Pullin' the 'Blue Bloods' plug...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pullin' the 'Blue Bloods' plug...

...after six bumpy seasons, with extreme prejudice; it was last evening's "Help Me, Help You" episode, #127 in the CBS series, that finally did it!

I had stayed with the show for the appearances of old pros Tom Selleck, Len Cariou and Amy Carlson (who's not-so-old), and that brightest of youngsters Sami Gayle, and stuck it out even though a change in Producers saw the dumping of talented Jennifer Esposito after 46 episodes and replacing her with Marisa Ramirez.

(Another plus was the promise of the presence of Jack O'Connell on a regular basis, but that same change in Producers nix'd that!)

But then there have been the increasingly insufferable presences of regulars Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moy­nahan, each of whom have to struggle just to reach the level of "one-note performances."

Whatever momentum the invariably banal scripts manage to achieve, either performer brings it to a screeching halt... fortunately the episodes' regular set-piece, a full-family Sunday dinner at the Reagan home­stead on Harbor View Terrace in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is usually carried by Selleck and Cariou at opposite ends of the table.

And while it was nice to see Delaney Williams (in what should become a recurring role) in the episode, the abys­mally unrealistic script and the gratuitous cameo spot by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sealed the fate of "Blue Bloods" for this viewer.

The series cancellation can't come soon enough... it would free Selleck up to resume making more highly enjoyable (and intelligent) "Jesse Stone" teleflicks.


1. Jackie Bennett said...

It appears for the last number of months that the "Blue Bloods" writers have been tackling current events in their story lines. It is agreed that the last show's story was weak but the topic was strong. I won't give up on them yet.

Perhaps, but too much Wahlberg and Moynahan... they just bring the show to a screeching halt any scene they are in.

Do you stay up that late?

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