Blue Bloods is one of television’s most popular and longest-running programs. Since its debut in 2010, the police procedural has been a consistent ratings smash, portraying the lives of a New York family who are all employed in law enforcement.
Its popularity is primarily due to its strong ensemble, which includes TV legend Tom Selleck as well as talents like Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan.
The program was just renewed for a 14th season, but the actors reportedly had to accept a wage cut to make it possible.
Blue Bloods was extended for a 14th season by CBS on Wednesday, keeping it as one of TV’s longest-running series and one of the longest-running dramas of all time.
“BLUE BLOODS” has dominated Friday evenings since its inception and remains a crucial anchor for CBS’ successful schedule, said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, in a statement. People still love the Reagans, their police family, and the series’ dramatic plot, which is led by Tom Selleck and an amazing cast and creative team. They can’t wait to take up a seat at the Reagan dinner table for another terrific season.
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According to rumours, Selleck and his colleagues will not be paid as much as they have in the past.
According to sources close to the production, the program’s actors and key producers agreed to a 25% salary reduction to keep the show continuing for another season.
It’s an odd scenario—you’d expect performers to receive a hefty salary raise to keep a great series continuing—but they apparently consented to the cutbacks in order to keep the show’s hundreds of production personnel working for another season.
Although CBS seems to be tightening its belt, Blue Bloods remains one of their most popular series: according to the press release, it is the #1 primetime program on Fridays with 9.54 million people and is one of the most-watched shows on streaming service Paramount+.
Tom Selleck said in 2020 that he believes the long-running sitcom still has plenty of life in it.
Throughout the years, there have been speculations that Tom Selleck, who once quit Magnum, P.I., at the height of its success, may go to Blue Bloods. Yet, it’s apparent that he remains dedicated to the series after 14 years.
Selleck also said that his co-stars are “all pals” and that he “loves” them.
Their dinner party moments are like a reunion of friends. It may be difficult for the filmmakers to focus on them at times. They do the job, and they do it well, but they’re also having fun, making jokes, and catching up. Everything they have is definitely a gift.