I love Tom Selleck.  I have since I was little; one of my first remembered TV watching experiences is of Magnum P.I., which I still watch to this day.  I’ve seen some of his movies, and some of his subsequent television work (Las Vegas, the Jesse Stone TV movies), and I’ve always been impressed.  I was very excited to hear about Blue Bloods, and have been anticipating it for months.  It had a lot to live up to, being produced by the creative team behind The Sopranos, and in spite of my fondness for Selleck, I admit that I was apprehensive that it would suck, like so many other shows unfortunately do.  Well, I finally got to see it and I have to say that I was not disappointed.

Yes, it’s a pretty basic police procedural, however it doesn’t feel stale, and is not overly predictable.  It also boasts a nice ensemble cast (including Donnie Wahlberg, who always manages to be compelling). I don’t believe it is possible to truly get an accurate feel for a show based on its pilot (in my experience the pilot tends to be one of the worst episodes).  The pressure of introducing an entire cast, setting, and circumstances usually leads to lots of exposition and consequently overburdened dialogue (which often leads even good actors to somewhat choppy delivery).  And the pilot of Blue Bloods is not without these weak points.  However I still think that it is a strong show with a strong premise.  Police procedurals are hugely popular, and this one, with its side focus on this particular family of cops (and one district attorney) seems like a winner.  I am now waiting to see some more episodes to back up my initial reaction, but I have little doubt that this series will only get better as the season goes along.  Blue Bloods airs on Fridays at 10/9c on CBS.