‘Blue Bloods’: Everything to Know About the Upcoming Season 12

by Joe Rutland

“Blue Bloods” fans probably are beginning to get into a tizzy about Season 12 starting up this fall on Friday nights on CBS.

Well, let’s see if we can give you some information about what to expect when NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan [Tom Selleck] shows up again.

When will the new season kickoff? Put down Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, in your planners. That will be the “Blue Bloods” opener.

Besides Selleck, other cast members coming back for Season 12 include Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Marisa Ramirez, Len Cariou, and Vanessa Ray.

‘Blue Bloods’ Might Have Dylan Walsh, Whoopi Goldberg Show Up This Season

As for recurring characters, an article in Parade Magazine points toward Abigail Hawks, Gregory Jbara, and Robert Clohessy coming back. Steven Schirripa is coming back to help Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan [Moynahan] in his role as investigator Anthony Abetamarco. Andrew Terraciano [Sean Reagan, Danny’s younger son] is expected to show up at the family dinner table. But no one with “Blue Bloods” has confirmed if Tony Terraciano [Jack] or Sami Gayle [Nicky] will show up this season.

There’s a possibility that Dylan Walsh, who played the mayor of New York City, and Whoopi Goldberg, who played City Council Speaker Regina Thomas, might return.

What about Will Hochman, who played Joe Hill in the season finale? Executive producer Kevin Wade said in an interview with “TV Insider”, “The main thing that we try to do every season is take our characters a year older, a year wiser, in some cases a year less cautious, and let them loose, write to those actors. 

“We have to give them new dimensions every year because they need something to play that they haven’t played before,” Wade said.

Family Dinner Scenes Will Be a Part of This Season’s Shows

“Blue Bloods” will have family dinner table discussions. They will happen because fans love the family connection and connect even deeper to those characters at that time.

While the past two seasons have cut back on the number of “Blue Bloods” episodes, the hope is that a full 22-episode season can be filmed.

If you are not able to be in front of a TV on Friday nights, then you can catch “Blue Bloods” episodes on Paramount+ or Hulu. You can watch all previous 11 seasons on Paramount+. Hulu carries seasons 1-9.

“Blue Bloods” revolves around the Reagan family and the family members’ work on the police force and in the legal world. Some fans have heard scuttlebutt around Selleck leaving. That’s not going to happen because he’s still devoted to it. The one thing that Selleck himself has to deal with is that he lives in Southern California; the show is shot in New York City.