‘Blue Bloods’: Will Joe Hill Be On Season 11?

Blue Bloods has been one of the top shows on television since 2010, but showrunners still manage to find new ways to surprise viewers. Most notably, season 10 of Blue Bloods ended with a massive surprise that had fans talking for days. Although the show is on a filming hiatus for now, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, season eleven is just around the corner — and fans are already wondering what’s in store for the Reagan family, including the group’s latest addition. 

Will Hochman as Joe Hill smiling with a police badge on
Will Hochman as Joe Hill on Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

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Season 10 of Blue Bloods ended with a shocking surprise

Blue Bloods debuted on television 10 years ago, and right from the start, it was unlike any other police procedural drama on TV. The show follows the adventures and misadventures of the Reagan family, an Irish-Catholic family unit with deep ties to the New York City police force. At the head of the family is Frank Reagan, played by screen legend Tom Selleck. Viewers have grown close to the Reagan family over the years, and love to experience their dramas and heartbreak.

Season 10 introduced a new Reagan into the family circle. At the very end of the season, it was revealed that Joe Reagan, the late, eldest son of Frank Reagan, had a son that he never knew about. Although the family is initially in shock, and there are many questions left unresolved, Joe Hill is able to join the rest of the Reagans for a seat at the dinner table during the season finale. 

Will Joe Reagan be a featured character in season eleven?

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Any time a family expands, there are inevitably some growing pains. It seems as though this will be the case with Joe Hill, and his gradual integration into the Reagan family. Their dynamic will undoubtedly be explored in season eleven of Blue Bloods, although at this point, little is known about any specific plot points. What is certain is that Joe Hill will be featured in the new season, according to Deadline.

Frank Reagan certainly seems ready to accept Joe Hill into their midst. At the end of the tenth season, Reagan tells his convened family members that “I just met the guy, and he’s my grandson. I will say this, he carries himself in a certain way … Being a cop was like playing for the Bulls with Jordan or the drums with Springsteen, it was just familiar.” While it might be harder for the younger generation of Reagans to so willingly embrace Hill, they do always place family, above all else.

Will Hochman is a versatile actor

The role of Joe Hill had to go to an actor who was capable of carrying his own among top actors like Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, and Bridget Moynahan. Showrunners found the perfect candidate in Will Hochman, a veteran of Broadway roles, and an actor capable of translating New York City cool as well as intellectualism. Hochman is a bit of an intellectual himself, having graduated from Colby College with a degree in Economics before turning his attention to acting, according to IMDb.

Hochman has worked for the majority of his career on stage, but also has experience in short films and even some features. Hochman’s film credits include the movies Critical Thinking, Master, and Let Him Go. Although he is still quite young, Hochman’s impressive credentials and obvious talent signal that he will probably be around in the entertainment industry for years to come. Viewers will certainly get to enjoy more of Hochman’s abilities when Blue Bloods returns for season eleven.