Blue Bloods


Blue Bloods Information

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural/drama series on CBS, filmed on location in New York City. The show premiered on September 24, 2010, with episodes airing on Fridays at 10:00 pm Eastern and Pacific time and 9:00 pm Central and Mountain time.

On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed Blue Bloods for a third season, which premiered on September 28, 2012.

Overview

Main article: List of Blue Bloods episodes
The series follows the Irish-American Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Francis "Frank" Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the Police Commissioner. He was a U.S. Marine and a Vietnam veteran before he joined the NYPD. He is a widower whose son Joe died in the line of duty, leaving him three remaining adult children"?Danny, Erin, and Jamie.

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is a top NYPD detective, holding the rank of Detective First Grade, but is sometimes hard-nosed and does not always go by the book. Danny is also a Marine veteran, having served in the Iraq War. Danny's partner at the beginning of the series is Detective First Grade Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito); however, in the beginning of season 3 Kate Lansing (Megan Ketch) became an interim partner. By Episode 13 of the show's 3rd season, Danny Reagan obtains his 3rd new partner, Candice McElroy (Megan Boone).

Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan who prosecutes many of the criminals Danny arrests. Jamie (Will Estes), Frank's youngest child, is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School and is a rookie officer on the police force after graduating from the police academy.

Henry (Len Cariou) is Frank's father and the former NYPD police commissioner, now retired. Henry served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Henry often provides advice to his son and grandchildren. The family is close-knit; each episode includes a scene wherein they all have dinner together with their spouses and children and discuss their current cases.

Frank's middle son, Joseph, was an NYPD police detective who died in the line of duty. Joe was involved with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigating a group of dirty cops, who were operating within a fraternal organization called the "Blue Templar". Joe was murdered by these dirty cops when his covert investigation into their corruption was getting too close.

A running thread through the first season is Jamie's picking up Joe's investigation. The FBI tried to recruit Jamie, but he instead conducted his own covert investigation into Joe's death. Joe's murderers try to kill Jamie by tampering with the brakes on his car, but fail. Jamie then informs his father Frank, his brother Danny, and his grandfather Henry about his suspicions after the attempt on his life.

Along with Erin, they join together and complete Joe's investigation of the Blue Templar. After gathering sufficient evidence to obtain arrest warrants, Frank leads a team of police officers, including Danny and Jamie, and they arrest all the corrupt cops at a covert meeting while the dirty cops are dividing up stolen drug money. A detective named Sonny Malevsky (Michael T. Weiss), who was leading the gang of dirty cops, admits to killing Joe, but Malevsky commits suicide with his own service pistol after confessing to the murder.

Jamie was engaged to Sydney (Dylan Moore), a fellow Harvard graduate who broke off their engagement after he became a cop. Erin is divorced and has one teenage daughter, Nicki (Sami Gayle). Jamie's field training officer is Sergeant Anthony Renzulli (Nicholas Turturro), who is tough but fair with Jamie and thinks Jamie is one of the best cops he's ever seen.

Cast

Character Portrayed by Occupation Seasons
1 2 3
Frank Reagan Tom Selleck Police Commissioner Main
Danny Reagan Donnie Wahlberg Detective First Grade Main
Erin Reagan-Boyle (Reagan as of S03E03) Bridget Moynahan Assistant District Attorney Main
Jamie Reagan Will Estes Police Officer Main
Henry Reagan Len Cariou Police Commissioner (ret) Main
Jackie Curatola Jennifer Esposito Detective First Grade Also Starring
Linda Reagan Amy Carlson Housewife/ER nurse Recurring Also Starring
Nicole "Nicki" Reagan-Boyle Sami Gayle Student Recurring Also Starring

