The Blue Bloods season premiere hits CBS Friday night. Blue Bloods brings back Tom Selleck, and follows CSI: New York in their new lineup of shows. It should lead to some interesting ratings numbers for CBS on Friday’s, with Medium opening the night at 8 p.m., CSI: New York at 9 p.m., and the series premiere of Blue Bloods airing at 10 p.m. One interesting question that will be answered is if viewers are going to tune in to similar shows based in New York City on the same night, or if the differences in the shows will make them stand alone.
Blue Bloods is advertised as a cop show about a family that is deeply involved in law enforcement. The pilot has been billed a New York crime drama focusing on a multigenerational family of cops headed by the city’s police commissioner. In the first episode, the youngest son is graduating from the police academy, and that should serve as a good jumping off point to the series, as he finally learns the family business. It is an intriguing concept, and it comes with a good cast. Hopefully the show brings an original angle to the show, and not something that we have seen in a dozen movies up to this point.
Tom Selleck plays the lead role in Blue Bloods as the head of the family and the police commissioner. He is surrounded by a pretty good supporting cast that includes Jennifer Butler, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, and Will Estes. Hopefully they can bring something exciting to the small screen with this show, and that in the early episodes it does something to set itself apart from all of the other police and procedural dramas that seem to be the cornerstone of every network. With Tom Selleck as the lead, the show has its automatic draw, and it is then up to the writers from that point.
Blue Bloods couldn’t ask for a better lead in on Friday nights, as CSI: New York has been a ratings monster for CBS over the years. Having CSI: New York on Friday nights takes away the Wednesday 10 p.m. win that the show brought CBS every week, but it could mean that CBS starts to dominate a difficult night in programming on Friday nights for the fall 2010 season. ABC and NBC are rolling out new shows to compete, and Fox has stacked its two action shows on Friday as well. It won’t be easy, but we will see pretty quickly if Blue Bloods can grab and retain a nice audience when it comes to the ratings.