As “Blue Bloods” nears the end of its 12th season, some fans wonder where the writers could take the storyline next. And some wonder if more story lies in the Reagan family’s past, rather than its future.
“Blue Bloods” follows Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), the Police Commissioner for the NYPD. His children Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes) followed in his footsteps and joined the force. Frank’s daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) joined the DA’s office.
We’ve watched 12 seasons of “Blue Bloods” and seen the show cover several issues. But if the writers struggle to come up with new ideas, could they potentially shift away from the current Reagan family? On Reddit, one fan asked if a prequel series could be the next move for the show. Specifically, one following Frank Reagan when he starts out as a beat cop.
In a poll on the Reddit post, 123 voted in favor of a prequel while 29 voted against it. Several fans took to the comments to offer their thoughts on a “Blue Bloods” spin-off series.
“Yes. It could be good, but who on earth could play Frank?” one fan asked. Another followed up with the perfect response: “Obviously someone who can rock a mustache.”
“Maybe one or two episodes of this type of prequel could work?” someone else said. “But I’m not seeing an entirely new show working for this purpose like a la ‘Better Call Saul,’ for instance. But I guess anything could be possible with the best writers and a unique, compelling perspective.”
Other fans nixed the idea, however.
‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Divided on Idea of Frank Reagan Prequel
A few “Blue Bloods” fans voted no just because of the saturation of both cop and spin-off shows already on television. Others worried about how accurately CBS could portray a 70s beat cop on the streets of New York, given the scope of the crime that occurred in that time period.
“If they did an accurate portrayal of the City and the Police, some people would be up in arms,” one fan wrote.
Another followed up and said,” A 70’s period piece…tough to do on network tv these days – but for Paramount+ or the Paramount Network, maybe.”
This is a great point. “Blue Bloods” toes a specific line in its violence and language, due to being a broadcasted show on CBS. But ViacomCBS owns Paramount now, and its new streaming service Paramount Plus. We’ve already seen shows with mature ratings on the streamer, such as the “Yellowstone” spin-off “1883.”
If CBS really does want to pursue a Frank Reagan origin story, putting it on Paramount Plus might be the right move. Then they can dive into the grittiness of the story and not hold back.
What do you think, “Blue Bloods” fans?