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The Transformation Of Sami Gayle From Childhood To Blue Bloods – TK

CBS’s popular police procedural drama “Blue Bloods” is gearing up for Season 12. The long-running show centers on the Reagan family, which consists of several members of the New York Police Department. The grandfather Frank (Tom Selleck) is the Police Commissioner, his daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney, and two of his sons, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes), serve as an NYPD detective and sergeant, respectively.

Another main cast member who isn’t part of the police force is Nicky, the daughter of Erin and her ex-husband Jack Boyle (Peter Hermann). The actor who plays Nicky, Sami Gayle, has basically grown up on the show — she joined at the age of 14. Though fans are concerned about Nicky’s future and whether she’ll appear in Season 12, Nicky has still earned a spot in the hearts of “Blue Bloods” fans. Gayle has also earned plenty of fans in her own right, both on the screen as well as the stage. Here’s a look at her transformation from her childhood to her role on “Blue Bloods.”

Sami Gayle got her start on the stage

Gayle landed her breakout role as Baby June in the 2007 off-Broadway production of “Gypsy” starring theater legend Patti LuPone. In an interview with Schon! Magazine, Gayle explained how her brother was the one who actually found her the role after she wasn’t able to take a different part due to conflicts with his bar mitzvah. “My brother discovered that they were auditioning for Gypsy with Patti LuPone and we asked my parents if I could go onto an open call,” she said. “I made it through, without ever having sung or acted before and played Baby June in the off-Broadway production, which was soon moved to Broadway.”

In 2007, Gayle starred in the Broadway production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” as Annie Who (via Playbill). She was also in plays titled “Oohrah!” and “Family Week,” the latter of which received a less-than-favorable review by Variety. Despite overall lackluster receptions, Gayle’s impressive performances allowed her to transition to the screen soon after her Broadway debut.

Sami Gayle is a dancer

Though Gayle earned recognition for her acting chops early on, she originally set out to be a dancer. According to Refinery29, Gayle attended the prolific dance school Steps on Broadway from the age of 11. She was first recognized in one of her dance classes and was offered a role on the spot, though she had to turn it down due to the aforementioned bar mitzvah conflicts (via Schon! Magazine).

She went on to describe her work ethic to the latter publication, saying, “I started my career as a dancer, I never really considered acting. I loved dance, I would spend four or five hours a night after school from the time I was six to ten, so it was from a young age that I had that kind of work ethic ingrained in me.” And while Gayle hasn’t quite made a big return to the stage yet, she has shown off her dance skills plenty of times on Instagram.

Gayle was in a popular soap opera

It may come as a shock to know that Gayle was only in one TV show before she landed her breakout role on “Blue Bloods.” The popular soap opera “As the World Turns” served as the introduction to plenty of big-name stars’ careers during its decades-long run; Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, and even James Earl Jones are among the dozens of stars who have graced “As the World Turns” with their talents (via ABC News).

Gayle is among those who cut their teeth on the soap opera soundstage. At the age of 13, she appeared in three episodes of “As the World Turns” as Hayden Lawson, a teenage beauty pageant contestant. The fact that she didn’t have a mile-long resume before landing a regular starring role on CBS is a testament to her natural talent, and she’s sure to have a long and successful career ahead of her.

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The Jamie Storyline Will Estes Wants To See More Of On Blue Bloods – TK

“Blue Bloods” is the popular CBS cop drama starring Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, and Will Estes, among many other talented actors. In addition to being a cop drama, it’s also a family drama about the Reagan family, who just happen to have law enforcement in their blood. It’s ranked consistently well on sites like IMDb and seems to be adored by its fans. Season 13 hasn’t been announced quite yet, but ratings are high and social media is still buzzing about the show, so it’s highly likely that a new season is in the works.

The actors on the show also seem to be planning ahead for the next season. As a matter of fact, Estes (who plays Jamie Reagan on the show) did an interview last fall about what he wants to see for his character in the future. He plays a street cop on the show who has to struggle with some interesting situations at times. And he’s eager to keep things edgy going forward.

