‘Blue Bloods’ Creator Addressed ‘Challenge’ of Show Getting Stale, How It Fights Against It ‘Constantly’

by Joe Rutland

Keeping a show like CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” fresh can be tough to do. Its creator totally understands the metrics of that battle.

Leonard Goldberg and Robin Green, who are “Blue Bloods” executive producers, work to not face that situation head-on all the time. They talked about dealing with it in a 2011 interview with The Futon Critic.

“That’s the challenge right there and we fight against that constantly,” Gren said. “The coincidence. What’s Jamie doing at Danny’s crime scene? We try to make it as real as possible and I think that’s part of the whole thing about it being a more traditional show is that we don’t go for sex…we go for reality.”

Goldberg said, “That is the challenge that Robin and Mitch (Burgess) have handled so well. You start with the police story for the week and then you’ve gotta find ways that realistically and logically involve the family without it becoming a tired formula. It’s gotta be surprising each week…”

‘Blue Bloods’ Execuive Producer Said The Show Has To Be Different

Green added that “Blue Bloods” also has to be different.

“I’m always amazed when I go back to the playback and the show is quite different when it’s put together,” she said. “To me, it is like ‘The Sopranos’ [Green and Burgess were executive producers on that HBO show] in the way that each show is its own movie and I’m very proud of that.” Green and Burgess are husband-and-wife, too.

“Blue Bloods” will return once again to CBS’ fall lineup for its 12th season on Oct. 1. Tom Selleck stars as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan. He consistently has to deal with family members on the police force along with those in legal offices.

Cast members also include Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Bridget Moynahan, Len Cariou, and Vanessa Ray. The season opener will be in its familiar 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central spot on Fridays.

Expect there to be lots of plot twists and interesting situations occur on “Blue Bloods” this season. Obviously, the Reagan family will be sitting around the dinner table, too.

Tom Selleck Glad To See Recurring Guest Star On Show Set

Selleck, as most Outsider TV viewers know, is definitely not a newcomer to the medium at all. He’s played a private investigator living in Hawai’i on “Magnum, P.I.” Selleck starred in the “Jesse Stone” series of television films, too.

These days, he is working on “Blue Bloods” and a recurring guest star recently showed up for Season 12 appearance.

Treat Williams has guest-starred on “Blue Bloods” as Lenny Ross four times. He, too, is no newcomer to the business either. Williams has a five-decade track record to show people.

Williams and Selleck spent time together on the show’s set.