'Blue Bloods' Creators Depart After One Season

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"Blue Bloods"

Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have exited the rookie CBS drama, toplined by Tom Selleck.

If and when Blue Bloods returns for a second season, the people leading it behind the scenes will be very different.

That’s because series creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have parted ways with the drama, which centers on a family of New York cops led by Tom Selleck as a police commissioner, a source familiar with the situation confirms. Both have worked together on shows like Southland, The Sopranos and Northern Exposure.

The show is in the midst of a transition with a search for a new showrunner. Though it has been speculated that Burgess and Green departed due to differences in opinion with other parties on changing the format to act more as a procedural, that is apparently not the case. The duo’s exit follows veteran showrunner Ken Sanzel’s (Numb3rs) departure last August, who is executive producing Robert De Niro’s CBS pilot Rookies.

The series, which has three more episodes to air this season, has performed solidly in its Friday time slot. Its latest episode, “Model Behavior,” drew 10.7 million viewers and a 1.6 in the adults 18-49 demographic. The network also put Bloods on Wednesday for four weeks as a test run earlier this year, getting a slight boost in the ratings.

CBS has not officially announced a second season pickup.

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