Jennifer Lopez is headed to TV, and this time, it's not to co-host or produce a series. The triple-hypenate is to star (and exec-produce) in the new NBC drama 'Shades of Blue.'
The one-hour drama is described as a "complex police series" that focuses on Detective Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother, who is recruited by the FBI for their anti-corruption task force. Turns out that McCord has been compromised by her tight-knit colleagues (who, apparently, serve as surrogate daddies to her daughter) and she finds herself in somewhat of a pickle of working against her "cop brothers" in order to clear her name.
Sounds like traces of FX's 'The Shield' and Lopez's 1998 flick, 'Out of Sight,' to me. And if Lopez can pack the heat, both literally and figuratively, like she did in the latter, then 'Shades of Blue' could be a hit.
In fact, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement, “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.”
The Peacock network obviously has faith in the singer-actress' audience draw, because the project has already picked up a 13-epsiode straight-to-series order. The series will be written by Adi Hasak ('3 Days to Kill'), who will executive-produce alongside Lopez’ 'American Idol' colleague, the very busy, Ryan Seacrest.
Fans of J. Lo's tenure on FOX's 'American Idol' need not worry...for now. The series isn't scheduled to shoot until 2015, ahead of a fall 2015 premiere.