“Blue Bloods” has become one of the most popular police procedurals on television during the previous decade and a half. The show is quickly reaching its 15th season, putting it in the company of “CSI,” “Cr1minal Minds,” and “Law & Order” as the longest-running cop shows.
Of course, what distinguishes “Blue Bloods” is its ensemble of people and the various perspectives on the New York judicial system.
The patriarch’s (Tom Selleck’s) voice as the police commissioner covers the political side of the job; Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) covers the detective side of the job, Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) covers the beat-walking as a patrol officer, and Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) holds down the fort in the District Attorney’s office.
Aside from the unusual method of exposing the various perspectives of the law enforcement community, the series requires a platform to present and discuss those opinions, which their family meals give.
Almost every episode features the Reagan family sitting around a family dinner table debating topics while being fed some hopefully tasty cuisine.
If that seems like a fun time, Tom Selleck put it to rest when he told CBS (via CinemaBlend), “We embrace family dinner; the only problem is it takes 6 to 8 hours, and you just have to keep eating the same old food.”
Bridget Moynahan expressed a similar sentiment when discussing one of her experiences while filming the dinner scene. According to the actor, she was forced to consume a dreadful mix of cuisines in one early scene.
She was compelled to eat a calzone with moo-shu pork.
Bridget Moynahan claimed on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in 2022 that when she read the pilot episode script, she had no clue the show would go for 12 seasons.
Ryan asked her if there was anything she didn’t want to eat after confessing that he always wanted to have the family dinner. The actress didn’t waste any time in announcing that she had to eat a rather horrible fusion of cuisines.
“Once upon a time, they served a moo-shu pork calzone, which I had never heard of.” “I had to eat it every time because I had to talk about it on screen,” she explained. “And because it was early in the series, the dinner scenes took about four hours to film.”
So it was four hours of eating a calzone with moo-shu pork.” If you think that sounds rough, Erin Reagan would agree: “That was not good, and I will never do that again.” I’m not sure who came up with the idea of a moo-shu pork calzone. You should not mix the two.”
Fusion cuisine is nothing new, and if you want to try with new delicacies, New York City is the place to be. However, pairing Chinese moo-shu pork with an Italian calzone is a risk that can pay off. Of course, the strange invention was intriguing enough to appeal to the culinary staff on “Blue Bloods,” but not to Moynahan.