Estes wants to explore more of his character’s moral grey area

Estes sat down with The Nerds of Color for an interview back in September in anticipation of the Season 12 debut. One of the first questions his interviewer asked revolved around what storylines Estes would like to explore in his role as Sergeant Jamie Reagan. And he had an intriguing answer ready to go, all about the “grey areas” of his storylines so far.

Estes revealed he likes “seeing Jamie in challenging situations,” and wants more of them. He is proud of the show’s ability to “shine light on parts of us or our society that are difficult to look at,” especially now with the public outcry for police reform gaining momentum (via The New York Times). After all, it’s not like cop dramas exist in a vacuum; According to How Stuff Works, there’s now more evidence than ever that most people’s knowledge of the criminal justice system and policing comes from cop shows.

So if Estes gets his way, “Blue Bloods” may pivot to showing a more accurate portrayal of how law enforcement works in the real world. And it’ll be interesting to see how audiences react to that.

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The Saddest Moment In Blue Bloods Season 4 – TK

When you watch a series for over a decade that focuses on the darker themes of humanity, there will inevitably be unbearably sad moments. For a series like “Blue Bloods,” those sad moments feel like they happen in every episode. Each character faces people in their jobs daily who need help.

In Season 4, those moments tend to hit hard as they become more personal for each. For example, Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) comes face to face with a mother (Karen Allen) who is grieving over her daughter murdered years before, believing the killer is still at large. Elsewhere, Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) gets pulled into a kidnapping case that brings the father of a girl kidnapped seven years prior out to beg for his help again. Both instances show the writers’ expert ability to make you feel what the characters feel — the grief of the two parents, the empathy of the Reagans, and the knowledge of the agony those parents felt for years.

By the end of each episode, the Reagans typically find a way to rectify the situation and bring peace to those in pain. However, in one episode, despite how hard they try, one Reagan cannot help someone, and the gravity of the situation hits hard. Here is the saddest moment in Season 4 of “Blue Bloods.”

A lesson in futility

Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) may be the purest of the Reagans. He is steadfast in his duty, has an optimism about the difference he can make in his community, and usually follows the rules to the letter. He may also have the biggest heart, often attempting to go above and beyond for many people he encounters on the street.

In Season 4, Episode 5, “Lost and Found,” Jamie and his partner Eddie (Vanessa Ray) go undercover in a jewelry store that has seen a lot of illegal activity. A man takes the store hostage when the store can’t give him a cash refund for a custom ring. As Jamie tries to talk him down, he discovers the man’s fiancée left him; he is at his breaking point. Jamie ultimately talks him down and convinces him to let everyone go, not realizing Jamie is a cop. After making the arrest, Jamie makes a case for Erin (Bridget Moynahan) to give him the benefit of the doubt. Later, Jamie is devastated when the man hangs himself in his cell.

The sadness of this episode is partly the man’s story, as his heartbreak and grief drove him to extreme measures when he had no history of violence or criminal behavior. It is also the moment you see a little optimism leave Jamie. This is a moment when he realizes he can’t save everyone. It’s the first moment you see Jamie Reagan understand the occasional futility of his job.

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Tom Selleck Thinks This Is The Most Important Part Of Blue Bloods Family Dinners – TK

“Blue Bloods” is a show about law enforcement, a show about the justice system, and a show about politics. But at its core, it is a show about family. While Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and his three children, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Erin (Bridget Moynahan), and Jamie (Will Estes), navigate their jobs in the city of New York, some of the more poignant scenes see them navigating their family life as well.

Most of the best scenes in each episode involve one or more Reagan working together, whether it is Frank attempting to impress his decades of police wisdom onto his youngest son, Jamie, or Danny and Erin arguing over the arrest of a criminal. Their work on the job allows the potent familial relationships to seep into every scene from episode to episode.

The Reagan family dinners are used effectively as a tool to further the show’s narrative. Every episode sees the cast sit down at a weekly dinner, putting family first and bonding over life and experience. While these scenes are undoubtedly crucial to the show’s growth and that of its characters, Tom Selleck revealed in an interview that there’s a certain part of these dinners that stands out as the most important.

