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Blue Bloods: When Law Means More Than Blood Ties
Photo courtesy of AXN Asia
When we think of "blue blood", we often think of royalty or kings and queens. In the Philippines, we can even connote blue blood for those who are die-hard Atenean. However, AXN has a different meaning for it, which will definitely something we should look forward.

Richards being interviewed by ABS-CBS reporter
Last February 17, 2011 we were invited at the Newport Ultra Cinema for a surprise event. When we arrived a lot of bloggers and people from the media are already at the venue awaiting the big event happening. A few minutes later, two familiar celebrities went out dressed in NYPD attire. These 2 hot cops happens to be the "Richards", which is the winner of Amazing Race Asia Season 4. They are wearing this attire as they will be hosting the press screening of AXN Asia newest program, "Blue Bloods".

Richard Herrera interviewing famous blogger Hannah Villasis
I really enjoyed the event with its perfect combination with the big venue for the event. As we are waiting the screening of the first episode, I am already curious of the entire program as they are showing trailer about it. I am also excited to see some great actors who will be part of the show like Tom Selleck, who used to be part of Magnum P.I..

My Verdict: After the screening, we really enjoyed the first episode of the show. I personally did not expect that I would like this TV program since I used to have indifferent perception with policemen. Blue Bloods was really great in showcasing the life of a policeman and understand it from a different perspective. We might think some of the scenes are just happening in Manila but it was shown to be also evident in NYPD, which is one of the best police force in the world. The first episode was really superb that I am really glued as every second there is an exciting scene that you shouldn't miss. I'm now excited to see the next episode of the show after a BIG revelation was revealed during the first episode that will definitely make the program even more exciting. I am now thinking of different scenarios revolving about it.

I will definitely recommend this new program and it is a big eye opener for everyone, especially for those who have a different perspective about policeman. I think Filipinos should watch this, and nothing could go bad with AXN shows. Every episode is really something to look forward. Catch the first 2-episode premiere later tonight at 9:05PM (PH) and 10PM on-going every Tuesday. Mark it already on your calendar and you will definitely be hooked.

If you want to know more about the show, here are the details of the show:

Photos during the event
AXN, Southeast Asia’s No. 1 international channel, is excited to be the first in Asia to premiere Blue Bloods and a special press screening will be held on Thursday Feb 17, 2011 at the Newport Ultra Cinema at 6PM. This latest offering is by the same award-winning producers of hit TV series The Sopranos, Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green; and the creator that gave audiences iconic TV series Charlies’ Angels, Starsky and Hutch and Fantasy Island, Leonard Goldberg.

Image during the event
Praised as “one of the season’s five best new shows” by Entertainment Weekly, Blue Bloods has indeed lived up to its promise. The series debut in the United States was CBS’ highest rated Friday night premiere in 6 years! Critics universally praise Blue Bloods for its compelling characters, brilliant writing and engaging plot lines. In fact, the show has done so well for CBS that its shift from Friday to Wednesday nights has been a stellar success, topping its best ratings since its premiere!

A drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement, Blue Bloods marks multi-award winning Tom Selleck’s (Magnum P.I., Jesse Stone) return to prime-time TV. The stellar cast of young and seasoned actors include Donnie Wahlberg (Righteous Kill, Band of Brothers), Broadway luminary Len Cairou (Damages, The West Wing) and Bridget Moynahan (Coyote Ugly, Sex and the City).

Image during the event
Frank Reagan (Selleck) is the New York Police Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Cairou), during his stint as commissioner. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son Danny (Wahlberg), a seasoned detective and Iraqi War veteran who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases.

The sole Reagan woman in the family, Erin (Moynahan), is a New York Assistant District Attorney and newly single parent, who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father. Jamie (Will Estes, Reunion, U-571) is the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family's "golden boy”; however, unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decides to give up a lucrative future in law and is now a newly minted cop. Jamie's life takes an abrupt turn when he is asked to become part of a clandestine police investigation even his father knows nothing about and which might have been related to the death of his brother, Joe.

Indeed, what sets Blue Bloods apart from the run-of-the-mill cop drama is its focus on blood ties and the clashes that inevitably arise from having a family of cops and a daughter as a prosecutor. As Tom Selleck shared in an interview, “One of the key elements of the show almost every week is a family dinner. Frank is a patriarch of a family… They’re Irish and they’re Catholic and they argue a lot at family dinner but it seems to be one of the favourite parts of the show.”

Blue Bloods balanced combination of nail-biting detective drama and family struggles offers rich material rarely handled so well by both a cast of actors and writers. It invites you to fall in love and admire the men and women who struggle in and out of themselves to maintain order in New York City and their families. Sometimes, law enforcement means more than blood ties.

Blue Bloods debuts with a double-episode premiere on:
Image courtesy of AXN Asia
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 at 9.05PM (PH)
Subsequent episodes at 10PM

First and Exclusively on AXN

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