We know now that we are entering Blue Bloods season 10, and with that in mind, it’s a little bit easier to look towards the show’s long-term future. While we certainly don’t hope that the CBS show is ending anytime soon, at this point, don’t you think that an executive somewhere within CBS it’s thinking about a possible spin-off? It’s hard to imagine otherwise.
With that in mind, it does seem like now is the perfect opportunity to raise the question as to whether or not such an idea is even viable. Can you do something within this world that is not about the entire Reagan family? Let’s make this clear more so than anything else — if you want to do a Blue Bloods spin-off, it probably can’t just incorporate just a single Reagan. If you were to do a show just about Jamie and Eddie, for example, what that would lead to is a number of people feverishly asking where in the world are Danny, Frank, and the rest of the family. It just doesn’t seem as though it would work, unless you found a way to flash-forward many years where all of a sudden, there was a larger family around Jamie and Eddie. Even if that was the case, it’s a little bit hard to see how you could create something around them without rampant questions about everyone else.
As for other possibilities, there are a few scattered in various corners of our mind. For example, could you make a show about the family of one of Frank’s closest advisors, such as Baker, Gormley, or Garrett? Or, could you find a recurring player from the past, bring them back, and find a way to gear a whole show around them? You can certainly wonder that, and we feel like it does make a little bit of sense to see the NYPD from another perspective.
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Yet, there are still problems with that. It feels completely ridiculous to sit here and say that you can automatically plug in another family, set it in New York, and have it be okay. The Reagans work because the Reagan’s are formidable, fascinating to watch, and have a very specific sort of value set that makes them different than the majority of other characters you see on television. It’s hard for anyone to measure up quite to them. It’s also going to be hard to find anyone who has the same amount of political capital in New York City and is also still tied to the police. Maybe you could do something about politics in New York, but probably not anything with cops.
Maybe a different spin-off idea would be to set it somewhere other than New York City, where you could then introduce your own version of the Reagans somewhere else. But, if you do that, you’re basically introducing a problem we just described. You are giving us the same show, but somewhere else. That may not be enough for a lot of people out there and you don’t want to just see a carbon copy.
Recently, The Big Bang Theory found themselves in a little bit of trouble over their own series finale and trying to come up with an idea of a spinoff after the fact. In the end, it seems like the producers opted, at least for now, did to pursue something since it would split off the core cast from each other and that what just doesn’t make sense. If you’re going to do a spin-off, you need a fantastic idea, and it just doesn’t seem like there’s one that immediately pops off the page and makes sense for Blue Bloods now. Years down the road, could that happen? Absolutely, but it should be done with patience, respect to the Reagans, and respect to the fans.
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