‘Blue Bloods’: Will Hochman Reportedly Set to Return as Joe Hill in Season 12

by Victoria Santiago
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Attention all Blue Bloods fans! Joe Hill (played by Will Hochman) will reportedly be returning to screens at the end of January.

In the comments of an Instagram post, executive producer Siobhan Byrne O’Connor confirmed that Joe Hill would be coming back to Blue Bloods. Hochman’s character is set to appear in Season 12, Episode 12.

If you’re curious about the show’s schedule, O’Connor’s comment is helpful in more ways than one. CBS will be airing at least three episodes in January. We know that Episode 10 will be airing on January 7th. Presumably, there will be an episode the week after the 7th, too.

O’Connor really came through with the Instagram info. Not only do we know that Joe Hill will be back, and when, we also know a little bit of the backstory. Details are still forming, but a mini spoiler is forthcoming! You’ve been warned.

Supposedly, Hill’s storyline will be tying in with Jamie’s somehow. This is exciting because the two characters work well together and have an interesting dynamic. Jamie can appear to be a big brother figure for Hill, and the two seem to have things in common.

‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Want More Joe Hill, But Will They Get Him?

Blue Bloods is resourcefully finding ways for Joe Hill to make repeat appearances, but that won’t always be the case. After being used for dramatic twists on the show, it’s great to see his character being cycled through for other episodes as well. There are so many recurring characters that we won’t get to see as much of him as we would like.

Executive producer Kevin Wade had some things to say about the Blue Bloods fan favorite. We all know it, Wade is just the one to say it. While talking to TV Insider, Wade said that although Joe Hill is an interesting character, he is not meant to be an everyday part of the show. Hill’s purpose as a side character is to show up every once in a while for something important or exciting, and that’s it. Hill will still be around, just not as often. And when he is around, we can expect the show to focus largely on him.

To elaborate further, Wade said, “We’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories. He obviously has a great chemistry and connection to our cast, and my anecdotal evidence is that the audience really liked what he brought to the show. He has a fresh relationship with the characters that they’ve been with for 11 years.”

Since he was revealed as a part of the family, Joe Hill has been a valuable addition to Blue Bloods. Hopefully, he’ll finally show up for some family dinners.