Blue Bloods is going strong in its tenth season, and one thing has stayed the same despite the many other changes that have gone down for the Reagan family over the past decade. The Reagans never fail to assemble around the dining room table for a family dinner to discuss the events of the episode. With more than 200 episodes already in the can, the cast would undoubtedly have a hard time ranking the dinners, but Donnie Wahlberg managed to pick the two most memorable.
Donnie Wahlberg, who of course has played (the sometimes elusive) Danny Reagan from the very beginning, shared the first of what he feels are the most memorable Blue Bloods family dinners, saying this:
It couldn't have been easy back in the early days of Blue Bloods to take control of a scene packed with most of the cast, including the formidable Tom Selleck, and play it like a family who had been doing these family dinners together for years. Throw in the fact that the mustachioed Selleck apparently resembled Wahlberg's real-life dad, and that was a lot to tackle for a brand new show.
Fortunately, given the fact that Blue Bloods celebrated 200 episodes earlier this season and the show could still have a long future ahead of it, Donnie Wahlberg's performance in the first ever Blue Bloods family dinner helped set up a series with serious staying power. Wahlberg went on to share that he felt the pressure in that first dinner scene, but he also got an encouraging reaction from Tom Selleck:
A lot of the magic of Blue Bloods arguably comes from these family dinners that remind viewers of the strong relationships within the Reagan family, can show how the events of the episode impact the Reagan family, and reveal where the members of the Reagan family stand on certain issues. Would the show really have lasted this long if not for the strength of the Reagans? Thankfully, the cast puts up with how "miserable" the dinner scenes are to shoot!
Sadly, the Reagans don't always have family dinners that are bound to leave viewers feeling uplifted and content. Donnie Wahlberg went on in his chat with TV Insider to share his other most memorable family dinner scene, and this one was notable for a sad reason:
Longtime cast member Amy Carlson played Linda, Danny's wife, from the first season of the series, so the reveal of her death via helicopter crash between Seasons 7 and 8 came as a shock to fans. Carlson exited because she'd fulfilled her contract, so Blue Bloods had to find a way to write Linda out somehow, but it was a somber way to start a season and to conduct a family dinner.
So, what's next for the Reagan family dinners? Blue Bloods aired its fall finale back on December 6, and its winter premiere doesn't release until January 3, 2020 on CBS. The good news is that there are a lot of solid shows coming to the airwaves in the new year, and you can find them on our 2020 winter and spring premiere schedule. While Blue Bloods is no longer an option on Netflix, there are plenty of shows available now and in 2020 as well.
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