What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Blue Bloods, Outsiders? Donnie Wahlberg? Maybe it’s Tom Selleck’s legendary TV career. Whatever it may be, we’re willing to bet it’s not country icon Carrie Underwood. Yet during Season 2, the beloved songbird made a brief but memorable stop on the hit CBS police drama.
The Season 2 episode was titled “Mercy.” It followed the Reagan family’s appearance at a black-tie event where Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood were the musical entertainment. The country star was shown doing her thing on stage and even had a short speaking part as she plugged Bennett’s new album.
It’s hard to do justice to Carrie Underwood’s immense talent. Ever since the world got their first taste of her during Season 4 of American Idol in 2005, she has been inescapable in the best of ways. The seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist has too many musical accolades to count.
Carrie Underwood’s Hollywood Career Beyond ‘Blue Bloods’
But she wasn’t willing to let her talent stop at music. A few years after Carrie Underwood rose to prominence, she branched out into the world of acting. While many of her TV appearances saw the country star play herself, she has played a few notable character roles over the years.
In 2009, she played Carrie Underworm on Sesame Street. And just a year later, in 2010, she made her sitcom debut as Tiffany on How I Met Your Mother. After that, she made the leap to movies, starring as Sarah Hill in Soul Surfer.
And yes, while all of us Outsiders would have loved for Carrie Underwood to become a series regular as a character on Blue Bloods—perhaps an out-of-town Reagan family cousin or something along those lines—her 2011 appearance on the CBS series fell into the self-portrayal category. But hey, we’re not complaining. Any Carrie is great Carrie.
Was Carrie Underwood Jamie Reagan Actor Will Estes’ Favorite Guest on the Show?
It’s hard to imagine anyone not citing Carrie Underwood as one of their favorite encounters. And in the case of Blue Bloods, it’s true that Underwood wasn’t technically a guest star. She only appeared as herself for a few minutes of a performance, after all. But still, did she make the cut for Will Estes’ favorite Blue Bloods guests?
Apparently, Will Estes isn’t a man of culture. He didn’t include Carrie Underwood on his list. But we suppose we can let it slide, considering her relatively small contribution to a single episode.
It raises the question, who were the Jamie Reagan actor’s favorite guest stars?
“There’s been so many. We had Chazz Palminteri. I thought Whoopi Goldberg was fantastic playing opposite Tom. William Sadler playing Vanessa’s father. I was honored and excited to be working with him,” Estes told Looper earlier this month.