Blue Bloods had a legendary run on CBS, but now the run is coming to a close. Deadline confirmed that the show’s upcoming season will be its last, and will conclude with a two-part series finale in the fall. It’s a heartbreaking announcement for fans, but instead of focusing on the negative, star Tom Selleck has decided to reflect on the wonderful experience he’s had on the show.
While several people involved with Blue Bloods put out statements, including showrunner Kevin Wade and CBS President of Entertainment Amy Reisenbach, Selleck was the first actor to respond to the show’s cancellation. It’s fitting that he also happens to the biggest actor on the show.
Selleck began his statement by recognizing the crew members who have worked tirelessly to make the show possible. “For the past 13 years it has been an honor and a privilege to work on a show that not only celebrates the men and women who protect and serve in New York City, but also displayed the importance of family”, he noted. He then went on to thank the network.
“Working alongside these incredible actors, writers, producers, directors and crew has been a dream come true and I’m grateful to have been a part of this extraordinary group for over 275 episodes”, Selleck added. “Thank you to CBS Studios and CBS Network for their steadfast support and we offer heartfelt gratitude to the fans who gathered with us for dinner every Friday night.”
The actor’s relationship with CBS has lasted decades. Selleck rose to superstardom as the titular character on Magnum, P.I. (1980-88), and remained one of the network’s biggest stars during the 2000s thanks to the Jesse Stone TV movies. It’s a testament to the quality of Blue Bloods that it’s the longest-running series that Selleck has ever been a part of, especially when you consider the pedigree of his past works.
Selleck previously said that he’d be up to play Police Commissioner Frank Reagan for another five years, but the cancellation of Blue Bloods comes at a fitting point in his career. The actor is gearing up for the release of his memoir, which details his life on television and the various triumphs and setbacks that’ve come with it. The memoir is titled You Never Know and is set for release on May 7, 2024.
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