New Drama, Friday 10-11PM, CBS

By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated September 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

New Drama, Top 5 pick

What’s it about
Blue Bloods follows a New York clan full of crime fighters — police commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), his loose-cannon detective son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), moral-center assistant-DA daughter Erin (Six Degrees‘ Bridget Moynahan), and Harvard Law student-turned-cop Jamie (Reunion‘s Will Estes), who learns that not everyone on the NYPD (including, possibly, dear old Dad) is on the right side of the law.

Why Tom Selleck thinks you should watch
”To me, it’s a show about three generations of cops,” says the 65-year-old actor. ”Whatever the case is, it’s about the impact it has on the family. In most shows, to personalize the cops isn’t a main element, but it is with us.” That means taking their work home with them, as with the climactic dinner showdown in the pilot between Danny and Erin about the use of excessive force. ”People said you can’t have a nine-page dinner scene,” says exec producer Robin Green with a laugh, ”but we could’ve gone longer. I loved it.”

Can Magnum save Friday night TV?
”When we started Magnum, Thursday night was one of the lowest viewing nights of the week, and I got the same question,” says Selleck. ”And you know what’s happened to Thursday night — it’s the biggest night on TV. I know there aren’t as many TV sets on on Friday nights, but I think if you build it, they will come.” And exec producer Mitch Burgess warns that we should not underestimate the power of the Man With the Mustache: ”Tom’s an icon. Just being on the street with him, you can see it, the way people react. Tom brings an audience of millions.”

Tom Selleck: A handsome career
1980 Becomes a sex symbol after landing a breakout role as Magnum P.I.
1987 Scores a big-screen hit with Three Men and a Baby
1996 Begins his run as Monica’s dream man on Friends
1999 Spars with Rosie O’Donnell over gun control
2005 Restarts his career (again) with the Jesse Stone TV-movie franchise on CBS