With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, last year CBS gave us the sleeper hit The Good Wife, and now they could be doing it again with an old staple…
BLUE BLOODS is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the New York Chief of Police and patriarch of the Reagan brood, which he heads as diplomatically as he does the force, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Len Cariou), during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraqi War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases. The sole Reagan woman in the family, Erin (Bridget Moynahan), is a N.Y. Assistant D.A. and newly single parent, who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father. Jamie (Will Estes) is the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family’s “golden boy.” However, unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and is now a newly minted cop, a career change seemingly supported by his beautiful girlfriend, Sydney Davenport (Dylan Moore), a first year lawyer. Jamie’s life takes an abrupt turn, however, when he’s asked to become part of a clandestine police investigation even his father knows nothing about, and one that could impact the family’s legacy.
As I stated in the intro, The Good Wife was a show I liked but never ever thought it would turn into my favorite new drama, or a well constructed balance of procedural and personal story, CBS’s Blue Bloods, may do that. It is a procedural, down to the opening scene, to the final act, but interlaced through that dark and compelling story, is the personal aspects of the Reagan family. The Reagan’s are powerful in New York, NYPD staples, law-abiding citizens but they also fight, they drink, the fall in love, and they have flaws.
The pilot of the series is that of well, a pilot. It sets up a lot of the characters arc including Jamie’s (Estes) new cop lifestyle which is not to his girlfriends liking, Erin’s (Moynahan) liberal views, Danny’s (Wahlberg) love for the law that goes way to far, and the most surprising is that of Frank (Selleck), I won’t spoil it here but he is not just there for the over-seeing role, it is much more than that.
Watch, Record, Skip: If Blue Bloods was on Tuesday or Thursday, I would say this was a solid DVR staple, but because it is on low-rated Fridays at 10/9c, this is a definite watch, or save for that Saturday morning after a night out.