Is Blue Bloods new tonight on October 16?

Will Frank Reagan retire in Blue Bloods Season 14?
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Will the most-awaited CBS show air its new season tonight on October 16? Will we get to sit for our regular Friday night dinners with
the Raegans? 

What’s the verdict? 

Let’s jump ship and get straight to the point. We have some unsettling news that does not bode well for the ardent Blue Bloods fans who have unabatedly awaited Season 14’s arrival on the CBS channel this fall. Unfortunately, Blue Bloods will not be airing its new episode on CBS tonight, the reason being the current Herculean Hollywood obstacle that has changed the course of action of the giant production houses and streamers: the recently negotiated strikes!

Every year, as the leaves turn into vivid hues of coral and amber, we brew ourselves warm pumpkin spice lattes, tune into CBS, and binge-watch fresh seasons of the grandest scripted shows. This year is different. The fall series calendars are empty or are being frantically altered to match current scenarios, or reruns of the previous seasons are being used to fill up the void in order to give the viewers something to reminisce about.

Blue Bloods Season 14: Who will not return in the new season?

Why, you ask? Well, right about when a domino effect was initiated and resulted in a series of high-demand shows being revived for newer seasons, the WGA strikes took shape in May 2023. While some already had a headstart at the production process, such as Stranger Things, Silo, and others, some other shows like Blue Bloods never got to witness the writers’ inks etch storylines onto their scripts. Within a month, SAG AFTRA voiced in with WGA, resulting in a four-month-long double strike that has recently reached an agreement.

With no scripts ready for Season 14 of Blue Bloods and no actors to film the sequences, CBS, much like its competitors, succumbed to releasing their fall 2023 schedules anyway, predicting that the strikes would dissipate by July. Hence, CBS made a proclamation amidst the strikes that Season 14 would begin production in July if they wanted to achieve a fall 2023 release as per their calendar.

CBS Airing Reruns Of Blue Bloods – A Guide 

Blue Bloods Season 14: Who will not return in the new season?

However, the channel was soon made to face the grave error of this decision and alter the schedule after two long months. Other competitor channels also followed. They updated that CBS will not air the new Season of Blue Bloods this fall. Instead, a unanimous decision was reached by the network to incorporate reruns of the previous 13 seasons on the fall broadcasting roaster instead.

That’s not all. To crank it up a notch, CBS had asked their ardent viewers to chime in and designate the best episodes of Blue Bloods from the first thirteen Seasons. A voting poll was conducted on Facebook where viewers were enthusiastic participants and picked their favorite episode from a curated list that the network itself provided. This is because it would be nearly impossible to reach a unanimous decision on the top ten episodes from a total of 275 episodes that have aired to date since its inception in 2010. Nevertheless, the polls closed on 8th September (sorry if you hadn’t learned of this earlier), and we have the list of 10 episodes that the network will broadcast starting 29th September, 10/9c timeslot.

Season 1, Episode 22: “The Blue Templar”
Season 4, Episode 3: “To Protect and to Serve”
Season 5, Episode 22: “The Art of War”
Season 8, Episode 22: “My Aim is True”
Season 9, Episode 22: “Something Blue”
Season 10, Episode 14: “The Fog of War”
Season 10, Episode 19: “Family Secrets”
Season 11, Episode 12: “Happy Endings”
Season 11, Episode 16: “Justifies the Means”
Season 12, Episode 6: “Be Smart or Be Dead”

Did the episode you voted for materialize here? We are curious, so let us know in the comment section below. Nevertheless, these developments suggest that we may have to wait a while before Season 14 of Blue Bloods airs on the CBS network. So how long is the wait exactly? We have predicted a possible release window, so keep reading.

Blue Bloods Season 14 Arrival Date Predictions

Blue Bloods Season 14: Is it the final season or not?

While the following prediction that we will make is not set in stone, it will provide the nervous viewers with a degree of solace and a specific time window to look forward to. Mind you. This prediction may alter as new updates surface, so keep an open mind going forward.

Since the strikes have recently reached a potential end, and assuming that Blue Bloods Season 14 kicks start into production by October, we can expect the new Season to arrive somewhere between mid-2024 and fall 2024. If we view a mid-2024 release, we can affirmatively say that the regular 22-episode season will be cut short to include a 15-episode season instead due to the incessant budgetary cuts and narrower production window. However, if a full-sized Season 14 is what viewers want, the production window will have to expand to incorporate extended shoot time, resulting in a fall 2024 release.

As more concrete news blows our way, we will surely update this space. Till then, you can finally view all the previous 13 seasons of Blue Bloods for free on Pluto TV! So, catch up on your favorite episodes if they did not appear on the top 10 list.

Blue Bloods Season 14 Expected Cast: Who Will Reprise Their Roles For The New Season?

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Blue Bloods Season 14 will probably return with the same family members we spent our Friday nights with last season. This includes:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Stacy Keach as Archbishop Kevin Kearns.

Some 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
  • Steven Maier as Officer Zach “Christo” Christodoulopoulos
  • Treat Williams as Lenny Ross

Speaking of a few classic infrequent visits, we have Sami Gayle (Nicky) and Tony Terracino (Jack), who are occasionally seen at the Reagan family table during Sunday dinners. However, a formal announcement on these visits has not been speculated for Season 14.

Jackie’s return on Blue Bloods Season 13 Episode 20 finale was a surprise fans did not see coming. They loved it and hope for her cameo again in the next season. However, there is no word yet about whether she will make another appearance. Similarly, there are no plans for Lyle Lovett to return.

The creators of the drama include Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, along with its top producing team led by showrunner Kevin Wade.

Will Season 14 Of Blue Bloods Be The Shortest?

Blue Bloods Season 14: Will it be the shortest season?
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All clues point to an affirmative positive on this. Warren Leight pointed out that the longer the actors’ strikes go on, the less time studios will have to prepare for their 2024 schedule. “Today many network dramas would have begun shooting their 4th episode of the fall season,” Warren Leight revealed on his social media handle.

To add more confirmation to this update, Warren Leight recently posted about the challenges of meeting deadlines on Twitter, stating, “If the strike were somehow to end by Labor Day and shooting were to begin in early fall, the networks might be able to salvage a 13-episode season. The clock keeps ticking.” “Normally the writer’s room opens up 5 weeks before shooting begins,” he explained. “That could be condensed for a shorter season.” This also points to the fact that we will probably get a shorter season with 12-15 episodes instead of the customary 22-episode Season, with each episode having a run-time of 42-44 minutes.

What Would You Like To See In Season 14 Of Blue Bloods?

Despite the regular family crime drama and solving innate troublesome cases that plague the city, what would YOU like to see in Season 14 of Blue Bloods? The comment section is open to everyone, and we would love to go through them and resonate.

Stay tuned to Web News Observer for more updates.