‘Blue Bloods’ Was Nearly Filmed in Surprising Location

by Robert Davis

The CBS primetime police drama “Blue Bloods” was nearly filmed in Toronto as its first season was underway because of New York state taxes.

Since 2010, the show has told stories about New York policemen and women who fight crime in Gotham. However, the drama nearly packed up and began filming in Canada because New York’s rebates for film and cinema had ended, according to Aceshowbiz.com. Currently, New York offers filmmakers a tax credit of up to 25 percent of a film’s production costs.

To prevent the show’s departure state officials negotiated with the show’s creators and kept production in the Big Apple. According to a report by CTV News, the show’s star was happy that the show didn’t move.

“No offense, Toronto.” Tom Selleck told reporters back in 2010. “I’ve shot there, and it’s a lovely place to shoot, but it’s different.”

The difference is that Toronto isn’t New York, a city that almost plays a character in Blue Bloods.

The Real Blue Bloods Approve of the Show

The realities that Blue Bloods portrays earned the show the approval of the New York Police Department (NYPD) back in 2014. Yahoo Entertainment said Selleck received salutes from some servicemembers as if he were a real policeman when he attended PaleyFest NY.

Some of the show’s actors have even approved of its adaptability. In July 2020, Donnie Wahlberg told TV Insider that he was glad to see the long-running police show address more contemporary policing issues like excessive force. Wahlberg plays Detective Danny Reagan and was accused of using excessive force in an episode from 2014.

Proof is in the Pudding

The decision to keep Blue Bloods in New York has certainly paid dividends. By any metric, the show is one of the most-watched in the country. In the 2015-2016 season, the show ranked as the 10th most-watched TV series with adults aged 18-49. It was also rated the fourth-highest drama.

Meanwhile, the show continues to make a difference locally. The show is currently filming its 12th season in Long Island with a crew of about 200 people and 20 trucks, according to a report by Patch.com.

In April, the show’s crew began filming scenes at Youngs Farm in Old Brookville. The 128-year-old property has a farm-fresh produce stand and a bakery with fresh pies. Visitors can also treat themselves to pot pies, quiches, and soups.

Even though the property manager has been on the scene, he told Patch that he has no inside knowledge of the upcoming 12th season. He also had yet to set his eyes on the show’s star and his infamous mustache.

“Blue Bloods” is not the only show to have filmed at Youngs Farm, either. Other shows have also filmed at the property including “Madame Secretary,” HBO’s “The Flight Attendant,” and Peacock’s “Dr. Death.”