Tom Selleck’s hit TV show getting canceled could lead to one huge loss

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Tom Selleck has had a long film and television career.

But his career is beginning to wind down.

And Tom Selleck’s hit TV show getting canceled could lead to one huge loss.

Tom Selleck has been the star of the hit police drama Blue Bloods on CBS since 2010.

But the network already announced that season 14, which ends in December 2024, will be the show’s last.

The ranch

The ending of the show could have major ramifications for Selleck, who might be forced to sell his 63-acre ranch in Ventura County, California.

During an interview on CBS This Morning, Selleck explained, “You know, hopefully I keep working enough to hold onto the place.”

Selleck first bought the property in 1988 after leaving the hit series Magnum: PI.

The reporter asked, “Seriously, that’s an issue? If you stopped working?”

Selleck admitted, “That’s always an issue. . .If I stopped working, yeah. Am I set for life? Yeah, but maybe not on a 63-acre ranch!”

At 79, the opportunities for lead roles might dry up, but there is always work for a professional like Selleck.

He added, “As an actor, you never lose – I don’t lose, anyway – that sense that every time I finish a job, it’s my last job.”

Selleck initially planned to play professional baseball but took a theater class in college on a lark and fell in love with the craft of acting.

He continued, “I like the fact that there’s no excuses! . . . You just go to work and you do the work. And I have a lot of reverence for what I call ‘the work,’ and I love it. And I’d like to keep doing it.”

Selleck wants to keep doing “the work”

Selleck hopes CBS will reconsider pulling the plug on Blue Bloods.

He explained, “I will continue to think that CBS will come to their senses. . .We’re the third-highest scripted show in all of broadcast. We’re winning the night. All the cast wants to come back. And I can tell you this: we aren’t sliding off down a cliff. We’re doing good shows, and still holding our place. So, I don’t know. You tell me!”

One reason that CBS might want to move on is because hit shows become expensive.

Despite the solid ratings, CBS could be making the calculation that it would be best served running a show with far fewer production expenses and hope to retain lucrative viewership numbers.

Selleck concluded, “My relationships and my ranch keep me sane. . .I do grunt work and I make the rounds. I like watching things grow. It’s a retreat.”

While Selleck looks to the future, some have reflected on his past career.

Selleck famously could not play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark because he was contractually obligated to do Magnum: PI.

When asked about getting the role, Harrison Ford told a reporter, “How I got the job? Tom Selleck had the job, but he also incurred an obligation to do a television series and he was unable to get out of that contract. I became the second choice, and I’m very grateful for Tom. Thank you, Tom, man. If you’re listening, thank you again.”

Both have had long careers, so neither can complain.

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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