'Blue Bloods' is a New York Show... Or So They Say

One of the more overused cliches spilled by panelists at the press tour is that a show's locale is like another character on the show. Why is it cliche? Because those producers are only right half the time; they may shoot a show on location, but for some reason the location doesn't seem to come into play in the show's action at all. In fact, the show could be shot anywhere and it would feel the same.

Both the producers of 'Hawaii Five-O' and Tom Selleck in 'Blue Bloods' mentioned that their respective locales are characters in their shows. But, while you could feel the Hawaiian vibe in 'Five-O,' the New York in the 'Blue Bloods' pilot felt weirdly sanitized, even though the show was shot there.

One of the things that did it for me was the fact that Selleck's character, New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, is called the police chief. It's a small thing, but one that grates on an east coaster like myself.

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