Family isn’t pretty

Family isn’t always colorful rainbows and flowerbeds, as no one needs to remind you that arguments among family members are bound to happen. These arguments are what Tom Selleck believes make up the most important Reagan dinner scenes, namely the ones that show the debates the family has.

He sat down with Parade to discuss Season 12 of “Blue Bloods,” the “Jesse Stone” TV movie franchise, and his upcoming memoir. “The complications of family are endless. In a family where so many are tied to the business, even Frank’s father has his own opinions,” he said. “What is most important in family dinner is it’s not ‘Kumbaya’; it’s the disagreements.”

The importance of a series like “Blue Bloods” is that it documents the disagreements. These are not simply arguments between family members; they represent social commentary on law enforcement and justice. While Danny bleeds blue and the family is deeply entrenched in the NYPD, debates with the more progressive Erin, Nicky (Sami Gayle), and Jamie keep the series from entering into a one-sided presentation of law enforcement. Instead, these dinner scenes keep a firm footing in bringing to light the issues we face in the real world.

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The Worst Storyline In Blue Bloods Season 1 – TK

“Blue Bloods” has gone strong on CBS for over a decade. There’s a seemingly limitless number of stories you can tell with the Reagan family, led by patriarch Frank (Tom Selleck). Many of the other Reagans have entrenched themselves within New York City law enforcement, so they’re all hard at work keeping the streets safe while still finding the time to have dinner with one another every Sunday night.

With hundreds of episodes under its belt, it’s safe to say the Reagans have witnessed every kind of crime imaginable. They’ve stopped drug dealers and investigated murders, all while keeping their composures and maintaining level heads. In many instances, these crimes pull viewers in, taking you to the seedy underbelly of New York along the way, but not every case can be a winner. Over the years, even “Blue Bloods” has had some misses, even early in the show’s run. In particular, there’s a Season 1 episode that most fans probably skip on rewatches

Fans don’t care for the Season 1 episode, ‘Model Behavior’

“Blue Bloods” has enjoyed relative critical acclaim throughout its run, but that’s not without a few dimmer spots. Based on IMDb ratings, the worst episode of Season 1, with a ranking of 7.2 stars out of 10 with 389 votes total, is “Model Behavior.” To be fair, a 7.2/10 isn’t bad by any metrics; it’s still a solid C-, but it’s a noticeable dip compared to a decently strong opening season.

In this episode, the Reagans get wrapped up in the drama of the modeling world when several models collapse during a fashion show. It’s up to Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jackie (Jennifer Esposito) to figure out who’s behind the poisoning. While all that’s happening, there’s a B story involving the Reagan family priest being accused of improper conduct and facing relocation to another country.

One review from IMDb sums up many viewers’ frustrations with the episode: “Though adequate in structure, we have come to expect a lot more from this excellent series.” The review goes on to mention how the Reagans always manage to find themselves at the center of practically every crime in New York, which requires some suspension of disbelief. Plus, a poisoning at a fashion show seems a bit extravagant for the show, which had stayed relatively grounded with street-level crimes until that point. It sounds as if it was a bit too much too soon, but if you look through the ratings, you’ll find plenty of people have given the episode high reviews, as well.

It’s all a matter of personal preference, but when looking at “Blue Bloods” Season 1 as a whole, “Model Behavior” drags the series down a peg.

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Why Nicky Has Blue Bloods Fans So Divided – TK

“Blue Bloods” has been on the air since September 2010, which means fans of the show have had plenty of time to formulate strong opinions about its characters. Fortunately for it, the CBS procedural isn’t lacking when it comes to memorable figures. The series focuses on a family of law enforcement officials and features a strong ensemble cast of characters, all of whom work within the same field but bring their own unique personalities and perspectives to it. Taking that into account, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that “Blue Bloods” fans continue to discuss and engage in online debates about who their favorite characters are on the show.

That said, no “Blue Bloods” character has earned quite the same kind of overwhelmingly negative responses from fans that Nicky Reagan-Boyle (Sami Gayle) has. As a matter of fact, Nicky, who is the daughter of Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) and Jack Boyle (Peter Hermann), has previously been deemed the worst “Blue Bloods” character by the show’s fans on Reddit.

