Thursday, September 30, 2010

DVR Guide - "Blue Bloods"

Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the chief of police in New York City. His daughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan), is an assistant district attorney. His oldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is a seasoned detective who's not above violating some civil liberties in order to get the job down. Another Reagan son was recently killed in the line of duty, which prompted the youngest child, Jamie (Will Estes), to drop out of Harvard law and become a patrol cop. And then they all do...cop stuff.

The pilot for "Blue Bloods" is pretty formulaic and not the most exciting hour of television. Okay, in all honesty, I just saw a report that tagged "Blue Bloods" with the highest median average age (60.4 years) of any show on TV. So, yeah, you can imagine how slow this show can get. No need to disturb the geriatric demographic. But, for all its lack of movement, I was actually relatively impressed with the quality of the characters and the tone the show takes. While I expected the typical CBS schlock, instead "Blue Bloods" touches on a slightly grittier, edgy note that could potentially set it apart from the rest of that networks programming. It's not gritty enough to play on FX or anything like that but it's got enough sense to stay out of the painfully campy crap that plagues the average CBS show. And, hey, can you really go wrong with Tom Selleck? Selleck is one of those actors who transcends demographics. He's just too awesome. I'm a big fan of Wahlberg, too, and the Selleck-Wahlberg combination make up for the complete lack of talent that is Bridget Moynahan. We'll see where "Blue Bloods" goes in the future but for the time being, I guess I'll join the nursing home crowd for one hour a week.

Verdict: Week-to-Week

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