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Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg must wait every year hoping this will be the season CBS says yes to a crossover with one of the other network shows. He has a funny, albeit practical, reason for wanting a crossover with Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J of NCIS: Los Angeles, or really anyone from Hawaii Five-0: It gets cold in New York. That's pretty much it! As much as the NCIS: LA or Hawaii Five-0 stars may wish Wahlberg was just dying to act across them, it's all about Blue Bloods filming in NYC in the winter.
Speaking for myself, though, I'd pay good money for a scene between Blue Bloods' Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan and NCIS: LA's Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange.
Here's what Donnie Wahlberg said when asked who he wanted to tape a guest spot on Blue Bloods:
I’d like Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J to come on and do an NCIS: LA, Blue Bloods mashup. So, we could shoot one in LA and I could have some warm weather -- right around February ... They can come to New York and be cold for a week and we can go to L.A. and be warm for a week. Actually eight days, so it'd be about two weeks, right in the middle of February would really mean a lot to me to be in some warm weather. Start writing CBS and demand it, OK, guys? Or Hawaii Five-0, 'cause I'd go to Hawaii. That would work too. Got no problem with that.
Heck, he could add NCIS: New Orleans to the mix at this point. Donnie Wahlberg made his comments in a Blue Bloods fan chat that was held a few years ago, before NCIS: New Orleans even premiered. Interestingly enough, there have been multiple NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0 crossovers -- along with a crossover for Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, and a nice little NCIS crossover for NCIS: New Orleans just last year. I know Peter M. Lenkov has been talking about a three-way crossover for CBS reboots Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and MacGyver.
But what about Blue Bloods?
Sure, it's a show about NYC cops and lawyers, but I'm sure they could come up with a storyline that would allow for some national travel. As Donnie Wahlberg noted, it takes eight working days to shoot a Blue Bloods episode, so that's close to two weeks' worth of work. Just a nice "vacation" in warmer weather.
Blue Bloods Season 10 is currently airing Friday nights after Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. (MacGyver will be returning soon with Season 4.) It would make sense for CBS to set up a crossover between Blue Bloods and one of those shows, and then maybe it could crossover to the next Sunday night on NCIS: LA.
I get that production companies and filming schedules and other factors have to be involved, but I do think it's time Blue Bloods got more crossover action. The show just celebrated its 200th episode with the Season 10 premiere in September 2019. That's a lot of family dinners. Donnie Wahlberg's fan chat even included jokes about farting through those family dinner scenes, which may be the REAL reason why Tom Selleck thinks they can be miserable to film.
February is coming up soon, so maybe this will be the year CBS greenlights a Blue Bloods crossover so Donnie Wahlberg can get some winter sunshine. In the meantime, watch Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods on Fridays on CBS, with NCIS: LA airing Sunday nights on the network.