All Your Favorite ‘Blue Bloods’ Family Dinner Moments
Each episode of Blue Bloods usually includes a Sunday Dinner scene, with the Reagan family coming together to discuss their own issues and concerns. These moments are highlights for the show’s loyal fans, as we see the human side of characters dedicated to serving others.
The series stars Tom Selleck as Commissioner Frank Reagan, with his children played by Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes. Frank sits at the head of the table with his father, Henry (Len Cariou) at the other end.
Acting in the dinner scenes can be surprisingly tough. There’s a lot of dialogue for the actors to get through and each of them have their own techniques. Selleck told The Huffington Post in 2013 that he actually eats during the scenes.
“Everybody has their own style,” the longtime TV veteran said. “It is a style we should all be aware of so we don’t get into a rhythm that’s predictable. One thing that’s really tempting is to take a bite of food to punctuate the end of a line. I think you need to be aware of that stuff. I don’t butter bread all the time, contrary [to what Donnie said] but I always make sure the butter is down at my end. So I can if I choose to.”
With the show now in its eighth season, there are plenty of great dinner scenesto chose from. Here are some of the best.
Together In Uniform
During the season four finale, “Exiles,” the family say for dinner in their uniforms after Frank spoke at the Police Academy graduation. Even Henry wore his uniform.
Every member of the Reagan family serves the public in some way. Jamie (Estes) is a young police officer, working his way up the ranks. Danny (Wahlberg) is an experienced, no-nonsense detective. Erin (Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney. Even Danny’s wife, Linda (Amy Carlson) served the public as a nurse. Sadly, she died before season eight began.
The youngest members of the Reagan family also join in. That includes Erin’s daughter Nicky (Sami Gayle) and Danny’s sons, Jack (Tony Terraciano) and Sean (Andrew Terraciano).
A Tense Dinner
Dinner with the Reagans is not always civil. Usually, there’s arguments and this scene from season six shows that. Here, Erin says she had to be on the defensive because she’s a Reagan. It turns out that police weren’t exactly well-liked at City Hall at the time.
In 2015, Blue Bloods property master Jim Lillis told the Virginian-Pilot that some of the actors do actually eat during the scenes, while some are good at faking it.
“All the actors eat to varying degrees,” Lillis explained. “Some are good at faking it. They are very good at making it look like they’re really enjoying a hearty dinner.”
Some actors even butter their bread during filming to make it look like they are doing something with their food, while others move their utensils around their plates. Moynihan will mash up her food without actually eating anything.
During the first season, the Reagan family searched for the killer of Frank’s middle son, Joe. He was working with the FBI to investigate corrupt NYPD cops who were part of a group called the “Blue Templar.” The group was responsible for Joe’s murder and in the season one finale, Danny and Jamie caught the officer directly responsible for their brother’s death. In the end, the family still gathered for their Sunday dinner and later went to Joe’s grave to remember him.
The first season of Blue Bloods aired back in 2010 and 2011. Even then, it was on Fridays, when shows don’t typically get big ratings. But audiences immediately fell in love with the show and the Reagan family. In a 2010 interview, Wahlberg said the big ratings did add some pressure to the production.
“The reality is that [we have] a couple million more viewers than anybody thought we would get and that’s good news,” Wahlberg told BlogCritics. “What we do on set and what we talk about is really how to control what we can control and finding the right mix about what works for our audience and identifying who they are, and servicing what they want and also servicing our characters as best we can.”
“I Got a Tattoo!”
During a season four episode, the dinner was particularly tense. But Nicky figured out how to break the tension by announcing her own big news: she got a tattoo!
Sami Gayle, who plays Nicky, has been an important part of the series since day one. The 21-year-old actress was also seen in Vampire Academy and Noah. In a recent interview with CBS Philadelphia, Gayle said she loves Philly cuisine. She was only 14 years old when she started on the show.
“It’s very therapeutic — my character, for me,” Gayle told CBS News in 2015, when the show reached 100 episodes. “I feel like I’ve gone through some of the stuff she’s gone through…so I sort of have another medium to play with as I grow up. It’s also been super cool to have things that I didn’t have in real life like a super big Sweet 16, which I didn’t want in real life but I had the most awesome one on set.”
Another storyline from season one included Linda’s kidnapping. The Reagan family had to work on their own to find her, which they thankfully did. In the end, there was an emotional reunion at the dinner table and everyone was happy to have Linda back.
Linda is no longer on the show, as Amy Carlson left after seven seasons. Her character was killed off in a helicopter crash.
