‘Blue Bloods:’ The Surprising Thing That Inspired the Show

Blue Bloods” has been on the air since 2010. Fans have come to look forward to watching the series with friends and family on Friday nights. How did the show come to be? Here’s the surprising inspiration for the show.

Tom Selleck says the cast has a lot of fun during ‘Blue Bloods’ family dinner scenes

Tom Selleck at Blue Bloods family dinner | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Tom Selleck at Blue Bloods family dinner | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

As you probably guessed, the cast has a good time on the “Blue Bloods” set. Selleck says family dinner scenes are an opportunity to reconnect with cast members and catch up on everything that’s happened over the last couple of weeks.

Although they have a lot of fun, Selleck says the cast tends to annoy the directors because they have a little too much fun. The cast enjoys each other’s company so much that they talk and laugh, delaying some of the dinner scenes. “We drive directors nuts because they want to get the shot done and we’re joking around… a lot,” Selleck told “TV Insider.”  

Donnie Wahlberg says he would have made a great police officer

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

During a special Q and A session on CBS, Wahlberg took questions from “Blue Bloods” fans. One fan asked the actor if he would ever consider becoming a real-life police officer. We’re sure most fans would love to see the actor in uniform. Wahlberg offers this surprising answer about a career in law enforcement:

I think I would love to have been a cop if I were not doing the different things that I’m doing. I’ve been told by a lot of New York cops that I work with that I would have been a great detective. I didn’t really think about it as a kid. I thought about running away from the cops because they were always chasing my older brothers and they always thought I was one of them.

Donnie Wahlberg, CBS interview

The inspiration behind ‘Blue Bloods’

“Blue Bloods” had a surprising inspiration. “TV Insider” says the show was inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting. Just think, if the producers had never seen this painting, we might not have “Blue Bloods” today. Here’s what the publication said about the show’s creation:

Norman Rockwell’s iconic Saturday Evening Post illustration of a big family around the Thanksgiving table motivated veteran producer Leonard Goldberg to create (with writers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green) a different kind of procedural about a clan of cops whose relationships were as key as crime-solving. Goldberg predicted that weekly dinner scenes with everyone in attendance would attract an audience — a pretty tasty play, considering the show is in its 10th hit season.

“Blue Bloods” airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS.

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