Series creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green – both of whom sat with Selleck on the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week – remain as executive producers.
The “creative tension” between Sanzel and Selleck reportedly was born of their conflicting visions for the show, which revolves around a multigenerational family of cops. Sanzel, a longtime showrunner for ‘Numb3rs’ and former NYPD officer, saw ‘Blue Bloods’ as a procedural, while Selleck wanted it to be more of a character study.
That Sanzel ever signed on for ‘Blue Bloods’ was a small miracle, but CBS was resolved to have a veteran showrunner oversee a series created by two relative newcomers.
“They begged him to take the show. He was reluctant to do it,” a source tells Deadline. “And Selleck was not crazy to have Ken imposed on him. But Ken was doing the network bidding thanklessly.”
A CBS rep had no comment on Sanzel’s status with ‘Blue Bloods.’
‘Blue Bloods’ is set to premiere Friday, September 24, at 10/9c.