“My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for your generous support of me and my character for the last seven years of Blue Bloods – Linda Reagan,” Carlson wrote in an Instagram post. “I have been touched by your compassion and enthusiasm. I loved playing Linda: wife to Danny, mother to Jack and Sean, nurse and working mom. I’m proud of my contribution to building this series. I’m so grateful to CBS and the Blue Bloods cast and crew. Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show. Peace, blessings and many ‘love you mores’ to all of you.”
Blue Bloods airs at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fridays on CBS.
They’ve been married for three years.
And Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy look to be going as strong as ever on Monday night at PaleyFest in New York.
The couple were seen sharing an intimate smooch on the arrivals carpet as they made a show of affection.
Endurance: Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy look to be going as strong as ever on Monday night at PaleyFest in New York
The evening out was in celebration of the former boy band sensation’s CBS TV show Blue Bloods which also stars TV legend Tom Selleck
The 48-year-old looked sharp in all black as his 44-year-old wife sported leather boots and a black skirt.
Completing the blonde’s attire was a big shapeless sweater as she wore dramatic eye makeup.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: The couple were seen sharing an intimate smooch on the arrivals carpet as they made a show of affection
His night: The evening out was in celebration of the former boy band sensation’s CBS TV show Blue Bloods which also stars TV legend Tom Selleck
Jenny and Donnie celebrated their three year wedding anniversary on August 31.
Donnie has sons Xavier, 24, and Elijah, 15, from his previous marriage to Kimberly Fey.
Jenny has 15-year-old son Evan from her previous marriage to director John Asher.
Smart couple: The 48-year-old looked sharp in all black as his 44-year-old wife sported leather boots and a black skirt
Smoking: Completing the blonde’s attire was a big shapeless sweater as she wore dramatic eye makeup
Cast of Blue Bloods: Will Estes, Vanessa Ray, Sami Gayle, Tom Selleck, Donnie, Bridget Moynahan, Marisa Ramirez
The hit-maker’s recent Total Package Tour featured his former boy band The New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men, and Paula Abdul.
Meanwhile, the hamburger chain Donnie co-owns with his two brothers, Mark and Paul, is reportedly in financial trouble.
The Wahlburgers location in Coney Island, Brooklyn shuttered this this summer because the restaurant did not pay its bills on time, Page Six reported.
Making them green with envy: Bridget showed off her stunning figure in the elegant frock
Taking the plunge! Vanessa made sure to be the lady in red at the event
‘They have not been paying their bills,’ the gossip site quoted a source as saying.
‘They were on the verge of being locked out of Coney Island’ because the restaurant did not pay its rent, the source said.
The brothers are also reportedly having trouble launching its Times Square location also because of issues with rent money.
Wahlburgers released a statement to Page Six, saying: ‘Wahlburgers required its Coney Island restaurant to close due to a number of factors.
‘The same franchise group was in the process of developing a space in Times Square.
‘In both cases the franchisee was not operating in compliance with Wahlburgers business practices and brand standards.
Wahlburgers has expanded to operate at least a dozen locations across the United States and Canada, with over two dozen more in the planning stages.
The company is run by the three brothers – two of whom, Mark and Donnie, are actors, and a third, Paul, who is a classically trained chef who has worked in the restaurant industry for 30 years.
Buenos, bonitos y ¡brothers!
Monterrey— Estos hermanos en Hollywood hacen suspirar a millones de seguidores.
Con ojos tiernos y grandes músculos, los Hemsworth, Chris, Luke y Liam, tenían que estar en la lista.
El protagonista de ‘Thor’, de 34 años y poseedor de grandes bíceps que son las debilidad de muchas, tiene a su hermano mayor, Luke, de 36, no muy activo en cine, pero que este año hizo Hickok.
El menor es Liam, de 27 años, novio de Miley Cyrus y a quien se le ha visto en producciones como ‘Día de la Independencia: Contraataque’ y’ Los Juegos del Hambre’.
Otro trío de guapos con la misma sangre son los Jonas Brothers.
Por un lado está Nick, el más pequeño, de 25 años, quien además de su voz, tiene un buen físico que ha enamorado a muchas y lo ha llevado a ser modelo de campañas en el ámbito mundial.
Le sigue Joe, de 28 años, quien ahora suena con la banda DNCE, que el 14 de septiembre de 2015 lanzó su primer sencillo ‘Cake by The Ocean’.
El mayor es Kevin, de 29 años. Está casado con Danielle Deleasa y es padre de dos hijos.
A sus 39 años y con la madurez que le sienta bien, James Franco, de 1.80 metros, también reúne las características de guapo, famoso, rico y con un hermano también conocido ante las cámaras, Dave, de 32.
