‘Blue Bloods’: How the Series Keeps the ‘Authentic’ NYPD Feeling Present

by Brandi Stillings

After nine successful seasons, “Blue Bloods” remains one of the most popular drama shows on TV. The series, filmed and based in New York City, involves police officers with real-life influences. Combined with an A-list cast, nothing can stop it from being a huge hit on CBS.

In order to make the show feel more authentic, they have a former NYC police officer on set. James Nuciforo has spent over 20 years in law enforcement prior to the series.

“I am the technical advisor on the show for all things police related,” said Nuciforo, in a CBS58.com interview.

Apparently, he’s a reference for each cast member. Not only does he assist with how cops should talk, he even helps them figure out the tiniest details. Such as where a pin is located on a lapel. Here’s an example he gives to CBS58.com:

“Let’s say a 56 page script, I’ll give them anywhere between 5-10 pages of notes on the script, just plugging in dialogue with more jargon,” explained Nuciforo.

In addition to ensuring the cast seems realistic, he also meets with other members of the NYPD each day. They want to make sure they’re as close to accuracy as possible, especially since NYPD officers are watching the show.

“Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck, who plays the NYPD Commissioner and Reagan family patriarch Frank Reagan, tells CBS about their feedback from cops.

“We get a lot of positive response from police officers, my hero’s and I think that’s a wonderful compliment,” he remarked.

Vanessa Ray, who plays Officer Edit, also comments on how exciting it can be acting like NY police.

“That’s like the coolest part of my job,” she said on CBS58.com, “when I walk down the street and the NYPD guys are like, ‘Are you Eddie Jenko? Can I get a picture?!’ And I’m like can I get a picture with you?”

To further increase the real factor of this show, the technical advisor/associate producer meets up with NYPD everyday to maintain up-to-date police technology.

“Blue Bloods” Dinner Scenes Give Nostalgic Family Moments

According to the CBS58.com article, Tom Selleck believes “Blue Bloods” remains popular for the realistic family moments. Every week, the show displays a significant dinner scene.

“Most people don’t have the time for that anymore, or they never had it and they wish they did, or they had it once and they can’t do it anymore and I think all that is part of the nostalgia of enjoying that,” said Selleck in the article.

Inspired by famous artist Norman Rockwell, the scene is based around the Saturday Evening Post drawing of a “Thanksgiving Dinner.”

A typical family dinnertime usually lasts about an hour or so. On the contrary, the “Blue Bloods” meals can take almost eight hours to complete the entire scene.

“We embrace family dinner, the only problem is it takes 6 to 8 hours and you have to just keep eating the same old food,” said Selleck on CBS58.com.