‘Blue Bloods’: Tom Selleck Thinks Show Would’ve Been a ‘Soap Opera’ in the 1980s

by Megan Molseed

For over a decade “Blue Bloods” has been a Friday night prime-time staple. The hit show, which follows the Reagan family, a multi-generation family of police officers and law-enforcement officials, first premiered in 2010.

Tom Selleck leads the all-star “Blue Bloods” cast as New York City Police Commissioner, Frank Reagan. Two of Frank’s sons, Danny (Donny Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes) serve on the NYPD. Danny as a detective, and Jamie as a police sergeant. Frank’s daughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan) serves as the New York City Assistant District Attorney.

In 2010, Tom Selleck sat down with Collider to talk about the hit CBS series. During the interview, the actor discussed a number of topics including his past experiences working on a television series, and how television has changed since that time.

When asked if he thought a series like “Blue Bloods” would have aired on a network during the era of Selleck’s first detective series, “Magnum PI,” Selleck said he is sure “Blue Bloods” would likely have never made the cut.

“I don’t think so,” Selleck responded when asked if he thought something like “Blue Bloods” would have aired thirty years ago.

“It would have been more of a soap opera,” the “Blue Bloods” actor noted. “Television’s grown up a lot. It’s a little more adult, which I think is a good thing.”

Selleck went on to note that it is becuase of this advancement in television that he enjoys addressing a series of this nature.

“It allows the actors to tell more complex stories,” he said. “I’m happy to see where it ends up.”

Tom Selleck’s Detective Role Before ‘Blue Bloods’

In the 1980s, Tom Selleck played the handsome, debonair and somewhat cheeky detective, Thomas Magnum on the hit series “Magnum PI.” During his interview with Collider, the actor discussed his career-making role as Thomas Magnum. As well as why he decided to move on from the hit series just eight years into the show’s run.

“Magnum was never canceled,” Selleck explained. “I left after eight yeas because I was tired from it, not tired of it.”

Selleck added that there was something about the “Blue Bloods” series that drew him to it, despite memories of feeling exhausted from his time playing the lead on “Magnum PI.”

“This really just seemed to fit perfect,” Selleck said of “Blue Bloods.”

“The script was terrific,” the actor added. “The idea that I was going to go to New York caused a family consideration, but it waas too good to pass up.”

Selleck Likes The Idea Of Shooting In New York

With that, Selleck, who lives on his avocado farm in Hidden Valley, California with his wife, Jillie, did note that the idea of shooting a series across the country did start out as a concern.

“The first question out of my mouth was ‘where are you shooting it,'” the actor recalled. Selleck noted that his family discussed it, and decided to try and make it all work.

“It’s really hard to argue that this isn’t a better show, shot in the streets of New York,” he said. “That excited me.”