Blue Bloods' Reagan family is known for lively family dinner scenes, but Tom Selleck says they're "miserable" to film for the CBS show. The Blue Bloods Season 10 premiere had another family dinner, this one inviting Frank Reagan's old buddy Lenny, showing a new side of Frank to the family. However, the next time you watch a Blue Bloods family dinner, keep some of these behind-the-scenes tidbits in mind. For one thing, Selleck says they take all day to film:
He's "Hangin' Tough" with craft services! (Sorry.) Donnie Wahlberg also joked with a fan about his dinner scene eating:
Donnie Wahlberg told People the first dinner scene for the new Blue Bloods Season 10 was tough because he had just gotten off a plane from his tour with the New Kids on the Block and came immediately to set.
Blue Bloods prop master Jim Lillis told People the cast gets real food on camera, "but we try to keep it mildly seasoned because they have to do so many takes." Because the Reagans are Irish-Catholic New Yorkers, the meat-and-potatoes menu usually reflects that.
Donnie Wahlberg said Tom Selleck "just pretends to eat" and he himself is the only one who really chows down during those marathon dinner scenes.
Just once, they should really give them real Scotch for those 5-8 hour scenes and see what happens.
As much as filming the eating scenes may be "miserable," Tom Selleck did say the stars all looked forward to the family dinners to catch up and talk. Sami Gayle said Selleck recently gave her his list of 10 movies that every actor should watch (he should share that with everyone!) and she and Will Estes (Jamie Reagan) planned to watch all the movies.
So they really do sound like a family, just a family that has to repeat the same conversations and squabbles at the Sunday dinner table for about eight hours a week.
Blue Bloods just celebrated its 200th episode with the Season 10 premiere, and at least one star is hoping the show continues for 200 more episodes.
Blue Bloods Season 10 is adding a Whiskey Cavalier alum to the mix as it continues airing Fridays at 10 p.m. on the newly rescheduled CBS lineup. (Sorry, MacGyver.) Keep up with everything airing on TV this year with our handy 2019 fall TV premiere schedule.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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