Tom Selleck has good news from CBS — the Season 3 renewal of his Friday series “Blue Bloods” — but he’s decidedly less sure about his other effort for the network.
The Emmy winner’s eighth movie about novelist Robert B. Parker’s small-town New England lawman, “Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt” airs Sunday, May 20. Also an executive producer and co-writer of the mystery, Selleck is trying to give the benefit of the doubt himself to the future of the franchise, as he tells Zap2it, “I think this may be the last one” of the films he stars in for CBS.
“Bless them, they’ve done eight of these and they always perform far above what’s normally in the time slot, but they are constantly perplexed: ‘We’re not in the two-hour movie business.’ That being said, that’s not the end of Jesse, or at least I don’t think so. There are a lot of other entities, whether cable or even feature films, but this is most likely the last one on CBS. I’m not done with the character, though.”
Hallmark Channel has been repeating the earlier “Stone” stories, which have had healthy DVD sales as well. “Magnum, p.i.” icon Selleck also isn’t done with another of his efforts beyond “Blue Bloods” — commercial voiceovers. He’s heard in just-launched Coldwell Banker real estate ads, and he has much more of a personal link than in previous spots in which he spoke of RVs and orange juice.
“My dad worked for Coldwell Banker,” Selleck says. “He put the family in a car, we moved from Detroit into an 1,100-square-foot house in California that he paid $11,000 for on the G.I. Bill, and he worked selling houses on straight commission. He didn’t make a deal for, I think, two years … and he ended up an executive vice president of the company.”
From that came advice the elder Selleck imparted to his son. “He was always telling me when I was struggling, ‘You ought to get your real-estate license. You can do that part-time. You’ll have something to fall back on.’ And I’d say, ‘Dad, that would kind of be admitting failure.’ It wasn’t that I didn’t need the money.
“All my brothers and sisters worked in the real-estate business,” adds Selleck. “I was always the family member who wasn’t a part of that, but I was able to tell my mom recently that I now am.”