Sergeant Renzulli on Blue Bloods

‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Want Sergeant Renzulli Back, Will Execs Cave?

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Blue Bloods will be back in 2022 for Season 13 and fans want to see Nicholas Turturro return as Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Renzulli.

In a thread on the Blue Bloods subreddit, one fan asked if anyone else missed Sergeant Renzulli. This got fans into a conversation about the character and whether or not he could come back to the show.

Fans want Sergeant Renzulli back on Blue Bloods

The thread on Reddit started with the question about whether anyone else missed Sergeant Renzulli on Blue Bloods. The OP wrote, “I know his story arc served its purpose. But I really liked him and his dynamic with Jaime. I really wished they would brought [SIC] him back as a Captain of the precinct or something.”

This led many fans to come up with ways that Blue Bloods could bring back Sergeant Renzulli for future episodes. One mentioned that if the show had kept Eddie in the 12, Renzulli as her sergeant could have been amazing. Another mentioned that they could bring him back as someone that Jamie and Eddie could go to for advice.

Sergeant Renzulli on Blue Bloods

“He probably retired after that last guest appearance in S6 where his old buddy got killed,” the Redditor wrote. “I think it’d be interesting if Jamie and Eddie were working a case and realized it ties into one of Renzulli’s old cases and go to him at his house for advice and insight.”

However, other fans pointed out the reason they feel it is not possible to get him back. One said, “Nicholas Turturro keeps a pretty active schedule. I don’t know that he would be available.” Another mentioned the hard work involved in a TV show, writing, “People don’t realize how these hour long drama shows wear on you. In NYPD blue it was said to take 16 hours to film it and in great music anatomy 18 hours. Actors move on as they want to do other roles also.”

Why did Nicholas Turturro leave the show?

Nicholas Turturro left Blue Bloods after Season 6 without any explanation. Turturro starred as 12th precinct NYPD Sergeant Anthony Renzulli. Renzulli was the training officer for Jamie (Will Estes). It has now been six years since he appeared on the show, and while neither Turturro nor CBS said why he left, his busy schedule was likely the reason. If there is a break in his schedule, there is no reason not to think CBS won’t consider it.

Sergeant Renzulli on Blue Bloods

Since leaving Blue Bloods, Turturro has not done as much TV outside of small guest spots on shows like Kevin Can WaitThe Family Business, and The Neighborhood. However, he was part of the supporting cast on The Name of the Rose in 2019 and became a recurring cast member on Law & Order: SVU in Season 21.

Turturro was also part of the main cast on NYPD Blue in its first seven seasons before leaving that show in 2000.

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