As we’re getting closer to Blue Bloods season 9 filming — and we’re starting to move away from Emmy voting season (at least for nominations) — we’re certainly wondering about this place of this series within the world of awards shows. Why can’t it find a way to get a little bit more love than it does?
This is not the easiest question in the world to answer, mostly because Blue Bloods is, at least to us, certainly a show deserving of awards recognition — that’s especially true for Donnie Wahlberg after his performance at the start of season 8. We’ve advocated for that but, alas, he hasn’t received much in the way of recognition from anyone else. The same goes for the rest of the cast.
So what gives here? There are a few simple reasons as to why things are, by and large, the way that they are.
1. Blue Bloods is a network show – Typically, series that air on network TV don’t carry with them, fairly or unfairly, the same sort of high-brow weight that the shows that air on cable do. Premium cable series tend to get more attention than any.
2. Blue Bloods is a show that is far into its run – While there are a few exceptions to the rule, typically shows that are more than three or four years into production have a little bit of a harder time garnering some significant awards-show praise.
3. Blue Bloods is a procedural – The format of the show makes it so that each episode is its own story. There is often very little carryover between one episode to the next and there’s not any of that story momentum that you get with some other shows. While Blue Bloods is one of the best shows out there as TV comfort food on a rainy day, these sort of series don’t get the same attention from voters as one with a continuous story that carries over from one episode to the next.
4. Blue Bloods has a tough timeslot – While there are a ton of viewers who check out the show every week on Friday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, there may not be a lot of Emmy voters that do. There are also not a lot of younger viewers, and they often drive most of the buzz and attention on social media.
It is somewhat of a cliché to say that the art itself is your greatest reward, but that may be the case with Blue Bloods. The biggest reason why this show shines in our mind is simply because of the quality it produces time and time again in performances and in story.
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