Source: [ DeseretNews.com ]
NEW YORK â€” There are a number of theories on why “Blue Bloods” has been able to carve out such a substantial audience on Fridays, a night when viewers are hard to come by.
Some say the CBS series, now in its second season, is attracting an average of 13.6 million viewers because of its stellar cast, headed up by TV royalty, Tom Selleck.
Some say it’s the gritty, streets-of-New York crime stories.
The sentimental majority opinion holds that it’s the show’s weekly dinner scene, during which four generations of Reagans â€” presided over by the patriarch (Len Cariou) â€” bicker, spar and celebrate one another.
“That scene is the favorite of so many people,” says “Blue Bloods'” executive producer, Leonard Goldberg. “Italian people, Jewish people, Greek people â€” they all say the same thing: ‘That’s my family.'”
On this morning, as the cast runs through take after take at the long dinner table, one thing is abundantly clear: Donnie Wahlberg, who plays flinty NYPD detective Danny Reagan, can really put it away.
While the other actors are saying their lines, playing to the cameras, Wahlberg is shoveling in forkfuls of apple pie. With gusto. There’s a crew member devoted to refilling Wahlberg’s plate every time the director yells “Cut!”
Afterward in his dressing room, Wahlberg notes, “In the very next scene, which we already shot last week, I eat another slice of pie. The whole show is going to be me eating pie.”
When you grow up, as Wahlberg did, the eighth of nine children in a poor working-class family in Boston’s hardscrabble Dorchester neighborhood, the prospect of all-you-can-eat never loses its appeal.
So how would Sunday dinner at the Wahlbergs differ from the atmosphere at the Reagans?