Tom Selleck’s “Jesse Stone” TV-movie series for CBS will not continue, Selleck’s producer has confirmed.
That means the most recent “Jesse Stone” movie — subtitled “Benefit of the Doubt” — will be the series’ last. The movie aired earlier this month. It was the eighth installment in the “Stone” series in which Selleck, 67, played the laconic police detective created by the late author Robert Parker.
The news that the series is being discontinued was confirmed by co-producer Michael Brandman in this story on the Variety Web site.
Brandman co-produced the movies with Selleck. Brandman is also the authorized writer of the present-day Jesse Stone books, having taken over the series after Parker’s death in 2010, according to Variety.
In the story, Brandman says the decision to discontinue the series was based on demographics, not overall ratings. Indeed, the final “Stone” movie drew 13 million viewers, but they skewed older than the target demo CBS was aiming for, apparently.
Of course, Selleck fans can still see him on CBS — he’s the star of the network’s New York-based cop show, “Blue Bloods.”