The Prop Master on 'Blue Bloods' Revealed a Major Secret About What Really Happens During Those Famous Dinner Scenes

Rebecca Norris
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Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images

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  • Family dinners are arguably the most popular scenes on Blue Bloods.

  • The Prop Master for the show revealed what really happens behind the scenes, including the one thing that's never served.

We love Blue Bloods for many reasons, but we’d be lying if we said that family dinners weren’t our favorite aspect of the long-running CBS show. It’s the one scene in which all of the protagonists come together to bond over both their familial ties, as well as share any updates within their respective fields of law enforcement.

Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck) is the family’s patriarch and NYC police commissioner, Erin Reagan (played by Bridget Moynahan) is the bureau chief in the district attorney’s office, and Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg) is a detective. (Of course, there are many more Reagans to account for, but that’s not on today’s agenda.) Needless to say, when they all get together for family dinners on Sunday, there’s often a lot to talk about. And, if you pay attention to their plates, you’ll also notice that there’s always a lot to eat.

While the Sunday dinners on the show are some of the most respected scenes on TV, what happens behind-the-scenes leaves much more to be desired. In a 2015 piece by The Virginian-Pilot, Jim Lillis, who is the prop master on Blue Bloods, shared that not only do the actors have no part in deciding what they get to eat (yep, the really do chow down!), but those the famous dinner scenes aren't even shot at night! "It's usually first up on the shooting schedule," Lillis said, and the article states that's around 9 A.M.

Lillis also shared that when planning the menu for the Reagans, he usually goes with what he grew up with. "It's usually a pot roast, maybe meat loaf, roast chicken with some version of potatoes. Green vegetables. Always dinner rolls. That basically is my mother's menu, the one I grew up with because I'm also Irish-Catholic."

But there is one thing that never gets served. "We avoid [salmon]," Lillis said. That's because the shoot may take hours. Fish is fragile."

You know what? We'd still take an invite!

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