However, it looks like there are some “Blue Bloods” fans out there who feel conflicted about all the negative discussions their fellow viewers have engaged in over the years about Nicky.

Blue Bloods fans are tired of the constant Nicky hate

On the official “Blue Bloods” subreddit, u/SpaceMyopia posted a meme poking fun at the constant negative comments fans of the show make online about Sami Gayle’s Nicky. The post earned a wide number of responses, with many other “Blue Bloods” fans chiming in to either agree with the post’s original sentiment or to share their thoughts on Nicky’s place within the show.

Based on the thread’s comments, it looks like some “Blue Bloods” viewers may not feel quite as negatively about Nicky as many of their fellow fans do. For instance, in response to the post’s original meme, u/TheFantasticXman1 wrote, “I don’t hate Nicky at all. Don’t particularly love her either, but she’s not that bad.” In the same Reddit thread, u/VLC31 admitted, “I don’t understand all the Nicky hate. All the characters can be pains at different times but I don’t find her to be any worse than anyone else.”

Elsewhere, u/Navitach wrote, “I am getting a bit tired of the Nicky bashing here. I know a lot of people don’t like her, and I’m sure there will continue to be posts and comments saying as much. But, as I mentioned, since she left the show, there’s really not much reason to even think about her.” Combined, the thread’s various comments suggest that there are many “Blue Bloods” fans out there who are genuinely confused by just how intensely so many of their fellow viewers dislike Nicky.

Of course, considering how passionate and dedicated the “Blue Bloods” fanbase is, it seems more likely than not that conversations about Nicky will continue to be had online. Whether or not those conversations continue to be as overwhelmingly negative as they have been up to this point, however, remains to be seen.

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The Danny Reagan Scene On Blue Bloods That Went Too Far – TK

On the surface, the Reagan family is much like any other. They are a tight familial unit that still holds traditional Sunday dinners together. They just also happen to have significant ties to New York City law enforcement. Now in its 12th season, “Blue Bloods” has consistently pulled in millions of viewers interested in seeing the Reagan family break bread at the dinner table and break criminals in the hunt for justice (via Deadline). Despite their best efforts on both fronts, the Reagan clan isn’t always perfect, and this is especially true with hotheaded elder brother Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg).

While his temper and detective work have made for some exciting TV, Danny’s actions are also very questionable. As fans have pointed out on Reddit, he performs numerous NYPD rule-breaking and civil rights violations with suspects, and we can’t entirely ignore the fact that Danny still has a job despite his staggering kill count. The detective even bothers some fans with the way he holds his weapon. Still, during a Season 2 scene in which his wife and children are put in danger, Danny may have truly gone too far.

Danny’s children are nearly hit thanks to crossfire

Danny Reagan is used to dealing with the worst that New York City crime has to offer, which probably means the detective has had his fair share of bullets whizz past him. But what happens when a shootout between him and a suspect puts his wife and children in the crossfire? Season 2, Episode 12, “The Job,” explores this idea, as Danny’s vehicle hits another man on the run during a nightly drive with his family. When Danny checks on the man he hits, a masked shooter tells him to step away. Danny pulls out a hidden gun from an ankle holster and yells that he’s with the police. A shootout happens with the masked shooter wounded but escaping. However, Danny’s children are left terrified of the gunfire that nearly hits them.

It’s already debatable if Danny handles engaging the masked assailant properly, especially with his family in tow. However, the following scene shows that Danny clearly cannot read the room at times, despite being such a great detective. His family is traumatized by the experience, yet this doesn’t stop him from entering full cop mode and immediately detailing to them how and why he’ll be able to find the suspect. That would be fine if he were talking to anyone at the precinct or other law working members of the Reagan clan. Instead, he’s talking to his wife Linda (Amy Carlson) and his two children, who have a bullet nearly hit them. In the moment, they need a reassuring husband and father instead of an officer. Unfortunately, Danny seems to also have a habit of traumatizing family members, such as when he accidentally shows his niece a dead body.

