‘Blue Bloods’ Season 12 Premiere Date Revealed

by Jennifer Shea

“Blue Bloods” will be back soon. The CBS ensemble cop drama revealed today that Season 12 of the show will premiere on Oct. 1.

“We’re gathering around the dinner table again!” the show’s official Twitter account tweeted Monday. “The new season of #BlueBloods premieres October 1st.”

CBS Renewed ‘Blue Bloods’ This April

On April 15, CBS announced that it was renewing “Blue Bloods” for Season 12. The show has outlasted the duration of star Tom Selleck’s previous hit series, “Magnum P.I.” And in an interview with People last year, the Frank Reagan actor said that “Blue Bloods” is built to stick around for awhile.

“I don’t think there is an end point,” Selleck told People of the hit show. “I think there is a lot of life in the show, as long as you let your characters grow and get older.”

As Selleck explained it, “Blue Bloods” has undergone a transformation over the course of its tenure. And audiences are now devoted to its characters.

“There is an evolution,” Selleck said. “It started out as a character-driven show and it’s even more than that now. When you get to a point like this, and we certainly had it on [Magnum P.I.], the audience is really inside the main characters’ heads.”

Cast and Crew Thought Season 11 Finale Might Be the End

Meanwhile, the Season 12 renewal was a huge relief to the “Blue Bloods” cast and crew. For a moment there, showrunner Kevin Wade told Deadline in May, they thought their Season 11 finale was the end. Instructions from the network seemed to suggest they were going to have to wrap up the entire series.

“We were told pretty early on, I think before Thanksgiving that our season finale would be the last two episodes and would air back to back,” Wade said by way of explaining the tension in the air in the season finale. “Which I immediately took as they’re planning to wrap up the series. Yeah, so I started to think about how do we do something that could serve as a season finale but also if need be as a series finale.”

Fortunately for “Blue Bloods” fans, it wasn’t the final goodbye. NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan and his family will be back for more, around the dinner table and around New York City, this autumn. And in the meantime, Outsider’s got all your “Blue Bloods” questions covered.