CBS changed its Friday night lineup this season from investigating the supernatural to solving crimes. While Allison DuBois of Medium is still around for the ghost stuff, the rest of the night is devoted to New York’s finest. The nine o’clock slot is now the new home for CSI: New York, while the new television series Blue Bloods rounds out the night in the 10 o’clock slot that once belonged to Numbers.
Blue Bloods is a blend of family and crime drama. Tom Selleck stars as, Frank Regan, father to the next generation of cops (and one member of the district attorney’s office) as well as the New York City Police Commissioner. While last night’s episode was the standard “meet the character’s” pilot episode, it did manage to do it efficiently. By the time the show was over we knew that Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is a detective with some questionable ethics (he uses a flushing toilet as a way to extract a confession from a kidnapper). Jamie is the rookie (who was studying law, but followed in the family’s footsteps instead). Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an Assistant D.A, and Henry (Len Cariou) is the grandfather of the group, who is also a veteran police officer.
Since this is a crime drama, we had a missing girl for Danny to look for and Frank to brood about when his son’s questionable interrogation techniques almost get the case thrown out of court. There was also an element of mystery thrown in, when Jamie is approached at the end of the episode and asked to take part in an undercover investigation to expose “the Blue Templar” a secret society of cops that may or may not involve some members of his own family.
While the family dinner scene reminded this reviewer of an episode of Brothers and Sisters, the show does seem to have the potential to take the place of Numbers (which was also family oriented) and become another long-running Friday night hit. While Friday’s are no longer considered a night for “must see” television, the Blue Bloods cast is likeable, the story believable and it is always good to see Tom Selleck back in front of the camera.