Donnie Wahlberg is one of the beloved veterans of CBS’s police drama “Blue Bloods.” What, though, led him to join the show?
It turns out that a specific scene, one that is a favorite with many “Blue Bloods” fans, drew his interest.
“The thing that, honestly, people say they love (is) the family dinner scene,” Wahlberg said in a 2019 interview with “Entertainment Tonight.” “And that’s great for me because when I first read the script, that’s why I wanted to do the show.”
Most of the time, the Reagans gather around the dinner table toward the end of each episode. Family dust-ups can get settled right there. Members bring their problems and get feedback from other Reagans around the table.
Oh, for those wondering, the food they are eating? Yep, it’s the real deal.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Has Been Part Of The Cast Since Its Start In 2010
Wahlberg, for those with musical memories, is a founding member of New Kids on the Block.
He has played Detective Danny Reagan, son of NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, since the show premiered in 2010. Tom Selleck plays Frank Reagan on “Blue Bloods.”
It just wrapped up its 11th season with Wahlberg’s character smack-dab in the middle of the season finale.
“Blue Bloods,” which also features Bridget Moynihan, Len Cariou, and Will Estes, will come back for a 12th season on CBS.
Speaking of that season finale, ratings were up as Frank’s grandson happened to be working undercover for the ATF. Danny saw him while working a stash house, didn’t understand what was going on, and faced Frank in the commish’s office about it.
So, “Blue Bloods” will return after taking a break for the summer. The plot thickens heading into next season, though.
Tom Selleck Offers A Few Words About Those Famous Dinner Scenes
Selleck himself is quite fond of those “Blue Bloods” dinner scenes that Wahlberg mentioned earlier.
Recently, the “Magnum, P.I.” star appeared on “The Drew Barrymore Show” to talk about them.
“Look, I love these people,” Selleck said. “They’re all close friends. So we have a family reunion once a week on the show, but we also have a personal reunion and one sometimes gets in the way of the other. It’s great.”
It turns out that fans aren’t the only ones who love those scenes, too. Selleck has been an integral part of the show since its beginning, too. “Blue Bloods” has tackled serious issues throughout its 11-season run. Fans can probably expect more conflict next season. Bet on some of those conflicts being settled around the Reagan dinner table, too.