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Why Blue Bloods Season 12 Episode 19 Doesn’t Sit Right With Some Fans – TK

“Blue Bloods,” the hit CBS police procedural series following the Reagan family and their lives as members of the New York Police Department, is still going strong even after all these years. The show just wrapped up Season 12 and is showing no signs of slowing down, with a 13th season already in the works. Likewise, the show’s fan base is just as devoted as ever, with many eagerly watching each new installment to see the latest developments and storylines for their favorite characters.

Unfortunately, one of the most recent episodes — specifically Season 12, Episode 19, titled “Tangled Up in Blue” — didn’t sit right with some “Blue Bloods” devotees. The episode was set up just as any other typical outing for the show, featuring several concurrent plots for Jamie, Frank, Henry, and Erin, and didn’t really deviate from the norm on its face. However, the handling of a certain few elements embedded within the episode was enough to rub some fans the wrong way and leave them with an overall negative impression of the installment.

Tangled Up in Blue had strange plot threads

“Tangled Up in Blue” fittingly saw several members of the Reagan family tangled up in some sticky situations. Jamie gets into hot water when he attends a party and unknowingly consumes refreshments laced with drugs, Frank and Henry butt heads over health issues, and Erin contends with a stalker. However, some viewers felt that elements of these storylines were handled poorly.

On a recently posted discussion thread on the r/bluebloods subreddit, u/axarce argued that the episode had some strange writing choices, such as how no one was arrested in Jamie’s storyline for lacing the food with drugs, how Frank acted very out of character when it came to his issues with Henry, and how Erin’s stalker had a bizarre ability to escape harrowing situations completely unscathed.

Other users validated the user’s sentiments. “Yeah a lot of weird writing choices,” u/2Blitz commented. “Feels like a huge chunk of the episode was missing too. Super rushed. They need to chill with the multiple storylines if they cant [sic] fit it within the runtime.”

While this perceived dip in writing quality may be worrisome for some fans, the series has definitely had spotty moments before and has always pushed past them to get back to its usual level of quality. Hopefully, the strange writing decisions made in this particular “Blue Bloods” episode were nothing more than an odd fluke.

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The Best Storyline In Blue Bloods Season 5 – TK

As with any TV series, multiple storylines happen simultaneously. There are short, episodic storylines that take place within one episode, and then the overarching storylines run congruently over numerous episodes or multiple seasons. For a show like “Blue Bloods,” throughout its 12-season (and counting) run, you can find both of those in droves.

While each character faces their own conflict or investigation in most episodes, Season 5 hit the ground running with hard-hitting themes from the start. The premiere saw a lieutenant’s actions causing backlash when he mishandled an incident involving mental illness. Episode 2 dealt with the “blue wall of silence” as Jamie (Will Estes) stands up for a police officer ostracized for speaking out against a fellow officer. Episode 3 dealt with homosexuality and two detectives conflicting over the topic. Episode 4 dealt with police brutality, as a suspect gets injured while Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) pursues him through a building.

With an audience score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, there was a lot to love about the storylines presented over the 22-episode season. However, what was the best storyline audiences saw through Season 5?

Linda ended the season on a gurney

In every season of “Blue Bloods,” there are multiple choices for the best storyline. In Season 5, some of the options are Frank (Tom Selleck) attempting to put away a cop-killer who murdered one of his father’s (Len Cariou) colleagues years before, Jenko (Vanessa Ray) getting kidnapped in response to Jamie intervening in a domestic dispute, or Erin (Bridget Moynahan) attacked in a biker gang’s plot for retribution.

However, all of those were overshadowed by a last-second moment that left fans floored. In the finale of Season 5, “The Art of War,” Linda (Amy Carlson) is working to keep a colleague’s son safe from gangs when he is forced to kill a witness in a hospital bed. He shoots the witness and flees; Linda and the doctors jump into action to tend to his wounds. When he is pronounced dead, and they all stop to take a breath, they finally see Linda caught a stray bullet.

In her review, Sheila J on Rotten Tomatoes commented, “Linda getting shot brought us to our knees.” Meanwhile, on Reddit, u/Robotic_Jay13 commented, “I just saw the final 2 episodes of season 5 and wow it was amazing. It somehow got to me during this one scene.”