Dave ha trabajado en cintas como ‘Nerve: Un Juego Sin Reglas’, y aunque tiene un estilo muy diferente a su hermano, también tiene su pegue.
Para muchas, el más codiciado es Alexander, de 41 años, quien demostró su fuerza al protagonizar la cinta ‘La Leyenda de Tarzán’.
Este galán de origen sueco proviene de una familia a la que también pertenecen Gustaf Skarsgård (‘Vikings’ y ‘Camino a la Libertad’), de 36 años, y Bill Skarsgård, de 27 y quien interpretó a Pennywise, el payaso en la cinta de terror recientemente estrenada ‘It’ (Eso).
El más famoso en Hollywood es Mark Wahlberg, de 46 años, quien es el menor de nueve hermanos.
Pero el actor tiene, al menos, otros tres hermanos que también se desarrollan entre las cámaras o han tenido que ver con ellas, como Donnie, de 48 años y a quien se le ha visto sobre todo en series como ‘Blue Bloods’.
Le sigue Robert, de 49 años, quien destaca como productor de televisión.
Y Paul, de 53, chef y propietario del restaurante donde se desarrolló la serie de la familia, Wahlburgers. También ha actuado en algunas producciones.
Alto, fornido, famoso y muy guapo, además ganador de dos premios Oscar, así es Ben Affleck, de 45 años, quien aún provoca suspiros entre sus admiradoras, al igual que su ‘brother’ menor, Casey, de 42, quien también tiene un Oscar por su actuación en ‘Manchester Junto al Mar’.
Y ya entrados en el tema de los brothers guapos, ¿qué pero le ponen a los Wilson? Luke, Owen y Andrew; en esta familia también hay para todos los gustos.
Para las chicas que les gustan los rubios está Owen, de 48 años, quien con cintas como ‘Zoolander’ y ‘Media Noche en París’ ha conquistado muchos corazones.
Con una personalidad distinta, más de chico serio, está Luke, de 46 años, quien ganó adeptos desde que se unió a la batalla legal de la ‘chica rosa’ que interpretó Reese Witherspoon en’ Legalmente Rubia’.
Y el mayor, Andrew, de 53 años, un poco menos activo en cine, pero que este año protagoniza Time Trap.
Donnie Wahlberg Was Trying to Be ‘Low-Key’ During New Kids on the Block Shout-Outs in ‘It’ Movie
Wahlberg, 48, revealed that he caught the movie with his son and when NKOTB’s “Please Don’t Go Girl” song hit the screen, the two tried acting nonchalant about the whole thing.
“I looked over at him and he looked over at me and we don’t want to blow our cover either because it’s dad and son time,” Wahlberg told Us while sipping on his wife Jenny McCarthy’s newly launched ready-to-serve vodka cocktail, Blondies. “We are trying to be low-key. I don’t want to embarrass him, and fortunately no one heckled the New Kids stuff.”
Turns out Wahlberg’s son wasn’t embarrassed at all. In fact, he thought it was pretty cool.
“It was a really, really sweet moment,” Wahlberg admitted. “And the movie was scary as hell.”
It’s impressive Wahlberg found time to catch the flick since he’s juggling several different jobs. The actor just wrapped up the eighth season of his reality show, Wahlburgers, is continuing to make music with NKOTB and is gearing up for the next “heavy duty” season of Blue Bloods, in which he plays Det. Danny Reagan.
“Strangely I had to shoot it while I was on tour with New Kids on the Block,” the Boston native explained. “The first day of shooting was this incredibly emotional scene where Danny has to emote and the tour bus drove down from Connecticut, pulled up next to the makeup trailer. I got off and shot this incredibly emotional scene, got back on the bus and drove to my next concert in Long Island and kept going.”
Blue Bloods airs on on CBS Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.
Donnie Wahlberg Surprises Fan With a FaceTime Call — See the Awesome Moment!
By8:15 PM PDT, August 3, 2017
Quickfire with New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg
The singer and actor on pickle juice, politics and positivity
Donnie Wahlberg wants to talk some sense into US politicians
Guilty pleasure? Watching The Real Housewives with my wife [actress Jenny McCarthy]. We’ve just got into Ladies of London.
Who would play you in a movie of your life? My brother Mark [Wahlberg].
Where is home? Spread between Boston, New York and just outside Chicago, where we spend most of our time.
Career plan B? Police officer.
Biggest bugbear? The dishonesty of politicians in the US right now.
As a child you wanted to be… A professional baseball player.
Earliest memory? Playing with a car on the kitchen floor in Boston while drinking Kool-Aid.
Your best quality? My positive attitude – I try to stay grateful.
And your worst? When I’m not being positive or grateful, I get crabby.
