‘Blue Bloods’ Star Bridget Moynahan Explained Why She is ‘Anti-Reality Television’

by Joe Rutland

Don’t make any plans to watch reality television shows with “Blue Bloods” star Bridget Moynahan. She’s not digging that action at all.

Moynahan, who plays Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan on the CBS police drama, shared her thoughts about it in a 2011 interview with Parade Magazine.

“I’m anti-reality television,” she said. “A lot of those shows focus on people getting 15 minutes of fame for all the wrong reasons, and it’s not a great influence on kids.

“I was in Washington recently [in 2011] doing a reading program for the National Education Association, and a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills was there [Adrienne Maloof],” Moynahan said. “A lot of the kids—7, 8 years old—knew who she was and watch her program. I was shocked. That’s very mature material for young kids.”

Shows like the “Real Housewife” series are appealing as “reality television” because they supposedly show real-life events happening.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Getting Ready For 12th Season To Start On Oct. 1

Moynahan has been on “Blue Bloods” since its first season. She’s going to be back with the whole crew as their 12th season opens up on Oct. 1 on CBS. The network made that announcement on Monday, July 12. Once again, Erin might find herself having to fend off giving favors in her official role to family members like Detective Danny Reagan [Donnie Wahlberg].

But you can better believe Erin will be spending some time around the Reagan dinner table this season, too.

Wahlberg might have a few nightmares about a particular dinner scene. It happened to be his first scene from “Blue Bloods” first show.

Wahlberg Remembers All Too Well The Need To Nail First Dinner Scene

During a 2019 interview, he talked about that scene. Wahlberg also talked about why it was important for him to play the scene perfectly, despite not feeling comfortable around it.

“The very first dinner scene was the first scene we shot,” the actor told CBS Watch! in 2019.

“Do you know how hard it is to show up, 10 actors, and Tom [Selleck] at the head of the table, and I’ve got to have this knock-down, drag-out with Bridget?” Wahlberg said. “If I’m not ready to go full-out in that scene, the show doesn’t work.”

Wahlberg, though, knows about going out and giving his all in front of big crowds or on a television set. He’s one of the original members of “New Kids on the Block” and has spent a good amount of time dancing and singing on big stages.

Yet, as he alluded to in this scene, the difference between performing in a singing group and nailing an important moment down is key.

Selleck stars as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan on the show. He’s going to, once again, have his hands full this coming season.