Main cast

  • Tom Selleck as Francis "Frank" Reagan, the Police Commissioner of New York City and widowed father of Danny, Erin, and Jamie. His second son, Joe, was killed in the line of duty May 15, 2009 (15 months before the beginning of the series). Frank was a Marine during the Vietnam War and often serves as the moral center of the family. He has an indifferent attitude towards politics, often taking on the mayor and numerous reporters who misinterpret his actions. He tries hard not to judge people, and tends to purse his lips together when hearing bad news or the horrific details of an ongoing case. His wife Mary died September 14, 2005. The death of his wife, son, mother and the thousands who perished on 9/11 weigh heavily on him, and the person who is best at lifting his spirits is his father, who often talks to him late at night when he cannot sleep. Frank is a devout Catholic and has good relationship with his local church and his city's archdiocese, who he talks to about personal and police matters. Frank lives in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn along with his father.
  • Donnie Wahlberg as Det. Daniel "Danny" Reagan. Danny was a Marine in Gulf War II. He is happily married with two sons and lives with his family in Staten Island. He is old-school; his hotheadedness and harsh methods of detective work sometimes gets him in trouble, which his father worries about. Although he violates police procedure from time to time, he is hard on other policemen when he feels they are unprofessional or not doing their duty to its utmost.
  • Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan-Boyle, Assistant District Attorney and single mother. Erin is almost raped and killed at the end of season 1, episode 9 ("Re-Do"), though Frank saves her life by shooting her attacker dead. As of season 2, episode 9 ("Moonlighting"), she is 36 years old. She is mostly by-the-book in matters of criminal justice, much to the annoyance of Danny and her grandfather.
  • Will Estes as Jamison "Jamie" Reagan, rookie police officer and recent Harvard Law graduate. Like his father, he is mostly silent on his political beliefs. He was the one who continued Joe Reagan's investigation into the Blue Templar in Season 1. In Season 2, he takes advantage of a chance opportunity to go undercover in the Sanfino crime family. He is stationed at the 12th Precinct.
  • Len Cariou as Henry Reagan, retired Police Commissioner, father of Frank (grandfather of Danny, Erin, and Jamie; great-grandfather of Nikki, Sean, and Jack). His childhood during the 1920s and 1930s was hard due to his father's alcoholism and inability to hold a job. Henry was a Marine in World War II and Korea, and joined the NYPD in 1952. Like his grandson Danny, Henry is socially conservative and hates the political correctness of modern law and order. His wife Betty died December 2, 2001. Cariou, separated in age from Selleck by only six years, wears make-up and a dental prosthetic for the part of Henry.

Also starring

  • Jennifer Esposito as Detective Jackie Curatola (episode 4-51), Danny's partner. She's divorced and regularly gets hit on by policemen and perps alike, much to her annoyance.
  • Amy Carlson as Linda Reagan, wife of Danny. She loves her husband and his family but at times Danny's obsessive attitude toward collaring criminals makes her wonder whether he views his job as a higher priority than his family. In seasons 1 and 2, she was a stay-at-home mom looking after the couple's two sons, but she returns to her nursing job in season 3.
  • Sami Gayle as Nicole "Nicki" Reagan-Boyle, Erin's daughter and an aspiring cop. As of season 3, episode 3 ("Old Wounds") she is 16 years old. She's a very curious young girl and is not afraid to question her uncle Danny and great-grandfather who are both old school conservatives. In the pilot episode, Niki is portrayed by actress Marlene Lawston.
  • Nicholas Turturro as Sgt. Anthony Renzulli, Jamie's partner/Training Officer. Renzulli knows the beat of his precinct very well and offers Jamie a lot of good advice. He believes Jamie will make a great cop and often pokes fun at him for abandoning a lucrative law career.

