Are you wondering which beloved characters will not return in Blue Bloods Season 14? If yes, then continue reading to find out more.
After seeing the cliffhanger of the previous season, fans are anxiously anticipating the return of the acclaimed series in order to learn what lies next for members of the fictional Reagan family! But, amidst all the rising excitement, there’s one burning question on everyone’s minds: “Who won’t be back to grace our television screens for Blue Bloods Season 14?” This is a crucial concern of the fans that needs to be addressed, as the show has been well-known for shining character departures that usually leave the audience surprised!
So, if you want to know in advance which characters might not return in the new chapter, don’t worry. You have reached the right spot! For your convenience, we have listed down all the details that might have affected the cast members’ direct departure from the show, as networks are considering major budget cuts as a direct result of the delays caused by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that will put the series for another season, but at the expense of a delayed release with some major cast shake-up! For your convenience, we have listed five characters who might not return:
Treat Williams as Lenny Ross
This one is critical to address since. Regrettably, Treat Williams will not be returning for the upcoming season as the actor died on June 12 from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident. Williams played retired detective-turned-writer Lenny Ross in the series. Upon his death, Williams’ Blue Bloods co-stars honored the actor, with Bridget Moynahan telling PEOPLE, “His love and devotion to his family was one for all to admire. We lost a good one, folks. RIP Treat.”
Jennifer Esposito as Jackie Curatola
Her character surprisingly returned in the season 13 finale, rekindling the chemistry between Danny and Jackie after her departure in the third season. Fans were thrilled to see Jackie back on the show, but there are no whispers of her return in season 14. Despite this, fans can’t entirely rule out Esposito returning as Jackie again, hoping to see her return in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see because as of 2023, Jackie is a Police Chief in a small town in the series.
Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle
Throughout the first ten seasons, Sami Gayle was a staple. However, as time passed and Nicky headed to college, her screen time dwindled, and she featured in only one episode last season. As a result, there is a chance Nicky will return next season. Gayle’s departure coincided with the start of her collegiate career, which curtailed her appearances. Now that she has graduated and has returned to New York, the creators may bring her back more regularly.
Tony Terraciano as Jack Reagan
Due to his college education and class schedule, Tony Terraciano has been written off in recent seasons. In season 9, his position in the show began to dwindle, and he only featured in a few episodes. Due to this, it is doubtful whether Jack will return. Regardless, it is hoped that at least one episode featuring Jack will run next season. However, the production schedule and the writers’ ability to bring Jack back in season 14 are both in doubt.
Lauren Patten as Rachel Witten
Rachel Witten was a recurring character, but she left the force due to stress and mental anguish in season 12. Her leaving plotline was powerful, as it helped to demonstrate how society’s perceptions of police officers can influence policemen. However, her appearance as a social worker in the fourteenth episode, “Collision Course,” in season 13 was a pleasant surprise. Since then, there has been no prospect of another Rachel comeback in the future.
The fans will have to wait for more updates about this character’s return.
Blue Bloods Season 14 Release Date: When is it expected to return on CBS?
Even though the previously released 2023–24 fall schedule indicated that the new season would make its official return sometime around the fall season, September 2023 is the ideal release window! But sadly, since then, things seem to have taken a wide turn, which was quite unexpected! With the emergence of the 2023 WGA strike, which is resolved now, along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which is still ongoing. The networks decided to shift the entirety of their fall schedule until next year, which will be ideal to avoid any further delays in production.
As a result, Blue Bloods Season 14 will be skipping the 2023–24 fall premiere and eventually premiere sometime around 2024, maybe the first quarter of the next year (January–March). It’s only a matter of time before the modified broadcast schedule becomes known to the viewers. In addition to this, the network recently released a revised lineup, in which Blue Bloods Classic Episodes have been mentioned to fill the void of the lack of shows that have been shifted. The episodes started airing on Friday, September 29, 2023, as a bonus for the lack of Blue Bloods content.
Take a look at the official newly revised 2023-24 fall schedule below:
Mark your calendars! 🗓 The CBS Fall Premiere dates have been set! 🍂 pic.twitter.com/BbLDZ5V2e7
— CBS (@CBS) August 3, 2023
Blue Bloods Season 14 Plot: What to expect from the new season?
The show follows a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan is the New York Police Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan Brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son, Danny, a seasoned detective, family man, and Iraq War vet who, on occasion, uses dubious tactics to solve cases with his partner, Detective Maria Baez.
