Tom Selleck returns in "Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise" tonight on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

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15 October 2015

HALLMARK CHANNEL, Debuts Oct. 18, 9:00 PM ET

By Kellie Freeze

Jesse Stone is back. After an almost three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the tough lawman returns, and for cowriter and series star Tom Selleck, “It’s been way too long!” Airing Sunday on Hallmark Channel, “Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise,” the ninth film in the franchise based on books by the late author Robert B. Parker, follows the complicated cop as he helps the Massachusetts State Homicide Division track down a serial killer.

Selleck won’t reveal any of the plot’s intricate twists and turns, but he shares, “Jesse has done such a good job of cleaning up Dodge that nothing’s happening.” Idle hands are the devil’s playthings, and Stone recognizes that casework is the one thing that keeps his drinking under control. “The opening of the movie finds Jesse kind of scared because not having anything to do — nothing happening in the way of crime — is not healthy for a guy who has a real, rather unhealthy rule to only have two drinks a night,” says Selleck.

Selleck is proud and honored that Parker entrusted him with the legacy of his character and says that writing the fi lms is a labor of love. “I am able to do the ‘Jesses’ most particularly because I can just walk in his shoes. I know him because I’m playing him. I am him.”

Selleck says another reason he feels so close to the character is Stone reminds him of the Westerns he’s acted in, and those he loved as a child. “I like to think we’re carrying on a very noble tradition of these kind of movies — the man alone, the private investigator, the flawed man trying to do the right thing.”

The actor concurrently plays another lawman intent on doing the right thing as NYC Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” When asked if it was a challenge to work on the two characters at the same time (Selleck penned “Lost in Paradise” while shooting the fifth season of “Blue Bloods”), he admits, “I had to kind of put Frank away for a while and revisit Jesse, which was scary.” But he was able to find common ground with the dramatically different men — both are honorable men with a hyperactive sense of responsibility. “They both have a code. I’m not sure we’ll ever know exactly what Jesse’s code is. He’s a homicide detective at heart, and killers don’t deserve much sympathy.”
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