Last meal on earth? Fried chicken and fish and chips – with homemade chips – followed by chocolate-chip cookies and ice cream.
Dream dinner-party guests? James Corden, Beyoncé and the major politicians in the US. I’d ask James to make them laugh, Beyoncé to serenade them – and I’d try to talk some sense into them.
Advice to teenage self? Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be just fine.
Secret skill? Removing snow. As a child, I used to make money shovelling snow for my neighbours. Now I’m an adult, I wait for the snow with anticipation.
Starstruck moment? When I met my wife on a TV show in 2012. I felt very shy around her, but I think that worked to my advantage.
Career highlight? Re-forming New Kids on the Block in 2008.
Big break? Meeting the producer Maurice Starr [who created New Kids on the Block] and Mickey Rourke, who cast me in the 1996 film Bullet. I’d wanted to act for years.
Favourite tipple? A pickleback – a shot of Jameson whiskey followed by pickle juice.
Hangover cure? My wife has a secret hangover prevention remedy: if you drink the remedy while you’re drinking, you won’t get a hangover.
What did you have for breakfast today? A shake with chocolate protein powder, almond milk, peanut butter and half a banana.
Top of your bucket list? I’ve yet to jump out of an aeroplane.
Biggest inspiration? My mum and my children.
What makes your life better? Gratitude and a heated toilet seat.
Your idea of a perfect day? Waking up with my wife, then maybe going to the diner for breakfast – and not leaving her side the entire time.
Worst job you’ve ever done? I worked with my dad for two summers driving his truck. He was a bit grouchy.
Last film that made you cry? Moonlight.
Where would you time travel to? The 1950s. It seems like the last great time of innocence and great music.
First record you bought? Lost In Space by Jonzun Crew.
Favourite book? I have two: the autobiography of Malcolm X and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.
Biggest extravagance? I have a lot of expensive tennis shoes.
Biggest regret? I don’t have any – anything I regret I try to fix right away.
Style icon? US rapper Future.
Celebrity crush? I married her.
New Kids on the Block’s latest single ‘One More Night’ and EP Thankful are out now on Kobalt Music Recordings
Manchester Victims On Donnie Wahlberg’s Mind Ahead Of NKOTB Show In Dallas
May 23, 2017 12:28 PM
DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Tragedy struck a departing crowd at the Manchester Arena in Northern England Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert.
A suicide bomber took the lives of at least 22 people and injured 59 others, some of them children.
Tuesday night in Dallas, a New Kids On The Block show is set to take place at the American Airlines Center.
One of the members of the pop band, Donnie Wahlberg, took to Facebook Tuesday morning to express his feelings on the show tonight and the attack in Manchester.
“Heading back on tour today. Obviously, after the tragic events in (hashtag) Manchester, it’s with a heavy heart and lots on my mind. I found myself searching for the right words to say to the thousands planning on attending our concert in Dallas tonight – who suddenly have to consider things of far greater concern than the inconveniences of parking their cars.”
Heading back on tour today. Obviously, after the tragic events in#Manchester, it’s with a heavy heart and lots on my mind.
I found myself searching for the right words to say to the thousands planning on attending our concert in Dallas tonight – who suddenly have to consider things of far greater concern than the inconveniences of parking their cars. My thoughts kept bringing me back to a dance I shared with this young lady in New Orleans, a few nights back. She must have be…
Wahlberg then touched on a moment he shared with a young girl at a show in New Orleans a few nights ago. Wahlberg goes on to say that he danced with the young fan and described it as what music and concerts are all about.
“This moment/dance that I shared with her, and the thousands who witnessed it, was a moment of joy, energy, love, hope and freedom. That’s what music is. It’s what concerts are – a great expression of (hashtag) hope and (hashtag) freedom. Which is exactly why those with no #hope in their hearts, would choose to target them.”
“It is also exactly why we must carry on, and continue our ritual of gathering to celebrate our lives, loves, dreams, hopes and freedom. Those hopeless souls, who wish to spread misery and hatred by carrying out acts of terror, can only win by turning us into the same lost and hopeless souls that they are. They only win by killing our hope, and taking away our freedom, Whalberg said.
“Tonight, I will dance. I will dance, sing and celebrate. It will be with a heavy heart, and with thoughts of the victims and families in (hashtag) Manchester on my mind, but I will not be deterred. I hope that you won’t be deterred either. I hope that young people everywhere, much like the young lady in this picture and the millions of (hashtag) Arianators around the world, will continue to celebrate their freedom – and continue to find hope through music. We need (hashtag) hope now more than ever, and our (hashtag) freedom can only be sustained by honoring it – every day of our lives.”