast members, like Bridget Moynahan and Len Cariou, felt the same way. Yet they have not spoken up and shared their opinions. That’s not the case for Selleck, who spoke up when being interviewed by TV Insider.
“CBS will find an awful lot of people aren’t ready to say goodbye to it,” Selleck said. “The show’s more popular than ever, and I think [viewership] will increase with the interest this year.” Blue Bloods has been a perennial winner in its Friday night timeslot. At one time, television shows might have been afraid to air on Friday nights. It hasn’t always been the big number night as far as ratings and audiences are concerned.
Yet this show, with a mix of veteran actors and a few newcomers, has worked quite well.
Tom Selleck: ‘Blue Bloods’ Has Stories To Tell
Besides, other cast members include Donnie Wahlberg, Marisa Ramirez, Will Estes, and Abigail Hawk. Moynahan and Hawk recently shared “Happy Birthday” posts for Selleck on Instagram. Selleck just turned 79 and splits his time between New York City and his California ranch.
Still, though, Selleck does not feel like they have run out of stories to tell. “We’re certainly not out of ideas,” he told TV Insider.
He was asked what made him so proud of the show. Selleck, in essence, said that the father role wasn’t made to look stupid or silly. “Playing a flawed but strong father,” he said. “On television and commercials, Dad is usually the idiot. It’s not my mission on the show, but the by-product is an example of an important patriarch to the family. That’s getting rarer in our culture.”
CBS announced that Blue Bloods would end after Season 14. Selleck, upon hearing this news, sent out a statement emphasizing his gratitude. “For the past 13 years it has been an honor and a privilege to work on a show that not only celebrates the men and women who protect and serve New York City,” Selleck said, “but also displayed the importance of family.”
Family Unit Has Mattered To TV Show
If you have watched Blue Bloods over the years, then you know there’s usually a family dinner scene. This usually, but not always, pops up at the end of the show. It’s a time when characters share about their day or ask for family help. Because some family members work in the NYPD, some things cannot be discussed at dinner.
Yet the family unit will be there to offer help, support, or offer suggestions. Cariou gets a chance to shine at times in his role of wise old Henry Reagan. Blue Bloods has also faced criticism over how police officers are presented. Viewers, though, have not been driven away in droves.
Seeing Blue Bloods come to an end will be a sad moment for longtime fans. Yet it will be interesting to see where cast members go from here. And if you are looking for your Blue Bloods fix, the show has its very own channel on Pluto TV.
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