‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Reveals His Favorite Game Show He Watches ‘Religiously’

by Joe Rutland
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After a hard day at work, “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg loves to chill out with his sons by watching one of TV’s most famous game shows.

Wahlberg, who plays Detective Danny Reagan on the hit CBS police drama, loves to watch “Family Feud” and host Steve Harvey. According to Us Weekly, he will plop down in front of his own TV with sons Xavier and Elijah to “religiously” tune in to the “Feud.”

“Blue Bloods” continues to keep Wahlberg busy. The show will return again in the fall for its 12th season. Danny Reagan was very much involved in the 11th season’s series finale. So, fans of the show will have to tune in to see what happens between him and NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star First Hit Public Eye as Member of New Kids on the Block

Wahlberg has been in the public eye for many years, first as part of the music group New Kids on the Block. But Wahlberg has starred in numerous movies and played Danny Reagan since the CBS show first premiered in 2010. He married actress/talk-show host Jenny McCarthy in 2014.

Can you expect to see Danny sitting at the Reagan dinner table next seasons? Does the sun come up? Of course, he’s going to be there.

Wahlberg, though, once recalled his first dinner table scene on “Blue Bloods.”

“The first one will always stand out to me the most,” Wahlberg said in an interview with TV Insider. “It was so intimidating. My character basically had to run roughshod over the table and to sit down with that cast and with Tom Selleck at the head of the table.”

By now, “Blue Bloods” fans know that a lot of professional and family issues come up in these scenes. It’s one time where the entire Reagan clan sits together. Sometimes, the back-and-forth between characters gets pretty heated. Much like some real-life family dinner table situations, too. This is one thing that keeps bringing viewers back to the Friday night show. These scenes can be game-changers with storylines. Other times, they are simply ones where family members listen and show love and compassion for their siblings.

Harvey Hosts ‘Family Feud’ Now, But First Host Had Ties To Classic TV Show

A generation of TV viewers, much like Donnie Wahlberg, connects Harvey, a comedian in his own right, to his hosting duties on “Family Feud.”

But the game show first appeared on TV in the 1970s with “Hogan’s Heroes” actor Richard Dawson as its host. Dawson also popped up on other game shows like “Match Game,” where he would give answers that, at times, offered double entendres. Dawson died on June 2, 2012, at 79 years old.

“Family Feud” features two sets of five family members squaring off against one another. They attempt to guess top answers to questions. Whichever family ends up with the most points moves along to the final round. Everyday people to celebrities have occupied the “Family Feud” space over the decades.

Who knows? Maybe a “Blue Bloods” celebrity appearance on “Family Feud” could happen.