As a matter of fact, nothing is even 100% solidified publicly when it comes to an episode count. It would be easy to assume that we would get 22 episodes once more, given that the health crisis isn’t pushing back the start of production. The cast could be able to be done in the spring and theoretically do the full season.
Of course, the operative word there is “theoretically.” Just because the cast and crew could do 22 episodes doesn’t mean that they will. CBS could opt to do something different with their shows post-pandemic, though we think it’d be smart to fill up the schedule as much as possible. With season 12 premiering slightly later (think October 1), this would give Tom Selleck and the rest of the cast to tell a lot of stories with one week less of repeats shoved in there.
It may take some time before we get full confirmation of a season 12 episode count — it may be something that takes a wait-and-see approach from all of us. What we can at least tell you now is that if the show doesn’t get back to that full order, it likely has little to do with the health crisis. Shows are doing what they can this year to get back to normal … or at the very least closer to normal than we’ve seen in a good while. Safety will still be a priority on set.
What do you most want to see when it comes to Blue Bloods season 12?
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This article was written by Jess Carter.