The ‘Blue Bloods’ Cast Is Having a Virtual Reagan Family Dinner

Sadly, the production of Blue Bloods is on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are still some new episodes that have yet to air. Fans can also check in with the cast because there will be a virtual Reagan family dinner. Find out about Donnie Wahlberg’s big announcement.

The Reagan family has dinner every week on ‘Blue Bloods’

Will Estes as Jamie Reagan, Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko, Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle, Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan on 'Blue Bloods'
Will Estes as Jamie Reagan, Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko, Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle, Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan on ‘Blue Bloods’ | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Every episode of Blue Bloods shows the family getting together for dinner. There is a reason behind the tradition.

Jamie (Will Estes) told Eddie (Vanessa Ray) it’s “Because my grandmother grew up poor in a small town in Ireland. She was the oldest of 12 kids and there was never enough to eat. She moved to New York to make money. She met my grandpa and when they got married she promised herself that they would always have more than enough to eat. Family dinner was just her way of proudly proving that every week.”

The dinner isn’t just about eating together. It also gives the family members a chance to speak about what’s on their minds. Sometimes that involves their cases and other times it’s updating each other on their lives.

The cast said filming the scenes take a long time

Fans really love the dinner scenes, but the actors have made it known that filming them isn’t great. Tom Selleck told TV Insider what it’s really like to film them.

“Dinner scenes are long; they can be boring [to film] because you repeat the same dialogue and eat the same food—which gets pretty gamy—for eight hours,” Selleck revealed. “But not only are the characters catching up with each other, but I’m catching up with my friends. Sometimes the director can’t get our attention between takes because we’re screwing around. We can get pretty silly by the end.”

The cast is currently not able to physically film together. Production of the show has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be a virtual Reagan family dinner

A video was released showing Wahlberg making a big announcement. There will be another family dinner during the break.

“Next Friday we’re having a virtual family dinner with the Reagan family and we want you to join us. It’s going to be on CBS’ socials so get on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and we will see you next Friday. And don’t forget a all-new episode of Blue Bloods on CBS,” said Wahlberg.

That means the dinner will take place on May 1. There are no more details about the event so it’s unclear if this will be a scripted or unscripted event. However, fans seem excited about the announcement.

“So very excited about this!!! #bluebloods family dinners are just like mine were growing up and it is something that my husband and instilled in our four children!” one fan replied to the tweet.

Another fan tweeted that this is finally a way for people to join the Reagan family at their table. “That’s amazing! I’ve always wanted to be apart of the Reagan family dinner. So excited!! #BlueBloods,” tweeted a fan.