‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Mourns NKOTB ‘Sister’ in Moving Post

by Joe Rutland

“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg took to Twitter on Wednesday, offering a tender tribute to someone close to his heart.

Wahlberg sent out a photo of Stephanie Bates along with a few words for his late friend.

Take a look at this sweet, kind post from him to Bates.

As you can see in his words, Wahlberg shared a hashtag of “#BHLove.”

New Kids on the Block, a boy band in which Wahlberg got his start, calls their fans “Blockheads.” We believe that Bates was one of these hardcore NKOTB fans.

Whatever the case may be, it’s someone that resonated with the “Blue Bloods” star.

The actor-singer, who plays Detective Danny Reagan on the CBS police drama, remains committed to both paths in his career.

“Blue Bloods” returns to the network’s fall lineup for its 12th season. Catch the premiere episode on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.

‘Blue Bloods’ New Season Opener Will Have Dinner Scene In It

By now, Outsiders who make “Blue Bloods” as must-watch television throughout their lives will want to lean in for a minute.

There is some news about the season opener that will tickle your ears.

In the 12th season’s initial episode titled “Hate is Hate,” the Reagan family gathers around the dinner table.

That means Tom Selleck, who plays NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, will be at the head of the table. Go ahead and count on Wahlberg as Danny Reagan as a dinner-table guest. Add Bridget Moynahan, who plays Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan, to the mix.

If you want to see a sneak peek into the first dinner scene, then go here for a picture.

Danny, Erin Reagan Have Their Plates Full With Different Cases

Where do we start about this episode?

Firstly, TV Line has reported this episode features a tough time for Frank and New York City Mayor Peter Chase, played by Dylan Walsh. They have a difference of opinion when it’s about a proper response to a much-publicized shooting. It’s getting hot action-wise on the police drama.

Secondly, we have Danny Reagan, who is working on the murder of a child. It is a baffling case that leads him and partner Maria Baez, played by Marisa Ramirez, to a psychic for help. Show fans are introduced to medium Maggie Gibson, played by Callie Thorne. Thorne’s character was a recurring one throughout some Season 10 episodes.

Finally, Erin is trying to wrap her head around some information. Her boss, District Attorney Kimberly Crawford, played by Roslyn Ruff, is connected with a long-ago case in Erin’s world.

Saddle up, “Blue Bloods” fans. This upcoming season promises to be filled with action from the get-go.