‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck is All Smiles with Returning Guest Star from Season 12 Set

by John Jamison

Tom Selleck has been working on his veteran television status since the mid-1970s. Now, more than 50 years into his career, he’s become a veteran of the long-running crime drama “Blue Bloods.” As the show films its 12th season, he was pictured with a fellow industry vet who has a few “Blue Bloods” appearances under his belt. The pair were beaming.

Treat Williams, who has guest-starred on “Blue Bloods” as Lenny Ross four times, has been around the industry for going on five decades. The two wily acting vets posed for a picture from the set. Williams posted the photo to Twitter, delighted to have spent a day filming with Frank Reagan actor Tom Selleck.

The picture represents more than just two buddies having a good time at work, however. “Blue Bloods” fans likely weren’t aware that Treat Williams would be returning for Season 12. His presence informs some of the storyline for Tom Selleck’s character.

For the unfamiliar, Williams’ Lenny Ross is Frank Reagan’s old friend and former partner. We can’t be exactly sure what his inclusion in the upcoming season means for Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, but it has certainly piqued fan interest.

There have been rumors that Tom Selleck’s character intends on retiring sometime soon. Perhaps Frank is looking to consult the guidance of an old friend and colleague to this end. But only time will tell.

The ‘Blue Bloods’ Writers Love Working With Frank Reagan’s Inner Circle

Maybe the presence of Treat Williams indicates something a little more permanent. Could Frank Reagan be looking to add a trusted colleague to his inner circle?

“Blue Bloods” showrunner Kevin Wade talked to TV Line about the results of Season 11 and the upcoming Season 12 back in May. He insisted that playing around with the narratives surrounding Commissioner Frank Reagan’s inner circle was a great deal of fun for the writers.

“At this point, it’s a great pleasure to write for, and in terms of logistics, we just get to take a lot of what would have to be exposition and play it with those guys, either arguing or giving each other a hard time or whatever it is. It’s very useful in being able to push the stories forward as well, and we love having them with Tom,” Wade said.

Whatever direction the show chooses to go with Tom Selleck’s character, though, Season 12 promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Bridget Moynahan’s Erin Reagan is due for a major career change. And Joe Hill, the nephew of Danny, Jamie, and Erin, who has been working undercover with the ATF, stands to play an increased role.

Season 12 of “Blue Bloods” is set to kick off on October 1st. The show will premiere on its home network CBS.