‘Blue Bloods’: Where is Joe Hill in Show’s Newly Released Season 12 Photos?

by John Jamison

“Blue Bloods” fans first met Joe Hill at the end of Season 10. His existence came as a huge surprise to the Reagan family as a whole. Son of the late Joe Reagan, Joe Hill’s presence was a source of a conflict at first.

Working undercover for the ATF, he was nearly killed by his own uncle in Danny Reagan. Now, promotional photos for the upcoming Season 12 have been released, and Joe is nowhere to be found.

What could that mean for his involvement in the upcoming “Blue Bloods” action? Well, we know that actor Will Hochman is signed on for Season 12. And we also know that executive producer Kevin Wade had some ideas for how Joe Hill would factor into Season 12.

“We’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories. He obviously has a great chemistry and connection to our cast, and my anecdotal evidence is that the audience really liked what he brought to the show. He has a fresh relationship with the characters that they’ve been with for 11 years,” Kevin Wade told TV Insider.

So we know he’s not going to be a full-time type of character. But in the photos that were released to TV Insider for Season 12, he wasn’t pictured at all. Even in the images from the family around the dinner table. It could have something to do with the fact that Joe Hill doesn’t really view himself as part of the family.

“He recognizes it for what it is and for the value of it but also wants to be his own person, which seemed to me to be a very useful wrinkle to use however we’re going to grow this character and however often we get to do that,” Kevin Wade continued.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Knows the Reagan Family is Opionated

When enough people are sitting around a table, there are bound to be a few differences of opinion. Throw a bunch of high drama into the mix in the form of a family dealing with nothing but serious criminal threats, and the tension is going to be running high.

“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg addressed the Reagan family’s tendency to argue with one another.

“Despite the fact that it’s a law enforcement family, it’s a law enforcement family with a lot of differing opinions. On any given dinner scene, you could have eight people at the table, all with eight different opinions of a real-life situation that’s occurring,” Wahlberg said in a special feature from a “Blue Bloods” DVD box set.

Frank Reagan actor Tom Selleck offered his own thoughts on the nature of their spirited conversations around the dinner table.

“It’s a police family. They don’t – we don’t – pull punches on, on their opinions. We don’t try to water them down to make it acceptable to everybody,” said Selleck.