‘Blue Bloods’: Could the Show Become a Franchise?

by John Jamison

Is Blue Bloods on its way to becoming the next Law & Order? There’s definitely a wide enough fan base, but the Reagan family is the heart and soul of the series. Carrying individual characters through to their own shows would be a tall task.

Now seems like an appropriate time to consider the future of Blue Bloods. The hit CBS police drama is in its 12th season, meaning TV audiences have had plenty of time to fall in love with the characters. Add to that the fact that Frank Reagan actor Tom Selleck has been working consistently for more than 50 years, and it looks like the bulk of the series is already behind us.

As much as fans would love to see the world of Blue Bloods continue for another 10 years, making spinoffs from it would prove difficult. To be fair, the show could easily continue that long in its current form. Look no further than the NCIS flagship series for evidence of that. But the focus of Blue Bloods as a family-oriented drama means once the family starts separating, the show changes fundamentally.

The most beloved Blue Bloods moments from over the years have come at the Reagan family dinner table. What happens when those family dinners are no longer an option? Say a spinoff followed Donnie Wahlberg’s detective Danny Reagan and Baez (Marisa Ramirez). There are plenty of compelling stories to tell in his world, but the dynamic of his dad as the police commissioner and his siblings to provide perspective would be lost.

That’s not to say a Danny Reagan spinoff would be bad, but that it would be a departure from the formula that has made Blue Bloods so successful over the years.

If ‘Blue Bloods’ Did Become a Franchise, What Would It Look Like?

At the end of the day, there’s no way of knowing whether or not a Blue Bloods spinoff would be successful until it’s tried. If CBS did decide to move forward with another related show, how would they tackle it?

Well, one of the more promising approaches could be generational. Between Danny and Erin’s kids, plenty of opportunities exist to fast forward 10 years or so and follow an entirely new generation of the Reagan family. It would be a risk, as fans only know the kids as children. There’s no guarantee that Blue Bloods fans would feel any connection to their adult counterparts.

There’s also the possibility of Joe Hill. The Will Hochman character’s existence came as a complete surprise to longtime fans of the show in Season 10. Joe is the namesake of the late Joe Reagan, and his backstory as an undercover operative for the ATF could definitely make for a compelling show on its own.

What do you think, Outsiders? Could Blue Bloods expand into a franchise with any success?