‘Blue Bloods’ Renewed as Stars, Producers Take 25 Percent Pay Cut
The stars and producers of Blue Bloods are going to see less green.
CBS has renewed the venerable cop drama for its 14th season after the cast and producers agreed to take what sources described as a 25 percent pay cut.
Sources close to the Tom Selleck production say the stars and key producers all agreed to the pay reduction in order to keep the Friday night cop drama running and keep the hundreds of production staffers employed for another season.
With the renewal, Blue Bloods becomes CBS’ second-longest-running current scripted series as NCIS: Los Angeles is ending this season after 14 seasons. Only the flagship NCIS series, which was recently renewed for its 21st season, has aired longer than Blue Bloods.
“Blue Bloods has dominated Friday nights since its premiere and remained an important anchor for CBS’ winning lineup,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS Entertainment president. “Led by the outstanding Tom Selleck, and an incredible cast and creative team, viewers continue to embrace the Reagans, their law enforcement family, and the series’ dramatic storytelling. We can’t wait to pull a chair up to the Reagan family dinner table for another fantastic season.”
Produced in-house at CBS Studios, Blue Bloods has been a cash cow for Paramount Global, thanks in part to rich syndication and international deals. The drama remains one of CBS’ most watched originals and anchors its Friday night primetime lineup. The show is broadcast’s No. 3 drama in total viewers, averaging more than 9.5 million per episode. With delayed viewing, that number grows to top 11 million.
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