Pilot View: CBS’ new drama ‘Blue Bloods’
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Editor’s note: We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.
“Blue Bloods” is the story of a multi-generational family of cops in New York City. Frank Reagan is the police chief and son of a former police chief, Henry Reagan. Frank’s eldest son, Danny, is an Iraq War veteran and seasoned detective who has some Jack Bauer tendencies. Jamie is his youngest son, a law school graduate who just graduated from the police academy. The only daughter, Erin, is a prosecutor and single mom. Another brother died allegedly in the line of duty, and Frank’s wife also has passed away.
Who’s in it: Tom Selleck as Frank, Donnie Wahlberg (“Runaway”) as Danny, Bridget Moynahan (“Six Degrees) as Erin, Will Estes (“American Dreams”)as Jamie and Len Cariou (“Damages”) as Henry.
Who made it: “The Sopranos” writing team Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green.
Thumbs up: The Reagan family is a highly likable bunch. Crime fighting plus family squabbling could make for an interesting series. Tom Selleck on TV again is a huge plus, and the role requires more of him than his easy charm. Wahlberg, Moynahan and Estes are strong too.
Thumbs down: The episode could be tighter. The mystery involving the deceased brother is awkwardly introduced. Flex Alexander as Danny’s partner on the force doesn’t work.
Verdict: With the right balance of crime stories and family drama, this series has a lot of potential.
— Maria Elena Fernandez
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