‘Blue Bloods’: What Tom Selleck Called the ‘Biggest Hurdle’ About Doing the Show

by Josh Lanier

Tom Selleck said Blue Bloods is one of the most rewarding shows of his career. But he had to clear a big hurdle before he would say yes to the show.

Namely, where they would shoot the show. He told Collider that the first question he asked after reading the script was “Where are you shooting it?”

“No. It was the biggest hurdle for me to accept the idea of doing the show. The first question out of my mouth was, ‘Where are you shooting it?’ and then we tried to discuss how that would work. It never works the way you plan it, but that wasn’t the attraction of it. It’s really hard to argue that this isn’t a better show, shot on the streets of New York. That excited me.

Selleck likes shooting on location. Magnum, P.I. wouldn’t have felt as authentic if the studio had gone the cheap route and tried to make Hungary look like Hawaii. He knew having Blue Bloods film in New York City would have raised the level of performances. And he knew it would give the show more authenticity.

Interestingly, Donnie Wahlberg talked Bridget Moynahan into the show after she’d already turned it down. He knew Selleck would be a stickler for authenticity, and he wouldn’t let them move the show to Toronto. Shows often use the Canadian city as a stand-in for major American cities in TV and film because it’s cheaper to film there.

Selleck told Collider he doesn’t mind traveling to work each week. Whenever he’s not working on Blue Bloods or the Jesse Stone movies, he’s at his ranch in California. Selleck travels for work often. And he likes the separation from his office and home life.

“I’m not allowed to shoot in Los Angeles very often,” he said. “The Jesse Stone films are done in Halifax, and we’ll be doing more of those.”

Wahlberg Said He Feels ‘Energized’ By Filming ‘Blue Bloods’ In NYC

Donnie Wahlberg, who plays Tom Selleck’s son Danny Reagan in Blue Bloods, said he couldn’t imagine shooting the show anywhere else. He loves filming in New York. It adds authenticity to his performance, he said, and being there makes him feel “energized.”

“There’s nothing like shooting here,” Wahlberg said in a 2019 interview with CBS.com. “I get energized on the streets. And it’s such a big city, there’s so much going on and, of course, our characters’ jobs as police officers is to control what’s going on.”

Wahlberg then related his experiences on the show to his music career.

“In my music career [as a founding member of New Kids on the Block], how do I get control of 15,000 screaming people in an arena,” Wahlberg said. “And get them to follow along where I want to take them during a song or a moment or an entire concert? I think that’s what I do in ‘Blue Bloods,’ but in a different way.”