Years before Henry Cavill, even Tom Selleck faced his own version of the ‘Mustache Controversy’ while shooting for 2010’s Blue Bloods.
In the world of Hollywood, strange events are quite the norm. Prominent actor Henry Cavill found himself entangled in a scandal after he refused to shave his mustache for Justice League in 2017. His act later burnt a hole in the DC Studios’ pocket, and Cavill’s tash became the tool of controversy for a few years.
Much like Cavill’s ‘Mustache Controversy’ there was another actor who had to go down the same road in 2010. After concluding his 1980s hit show Magnum, P.I., Emmy award-winner Tom Selleck landed another lead role in 2010’s Blue Bloods. But, the latter’s producers felt it was best to part ways with his career-defining mustache. However, Selleck pushed back giving way to another mustache-related scandal.
Tom Selleck’s mustache ordeal with Blue Bloods
According to CheatSheet, after Tom Selleck was cast as Frank Regan in 2010, the officials probably did not want the character to resemble Selleck’s Thomas Magnum in any way. Aged 65 back then, the producers felt the American actor was a little too old for the facial hair. Despite having appeared on-screen with the mustached look for over 40 years, it seemed like a worthwhile choice to the show-makers.
A tough nut to crack, the 78-year-old did not comply and CBS authorities took on his side, per the source. Fortunately, Selleck was allowed to keep it for Blue Bloods, only to be a distinguished element of his character a decade later.
More so, today the fans recognize Selleck more as a Reagan than a Magnum, and it ought to be a career win. With a 7.7 rating on IMDb, Selleck continues to wow fans with his acting finesse. However, just like all good things come to an end, season 14 of Blue Bloods is scheduled to be the final phase of the decade-old cop show.
Blue Bloods reaches its final chapter
On top of their game, Blue Bloods finally comes to an end with its season 14, divided into two parts. Set to air sometime in the Spring and Fall of 2024, the Reagan family’s episodes in New York law enforcement will be concluded with an extended farewell of 18 episodes, per Deadline.
The source suggests that the primary 10 episodes shall be aired on CBS around February 16, with live streaming options on Paramount+, while the rest 8 episodes will be released in the fall. Furthermore, CBS officials even made a statement on its final season. President of CBS Entertainment, Amy Reisenbach, and President of CBS Studios, David Stapf said,
“Blue Bloods will forever be a beloved part of CBS’s legacy. It ruled Friday nights with unprecedented dominance since its premiere and established itself as a pillar of our winning lineup with an exceptionally devoted fan base”
Blue Bloods was the #3 most-watched broadcast drama with 9.54 million views, per Deadline. Moreover, it was one of the top Friday shows on the channel’ that glued the viewers to CBS. Safe to say, Selleck’s mustache fightback was all worth it.