‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Basks in New York as He Sends a Major ‘Thank You’ Message

by Jennifer Shea

“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg is majorly thankful. And he has plenty to be thankful for.

On Wednesday, Wahlberg tweeted a message of thanks to his 1.4 million followers, accompanied by a picture of himself in New York City, where he is shooting the new season of “Blue Bloods.”

“Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you. For today,” Wahlberg posted.

‘Blue Bloods’ Stars Let Fans Down Gently

With Wahlberg’s character Danny Reagan still recovering from the death of his wife Linda (Amy Carlson), many “Blue Bloods” fans have been rooting for him to get together with his partner, Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez). But Wahlberg and Ramirez both shot that idea down in a recent interview with CBS’s “The Talk.”

“See we have a feeling on this,” Wahlberg explained. “Will Estes plays my younger brother on the show, and Vanessa Ray plays his now wife, and they started off as partners, and the minute they got together and got married, they don’t have scenes anymore.”

“I don’t want to be here if I don’t have scenes with him,” Ramirez chimed in.

“We do laugh a lot, and there are times when we push it a little too far with our laughter outbreaks, but it makes the day so much fun,” Wahlberg said.

So with the stars pulling for friendship, the odds are stacked against a romance between the partners. But what do the writers think?

Showrunner Says the Characters Have More Potential as Friends

Wahlberg and Ramirez aren’t the only ones who don’t want to see a romance develop between Danny and Baez. Showrunner Kevin Wade spoke to TV Insider in May about the fan-favored plot development.

“We recognize it and certainly the actors like each other, in front of the camera and between setups,” Wade said of the rapport between Danny and Baez. “I’m gonna use Sam and Diane from ‘Cheers’ and really age myself here, but once it happens, there’s nowhere to go. There really aren’t stories in happy couples and there are definitely not stories in police detectives on the job having a personal relationship with their partner.”

Elsewhere on “Blue Bloods,” the show appears to be testing that theory with the marriage of Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray), which Estes said he was leery about at first. He said it was the Mulder and Scully (from “X-Files”) principle: once you resolve the tension between two partners, you kill off the drama in the show. But Jamie and Eddie are, so far, still going strong.

It looks like the “Blue Bloods” team has decided one partner-on-partner romance is enough for now. And for the time being, there’s still plenty of drama on the hit CBS show.