Fall TV Preview: Donnie Wahlberg on the New Season of ‘Blue Bloods’

Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan on "Blue Bloods" (Photo: CBS)

Look for more stressful Sunday family dinners when “Blue Bloods” returns for its fourth season September 27 at 10/9c.

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Donnie Wahlberg, who plays NYPD Detective Danny Reagan on the series, told xfinityTV that things will get very tense between Danny and his sister, Assistant D.A. Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan), this season. It begins in the season premiere when Erin drops the case against a cop killer because of lack of evidence.

"We've always, as a cast, wanted more of the family stuff and a little more of the personal stuff to come out and to see how the family members all work together," Wahlberg said. "And I think we're accomplishing that so far this season."

Wahlberg, who just completed a summer tour with New Kids on the Block, is also looking to lighten up his character this year.

"Police officers always say that they have to have fun because it's such a dark job. It's a very heavy job," Wahlberg said. "The stuff that they come across and the stuff that they see and have to deal with, it forces them to sort of find humor. But I'm an actor. I only have 42 minutes in an episode and it is kind of hard to have fun when they want me to keep running through walls in every scene."

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But he's been inspired by the real-life cops he follows for his TNT series "Boston's Finest," which returns for a second season on November 26. "I definitely tried to bring more levity to Danny Reagan when I'm not directly involved in a case," he said. "Being around the officers in Boston has really helped me to do that."

The reality series, which is produced by his production company Donnie D. Productions, wasn't filming when the attack on the Boston Marathon occurred. But Wahlberg said the reality series will highlight something he has always known. "We had confidence and faith all along from the inception of the show that we were making a show about the finest police department in the world," he said. "But I think, you know, maybe the rest of the world may have scoffed at that a year ago but I think people are going to be more open to that concept now."

But "Boston's Finest" won't dwell on the tragic events of last April. "Acknowledging the officers and moving forward is what's most important," he said. "A lot of our officers were there on the day and they were there on the days following. They were involved in a big way. It's important for them, I think, to heal and move on. We'll definitely explore it but we're not going to exploit it."

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