‘Blue Bloods’: What the Crew Has to Prepare for Dinner Scenes That Can Take ‘6 to 8 Hours’ to Film

by Joe Rutland

If you are a “Blue Bloods” fan, Outsiders, then lean in a little as we get some information on how the crew prepares for dinner scenes.

You know, those dinner table meals and conversations that only the Reagan family can do so well.

Prop master Jim Lillis of the CBS police drama talked about what goes into preparation during an interview with CBS 58.

“We peel and chop a lot of cucumbers,” Lillis said. His department is solely responsible for the dinner scene meals. What goes into food decisions? Outsiders, the crew actually decides what good those Reagans will eat that day.

‘Blue Bloods’ Crew In Charge Of Food Prep Does It All So Scene Can Be Authentic

All of it is done on “Blue Bloods” in the name of authenticity.

“There’s always potatoes, there’s always a vegetable,” Lillis said. “[And] there’s always a roll, there’s always salad.”

On this day for the interview, the scene being played out had pie in its midst. Those scenes can take 6-8 hours to film, too.

“Today we had Henry (Len Cariou who plays Retired NYPD Commissioner Henry Reagan) having an extra piece of pie, so we had a dozen full pies,” Lillis said. “He’s not eating a dozen full pies but you gotta be ready, and they won’t go to waste.”

“Blue Bloods” and those dinner scenes are going to be hitting your TV screens on Friday nights. The show’s new season starts on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. Other returning cast members include Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Vanessa Ray.

Season 12 Season Premiere Features Danny, Frank At Center Stage Of Episode

As we prepare for that Season 12 premiere titled “Hate is Hate,” there are a few details to whet your appetite in advance.

Detective Danny Reagan, played by Wahlberg, visits a psychic to hopefully help him out with a child murder investigation. NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Selleck, runs into trouble with the Big Apple’s mayor when talking about policy. Why is Frank slinging it out with the mayor about this topic? There was an assassination attempt.

Last season ended with Joe Hill, played by Will Hochman, showing up on “Blue Bloods” and stirring up the storyline. It also saw Hill go undercover while on the job.

Will he return this season? Executive producer Kevin Wade talked about it with TV Insider back in August.

“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,” Wade said. “He has a fresh relationship with the characters that they’ve been with for 11 years.”

Stay tuned, “Blue Bloods” fans.