Tom Selleck: ‘Blue Bloods’ is family drama but not ‘The Waltons’ [Audio]

Tom Selleck, star of the CBS hit “Blue Bloods,” says his show “may be a family drama, but it isn’t ‘The Waltons‘.” Each episode ends with Sunday family dinner, which for Sellleck, “involves a lot of the pressures and tensions that everybody has been sitting on. The audience can almost anticipate what often can turn into a discussion or argument or a little of both.”

The TV vet plays New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on the first-year series. His father (Len Cariou) is former commissioner, and he has three children: a detective (Donnie Wahlberg), an assistant D.A. (Bridget Moynahan) and a rookie officer (Will Estes). Another son, Joe, died in the line of duty before the series started and this provides an ongoing storyline.

Indeed, the May 13th season finale  (“The Blue Templar”) addresses Joe’s death again and according to Selleck is, “a very good show and emotional.” He is considering submitting this episode to the Emmy judging panel if nominated.

In a phone interview with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, Selleck admitted, “What attracted me to the script was that it was character-driven as opposed to procedural. The script moved me, which usually means I must get it emotionally, even if I don’t know why.”

Selleck is no stranger to the Emmy Awards, having been nominated seven times (five Best Drama Actor bids for  “Magnum, P.I.,” Guest Comedy Actor for “Friends” and Best TV Movie/Mini Actor for “Jesse Stone: Sea Change“).  He won his only Emmy as Thomas Magnum in 1984 when he happened to be hosting the ceremony. “When I was backstage, it was very, very nice because Roger Mosley, Larry Manetti and John Hillerman (“Magnum, P.I.” co-stars) were backstage with me because we were all about to go present an award after mine came up,” recalled Selleck. “I was a bit stunned.”

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