Recurring cast

  • Bruce Altman as Mayor Frank Russo (Season 1)
  • Abigail Hawk as Detective Melissa Baker, Frank's primary aide
  • Gregory Jbara as NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Garrett Moore
  • Dylan Moore as Sydney Davenport, brief fiancée of Jamie (Season 1)
  • David Ramsey as Mayor Carter Poole, Mayor Russo's successor (Season 2"present)
  • Andrea Roth as Kelly Davidson, a reporter who dated Frank (Season 1)
  • Andrew Terraciano as Sean Reagan, Danny and Linda's son
  • Tony Terraciano as Jack Reagan, Danny and Linda's son
  • Noelle Beck as Sue Connors, Frank's Deputy Press Secretary
  • Robert Clohessy as Sgt. Gormley, Danny's and Jackie's immediate supervisor
  • Peter Hermann as Jack Boyle, a lawyer and Erin's ex-husband (Season 3-present)
  • Sebastian Sozzi as Officer Vinny Cruz, Jamie's partner (Season 3-present)
  • Megan Ketch as Danny's partner, Detective Kate Lansing (Season 3-through Jan 18th, 2013). She's moved back to IAB and it's unclear when or if she'll reappear.
  • Megan Boone as Detective Candice McElroy. She appeared in Feb., 2013 as Danny's latest new partner.


Production

Selleck said that he was drawn to the project because of the strong pilot script and that he was concerned about becoming involved in an ongoing series because he did not want to compromise his commitment to the Jesse Stone television movies. Beginning January 19, 2011, Blue Bloods was moved to Wednesdays at 10 pm for a four-week tryout. In February 2011, the series returned to its Friday night time slot due to the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. In the UK, the show premiered on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 10:30 pm on Sky Atlantic, the same night the network launched.

On October 20, 2012, CBS announced that Jennifer Esposito was being dropped from the series, with her character, Detective Curatola, being placed on indefinite leave of absence. Esposito and CBS had been at odds over her limited availability for work after the actress was diagnosed with Coeliac disease. She had missed a week after collapsing on set earlier in the season. According to Esposito, CBS challenged her request for a reduced work schedule, and further, kept her from finding work elsewhere. In a press release from CBS, the network said that Esposito had "informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence." Curatola's last appearance was in the third season episode "Nightmares".

According to TV by the Numbers, by committing to a third season of Blue Bloods, CBS is all but guaranteed to commit to a fourth season. This is because as a CBS Television Studios production, CBS has a financial incentive to produce at least the minimum number of episodes needed for stripped syndication.

Reception

Reviewers have praised the series' on-location shooting. The New York Daily News praised Selleck's performance as Frank Reagan. They also highlighted the family dinner scene as a positive and praised the introduction of discussion of morally complex issues.

The Daily News drew comparisons between Selleck's characters Jesse Stone and Frank Reagan, saying that both Reagan and Stone are moral, principled men of few words. In Entertainment Weeklys annual Fall TV Preview, Ken Tucker named Blue Bloods as one of the "5 Best New Shows" of 2010.

Ratings

The pilot episode garnered 15.246 million viewers because of the Live + 7 days after with viewings from DVRs. Without the DVR adding to the live viewing the show's debut episode garnered a total of 13.02 million viewers.

Overall, the ratings have been steady for the series, after the pilot episode, with the lowest numbers of 9.77 million early in the third season and the highest (non-pilot) numbers of 12.73 million for the sixth episode of the second season. The second season finale on May 11, 2012 was watched by 10.73 million viewers and received a 1.2/4 ratings/share among adults ages 18"49.

In January 2013, CBS announced via press release that Blue Bloods was the first scripted series airing on Fridays to average at least 13 million viewers, gaining eight percent more viewers than the previous year. The second season of CSI in 2001 had 14.78 million viewers, while the fourth season of Law & Order: SVU in 2003 had 14.92 million.

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1
Friday 10:00 pm
22
September 24, 2010
13.01
May 13, 2011
11.79 2010"2011 No. 19 12.58
2 22
September 23, 2011
12.06
May 11, 2012
10.73 2011"2012 No. 22 12.16
3 23
September 28, 2012
11.22
May 10, 2013
TBA 2012"2013 TBA TBA



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