‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck Opens Up About the Show’s Long-Lasting Success

by Joe Rutland

CBS police drama Blue Bloods is about through filming Season 12 and Tom Selleck has played a big part in the show’s success. The famed actor who also has some previous long-term TV tenure with Magnum, P.I., talks about being on Blue Bloods. That’s quite a run for him as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan.

‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Tom Selleck Talks About Success Of The Show

“I never thought I’d be lucky enough to do a show that had that long a run,” Tom Selleck said about Blue Bloods and the show’s success. “Maybe Magnum, P.I. could have reached that number because nobody wanted to cancel it. I was the guy causing the divorce. I’d done the number one movie [Three Men and a Baby] in the U.S. and I wanted to have a family. [His daughter Hannah is now 33 years old.]

“The number of series that have done as many episodes as Blue Bloods is a tiny, tiny percentage,” he said. “This is a validation that we’re all fighting the good fight. All the actors are very committed to the work. So, it’s a number that gives reward for the professionalism of this entire cast.”

Man, this show has quite a cast indeed. Among the actors on Blue Bloods are Broadway legend Len Cariou as Retired NYPD Commissioner Henry Reagan, a wise, old soul. Donnie Wahlberg stars as Detective Danny Reagan when he’s not part of “New Kids on the Block” for a bit. Bridget Moynahan, who has had quite a turn on Sex and the City, plays Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan. Others include Will Estes, Vanessa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray, and Sami Gayle on a recurring basis.

Selleck Points Out Character-Driven Aspect Of TV Show

Still, Tom Selleck and Blue Bloods have been a success. Why for so long? “Because it’s a character-driven show,” he said. “The cop drama is a backdrop for the lives of the five main characters. The audience is so in the heads of these characters that the biggest jeopardy in our show is often when one of the relationships in the Irish Catholic family looks like it’s going south.” We get more from TV Insider.

“For instance, Erin and Frank are increasingly in conflict the higher she moves up in the DA’s office,” he said. “The best family dinners are when we argue. When the family gets together, the audience usually knows the character’s problems, so, they’re going, ‘Boy, if he brings that up, that’s not going to sit well with Erin.’ They want the Reagans happy, that’s the key.”

This show has been a staple of the CBS Friday night lineup for a number of years. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon and Selleck plays a big part in that matter, too.