‘Blue Bloods’: Will Estes Revealed How Tom Selleck Has Influenced the Show’s Direction

by Quentin Blount

Have you ever wondered what it is about Blue Bloods that makes the show so great? Well, for starters, they have Tom Selleck.

Will Estes, who plays Jamie Reagan on the hit show, once told Taylor Magazine that fellow co-star Tom Selleck is a driving force behind what makes Blue Bloods so great.

“It’s done so well, the show. Even here in London, we watch it all the time,” an interviewer with Taylor Magazine told Estes. “My mum nearly passed out when she heard I was interviewing you. What do you think it is about the show that appeals to so many people.”

“Your mum might be able to answer it better than me!” Estes replied. “There’s a lot of Tom Selleck fans out there and a lot of Donnie Wahlberg fans too. We have a great cast.”

Estes is most definitely right about that. The cast of Blue Bloods is phenomenal. But so is the show itself. And Will Estes credits Tom Selleck for helping make the show character-focused.

“The appeal of the show exactly? I’m not sure,” he admitted. “I think it hits the sweet spot. There was an effort to make the show more procedural like ‘Law and Order’, and there’s a lot of creative forces on the show. I know that Tom Selleck for one really wanted to do a character-driven drama. As an actor that’s much more fun to play. So, the show stayed more of a character-driven drama where it’s about how people’s lives affect their work and how their work affects their lives.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Works Well as a ‘Character-Driven’ Show

Will Estes, of course, plays a New York City police officer in Blue Bloods. He is also the son of Tom Selleck’s character. As for Selleck, he has been a household name for decades. Like Estes, he has starred in the CBS police drama since it first aired back in 2010. Selleck plays Frank Reagan — the Police Commissioner of New York City.

However, Estes once said that there aren’t as many character-driven shows on television anymore. There’s no denying that procedural shows like NCIS or CSI are great, too, but Blue Bloods just brings audiences a different kind of connection to its characters.

“I think there was a deficit in television there,” he said. “There are a lot of shows on television that are fantastic but I don’t think there are many character-driven dramas about heroes. People tell me often that their favorite scene is the family dinner scene and that’s where the real drama of the show plays out. It’s where people agree and disagree and find out new ways that they love each other and new ways in which they disagree. That’s the reason it resonates with people.”