Blue Bloods show is back on Friday and ready to kick off its eighth season, but after that tumultuous season finale, only that this time I don’t think that we will be seeing the same ol’ hotheaded Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg).
After his family home was burned down by a drug cartel in the final episode of season 7, NYPD detective Danny took a torn to reconsider his impetuous ways. “He’s looking at life through a different lens,” says the show’s executive producer Kevin Wade. “There’s an element of circumspection and a bit of introspection as he considers the residual collateral damage. This story line has been a new way we’ve found in the backyard and now we get to discover new sides to Danny’s character.” Wahlberg agrees: “Danny’s realizing this major shift in his life.”
This seasons Blue Bloods shift in character is a good reason why Wahlberg still loves to step back onto set after many years. “I’m constantly surprised by the situations that they come up with to put my character in,” the Blue Bloods actor explains. “There’s always something fun or surprising and that’s a great challenge.” It also has to be an interesting change of pace after spending the off-season on tour with New Kids On The Block. “It’s funny, my tour bus literally pulled up to the makeup trailer to drop me off,” says the actor who’s also an 80s pop star.
Wahlberg’s Danny isn’t the only one going through changes on the NYC-set cop procedural. The Blue Bloods show’s longevity means exploring new sides to multiple long-running characters. “If you get through a hundred episodes, you’ve burned up most of the stories,” says Wade. “But then you go, ‘Okay, we’ve just got to write more and reveal more about these characters we’ve already established.’” Tom Selleck’s police commissioner Frank Reagan is also navigating uncharted territory as he deals with a new, unelected mayor (played by Lorraine Bracco) in office. “For seven seasons, Frank’s been telling everyone he doesn’t play politics,” says Wade. “But now he’s the longest-serving high-profile public servant and there’s a political novice in office so he finds that he’s having to weigh in and push on issues that heretofore he considered completely out of his purview. We’re just telling a broader swathe of stories now that he can’t help but be in the middle of the conflict because of his sense of duty. We’re having fun with Frank running New York City.”
So this season won’t be featuring the Reagan family, well, we will miss their fatigue after all. “It feels like going back to a college that we love, but can’t seem to graduate from,” Wade added. “There’s still that don’t-want-to-leave feeling on campus.”
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