‘Blue Bloods’: Here’s What Tom Selleck Considers the ‘Biggest Jeopardy’ of the Series

by Katie Maloney

Certainly, people love “Blue Bloods.” With 11 seasons under its belt and a star-studded cast, “Blue Bloods” is definitely a widely popular show. But what makes it so alluring to audiences? Why do so many people tune in to watch “Blue Bloods” instead of other police dramas? Tom Selleck has some ideas. And he shared those ideas during an interview in 2020.

“Here’s what I think is so good about this show,” said Selleck. “No. 1, we’re a character-driven show.”

He’s certainly right about that. Yes, the investigations and police drama are exciting. But it’s the Reagan family that audiences continue to tune in for. Who doesn’t love watching Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck interact during the family dinner scenes?

What’s The Biggest ‘Jeopardy’ On ‘Blue Bloods’ According To Tom Selleck?

“Blue Bloods” doesn’t shy away from conflict and drama. But it’s not the drama that comes with the police investigations that draw in the audiences, according to Tom Selleck. Instead, it’s something much closer to home.

“No. 2, we’re a family show,” continued Selleck. “Family in the broader sense of family, it’s not ‘The Waltons.'”

Not that he has anything against “The Waltons.” In fact, he later talked about watching “Little House on the Prairie” with his daughter when she was a little girl. The Reagans and the Waltons are certainly different families. However, there’s one thing that both families share: a close bond. And Selleck added that threats to that bond are the “biggest jeopardy” on the show.

“The biggest jeopardy in our show, I’m convinced after 10 years, is anything that threatens the relationships in this family,” said Selleck. “That’s where the real drama and tension is. So, if you drew a theme around the show, and you could, it’s really about family in the broader sense. And threats to the status quo of that family.”

What Convinced Tom Selleck to Act on the Show?

It’s no secret that Tom Selleck is known for a few things in Hollywood. First, his breakout role in “Magnum P.I.” Second, his status as an 80s heartthrob. And third, his mustache. However, he’s also known for his bold move to leave “Magnum P.I.” at the peak of its success. He said that he left because he was exhausted by the show business lifestyle. And he wanted to spend time with his family. Since that moment, Selleck has been quite choosy about the roles he accepts. So, what was it about “Blue Bloods” that caught Selleck’s eye?

During an interview in 2017, Selleck revealed that the family dinner scenes drew him to the show as soon as he read the scripts.

“When I met with Leonard [Goldberg], I knew Leonard and I read the script for the show. I read the script I said,’ You know what I really like about this thing is the family dinner scenes.”

However, Selleck was no stranger to Hollywood at the time. So, he believed that the network would choose to remove all the family dinner scenes to save time.

“But it’s like eight pages long and the network is going to cut that out’,” continued Selleck with a laugh. “And he said ‘No, that is a set piece of the show.’ So that was a deliberate design of Leonard’s from day one.”