Report: Tension With Selleck Leads ‘Blue Bloods’ Boss To Exit

Tom Selleck in 'Blue Bloods' (CBS)

Tom Selleck in 'Blue Bloods' (CBS)

“Creative differences” with ‘Blue Bloods‘ star Tom Selleck have prompted Ken Sanzel to vacate his role as the new CBS series’ showrunner, reports.

Series creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green – both of whom sat with Selleck on the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week – remain as executive producers.

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The “creative tension” between Sanzel and Selleck reportedly was born of their conflicting visions for the show, which revolves around a multigenerational family of cops. Sanzel, a longtime showrunner for ‘Numb3rs’ and former NYPD officer, saw ‘Blue Bloods’ as a procedural, while Selleck wanted it to be more of a character study.

That Sanzel ever signed on for ‘Blue Bloods’ was a small miracle, but CBS was resolved to have a veteran showrunner oversee a series created by two relative newcomers.

“They begged him to take the show. He was reluctant to do it,” a source tells Deadline. “And Selleck was not crazy to have Ken imposed on him. But Ken was doing the network bidding thanklessly.”

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A CBS rep had no comment on Sanzel’s status with ‘Blue Bloods.’

‘Blue Bloods’ is set to premiere Friday, September 24, at 10/9c.

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