Tom Selleck: Fighting the good fight for Jesse Stone


If Tom Selleck had his way, Jesse Stone would be the new Lt. Columbo.

Selleck at present is in Halifax, Nova Scotia shooting the seventh installment of the “Jesse Stone” telepic series for CBS and Sony Pictures TV. The made-fors, based on the series of crime novels by Robert B. Parker, revolve around the maverick police chief of the fictional town of Paradise, Mass.

The telepics are standalone hard-boiled crime stories, but Selleck has gotten under the skin of his unconventional character who battles personal demons as well as criminal adversaries. Selleck, who is a longtime devotee of Parker’s work, has an active role in shaping the scripts and producing the pics in the secluded environs of Halifax.

With so much invested in the role, Selleck would love to see CBS sked two “Jesse Stone” pics a season, which would allow fans to check in regularly with the character in the same way NBC and ABC skedded Peter Falk’s “Columbo” telepics in the 1970s and ’80s (though “Columbo” in its mid-’70s heyday did as many as six to eight episodes per season).

The aud for “Jesse Stone” has been mature but dependable since the first pic, “Stone Cold,” bowed in 2005 with more than 18 million viewers. The subsequent titles have hovered between 13 million-15 million viewers. It’s the closest thing to a recurring original movie franchise that network TV has at a time when longform fare is at a low ebb on the broadcast airwaves.

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  1. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  2. Don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

  3. Denise says:

    No Remorse won’t be released until the end of July but you can go to walmart online and reserve a copy. I went ahead and ordered it and paid for it and so it’ll be shipped to me as soon as it’s out.
    Now I’m anxiously waiting for “Innocents Lost to be scheduled. I love these movies and wish that CBS would schedule at least two per year.

  4. Adrianna says:

    I am searching to purchase the 6th DVD of the series Jesse Stone: No Remorse…
    Can anyone direct me to where to purchase it? I’ve been looking online & the latest I’m finding is Thin Ice.

  5. Peter says:

    Hey, that’s fine, but here’s the question: When is – was- whatever – does this air?
    I know 6 devoted Selleck fans who had NO IDEA these were being made. So, if you make the best damn movie ever and no one knows it is on, CBS will blame you.

  6. Elyse says:

    Glad to hear another Jesse Stone movie is on the works. They’re excellent films.

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