'Blue Bloods': CBS Announces Season 11 Premiere Date for Tom Selleck Drama, First Episode Will Address Police Brutality

The Reagan family is coming back to TV. Blue Bloods fans have been waiting for weeks to learn when the 11th season of the long-running drama would premiere on CBS. Now, the network has finally announced a premiere date for the Tom Selleck-helmed series. 

‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 premieres Dec. 4 

Blue Bloods Season 11 will premiere Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET MacGyver and Magnum P.I. will also air on Friday nights, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, respectively. 

Past seasons of Blue Bloods have begun airing in September. This year’s delayed premiere date is due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The upcoming season will also have six fewer episodes than normal, with 16 new installments as opposed to the usual 22. 

Frank Reagan deals with protests over police brutality in ‘Blue Bloods’ premiere

Since the Blue Bloods Season 10 finale aired, the U.S. has been rocked by protests over police brutality and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The new season of the show will tackle those issues head on. The pandemic will also play a role in upcoming storylines. 

In the season 11 premiere, Frank Reagan (Selleck) is faced with a shifting political climate as he goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (Whoopi Goldberg) over protests about police brutality. Meanwhile, Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew Joe Hill (Will Hochman) team up to find Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) when they go missing while searching for a killer. Eddie (Vanessa Ray) also steps up to help an abrasive woman find her father’s body after it was misplaced at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Donnie Wahlberg has said ‘Blue Bloods’ needs to ‘take a closer look’ at protests, concerns about policing 

Police procedurals such as Blue Bloods have come under fire in the wake of this year’s protests, with some criticizing such shows for almost always portraying cops as heroes, even when they break the law. Series star Wahlberg has said that it’s important for Blue Bloods to engage with current debates about policing in America. 

“I do think that, of course, we have to look at everything that’s going on in America right now and address it,” he told TV Insider in a July 2020 interview. “I think we can certainly be more mindful and do a better job of how we do this. 

Wahlberg pointed to previous stories involving Goldberg’s character that engaged with issues of social justice as an example of the show engaging in “tough conversations.” However, he acknowledged that more could be done. 

“But certainly, we are aware that everybody in this country has to take a closer look at themselves right now and of course Blue Bloods has to do that as well,” the actor added. “It’s a good opportunity for us to really engage in a lot of what’s going on, but also maybe help the discussion and be a part of the discussion.”

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