‘Blue Bloods’ Showrunner Reveals Whether Major Character Will Be Around Full-Time Next Season

by Joe Rutland

“Blue Bloods” fans are champing at the bit to know whether or not a major character on the show will be returning on a full-time basis.

Actor Will Hochman, who plays Detective Joe Hill, made an appearance in the show’s season finale last Friday. Hill is the grandson of NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck. He’s also the son of the late Joe Reagan, Frank’s son.

What’s the 4-1-1 on his status for the 12th season? “Blue Bloods” showrunner Kevin Wade spoke with TV Insider about the situation.

‘Blue Bloods’ Producers Would Like To Have Hill Involved In Storylines

“Not full-time, more than likely, but we’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories,” Wade said. “He obviously has a great chemistry and connection to our cast, and my anecdotal evidence is that the audience really liked what he brought to the show.”

Wade said that Hochman as Hill has a fresh relationship with the show’s characters.

“We’re going to, in the next couple of weeks, start formulating the next season,” Wade said. He adds that “Blue Bloods” was originally planning to eliminate the character after the 10th season but that was cut off.

“Right when we introduced him, we had to shut down for COVID,” Wade said. “We brought it back at the beginning of this season and then it was hanging there. We put our heads together and thought if we could do a season finale that also involved him, his return in a surprising way, and a surprising integration into the show that would take care of all of that.”

Don’t count on Will Hochman and his character, Detective Joe Hill, being a regular on “Blue Bloods” yet don’t count him out, either.

Tom Selleck Once Talked About How Show Is Similar To Classic Western ‘Bonanza’

Family ties run deep as the Reagans connect with one another each week on the CBS police drama. Usually, you can catch them at the dinner table holding conversations.

This family element, though, is a piece where Selleck draws a comparison between his show and NBC’s classic TV western “Bonanza.”

Selleck, who appeared in a number of “Jesse Stone” movies over the years, described how Stone is like a cowboy. He talked about it in a 2016 interview with Cowboys & Indians, along with the “Blue Bloods”-“Bonanza” ties.

“This is particularly true with Jesse,” Selleck said. “He has a strong sense of irony with lots of bad habits, but the audience seems to love him. … You could put this character in a western setting and all you’d have to change is cars to horses — something that I really miss.

“I also compare ‘Blue Bloods’ to ‘Bonanza,'” Selleck added. ”These are shows with strong family character and strong family values.”

It’s hard not to see family as a huge part of the “Blue Bloods” theme each week.