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Tom Selleck’s relationship with CBS continues to thrive

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Tom Selleck, the ruggedly handsome actor from Detroit, MI. who currently plays NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the popular CBS crime drama series “Blue Bloods,” has a relationship with that network which has lasted a long time. Selleck’s acting career in both television and movies spans over 40 years and continues to be strong.

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Selleck’s past roles on television have been on NBC (in a recurring role in the 70s in the crime drama “The Rockford Files),” in the popular comedy series “Friends” (still in syndication) playing Dr. Richard Burke as Monica’s boyfriend (Monica was played by actress Courteney Cox) in the 90s, and as A.J. Cooper in the comedy-drama series “Las Vegas” from 2003 to 2008.

His most memorable role is the character of Thomas Magnum in the crime drama series “Magnum, P.I.,” where Selleck plays a private investigator living in Hawaii. The CBS program ran for eight seasons (1980-1988) and earned him a Golden Globe, People’s Choice and Emmy awards. His handsome looks, along with his Detroit Tigers baseball cap and red Ferrari, made him popular with the television audience. Magnum P.I. can still be seen on the pay movie channel Encore Classic.

Selleck has also made television movies on CBS based on the character "Jesse Stone." Stone, a police chief in a small town north of Boston, was a homicide detective in Los Angeles but resigned his job due to drinking and dealing with his divorce. But he continues his skill in investigating murders while fighting his own demons and trying to get his troubled life together. He often talks to his dog for comfort.

The Jesse Stone mystery series is from the detective novels by Robert B. Parker. CBS has shown eight Jesse Stone television movies; the first premiered in 2005 called “Stone Cold.” The last one in 2012 was “Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.”

For now Selleck is continuing his Blue Bloods series, now in its fourth season which airs Friday nights at 10/9c. The police commissioner and widower with three adult children have all the protection they need since his children are affiliated in police work in some capacity. Two of his sons are New York detectives while his daughter is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. The Reagan family are in jobs together, dine together (which is considered a ritual), and stay tightly knit with each other in the criminal debacles they face. The family is played by actors Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou.

Selleck’s talent in acting also includes films such as High Road to China (1983), Three Men and a Baby (1987), Quigley Down Under (1990), and Mr. Baseball (1992).

Selleck has appeared on a number of programs talking about the character he portrays on Blue Bloods. In June 2011 on PBS’ program "Tavis Smiley," he told the host that Blue Bloods was a family-oriented show and that the Reagan family best present themselves through their dinner sessions and reveal what they’re going through. On the CBS program “The Talk” in May 2012 Selleck was the perfect gentleman; sitting each one of the co-hosts who were all swooning, in which Julie Chen gushed, “You have this commanding presence about you.” In April 2013 on “The View” Selleck discussed Blue Bloods and gave accolades to his colleagues; stating they were good people and fine actors to work with.

Other projects Selleck has done is becoming the National Spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (www.vvmf.org) on the National Mall in 2009 and narrating seven episodes of the nature series “North America” on the Discovery Channel in 2013.

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