The Reagan women in the family include Erin, a New York Assistant D.A. who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father, as well as a single parent to her teenage daughter, Nicky. Jamie is the youngest Reagan, a Harvard Law graduate, and the family’s “golden boy.” Unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and follow in the family’s footsteps as a cop. He’s found a friend and ally in Eddie, his female partner who keeps him on his toes and has very different reasons than the Reagans for joining the police force.
Warning: The following passage contains major spoilers. So, if you don’t want to know all the crucial details in case you have already streamed the show, then we urge you to skip this section!
Right now, it is far too early to predict future storylines! But on the bright side, one thing is pretty certain the new season is likely to maintain the show’s core by picking up the plot from the finale episode, “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” which followed Danny’s reunited with his old partner Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito), now a Chief of Police with Suffolk County when they and Baez suspect a copycat killer of emulating previous murders. However, Dr. Walker is revealed to be back killing women under an alternate persona known as Jeremy.
He attacks Jackie at her home. But though she fights him off, he escapes before Danny and Baez can apprehend him. Meanwhile, Frank learns of a plan by Mayor Chase to put homeless people in handcuffs in order to get them into shelters.
They go back and forth over the plan, culminating in Chase blackmailing Frank after his detail is confronted by a homeless man. Archbishop Kearns scolds Chase before convincing the two to find common ground. Also, Jamie apprehends Tyler Green, a man who had committed criminal assault but was cut a deal by the DA’s office when he reverts to his old ways. He and Eddie work together with Erin to bring the man to justice once and for all, and after the case is closed, Erin announces to the press that she has decided not to run for District Attorney after all.
Blue Bloods Season 14 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
The main cast members who are expected to return are as follows Tom Selleck as New York City Police Commissioner Francis “Frank” Reagan, Donnie Wahlberg as Detective 1st Grade Daniel “Danny” Reagan, Bridget Moynahan as DDA Erin Reagan, Will Estes as Sergeant Jamison “Jamie” Reagan, Len Cariou as former NYPD Commissioner Henry Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Detective 1st Grade Maria Baez, and Vanessa Ray as Officer Edit “Eddie” Janko-Reagan.
The recurring cast includes Abigail Hawk as Detective 1st Grade Abigail Baker, Gregory Jbara as Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Garrett Moore, Robert Clohessy as Lieutenant Sidney “Sid” Gormley, Steve Schirripa as DA Investigator Anthony Abetemarco, Will Hochman as Detective 3rd Grade Joseph “Joe” Hill, Andrew Terraciano as Sean Reagan, Roslyn Ruff as D.A. Kimberly “Kim” Crawford, Ian Quinlan as Officer Luis Badillo, and Stacy Keach as Archbishop Kevin Kearns.
The other cast members in the show include Peter Hermann as Jack Boyle, Stephanie Kurtzuba as Captain Paula McNichols, Dylan Walsh as Mayor Peter Chase, Callie Thorne as Maggie Gibson, James Hiroyuki Liao as Lieutenant Fleming, and Steven Maier as Officer Zach “Christo” Christodoulopoulos. We would also like to highlight that these cast members are still up to change and will be confirmed later. Lastly, the drama is created by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, along with its top producing team led by showrunner Kevin Wade.
Blue Bloods Season 14 Official Episode Count: Where to stream?
Initially, the next season was expected to have about 20 to 22 episodes with a runtime of 42 to 44 minutes, which are expected to air on a weekly basis. However, now it is intended to be reduced to around 15 episodes due to the delay caused by the dual strikes. On the other hand, we’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released. These details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early leaks about the respective plotlines and character arcs.
The fans can stream all the prior seasons on CBS’s official website, along with other streaming platforms like FuboTV, Paramount Plus, and Hulu Plus, according to the viewer’s preference based on membership plans to choose from. You can also stream the series by renting or purchasing it on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu. The series is also available for free on Pluto, depending on the viewer’s location. Please note that the license and rights to stream the series may expire in the near future. As a result, these streaming options are subject to change over time.
Finally, the network hasn’t released any new promos for the 14th season as the filming hasn’t even commenced, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us, as everything concerning the filming status is neither here nor there! Due to this, we are certain that no new promos will be released anytime soon.
— Blue Bloods (@BlueBloods_CBS) July 14, 2023
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