The Reagan family goes through a lot, and more than one have been shot. But having a member of the family not on the job and still being shot hit different — an unexpected moment of terror for fans watching it go down.

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Donnie Wahlberg Had Blue Bloods Fans Flipping Out Over This Behind-The-Scenes Moment – TK

“Blue Bloods” fans are incredibly loyal to the Friday night police procedural. They love the close connection between the Reagan siblings, adore the way the show goes about explaining the crimes at hand and then bringing the criminals in question to justice, and enjoy the various relationships the Reagans try to foster with the cast of engaging supporting players.

One of the show’s most well-known faces is that of Donnie Wahlberg, who portrays the driven and loyal Danny Reagan on the program. The actor often takes the time to interact with fans of the show on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the “Blue Bloods” faithful seem to love this personal approach. One particular recent post the actor made to his social media captured a fun behind-the-scenes moment that had fans of both the show and one of Wahlberg’s old projects in a lather of excitement. What did Wahlberg post to hype up his fanbase?

Bridget Moynahan’s New Kids on the Block shirt thrilled fans

On March 20, 2022, Donnie Wahlberg shared a video on his Instagram account of a dress rehearsal for a Reagan family Sunday dinner on the “Blue Bloods” set. In the post, co-star Bridget Moynahan, who plays Erin Reagan, can be seen sporting a New Kids on the Block tee-shirt. Wahlberg, naturally, rocketed to fame as part of the boy band in the late 1980s. In the video, Moynahan cheerfully dances and mugs for the camera as Wahlberg films her, with the camera eventually panning to an amused Tom Selleck (who plays Frank Regan) looking on nearby. The audio on the post has been replaced by music from the band AC/DC.

“Not sure it gets more epic than @bridgetmoynahan wearing @nkotb t shirt to #family #sunday #dinner scene — but #ACDC def made it more epic!” Wahlberg captioned the video.

Fans commenting on Wahlberg’s post loved this little tidbit of behind-the-scenes tomfoolery, as well as Moynahan’s support for her colleague’s band. “That’s my girl!! Of course she does. She knows what’s cool!” said lastuntgal. “Family scenes are my favorite, looks like you guys have even more fun making them,” remarked nedakiss. And michelekastler ultimately spoke for many when they said, “Bridget wins the internet today!!!”

Of course, some fans also really wanted to know where they could get the shirt. “You know @donniewahlberg everyone is going to want to know where @bridgetmoynahan got her shirt from!!” said lexipie81.

Wahlberg has referenced New Kids on the Block on Blue Bloods before

While the tee-shirt clearly won’t be making it onto “Blue Bloods” itself, Bridget Moynahan isn’t the only “Blue Bloods” cast member to make a notable New Kids on the Block reference. Donnie Wahlberg himself occasionally slips dialogue about his boy band past into the series’ scripts while in character as Danny.

“The first season I snuck a New Kids On The Block [song] title in every episode … So I would tell, like Bridget’s character, ‘Hey, hang tough’ and ‘Call It What You Want,’ ‘Step by Step’ … I was speaking in song titles pretty much every episode and nobody was really catching it because of the way I did it. But my music fans and the [NKOTB] fans definitely were catching it. And every week they would hashtag whatever the song title was,” the actor told Showbiz Cheat Sheet in 2019.

There have also been other brief references to the actor’s musical career on the show, such as a moment where Danny is invited to participate in a night of karaoke during the Season 12 premiere, but never performs onscreen. The actor’s bandmate, Jordan Knight, also had a brief cameo on the program as a criminal in the Season 1 episode “Model Behavior.” According to Wahlberg’s Showbiz Cheat Sheet interview, he’s looking to get other members of his band on the show in due time.

And two of Wahlberg’s “Blue Bloods” co-stars – Vanessa Ray, who plays Eddie Janko, and Marisa Ramirez, who plays Maria Baez — returned the favor, appearing in New Kids on the Block’s music video for their 2022 single “Bring Back the Time” (per YouTube).