‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck Said the Reagans are a ’Whole Family of Black Sheep’

by Jennifer Shea

On “Blue Bloods,” the Reagans certainly have their differences. But perhaps one reason why they are always able to make amends is that underneath it all, they actually have a lot in common.

And in the Season 11 finale of “Blue Bloods,” star Tom Selleck spoke to that notion in character as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan.

“The thing is though that quality goes for everyone at this table on any given day,” Reagan said in the finale’s family dinner scene. “We’re really a whole family of black sheep.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Showrunner Says They Thought Season Finale Would Be Series Finale

Though CBS came through and renewed the series for Season 12, “Blue Bloods” showrunner Kevin Wade said there was a time during which they thought the Season 11 finale would mark the end of the show.

“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 which I immediately took as they’re planning to wrap up the series,” Wade told Deadline in May. “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.”

But fortunately for “Blue Bloods” fans, the ensemble cop drama will be back for yet another season.

The Pandemic Made Things Harder for Show’s Writers and Cast

Shooting for Season 11 resumed while the pandemic was still in full swing, so “Blue Bloods” had to take its share of precautions. And according to Wade, that brought a whole new set of challenges.

“We had to go and find ways to make up compelling stories but that we’re bound to our sets pretty much,” he said. “It really turned into writing for our cast and to their relationships and perhaps unpeeling or growing relationships at a faster or stronger rate than we normally would have where our steady diet of shoot outs and set pieces and grand locations and all that stuff. So, in the balance as I look back on it, I would say everybody pitched in and did very good work and I think we came out okay.”

For their part, the actors had to wear masks and social distance on set except when they were shooting scenes. And that really affected the atmosphere between takes, when the actors would normally trade banter and update each other on their lives.

But they got through it, and now things are starting to return to normal. And perhaps fans can expect more New York City scenes in Season 12.