Blue Bloods is winding down. The long-running police drama recently wrapped production on its final season, which will premiere on February 16. It's comforting for fans to know that the writers had time to give each of the characters a proper send-off, but one actor thinks there's more to explore.
Tom Selleck, the anchor of Blue Bloods, and a big part of why the show connected with so many fans out the gate, recently opened up about the cancelation, and why he's still optimistic about the future. Selleck even alluded to the possibility that CBS could reconsider their decision.
Tom Selleck wants Blue Bloods to continue
The legendary actor told TV Insider that he thinks the ratings for the show will raise some eyebrows at the network, given that it remains a popular fixture in their weekly lineup:
"The show’s more popular than ever, and I think [numbers] will increase with the interest this year. We’re certainly not out of ideas."
Selleck isn't wrong. Blue Bloods is one of the most consistently-rated shows for CBS, and it has served as the network's answer to long-running procedurals like Law & Order and Chicago PD. It's hard to imagine CBS without Blue Bloods, which is something the actor reiterated to the outlet.
Selleck feels the show is bigger than ever
"CBS will find an awful lot of people aren’t ready to say goodbye to it," Selleck added, before going on to explain that he isn't ready to say goodbye. He asserted that he isn't ready to retire, and would much prefer to play Frank Reagan for the foreseeable future. As long as fans want to watch, of course:
"I’m not counting the days so I can do something else. I love the work. Sometimes the hours are a little harder because I’m older, but so what? I want work as long as they’ll have me."
Blue Bloods season 14 will be split into two parts, which means it will contain more episodes than the rest of its strike-shortened peers. The first half will premiere starting February 16, and the second will air later in the year.
Here's hoping Selleck's plans for the future take form.