Blue Bloods (TV series)

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Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods 2010 Intertitle.png
GenrePolice procedural
Drama
Created byRobin Green
Mitchell Burgess
StarringTom Selleck
Donnie Wahlberg
Bridget Moynahan
Will Estes
Len Cariou
Opening theme"Reagan's Theme" by Rob Simonsen
Composer(s)Rob Simonsen (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes76 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Leonard Goldberg
Michael Cuesta
Mitchell Burgess
Robin Green
Producer(s)Fred Keller
Jane Raab
Editor(s)Charles McClelland
Location(s)New York City
Manhattan
Brooklyn
Staten Island
Queens
The Bronx
CinematographyCraig Dibona, ASC
Camera setupmultiple
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Panda Productions
Paw In Your Face Productions
CBS Productions (season 1–2)
CBS Television Studios (season 3)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 24, 2010 (2010-09-24) – present
External links
Website
 
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Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods 2010 Intertitle.png
GenrePolice procedural
Drama
Created byRobin Green
Mitchell Burgess
StarringTom Selleck
Donnie Wahlberg
Bridget Moynahan
Will Estes
Len Cariou
Opening theme"Reagan's Theme" by Rob Simonsen
Composer(s)Rob Simonsen (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes76 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Leonard Goldberg
Michael Cuesta
Mitchell Burgess
Robin Green
Producer(s)Fred Keller
Jane Raab
Editor(s)Charles McClelland
Location(s)New York City
Manhattan
Brooklyn
Staten Island
Queens
The Bronx
CinematographyCraig Dibona, ASC
Camera setupmultiple
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Panda Productions
Paw In Your Face Productions
CBS Productions (season 1–2)
CBS Television Studios (season 3)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 24, 2010 (2010-09-24) – present
External links
Website

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural/drama series on CBS, filmed on location in New York City.[1] The show premiered on September 24, 2010,[2] with episodes airing on Fridays at 10:00 pm Eastern and Pacific time and 9:00 pm Central and Mountain time.

On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed Blue Bloods for a fourth season.[3]

Overview[edit]

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 Corps officer 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[4] (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, former NYPD officer and also a 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 focal scene wherein they all have dinner together with their spouses and children and discuss their current cases. Sometimes the conversation breaks down in acrimony due to differing feelings or perspectives among the family members, but in the end the family always remains united.

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 obsessed with investigating Joe's murder. Erin is divorced and has one teenage daughter, Nicki (Sami Gayle). Danny is married to Linda, a nurse, with two children, Jack and Seán. Jamie's field training officer is Sergeant Anthony Renzulli (Nicholas Turturro), who is tough but fair with Jamie and thinks Jamie has what it takes to be a great cop.[5]

Cast[edit]

CharacterPortrayed byOccupationSeasons
1234
Frank ReaganTom SelleckPolice CommissionerMain
Danny ReaganDonnie WahlbergDetective First GradeMain
Erin Reagan-Boyle (Reagan as of S03E03)Bridget MoynahanExecutive Assistant District AttorneyMain
Jamie ReaganWill EstesPolice OfficerMain
Henry ReaganLen CariouPolice Commissioner (ret)Main
Jackie CuratolaJennifer EspositoDetective First GradeAlso Starring
Maria BaezMarisa RamirezDetectiveRecurringAlso Starring
Linda ReaganAmy CarlsonHousewife/ER nurseRecurringAlso Starring
Nicole "Nicki" Reagan-BoyleSami GayleStudentRecurringAlso Starring
Anthony RenzulliNicholas TurturroSergeantAlso Starring

Main cast[edit]

Also starring[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Bruce Altman as Mayor Frank Russo (Season 1)
  • Noelle Beck as Sue Connors, Frank's Deputy Press Secretary
  • Megan Boone as Detective Candice McElroy. She appeared in February 2013 (Season 3, episodes 13-16, "Inside Jobs" through "Quid Pro Quo") as Danny's new partner. She was considered Danny's interim partner, and it is unclear when or if she will reappear.
  • Robert Clohessy as Sgt. Gormley, the immediate supervisor of Danny and the other detectives at the precinct
  • Abigail Hawk as Detective Abigail Baker, Frank's primary aide
  • Peter Hermann as Jack Boyle, a lawyer and Erin's ex-husband (Season 3–present)
  • Gregory Jbara as Garrett Moore, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, who becomes Frank's de facto chief of staff
  • Megan Ketch as Danny's partner, Detective Kate Lansing (Season 3, episodes 7-12, "Nightmares" through "Framed"). She has moved back to IAB and it is unclear when or if she will reappear.
  • Dylan Moore as Sydney Davenport, brief fiancée of Jamie (Season 1)
  • David Ramsey as Mayor Carter Poole, Mayor Russo's successor (Season 2–present)
  • Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko (Season 4-), a rookie officer and Jamie's new partner.

Production[edit]

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.[8] Beginning January 19, 2011, Blue Bloods was moved to Wednesdays at 10 pm for a four-week tryout.[9] 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 helped launch Sky Atlantic by premiering on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 10:30 pm.[10] In Australia, the show premiered in February 2011 in a primetime Wednesday slot on Network TEN, then from February 2013 for season two was moved from the network's primary SD channel to its HD channel one alongside White Collar, then on August 26, 2013 the show moved back to the primary SD channel on Mondays for season three. In New Zealand, the show premieres on July 13, 2013 on TV3 replacing CSI: NY in a primetime Saturday slot after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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.[11] Esposito and CBS had been at odds over her limited availability for work after the actress was diagnosed with Celiac 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.[11] 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."[11] 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.[12] 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.[12] On March 27, 2013, CBS made it official by renewing Blue Bloods for a fourth season to begin in the fall of 2013.[13]

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, the series premiered on Network Ten on February 2, 2011.[14] Due to poor ratings of the first season, Ten moved the series to its digital sister channel One, which premiered the second season on October 31, 2011.[15] Due to decreased viewership of Ten's main channel, the series returned to the main channel for its third season, premiering August 26, 2013.[16]

In the U.K., the series premiered on Sky Atlantic on February 1, 2011,[17] with season two returning on October 4, 2011,[17] season three on December 13, 2012,[17] and season four on November 28, 2013.[18]

In New Zealand, season 1 premiered on TV3 on July 13, 2013 on 8:30 pm Saturdays

Reception[edit]

Reviewers have praised the series' on-location shooting.[19] The New York Daily News praised Selleck's performance as Frank Reagan.[19] They also highlighted the family dinner scene as a positive and praised the introduction of discussion of morally complex issues.[19]

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.[19] In Entertainment Weekly's annual Fall TV Preview, Ken Tucker named Blue Bloods as one of the "5 Best New Shows" of 2010.[20]

Ratings[edit]

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.[21]

Overall, the ratings have been steady for the series, after the pilot episode. The lowest viewer total of 9.77 million occurred in the second episode of the third season, and is to date the only episode that had fewer than 10 million viewers. The highest (non-pilot) numbers of 12.73 million occurred in the sixth episode of the second season.[22][23] 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.[24]

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.[25]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
Viewers
DatePremiere Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale Viewers
(in millions)
1
Friday 10:00 PM
22
September 24, 2010
13.01[26]
May 13, 2011
11.79[27]2010–2011No. 1912.58[28]13.76[29]
222
September 23, 2011
12.06[30]
May 11, 2012
10.73[31]2011–2012No. 2212.16[32]14.01[33]
323[34]
September 28, 2012
11.22
May 10, 2013
10.302012–2013No. 1413.17[35]13.79[36]
424
September 27, 2013
11.70
May 2014
2013–2014TBATBATBA

References[edit]

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