NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to the Jennifer Lopez drama Shades of Blue.
The police drama from Ryan Seacrest will star Lopez as Harlee McCord, a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. After Harlee becomes compromised by her tight-knit colleagues, she faces the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself.
“Whether its producing, acting, singing or any of her other many entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force, and we’re delighted to be in business with her and Adi Hasak on this sophisticated show,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as Out of Sight and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre. Ryan Seacrest is part of the NBCU family and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense.”
“Nina Wass loved the script from the moment she read it,” Seacrest added. “When Elaine [Goldsmith-Thomas], Adi and Benny [Medina] approached us about working on it, we jumped at the chance to collaborate with such amazing partners. The script is so powerful and ambitious, we can’t wait to see Jennifer take on this remarkable role. [NBC Entertainment Chairman] Bob Greenblatt and Jen Salke’s enthusiasm and support has been incredible, and we look forward to working with everyone at NBC.”
Hasak (3 Days to Kill) will executive-produce with Seacrest, Wass, Goldsmith-Thomas and Medina. Production is planned to begin in 2015, and the series will air in the 2015-16 season.
by Robyn Ross