Fans of Blue Bloods have shipped Danny Reagan and his partner Maria Baez for several seasons of the show. So, will this be the year they finally connect?
Don’t count on it. Blue Bloods showrunner Kevin Wade shot down the idea for the time being. He added the move is usually the last place a show goes when it’s out of ideas.
“We recognize it and certainly the actors like each other, in front of the camera and between setups,” Wade told TV Insider about the chemistry between actors Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez. “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.”
But, regardless of plot necessities, fans want to see Baez at the Reagan’s family dinners. They bombarded an Instagram post featuring the two from the show’s account begging for producers to give love a chance.
“Great partners, close friends, and even better detectives,” one person wrote.
“Is there [anything] in the air such as with Eddie and Jamie?” someone else commented. “I think it would be great. And Baez seems bereft of family. I think she’d be a great addition to Sunday dinner. And Linda would want him to be happy.”
And that’s the other fly in Blue Bloods‘ ointment. The show just had Jamie Reagan announce to the family that he was engaged to his partner Eddie Janko. Wade feels it could be a little difficult to work in another romantic subplot with all the show has on its plate this season.
“It would get a little bit to me into the weeds unless we found them other partners,” Wade added, “but we have so little real estate as the show grows, as we bring in a guy like Will Hochman playing Joe Hill, as we play Whoopi [Goldberg] or Dylan Walsh as the mayor. It’s 43 minutes and we have to keep an eye on what we have room for.”
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“But we’re at eight years and I think our relationship has evolved more so this year,” Ramirez says of her “Blue Bloods” co-star. “I don’t know if it has to do with the pandemic. I don’t know if he’s being there for me with my many losses in the past year. But you can definitely look at each other and know what each other’s thinking and that’s…it’s such a, it’s such a beautiful thing.”
Ramirez knows there are dozens of horror stories about co-stars who had great chemistry on-screen but secretly hated one another when the cameras turned off. That’s not the case between her and Wahlberg.
“We just love each other,” she says. “And I’m so excited to be at work with him. And to feel safe with someone who knows me, you know. Because I feel like I keep my guard up with other actors or crew or whoever.”