“Blue Bloods” went out with a bang last season when, in the series finale, three generations of the Reagan family — with the help of a few trusted friends on the New York Police Department — took down the batch of bad cops called the Blue Templar, who were responsible for the death of Joe Reagan.
“I don’t anticipate a lot of blowback,” says Will Estes, who plays Jamie Reagan, the youngest son of Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and newest family member to join the NYPD. “That storyline was basically wrapped up at the end of last season.”
What will be happening in the new season is Frank having to deal with a new mayor, so he will have some interesting political situations and conflicts to deal with and resolve. As for Jamie, Estes tells us he is going to be going undercover and getting a new partner.
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So Jamie is going to have his first undercover assignment. What will he be doing?
Early on in the season, my character is doing some plainclothes work at a bar, trying to make sure the bar isn’t serving alcohol to minors. I end up befriending a charismatic guy who has ties to an organized crime family. I am put in the position of having the opportunity to get close to an organized crime family, so, I think, there will be more undercover work for Jamie this year.
I hear you are getting a new partner and it is a woman. Is that because you no longer need a training officer, or because there is going to be some romance in Jamie’s future?
We’ll see. That’s still up in the air. It would be nice to get some romance. As of now that script hasn’t been written yet. Monica Raymund (“Lie to Me”) has come in as a partner of mine. We will see if she comes back. We had a great episode together. So, hopefully, we will have a chance to get her back.
Will your training officer still be around?
Yes. Nick Turturro will still be in the show. We have had some great episodes we have already shot this year. I just won’t be a PPO – Probationary Police Officer – like everyone is when they first start after the academy.
Can you talk about what it is like working with Tom Selleck?
He is such a presence. He is one of the most professional people I have ever worked with. He is extremely studied. He knows his character very well. As an actor, he is one of the most generous actors I have worked with. He comes ready to work and he knows what he wants to do. He is capable of also producing and directing, but he maintains, he just wants to be an actor. It is tremendous to work with him. I have learned a lot already.
And Donnie Wahlberg?
I was most excited about working with Donnie. He is one of the most hardworking people in showbiz. He works eight out of eight days on an episode routinely. Donnie Wahlberg is a performer on the screen and on the music stage. His band [New Kids on the Block] is back together and he is touring and doing “Blue Bloods.” Donnie is the guy you go to for a laugh when it’s like the 15th hour of the day. Donnie still has energy to pull everyone along and make sure we are working as hard as we can. Donnie is the best.
I was reading you are an only child. But one of the things that appeals to me about “Blue Bloods” is the Sunday family dinners. Can you talk about what it is like to do those? Did you have anything like that in your life?
I didn’t really. I think it is something that as a culture we have moved away from where the entire family sits down and has dinner. One of my very best friends, who lives here in New York, actually does that. I am trying to have a standing invitation to his Sunday night dinners with his family. I love to go because it is a lot like the “Blue Blood” family dinners. I don’t tell him it is research for the show. I just show up. I had a lot of cousins growing up, so I sort of had that experience. It is different and I think it is kind of a cool centerpiece for the show that everyone gets together for dinner on Sunday night.
As TV shows go along, the writers often take the real life characteristics of the actors who are playing a role and put them into the character. Is there anything of yours that is also now Jamie’s?
A little bit. I think when you work on a show your strengths show through one way or another. Eventually, the writers sort of study the show and realize that and end up writing to that, whether they think about it or not. I am sort of a fan of boxing. I am not a fighter, but I love to work out in the boxing gym and they have put that in a couple of times and I was able to do some boxing scenes and show off my amateur talents as a boxer.
One of the things that makes “Blue Bloods” special is it actually shoots on the streets of New York. What is that like? What do the fans say to you?
Donnie’s fans come up to me and say, “Where is Donnie?” And Nick Turturro, who plays Sgt. Renzulli, is pretty famous in New York City. They stop him quite a bit. So, I have that experience every time I am with Donnie or Nick. It is fun trying to lock up a street corner and shoot a scene in New York. It never ceases to surprise you. People do the craziest things. A lot of times people walk into the shot. They don’t listen to the people who ask them to cross over to the other side of the street. It is always something different.
“Blue Bloods” airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. on CBS.