‘Blue Bloods’ Star Passionately Explained Why Program Isn’t a ‘Ripped-from-the-Headlines Kind of Show’

by John Jamison

“Blue Bloods” is gearing up for its 12th season. It didn’t reach that level of success or find such staying power because it’s derivative. As a crime drama, it prides itself on being different from many procedurals in that it is completely character-driven. It’s not a week-to-week retelling of the latest in true-crime narratives. Eddie Janko actor Vanessa Ray believes wholeheartedly that the reason for the show’s success is that it’s grounded in the day-to-day reality of the people working in law enforcement.

For one, the “Blue Bloods” format lends itself to demonstrating almost every aspect of law enforcement. Each member of the Reagan family has a different job related to police work. Whether it’s Detective Danny, DA Bureau Chief Erin Reagan, or Commissioner Frank, each storyline provides a unique perspective.

Vanessa Ray, who plays new addition to the Reagan family Eddie Janko, is more familiar with the grittier side of police work, however. Her character is a full-on NYPD police officer. As such, the show puts her in situations that the real men and women of law enforcement face all the time.

In an interview with Long Island Weekly, the “Blue Bloods” star talked about how the show captures experiences on a personal level.

“So many of our story lines are pulled straight from experiences from law enforcement. We’re not a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of show. We’re definitely more of a personal experience kind of show. We tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. We don’t tell you what to think,” Ray said.

“Blue Bloods” isn’t caught up purely in the crime and justice of it all, though. It spends time on the relationships between members of the Reagan family and other characters in the show.

‘Blue Bloods’ Favorites Danny Reagan and Maria Baez

Speaking of interpersonal relationships between characters on the show, how about Danny and Maria? The dynamic between Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez’s characters has “Blue Bloods” fans wondering if they will or won’t.

The characters have been each other’s partners since Ramirez joined the show in 2013. It’s been a long journey for both of them, however. And if the relationship between Vanessa Ray’s character and Will Estes’ Jamie Reagan is any indication, perhaps Danny and Baez will follow suit.

Alas, “Blue Bloods” showrunner Kevin Wade put a dagger in the hopes and dreams of romantic fans everywhere.

“We recognize it and certainly the actors like each other, in front of the camera and between setups. I’m gonna use Sam and Diane from ‘Cheers’ and really age myself here, but once it happens, there’s nowhere to go,” Wade told TV Insider. “There really aren’t stories in happy couples and there are definitely not stories in police detectives on the job having a personal relationship with their partner.”