Frank Reagan is staying at the top of the NYPD.
Veteran actor Tom Selleck has inked a new deal with CBS Television Studios to continue in his role as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on CBS’ hit Friday night series Blue Bloods, TVWise has learned.
While the former Magnum star was widely expected to sign on for the seventh season, which CBS picked up a couple of months ago, the talks nevertheless came down to the wire, with this deal being inked mere days before production is set to commence in New York.
Unlike the other cast members, Selleck has long had a special deal with CBS Television Studios for the show. In order to get an actor of his calibre the network and studio agreed to a special arrangement that allows him to commute from his home in Southern California, shooting only four days a week on Blue Bloods. TVWise understands that his new deal also allows him to continue as the titular character in the Jesse Stone film series, which is now set up at Hallmark.
Blue Bloods is a solid performer for CBS in its Friday night slot and averages an audience of 13.1 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the A18-49 demo. CBS Television Studios also pulls in a lot of cash through the show’s myriad syndication and streaming deals with the likes of Ion, WGN America, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. It also sells well internationally and is in more than 200 international territories. Sky Atlantic continues to hold first window rights here in the UK.